The weather here is just awesome…tonights highlights, Thunderstorms! The thunderstorms here are beautiful. As a child I grew up in Texas just outside of Houston and thunderstorms were a part of life. So as you can imagine they remind me of the simpler days in life where one was carefree. Thunderstorms make life better and remind me that I have to a kid every now and then to help keep life fun. One of these times I’m going to attempt to snap some pictures of the lighting. The rain, thunder and lighting have always been a relaxing experience for me. To bad the husbands dog doesn’t feel the same way. I swear she gets so work up over it that one day she is just going to have heart failure….
Safe Journey to all…
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I, like most people enjoy a three day weekend every now and again. This weekend was no exception, Veteran’s Day weekend is always nice though I will say I tend to hide the fact that I’m in the military during this time frame. It is always nice to hear the stores that come from the weekend, such as some friends of mine discovered that their lunch bill had been picked up by the table beside them as a thank you for there service. Every now and then people still surprise me.
I’m thankful that I both joined the US Air Force and also that I stay in. I’ve been in the military just over sixteen years and I would not trade a minute of it. I have done some amazing things, met some amazing people and because of everything I am a better person. I signed that dotted line stating that I would give the ultimate sacrifice, my life for my country if it is ever needed….I can say without a doubt that I would give my life for my family and country.
So enough with the patriotic speech…I did have some fun this weekend. I caught up on some reading (thanks to me seester for getting me started on The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon). I also went hiking on Saturday, once I’ve gone through the pictures I’ll post a few for viewing. I also did a little shopping, but nothing really exciting in this department. All in all it was a nice relaxing weekend. Next weekend I’m thinking about another hiking trip. The area here is beautiful with the all the trees and plants turning colors for the arrival of fall. Also the amount of wildlife is amazing; something that one does not see everyday in California.
I hope that everyone else had a great Veteran’s Day weekend.
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Fall has started here in Illinois and I have to say that it is beautiful! I have forgotten what a real fall looks like. The colors are only one of many things that I love about this location. Something else that I absolutely love about Illinois is the wildlife. While driving home today I saw a beautiful red fox just trotting along on the grass. While out hunting I’ve seen the most colorful birds, squirrels, flying squirrels, frogs, snakes, spiders, turtles, and turkey’s. I would never have seen these beautiful creatures in California. Something else that is amazing about this area (east side of the country in general) is the history. This weekend I’m thinking about heading to Springfield, Illinois to see the sights related to Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd.
When I first received orders to this Air Force base and location I couldn’t imagine being truly happy here, but now that I’m here I’m not sure that I want to leave (or at least I do not want to get orders sending me back to California). I have to say that the location is not as bad as people say. One thing that I have learned during my sixteen and half years in the military is that you have to find the good in everything and make the best of it. If you do not do these simple things then life, no matter where you are, will be miserable (especially in the military when you have no control of where you are stationed or how long you are there).
The past few months have been a little busy, but nothing that isn’t manageable. Work has been chunging along. I’ve started another class, in fact when I finish this class next month I’ll only have four classes left for my Bachelors Degree, which will be followed by the start of my Master Degree. I’m also thinking about completing a certification in something that I can do on the side.
For fun I’ve bee out hiking and hunting over the past few months. I’ve also been on a running and road bike riding kick. In fact I’m kicking around the idea of completing a week-long ride across the state of Iowa next summer called Ragbrai just to prove to myself that I can do it. I’ve also decided to complete in another Tough Mudder next year (this might just be an insane idea). Yup I’m an outside girl if you couldn’t tell that already…. Oh plus I’ve finished a few good books in the past months…
I hope everyone is having a great fall and safe journey through life!
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One month of no classes and then I’m back at it to finish my final four classes to graduate with my degree…finally! It has taken me too long to complete this degree, but at least it will finally be complete. Next on my list is to start my Masters degree which will hopefully not take as long.
However for the next month I get to relax some. I do have two test for the military that I must complete, but those will both be done within the next 14 days! What will I do with my spare time? I have some reading to catch up on as well as some hiking and some running. Yup I’m an outdoors junkie incase you haven’t deciphered that one yet. Honestly everyone should be some form of an outdoor junkie, it makes life simpler and the fresh air doe wonderful things for you. Something else exciting (at least for me) is that I think I finally found a new Yoga studio that is very similar to my old one. I’ve been here over four months and have had the worse time finding a studio that I like, but I think I have finally met with success. Oh, I almost forgot in December I’m headed to Texas to visit a friend for a few days. We are running the 5k Dirty Girl Mud Run. We run it every year, its a all in compass blast. This year I’m going to wear the action cam during the run for some video footage.
