Would Survivorman Approve?

Our Camp Every Month challenge continues: we winter-camped two weekends ago! This was my third time ever, and our second time this winter (the first, if you’re being literal, as our first time was in December before the solstice). For the most part, we enjoyed our Saturday-to-Sunday adventure, and learned a few things, as well: Staying…

Summer Camp in January: My First Yoga Retreat

You know that feeling, when you have a lunch date planned with a friend and you’re thoroughly excited about it? As in, you’re about to burst? You’re looking forward to the conversation, the attention, the upcoming re-forged connection, the laughter, the commiseration, the joking about the salad line, the sympathy for the experimental grain-free diet? Yeah,…

Good beer, exposure, and a spa

Following our return from Iceland, it took well over a week for me to sleep until the alarm clock goes off, on weekday mornings. It’s winter, here. So, about our trip to Iceland, just a few weeks ago this year: This was my second trip to Reykjavik and to the Airwaves music festival; my first, also for…

Ocean, breathing: a Yucatán trip

It took almost a week to identify it, but I’ve nailed down the best part of our recent trip to Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula: swimming in the ocean (er, the sea. The Caribbean!). The warm water, the extra buoyancy that the salt water provides, and the strange, puny-feeling yet very connected-to-everything sensations while being carried up,…

A best run

Saturday had fully exhausted me: I was at a conference for part of it, managed to injure myself there, then went to a movie and grabbed a few groceries, and even later went out for a quick bite for dinner with Steve. I vowed to sit on the couch all day Sunday; I’d been meaning…

Adieu, winter!

Getting to age 43 before you finally succumb to the bite of an ACE™ bandage fastener is somewhat gratifying. What was a little disappointing about the event: learning that there isn’t a sniglet for that nasty little object. “Fastener” doesn’t do it justice. The photo above (thank you, Jen R. for allowing me to copy it…

Winter fun in Hayward, Wisconsin

This past weekend included lots of snow, copious amounts of laughter and catching up with 10+ friends, a fair number of hours spent lounging in a comfy cabin watching snow accumulate, plenty of good food, more than enough beer and wine, a little reading, some good music, two hilarious snorting dogs, layer upon layer of…