Blowing & Drifting

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The Real Christmas Workshop

December 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Forget Santa’s workshop at the North Pole: Julia’s workshop at the kitchen table is where the real magic is happening. She’s made amazing presents here for Shannon and Genevieve. I can’t wait to see what she makes for me!

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · borrowed content · diversions · family · girls · Minnesota · Northfield · parenting · photos · winter

Jingle Bell Runners (and Bikers)

December 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Last year, the Northfield YMCA asked our local bike club if anyone would like to lead out the annual Jingle Bell Run downtown. Several of us fatbikers were interested, and had fun leading racers over the slick, cold course. This year the Y asked us again, so again a bunch of us showed up, though […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · cycling · diversions · family · girls · Minnesota · Northfield · parenting · photos · sport · winter

A Darkness Ride

November 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

The gang of gravel cyclists here in Northfield have, under the leadership of the indefatigable Bruce A., made a custom of rides on (or nearly on) nights with full moons. These “Full Moon Howl” rides are pretty great. This month, another of the gang’s leaders, Joe P., proposed the opposite – a “Darkness Ride” on […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · photos · sport · winter

I’m Such a Yankee

November 18th, 2014 · No Comments

I’m such a Yankee. Sadly, the countries-I’ve-visited map would have just two spots of color.

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · borrowed content · diversions · narcissism · recollections

Winter Riding Goals

November 16th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Halfway through November, and a week or so into an early winter, I’ve settled on five goals for my winter riding. In descending order: 1. Finish the 200k course of Jay P’s Fat Pursuit in Idaho on January 10 within the time limit – about 36 hours. Last year I made it through 100 miles […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · Northfield · photos · sport · winter

Oakland C-A

November 10th, 2014 · No Comments

One of the high points of most summers at work is a conference for other grantwriters at liberal arts colleges. The conference moves around the country each year, and this year was held at Mills College, a beautiful little institution in Oakland, California. Mills is crowded with amazing eucalyptus trees and gorgeous buildings with wonderful […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · Carleton · diversions · photos · traveling · work

November Bloggery

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

I’ve been horribly remiss in keeping up with this blog all summer long, making only 19 posts since May, even though I and we have had a very busy, eventful summer and fall! Riffing on the National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo and Academic Writing Month or AcWriMo, I’m going kick off my own Blog Writing Month or […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · diversions · miscellany

Tired From Just Knowing Her

September 13th, 2014 · No Comments

I just don’t know how Vivi does it. She was up past midnight at a sleepover, then awake at seven. After a mammoth post-lunch meltdown, we went for a three-hour hike slash creek stomp at a cool little park south of town. I have been basically catatonic since dinner, but she somehow had the energy […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · diversions · family · girls · nature · Northfield · parenting · photos

Throwback Thursday

August 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Vivi and I spent quite a bit of the second half of July working on this 500-piece puzzle. She was a good partner. Working on this monster took me back to working on giant puzzles with my great aunts Mayme Leppanen and Selma Palojarvi in Ironwood Township, Michigan, when I was about Julia’s age.

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · borrowed content · diversions · family · girls · parenting · photos · stupidities

Girls Crush Gravel

August 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Last summer, the girls were almost always up for a bike ride – around the block, through the neighborhood, down to campus, over to downtown. This summer, I’ve had less luck. Julia has been enthusiastic about riding near and far, but Vivi has been reluctant, for whatever reason (prime suspect: Julia’s enthusiasm). So when Julia proposed to […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · diversions · girls · photos · summer

The Barkley Marathons

June 24th, 2014 · No Comments

“The Immortal Horizon,” a gorgeous article in The Believer by Leslie Jamison about the fabled, almost impossible Barkley Marathons trail race. That the hardship facilitates a shared solitude, an utter isolation that has been experienced before by others and will be experienced again, that these others are present in spirit even if the wilds have tamed […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · borrowed content · diversions · sport · stupidities

Tri-County Fatbike Tour and Eating Contest

June 11th, 2014 · No Comments

With the Lutsen 99er mountain bike race just over two weeks away, I needed to get in one more big ride before the window for “training effects” closed. Home and work calendars lined up to make today the best option, and though I would have gone out even if it was 40 and raining, I […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · Northfield · photos · sport · spring · stupidities

Four square: A Crazy Game

June 9th, 2014 · No Comments

This spring, the girls got very interested in the playground game four square. I never played the game growing up, so I had no idea how to play, and in fact at first I confused four square with tetherball, another game I never played.* Now, the girls love this game, and want to play it almost […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · borrowed content · diversions · girls · Minnesota · Northfield · parenting · school · spring

Track and Field, Fourth Grade Style

May 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Yesterday, Julia’s school put on its annual "track and field day" for the fourth and fifth grades. I enjoyed volunteering (the kids ego did the 4×100 relay were intense!), but I also loved seeing Julia run! She did the 100 meter dash and then -despite saying she was exhausted – also did the 400, after […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · diversions · girls · Minnesota · Northfield · parenting · photos · school · sport · spring

Field-Trip Thank Yous

May 28th, 2014 · No Comments

I had fun a couple weeks ago chaperoning Genevieve and two of her classmates through the wonderful field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The teachers do an amazing job of preparing their students for the trip, and the kids really enjoying seeing up close the art they’ve been learning about in class for […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · borrowed content · diversions · girls · Minnesota · parenting · politics · spring