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Ragnar Relay – Northwest Passage

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Last weekend Dan and I participated in the Northwest Passage Ragnar Relay Race.  It was a 12 person, 200 mile relay that started in Blaine Washington, traveled south and ended in Langley, on Whidbey Island.  What a BLAST!  We were both pretty nervous for the race due to the fact that our training went right out the door when we went to Belize.  We did no type of training 3 weeks before the big event! AGH!  I highly DO NOT RECOMMEND preparing for a race this way, ha! ha!  I was really excited to be able to run in something like this.  I have done some half marathons, but I have never had to worry about someone waiting for me on the other end of race.  Another big concern I had was that it was in three legs, we would be up and awake for 33 hours.....taking turns. It sounded like our whole team "Chafing and On Fire" was pretty nervous before we started.  We all seemed to be second guessing ourselves, and wondering if we could actually pull it off.  Once the race began, we all settled down, and what a party we had!  I have never in my life had so much fun goofing off with people.  When you are piled in a car for hours at at time (and with no sleep) things just start getting goofy.  We were all making jokes about Body Glide, making fun of Dan (the only male runner), and laughing the whole way.  I only knew one other person on our team besides Dan, and I felt like we were all best friends at the end!  This race was amazing, challenging, and something I will never forget!  Dan was totally shocking pulling in 8 minute miles and powering over mountain hills.  I had no idea he could run like that! (I don't think he did had any idea either!)

The month of July has gone by in a flash.  Between the trip to Belize, and the relay race, I haven't had much time for art.  We have been to a few markets, but need to get back on track.  I am so excited to get back in the studio and back to creating!  Art is something that is such a big part of me.  I always feel like something is missing when I cannot spend some time in the studio.  There are some wonderful ideas that our roaming around in my head, inspired from my vacation.  Stay tuned!  For now, check out these crazy pictures of our race.  Dan and I have been smiling ever since we have been home. We just keep going over the memories......... My friend Clark described it the best: "Welcome to the bizarre world of running."

Homebrewed.....

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"Once upon a time, a family moved to Anacortes.  While they were checking out their new area to live, the man noticed a "Home Brew Store" while shopping with his family in town.  He kept talking, talking, talking, talking, talking about how he wanted to try making beer.  Finally the lady gave in, if only she knew how INSANELY CRAZY his little hobby would be!

Now, the lady has homebrew supplies all over her house!  When she goes to take a shower, there are buckets, hoses, and sterilizers in the bathroom.  When she opens the dishwasher it is full of clean beer bottles.  When she tries to make dinner, she is stumbling over a wort cooler, bottle caps, and some type of mesh bag contraption."

THAT POOR LADY!

WARNING: (For all of you ladies out there:) DO NOT LET YOUR MAN START MAKING BEER!  IT BECOMES AN OBSESSION!  THEY WONT STOP TALKING ABOUT IT, OR STOP BUYING SUPPLIES!

Here is what a typical Sunday looks like at our house:

Why is Dan on the deck you ask?  The short answer: Ally and I kicked him out of the house.  When he makes beer, it makes the house SMELL AWFUL!

Don't get me wrong, it isn't all that bad....I LOVE DRINKING THE BEER, and tasting all of his recipes!  Here are my favorites so far: Imperial Porter with Jack Daniels, Pumpkin Head Ale, and Blanc De Bruges.  Right now he is making me a Cappuccino Stout....what? what?  Beer and coffee mixed together? Ooooooh YEAH!

Another great part of Dan making homebrew is that "best friends" seem to come out of no where.  All the sudden people act like they are your friend and mention "Hey, can I try some of that Homebrew?"  We have never felt so popular before!

If you ever do want to start making Homebrew, I recommend swinging by NorthWest Brewers Supply here in Anacortes.  Larry and Trevor are AWESOME at helping you get started.  They know everything about anything when it comes to makin' beer at home.  My next goal is to start buying stock into their company....with as much money as Dan spends there, we are sure to be RICH! Seriously though, it doesn't cost a lot to get started, and you too can start a hobby on the deck! :D

Here is my painting dedicated to Dan's Homebrew!

"For a quart of Ale is a meal for a King." - William Shakespeare