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Still Up In The Air!


Yesterday I wrote about how I was looking forward to my summer internship in Minnesota but the odds of me being able to go are looking mighty slim.  I learned today the results of the MRI on my knee and the news wasn’t what I was expecting. I was expecting a simple meniscus tear, which […]

I’ll Be Roughing It This Summer...

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I am really getting excited about spending much of the summer in Blackduck, Minnesota. I will be interning with the US Forest Service at nearby Chippewa National Forest.  I wish it wasn’t so far away but it will undoubtedly be quite an adventure.  I’m also anxious, and as the time draws near, I’ll probably be […]

Seeing a Stranger in the Mirror After...

Seeing a Stranger in the Mirror After Losing Weight

I’ve lost almost 30 pounds now and honestly, it feels a little weird.  After losing the next 20, I don’t even know if I’ll recognize myself.  I’m not used to my body being this size.  I try to sleep on my side and my bony knees miss the padding.  I sit on a wooden bench […]

Thoughts Before the Election


I’m sensing a little bit of panic by those who are supporting Decatur’s incumbent mayor Mike McElroy.  The election is next Tuesday on April 7th and I think there’s a real race between G.E. Livingston and McElroy.  A lot of that can be attributed to Governor Rauner’s push for right-to-work zones especially in Decatur, although […]

Discovering Geocaching


I don’t know what it is about me lately but I’m having a harder and harder time remembering so many of those memories I’ve shared on here over the years. It’s like I’m in a boat rowing further and further away, and now looking back the details on the shore are becoming a lot more […]

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