Sal, the Brew Crew, and my amazing windshield repair!

I was so excited to head back over to Bistro 212 for another shoot with Sal. He’s such a nice guy, a passionate chef, and he produces beautiful (and delicious!) food.

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Thanks for lunch, Sal! :)
A few of my ballroom dance students, the rowdy ones, invited us along to a Brewer game. We had a blast! They even gave me a customized bottle of Jameson to celebrate my birthday. Thanks, guys! We love you!

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Last, but not least… I had the chip in my windshield repaired. Have you ever had this done before? How amazing!

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Miles this year: 454.5

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We have a new driveway!!

After six years in our home, and getting stuck in our muddy driveway every spring, we finally decided to fix our driveway. We opted for gravel, and filled in the space underneath our shed, widened the whole driveway, and put in a brick border. We did so much manual labor! Digging out the space for the gravel was only the beginning.
Before:

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During:

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And, finally, after!

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Brian was such a trooper. We spent hours out there working to shovel that gravel where it needed to go. Since we have guy wires over every border of our property, the big dump truck wouldn’t fit, so the gravel had to come in two loads. So. Much. Shoveling.
Now, we wait. I can’t wait to see what happens this spring!
I ran with Carmel…

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…had coffee with my running girls…

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…Carmel and I ran through some burr bushes…

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…put in some time at the track…

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…made a ridiculously delicious breakfast in my new doughnut pan…

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…and finished off our week meeting Lindsey and Derek at the Wausau Country Club to look over their ceremony and reception sites. They gave us golf carts! :)

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Oh, and friends.

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I’m feeling very thankful for my friends and family, and want to take this moment to remind you all to hug the people close to you. I love you guys! Thanks for reading.

Miles this year: 451.1

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Baby Lily Nowinski!!

Our fabulous friends, Mary and Joe, welcomed brand new baby Lily over Labor Day weekend. We popped over on Monday to meet her, and gosh… she’s adorable.

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If I’ve been lucky enough to meet you, you probably know that I love dimples. Brian has them, and I think they’re so handsome. Mary also has dimples, and she passed them on to Lily!

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We love this little cutie. Congratulations, Nowinski family!
My heart was kept warm that week by stopping over to catch some photos of Hart Equine Therapy for Hoopla. These fabulous folks volunteer their time and their facility to help kids with special needs. How awesome! We were greeted at the barn by horses, donkeys, and your standard farm cats and dogs. I loved it!

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The rest of my week was pretty typical. I ran…

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…I went to Radio Kaos with Bill…

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…I heard Brian play with River Cities Jazz and danced with my students…

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…ate some fabulous food (look at that fish plate!) from Freckled Frogg…

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…and capped off a busy summer week with a bonfire.

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Summer life in Wisconsin is the best. :) thanks for reading, friends!

Miles this year: 446.95

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Labor Day weekend pt 2…

As soon as we wrapped up Casi and Eric’s wedding, I headed to bed so I could get up early for the Just Run 1/2 marathon and the Riverfront Jazz Festival.
I ran over to the start line, and found Jenilee and George!

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This is a great hometown race, with a half marathon and a 5K. It was a very hot and humid day- it was between 97-98% humidity. The race started nice and easily, on the bridge right above the dam. I found Ray, manning the 3 mile water station with the Boy Scouts.

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It is a beautiful course, and this year, they switched it up with a little stretch through the Sculpture Park on the Green Circle.

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One of my favorite things about running is meeting new people. The running community is so welcoming and friendly!

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I crossed the finish line one sweaty woman, received my medal, and ran home, with 15 miles for the day.

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I took a shower, packed a lunch, and we headed over to the Riverfront Jazz Festival. I spent a lot of time at the Jazz Festival, both on Saturday and Sunday. Once again, I was shooting for those guys, but I also got to hang out with my college friends and people that I love from the community!

