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Road trip!

I just returned from a month long road trip from Nevada to Wisconsin and back. I went for a wedding and for my sons’ annual family reunion camping. I won’t bore you with too many details, but I will say that Boulder and Denver were awesomely entertaining and well worth checking out. The Coors brewery tour was interesting and informative. The Cave of the Mounds in Blue Mounds, WI is amazingly beautiful. Nebraska is a lot more fun to drive through if you stop and check out the cities instead of a whole day of boring flat driving.
Also, I saved a ton in gas money by picking up what I like to call Professional Hitchhikers, people who post on rideshare under the community section on Craigslist. And I met some very interesting people who used Couchsurfing.org to travel cheaply and, of course, I joined and couchsurfed a bit myself. I took about 400 photos, but most of them were of the kids. Here is some of our trip:

Downtown Denver has some odd stuff to look at.  Downtown Denver

Golden, COGolden, Co

Washington County, WIWashington County, WI

Washington County, WIWashington County, WI

Lake Monona, Madison, WILake Monona, Madison, WI

Lake Monona, Madison, WILake Monona, Madison, WI

Iowa sunsetIowa sunset

In the Rocky MountainsIn the Rocky Mountains

Colorado River rest stopColorado River rest stop



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Give up the world; give up self; finally, give up God.
Find god in rhododendrons and rocks,
passers-by, your cat.
Pare your beliefs, your absolutes.
Make it simple; make it clean.
No carry-on luggage allowed.
Examine all you have
with a loving and critical eye, then
throw away some more.
Repeat. Repeat.
Keep this and only this:
what your heart beats loudly for
what feels heavy and full in your gut.

There will only be one or two
things you will keep,
and they will fit lightly
in your pocket.

by Sheri Hostetler

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..is now halfway completed.  I have successfully started up a blog.  Now, the second half: Post regularly, meet people, learn stuff, conquer the world ermm I meant, conquer the worm composting bin.  Simple spelling error…. Yes, that’s it.

I do have more New Years Resolutions.  Ones that will also take time, effort and dedication.

I will eat less sugar.  I will eat more greens.  This is an ongoing mantra.  If I repeat it often enough and with enough gratitude, surely the universe will deliver.  That willpower thing, I keep working on it.

Despite ongoing struggles with my willpower, in 2009 I was able to lose over 30 pounds and keep it off.  I want to add to that this year, and I want more muscle tone.  Don’t we all?

Green smoothies are currently all the rage, but I have yet to make one that is as delicious as the enthusiasts make me believe.  Actually, I have yet to make one that is tolerable beyond a few sips.  So that is another resolution: Try to perfect a few green smoothies recipes and do it without the luxury of a vitamixer.

Most importantly, I want to have a real garden growing by this summer.  Not just chickens,  herbs and aloe.  I want my own pumpkin patch and an Autumn tomato orgy.  I want rabbits.  I want a cow.  Well, that will have to wait for a bigger yard.

What do you think?  Green smoothie recipes?  Easy exercise tips for the slightly lazy?

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