Beaten up by the Beast – Aspen Spartan Race

Some of the best lessons we can learn we learn the hard way.  Don’t you agree?  The Aspen Beast was one of the best challenges I have had. Maybe top 5 hardest physical activities. It was a ton of fun and I learned a lot.  The lessons however were learned the hard way and will…

Vices

I was working on a nutritional post for this week. It just would not come together. Felt soap box’ish. So instead I will write about wine. We all have food vices. No matter how healthy we eat, sometimes we need to hop off the wagon from time to time. My vice is wine. Doesn’t need…

Goals – The Trifecta

To start the year I made the commitment/goal to complete the Spartan Trifecta.  This required the completion of the three traditional Spartan races, Sprint, Super, and Beast.  They range in distance from 3-5 miles for the Sprint to 12-14 miles for the Beast.  Races consist of 25+ obstacles as well depending on the race.  Penalty…

Back At It

As anticipated, life got busy and I shoved the blog to the side.  Life is still busy, but time to give it a go again.  Lots of stuff going on that is worth sharing, so time to get back at it.  Going to commit to a post a week.  Nothing ambitious there, but its better…

Making Baby Gruel

During our more recent doctor visit (6 month checkup) we got the green light to start trying real foods with Allie. Way told to start with veggies, then fruits, and finally meats. Orange veggies were recommended first.  The recommendation was also to only try one food at a time for a few days before moving…

Vaccines – Lets Cut the BS

There is a lot of discussion on the internet these days on whether of not kids should get vaccines.  Depending which blog you read or what page you visit, vaccines can either save lives or cause autism.  Considering I have a 6 month at home, the topic is of interest and since a lot of…

Kiddo is 6 Months!

I kept starting and stopping a long winded post on this and never finished it. Here is a boiled down version that I actually got done. I wanted to go into depth on lessons learned and milestones for 6 months and honestly it just was taking forever. So here is the short list on the…

Our 4 Month Old Daughter – Lessons Learned

Our daughter Allie is nearing the four month mark. How time flies! It’s amazing how much you learn in such a short amount of time when it comes to your kids. For those with new little ones at home, or for those expecting, here are a few lessons learned from our first few months: Sleep…

Realistic Renewables – The Quick and Dirty

As an engineer, I try to think of things critically.  By that I mean I don’t take a lot a face value.  I try to take a step back, look at the situation or problem, and make my own determination based on the evidence.  As a power engineer, the topic of renewables is on my…

Sweet Potato and Golden Beet Cakes

I love a good potato cake.  They are crispy, savory, a bit salty, and can stand alone or make a great side dish.  I am always on the lookout for how to improve on potato cakes, or take them for a spin.  A few weeks ago I used some leftover mashed potatoes to make some…