So much summer fun.

Hi, friends! Thanks for sticking with me on my adventures..
I’ve been having a lot of fun doing the things I love- taking photos, running, traveling, and paddling, among so many other things! Here’s a few of my recent trips…
The Freckled Frogg is an adorable little restaurant in Waupaca, Wisconsin. A lake town dominated by water sports and relaxation, I love to drive over there, paddle on the chain of lakes, then dance all night to live music with our friends. Here’s a few captured shots from the Frogg.

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I also had the chance to meet (and adore!) Nancy, the fly fishing extraordinaire! She invited me over to her home and barn along the Tomorrow/Waupaca River, and we drank coffee, giggled over “designer” fly rods, and tried to lure out some big fish!

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Speaking of fly fishing, I had a cookout party to celebrate my two year fly fishing anniversary, complete with fishing-themed snacks. :)

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I also let some of my chives flower and made a couple batches of chive vinegar! :)

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I paddled, ran, and skated.

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Up next? My Green Bay half marathon recap and details from my trip to Pennsylvania!

Miles this year: 273.55

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Meetings, so many meetings.

Part of my new job with TU involves traveling to regional meetings, meeting our members, and having some really awesome discussions about getting women involved and active in TU. Here’s a few of my favorite memories so far:
Reno.
I bought a new luggage tag, ran into friends in Madison before I flew out, and flew into an airport with cutthroat trout in the tile floor. I ran by myself and also with my friend, Steve Moyer, in terrifying interesting areas, with power poles in the middle of the sidewalk, along the Truckee river, stayed in a big hotel/casino/spa/resort (The Atlantis), drank some weird things at a hipster bar, and gambled for the first time.

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Dillard, GA.
I loved an early taste of spring. I ran downtown, did yoga in the grass, ate a Moonpie and drank a Nehi soda, and bought cowboy boots. I listened to a bluegrass band, ate grits, met a ton of great people, and sat in meetings at a really cool venue- The Dillard House.

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Westby, WI.
I learned about stream restoration techniques, talked with members about engaging our women volunteers, fished with my friend, Pete, and his pup, Teak. I hung out with nerdy staff (Brennan!), bonded with some of my favorite Wisconsin TU people, and came home to a crazy snowstorm.

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Lewiston, MI.
I stayed at the Garland Resort, ran on golf courses, met some incredible female leaders (and men, too!) within TU, hung out with my WITU guys, and got closer with our TU staff. I went to a fly fishing historical museum, and found some Weber reels made here, in Stevens Point! I caught my first Michigan fish, and was welcomed home to Wisconsin with a view of the Capitol from the plane and a hot cup of coffee.

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I have one regional meeting left, over in State College, PA. I have just been so inspired by the people I’m meeting and I am so proud to work for an organization that does so many good things in our communities. :)

Miles this year: 219.55

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Idaho

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to head over to Idaho for some photo work in December. It was a mountain-y, amazing experience. :) I love that a big part of my job involves playing outside.
Check it out.
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I wore that bear hat when I was on the Bear River, and I liked it so much I kept it on most of the trip!
One of the cities that I stayed in was a little place called Lava Hot Springs. There were little private hot tubs, both indoor and outdoor, that were filled with continually flowing water from the hot springs in the river. It was pretty cool to sit in them!
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I was lucky enough to have my friend, Chris, take me out to (the?) Henry’s Fork and help me catch some fish!
I caught a couple different kinds, the above Rainbow Trout (on my new Tenkara rod), and a really special (and purple!) Bonneville Cutthroat Trout (on the Bear). I was so excited when I caught that fish that I fell in the water. :) I can’t explain the feeling that comes when I can figure out where the fish are, use the right fly, and cast to the fish in a way that allows me, just for a second, to take in the beauty of a native fish that belongs in that water. A kind of fish that has been there for longer than any of us have been here. It’s just special. Plus, that fish was purple. With orange. <3

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One of my favorite parts about traveling is learning. Every city is different, each state is special. It is amazing how all these waters can simultaneously be the same and unique. Healing, for sure… those hot springs, quite literally. Special thanks to Chris for shooting a few of me in my element, and putting me on a few fish. :)
It was a sweet trip, only slightly tarnished by a major shutdown of the SLC airport due to a crazy snowstorm, and an extra day and a half stuck alone in a hotel room topped off by flying standby home with my foot in that walking boot…
but I made it home in time to snuggle with B, bake my Christmas cookies, and finish all my shopping.
Sometimes I wonder why I’m blessed with some of these amazing opportunities… But I just give thanks, and enjoy, and share the results with you!
Have a good one, friends. Up next? Reno and Georgia. :)

Miles this year: 116.2

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2014, ready… Go.

