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Adventure Summit

Adventure Summit Report

Adventure Summit Report

A bright spot in the middle of the winter doldrums, I drove over to Wright State University for their Adventure Summit.  A chance postcard picked up at last year’s Buckeye Trailfest, I had never heard of this free event before.

Expo

There were plenty of vendors in the exp. Busy Expo Adventure Summit

Busy Expo Adventure Summit

Buckeye Trail Booth

Even Bigfoot made an appearance!

Bigfoot

Schedule of Events

There were fitness classes, some competitions, and presentations Friday night and all day Saturday. There were enough interesting sounding topics that it was hard to pick what to attend!

Boulder Comp Adventure Summit

My Three Favorite Presentations

Terry presented on having adventure, at any age, at any cost. She had recently done a challenge “30 Days of Crazy” where she had to do *something new* every day for thirty days. (In hind sight, she said she would give herself more than thirty days). This actually led to her writing a book about her “30 Days of Crazy”.  Terry encourage all of us to get out and experience an adventure, no matter how small.

Adventure Challenge

The next speaker was Richard, who biked East to West across the United States. Richard spoke extremely well, with a great self deprecating sense of humor. I picked up a few good tips for my bike touring.

Biking Across the Country

My favorite talk was Hiking the Camino de Santiago.

Hiking the Camino

This has become somewhat of an obsession with me lately-I should save that for another blog post! This married couple went on their Camino in 2017. They were great public speakers, and their room was packed! They should have moved their presentation to the main speaker room, but nobody probably knew the Camino was going to be such an attraction!adventuresummitsign

 

This was an all free presentation at Wright State University. I recommend that you check it out next year!

Week Three Art Journal Challenge Beauty

Art Journal Week Three Beauty

 

This is the third week of January. We’ve had snow, bitter cold, winds..and today? A high of 43 F. Feels like summer. Okay, I’m stretching it a bit. It’s time for Art Journal Week Three. My prompt was: beauty.

Week Three Prompt Beauty

Who came up with these prompts? (Me.) What was I thinking when I wrote down beauty as a week challenge to art journal beauty?

Art Journal Week Three Beauty

Start with a Face

When I thought of beauty, I first thought of the quote “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and then I thought of an attractive person-a female. I decided to draw a face. When I painted the face in, choosing white color, I paused. I was going to dabble and doodle all over the face, but decided to leave it blank.

Your Idea of Beauty

Later in the week, I decided to add pictures to demonstrate what a different point of view would find beautiful. A hot sports car. The Mona Lisa. A field of tulips. Everyone has a different vision of beauty. A mother holding a newborn. A trickling stream in the woods. The Milky Way.

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Quotes

I looked for a few quotes on beauty to add to the page. This one resonated with me.

Art Journal Week Three Beauty

 

Week Three Wrap

How did I think week three went? Eh, okay from a creativity viewpoint. The page seems a bit unfinished. I’m going to leave it for now, let it percolate. Onto Week Four!

Week Two Art Journal Challenge Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal

 

I’ve been pretty fascinated with bullet journals. I’ve “pinned” many pages on my Pinterest account.

Although very interesting, they seem like too much work for me.

When my little pen landed on “bullet journal” I pondered what to create for one week.

Week Two Art Journal Bullet Journal

Since I have been reading much more this year, I decided to go with “Books to Read” on the right. I listed my all time favorite books on the left.

Bullet Journal Books to Read Page

That still left the lower left quadrant. What to list?

Podcasts

Since I am a podcast junkie, I decided to list my favorite podcasts in January, then revisit my page in December and list my favorites, to see if there is any overlap. Sometimes my podcast attention span changes rapidly, so it will be fun to see what topics I have migrated to eleven months later.

Podcast Bullet Journal Page

On to Week Three!

Christmas Movie Reviews

Christmas Movie Challenge

 

I am a bit behind have been keeping up with my Christmas Movie watching! Here are my reviews from Week One:

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

All time favorite Christmas Movie

I love it. I love the Claymation, the Bumble, the dogs that jump on Yukon Cornelius sleigh, Burl Ives singing.

I’ve noticed this for quite a few years. Santa and Donner are DICKS to Rudolph.

Charlie Brown Christmas

All time favorite Christmas Movie

Another special I love love love. It’s funny, even in 1964, the commercialization of Christmas was an issue. But Linus always slays with his monologue:

Christmas Vacation

Christmas Vacation Movie Review

This movie was okay. Meh. A very young Juliette Lewis playing the daughter. I realize my husband drives like Clark Griswold! It was okay. I was wrapping a few presents, it was something different to view besides Property Brothers.  Watch it again? Probably not.

