Tag: Poler

My Brother’s Ted Talk

So my brother spoke at TedxPortland.  If you aren’t familiar with Ted Talks they are a series of talks by experts on a variety of topics.  A lot of them have a motivational speaker type of feel but not all of them.  In my brother’s case he was asked because he is the founder of Poler LLC which is a popular clothing and outdoors brand based in Portland.

He speaks about using technology to expand your life not minimize it, to help you get out into nature instead of isolating yourself.  It is a good reminder to me as someone who does spend a lot of time with media of different kinds to get outside and share that adventure with others.  I particularly like how he used the example of water as swimming in lakes and rivers is such a powerful experience for me.

This weekend I am going to Bear Lake for a race and since I haven’t been feeling that well I was wondering if it was going to be worth it.  My race is probably not going to be the greatest but listening to my brothers words made me glad I am spending some time in the beautiful water. Who cares about the race!

What do you guys think about what he has to say?  Do you find yourself phrozen to your mobile devices? What do you like to do to get connected with nature?

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News and October Awesomeness

SLEEP

First I will start out this post by letting you all know that I have recovered from my night of no sleep on Sunday.  I slept for 10 hours last night and hopefully broke the 2 am trend I’ve been allowing myself to get into.  Thank you for all your thoughts and concern my way.  Its a scary experience getting no sleep.  Your mind starts to spin and you feel almost like the insane people you see in the movies- unglued.  It’s very weird.

Some good advice from Elder Holland.  Photo is from my mission
Some good, if challenging, advice for the insomniac from Elder Holland. Photo is from my mission

EXCITING NEWS

So I have some exciting news for all of you faithful readers.  I am going to get the chance to guest blog for my friend Samantha Ferraro on her food blog http://littleferrarokitchen.com/  I am going to be doing a more professional version of my post from last year Thanksgiving for One and I’m really excited!  I have gotten a new camera (something I’ve wanted to do for some time) and am going to work with my Dad to take some great food photos and give tips for cooking for 1.  I figure if I can show people how to cook thanksgiving for 1 they can extrapolate the skills and cook any meal for 1.

NANOWRIMO

On that note, are there any of you that might be interested in guest posting on  my blog in November?  I am going to be doing nanowrimo and will be be posting but probably not as frequently as I have been doing in the last few months (I’ve been on a role lately!).

Speaking of Nanowrio I am really excited for my next book.  I’ll give you the basic summary.  It is a Christmas chick lit book about 2 women, life long, friends- one a stay at home army Mom and the other a single career woman- who love but envy each other’s lives.  One day they wish to Santa that they could live the other person’s life and through his magic he makes them switch places, freaky friday style.  Hilarity ensues.  Think Hallmark movies with maybe a touch more edge.  I’m going to have Santa as the narrator and he is a bit sarcastic and funny. What do you think?  Would you read that?

RANTING AND RAVING

So, I was kind of sad today.  I found out that they are only going to have current members on my old singles ward facebook page so I won’t find out about activities any more.  My last tenuous tie cut…I only have one friend there anyway.  Most of my other friends from the ward are on missions or going on missions (which is awesome!).  Anyway, its silly thing because I hardly went to any activities but I guess it just said to me ‘that part of your life is over. Move on’.  That made me cry.

I know life isn’t fair but it’s not fair.  I shouldn’t be allowed to live my faith one way for 14 years and then bam its all pulled out from under me in a week. Do you know how shocking that is?  I’ve always been more comfortable in the majority than minority and in the family ward I’m a definite minority.

I feel like I’ve tried hard but I haven’t made any friends in the family ward.  Everyone is too busy and you don’t get a chance to meet anyone because there aren’t any activities, or hardly any.  I miss FHE.  I miss firesides and activities. I need to go to institute in Lehi for the midsingles but I haven’t had great luck with the midsingles functions. It’s so different every time you go that you can’t really get to know anyone.

Yes, I’m complaining but this is my blog and I can do that from time to time.  It just made me sad that’s all. I’ll get over it.

A RING AND OTHER SHOPPING

On happy news I have all of my Christmas shopping done except for my roommate!  Crazy right.  I got some cute stuff.  I kept stumbling on stuff I think they will really love and I didn’t spend a ton of money.

Also, I got a ring from my box of happies last month that I liked but the band was cheap so I had the local jeweler make me a new band.  I just love it so much!

Designed by me. I love that! Something totally unique
Designed by me. I love that! Something totally unique

Also, if you haven’t checked out the Poler website do.  They have outerwear, Nike shoes and tons of cool hats for winter.  Would be great for Christmas gifts.  Check out yours truly:

You could say I wear many hats for Poler
You could say I wear many hats for Poler

I got a new sign from the great etsy shop The Sign Post.  Love them both.  They were a great company to work with because I had originally spelled TS Eliot’s name with two Ts and they caught it and corrected it.  I think they are pretty great.

signs

Another great find is called The Protein Bakery.  I saw them on the food network and they are treats made with protein that I actually like!  They also contain mostly wheat free flours (not technically gluten free because the facilities process wheat but wheat free flours).  I was so impressed and I normally hate that kind of thing.  My gag reflex is super strong at protein additives but these are yummy

protein factory

I also got to try these cookies from Cheryls bakery and they were delicious.  They have a service on their website where you can send a cookie-gram.   I think that is super cute and seriously one of the best baked goods I’ve tried.

