The Ice Storm

My life is pretty exciting. I seem like a pretty boring person, but when you wrap up my years… and check-off things like learning to ride and buying a Harley, riding on the back of a Harley to Colorado, visiting Las Vegas via road trip through the southwest, and the multitude of shenanigans I’ve been in… It’s pretty great.

But this ice storm, friends, was one for the books.

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It actually got me excited instead of scared.

I’m the outdoorsy type. All YEAR= CAMPING!

SPRING/SUMMER = Hate shoes. Hate pants. Love being free in nature.

FALL/WINTER= Bring on the campfires!

So cabin life seems like the life for me. Even in the winter.

This event gave me a great glimpse into real life in a cabin in the woods, or life in the past.

At our house we lost electricity for almost EXACTLY 3 days. Thankfully we have a gas stove and a brand spanking newly insulated home, so we survived the first night in the cold house and were able to cook our meals, but we sought refuge with family for sleep the next two nights as the thermostat crept below 45.

There was wifi. But not enough technology to allow me to get any work done. Besides there were tons of baby evergreens to save from the weight of the ice!

I didn’t have to care about my looks, just about being warm and staying positive. And all in all I enjoyed the experience. I was able to do yoga, make coffee on the stove-top, and enjoy Michael’s company by candlelight.

Enjoy some candid snaps and shots from around the farm.

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Gold Dust Woman

 

My birthday has come and gone (5/20) and SO much happened in that week that I can’t even really fully tell you about everything, but I can start with the most exciting part of it…

I bought a motorcycle!

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After learning how to ride and being told I should be on a 650 I naturally went for a 1200…HA! But really this all happened because we found out Harley was wanting us to get rid of the ’13s and ’14s we had and the one I have been lusting after happened to be a 2013! So I got a really goo deal on it and the guys and Michael helped set me up with mid-controls so that I can reach everything, hehe.

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Each time I’m on it I find myself focusing on a skill to work on. You know when something doesn’t sound right or smooth.

I’ve ridden some in town and mostly on country highways.

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I’m thankful to have found another female rider at the same level of experience as I am! We probably would have never normally found each other as friends, yet here we are making plans to ride. I owe a lot of thanks to the guys in my life that have helped me stay going.

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They were pretty exhausted trying to get my friend’s sporty started.

Shes my Gold Dust Woman because of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks. She’s gold yes, but she’s a gypsy and a heart-breaker.

I’m doing my best to get my skills down so that I am able to attend an all female bike rally this year or next. I never would have thought I would love this hobby so much, but it’s been great to me.

Anyway! This is my ball-and-chain for the next 4-5 years! Ooodahlally!

 

 

A Seriously Beautiful and Warm Day.

Of course it was windy… But still so lovely. The farmers’ fields are green!

It was so nice to be able to rush about without a jacket!

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Top: Buckle (long time ago), Pants and Booties: Maurices, Necklace: Apricot Lane, Earrings: American Eagle; both a while back…

Again with the Stevie Nicks stuff! What can I say, this weather brings out the 70’s vibe and it is EVERYWHERE in stores! (HA! A Fleetwood Mac song!)

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I can’t wait to pair these jeggings with a denim shirt! And I AM looking for a different colored tank for under the chiffon top…hmmmm…

I want to talk a little bit about the boots I’m wearing today!

In my search for comfortable, fashionable, professional clothing and footwear… footwear always falls short of expectations for me. And it seems like it’s only me!

Folks…TMI…True Story: I Have Bunions Edition.

This means I can’t wear tiny little shoes. Not every day anyway. As a Paraprofessional/someday teacher, Tom’s have really saved my life. My foot can spread out as wide as it needs. But Tom’s are not great for wanting to look a bit more dressed up. Boots work VERY nicely, but after wearing them most of the school year ’cause Kansas is cold y’all!…eh. Some comfort ballet flats work, for sure… Then comes in the desert boot wedge to just change the whole game! Wedges are great because they are easier on the foot than heels and these styles do not have a drastic heel, about 2 and 3/4 in.

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I’ve been wearing mine for 4 days to test them out and day 1 and 2 were great. Day 3 I taught a 45 minute lesson, went grocery shopping at the end of the day, moved boxes at my aptartment for 30 minutes and with the general walking around my feet were pretty sore.

With that being said I still put them on for a 4th day and will for a 5th and yes my feet hurt, but not so much that I’m limping.

I think that these will make FANTASTIC every-other day shoes. I am also not used to wearing a heel! So I’m hoping part of this is just getting used to it, but I know for the health of my feet that rotating shoes is the best choice.

What I love most about these is the price! Knowing I want several colors and will be buying boots next fall and more Tom’s and flats I could NOT fathom spending $90 on 2 or more pairs. (Gotta have black and brown/neutral folks!) SO I was delighted when I slipped these on my feet at Maurices! For around $40 bucks you can have a VERY similar shoe. These are canvas, but I can imagine that they are very similar in quality/construction otherwise. And I can imagine that they will need replaced sooner than I would like, so I’m happy I found such a good price.

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I have ALWAYS loved Maurice’s shoes. I still have three pairs of these darling pumps from 6 and 8 years ago!

So, teacher friends out there, what are you favorite cute comfy shoes to wear?

Tomorrow is Friday everybody! How ’bout that! Looking for another lovely day, and if you can, make it just a tad less windy for us! 😉