Animals and Bear Spray

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OK. One last post about our trip before we get back to work. It is hard for me to believe that all of our travels and warm-weather fun are over and it is time to get back to work. It has been a near-perfect summer, so we cannot complain. The trip to Montana and Yellowstone National Park was the culmination. I loved the scenery and activities, but honestly I was probably most excited about the wildlife we saw.

Moose in Yellowstone

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Hello Yellowstone!

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On Monday, I promised to write more about Yellowstone National Park. There is no way to properly convey the vastness and other-worldliness of this enchanted place. Whole books have been written about it that still do not capture it all. Faced with the impossibility of covering everything, I will instead tell about our experience in the park in hopes that it will convince you to visit yourself. Yellowstone really should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Firehole River Yellowstone

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Montana On My Mind

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Douglas and I spent the last eight days in Montana. Well, that is not exactly true. I spent the last eight days in Montana and Douglas was supposed to. He abandoned me early to compete in the Olympic Distance Triathlon National Championship in Milwaukee, WI. Despite the fact that he was not there the entire time, I still enjoyed the trip immensely.

Mountains of Montana

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Why We Have Not Been Doing Projects or Proof That My Husband Is INSANE!

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Those of you who know my husband understand that he is crazy; those of you who do not know him are probably shaking your heads that I would title my post this way. I have a feeling that you will understand by the end.

You see, my husband is a triathlete. A triathlete is traditionally a person that competes in triathlons, races composed of swimming, biking and running. However, I think that Douglas intends it to mean that he will “tri” any kind of competition, the harder the better. This weekend I saw a t-shirt that read, “Insanity is what the undisciplined call dedication.” It is a thin line, in my opinion.

In total, he has done seven Ironman triathlons. A full Ironman competition starts with a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride and finishes with a marathon, which is a 26.2 mile run. However, those are not enough of a challenge for him any more, so in April he did a 100K race. One hundred kilometers are sixty two miles. I refuse to run sixty two feet, so it is beyond me that anyone would choose to do something like that. Remember what I said about crazy?

At the end of a 100k run

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How to Socialize a Cat

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Yesterday, July 25 was my birthday. It was a nice day. Last year, around the same time, I celebrated my birthday as well. It was my very first birthday as a married lady, and my husband went all out and completely spoiled me in a way that made me ask yesterday, “Hey, wait a minute. Today is my birthday. Where are all my amazing gifts?” It is not that I am spoiled… ok, maybe a little… the thing is that last year I received two of the most amazing gifts I have ever been given.

My cat, Crème de Menthe, my birthday baby.

The cat, Crème de Menthe

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Costa Rica Part II

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If you have read any of my last five posts, you know that I just returned from Costa Rica. This trip was not purely touristic, as I took a group of students there. We had several goals for the trip that I outlined in this post. Here is our itinerary.

Arriving in San Jose, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica Part I

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My brain is slightly fried right now, but I am going to attempt a few coherent thoughts anyway. I arrived home from Costa Rica at 2:00 am and still have not recuperated from our busy trip.

Hiking in the River Tigre, Costa Rica

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Trying to be Creative

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This post will be published a while after it is written, but it is something that needs to be said. Today, June 10 2013, Apartment Therapy published a post on Creative Wedding Photo Ideas. Suzy8track felt the need to say, “I don’t know but it seems like everyone is trying a little to hard to be creative and cute. If it were me, I would stick with the traditional photos, mainly because I want to look at my photos years from now and not be embarrassed by them.”

This hurt my heart. Why would creativity ever be a bad thing? Why would she look at someone’s ideas and think that person had tried too hard to be creative? It seems to me that creativity should come naturally and be promoted.

I had posted a link to our zombie wedding photos, and here was my response to her, “I do not think that trying to be creative is a bad thing, but some of us do not have to try. I was constantly encouraged to be creative as a child, and as a result I now have copious amounts of wacky ideas. Not all of them turn out well, but I will never be embarrassed of any of them. I also have plenty of traditional pictures, but the ones that truly bring a smile to my face tend to be the non-traditional shots.”

Zombie wedding shoot

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Cape of Dreams 101

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On Friday, I published my 100th post making this post 101. In honor of this historic milestone, I thought that I would go over some of the most popular topics from the first 100.

According to my WordPress summary page, the most viewed post is “Bedroom Transition to Fall.” It is surprising to me that changing my bedding and cleaning out my closets would be so popular, but there you have it. I just love seeing how little Crème is in these pictures.

Clean bedroom

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How To Refinish a Man

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Alright, I lied to get your attention. I have no idea how to perfect a man. I just happened to marry a great one, so not much “refinishing” was required. On Saturday, we celebrate our one-year anniversary. I am lucky to have found and married such a wonderful man. Thank you, Honey, for making me so happy.

Handsome groom

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