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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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