Day 341: Office

ElevatorMy company moved to a new building last week. Since Thursday was my last full day at my old office, I decided to take a few pictures of my desk and the building. I’ve worked at my company for eight years, which means that I’ve worked in our old building for a quarter of my life. I’m going to miss the old space. I spent a lot of my life there.

Filing Cabinet

Hand RestOf course, there are some things I won’t miss. For example, my messed up hand rest. Good riddance!

Elevator ButtonsMy building is rather historical and the elevators, especially the doors to the elevators, were beautiful!

PlantThis plant of mine is giant and used to sit on top of my old file cabinet. It came with me to my new building.

Congratulations FlowersGoodbye, old office! You were great!

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Day 324: Year in Review Video

So my 365 project is not quite over, but I decided the other day to make a video on it now, just for the heck of it. The video took me four days, which is kind of a lot compared to other projects, but it definitely shows the breadth of what I’ve done this year and, I must admit, makes me feel rather proud.

Day 302: Family Dinner

Family Dinner

On Sunday, we invited my whole family over for dinner and Jim and I made pork chops, brussels sprouts, pan-fried potatoes with rosemary, and a delicious salad. The dinner turned out really well, but I was so busy preparing that I forgot to take a picture until the end. Oh well!

Thanks, family, for coming over! It was a fun evening!

Day 171: Club Soda

I’ve tapped into something amazing at my office. Through numerous and very important discussions, I’ve discovered that many of my co-workers love club soda as much as I do. Unfortunately right now, the pop machine at my office doesn’t offer it, but not for long!

On Tuesday, I got permission from our office manager to add club soda to the machine (yipee!), so I created a survey and sent it out to the people on my floor in order to figure out which of the eight sodas currently in the machine we should get rid of. I asked them how many cans of each type of soda they drink each week, as well as how many cans of club soda they would drink if we had it.

The results confirm my belief that club soda is the most amazing drink ever: club soda is set to be the most popular drink by far!

In honor of this, I drew a picture of a cute can of club soda.

In case you’re interested, Pibb Xtra lost.

 

Day 149: Garden

Tomato Plant

Basil Plants

Cucumber Plants

Bowl Turned Over

On Monday, I made a garden! I put in four tomato plants, a cucumber plant, an eggplant plant (hehe), and four basil plants. I also already have mint, chives, oregano and parsley growing profusely in my herb box, so I think that pretty much covers everything, excluding green beans, which we decided against in favor of having an extra tomato. Hopefully, that was the right decision.

p.s. On Monday, I also had friends over for dinner and afterwards I dropped a bowl full of veggies on the stairs on my back porch. Made for a depressing, but cool picture.

Day 148: Motel and/or Hike

Motel

Indoor Pool from Outside

On Sunday, you could either say I made very little or a whole lot.

I took three pictures of our motel in Wisconsin (two of them are above), which isn’t much since usually when I do a series of photos I take between 20 and 100 photos. This would count as the “very little.”

On the other hand, I also took a 12.5 mile hike along the Ice Trail in Kettle Moraine South in scalding 95 degree heat. I’d like to call this the “a lot.” In a way, you could say I “made a hike” or “made progress toward becoming more fit” or even “made strides in finishing my 32 before 33 list, since hiking the entire length of the Ice Age Trail through Kettle Moraine South in Wisconsin is on my list. Sure, it’s kind of a stretch, but I feel like it’s a stretch worth taking since the hike almost killed me.

We got a late start for lots of reasons–we ate a slow breakfast, had trouble finding the trailhead, and are generally slow movers in the morning . We got on the trail at 11:15 a.m. and started with a leisurely pace. It was really nice. The scenery was beautiful with big pine trees and oaks on a deeply forested trail. There were also lots of hills to climb up, a welcome change for an Illinois girl.

Around 2:15 we got to a break in the trail with a parking lot and a trail map. That’s when we found out we still had 7.5 miles to go (and we had already gone 5 miles).  See, we knew the trail was long, but because the state park website is pretty bad, we were having trouble figuring out just how long the trail was. We thought it would be somewhere between 8 and 12 miles, but we didn’t figure out it was 12.5 miles until we got to that parking lot and were already feeling kind of tired.

In any case, we filled up our 32 ounce water bottles and got back on the trail, which started through a patch of forest with tons of raspberry bushes (if only they were ripe!). Unfortunately, the forest quickly faded away and we were suddenly hiking through a giant open savannah. In intense heat. With only 32 ounces of water.

We hiked that way for three more hours. By the end, my heart was pounding so hard, not because I was physically exhausted, but because I was getting dehydrated. But I pushed on. I dragged myself up over hills and through deceiving patches of trees that opened up back onto the vast prairie.

Until we finally reached our final destination…and a water spigot. I must say the water was amazing and my aching feet felt amazing when I ripped my shoes off. After almost five and half hours of hiking my dogs were tired, and I was even more tired.

It was worth it though. That 12.5 mile hike was my longest ever, and I am really proud. I’ve had problems with my knees over that past few years, and I feel like being able to walk that much shows that I am finally recovering and have been building strength in my knees again.

I also feel like I proved something to myself that goes beyond my knee problems–I’m still fit, strong, and up for a challenge!

Day 140: Tiny Hand and Little Pig

Hand

Photographing a Pet Pig

Pig in the Currency Exchange

Walking the Currency Exchange Pig

Yesterday, two very important things happened. First, I met my new nephew for the first time ever (he’s adorable!). Second, I saw a woman with a pet pig go into a currency exchange. Naturally, I took some photos from both of these significant experiences.

Day 128: Tomato and Cheese Barley

Tomato and Cheese Barley

On Monday, I made some delicious tomato and cheese barley. I didn’t really follow a recipe, but checked out this vegan recipe before I started cooking. Apparently, it’s actually based on a recipe from Vegan Yum Yum. Anyways, here’s the recipe I created.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of barley, dry
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 4 small tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 4 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup of cheese (I used leftover chihuahua cheese, but mozzarella would work)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 3/4 tablespoon of dried basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Combine everything.
  • Cook for 45 minutes or until water has absorbed and you have a nice creamy, cheesy barley dish.