12.01.2016

0 Another 1001 Days


This will be my 4th time completing the 101 in 1001. Over the last 3003 days I have not completed all 303 items on my list. I used to feel bad about this, like how is it possible that I can't get something done in such a long time frame. The reality is that life can change a lot in 1001 days. What was once important on Day 1 may seem completely ridiculous on day 1001. I have no clue what I thought finishing Super Mario Brothers would be a good use of my time.

What I liked about my last round of 101 things is that I focused more on a specific goal and even if I didn't get everything under that goal done I can say that in almost all cases I felt like I achieved my goal. There were things I did to meet those goals that weren't on the list, some of which were more important.  I will be continuing with setting overall goals and 101 things to help me meet them.

9.07.2016

6 Dehydrating and Rehydrating Beef Stew for Backcountry Camping


I don't remember exactly why I bought a Ronco Food Dehydrator but I do know I was in University, it was super late and we had just returned from the bar. There is the real possibility that I might have been craving banana chips or dried apple slices. 

I haven't used my dehydrator much over the years as it has been at my parents place where they use it every Fall to dehydrate the leftover herbs from their garden.  As we began to plan our backcountry canoe trip this summer I knew it was time to get it back and tackle dehydrating full meals. It is easier than you might imagine to dehydrate meals, it just takes a bit of planning and time. Lots of time. 

5.25.2016

0 Life Lessons With Auntie Jen


Holy crap I am the worst. My last post was all "YAY! I am back to consistent blogging!" and here it is 10 days later and this is my first post. Time is like a vacuum sometimes and I can't believe it has been more than a week since I proclaimed my return to serious blogging.  ANYWAYS, let's talk long weekends. Canada just had one and you lucky folks in the USA are headed into one. The May long weekend is affectionately called May Two-Four up here, probably because it falls around the 24th of the month but most likely because we like, and consume a lot of, beer (it comes in cases of 24).  As a younger lady I would spend my May Two-Four weekend camping with friends. It was fun, it was carefree and I don't remember being bothered by the cooler temperatures and the inevitable rain storm.

5.15.2016

6 I'm Back (I think)


I have been one foot in and one foot out of this place for a few years now. It probably hasn't truly felt like it because once every 4-6 weeks a new posts pops up, but my mind just hasn't been into this whole writing thing. I always feel like I am busting with stories and ideas to share, most of which come to me when I am driving or in the shower, but I can never seem to muster the energy to turn thoughts into anything coherent. And the thought of having to make pinable images and SEO and blah blah blah. Fuck it, I'm just going to drink this glass of wine and binge watch Fringe (I totally did that this month). 

3.30.2016

3 Camping at Halfway Lake Provincial Park


You are going to start to notice a theme with my camping posts. They will most likely all start out with me telling you about our trip being delayed, meltdowns (mine) and food being left behind. I think we are starting to get better at dealing with travel day stress but for some reason it still doesn't stop us from thinking we can actually get out of the house on time on a Friday night after working all day. We had decided to head North to get away from the overpopulated Southern parks and since it was a 7 hour drive we planned to split the drive up by heading out Friday night and driving 2.5 hours to another park for the night. Insert laughter here. This plan hinged on us leaving the house by 4PM, and leave by 4PM we did not. In fact the packing of the truck had only just begun and we did not pull out of the driveway until almost 6PM.