Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hydration

"Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet but one of the most vital." -Kelly Barton
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Friday, July 30, 2010

Day 6

"When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart." -Diane Ackerman
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Thursday, July 29, 2010

On the Road

"The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart." -Iris Murdoch, The Red and the Green
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Double Rainbow



All the way! What does this mean?!
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Somewhere in Iowa

"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." -Lao Tzu
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Monday, July 26, 2010

Summer Days

"I have no hostility to nature, but a child's love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons." -Ralph Waldo Emerson


Lots of corn here in Iowa.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

RAGBRAI 2010

A look at what I'm getting myself into during the next week:


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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Breakfast

"It's important to begin a search on a full stomach." -Henry Bromel

Starting off the day at the Iowa City farmers' market and co-op. Yum.
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Iowa Bound

"Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind." -Seneca


Headed up north with my baby for RAGBRAI! Iowa City tonight, Sioux City tomorrow...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Story Time

"Like stones, words are laborious and unforgiving, and the fitting of them together, like the fitting of stones, demands great patience and strength of purpose and particular skill." -Edmund Morrison
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fashion Statement

"He had earrings! Earrings! 1829 and he had earrings!" -93-year-old historian Warren Dalton tells his audience about John Gentry, a tiny Frenchman who established a tavern in Columbia once upon a time. Warren and his co-author David James spoke at the library last night about their book, Historic Downtown Columbia.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Rain, Rain, Go Away

"I get my best ideas in a thunderstorm. I have the power and majesty of nature on my side." -Ralph Steadman

Unfortunately, I didn't have any of my best ideas when our electricity was out this morning.


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Monday, July 19, 2010

"Matt this is a special ride with your wife!!!" -Matt's aunt wishes us well on our upcoming RAGBRAI adventures.
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Sunday, July 18, 2010

And the living's easy

"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world." -Ada Louise Huxtable
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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Loaded


As seen during our blueberry expedition to Jamestown, Mo.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Multitasking

"Can you eat and write?" -a professor requests to do an interview over lunch.
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Official Diagnosis


"You look happy." -an FBI agent's words of approval at the end of our chat for Tricia's security clearance. Of course I was smiling after constantly talking about two of my favorite people -- my best friend and my husband! :)

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

One Step at a Time

"I've always felt running is a form of meditation. Running enables us to stop our lives, to go out and find a safe place for ourselves." -Nina Kuscsik, marathoner
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Life is Good


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Monday, July 12, 2010

Home

"I have come back again to where I belong; not an enchanted place, but the walls are strong." -Dorothy H. Rath
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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wild Night

"If I get drunk enough, I'll make love to this thing." -A certain father-of-the-bride gets emotional about an expensive bottle or Chinese liquor.
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Saturday, July 10, 2010

With this Ring...

"A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude." -Rainer Maria Rilke

Congrats to Jenny & Ed on their wedding day!
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Friday, July 9, 2010

Traditional Clothing for Men

"I've got something on him -- I know what his real measurements are." -one of the men at Binghams jokes about knowing the (quite large) clothing sizes for one of Columbia's best known magazine publishers. Maybe he can blackmail him and get me a job?!
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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Rainy Days

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." -John Ruskin

What about when rain causes your backyard to transform into a lake?!
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

No Fear



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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Triple Scoop

"Both of my first bowls were pretty small, so I need to get another." -Matt goes back for his third helping of ice cream. This is what happens when there are massive quantities of Sparky's in the freezer :)
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Monday, July 5, 2010

Sleeping In

"One of the most adventerous things left is to go to bed, for no one can lay a hand on our dreams." -E.V. Lucas.
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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July!


"How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!" -Thomas Jefferson
Photo: Chinatown, San Francisco

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Holiday Weekend

"Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out." -Italian proverb.

Parley Pratt 4-mile run this morning. Prizes are watermelons! Hooray :)
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Friday, July 2, 2010

Senior Moment

"This is my sister-in-law." -Jean (my mother-in-law) introduces me to friends during our errands on Wednesday. We laughed about that for the rest of the day :)
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Breaking the Ice


"You have to be happy with one of those in your hand." -Marc describes how it's impossible to be grumpy while eating a Fla-vor-Ice. These colorful popsicles were a big hit at last night's Youth Track Night.

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