I think I will work on my photography while I have some time on my hands too. I love taking the camera on hiking trips. You just never know what you are going to see, especially around here. A dear friend has me thinking about trying to sell some of my work. I’m considering it, if for nothing else so others can enjoy the art and it gives my a little play money on the side. If the government here shuts down tomorrow then that extra money might be needed in this household.
So what is everyone else up too?? Any fun outdoor adventures to talk about?? Or any great places to visit??
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Wow its already the first day of fall…where has the year gone?? I have to say that fall is by far one of my favorite seasons with spring being the other. I love the color changes in the leaves and the crisp feel to the air. And before any of us know Christmas, New Years and 2014 will be here before we know it.
It is this speed of time that makes we wake everyday with a purpose, whether it be to run three miles, read a book, call a friend, or just take a hike in the nearby woods. There are things that I want to accomplish before my physical time on this Earth are over, so with each new day I thank Mother Earth for the life she provides me and accomplish one more wanted thing. I don’t count the things I must do, such as work…no it must be something fun or adventurous or new!
Hum what shall I plan for tomorrow…perhaps an early morning run, followed by some yoga in the evening or maybe a hike…I will have to wait and see what tomorrow brings me!
Tell Next time
Safe journey to all…
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So as I mentioned in an earlier post I had a Tough Mudder run yesterday. For those of you who don’t know what a Tough Mudder is, its basically ten to twelve miles of hell, mud, and obstacles. In the case of my run it was eleven miles with eighteen crazy obstacles. The run benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity that near anand yup there were even some Wounded Warriors out on the course with us) dear to me (These obstacles included fire, water, ice, mud, heights, you name it and I probably lived it yesterday. The Tough Mudder is one of the hardest obstacles courses that will test you in every way possible. Make no mistake this is not a race, this course was designed for team work. No one makes through the course without help at some point.
I have to say that yes I finished it, but I did not come out uninjured. I have cuts, bruises, scrapes, a knot o the head and even a few joints that I’m pretty sure that are twisted. And to be honest I still have mud on me despite the fact that I have taken two showers since finishing the course. I have to say that this was on of the hardest challenges in my life, which is now complete….I’m ready to face greater challenges thanks to this run.
I had a blast yesterday and even faced a few fears of mine. It was a reminder how much fun life can be and that a little challenge in life keeps things interesting and fun! I recommend that everyone find something challenging and fun in life…it is after all the spice of life that keeps us entertained!
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Yup I suck…It has been way to long since I last made an entry on my blog. Life has been moving faster than the speed of light for the most part. Every time I turn around there seems to be something new that I need to get done, finish or for that matter start. I’m looking forward to October for a few reasons…1. All Hollows Eve is finally here (this is one of my favorite holiday’s), 2. I’m taking a month off from school so that I can catch up on my reading and writing, and 3. Life in general will be a little slower (despite the holiday season that is fast approaching).
This coming Saturday I will be attempting some very crazy…yup I said crazy. This is the weekend for the St. Louis Tough Mudder and I’m officially a participant. I’ve been training for this event for about six months now and I have seen some great changes in me. I know that this first time I will not accomplish all the obstacles, but I will attempt every single one! I’m exited, scared and nervous all at the same time….wish me luck!!! I’ll post pictures when I get them.
As for my healthier me campaign that is going rather well. After a month of working out I finally started to see the results. And I’m still going strong! I’m hoping to hit my goal by the end of the year and hopefully I’ll pass my crazy physical training test in October without too much of a problem. This by far my biggest goal for the simple reason that I made my next stripe, but I could lose it if I fail this test. Talk about an incentive to pass!
So my dear Friend Kate got me started on a new book series called The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I highly recommend it to any one who finds history, the Scots and Europe rather interesting. The author writes a good story with characters that just pull you in. In fact I find myself getting completely pulled into the story to the point I hate putting the book down. I have to admit that my current class grade has suffered a little due to the series! Anyone have any other book suggestions??
Well I’m off for my morning run….I’ll write Sunday and tell you how my Tough Mudder went. And I promise to be a better writer and write more often! Writing is one of my saving graces.
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