In my never-ending attempt to document my Heidi adventures, I’m always behind. Alas, I’ll never get caught up unless I bombard you with fun in a nutshell. Here is everything between the end of 2013 and now, minus an incredible trip to Idaho that deserves a post of its own…
A shoot at the Crystal Cafe with “the heart attack burger…”

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A Christmas card shoot with our sweet Abbie…

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A shoot at Rockman’s for their sauce class…

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Happy ears and a shoot at Danny’s Music on a Mission concert…

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An invitation to the studio of the talented Doris Weed…

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A shoot at the new wine bar downtown, Indulgence

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A memorable day at the Ice Cold Beer Fest and Brew Conference…

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(All the breweries with a booth!)

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The WI Trout Unlimited state council banquet…

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Katie Folwarski, who we’ve seen from engagement, to wedding, to pregnant!!!

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A shoot at my new favorite hangout, Great Northern Distilling…

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(Yes, I drank that potato vodka model…)

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A shoot over at Blue Heron brewpub…

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The Bock run, complete with 5 degree temps, slushy Gatorade, and lots of beer… solidifying my return to running this year…

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A visit home…

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A road trip to the F3T…

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A record store binge…

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And lots of coffee. So much coffee.
Next post: Idaho. State College. Reno. Making traveling look easy ;)

Tentative miles this year: 102.45

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Amanda and Andy, the Weiss family

We are so blessed to be able to capture our friends in photos. I just love the opportunities to freeze time for a moment and snag a permanent memory of the people I love.
These photos are a perfect example: Amanda and Andy. I. Love. These. People.

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Years ago, Amanda promised me she would ask me to be a bridesmaid at her wedding. I don’t get the chance to be in weddings often, as most of my friends ask me to capture their memories. If not shooting, I can be found making music! This is a pretty awesome opportunity for me… So even though I’m not shooting their wedding, we headed out for some fun outdoor engagement portraits. We can’t wait until your April wedding, friends! :)
We also had the chance to go hang out with my Zumba friend, Erika, and her extended family. A beautiful morning and some fun people resulted in this…

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Thank you for inviting us into your lives and sharing your home with us, Weiss family!
We had the opportunity to go to a freezing cold game at my favorite frozen tundra… Lambeau field. It was so cold that my beer froze in my hand! I had to wear my walking boot, but it worked out okay. Someone from Lambeau pushed me all the way up to my gate in a wheelchair. Thank you, kind Lambeau worker!

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Lambeau is such a small big place that of course, I found a college friend. Shawn!!! :)

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It was a great game, the Packers won, and we made it home in one piece. We had a free evening… the snow and the cold couldn’t stop us from taking our nephews tobogganing. :)

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We’re pretty lucky to live in a town that still has operating toboggan runs. :)
I’ll leave you today with a few shamelessly cute photos of Abbie- I wanted to sit on the floor in front of the heat vent and work… but she had other ideas. Stay warm and safe in the snowstorm, friends!

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Thanksgiving, Black Friday, White Christmas

The day before Thanksgiving was the sweet courthouse wedding of Stephanie and Justin. I rarely have the chance to shoot a small, casual wedding, and I jumped at the chance! The officiant is a friend of the family, and everyone was so comfortable… Resulting in natural, relaxed smiles. After the ceremony, we hopped over to the 400 block in Wausau and popped in to Malarkey’s Pub for a quick drink!

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Congratulations, Justin and Steph!
We hosted our annual Thanksgiving dinner with my mom, Gram and Grampie, and Jean and Mark.

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It was pretty low-key this year, but I made my pies. It’s a tradition!

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And of course, the annual post-dinner photo of me and Grampie on the couch :)

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Since Grampie can’t hear, we usually just sit there and not talk, but I brought down a dry erase board and we got to share a few laughs. He usually asks me about fly fishing… And this occasion didn’t disappoint! He wanted to know if I fish in waders or just dresses :) here’s the honest answer…

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We sent everyone on their way, full and happy, and Amy came over for pie slice #2 and finalizing our Black Friday shopping game plan. It was successful…

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A new suitcase, for all my upcoming travel. :)

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We returned home in the wee hours of the morning, and I took a short nap to prepare for opening night of White Christmas. I was playing two roles- tap dancer, and pit orchestra musician. I ran between the two throughout the show. :) Here’s a busy show weekend in photos…

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…and some photos Brian took of the show.

