13th Challenge: May’s Chapter

Who would have thought that getting a puppy would cut down on my reading? It’s true. Suddenly my time is spent throwing the ball, going on countless walks, playing, brushing, and my pockets are always filled with puppy treats. When I don’t have pockets, there is frequently a small bag of puppy treats tucked into […]

Road tripping with the puppy!

Adventures in Road Tripping

Somewhere in the dark on a windy mountain road outside of San Luis Obispo, I heard light puppy snores coming from the backseat of my Prius. In preparation for our eight-hour road trip, I walked Westley nearly three miles before getting in the car to tire him out. An hour in, my normally quiet dog […]

Holy Crap, I got a Puppy!

My May Challenge was going to be a sleep challenge. I researched ways to fall asleep, found a 14-day training program, and knew the environment I needed to create to help me fall asleep before 1, 2, 3am. I’ve had difficulty sleeping for about half my life, and no matter how little fun it sounded, […]

13th Challenge: April’s Chapter

April was a month of more work and less reading. I’m already more than halfway done with the reading challenge, which gives me time to slow down and enjoy my time, and the books more. Also, I have finished the easier categories, and am now reaching the categories I’ve put off, e.g. “Read a classic you’ve never […]

April Challenge: Order out of Chaos

My April goal was to make order out of chaos, create a somewhat minimalistic life and therefore live happily ever after in all of the additional space I created by getting rid of stuff. In my head, that’s what I meant by the “Tidying Up Challenge”. I successfully tidied up and organized these areas of chaos: […]

April’s Challenge: Getting Started

Really? A month dedicated to “tidying up”? Who have I become? I’ve always been good at getting rid of clothes and stuff, I hold very little sentimental attachment to most items, with the exception of books, music, pictures, hand-made awards from our annual outrigger “Mock Race”, a shell I found while on a small beach in […]

13th Challenge: March’s Chapter

First, I miss writing. March was a whirlwind of extremes, with its lows (company I worked for closed down abruptly) and its highs (new job for several of us at an awesome new company), with weeknights of three hours sleep some nights, and weekends spent only trying to get more sleep.  Of finally paddling a […]

Reading 50 Books: February’s Chapter

Continuing my reading challenge for the year, I found that February was a month filled with the magic of books and vacation. It was also the month of travel and stress that pushed me to long workouts and evenings spent diving headfirst into books late into the night. My February books can be classified into […]