Very Bad Day turned upside down

I had a feeling today was going to be one of those very bad days. When my alarm went off, I hit snooze before I realized it wasn’t my wake-up-in-the-next-20-minutes alarm, but rather my you’d-better-be-running-for-the-bus-if-you-don’t-want-to-be-late alarm. So I was 20 minutes late to work, skipped my morning coffee, didn’t have time for a shower and barely had the brain space to match my shoes.

But then, a wonderful thing happened! There was coffee at work, and leftover bagels from a meeting. Some sweet lady on the bus complimented my hair (thank you, sock bun!). My guy sent me a sweet text. And the sun came out- literally and figuratively.

Just goes to show that you can always find a way to turn your day around. And sometimes the universe will conspire to do this on its own.

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Manic Monday

Hey there! We’re back from the race and we all did really well! It was a fun trip and I’m so proud of my friends and family for pulling together to Pole, Pedal and Paddle.

My last week in pictures:

Which Kayak is ours?

Which Kayak is ours?

Run, Charlie! Run!

Run, Charlie! Run!

Took this picture halfway through the 5mi run!

Took this picture halfway through the 5mi run!

Awkward love.

Awkward love.

#sohipster

#sohipster

Hey, good lookin'!

Hey, good lookin’!

And here are some lovely links to get you through the week!

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Have a great weekend!

So this weekend, my family and I are doing the Pole Pedal Paddle in Bend! What is this, you ask? Only an epic 6-leg relay from Mt. Bachelor to the heart of Bend! The race goes as follows:

Downhill Skiing – Jackson

2008-02-10-09Cross Country Skiing- Allyn

bike Bicycle- Kyle

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Run- ME!grass.kayak

Kayak- Jesse129136986998794039800 M Sprint to the finish line- Charlie

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And of course, the road crew- Mom, Dad and Ashley

Well, wish us luck and have a wonderful weekend yourself.

Mapping it out

I’ve been gaining some momentum in my developing love for maps.
My Newest Map

My Newest Map

Because when you think about it, what are maps? Really, maps are a pretty weird idea.
A promotional discount map

A promotional discount map

They are an abstraction of a place. They put dots to whole cities and are comprised of imaginary, invisible lines depicting borders- lines that people will go to war to protect, if necessary. Maps give order to an otherwise unbridled wilderness. They can guide you home or dare you to dream of travel. They can simultaneously comfort and confront you with the conflicting depiction of “home” versus “adventure”.

A map created for a hotel postcard
I like maps.

Realizing some childhood ambitions

Sometimes I step back from my work and am overcome with the realization that 6 year old Erin would have loved what I do today.

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And now, just like 6 year old Erin, I need a nap and a juice.

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