need to record this

i had a very vivid and weird dream that woke me up at 5a, so it should be documented.

tornadoes, a lot of my mom’s crocheted afghans, my friends colin, shannon, and chris, made cameo appearances. the end of the dream was my friend colin watching me lose consciousness as my lips turned blue from the pressure of the tornado overhead.


or, “what did you do on your friday night?”

since i’m hitching a ride with some acquaintances to EF17, i want to pack lite, which means i’m trying out food dehydration. since i had some of my overnight oats* all ready to go, i decided to give it a go.

the dehydrator instructions for fruit leather said to grease the tray with something, but since my breakfast isn’t supposed to be greasy, i went with a light avo spray and made sure it went on extra thin. i spread out the oats that i had (two-servings-worth) and turned on the machine:

this is what it looked like after one hour:

and after two, i flipped it over:

after three and four hours:

i let it rest in the machine for the night, as it would likely dehydrate more, and i was tired of checking on it.

in the morning, i cut it up into what i thought was two servings and decided to try the jet boil to taste the results:

it wasn’t as sweet as fresh, which is surprising since the almond milk that i use is the less-sweet sweetened kind. i guess i didn’t realize how much sweet it imparted. after i made the amount that i thought was correct, i found that even half of that was enough for a morning get-me-going meal. so, i might have enough to take to the festival without having to fuss with more.

the next trial will be scrambled eggs and polenta. and if everything about this fails, i have some boxes of zatarain’s rice meals to pack.

*my recipe is a slight modification to the one in oh she glows, but it’s very similar.

first camp

i’ve been meaning to write this post for a few weeks now. i am finally relaxing on a sunday afternoon, so i can type it up.

matt and i had never been camping together. the last time i actually camped (the music event last year doesn’t count because i ended up staying in my car) was before i bought the house (so, over 10 years ago) and jones was wee. and it kinda really didn’t count because we were on some private land in blanchardville with access to a plumbed toilet and downtown was a mere 5-minute car ride away. and, i was with someone else.

anyhoo, we picked a state park on the recommendation of a couple folks and drove up there with the car full of dogs and supplies. we brought with some pig knuckles to keep the dogs occupied while getting used to the new place; those worked out really well. matt got the fire going and i got the tent set up. we hung out and had dinner. eventually, i went to “bed”. it gets quotes because i barely slept. the sleeping pad i had brought sucked, i couldn’t get comfy, my inflatable pillow was too soft for sleeping on my back (which i don’t like to do anyway) and too hard for sleeping on my front. i snored. i tossed. and then something scared merle, who barked inside the tent, which made jones bark outside the tent (matt and jones stayed up to watch the fire), which woke me up. i think matt came to bed around 5, which was about when i decided that i couldn’t continue to try sleeping.

luckily for me, tho, not being able to sleep led to my setting up the hammock in order to doze a little. i didn’t really nap, but it was nice to relax since i couldn’t do much else.

the sun hitting my leg makes the background look like it was green-screened in. i got the fire going from the coals from the night before and swung back and forth for a while. until i got hungry. we brought eggs for breakfast, but i used one to try out the jet boil’s ability to, well, boil an egg.

it came out perfectly.

here’s merle, enjoying the sun at camp.

and here’s nora after we got home and everyone was able to relax and sleep.

we haven’t planned a second trip, but it’ll be some time.

i’m working on my preparations for take-two of the music festival that didn’t go as planned last year. the start of which is featured in the following post.

playing catchup

with all of my offline documenting, i’ve been neglecting the blog again.

my first run was a success! i couldn’t get the g.d. app on my watch to keep going when it went to sleep, so i didn’t get a count of my time, but i think that might have been a blessing in disguise, cuz i really didn’t want to know.

it was pretty warm by the time the 3K folks got to the start line, but a lot of the route was shaded, so it wasn’t unbearable.

i had biked there and back, so i got 11 miles in on a saturday that i normally would have been just tooling around the house, so that was a bonus.


i’ve found a new favorite pen for my bujo; the muji .38. it’s a gel, but it’s so sharp that you really can’t tell. and, i can write super tiny, so i’m less concerned about how much space to designate for each day.

i’m diggin’ the journal anyway. i go back and forth between setting up a month’s worth of weekly layouts and just doing week-by-week in order to make little modifications. for example, last week, i haphazardly added step tracking and if i had july all done, it would have been haphazard the whole rest of the month. this way, i was able to incorporate it into the layout (it’s the chuck-taylor-looking shoe icon under the music notes).

we went camping the weekend before my run, and i still need to post about that. it’s a to-do in the journal but hasn’t made it off the to-do and on the to-done.

my first run!

so, i haven’t technically completed the c25k training program, but since the first run is a 3k, i feel like i’m in an okay place.

run for our rights is the run i’m doing tomorrow morning. i have hopes that it will go smoothly and there won’t be too many people there with opinions that oppose women’s rights to safe and effective reproductive health.

i’m getting riled up just thinking about it. maybe it’ll help improve my mile minute.

summer summer summertime

it’s already going by too quickly. august is right around the corner and, before you know it, there will be frost advisories.

maintaining the bujo makes it a little easier to be mindful so time doesn’t fleet.

i’m still playing around with what i want to track and the most efficient way to do so. i’ve seen other folks track their sleep hours in a line graph and have considered doing the same, but i think i want to track each day’s sleep hours (because i can tend to toss and turn in the middle of the night) instead of just the number of hours, and i want to keep them close to the daily mood to see if there is a correlation.

if there can be such a thing as an issue with bujo, the issue i uncovered today is that i haven’t had time to set up next week but, since it’s friday, i have plans to write down for next week. i wonder if folks do a month at a time? i feel that, since i’m new and making changes, i don’t want to do a whole month’s worth of weekly layouts at once. the struggle is real!


there’s something meditative and cathartic about putting together the weekly layout, but it would be nice to template this somehow.  i guess everyone’s bujo is too individualized to get a whole notebook printed.