It’s Beginning to Feel. . .

It seems like every year the decorations begin going up in stores earlier and earlier.  This year, I was able to spot Christmas trees lining the aisles of Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.  Shockingly, (and quick pleasingly, in all honesty) I found that the radio stations in Minot began playing Christmas music starting the afternoon of Thanksgiving — and not a moment before.

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Missoula by Jon Krakauer

I will never understand how sexual assault continues to be a confusing topic.  I don’t understand what makes it different than other crimes.  I don’t understand the stigma associated with reporting an assault.  I don’t understand the need for or the value of having a sexual offender registry.  I don’t understand why this is a topic that repeatedly pops up in the news and the media, before subsiding for a few months only to appear again when there’s a particularly salacious case.

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Escape

It’s hard to find a person who doesn’t appreciate the beauty of nature.  Everyone loves to exclaim over brilliant works of photography and yearns to travel to the snow-capped mountains of the Alps, or the brightly-colored rainforests of the Amazon, or to the frozen wonderland of Alaska.  What most people aren’t willing to do is to put in the exertion that comes with seeing much of nature.

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Snow Days

When I was a child, there was nothing better than a snow day.  Growing up in Michigan, we were guaranteed at least one or two snow days a year, and they were always fantastic.  It was a full day to enjoy, in a way that the weekend never was.

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Year In Review

It’s New Years Resolution Time – I did a horrible job of keeping to my resolution last year (say Yes!) and not great the year before (keep writing! I actually have a post on it).  This, I’ve decided, is my year of growing up.  I turn 30 — probably time to make sure everything is a bit more in order.   No more living in a pigsty that’s reminiscent of the college year I spent with my four best friends in a falling-apart, over-priced rental house.  No more failing to work about because “I’ll do it after work” and then being too tired and lazy.  And no more sitting on the couch watching two hours of tv a night instead of accomplishing something that makes me feel good about myself.

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Washington Appreciation Post

Today is grey, rainy, and frankly a bit depressing outside.  Therefore, it seems like the perfect day to do a Washington appreciation post, in memory of how beautiful this state is!

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Survivor

Number one rule of reading Survivor, by Chuck Palahniuk:  do not read this on a plane.  I made the mistake of picking it up on a plane, and instantly felt like I was reading a horror story, rather than a predictably twisted story from the King of Weirdo Writing.

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