Archive for September, 2011

mountain top R&R

Colorado offers such gorgeous scenery and exciting activities, so we have decided that we will spend as much time as we can exploring our beautiful state, instead of traveling to other destinations. Why not save some money and see what fun there is to have in our backyard?
This time we didn’t plan the trip. My parents were offered the use of a log home in Steamboat Springs. I have lived in Colorado for a total of eighteen years and I’ve never been there. The home wasn’t in Steamboat, but more than 20 miles farther, outside a town named Clark.
After driving a few miles up a rough dirt road we came to the house, which the owners called a “cabin”. I wouldn’t really define it as a cabin, they were being modest.

The "cabin". Photography by: Ryan Johnstone

The view was breathtaking, especially on the mornings when the fog rolled in and settled in the valley.

View from the porch. Photography by: Ryan Johnstone

View from the porch (Mt. Hahn). Photography by: Ryan Johnstone

During the kids’ naps, I wrote and read on the deck overlooking a valley and mountains in the distance. The kids loved the

The BEST seats in the house (or outside the house). Photography by: Ryan Johnstone

free space to RUN, and the adults (as well as the kids) enjoyed the free space to ride four wheelers! Pearl Lake State Park was a short ride away, and the brave drivers tested me on the trails in Route National Forest. I barely passed.
It was a great weekend with family, surrounded by beauty and silence.

When is getting away really getting away? Do you seek solace in an adventurous city? Is getting away with your family relaxing? So many people spend their only vacation every year with family that stresses them out. Is that you? Is there a balance between being kind and getting your own relaxation time in?
What about finding adventures in your own state? Have you explored what it has to offer?

September 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm 2 comments

it’s a turtles race – the writing life

My husband thinks I’m a slow driver. Although he’s encouraging in most areas of my life, he has no problem telling me this.  In fact, he tells me I am slow in everything I do. It’s true. I am. But I like to define it as “precise”. I have an aversion to doing things twice. I will do many things, but rushing through something so I can turn around and redo it? No thank you. For example I like to wait until all the leaves have fallen off the trees in autumn, so I don’t have to rake more than once. Unless of course I took the healthier point of view and did it for exercise. And why would I do that?

Yes, I write most WIP's long hand, and that makes it even SLOWER.

In my writing I am slow, usually pondering over every word, every sentence, punctuation, and paragraph. This is true mainly when it comes to writing everything except my blog (sorry dear friends). I strongly dislike editing, so if I can keep from making mistakes, I strive to do so. It comes back to doing everything twice. Sadly when it comes to the writing life it takes multiple do-overs before something is good enough to submit to an editor. Or so I’ve heard.
If you’re a writer, do you enjoy the editing process? For everyone: Are you quick in completing tasks, not over-worrying about the outcome?  Or are you more methodical in carrying out your responsibilities?

September 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm 2 comments

7 tips on how to make it through college 101

I have decided to share my 7 tips on how to make it through college. In this list

No, this isn't my alma mater.

you won’t find ways to stave off the worst hangover of your life, however you will find some useful tips to help avoid some of the conundrums I found myself in as a college student. If like me, you are far beyond your university years, maybe this will guide you on a trip down the hall of good, and not so good memories.

#1 – When skipping classes to rest, it might be a good idea to rid yourself of the sleep wrinkles covering your face before you attend your next class, lest the professor notice and make a comment. Thankfully I learned this one from a distance. Yes, I had been sleeping as opposed to attending the required course, but my BF was the one with the sleep wrinkles.

#2 – Don’t allow the newbie carpenter to fix your bunk bed, otherwise your roommate and her bed may collapse on you in the middle of the night. Yes, I lived through it.

#3 – Do NOT attain a dorm room adjacent to the Resident Assistant, or you may find yourself at her mercy more than you thought possible.

#4 – If you are the only student remaining in the dorms for the Thanksgiving holiday, and the fridge in the main kitchen dies, RUN. As fast as you can. Lest a certain vengeful RA tells you to clean it out, as she leaves for vacation.

#5 – Even if your parents are extremely strict and decide that going your freshman year without a car will teach you some sort of life lesson (not sure which one), beg them to change their mind. It really isn’t cool to beg for a ride to, well, anywhere.

#6 – Invest in a timer. Set it to go off when your laundry is finished. This way you can avoid the hot guy a few doors down from taking your underwear out and leaving it piled on top of the washer.

Share something crazy that happened to you in high school or college. Please keep it PG. Thanks.

To all those memories, good and bad.

September 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

wake up and smell reality

In my last post I talked about some interesting research conducted on cellphones and their users. I wanted one of the most shocking reports to stand alone with it’s own blog entry. It came from the McCann World group. They found that “53% of sixteen to twenty-two year olds around the world would rather give up their sense of smell than their favorite personal technology device.”
In this study the researchers are going beyond cellphones to other devices, but the idea that people would rather lose their sense of smell than their electronic side kick is ludicrous. Of course these are teenagers and very young adults who were surveyed. I am also of the opinion that you can prove just about anything with a study (just get the right demographic to conduct your survey on, and wah lah).
Our sense of smell connects us to the world, and obviously those 53% haven’t lived long enough to wake up and smell the wonders (and not so wonderous) among us.
What have we come to when we are willing to trade technology for our natural senses? Would you give up one of your five senses for the guarantee of never losing your favorite gadget?

September 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment


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