Here’s to Roots

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Happiest Birthday Yet!

Nothing super huge is planed but festivity will abound I assure you. Our trip to Vegas that kicked off my birthday week of fun was a blast! My short trip to a small town in central Kansas to visit a friend and her family was also a great time (nothing quite like a hole in the wall bar with people that have known each other forever). Tonight should be just as fun. Can’t hate a midweek bash with loved ones. There’s still more planned for this week and I’m looking forward to it all. This past year has been more than a doozy but I couldn’t be happier.

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A Nip, a Snip, and a Change

Most women get bored with their look after a while. Some go to extremes to change things up. It’s been the cause for many inches of hair cut off, dyed an array of colors, or even a new wardrobe purchased.

I took a courageous leap and decided I needed bangs. I’ve been back and forth with this internal debate. Leave it to 13 inches of snow on the ground to prompt me make a detour to the beauty shop on my way home from classes yesterday.

The best part is that while I was in line for coffee at school I was asked to be a part of a promotional photo shoot. Maybe the new hair cut was a good thing.

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Polar Plunge 2014: DONE!

On January 25, 2014 at a lake in northeastern Kansas it was 43 degrees, cloudy, with some occasional drizzle. The water was “colder than you want to know,” as per a firefighter who’s job it was to be dressed in water survival gear and high five plunge participants.

My team (DC2B) got to the lake early to cheer on the other participants that were scheduled before our noon plunge time. So I was dressed in a plaid skirt, black knee socks, and a blue dress shirt tied up in front. Oh, and there might have been some pig tails involved. Even with a coat and a blanket wrapped around me I was plenty cold long before we jumped in the water. But it was such a memorable experience!

Since I promised to post pictures if I made my fundraising goal here ya go! Thanks to everyone that helped me with this one. Thank you Seth for getting me to do this. Thank you Teresa for succumbing to the peer pressure and joining our little team. And a special thank you to Jason and Chris for coming by the lake to support us and take pictures.

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Bucket List: Polar Plunge

There are many things on my bucket list and tomorrow there will be one less item. Fifteen hours until my polar plunge team takes to the frigid waters of a local lake to raise money for the Special Olympics. We all have our costumes set out and we are ready to go. A blowup ballerina, a mermaid, and a pigtailed school girl will be running into 30-33 degree water, fist bumping a dozen firefighters dressed in scuba suits, and running back out. Please note that between the ballerina, the mermaid, and the school girl only two of us are honest to goodness genetically female. So there’s that frightening image along with the actual freezing temperatures. I’m hoping to have pics posted shortly after this bucket item is crossed off my list. Wish me warm thoughts!

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And We’re Back

Winter break is over and this is the first week back to school.  Grad school is fun.  Ok, maybe not fun in the classic sense.  Fun as in “OH GOD! OH GOD! WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!…or maybe not”.  Let the coffee addiction resume.  de59c5577515037fb1cc413196a96272

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Hits Home Hard

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I’ve seen this saying several times over the years but now it hits home hard.  I’m more than aware how people change over the years, myself included.  Sometimes the changes are good, sometimes less than good, and sometimes simply necessary.  I really do like who I have become after facing so many challenges over the last couple of years.  I’m a lot more laid back and can appreciate the simple things.  I don’t know if that’s just from age or if it’s due to my surviving everything.  Whatever the reason I like the outcome.

After my ex and I split and I decided it was time to start putting myself out into the world again I had a pretty set idea of what was desired and what were deal-breakers.  Mix that with not being in a hurry and I think that I found the best approach.  I can say that I have been on some very interesting first dates and even some second dates that would make you laugh (or cringe I guess).  What I am happy to say happened ultimately is that I have found the one that makes my heart smile.  The one man that quiets my overactive brain.  The man who I can’t describe any other way than “just feels right”.  We are similar where it matters but we are different in ways that make sharing time together fun.  We laugh easily and find comfort in something as simple as a quiet embrace.  I’ve shared things with him that I would easily shy away from sharing even with the best of girlfriends making him more than just my confidant.  I’m a worrier and he calms me.  I can honestly say that I understand the sign up above so much more over the last few months and I am overjoyed to have this man in my life.

Thank you, Love, for everything.  I couldn’t have asked for a better man to have walking next to me.

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