Gorging on Waterfalls

I love waterfalls!

Rich and Alice Go Globetrotting

I mentioned yesterday that the Finger Lakes were formed during the last ice age and are thus quite young: a few tens of thousands of years. But they have company, in the form of a number of spectacular narrow gorges. The best known of these is Watkins Glen at the foot of Seneca Lake. It’s an insanely photogenic canyon, 400 ft (120 m) deep and about a mile and a half (2.5 km) long. If you walk the whole length — we did about half — you’ll go up and down something like 890 steps, and you’l see 19 waterfalls.

The geology of the gorges is interesting. They are sedimentary rock, a mix of shale, limestone, and sandstone. These differ a great deal in their hardness and thus their rates of erosion, resulting in a number of natural staircase-like rock formations.

That’s today’s geology lesson, so here are some photos…

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How’s Your Year?

valentine-4(created by Me! 🙂 Forget the year)

It hasn’t been terrible but hasn’t been good either. Mostly, little things that are stressful. Kids not minding, money issues, things breaking, etc. You get the drift. I guess if fate gets all these out-of-the-way these first few months and then smooth sailing the rest of the year than that will be great. 🙂 Time will tell.

We sure have not had much winter time. I hope that doesn’t mean it will be a late winter when spring is supposed to hit. We have had cool temperatures just not the white stuff. 🙂 Glad for hardly any below zero temps. I think we had one week of that and that was enough. 🙂

Thanks to my stress level I haven’t achieved much of what I set out to do this year. But it is early. I hate being unproductive, gets me in a mood of depression. Not severe just down.

One good thing, I started back at the YMCA. A few times the boys have went with me which is fun. 🙂 They like lifting weights.

Fitness_tnb(credit to Bing.com images)

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow. It is my favorite holiday. I love hearts and all things about it. No, you don’t have to have a certain someone to enjoy the holiday. 🙂 I still loved it when I was single. Hubby will be on the road so he gave me three roses this weekend and we grilled with the boys. 🙂 I think we have had more Valentine’s away than together during our whole time together. At least with technology one can still feel like they are there. I will send him a snapchat tomorrow. 🙂 I do miss a tiny bit making Valentine’s for my kids’ classrooms. We made ours most of the time, except when we procrastinated and had to buy them. LOL  🙂

valentines-2012(Here is one I made when the boys’ had to make them. I did it in Illustrator. 🙂 )

Have a great day tomorrow! And the rest of the week, year etc! 🙂

Here We Go Again.. Or I Could say Lose Again

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To be honest, I’m not sure where or when I began to make my way back to the unhealthy train; it could have been somewhere around the time we lost our baby girl Naya between 15 & 17 weeks, when I didn’t get to graduate last spring, or it could have been over the summer as financial struggles set in. All I know is that over the past 6-9 months I have steadily creeped my “weigh” back up the scale and onto the Naughty list for the Army, known as the Height & Weight Program.

Last time I was here, documenting my progress and more importantly, my journey, helped me reach my goals quickly and I received some positive feedback from others, that I was a bit of motivation for them; with that in mind, I’m going to document the journey again and hopefully do it more consistently too.


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My Roommates are My Parents

My daughter’s blog. Exactly what I have been up to for the last month. Getting ready. Oh boy. LOL

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It’s an interesting turn of events…

In high school, all I could think about most days, was living on my own, being independent, and getting away from the rules of my parents’ home. I fantasized about staying up as late I wanted, sleeping in on my days off without interruption, wearing whatever I wanted, seeing my friends whenever and however often I wanted to, and no one to tell me when or what chores to do. I love my family, as I’m sure you do too, but let’s be real… we all had similar, if not the exact same, thoughts growing up.

Two days after graduating high school in May of 2009, I shipped of to Basic Combat Training (BCT) for the Army, thousands of miles from home. I thought my parents had rules, boy did I get a big ole slap in the face with this new chapter of…

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Run, Turkey, Run!

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There’s nothing quite like waking up about 10 a.m. to the smell of succulent turkey, the haze of soft light reflecting through an ice covered window, and the sound of Grandpa telling someone we have 2 inches of snow on the ground already. This is Thanksgiving in Nebraska.

Luckily my grandpa has a couple exercise machines in his basement. This morning I started my day by replying to “Happy Thanksgiving” texts, giving my fingers a work out of their own, and then ran for 15 minutes. I finished just over a mile by the time I was done. I hopped in the shower, made some eggs, and sat down to blog.The Macy’s Day parade and Purina Dog Show are on; however, just because it’s the holiday doesn’t mean you can’t stay motivated and focused.

As I run, I image a turkey, running away from thanksgiving dinner. He has ruffled feathers…

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Baby Journal

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This is a journal I picked up from Walmart for about $3.50. I am using it to document my pregnancy journey. I’m not writing it for myself though, I’m writing it as if I’m speaking to my unborn child.

Each day or every few days, I write a simple little “note” to my baby. I date each entry, write each entry in a different color, and write the exact week & day that I am in the pregnancy.

I also left a little note in the front of the journal with the approximate conception date and expected arrival. After baby arrives I will write his/her birthday and full name on the back cover page.

I feel like there are many benefits to this on top of it being a neat idea.

1. Helps begin the bonding process with your baby. You could even read it out loud “to” your unborn…

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Trapped in the Bathroom

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Anyone who truly knows me, knows how ditzy, clumsy, and “blonde” I can be. My new suggested nickname is steady solidifying itself (Murphy). Anyone who has seen my most recent Snapchat Story got the full version somewhat live in action. Hope this makes someone smile haha.

So I came home after viewing a house and I had to use the restroom really bad (Thank you Baby Campbell). I set my purse down on my bed and rushed into the bathroom, shutting the door behind me. My door knob has been messed up since we moved in. Yesterday I realized if you closed the door you would get locked inside but luckily my guest let me out. I did this not only once, but three times yesterday. You would think I would learn. So today, as the door shut behind me I froze… I realized a second too late what…

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