Gableman hopes to reel Rindfleisch (and Scott Walker’s secrets) back to Wisconsin

Dear Readers: We have some John Doe II news to talk about. I’m not absolutely positive what’s up – but I have some strong suspicions, which I will go into. Whatever’s going down, the timing of this could not be more threatening to Scott Walker’s impending presidential campaign. First you need to know that the more »

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A Day in the Life – 8 Months

Happy 8 month birthday to this guy!

We are currently in Minnesota visiting friends and family, but I still wanted to recap our daily schedule this month. Like before, my goal is to ‘a day in the life’ post each month for Cullen’s first year since a lot changes within that first year. This is actually our schedule from Monday as I wanted our typical schedule at home. (However, I have quickly learned there is no typical schedule with a baby.)

4:30 a.m. Cullen wakes up. I feed him and he goes right back to sleep.

7:00 a.m. Craig’s alarm goes off. We snooze a bit more and then get up. (I got to sleep in today because I had an easy run, which I planned on doing with the jogging stroller.)

7:10 a.m. I check my e-mail, read a couple blog posts, and catch up on the news.

7:30 a.m. Cullen wakes up. We play with him for a while, and then I feed him.

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7:45 a.m. We head downstairs for some breakfast. I have a bowl of cereal and a piece of toast with peanut butter.

8:00 a.m. Craig has left for work, so Cullen and I head back upstairs where I change his diaper and then we read a few of our favorite books.

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8:20 a.m. Cullen plays in his room while I start packing for our trip.

8:45 a.m. Cullen is fussy again, so I feed him. (He didn’t eat much the first time.) He then plays in his room some more. I start some laundry and pick up the bedroom a bit. I periodically check on him, play with him, and get a lot of smiles and giggles out of him.

9:15 a.m. It’s been almost two hours since he’s been up and like clockwork he’s rubbing his eyes and appears tired, so I lay him in his crib. He plays for a while with his pacifier, and I have an inkling he won’t fall asleep. (I still have the hardest time getting him to fall asleep on his own.)

9:30 a.m. I rub his back and sing to him. It looks like he might drift off, but then he suddenly pops his head up and appears bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

9:45 a.m. Finally I lay down with him and after about 10 minutes of tossing, turning, and stirring he finally falls asleep.

10:00 a.m. I start this post, check the weather for Minnesota (upper 70s/low80s–> perfect!), and read a few Facebook updates.

10:30 a.m. I do a slough of different things: pack, do some more laundry, take my nail polish off, send a few e-mails, massage my legs with The Stick, and get ready to go running.

11:30 a.m. Craig comes home for lunch. We chat, catch up on things that are going on, and I work on my race recap from Saturday’s half-marathon. I also snack on some Wheat Thins and Siracha cashews Craig made. I don’t even like spicy foods, but these Siracha cashews are addicting!

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12:30 p.m. Cullen finally wakes up! A 2.5 hour nap–woohoo!! I change him and feed him. (Lately he has been doing one long nap and one shorter nap each day. It seems the days of 3 naps per day are gone.)

12:50 p.m. We get ready to go for a stroller run.

1:00 p.m. Run 5 miles with the stroller. We first drop off a package that was supposed to be delivered to our neighbor. The run goes well. Cullen happily hangs out in the stroller the whole time talking or just looking around and taking everything in. That’s the penny I found while running. (I’ve been collecting all the money I’ve found since I moved to Alaska. I’d like to think there is enough to buy a new pair of running shoes, but I’m sure it’s not even close to that!)

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1:45 p.m. Return home from the run. Time to make lunch!

2:20 p.m. Lunch is served. Open-faced turkey burger sandwich because there’s only one piece of bread left with broccoli, hummus, and cherries. Cullen’s lunch includes avocado and some small pieces of cherries.

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2:45 p.m. Back upstairs for another change of clothes. Eating is messy!

3:30 p.m. Cullen is hungry again. (I can tell milk is still his primary source of calories and nutrients.)

3:50 p.m. We drive to the gym so I can lift weights. I do some light weight lifting as I am still sore from racing on Saturday. I also do some core work and stretching. Unfortunately I am not as productive as I used to be since Cullen can now crawl! I snack on this Kind bar while driving there.

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5:00 p.m. Return home. Cullen fell asleep in his carseat, so I leave him in there and take him upstairs to his room. I work on my race recap post and eat some plain Greek yogurt with jam.

5:30 p.m. Cullen wakes up. I feed him and change his clothes because they are wet again.

5:45 p.m. I hand Cullen off to Craig and leave for my nail appointment.

6:00 p.m. I get an awesome gel polish (Shellac) manicure at OMG Nails. I would highly recommend this place to any locals. They do awesome work, their prices are reasonable, and their service is fast!

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6:40 p.m. Return home. Time to get some dinner.

7:15 p.m. Eat dinner. Really random, but it is what we had and what sounded good: Dr. Praegar’s Spinach Cake, refried beans with tortilla chips leftover from our fajiatas the previous night, and a nectarine.

