Check out my friend, Jen’s blog. She’s an artist in Des Moines, Iowa that has a great eye for all things vintage. Her husband Bo is a scooter geek like myself. Cool people!
Archive for the ‘other things’ Category
I’ve been meaning to update this blog for awhile now, but marathon training has gotten in the way. While it’s been a great experience, it’s also been really tiring. I think after this one, I probably won’t do one for at least a year.
I have a bunch of new sketches I’ll be adding here within the next few days. Cheers!
Soccer has always taken a backseat in the pecking order of sports in the United States, however every four years during the World Cup, many seemingly find themselves glued to television sets cheering on the U.S. I’m one of those pseudo soccer fans and automatically get drawn in. For the past few weeks, my mornings have followed the same pattern: Tune into ESPN, find a soccer match on between two teams I know absolutely nothing about, get drawn in, let time slip by and end up late for work.
Admittedly, the World Cup is just as much a Geography lesson for me as it is sport. I enjoy figuring out where some of these smaller countries actually are on the global map. We’re playing who? Slovenia? Where on Earth is that? But that’s what’s beautiful about this sport–that tiny countries can go head to head with the giants of the sport. I liken it to the NCAA basketball tournament every March, when a lower seed can knock off one of the favorites.
Brazil, Italy and Germany are to soccer like the Duke, Kansas and North Carolina are to college basketball. The U.S. is a Gonzaga, a team that always seems to surprise and exceed expectations every year. On paper, they should advance to the second round, but this is a wild sport and anything can happen. For that reason, I’ve adopted a second favorite team, Argentina. They play a wildly aggressive form of soccer and are exciting to watch. They’ve been pegged by many as a favorite in this world cup and I can see why.
Dont be surpised when you see the big teams in the finals, but how cool would it be to see a little country or the United States sneak in? Would Americans embrace it then? Maybe…for a minute. One thing is certain, when the horns are put down and the final whistle is sounded, there will be a new World Champion and I will finally be back to work on time.
I used to love running, I was obsessed with it in High School and considered running in college. I then went to Iowa State University, got caught up in social life and let it slip away for a bit. But it’s always been a part of my life and even moreso recently. I’ve found its one of the things in my life that is constant. And when my life turned tipsy turvy at the end of 2009, I decided to take it up again. My goal for 2010 was to run a marathon and that’s what I’ve been training to do since February. I joined Rogue Running (www.roguerunning.com) in Austin and have met some incredible people in the group. I’ve found that these are the kinds of people I need to surround myself with–positive people, with great attitudes and just a little crazy (to be waking up running at 5:30 am), just like myself. Exercising is a big part of my life again and has helped me get through the past seven months. I feel better than ever, physically, emotionally, mentally.
My friend Therese in Minneapolis has a great blog that covers a variety of different recipes and features her artwork.
Check it out at: www.artissta.blogspot.com
She’s extremely talented!