Monthly Archives: March 2012

VBA + a thank you!

I hadn’t even heard of it until a few days ago, but a fellow blogger and reader nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I’m not exactly sure how it began, but the VBA is a friendly, easy way for bloggers to support and recognize one another. Kind of cool! If you’re nominated, then you’ve been awarded.

So, thank you to the Kiwi Blog Bus for nominating me. Such a fun compliment. Be sure to check out her blog, which is written, photographed and compiled by Vicki Annison, a freelance writer and journalist based in Cambridge, New Zealand.

In honor of following the rules, which state you should share seven random facts about yourself, here you go:

1. Maybe not so random, but I am obsessed with dogs.
2. Sandwiches and bagels are my favorite foods.
3. I am 24 years old and still slightly afraid of the dark.
4. The Red and Rover comic strip is the first thing I read in the mornings.
5. I wish I was a better Spanish speaker.
6. I don’t have a lot of patience.
7. Humboldt Park is my new favorite place to take walks.

And finally, in keeping with the rules, here are a few other blogs I’d like to nominate.

Makes me wander: following random thoughts in real time
Craig Hill: corporate trainer, teacher and writer
Mark Kintzel Design: crafts, florals, events
Traveline Travel Services: instant travel deals

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Books and trees

I am a sucker for collecting books. But the space they take up can be daunting; even though there is nothing more inviting and cozy than shelves upon shelves of well-read and comforting books. I would spring for this shelf in a second. If it weren’t almost $900. Insane. It’s available here for a cool $840.

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Warm weather + Brazil

The warm weather this week has me dreaming of tropical getaways. Like Brazil. Kind of amazing, right? Although these high temps tend to bring out the crazies around work and violence seems to be on the uptick, I just hope this warmth is a sign of a truly toasty summer.

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Just wolves

Have you seen this new ad from the Defenders of Wildlife and the Western Wolves Coalition? I kind of love it. Unfortunately, wolf recovery in Montana is in jeopardy, but you can help! Consider donating to the Campaign to Save America’s Wolves. The WWC is a source of networking for wildlife organizations across the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest.

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Phoenix, part II

Besides doing some exploring and admiring the Southwestern scenery, I also managed to enjoy a thoroughly sports-filled weekend while in Phoenix. Not only did I attend two Phoenix Suns games, but I also made it to a spring training Brewers game; where I promptly snoozed in the sun and enjoyed a $6 order of nachos. But my favorite excursion: the Phoenix Zoo. Seriously the best zoo I’ve been to.

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