General, Write-a-palooza 2017

20 seconds

My wife recently shared a video with me from a motivational speaker who talked about how all it really takes to move forward in life is overcoming 20 seconds of fear and then taking the plunge. The point being that what holds us back from taking the plunge into something new is the 20 seconds […]

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General, Write-a-palooza 2017

I hate insomnia

I awoke at 2:30 am. I had fallen soundly asleep at 9:15 the night before, but for some reason my body came to life hours earlier than I wanted it to. I decided to use the bathroom, hoping that maybe clearing my bladder would relax me. I crawled back into bed, and then it began. […]

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Enjoying a day off

I work in a job that gives me Martin Luther King Jr. Day off from work, and since my wife has to work I have the time to myself. I’ve had a relaxing day so far, starting with a good workout at the gym. My workout schedule got a little messed up this week and […]

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Sunset with Venus

Saturday night I got to go running out at Afton State Park with a bunch of friends. It was an amazingly beautiful night, and the snow was great for running. As I crested one of the hills I was met with an amazing sunset. It was made even more spectacular by the inclusion of Venus, […]

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Art during the Reformation exhibit

Today the wife and I caught the final weekend of the Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. This was a beautiful collection of pieces from the time of Luther’s Reformation, and showed how the artwork of the time was influenced by the religious upheaval that was going on at the […]

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General, Write-a-palooza 2017

Growing out of kittenhood

Our cat Jaina is only a couple years old, and still very much like a kitten in many ways. She’s rambunctious and still likes to play fetch, and she also doesn’t nap nearly as much as our older cat. However, she’s recently shown signs of becoming a bit more relaxed about things. In particular she’s […]

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Some XC skiing

We had some beautiful snow the last few days, and I wanted to take advantage of it and get on skis again. I skied one time last year in a short lesson, and so I wasn’t sure if I would remember anything this year. Everything went swimmingly while I was in the chalet and picking […]

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General, Write-a-palooza 2017

Trains in snow

Wednesday was our second day in a row with snow. It hasn’t been a lot of snow, only a couple inches per day, but it’s made commuting a complete mess and a pain. Tuesday it took me over an hour and a half to get into my office in Saint Paul. However, on Wednesday I was able […]

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General, Write-a-palooza 2017

Flag in the snow

Tuesday morning on my run I came across one of my neighbor’s flagpoles while it was snowing. I’m not a terribly patriotic person, but the lighting, with the falling snow, just made this image stick for me. It was a beautiful sight on a beautiful morning run.

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General, Write-a-palooza 2017

Some religious musing

Today I engaged in a discussion with someone online, as they shared their interactions around language and interpretation of language. I wanted to share my side of the conversation, as I feel like I spent a good amount of time and thought on it. I present these snippets here with some trepidation, as many people […]

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Tracking my strength training

I’ve started out the new year with a gym membership, and my wife has set up some strength routines for me to work on. Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a bit of a data geek. I like to track and categorize things, especially when it comes to fitness goals. That led me […]

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General, Write-a-palooza 2017

Some cultural eating

Saturday for lunch we hit a local Indian buffet. I got one of my kids to go along to try it, and despite finding it a bit too spicy, he had a good time. The cool thing about the place we visited was how authentic it was. Most of the patrons were Indian, and the […]

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