Sioux Falls: Take 1

I’ve been sick with a cold the entire time we’ve been here in Sioux Falls but I still managed to take a few pictures. I thought I would share a few today. I’ll be back later with more shots and words. I just don’t have much for energy or motivation for more than this right now. Stupid cold!


Herb Garden


I was not exactly blessed with a green thumb. But I have been blessed with a streak of stubbornness that forces allows me to keep trying at something that I seem to have little natural knack for. Which brings me to my latest attempt at growing some form of plant life; a window herb garden. My dad brought me some herbs from his garden (he failed to hand down his agricultural abilities I’m afraid), and once again, I decided “challenge accepted.” So off to Menards I went to pick up some pots, chalkboard paint, and soil. I spray painted my little heart out (the one part of this project that was sure to be successful) so I now have 5 “chalkboard pots” that I can write the herb name on. I’m hoping that by adding a bit of craftiness to this project I will increase my chances of success. So here they are!

I have thyme, basil, oregano, sage and parsley. If things go well, I’m thinking about adding cilantro. But lets not get too carried away yet…

Sioux Falls Rewind

We are back on the road today, headed out to South Dakota. So I thought I’d share some of my favorite pictures from our last trip to Sioux Falls since I didn’t have my blog back then. It was an extra photo heavy trip since we visited the Sioux Falls Zoo while we were there, which was way better than I ever expected! Baby rhino. Need I say more?

Still having a hard time figuring out how to size my pictures right for the blog so please excuse the less than crisp photos!

365 Days Later

365 days ago I felt like I was standing on the edge of a cliff, about to leap off into a new life. In a way, I was correct. It just wasn’t the life I was expecting.

365 days ago I had just started my “retirement.”

365 days ago I was preparing to start Soliris, with a confidence that my relatively asymptomatic disease would become even more asymptomatic, that my counts would be stable or improve, and that I would be healthier than ever.

365 days ago I was excited to start a family, and was filled with hope that a baby was just around the corner for us.

365 days ago I was ecstatic to take 6th place at Champ Show with Lily, but a little sad because I thought it was likely the end of me showing and riding her for awhile because of our baby plans.

The past 365 days have been filled with tears, but also with laughter and happiness. There have been struggles that I never anticipated, life changes that have been challenging to say the least. But the days have also been filled with learning that sometimes on the other side of struggle lies something that is just as good as what you had to let go of. They have been some of the hardest days of my life, but they have made me stronger, they have made me who I am today, and for that, they have been well worth it. 365 days later, I am changed and have been stretched farther than I knew possible, but I am still smiling, and that is all that matters.

Catching Up

It’s amazing how quickly this little blog has become a part of my daily life. I’ve been away for 2 days but I feel like I’ve been away forever! Anyways, time to catch up. First up, the 30 Day Photo Challenge. Day 18: In My Bag.  This one was kind of fun as a snapshot of my daily life. Not so great from a photography standpoint but it definitely shows my habits. First off, let me just say that I love my purse and wallet. LOVE. And I’m not a purse and wallet kind of gal so that’s saying a lot. As for in my purse, you will find chapstick, gauze and bandaids (with platelets as low as mine, one never knows when a leak will sprout and refuse to stop), sunblock (I did have melanoma this year…), a notebook and pen, kleenex, a bottle of headache pills (I get them regularly unfortunately), and a little pouch I sewed that holds my earbuds for my ipod and phone. Oh the randomness.

Day 19: Where I SleptCould a picture of where I slept ever be complete without the munchkin? I think not.

Day 20: What I ReadI’m just starting Bossypants but so far I have to say it is hilarious!!! I love Tina Fey’s sense of humor.

Day 21: Pretty PatternI know it’s not really a pattern, but to be honest I wasn’t terribly sure what to do with this one.

Day 22: TreesThe trees are just starting to change colors around here.

And here are a few extra pictures I took while out and about looking for photos for the challenge.I swear he was posing.My favorite photo subject 🙂

And now for some daily life updates:

* My horse got kicked on Sunday and is now on the disabled list, right in time to miss out on the big last of the year horse show. I’m pretty bummed out to be missing it but my biggest concern is for her to recover quickly. The injury is actually one that she got over the summer, didn’t properly heal, and then got reinjured. It’s deep and near a joint so we are taking extra special care of it! This means more playing vet, administering meds, and flushing out the wound. The tough side of horse ownership. But it’s well worth it!

* Fall arrived in Minnesota last Wed. We went from 90 degrees on Sunday to widespread freezing on Wed. Doesn’t matter that I’ve lived in this state my whole life, I will never get used to these crazy weather changes! We have had some lovely fall days though which have been divine.

*After taking a cooking hiatus for the summer (J does most of the summer cooking on the grill) I returned to the kitchen yesterday. It felt marvelous. I made a big birthday meal for a friend’s birthday, complete with my secret family recipe chocolate cake. K, it’s not totally a secret but it is pretty special.This is how a paper crafter with absolutely zero cake decorating skills makes a birthday cake.

* I am still feeling super tired. I guess I’m just having a PNH week or two. I am lucky in that I don’t feel the effects of the disease very often. Weeks like this make me really appreciate how much other people are going through and how fortunate I am. This is not my normal and I am able to sleep as much as I need to for the most part. That is a lot more than many PNH patients can say and so I count my blessings.

* I am thoroughly enjoying the return of my shows and the arrival of some new shows I think I am going to love. Season premiers are a lot like the first day back at school. I always feel like I’m reconnecting with old friends. Yes, I am a dork. We’ve established this already. Some of my favorites include How I Met Your Mother, Parenthood, Raising Hope, Modern Family, Big Bang Theory and Parks & Recreation. The jury’s still out on Greys. Wasn’t loving it too much last year. As for new shows, I’m thinking 2 Broke Girls, Up all Night, The New Girl, and Terra Nova will be joining the list. I know it sounds like all I do is watch tv but in my defense, we have a dvr so there’s no commercials, and J and I love to snuggle up on the couch at the end of the day and watch a little tv to unwind together. Having good shows means we aren’t visiting the redbox everyday.

* I am working on figuring out the right way to resize my photos so they aren’t huge on here or blurry. It might take me a bit to get it right so bear with me!

Well, I suppose that’s enough rambling for one post! I’m out!