Finding Balance 2020, General

Waiting

Tomorrow is the last day of November. It feels like the month flew by, and dragged on, both at the same time. Just about every month of 2020 has had that same feeling. We’re stuck in this strange limbo where we want to keep pushing and pushing to get past this pandemic (as of this […]

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Finding Balance 2020, General

2020 and thankfulness

Each year I try to do a Thanksgiving post, and talk about what I’m thankful for. As I stare back on the train wreck that was 2020, doing that seems like a tall order. I think instead of trying to list off all of the things I’m thankful for, I’d rather talk about the act […]

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Finding Balance 2020, General

Quick Review: Red Dead Redemption

I’m waaaay late to the party here, but I finally grabbed a copy of Red Dead Redemption from my son and gave it a whirl. I enjoy story driven games, and I had heard a lot of positive things about RDR. I started playing this a few months ago, and tonight I finally got to […]

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Finding Balance 2020, General

Blowing electric snow

For years I’ve had a big, heavy, gas powered, 2-stage snowblower. It’s a beast of a machine, and I really don’t like it that much. Every year when I go to start it the first time it takes forever. I do all the stuff I’m supposed to at the end of the season, like use […]

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Finding Balance 2020, General

The postmortem will have to wait

I’ve been thinking over and over again about everything I want to say, could say, should or shouldn’t say, about the election. Honestly, I think many of us are still just coming down from the stress of it all and trying to process everything. I certainly have a lot of thoughts, and maybe I’ll talk […]

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Finding Balance 2020, General

The Fall Doldrums

The past few days I’ve felt mentally ‘meh’. The days have gotten shorter, and true to form for 2020, we ended up with one of the earliest snowstorms and cold snaps that I can recall. I was around for the legendary Halloween blizzard of 1991, and was even driving home from my job at the […]

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Joining the KREW

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of PATH Projects running clothing for men. I was introduced to them back when they first got started in 2018, and they’re my favorite running short I’ve ever used. The key things that make them work for me are No liner included – I hate liners in shorts. […]

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The first snow of 2020

Sure enough, 2020 is being itself again. We’re getting record setting snow on October 20th here in Minnesota. It’s amazing and wild to see 6 inches of wet fluffy flakes while there are still some leaves on the trees. In fact, it was that dichotomy that got me to grab my camera and take some […]

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Testing ESBIT Boiling

One of the main requirements of winter ultramarathons is carrying a stove so that you can boil water/snow and cook food. Most participants carry one of three different types of stoves, with one of them being an ESBIT solid fuel stove. I’m not going to review stove types in this blog, but am going to […]

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The first flakes

I decided I wanted to go for a bit of a longer walk for coffee the other day, and so I set out early, wearing my puffy jacket for the first time this fall. The air was crisp and cool, and the sky to the west looked somewhat foreboding. I wasn’t too concerned and proceeded […]

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Trying out air frying

As I’ve done more exploration into the plant-based eating lifestyle, I’ve encountered a lot of people who talk about the healthier benefits of air fries over traditional deep frying. I’ve talked to friends who’ve picked one up, and so tonight I finally decided to take the plunge myself. I went with the Instant Pot Vortex […]

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Review: Salsa Muluk Deore 11 (2020)

A couple years ago I finally got myself a fat bike so that I could keep pedaling through the winter, as well as do some off-road singletrack type riding. I wasn’t sure what to get at the time, so I picked up something used off Facebook Marketplace (Framed Wolftrax) and ran it through a couple […]

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