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I have also had a great time trying out more boxes in the last month.  Check out some of my youtube videos for favorites:

 

 

Random Thoughts IV

This is one of my random jumbled posts.

1. Got home yesterday.  Long day at the airport (funny that when I’m volunteering my seat up the wait isn’t so bad because I get a free ticket but if I’m delayed its torture!).  Fun trip visiting the fam and my parents.  I particularly enjoyed spending 2 nights with my sister and her family.  I find I get more out of one-on-one interactions rather than chaotic groups.  Its hard to go from being the sole ruler of my roost to being surrounded by people.  Does it seem selfish to say that?  Oh well, its true.

2.  Thanks to my Dad who gave up his bed and slept on the floor so I would have a place to sleep for 2 of the nights home.  Thanks Dad!  I had a great time at the Turkey Trot and totally want to do it next year but it was very exacting on my body.  I had serious pain for 3 days.  It hurt to sit up, move, walk, do anything.  Having sleep on a comfortable bed was essential to my muscle recovery.

3. I am not good at hiding my emotions.  Never have been.  If I’m hungry, tired, upset, frustrated, or in pain most people know.  I try to keep it inside and ‘be a trooper’ but I can never seem to pull it off.  Thank goodness I have understanding family and friends.  I suppose this is one benefit of living alone.  I can moan and groan all I want to myself!

4. I must express my doubts about the sugar fast.  It doesn’t seem to be changing my cravings.  I still crave sweets bad and when I eat them they taste just as great as they did before…I don’t know how much longer I can keep this up!  If I’m honest I really kind of hate it.  I hate dieting in general because I feel it excludes me from a full life experience.  Still, I suppose it is a necessary evil.

5. Good news on the Poler front!  We had a very successful Black Friday sales weekend and are looking forward to a great Christmas season.  There are still bugs to work out but congrats to my the Poler team for a great start!  Particular shout out to my brother who has worked so hard on this new company.

6. I am setting up my tree tomorrow!  Can’t wait.  Its a tight squeeze with my new sofa but I will make it work.

7. Speaking of new furniture I made one black friday purchase- a new ottoman for my main room.  Now I have one for each sofa.  Isn’t it pretty and only $73!  Thank you Walmart! (Yes, I am a Walmart shopper. In fact, I think they get a bum rap.  They have reasonable insurance for their employees, livable wages and their products are in general good quality.  I’ve actually been more impressed with their furniture/decor items than Ikea or Target and really are either of those 2 companies any less of a corporate giant?).

8. It has actually happened, my friends, I don’t have to convince myself to exercise anymore!  For literally years it was a chore to get my but out the door.  This week I realized I actually want to go and feel remorse when I can’t go.  This is particularly true for swimming (which I haven’t done for over a week 😦 ).  I really miss it when I can’t do it.  I was going to swim on Thursday with my friends but then there ended up being work commitments and I can’t go. The person asked “Do you have to go swim?”.  Its honestly like asking if I need to eat lunch.  Well, technically I could survive without it but I will miss it!

9.  I decided during this trip that I am going to start walking/running once a week from now on.  With how difficult my recovery was from the 5k I need to work out those walking muscles more often.  Walking is such an easy thing to do while traveling and swimming is very difficult (at least in the winter). Anyone want to be my weekly walking buddy?

10. My friends are going to swim the Great Salt Lake through the Winter. They have a group called the Wasatch Front Polar Bear Club.  They have already swam in 46 degree water!  I think it would be a fun adventure to join with them but my fibromyalgia would be super painful.  Its just not worth it for the rush.

11.  Don’t get me wrong I’m grateful but having 4 mini-jobs can be stressful.  I feel a little stretched each and every way. Especially coming home from a trip is always rough.  I worked a lot this trip but it never seems to be quite enough.  At least I don’t have to push myself like some of the other people in my company.

I used to think I wanted to be an ambitious business leader but I really am glad to be free from the stress and pressure.  I am happy with my little roles and the difference I make.  I will be grateful when the routine of Poler is set in stone and when other pending issues are finalized. (I have my employee review next Monday.  Here’s to hoping I do well and maybe even get a raise! Haven’t had one in 2 years).

Do you think because I’m not the dynamic business woman or politician I dreamed of as a child I’m a bit of a sell-out?  Are we not all sell-outs in one way or another as adults…?

12. Lately I’ve been fascinated with the Revolutionary generation.  Last year I read a book called Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts and loved it.  Now we are rereading that for my book club.  I have also been reading Founding Brothers by Joseph Elis and am enjoying that.  It goes into great depth into many things I didn’t know much about such as Washington’s Farewell Address, Benjamin Franklin’s support of abolition, the controversy of Jay’s Treaty.

