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Ready For Spring

For two Thursday nights in a row, it has snowed.  And for two Thursday nights in a row, I’ve had the wonderful privilege of getting stuck in traffic on 315N.  My once modest 15 min drive to OSU campus has now turned into 40+ mins, with 20 min of that drive being the last 2 miles.  I don’t know if its just me, but sometimes I feel like I’m the only one in Columbus who knows how to drive in the snow.  Now that might sound like a really bold statement.  And it is.  Because growing up in South Dakota, it was a prerequisite to drive in snow – and lots of it.  After living in Ohio for the past year, I almost afraid of venturing out on the roads after a light dusting of snow.  It seems as if people in Ohio go into panic mode.  The most dangerous thing about it is people completely “underdrive” the road conditions.  To me, driving 5 mph is totally unacceptable – even with 2 in of snow on the ground.

Since I cannot change the weather, I decided to cure my winter weather blues and compile a ‘things I’m going to do when Spring gets here’ list.

1.  Ride my bike.  I cannot wait to get out and hit the roads and bike trails.

2. Go hiking at Hocking Hills.  This is a great place to get away for the day and enjoy the great outdoors.

3.  This may seem random, but I miss washing my car.  Maybe its just the idea of getting outside that makes me feel that way.

4.  PACK UP MY WINTER COAT.  And scarves.  And gloves.

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5.  FLIP FLOP TIME!  I cannot wait to rock the flip flops for 8-9+ months.

I’ve officially decided I’m ready for Spring.  And not for any other reason except that I am tired of the ‘white stuff’. (I refuse to  ’type’ the word).  I hope that Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow because I need some sunshine and 60 deg weather.


Well it’s Back to Reality

Oh man. What a whirlwind the last 2 weeks have been. I am now reporting to you as an “old married lady” as my friends now call me. The week leading up to the wedding was, let’s just say eventful. The Tuesday before the wedding, my sister/maid of honor was hit, head on, as she was driving home from work. After totaling her car, fracturing her sternum and having a significant amount of bruising, she still looked absolutely beautiful. Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, my car was broken into. What did they steal? A GPS with a screwed up display and almost out of battery, and oops, they didn’t take the charger for it. And they also stole my Straight No Chaser CD. If you don’t know who they are, they’re an acapella group from Indiana University, and they’re fantastic. Watch this video of them singing the 12 Days of Christmas in a way you’ve never seen before. So after those two snafus, the wedding went off without a hitch. It rained, but about 30 minutes away from where my wedding was, and the rest of day was absolutely beautiful. I only have a few pictures from the day so far, but below is one of my favorites of what I do have. :)

The reception was a lot of fun, too. Oh boy, I did not know wedding dresses could get so heavy and hot as the day goes on. It’s alright though. I had so much fun. As soon as we get our wedding pictures back, I’ll be sure to post some online. It may take a while though. They took close to 1,500 pictures and they have to edit them all. Definitely not a job I would want.

The honeymoon was a blast as well. We went to Yellowstone National Park and the Tetons. After seeing a bison take out the front panel of a car, almost hitting two wolves as they ran out in front of us, watching black bears and grizzly bears snack on some berry bushes on the side of the road, and horse back riding, we can honestly say we had a blast. We had a lot of fun. Pictures are below.

We hiked a lot, too. I would definitely go back.

This week, however, is a 40-hour work week.  Benjamin gets the week of from work, so he has a “honey-do” list. The first is buying a washer and dryer!!! I however, will be working hard at finishing my training for GE, catching up on what I missed at both jobs, and preparing for the summer camps MSE offers. It should be a fun filled week.

And so I sign off, for the first time, ever, as Amanda Wenner. Have a great week everyone!



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