Posts Tagged "ski expedition"

Marriage, Year Two: An Ode to Continued Transformation

September 24, 2013

Well—here we are! Today, Sean and I celebrate our second wedding anniversary, and I’m so proud to say how far we’ve come, hand-in-hand. I am living proof that life can pull a complete 180 in a year… and then do it over and over (and over). Four years ago, today (2009), I was a single, successful 24-year-old woman named Mollie Shambeau. A few years out of college from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with two bachelors’ degrees, I had never met Sean Busby and had never ridden a road bike. I was living in Madison as a well-known style/associate editor of a…

Unwinding the daily grind

When you spend two weeks above the arctic circle, cooking meals over camp stoves, sleeping in the same room as four others, and busting your ass up and down mountains every day, the return to reality is a shocker. If three days of travel back from Norway wasn’t a punch to the nuts, the return to the “daily grind” certainly was. The whole trip, I tried to soak up life without work, without conference calls and without email. I actually got to a point where I’d made such a point to get away that I feared the return to reality. But…

The 36-hour Endeavor

December 23, 2012

When I left off, I was saying how we didn’t have any TV entertainment for the whole 10 hour flight… Yeah that was horrible. I don’t consider myself a TV addict or anything… We don’t even have cable at home. But seriously? I hadn’t even packed a book because I was banking on having movies! Oh well– three games of Scrabble, 1 game of Settlers of Catan and lots of staring at the TV screen willing it to work later, we made it. True to airport form, Moscow’s was stifling hot, and again, I found myself stripped down to my…