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7:45 p.m. I get Cullen ready for bed and hope he goes down for the night. Nope–still awake. I clean up the kitchen, fold laundry, pack some more, and finish my race recap blog post.

8:45 p.m. Attempt number two–Cullen finally goes down for the night. (This is actually kind of early for him. as lately he’s been going to bed at 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 p.m.)

9:00 p.m. I get ready for bed.

9:30 p.m. Lights out for me.

10:00 p.m. Cullen wakes up. . . .Ah! It’s always the worst when he wakes up right after I’ve fallen asleep.

And here’s a picture of Sadie since she hasn’t been on the blog recently. She still very jealous of Cullen. (She doesn’t like that he is taking our attention away from her.) I think she starting to warm up to him that she now gets to eat any food he drops and he is now interested in petting her. Oh Sadie. . . .those eyes tell it all. . . .you are still well loved, enjoy multiple trips to the dog park, and will be bffs with Cullen some day.

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Birds of a Feather in Northern Weather

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Alaska is home (at times temporarily) to about 500 different species of birds. From bald eagles to chickadees, the Last Frontier is a can’t-miss birding destination, whether you’re looking to improve your bird-watching chops or just catch a glimpse of a few new feathered friends. Just in time for summer, here are a few basics to start your northern birding adventures off right.

First, bringing along a few books will help you find and identify species across the state. “A Birder’s Guide to Alaska” by George C. West has been called the best guide to bird watching in Alaska and is … Read More →

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Interest Rates Stall: Is Now The Time to Buy in Anchorage?

If you are thinking about taking out a mortgage to buy a second home or a primary residence in Anchorage, Alaska, you are likely watching how interest rates move. According to a research report by Zillow.com, rising interest rates cost homebuyers a lot of money. Higher financing costs in the future will affect buyers and sellers in Anchorage where home prices continue to increase. The Zillow report examined how a percent increase in interest rates would affect the monthly mortgage payments for an average home in 35 metropolitan areas. A 1 percent increase would cost prospective buyers throughout the country anywhere from $65 to as high as $700 a month in some markets. Experts say increasing mortgage rates means homebuyers would have to tighten their budgets and cut discretionary spending in order to afford a mortgage.     

•    Looking at today

A report by Bankrate.com shows mortgage rates are currently near the bottom or at record low levels. Recent figures based on a national survey of lenders revealed the 30-year fixed rate is hovering below 4 percent, at times dipping as low as 3.8 percent. In the past 12 years, the average 30-year fixe as been about 4.2 percent. Meanwhile, people currently choosing a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage can achieve a rate of about 3.13 percent, officials say. Luxury home buyers in Anchorage Alaska who need a jumbo loan will find rates at around 4 percent as well.

•    Pointing to a healthy market

Experts say home prices continue to go up at a steady pace. Stable price appreciation indicates a healthy real estate market in Anchorage, Alaska. Some homebuyers feel more confident about the idea of buying a home with low-interest rates and realizing a slow but steady appreciation as home values rise. Low interest rates, to some extent, offset the higher home prices for now. 

•    Planning for the future

Potential homebuyers who continue to wait on the fence or rent instead of buy in Anchorage, may need to save up more money for a down payment to get the home they desire. According to Bankrate.com, the Fed could raise the prime rate in the middle of 2015 or by the end of the year. First-time homebuyers in Anchorage can lock in a low rate now, experts say.

At Wolf Real Estate, we can help you on your house hunt in Anchorage, Alaska. For more information about interest rates and how they affect home buyers in Alaska, please contact us 907-248-9653 or visit us online at http://www.anchoragehomesearch.com.

Mayor’s Half-Marathon 2015 – Race Recap

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So-so-so close to another PR.

Current half-marathon PR set in 2013 at Her Tern Half-Marathon1:30:27

Time from Saturday’s Mayor’s Half-Marathon – 1:30:37

A mere 10 seconds off my PR, which is really good considering the course is not a fast course.

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It is a pretty hilly course, but there is a trail portion through the woods that slows everyone down. And let’s clarify this was not a nice wide, flat, groomed trail through the woods. This is a unpaved trail that constantly goes up and down, and is full of rocks, tree roots, divots, and ruts. (I literally almost twisted my ankle three different times.) The trail is narrow and has a really steep downhill portion as well. For the pavement runner that I am, I am never thrilled about this part, but at least I know it is coming now. So if it hadn’t been for this portion through the woods, which definitely slowed me down by at least one minute (maybe even two), I could have had a PR in the bag and a sub-1:30 finish. Oh well, I’ll get it next time. Besides that, race went quite well.

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I’ve discovered a new race secret that I suppose I will share with everyone. Instead of waiting in line for the port-a-potties at the race start, I will run to a nearby park and use the port-a-potties there. I’m not sure it would work at other races, but it works wells for the races that start downtown in Anchorage since there are a lot of other parks nearby. So on Saturday I ran the 0.5 mile to a park, used the port-a-potty without having to wait in line (but I barely had enough toilet paper to wipe), and then ran the 0.5 mile back to the start of the race. It was perfect–I got my warm-up in and didn’t have to waste 10 minutes waiting in line for a bathroom.

