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1983 was a Great Year!

I did a little online shopping recently and found a great hat on sale.  The hat arrived in the mail the other day and I immediately loved it.  I shouldn’t be suprised though.  It looks like I owned the same hat… circa 1983. 

February 20, 2012

April 30, 1983

“Snowshoeing” Weekend

Well, if it happens twice is it a tradition?  I think so.  That means the Grassl clan has officially established an annual “snowshoeing” weekend tradition.  I have to use quotations here because even though we had the best intentions to snowshoe, without any snow you’re left with just “shoeing,” or in our case… hiking. 

We stay at a great little cabin called ‘Prairie Hill Farm.’  Dave and I bunk in the basement, which we think is the best room in the house.  It’s about 15 degrees colder than the rest of the house, excellent cuddling weather.  (February 17, 2012)

Saturday we do a traditional hike at Devil’s Lake State Park.  This year our group was smart enough to stay off the lake.  Last year, despite a MUCH colder winter, we found ourselves in the middle of the lake walking on the equivalent of slush and seeing open water beneath our snowshoes.  One near death experience at Devil’s Lake is enough for me.

February 18, 2012

Did I mention it was a cute cabin?  Complete with tree swing and all!

February 19, 2012

Deja Vu

Now you may look at these photos and be questioning my creativity in photography or wonder if it took almost a month for Dave to fix my car.  Both good guesses, both wrong.  Back on January 9th, one of the coldest days of 2012, my un-trusty Volkswagon Passat’s indicator light went off to kindly let me know that I had a headlight out.  Not a big deal for me, a bigger deal for Dave who generally has the privilege of fixing my automobile troubles.  If you’ve ever owned a Volkswagon (or any German car from what I’ve heard) you know that repairs that should be relatively simple always have a special twist, tool, or trick to them.  Three YouTube videos and about an hour later Dave had my headlight fixed.

January 9, 2012

Fastforward to February 13th…

Yes, that’s right, the headlight on the other side burned out today.  On the bright side today was probably 20 degrees warmer than the last time I had this issue and Dave had plenty of practice so it took less than 10 minutes.

I love you Dave.

Photo of the Day… A Window into my World

Mid 2011 I decided that for 2012 I was going to document every day of the new year with a photo.  Well, as many new year resolutions go, I set the personal goal but couldn’t even discern for myself how committed I was to sticking with it.  Midway through January when I had yet to miss a day I publicly proclaimed that if I made it through January I would start a blog and continue the project for the remainder of the year.  Well, we’re over a week into February and I have not missed a day.  I guess I’m all in and I need to kick it into gear with the blog and get the world up to speed.  This blog will be a window into my world and the strange and exciting layers of my perspective.  Enjoy!

Here a quick tour of January….

January 1, 2012

January began with a belated Christmas celebration with my family.  This was an especially significant Christmas for the Hill clan because my brother joined us for the celebration.  He lives on the other side of the planet, literally, so sharing the New Year with him was very significant.  Nothing beats ringing in the new year with your family.

January 6, 2012

I’m going to predict that many of the pictures throughout this year will involve food.  I’m a heavy calorie consumer, hence the “willrun4cookies” blog title.  On this day Melissa, Claudia, and I discovered what is likely to become a favorite restaurant of mine, El Salvador.  This is the only restaurant we can find in Milwaukee that serves pupusas (poo-poo-sas).  They are amazingingly delicious.  Knowing a little Spanish is helpful when you visit this restaurant, but all you really need to know how to say is “pupusa por favor” and your tastebuds will thank you.

January 8, 2012

So I realize I’ve barely made it out of week one wtih the pictures, but I have to share this one as well.  I spent almost 3 years restoring this chair, it was quite the labor of love.  My grandma originally picked up the chair from a friend around 1950, it was an antique when she got it and her and my grandpa put it in their lake cabin for the next 40 years.  When they sold the cabin about a decade ago the chair found a home in my grandma’s shed until it caught my eye.  At that point there were so many layers of paint on the chair you couldn’t even see the old man’s face that is on the back of the chair.  I confiscated the chair and it sat in our basement for a few years until I was ambitious enough to try to strip off the many layers of paint.  After the first treatment I was amazed to find this hand carved face staring back at me.  I also discovered that the chair’s original color was a red, not black.  It took two summers and a lot of sweat to finish the chair.  It also dawned on me after removing most of the paint that I was probably dealing with old lead paint and went straight to the doctor to have them test my blood (I got the all clear).  Finally… on January 8, 2012 I finished restoring the chair and it has a new home in our basement.  A happy ending.

January 20, 2012

Every so often I get to enjoy a weekend away with Dave while he attends a work conference.  This January I was lucky enough to get to spend a few days in Chicago while he was working hard.  Again, building on the food theme, here I am enjoying a supreme Chicago-style pizza.  Delicious!  Dave and I enjoyed the weekend at the Holiday Inn Express right off Michigan Avenue.  Great location… tiny rooms.  In fact, what you are looking at in this picture is our entire room.  The room was about 3 feet wider than a double bed.  The bathoom was to my left.  The room was so small that when you were sitting on the toilet you still felt like you were in the room, AWKWARD!

January 29, 2012

January ended in the most special way, I got to meet Natalie, my best friends’ new baby girl (you will also notice her rambunctious 2.9 year old crawling under the couch in this picture).  This little lady is so precious. 

Up next… February!  Stay tuned.

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