Category Archive for "General musings"

I wrote a mini novel to tell you that it’s OK to drop a ball

December 3, 2012

My parents always told me that God never gives us anything we can’t—or aren’t meant to—handle. I’m not sure if it’s the guilt I felt for having to postpone a Riding On Insulin camp, the growing tire around my midsection that haunts my reflection in the mirror, or the fact that I bailed on a friend’s Christmas party today. Whatever it was, it hit me. I realized that something in my life has to change. I’ve blogged about this before—this crazy affect that the universe can have on me when I least expect it. I’ve got all these moving pieces…

A little political comedy for Election Day, 2012!

In honor of today’s election and the highly anticipated outcome, I am going to refrain from making a political statement. Instead, I would like to provide some political comedy to make you laugh—because really, if you’ve voted, which you should, the outcome is out of your hands at this point. Rather than sitting in front of the TV waiting, you should sit in front of your computer and watch all the Bad Lip Reading YouTube videos. And then share them with your colleagues (because I know you—you’re reading this from work! GOTCHA!) There are tons of these (including one on…

JDRF Ride to Cure—take two

Thank you to everyone who donated to my JDRF Ride to Cure fundraising goal of $2,000. Because of you, I’m able to be out in Death Valley riding for the second time in honor of the people I love. This weekend, I’m riding 103 miles through the Death Valley for Sean—my husband who lives with a chronic disease every day of his life. I’m doing the JDRF ride for the kids and teens who come to Riding On Insulin, and need to offset every carb they eat with the correct amount of insulin. I’m doing the JDRF ride for all those…

Giveaway: An Often Wander Leather Bracelet!

OK—when I saw Sarah Larson’s leather bracelets from Often Wander a few months ago (Noon sells them in San Diego), my first thought was I NEED ONE. And then I re-considered and thought I NEED THREE. I love how casually colorful they are. And the clasp—oh the clasp! It’s a simple little nut (like nuts and bolts) and the leather wraps around it. So cute—do you agree? (Yes.) Good! Because you have a chance to win one in the color of your choice today. Yep. Wednesday just got awesome… To enter, tell me what outfit(s) you would wear your Often Wander…

Bike Prom

You know what? Theme parties never go out of style. As someone who spent the greater part of her childhood playing “dress up,” I still love costuming and being silly as much as I did back then—I just wish I’d kept all my costumes. You can’t imagine how many times I wish I had my cutoff denim vest, or those silver sequined bell-bottoms… Anyway. I’m so proud to say it’s that time of year again: The bi-annual theme party. First, there was a “Ninjas vs. Pirates” party… followed by a “Superheroes that Didn’t Make It” party. And, you may remember…

Montana Music: Chappo—Come Home

I have a long list of music from our Montana roadtrip a few weeks ago, so I’m going to continue to share it with you. We heard this song from Chappo frequently, and when you’re in a beautiful place like Montana (where you want to move, someday) you take the words to heart. This one—aptly titled, Come Home—hit the spot.   This photo—with me shooting the photo of Daisy in the review mirror, really embodies the carefree spirit of roadtrips. It won’t be long before we traveling again… the open road is calling!  

Welcome to the world Baby Claire!

September 12, 2012

So once you turn 26, things start getting grown up. My dear friend, Laura and her husband Mike, just had a baby girl and I am so happy for the two of them. I was lucky enough to pop into their home last week and hold baby Claire… she is precious. Also, not sure if you can tell, but the onesie says “I’d rather be naked.” Based on her wardrobe alone, I think she’s going to be a smart girl. See? I’m a natural… My friend, Lisa, and baby.  

Mollie + Organic Chemistry = bad chemistry

September 3, 2012

Let me tell you a little story. When I was a sophomore in college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I went in to my Econ 102 final confident. The week prior, I had studied with friends, memorized flashcards, and felt like I knew Macroeconomics like the back of my hand. Two hours later, I walked out of that exam, called my parents and—in tears—broke the news to them I had earned a failing grade in the class. Yes, if you’re doing the math, I told them the news before I actually knew what grade I actually earned in the class—BUT…

To the road less traveled…

Our friend, Michael, opened up a beer tonight and “To the road less traveled” was printed on the inside of the beer cap. It couldn’t have been more meaningful. This week, Sean and I have put some dreams into motion. For a while, we thought we’d never find this obscure road that leads to our dreams, but wouldn’t you know—we found the trail, and we intend to blaze it for many years to come. Basically, after Riding On Insulin received the official news that we were being awarded a capacity building grant from one of the most prestigious Trusts in the nation…

It will happen when it’s meant to happen

I am an impatient person. It’s in my blood… I like things to happen right as they cross my mind—BAM! Done. Instant gratification. I think it’s probably a generational thing, no? All this Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Digital Photography business—I’ve got the world at my fingertips 24/7 and at a moment’s notice, I can find out what’s going on in the world, find out when the shoes I want go on sale, and make the sky look bluer and the grass look greener in any darn picture I choose. And yet, when I want something to happen in my life—just a simple, seamless shift…

A return to Rotorua

During our time in New Zealand this year, we were fortunate to return to Rotorua to visit our dear friends, Charlie, Jo and Jacob (who has type 1 diabetes). Last time we visited was in August, 2010 when we went Zorbing for the first time. The Windell family put up with Sean, Alex and I for FOUR days—not an easy feat!—and we had such a fun time touring our favorite hot springs, chasing volcanic eruptions, and catching up over delicious meals. Did you know the entire city of Rotorua is on an active volcano? As such, there is a lot…

Circus Circus: The Best Cafe on Earth (or at least in New Zealand!)

