Thursday, February 24, 2011

A New Path.

After a lot of thought and consideration, I've accepted a new job as a Director of Marketing at Bergan Paulsen in Cedar Rapids.  It's always exciting to stare down a trailhead not knowing what will be around the next corner but it's scary too.  It's the fear that drives us though and the thrill of a new challenge that rewards us.  I'm excited for this next chapter in my career and thrilled to help impact a new company. 

Here goes nothing!

Saturday, February 19, 2011


I had what my good friend, Oprah, would call an "aha moment" this weekend.  While hiking with my husband, I said aloud to him, "Isn't hiking kind of dumb?"

Andy's response; "Amanda, are you being serious right now?"

Amanda; "Well, we're just walking around.  Wouldn't it be nice if there was some gold at the end?  Or a giant cheesecake?"

Andy; "Amanda, I think it's more about the journey, not the destination.  Take in your surroundings and clear your mind."

Ok.  So, I tried.  But there was a nagging feeling inside me that it would be a lot more productive if we could just run this course.  And then it came.  The "aha moment."  This is a little how I live my life.  I tend to jump to the destination.  I'd much prefer running quickly to get where I'm going even when I'm not experienced enough on the terrain.  And finally, I prefer to imagine a giant cheesecake at all my destinations. 

But, there was no cheesecake at the end - there was the highest point in Portland and awesome views - but no cheesecake.  We "discovered" Council Crest at the end of our excursion this weekend (among other things).  Take a look for yourself.  I think it was worth it.  And I think I could be convinced to like hiking if I keep experiencing these Oprah moments!  But a little cheesecake (or gold) would never hurt!


Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sending extra love from Oregon to all of our friends and family!

Sunday, February 6, 2011


When your home is your work and your work is your home, sometimes you want to run as fast as you can away.  The walls get cluttered with your life, your projects, your torn out to-do’s and notebooks full of next steps.  So, you run – well, drive – to Canada.
I convinced my husband that it doesn’t take two full days to get mentally prepared for chicken wings on Superbowl Sunday and that we really needed to start checking things off our Northwestern Bucket List.  So, Vancouver, check!

And the Canadians welcomed us with open-arms.  They lit the Olympic Cauldron in honor of our arrival.  Well, at least they all said it was only lit for special occasions and no one could tell us what this special occasion was.  But I knew what it was.  It was a day for making dreams come true.    I still laugh out loud when I think about all of us “Barbies” picking the states we wanted to be for MORP.  Who want to dress as Utah?  
Right is a photo circa 2002!
Ok, these photos are probably highly offensive but it was early, the wind had a chill and we had the giggles. 

But we did get a little soul-restoration with the views. 

…And with the sweet things we found that sometimes only a passport can provide.

...And from a market that we literally stumbled upon that took my breath away with all its beautiful goodness.

So, we are already yearning to return and visit our friendly neighbors up north but we’re grateful for our quick escape.  The to-dos are still piling up but at least we have memories of Groupon exploration, modern design around each corner and late night conversations over carrot cake and beer!
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