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Goodbye, 2009
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After an awesome, surprise-filled, and at times exhausting year, it was high time I took a nice, long break. I took two weeks off from pretty much everything, and led a fairly unscheduled existence with a lot of family and friends, some amazing edibles, and very little internet. 😉 Part of that break had me driving down to the central coast of California–yes, that’s...

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Help-Portrait Project
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I’ve had a ridiculously busy few weeks recently, but I somehow still found room in my schedule to be a part of the Help-Portrait event held here in Portland last Saturday. The mission of Help-Portrait? Find a needy person, take their portrait, create a print and give it to that person. Helping one person just wasn’t enough, though, and after several planning meetings and...

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Forbidden City
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I have to head out for dinner with the group soon, so here’s another less-talky-more-looky photo post. 🙂 These are from our jaunt to the Forbidden City… after our morning of training that day, we spent hours walking through the place in blistering heat, and I was beyond exhausted, but it was worth the time. The exhibits in this place mainly focused on the...

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Summer Palace
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I’m rewinding a bit with some random snaps from the Summer Palace, on one of the first hazy days of my stay here. If I’d had my way, I’d have probably gone there later in the day, when the sun wasn’t so high, but the first few days were long and tighly-scheduled. Lunch and dinner were also scheduled, and with all the training and...

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Hitting the (Great) Wall
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Today was Day 3 of training, which meant: conditioning! It wasn’t as terrifying as I feared, but it was still pretty rough, after all of the other things we’ve been doing, and my abs hurt like a mother. I’m really, really glad I’ve been doing so much circuit training over the past 2 months, because I wouldn’t have made it through otherwise. It feels...

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