No trip to Auckland is complete without a visit to Mt. Eden’s Circus Circus. Voted #1 in Auckland year after year, their tagline boasts that they are the “Best Cafe on Earth.” Sean and I would heartily agree. Typically, we’ll head there for coffee and toast in the morning (Sean gets the banana bread, but it has walnuts so I have to refrain because I’m allergic), but a few days ago, we stopped in for dinner. Unsure of what we would find on the dinner menu, Sean, Alex and I all ordered the Thai Green Curry and were literally LICKING…

The Busby’s next big adventure…

It’s the hot topic around here—what will the Busby’s do next? Well… I have an exciting announcement for you all, and it doesn’t involve a vegetable oil powered motor home, a new dog, or…. a baby. C’mon, a little part of you was thinking that MAYBE I would say we’re having a baby… but I will squash that and officially tell you we are not pregnant. Did you hear me, Mom? WE’RE NOT PREGNANT. Rest easy for a few more years… although I will say I am tempted because imagine the blogging material you get from having a kid, right?…

Noon Designs

While I’m on the subject of party nails and trendy things, I want to talk about jewelry for a hot minute. Not sure if you’ve noticed, but I wear the same pair of earrings on nearly every important occasion. Ever since my friend, Lauren, gave these earrings to me as a gift (shown below, except I have them in a more opaque  light pink), I wear them constantly. I swear, they go with everything, from casual to classy. And, I know they’re quality earrings because they don’t irritate my sensitive skin. I actually didn’t realize this till just recently, but Noon Designs (who…

Bits of “real world” advice, for Matt…

This past weekend, my little brother graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and I couldn’t be more proud. He is becoming a grown-up and I can’t wait to see where life takes him. It’s crazy to think he’s finally made it to this point, but I that just means I’m getting older. Not OLD. Just old-er. Proud sister… To commemorate this momentous occasion, my mom couldn’t resist making Matt a scrapbooked chronicle of his life (like mother, like daughter). She asked family members to write a little something to Matt that she could include toward the end, and of course, I wrote a…

Diabetes 24-7

I was honored to be featured on Elizabeth Snouffer’s blog, Diabetes 24-7 yesterday. I don’t know if I’ve ever written the story of how Sean and I met in such detail, so it was a first. Answering her questions brought back both sad and happy memories… made me think of Jesse, as I often do in my day-to-day life. Lately, I’ve been feeling change afoot in Sean and my world, and I wonder how much pull Jesse has in that. Surely he keeps tabs on what we’re up to, and where we’re going. I like to think he keeps us on…

Yukon Adventures, revisited

Just realized I still have a ton of photos that I haven’t posted from our trip to the Yukon. As we’ll be up there in about a month (only next time we’ll be driving in the GHV!), I thought what a great opportunity to get excited to see this beautiful place again—in the summer. Enjoy! Working dog camp. I tried to stay calm when I went and visited the dog camp so that they didn’t howl too loud, but to no avail. The mountains in the background of this photo can only be described as arresting. They were one of…

Slacklining: Take 1

This weekend, Sean and I took a Gibbon slackline up to the Mt. Nebo area and tried our hand… it’s an incredible workout—essentially you’re walking on what feels like a seatbelt that’s ratcheted tight between two trees. Talk about core strengthening! Excited to take these on our Alaska journey and increase our slackline stamina. Stay tuned… Dexter made a great crutch when I needed one…

The Dreaded Act of Finding a Hairstylist

Yep. It’s that time again. I haven’t had a haircut since September 20th (right before the wedding), and my split ends are so horrible you can see them a mile away. At nighttime. Without a flashlight. I would be all, SEAN. LOOK AT THESE SPLIT ENDS. And he would ask, WHAT IS A SPLIT END AND WHY SHOULD I CARE? Well, for 1) My sanity. 2) My appearance. 3) Because you love me. Ha! That’s why! We decided (because we’re married, and I has become we) it was time I got a haircut. I love how when you’re married, things…

Two kittens and a mustache

For Sean Busby, a mustache represents the ultimate achievement in Facial Hair. Having sported a trimmed beard for many months now, he was asking me over and over if I’d be OK (read: continue being married) if he had a mustache. In my world? Mustaches seem a little weird/creepy, so I consistently took the stance that mustaches shouldn’t be part of our lifestyle. Then one day, a mustache just appeared on his face—IMAGINE THAT. As I studied the feature, Sean waiting with bated breath to hear my verdict. Truthfully, I don’t mind it. Plus, it makes him so happy—not sure…