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#31- Jarring stuff

I have a twin sister. We grew up in the exact same house and had virtually identical upbringings, yet somehow my sister, Erin, has a lot more useful skills than me. Sure, I can fit my entire fist in my mouth, and I know how to play “Ode to Joy” on the recorder, but Erin […]

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#30: Shooting a gun

 I’ve always thought guns were horrifyingly scary. Perhaps it was too many Rambo movies in my formative youth, or the thousands of hours I spent watching my brother orchestrate mass genocides during various violent video games. Regardless of the reasoning, I’m truly terrified of guns. In fact I’ve never even held a gun… unless you […]

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#29: Buying a goat

  I have strange affection towards goats. I can’t explain it. Ever since I was young I have been enthralled in their simple lives. They just stroll around, eating grass, curiously exploring their surroundings. It sounds like a pretty nice life. Goats have always been my favorite animal. When asked to pick our favorite animals […]

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#28: Visiting a Glacier

  I’m fascinated by geology, most notably glaciers. They kicked the crap out of the earth and were a fundamental force in creating our landscape as it is today. Here inMinnesota, glaciers did some mighty fine handy work. Not only did they create a mostly flat (and great for running) topography, they also helped carve […]

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#27: Cooking lessons

As you learned in my Cookbook Lottery blog– I’m not a cook. Aside from toast and oatmeal, I generally don’t cook much of anything. I’m so lazy that I often would rather go hungry than prepare a meal (this is a great diet plan, by the way) and I’ve been known to eat Nestle Quik […]

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#26: Gophers football

  I dislike football. My husband loves it. This is the only sticking point in our marriage, and it’s only minor; about as sticky as a knock-off post-it note. It has always seemed fraught with egos, violence and machismo. I strongly believe the only selling point is the spandex.  Unlike many football super fans, Brad […]

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#25 Driving a moving truck

There is a reason I drive a Honda Civic coupe. It is the smallest car I can safely pilot without fear of being squashed by a semi truck. I spent a summer as a camp counselor carting around moody teenagers in a 15-passenger van. The route was through dangerous mountain roads near Big Bear Lake, […]

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#24: Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house

When a clown invites you to come to his house for dinner – you don’t ask questions!  While serving as Volunteer Girl at my company’s Volunteer Fair, the Ronald McDonald asked if I would be interested in hosting dinner at his house located in Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. The program, called Cooks for Kids, coordinates […]

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#23: Jump starting a car

This week, fate intervened and I stumbled onto a new experience without any prior planning. It was actually poor planning, or at least poor late-night mental function that allowed me to try a new, and previously highly intimidating task…. Twice! Chili dog decided to upchuck his dinner in my car on Wednesday night. This was […]

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#22: Riding in a hot air balloon

Call me practical, but I’m not what you’d call an early-adopter. I’d much rather wait for trusted, technologically advanced options to roll around. I’d never agree to be the first human to travel to Mars (what if the atmosphere scrambles human brains!) nor would I ever agree to be the first patient to receive a […]

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