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During the show, I had a serious romance with Tyler… And he proposed in the final scene. Look at that rock! ;)

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And just to leave you on a very curly 1980′s happy note, here is me from my first year of tap dance lessons (photo courtesy of Robert Payne)

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Once a stylish woman, always a stylish woman. :)
Stay tuned for a whirlwind of December, including Amanda and Andy’s engagement photos, a trip to Idaho, a game at Lambeau, and more adventures… Including my triumphant return to running :)

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How to appropriately heal from a stress fracture…

Fall is typically my favorite season for running. The cool weather is easier to tolerate, there’s lots of races, and beautiful scenery. I was able to log some beautiful miles while tapering for Madison Marathon.

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Running with friends always makes the miles fly by. It’s easy to talk myself out of running if I am not feeling it, but I will never stand someone up for a planned run. Thanks for the miles, Mike!

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I had lunch dates with some of my favorite people… Nancy and Rickopedia…

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…and talked shop with Bill. :)

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I had a shoot over at the School of Performing Arts… little kids with tiny violins are the cutest.

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I love shoots that are related to music. The owners of this music school are colleagues of mine from my college days.
If you’re a new reader, you might be starting to get the idea that I have widely varying interests and activities. You are so right! To fill up some of my “free time,” I auditioned for and got a spot in the musical White Christmas, so I had some tap dance rehearsals. This was a really fun group of people to work with, and it was great to show Brian that yes, I actually know how to tap dance.
Really.
I’ll post pictures from the show soon! :)
That busy schedule distracted me from the predictable taper crazies, and before I knew it, it was time to race. You can read my recap here, including Santa hydrating me at mile 23 and some of my favorite signs from the race course.
I finished the race in the morning, ate a ton of frozen yogurt, slept in the car on the way home, and headed straight to teach ballroom. I had tap dance rehearsal on Monday and Tuesday, and I was still feeling pretty sore, especially in my left foot. On Wednesday, I took Abbie for a walk in my house slippers, since my foot was still hurting. I was hoping my body just needed a good shakeout run and a stretch, so on Thursday morning, I laced up my shoes and took Abbie out to the river. As soon as I tied the bow on my left shoe, there was some serious pain. I was hoping it wasn’t anything too bad, and left anyway. Abbie was so happy to get out of the house… she is a typically active Jack Russell, and she doesn’t care if I’m resting post-marathon or not. She needs her exercise! :)

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To my dismay, I only made it out about a mile before I realized that something was seriously wrong with my foot. Two miles logged for the day, and worry creeped into my normally optimistic brain. I took my shoe off, but the pain remained, and seemed to resonate through my ankle, foot, and calf.
I called my doctor, hoping for a cancellation so I could get in, but there wasn’t anything available. I did what any insane runner would do- I went to urgent care. The pain wasn’t urgent, but my mental state was.

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They did an X-ray, but educated me that they usually can’t tell a stress fracture immediately on an X-ray, that it takes a couple weeks to show up. They did recommend that I see my regular doctor, and she recommended that I see an orthopedic specialist. And she gave me a special kind of shoe that didn’t hurt to be on my foot.

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The orthopedic doctor appointment wasn’t for a few days, and I was ordered to rest. So I crocheted a scarf. :)

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When I finally made it in to see the specialist, he pushed and prodded all the spots that hurt me. He thought that I had a stress fracture in one of the “chunky” bones in my ankle, and some irritated and inflamed nerves in my foot. He said that he could order a bone scan to be sure, but that his treatment recommendations would be the same, so I opted to save the money, and headed straight to physical therapy. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, do not run. And wear this big walking boot all the time.

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Please enjoy this montage of my foot situation for the past 8 weeks.

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There was a small lapse in judgement, where I decided to still tap dance in the show. Turns out, tap dancing will prolong the healing of a stress fracture. It’s okay, I was wearing some of my favorite compression socks while doing it…

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I went in for my seventh tally mark…

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…and basically tried to rest. It’s hard to be such a busy, active girl with this boot, but I tried to make the most of it. :)
I hung out with friends and made Möbius strips.

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Went to coffee with Stef, and celebrated the liberation of my curly bangs…

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Visited my mom and grammie…

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Had drinks with Nikki…

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Witnessed the engagement of two of our good friends, Amanda and Andy!!!!

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Had my mind blown about a Trout Museum that wasn’t…

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Went shopping with the Benishek ladies and my momma for hunter window weekend…

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Bought a hat with ears…

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…and taught some adorable little girls how to make scarves, too!

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If I’ve learned anything through this process, it’s that I need to be more patient. Healing takes time!
Up next? Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping, a bunch of photo shoots, and photos from White Christmas. Thanks, friends :)

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