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My college friend, Matt, brought his sextet up from Illinois to play. In fact, his group, Old Style Sextet, just won second place at a competition in China, and are bringing home $20,000! Congratulations, Matt :)

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Brian and I spent some time dancing, and after a couple swing songs, we headed back to our spot to sit down. A lady I didn’t know chased after me and said that there were friends of mine in the water that wanted to say, “Hi!” Lo and behold…

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My Wausau kayaking crew! :) in a fun twist, I have danced with or learned to dance from many of these people. Missy and Jeff were my first ballroom dance instructors! Seeing them was a great surprise.

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We crashed pretty hard on Sunday night, after chowing down some Bucky Badger jello jigglers! Way awesome.

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Up next? Meeting Baby Lily Nowinski. <3

Miles this year: 458.7

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Go, Pack, Go… and Casi and Eric, AKA the best Labor Day weekend ever.

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Yes, we went to Lambeau. It was Stacey and Ron’s first trip! They invited us along, and they didn’t have to ask us twice, we jumped at the chance! Preseason games are a lot of fun, and it shortens the wait for football season. Amen to that.

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We had awesome seats! It’s hard to find a bad seat in Lambeau, though. Just one more reason to love our little hometown team.
I even found my Lifest friends, Bill and Darrell!

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We love the Packers.

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It was an awesome way to spend our Thursday evening, but we hurried back to Stevens Point to get ready for Friday’s beautiful wedding of Casi and Eric.
These two lovebirds had the sweetest ceremony up in Wausau, and their adorable daughter, Evelyn, stole the show. The weather was perfect, and we had a really fun time playing by a beautiful covered bridge.

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Congratulations, Casi and Eric!
I’ll continue on with our whirlwind weekend in my next post. Thanks for sticking with me!

Miles this year: 438.7

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Noah’s Ark: Happy Birthday, Andy!

Happy 30th birthday, Andy!

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Amanda, Andy, Brian and I spent the day celebrating at Noah’s Ark. It was amazing. Of course, I didn’t bring a camera, nor my phone, so I have no documentation, but I screamed so loud while riding Scorpion’s Tail that my throat hurts. :)
Brian and I went to Moosejaw for dinner…

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…then walked around downtown. I got some cinnamon bears (my favorite!), and we got Abbie some delicious kind of puppy treat. I hurried home to give it to her.

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So cute. I’d lick my lips, too, if someone gave me a treat the length of my torso. :)
Random, but awesome… In my ten years of living in Stevens Point and loving Green Tea, I never noticed the languages on the receipt.

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I ran some errands on my bike, bought some flowers at the farmer’s market, then ran some more.

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Carmel is back! :) Wyoming was amazing, but we’re all happy she’s back.
I celebrated Katrina’s birthday with more Great Northern Distilling and some friends in the conservation politics world, like Jen. It was awesome to see her! I always learn a lot when I talk with my friends who work for League of Conservation Voters.
Cute photo of the post, brought to you by Annie’s mac and cheese. Photobomb courtesy of Abbie.

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Next post topic? Here’s a hint…

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Miles this year: 434.1

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Summer randoms…

Technology is amazing. I had a call with one of my co-workers, Jeff, where I shared my computer screen with him and he shared his with me, so we could show each other what we’ve been working on and I could explain my latest project. So cool. Having coworkers thousands of miles away is made possible by these awesome technological advances.
I was so happy to be back at home and in my office. With the air conditioning off, it was about 80 humid degrees up there, and the orchid on my desk was loving it.

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Abbie and I took advantage of the humid late-summer weather with lots of running along the river.

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The city is trying some new techniques to keep the geese off the grass in the park…

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They fooled Abbie at first- a big 2D dog is scary when you’re a little Jack Russell! She got over it quickly, though, and we continued. I love that little runner dog.

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Sometimes, I just cannot believe how that little 21 pound furball stole my heart so quickly.

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As you may know, we love live music, and we have a lot of it here, being a college town. We made a weeknight trip out to Great Northern Distilling to hear some jazz. :)

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Our beautiful friend, Mary sat in and sang a tune, even though she was almost ready to have baby Lily. Too cute.
I’ll leave you with a fun shot from my Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Thanks for reading, friends.

Miles this year: 429.85

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