Archive for September 2013

How Facebook Made My Day

I know I need to finish writing about My Awesome Adventure: South Dakota Day 6 & 7, but I’ll get to that soon. Maybe even later today. However, today, right now, I need to talk about how Facebook made my day. Today is my birthday – yay me! I’m 46 years old, peri-menopausal, growing greyer... Read more »

My Awesome Adventure: South Dakota Day 5

Nope, no way. Not gonna happen. I was not going to do another 9 mile climb this day 5 of my awesome adventure in South Dakota. I knew that my legs would have been able, but mentally, I was toast. Still calorie depleted and mildly dehydrated, I nearly begged our guides to find someplace to... Read more »

Jared Anderson is Coming to Joliet for a Night of Worship

Omigosh, omigosh, omigosh! Jared Anderson is coming to First Assembly of God church in Joliet, IL, for a night of worship; everyone is invited, you don’t need tickets and it’s FREE! (We will take a love offering for Jared and his group during this evening of worship; give what you feel led to. Let’s show him and his group some... Read more »

5 Tips for a Thriving Marriage

You’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again: when you get married, it’s not instantly “happily ever-after.” It’s instantly, “Omigosh, she snores!” or “Oh NO! He squeezes the tube in the middle!” You will always find something to harp on, if you’re looking. So, in order to help see you through those days when... Read more »

My Awesome Adventure: South Dakota Day 4

We have to be up at WHAT time? Breakfast is at WHAT time? Yup, we had to be curbside to the van at 6:15 am where our guides had a table with breakfast all laid out for us; oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, granola and other goodies was our morning fare. We ate, loaded up the van... Read more »

My Awesome Adventure: South Dakota Day 3

On day three of my awesome South Dakota adventure, we were up bright and early for breakfast at 7 am. We needed to eat then get scooting to our morning destination – Rochford Trailhead on the George S. Mickelson Trail. What, you ask, is the George S. Mickelson Trail? It is a recreational trail created... Read more »

My Awesome Adventure: South Dakota Day 2

What an excellent day we had on this awesome adventure in South Dakota. All nine of the travelers in the group spent the first night in the same hotel – the Country Inn and Suites in Rapid City, SD. Not the fanciest place to stay – they didn’t clean the little coffee pot in my... Read more »

My Awesome Adventure: South Dakota Day 1

Travel Day Today, I travel to South Dakota for My Awesome Adventure. I hate traffic, I don’t like to fly, I’m a control freak and I’m a planner. Can you imagine how much fun I am to travel with? Two days ago, when my ride to the airport called and told me he couldn’t do... Read more »

A 911 Dispatcher's Memories of 9/11/01

Where were you on 9/11/01? As a child born in the late 60’s, I distinctly remember people asking each other, “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” Everyone that was old enough to remember, remembered clearly. I couldn’t understand why people would ask that; at least, not until September 11, 2001. My unfortunate “Kennedy” moment,... Read more »

Can I Run Away for a Week? Please?

Can I Run Away For a Week? Please? Yes, yes I can! This weekend I leave for an adventure vacation in South Dakota. As a stay-at-home mom, this is a really big deal for me, because I get to go BY MYSELF! I know, right? My wonderful guy takes vacation time, stays home with our... Read more »