The Santa Clause

TheSantaClause

This movie was pretty cute. I watched most of it while putting up my Christmas tree, so it helped both activities-decorating the tree and getting a bit into the holiday spirit. Would I watch it again? Probably not.

On to Week Two!

Holiday Comfort Zone Challenge: Christmas Movies

Christmas Movie Challenge

I’ve been stuck in a rut with Christmas movies.  This means I  have not watched a new Christmas movie since “Home Alone” and “Die Hard”aka 40 years ago. I’ve never fully watched “Elf”, “A Christmas Story.” Or even National Lampoon’s “Holiday Vacation”.

Why Bah Humbug

Working retail, I kind of hate the Christmas season. It’s shoved down our  throats from Halloween on. If you only visit stores, your exposure is rather small. But spending ten hours in a store? You become rather immune, then rather allergic to the whole concept. You can’t wait for all the noise, all the fan fare, to just GO AWAY.

Challenge

Christmas Movies

My Holiday Challenge is “to watch a holiday movie or “special” that I haven’t seen, every day, until Christmas.” The impetus came from a flyer I picked up shopping at Kohls, which advertised a different holiday movie every day. I don’t plan on blogging on each one; maybe just a weekly recap, on what I watched, on what I thought, and my rating on the candy cane enjoyment factor.

candycanerating

So, on Dancer! “On, Donner! On, Blitzen! On, Chewy! On, Tavo! C’mon, Becto” **

**Probably need to be old to understand this…

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone-Buy Wine at Aldi

Step Out of your Comfort Zone

I heard there was an award winning bottle of wine available at our local Aldi grocery store. (Or, here in Ohio, it’s always called * Aldis*.  It’s a Buckeye thing.)

 

Shopping at Aldi

We’ve shopped at Aldi since they popped up here in Ohio. They used to be more of a bulk food type store. The food items were left on pallets. You brought your own bags-or bought them at the store. There were very good prices on most food items.

Aldi

Aldi Remodel

It seems most Aldi stores were remodeled in the last few years, and the concept of the store has changed a bit. Prices are higher. Items are placed on shelves now.  There is more environmental friendly lighting and organic products available. I’ve read the company is starting to copy the Whole Foods 365 model.

Wine at Aldi

Some Aldi stores carry wine. We’ve tried a few bottles from the store-why resist a 4.99 bottle of wine? What do you have to lose?

Aldi Rose

The Award Winning Wine

The  Cotes de Provence 2016 Rose earned a silver medal at the International Wine Challenge. The rose is a blend of syrah, grenache, and cinsault grapes.

Rose

Results

It was good. Light, with a bit of a strawberry flavor, but not sweet. Yes it as probably the best 7.99 Rose I’ve had. I did not do a blind taste test like this article did, and they concluded they couldn’t taste the difference. So why not take a chance on eight bucks and buy a bottle? But buy it now, this was a special purchase~and drink it today, rose wine is not meant to be cellared!

Aldi Rose Wine

 

 

Favorite Podcasts 2017 Edition

Favorite Podcasts 2017 Edition

It is September 30, which is International Podcast Day.  It is time to share my new favorite podcasts for 2017.Podcast Day

Some of my listening has shifted due to changes in my life. I’m no longer running but still striving to keep a active outside lifestyle.

Pedalshift  A bi-monthly podcast by Tim Mooney, it is focused on bike touring. I have picked up many tips listening to the podcasts. It helped that Tim is based in the DC area and is quite knowledgeble about both the C&O Towpath Trail and the Great Allegheny Passage Trail.

Outside In A Show About the  natural world and how we use it. Highly produced by New Hampshire Public Radio. I really enjoyed “Always Wear Earth Tones” about a man who lived outside for nearly two decades before he was found out.

Science Vs Presented by Gimlet Media, Science Vs takes on fads, trends, and the opinionated mob to find out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between.  Sometimes it’s fun to just have a random podcast about whether nuclear energy is safe, or whether lemmings actually commit suicide-Science Vs will find out and present the facts.

The Intelligent Racer Podcast I didn’t know about this podcast until they interviewed Gary Robbins and John Kelly of The Barkley Marathons. They get all sorts of people on their podcast, including Ryan Sandes who won Western States in 2017, and Mike Reilly, the voice of Ironman.

XX Will Travel  Another “new to me” podcast I stumbled across.  A podcast for independent women travelers, many assorted shows on different subjects, reviews of cities and countries,

Women on the Road-somewhat of a spin off of the She Explores Podcast, interviews with women who are living on the road, usually in a van set up.

Wild Ideas Worth Living informative podcast interviews about people who have set big goals for themselves and achieved them,  usually in some manner about the natural world and adventure.

Any new and noteworthy podcasts for me to take a listen to?

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