I have registered for a free 3-week writing workshop at my local library this some to work on refining my craft. I have a few short story ideas floating around in my head, and I am contemplating entering this short story contest: http://www.rsbd.net/NEW/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=76:shelley&catid=35:contests&Itemid=54 6 days ago
I did this hike a couple of weeks ago in celebration of my 34th birthday. The trail begins with a 4.5 mile mostly uphill hike, followed by a loop utilizing different modes of transportation—tram, trolley and train. It was a great way to see/experience Southwest Portland! 6 days ago
Although I didn’t train as well for the race as I had originally planned, I finished in 3:01:24—about 5 minutes faster than my last half marathon. It was a nice course, just a few miles up the road from where I live. Also, a great vibe to be participating in an all-women’s race! 1 month ago
The last weekend in March I passed my 4th kyu (2nd degree purple) test. Next up: brown belt. 2 months ago
We spent 6 days here and visited Kilkenny, Blarney, Killarney, Ring of Kerry and Dublin. We were actually in Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day, which was a once in a lifetime experience. I am definitely glad we pinched our pennies for a year to make this trip a reality. 2 months ago
is a nice 3-4 miles hike at the Lake Mead area. I also really like the Bristlecone Trail at Mt. Charleston during the summer. Although the trail is at about 9,000’ elevation, it is relatively flat compared to some of the other trails at Mt. Charleston. Enjoy all the hiking/walking down there! 4 months ago
and now I must begin training. I still have 4 months until the race, and fortunately I’ve run a few other half-marathons before so the task doesn’t seem too daunting. 5 months ago
but I love this idea! I am a huge fan of Day of the Dead folk art as well, and this quilt looks like a really neat project. Good luck! 5 months ago
I did a Turkey Trot trail run here on Thanksgiving morning, and I am going to count this as a hike since my sister and I walked it with her dog. It was a beautiful setting with wooded trails and creeks. 6 months ago
We have had a rough year fincially, but this week-long trip to Ireland next March was only going to cost us about $1,400 a piece including airfare, hotel, some meals and some sightseeing. I couldn’t pass up such a great deal, since I have been wanting to go to Ireland for quite some time. 6 months ago
I have been keeping track of my progress on my blog (http://beckyajohnson.net/book-club/) and on Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/10611311-becky-johnson) 6 months ago
since I recently moved from Nevada to Oregon. Now is the rainy season, but perhaps I will still try to do a few local hikes this fall/winter 6 months ago
about my experiences living on 4 different continents while in my 20s. Although I am not yet sure I will try to publish this, I feel it’s a story I need to write.
I started on Friday, and so far I’ve written about 2,000 words. Since a standard book these days is around 100,000 words, I am about 1/50 done. Woohooo!
I am also thinking of including recipes at the end of each chapter, from each of the places I’ve lived. Lately I have enjoyed reading memoirs that include recipes, so why not try this for my book as well? 6 months ago
Because the Hippie Chick Half is a local race in my community, and because it is organized by a local running store/racing company.
It is a similar concept to the Nike Women’s Half and Full Marathon—an all-women’s race, a necklace for finishers, a mimosa garden at the finish. But it is a much smaller field, I wouldn’t need to travel far to complete the race, and I would feel much better about supporting a local business (although technically Nike World Headquarters are just up the street from me).
I haven’t decided yet whether I want to run the half or the quarter marathon, but if I register by Dec. 31st I can save $10 on my registration 6 months ago
when I tried zip-lining. At first I was self-conscious about chickening out, but then I thought, “I’ve done a lot of cool things that not many other people have done. So what if adventure sports isn’t my thing.”
My point being: don’t beat yourself up over this. Look at what else you’ve accomplished this year and relish in your triumphs. 7 months ago
because I don’t think the Modern Library’s top 100 list is all that diverse. Thus far I’ve read 6/100 books on my personal reading challenge list. I’ve been updating my progress at http://beckyajohnson.net/book-club/ 8 months ago
I’ve recently transferred to a new dojo, having moving out of state, but before I left my old dojo I took my 5th kyu test and passed. Fortunately, my new dojo accepted my old rank and I am 5 tests away from achieving shodan (black belt). Only 4-5 more years of hard training until this goal will be accomplished. 8 months ago
Our home was robbed in June, so unfortunately we were no longer able to afford this trip. I hope to find another opportunity to improve my Spanish language skills in the future! 8 months ago
were also the beginner scarf patterns in the Stitch n Bitch book. There’s a lot of great projects in that book overall. :-)
Rather than complete someone else’s list, I’ve created my own list that’s a mixture of fiction and non-fiction books: http://beckyajohnson.wordpress.com/book-club/. This should keep me busy for quite some time. 13 months ago
My husband & I sent in our deposit and booked our airline tickets to spend 5 weeks in Guadalajara for a Spanish language & cultural immersion program. I’m really looking forward to it! 13 months ago
Have fun on the next leg of your journey too! 13 months ago
My husband and I are thinking of enrolling in a 5-week language & cultural immersion in Guadalajara this summer. A former colleague of mine retired there and operates the program, so I already have a collection. My Spanish from grad school/past travel is mediocre, and I’m about due for a personal sabbatical. 14 months ago
I’m 0/3 on applications I submitted for Fall 2012 admissions. Surprisingly I don’t feel that bad about it. Today I was reading an article about how unemployment in recent college grads is over 50%, and anthropology was cited as the #2 most unemployed major. At least I finished my BA & MA before the recession hit and have a semi-decent career at the moment. But the high unemployment rate definitely made for a surge of grad school applicants this year and some pretty stiff competition. 14 months ago
is my favorite place to visit in NYC. You could spend hours just wandering around and people watching, and it’s free! Also, I recommend Ess-a-Bagel for cheap breakfast or lunch, and you can’t leave New York without trying a bagel—http://ess-a-bagel.com/. Have fun! 14 months ago