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New Year’s Resolution

As I was waiting in line at Borders Book Store to finish up some last minute christmas shopping, I overheard two older ladies talking about what their New Year’s Resolutions were going to be. I thought to myself, “Ladies slow down here. Let’s finish one holiday before we jump into the next one.” I then started to think about what my New Year’s resolution was going to be. I had the time; I was standing in a line that would put Disney World to shame. New Year’s resolutions are hit or miss with me. My 2008 New Years’s resolution was to read at least 100 books that were over 100 pages long. Mostly, I wanted to get rid of some of the books that are stashed in my apartment, the books I always wanted to read, but never had the time to. As of today, I have read 162 books. Most of them were checked out from the library. Sure my collection of books has gone down a bit, but not as much as I would have liked. My book resolution is really the only resolution that I have been able to keep. The reason being, around the start of […]
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My Ode To Odie

When I was growing up we always had a family dog. Most of them we rescued from the Humane Society. So when my dad and stepmom Cathy invited me to tag along with them to Dogtoberfest a few weeks ago, I of course said yes. Dogtoberfest is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Dane County Humane Society. The Humane Society has really had a tough year so far, from the animals that were misplaced from the flooding to the recent Hurricane Ike animals. The event was held at Middleton’s Capital Brewery. What could be more fun? You got dogs, nice weather, live music and last but not least, beer. I was there to have a good time and that’s just what I did. The first dog I met was a two-year-old beagle named Odie. He had on a cute little vest that said “adopt me.” He just loved the attention but was cautious at the same time. I was talking to one of the volunteers about Odie when Cathy and my dad came over. The volunteer was explaining that Odie is very scared of men. When Odie surprised the volunteer and went over to my dad and sniffed his […]
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Carmel Apples

Could any sign of fall’s arrival outshine the sights and sounds of college and professional football on a crisp Wisconsin day? Most definitely. Sure the trees have started to change colors, and birds have begun there journey south. I’ve even unpacked my wool sweaters, but it isn’t officially fall until I’ve had my first caramel apple. It’s not just any caramel apple, it has to be a Lapacek’s Orchard caramel apple. It’s been a tradition for myself and my family for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid we would go to Lapacek’s Orchard and get a carmel apple. I think I had the apple almost done before we even left the orchard they are that good. I’ve had other carmel apples, even attempted to make some of my own, but they just didn’t taste the same. I don’t know what they do to make them taste so good, maybe they add angle tears into the caramel. They taste so wonderful, the only way I can describe the taste is heaven on a stick. It might have to do with the almost half an inch carmel they put on each apple. Or it could be the […]
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Gracie

Graceful is defined in the dictionary as “characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech; elegant: a grace dancer; a graceful reply. (greys-fuhl) adjective.” Growing up I would have to say that I wasn’t the most graceful kid on the block. I had my share of scrapes, scratches, bruises and even some broken bones. When growing up my dad used to say that I tripped over air currents. There might even be some truth to that. One of my most ungraceful moments in my life was when I was 10. My dad and stepmom decided to take us up to Wisconsin Dells to experience the Dells Boat Tours. My stepmom loved having us dress up when we would go out. “Her beautiful little girls” she would say. I was not a huge fan of wearing dresses, but I was old enough to know that I wasn’t going to win that battle. The morning of the Wisconsin Dells trip my dad got us up before sunup. I’m not a morning person not even at the age of 10. Once we were up it was a quick breakfast, shower, dress and then on the road. We all loaded the […]
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4 Teachers

A few months ago I went to a school to talk to some students about being a graphic designer. One student asked me a very good question. “What teachers helped you become the person that you are today?” I was a little caught off guard that this questions came from a 4th grader. I stood there for about five seconds thinking about the question. Who really did help me become who I am today? Some of the teachers that I had in school are still teaching at Poynette High School. A few are retired and a some are no longer with us. I know I had many teachers in my educational career, they all taught me things about my self and the world around me. I was able to narrowed it down to four teachers. Mr. Jordak, my high school art teacher, is still teaching at Poynette High School. I always loved to draw and he made the class fun. It’s no surprise that I chose him being that I’m now a graphic designer. I did very well in the class but I also worked my butt off. I’m the first to admit that I’m not the greatest person to […]
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