Our friend, Lauren, so kindly watched Cullen during the race since Craig ran the 4 miler as well.

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It is a tough race, and I ran hard the entire time. (I am still sore today–Monday.) I did start out a little on the fast side since I wanted to have some extra time in the bank for the trail portion, but other than that, I felt pretty consistent with my pace.

All in all, I was very happy with my performance. I know I’ll be able to PR on a different course later this summer. However, my current freak-out moment is that I will have to run the marathon at a faster pace than I did this half-marathon if I want to break 3 hours. Eek!

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So fun to have Craig and Cullen there cheering me on. I love seeing them as soon as I cross the finish.

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Walker lie number 1,000,001: Act 10 improved Wisconsin’s ACT score

When your governor is this level of smarmy slimeball, it actually gets boring to say, “He lied”. Even when he’s not outright lying he’s applying a dizzying amount of spin. I need something that works like an automatically updating site injury sign at the blog. Today’s update would read, “Scott Walker has proudly gone 1,630 more »

Walker is literally just phoning it in now

Walker took a break from his “trade mission” to tell legislators he doesn’t care what road projects get cut. Just figure it out.  And hurry up.  He’s got a presidential campaign to run.  (paraphrased)   Walker told reporters on a conference call from a trade trip to Canada Wednesday morning that he hoped lawmakers would more »

Friday Fun

It is Friday! So let’s kick the weekend off with some new things I’ve discovered online this week.

The book I should get for my nightstand:10% Happier

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story

I read about two bloggers just in the past couple of days who are reading this book and highly recommended it. Now if I could only find the time to sit down and read.

I’ve seen a lot of buzz about a capsule wardrobe–reducing the number of items in your closet to a few basic items. One blogger gives her tips on how to reduce the items in your closet to 37 pieces per season. I already feel like my options are limited and a lot of my clothes don’t fit or are outdated, so I’m not sure I could reduce anymore, but the idea is fun.

Teespring – Have you heard of it? This website offers a way to create your own t-shirts, have friends and family buy them without having to collect money from them, and there won’t be leftover shirts because you don’t have to order a certain number. Genius!

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I’m still gunning for a sub-3 hour marathon, and this Sub-3:00 Club article reminded me of all those little things or the “one-percenters” that are critical for reaching your running goals: adequate sleep, good nutrition, striders at the end of your run, etc.

It is Solstice weekend, which means it is also the Mayor’s Marathon and Half-Marathon events. This Saturday will be my 3rd weekend of racing in a row. I am looking forward to it, but I think I will appreciate having the following week off.

I have participated in the Mayor’s events 5 times–having run the full marathon once and now the half-marathon 4 times. Originally I was almost going to do the full this year, but I’m glad I am waiting until August to do my first full marathon postpartum.

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Mayor’s Half-marathon last year when I was 5 months pregnant.

I am looking forward to racing it and am hoping to be close to my PR of 1:30. It is not a PR friend course, but I’m going to give it my best and see what I can do. My legs have been feeling a little flat this week, but I also have to remember this is not an ‘A’ race for me.

Craig will be celebrating his first Father’s Day on Sunday. We’ve got plans for a hike and some family time together. I need to pick up the second half of his gift today, but these are some items I considered getting (or he hinted at wanting).

Star Wars pillows (He’s been hinting at wanting these for a while.)

Star Wars Pillow Throw I Love You, I Know

Cabela’s gift card (Can’t go wrong with this one.)

Hydroflask water bottle (I was thinking about getting him one, but he just bought one for himself.)

A Tie – The classic Father’s Day gift. Actually Craig does wear a tie to work every day.

This MPOWERD Luci Outdoor Inflatable Solar Lantern from REI

I actually got to pick out an early Father’s Day gift for Craig through AT&T and their Dads and Grads special promotion going on now through June 25th.

We were sent these two Bluetooth waterproof speakers to try out. The night we received them, we had friends over for a deck party, so Craig immediately set one up outside. They were much better quality than playing the music through the iPad.

We discovered you can only use one speaker at a time, which actually works out well because you can have each one set up in different areas of your home.

One night we ran 4 miles together after work and strapped the speaker to the jogging stroller. It was perfect. We both could listen to music but still chat while running.

Craig also attached one to his bike when commuting to and from work.

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Then the genius hung one from our kitchen lights, so it is like we have surround sound in our house. Fancy, shmancy.

And since they are waterproof, there is one currently hanging in our shower.

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If you are interested, AT&T has a special going on from now through June 25th for any of the items for only $99. Some of the items are 50% off or more! The items can be found online or in some stores.

You can find a list of the gifts here.

Dads & Grads Flyer 2015

Quickie round-up of Wisconsin news 06/17/2015

Wow.  Madison City Council did an override on Soglin to allow homelessness to be a protected class STORY HERE ———————————————– With slap at ‘nut jobs,’ state union leader Marty Beil to retire source: WI State Journal I once saw him yell “punk” at Scott Suder outside of the Governor’s Beer and Brats event.  Suder deserved more »