Looking Back at July 2018

I decided to participate in Camp NanoWrimo last month, and while I’ve done it before, this time I took a different approach. One of the nice things about Camp is that you can set your own writing goal. Which is great, unless you’re not quite sure what you’re doing.

Normally I set a goal of 1,000 words per day, and then I try to write a little bit more than that so I have a buffer. This year, I didn’t have a story idea, and I’ve never finished any story in 31,000 words anyways, so I decided to set a time goal. I would start a good habit and dedicate 30 minutes of each day to writing. Continue reading

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Welcome to Asheville: Part 3 – Forests and Waterfalls

One of the other new things we did in Asheville was go hiking through the Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest.

This is slightly of topic, but we visited the forests the day after going to Chimney Rock. They are actually located southwest of Asheville, near a little town called Brevard. While we were driving, I was looking out the window and I saw a white squirrel. I immediately called it out and thought it was an albino squirrel, surprised to see the squirrel right after seeing the albino chipmunk. Little did I know, however, that it wasn’t actually an albino squirrel. As we were leaving the area, my mom had picked up some brochures and was flipping through them, and we found out that one of the things Brevard is known for is their white squirrels. Of course, after I heard this I wanted to see another one, hoping to get a closer look, but alas, they were not to be found. Continue reading

Welcome to Asheville: Part 2 – Chimney Rock

Asheville is located in the mountains, so of course when we visited, we had to go hiking! The first day we went to Chimney Rock. I’ve been there before, but things have changed a little, and it’s still an amazing view from the top.

Before when we went to Chimney Rock, we were able to drive to the top and park. This time, we had to park in a lot about halfway up, and a bus shuttled people to the top. We rode the bus to the top, and as we got up there, we found out the reason for this change. It looked like there was a landslide on the mountain, taking out some of the parking and narrowing the roads. It was safer to just have a few buses traveling the road, instead of a bunch of cars and visitors. Continue reading

Welcome to Asheville: Part 1 – River Arts District

Recently I was lucky enough to go on a mini-vacation to Asheville, North Carolina. I’ve been there before, but it’s been a while, and of course, there’s always new things to do.

This time before we went all members of my family researched different places to go, things we wanted to do. We actually ended up doing something everyone wanted, and while we did things and visited places we’ve gone before, we also did new things.

One of those new things was visiting the River Arts District. Continue reading

2018 Garden Update #1

The garden has moved. The original plan was to place the tomatoes on our deck, and they did start there. I helped move them out of their original containers into bigger pots, and we placed them on the deck. The tomato plants were maybe six inches tall, but we went ahead and put tomato cages around them. They dwarfed the little plants, but as the days passed, the little plants grew. Continue reading

Splashing Through the Mud

My friend and I recently did an obstacle course/mud race, and it was a lot of fun. It was a 5k course with about 20 obstacles, and it was kind of a spur of the moment decision to do it. By that I mean we decided a month before the race to participate, and neither of us have a consistent exercise routine.

When I heard I had a month to prepare, I figured I had time. I’m not a runner, so my plan was to try to hit the road and jog more. I wasn’t that concerned about the 5k distance – it’s about three miles, but with 20 obstacles to break it up, the actual running portions couldn’t be that long. I also knew there were supposed to be cargo nets and upper body obstacles, but I didn’t really have a plan for this either. Continue reading