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I’m Back…Again

So how do you like me? I return after a three week break, write a couple of posts, and then disappear for another week and a half. What can I say – It’s September in higher ed land  🙂

For those of you who don’t know, I work in student affairs at our local university (in career services to be exact). While I don’t really work with your typical opening programs at the university, September turns out to be a busy time for me. With students back, appointments start appearing all over my schedule, meetings are back on after the summer hiatus, and emails start pouring in from students and employers. There have also been a lot of late nights attending events related to our upcoming career fair and preparing for my new class (happy dance – I LOVE my class 😀 ). It’s a never-ending stream of stuff…

At least until we hit October.

Of course, life outside of work hasn’t come to a standstill, which is both very good and kind of bad. It’s good because Jason and I have been super social the last few weeks. It’s bad because my house is a minor disaster zone.

Here’s a little look at what I have coming up for the blog:

  • The final posts in my vacation recap – Hooray!! We still have to leave Sequoia/Kings Canyon and wrap-up our time in California with a short stay in San Francisco.
  • It’s college football season and my beloved Badgers are back in action. Jason and I took in their first couple of home games at Camp Randall Stadium.
  • We started a landscaping project that’s progressing slowly. Part of the reason for the project is to create a nice garden and bird-friendly area along the side yard. The other goal is to cover our neighbor’s lack of yard maintenance.

If you haven’t already seen it, make sure to check out my latest gear review for Camping Gear TV. I share my thoughts on the Kigo Curv women’s minimalist shoes.

Navigating a Busy Weekend with Fingers Crossed

Well, we are just a little over a week out from our trip out west. However, our travel plans are still a little uncertain.

As I wrote back in May, our original trip – a 5-day loop trip through the Yosemite High Sierra Camps – was cancelled due to snow. After the initial disappointment wore off, we went back to the drawing board and modified our vacation plans. As it stands, we will still visit Yosemite National Park, staying in one of the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge’s tent cabins, for the first half of the trip followed by a drive south to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks for the second half.

Unfortunately, Tuolumne Meadows Lodge is still not open. The tentative open date is Friday, July 15. We arrive on Tuesday, July 19. The conditions in the high country of Yosemite are still that bad. Snow can suck it.

Any good vibes you can send our way are much appreciated.

Even though our weeklong vacation is a week away, Jason and I kept ourselves busy this weekend. Friday afternoon, we headed up to Madison on a quest to find some new clothes for the trip. Our first stop: REI.

While I didn’t have much luck in the vacation clothes department, I did score some of my favorite running tights from The North Face, on sale no less. I also picked up a couple of new books that I’ll be sure to share my thoughts on once I dig into them.

Jason and I followed our REI stop with the mall. I picked up a couple of tops from Dick’s Sporting Goods and a couple from Eddie Bauer. While at Eddie Bauer, I also found a new dress for Saturday’s activity: the wedding of our friends Justin and Erin.

Saturday was a beautiful day for a wedding, even one that was indoors. With about two hours to kill between the ceremony and reception, Jason and I went on the hunt for food with a view. We found it at On the Rock Restaurant in Watertown.

Jason and I ordered their three appetizers special, the Cardiac Arrest or something of the sort, along with a couple of beverages.

Instagram fun!
Break between ceremony & reception: Doin' it up right!

Jason chose chicken tenders for himself and mozzarella sticks to split with me. I picked the fried pickle chips.

I have read about pickle chips on other foodie blogs, and all the reviews of this snack are right on: they are awesome! I devoured the chips, and if it wasn’t for the meal waiting for me at the reception, I totally would have ordered more.

While we ate, we enjoyed a view of the Rock River.

After our snack, we continued on to the reception. Check out the couple’s super cute cake topper. FYI – both the bride and the groom played rugby in college.

Justin & Erin's Wedding - July 9, 2011

Alas, no hiking this weekend. There was a four-mile run today in the 80-degree heat, so I’m quickly running out of steam. Hoping you had an enjoyable weekend, whatever you spent it doing  🙂


In case you missed it, my first official gear review for Camping Gear TV was released earlier this week. I shared my thoughts on Hi-Tec’s V-Lite Infinity HPI adventure sports shoe. Be sure to check it out!

 

My New Gig

I suddenly realized that I never posted about my newest gig in the outdoors blogging/vlogging world  😯 . I am now working with CampingGearTV as one of two new female gear testers! The two of us are vastly different in our backgrounds as they relate to the outdoors and in our usual activities in nature. I think our two viewpoints will nicely capture the difference in women’s experiences in the outdoors.

A few weeks ago, I spoke with Ben and Josh from CampingGearTV and we put together a little video to introduce me to their audience. Enjoy!

Introducing Laura, Newest Member of CGTV

I have already received my first pieces of gear, and I’m excited to record my first video to share my thoughts on what I’ve been using. You’ll just have to wait and see what I’ve been testing out  😉

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