Update: 101 in 1,001

101 in 1,001

Earlier this year I came up with a 101 in 1,001 list with the goal of completing 101 tasks in 1,001 days. Now I’m only a few months into my 1,001 days, but I’ve been slowly chipping away at some of the goals, activities and experiences I included.

In my last update, I talked about baseball games, the Pitchfork Pie Stand and more. This time I’m tackling a few of my in progress goals as well as some others you might have spotted a blog post about.

4. Run another half marathon (In progress)

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While I haven’t actually completed this one yet, but I did sign up for another half marathon. On October 18th I’ll be running my second IMT Des Moines half marathon, so wish me luck! I’ve started training and am slowly remembering what it’s like to run eight-plus miles.

32. Attend the National Balloon Classic in Indianola, IA (7/31/14)

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I’ve always been fascinated by hot air balloons and this summer I finally got the chance to go to Indianola’s National Balloon Classic. I opted for a morning flight over the crowded evening balloon glow (also because it was free), but absolutely loved by time at the balloon fields watching the competitions. Continue reading

Giant American Gothic

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Of all the things to see at this year’s Iowa State Fair, a 25-foot-tall replica of Grant Wood’s famed “American Gothic” was among my favorites. The sculpture, titled”God Bless America” and built by New Jersey artist J. Seward Johnson Jr., has been in Iowa for years, but somehow I’m just getting around to seeing it now. Continue reading

The Week: August 15, 2014

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After a work week full of sunny days, it looks like it might rain all weekend, which would be a huge bummer since I was hoping for an impulsive Iowa road trip. While I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a cloudless Saturday and Sunday, here are my favorite bits of Internet from this week:

The unauthorized Saved by the Bell movie Lifetime is making looks rough… But I’ll probably still watch it.

In case you need a laugh, watch Will Arnett & Jimmy Fallon play karate piñata.

Fellow Iowa blogger, DM Foodster, shares five food challenges around Des Moines.

How to keep your Farmers’ Market purchases their freshest. Continue reading

Tree in the Middle of the Road

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As I was organizing some files and cleaning off old memory cards, I happened to stumble upon these photos from a trip earlier this summer of a tree in the middle of the road near Brayton, Iowa.

After being diverted from the highway because of a major accident, we ventured out on some (very) bumpy dirt roads in search of this roadside attraction and our predetermined detour. Continue reading

The Week: August 8, 2014

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It’s definitely been one of those weeks where I’m desperate for the weekend. While I have no major plans, I’m hoping to enjoy some sunshine and maybe an ice cream cone (or two). I’m working on some exciting new features for Olio in Iowa so stay tuned! For now though, you can follow Olio on Twitter and to tide you over until Monday, here are my favorite bits of Internet from this week:

How to feel less lonely.

This Orange is the New Black fan art is amazing.

This salad sounds incredible.

Well no, we didn’t actually wake up like this. Continue reading

Learning letterpress at the Art Center

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I’ve been dying to take a letterpress class for quite some time now. So when a friend and I spotted a listing for a two-day class at the Des Moines Art Center last month, we jumped at the chance to spend a weekend learning about letterpress.

And the experience was nothing short of amazing. Continue reading

National Balloon Classic

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The National Balloon Classic has been on my Iowa bucket list almost since I moved here. But until this year, I never made it down to Indianola, Iowa for the annual festival. A few weeks ago, as I was heading out of town for a few days, I happened to turn a corner and find the sky speckled with colorful balloons mid-test flight, and I was practically giddy.

For those who might not be aware, hot air ballooning is a fickle sport that requires near-perfect weather, meaning that it wasn’t until my second attempt that I actually got to see them take aloft. Continue reading