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I Am In Love With My New Job!

I Am In Love With My New Job!

Nov 10, 2014

For most of my working career I have had expectations of how people would treat me, what I would learn, my worth, how much time I would still have for family and friends, and what I wanted to do. As I’ve grown and continued to learn about myself and what’s important in my life, I have evolved and many of my own expectations have changed. I have changed....

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Des Moines!

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Des Moines!

Sep 23, 2014

I have to admit, our trip to the pumpkin patch last year kind of felt like the end of an era.  My daughters, then 11 and 8, along with their cousins (12 and 10) still enjoyed the pumpkin cannon and the corn maze, but the excitement of picking their own pumpkins and riding the hayrack had definitely diminished over the years.  I had a feeling as we left last...

Summer 2014: Flying By

Summer 2014: Flying By

Jul 1, 2014

Today is July 1st.  I love July.  Like June, its weather appeals to me, its barrage of events (up and coming) excite me, and there is still so much summer on the horizon left to enjoy.  By the end of July, the weight of fall usually starts to set in, however, and I begin to feel much less excitement.  For me, August signals the start of school, the end of...

Iowa State Fair Food Competitions

Iowa State Fair Food Competitions

Jun 25, 2014

I love fair food. I feel like that’s a pretty common sentiment among Des Moinesians. Beyond the stands full of fried butter and corn dogs, there are hundreds of other goodies behind the scenes that oft go unnoticed. I’m talking about the Iowa State Fair Food competitions. While you might assume novices have no chance at taking home a ribbon, the contests...

Clive City Code 5-5-1: Making it Hard on 515

Clive City Code 5-5-1: Making it Hard on 515

Jun 24, 2014

In my opinion, the Des Moines Arts Festival coming up this weekend is successful because it is the perfect blend of family friendly and easy on adults.  For the kids there are art projects to create, a water feature to splash in, and plenty of sweet and savory treats to tempt the taste buds.  For the adults, there is art in all forms and available for...