It also elaborates on topics I did know about such as the friendship/feud between Adams and Jefferson, Jefferson’s strategy as the first party politician, James Madison’s skillful quiet power, Abigail Adams role in her husbands presidential cabinet and more.  It is so interesting.  As I’ve read I keep coming up with parallels to the issues facing politicians and the similar strategies used to win elections that still exist today.  Its amazing how with all that’s changed some things never change.

13. Don’t mean to end on a somber note but I can’t begin to describe how disgusted I am with what’s gone on at Penn State.  I was horrified to see people cheering for anyone even remotely involved in this terrible tragedy.  Our thoughts should be on the victims, not on football.  I love sports but let’s have a bit of perspective people!

14. Finally I am a little sad because I now have 2 months left in my current ward.  In January I turn the big 31 and that means I am out of the single adult ward.  I can either go to the midsingles or the family ward.  Haven’t decided what I will do.  Any experiences either way? I’d love to hear them.  Our midsingles ward has over 600 people so honestly I’m afraid of getting lost with either choice.

I guess I will just have to be extra vigilant in making friends and being outgoing. (Maybe my new ottoman will help with that!).  I’m sincerely sorry to be leaving my ward and particularly my calling.  It has been a wonderful sanctuary from a year that has been one of the toughest of my life.  I will always be grateful for home and visiting teachers, RS President and bishop who took care of me when I really needed it. Thanks!

15.  I wish I could be in Hawaii right now…but that’s pretty much true of every day of my life!

16.  Saw 2 movies over the break, Hugo and Muppets Movie.  Enjoyed both.  Hugo was a work of art in movie form; however,  a little slow and I don’t know if I ever bonded to any of the characters.  Movies are played as an unmitigated good in the plot and while I enjoy a good movie I don’t know if they are as important as Hugo would have you believe. Still, well worth a viewing. See it in 3D if you can.  One of the best uses of 3D I’ve ever seen.  It didn’t have the murkiness of most 3D.

The Muppets movie was GREAT!!  I loved it.  I thought it was funny, I loved the music, and the whole thing made me smile throughout.  While I think children will enjoy it I think it is designed for young adults my age.  There were tons of references to the Muppets I knew growing up and I found them all charming.  I just really loved it.

17.  No I did not see Breaking Dawn.

18. Best movies I’ve seen this year- The Help, Midnight in Paris and Harry  Potter.  Favorite performances so far Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain in The Help, Alan Rickman in Harry Potter, Corey Stoll as Ernest Hemmingway in Midnight in Paris. Best animated movie by far Winnie the Pooh (best soundtrack also)

19.  Finally, I went speed dating a couple of weeks ago and actually had a good time.  However, I definitely realized that my fear of animals is totally not normal! Btw, if that thing in Ohio with the exotic animals had happened by me I think I’d have a heart attack.  There are 911 calls of people saying ‘I’m on the freeway and just saw a lion’.  Can you imagine?

20.  Do you like the cool new theme for the blog?  Got to switch things up every now and then.  I am trying to figure out why I got double the hits this same time last year?  Tell me blog readers what have I done differently? 🙂

21. One last thing- a couple of weeks ago I gave my phone number out to a boy for the first time in my life.  It felt totally cliched but I was proud of myself.  He never called but hey its a step in the right direction! Probably sad that it took me to age 30 to do that.  Oh well!

Poler

Hi from Utah!  After a nightmare of a flight I arrived back from a California business trip yesterday.   The reason I had to go on the trip is to set up my bookkeeping responsibilities for our new business Poler LLC. (It is always nice to see my family but great to return home.Its funny that I don’t consider where my parents live as home anymore?)

This is a very exciting business that I wanted to tell you about.   It has two major components- apparel and camping gear.  http://www.polerstuff.com/.

One blog describes the Poler products as “Based in Portland, Oregon, Poler’s outdoor equation seems to be one part heritage, one part skate, and one part shaggy Oregon bearded dudes. If you’re looking for a snowsports parallel, Poler might be the spacecraft of the outdoor world.

Everyone knows I’m not a huge camping nut but the design aesthetic for Poler is very cool and unique. My brother is a leader of Poler (not sure exactly what his position is called) but he has taken the lead on both design and product selection for this company.  He is also a talented photographer.  You see his wonderful photography on his blog http://www.benjiwagner.com/index.php

in addition to clothing they have knapsacks and dufflebags

They have hoodies and t-shirts that are slim cut super soft ringspun cotton
There are also amazing tents that pop together like magic

The idea for Poler is embracing nature and creating your own adventure which has appeal for even a non-outdoorsy person like myself.  I like nature I just don’t like all the work that usually comes along with setting up camping. Poler is all about making things easy and enjoying the nature that surrounds you.

Another blogger said, “It’s for people that look at most outsdoorsy stuff and wonder why everyone is trying to pretend they are going to do first ascents on alpine peaks instead of celebrating the fact that they are having adventures that are awesome in their own way.”

Check the website out and get your Christmas shopping done early.  Free shipping right now!