Thursday, November 03, 2011


We are headed to Utah for Thanksgiving this year. I will be "running" a 6k with a lot of my family Thanksging morning. Snapped this picture out on the bike trail while "running". I heard that people feel sad when they see birds flying south for the winter because they know there is a long winter ahead before the birds come again.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Occupy Lincoln

Today was a cold windy mess full of "frozen winter mix".  I bet it was a long day for these guys.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lunch at Grateful Bread

Mac and cheese with artichoke hearts and kalamata olives, cheddar scone and grapefruit soda. This is one of the coolest places in town and right next door to the Violin Shop. So I got new strings and an amazing lunch.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Auntie Mary came for a visit

We had the best time and managed to get a lot accomplished in a weekend. Highlights include the pedestrian bridge between Omaha and Iowa, pedicures,  the UNL football game against Ohio State that was the greatest comeback in UNL history (we left before the comeback), the zoo and enough beef consumption to last a lifetime. She spoiled us rotten. We love you!

My walk back from class

Campus is beautiful right now. I love Nebraska in the fall.

My crazy cat

Pippin is the crazy cat around here. I even turned the water on in the sink and she didn't move.

Monday, July 18, 2011


I have finally emerged from the craziest semester ever. Today I didn't teach so I made a ruffly felt rosette wreath while watching Kindermusik training videos. I just got back from a great vacation that I will post about soon.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

My favorite spot

This has been my favorite spot this spring. I drive over with my lunch and sit in my car with the windows down and listen to Anne of Green Gables books on tape. It has been a nice refuge from this semester. Yesterday I turned in my 14 page literature review and I have three more projects to turn in tomorrow. But right now I just want to soak in the deliciousness of spring.

Monday, February 07, 2011

"You can have it all, just not all at the same time"

This has been an interesting 30 days. Work, school, gym, husband (I'm afraid sometimes they are in that order). Sometimes I feel like I'm rocking it, sometimes I feel like I'm drowning. But these two people have helped me find some perspective. The first is a blog post from a new favorite Giver's Log. My favorite part of her post about finding balance:
"The only problem about the words 'finding balance' is that they make balance sound like a lost pair of keys. Something you uncover once and then you're set. But from everything I've heard or lived, I'm pretty certain that is not how it works."

The second is from a new found obsession of TED talks. These are conferences where super smart people get together and give talks about their life work in 18 minutes. They are fab. I subscribe to their youtube channel and they are the perfect length for a study break to get me pumped up to read for another two hours. Nigel Marsh speaks about finding balance by giving ourselves more than a day to get everything done, but less than "before I retire". His push is for giving tiny amounts of important time to the most important things at somewhat regular intervals. It doesn't have to be everyday, it doesn't need to be every week. This is my pitfall. I feel like in order for me to really accomplish my goals I need to be working on them everyday or every week, and then I fail. This talk helped me gain some perspective. Even if I only talk to one old friend in the entire month of February I have met my goal of catching up with friends. Let me know how you find your balance.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Organized Exercise

So this past week I went to two workout classes offered by campus rec. The first was Turbo Kick and the other was Zumba. As I was packing my gym bag the morning of Turbo Kick I was reflecting on how much organized exercise I had participated in before. The answer would be: not much. The last probably being the high school basketball team. (I guess I did a yoga class my senior year of high school, so that sorta counts because I only sorta attended.) I was a bit nervous and I actually decided to wear my cool roller derby tee shirt because I wanted the other kids to think I was cool. It's like I'm 14 again.

But once I got there things got much better. There were a ton of people in the class at all different fitness levels. The instructor was fun, but not ditsy and she was pouring sweat just like the rest of us. There is also something to be said about a lot of people doing the exact same thing at the exact same time. Like when we would all kick and jump together and it would make a big "boom" on the wood floor. It's exhilarating. It's like the high I get when I play music with a huge orchestra. It's fun to do be synchronized.

I didn't like Zumba as much as I liked Turbo Kick. Mostly because I felt like an idiot shaking my hips and butt, and I also felt like I wasn't working very had because I couldn't figure out how to make my feet move like the instructors. She also turned down the lights because it's supposed to feel like a "dance party" instead of an aerobics class. So I couldn't see and I couldn't do the moves.

So, I have accomplished by goal of working out 4x a week for the entire month of January and I'm feeling good. The scale won't move an inch, but I feel good.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

My sister, Jana

said I should blog more as part of my new year's resolutions. That would make the total number of resolutions three.

1) Average a 4 day week at the gym (I already accomplished this in December)
2) Talk to my friends more often (got a new web cam from Santa that I like to use on Skype)
3) Blog more

We had a great Christmas. Stayed in Nebraska, ate too much food and watched way too much T.V.; it was so nice. I feel refreshed and ready to tackle this semester. It's going to be a doosy. I got called to be the ward choir director so this semester I am:

1) Taking 7 grad school credits
2) Teaching 54 students a week
3) Have two church callings that take an extra two and a half hours every week on top of the three hours of church on Sunday
4) Going to the gym 4 days a week
5) Continuing my Suzuki mentorship which requires around 2 1/2 hours of homework a week

I am already praying for discipline. I think the key to this semester will be prayer, gym, eating breakfast and packing a good lunch. I got into a nasty Starbucks drive-thru habit last semester and I'm determined to not let it happen again.

I am going to rock 2011, I hope you do as well!