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November 16, 2011

Travel Time

This morning I am waking up in a hotel. Usually, that is totally a drag. I'm not a huge fan of traveling; I like my house, my things, my people, my pets, and traveling usually interrupts our flow. However, I'm staying at a new Holiday Inn and it is pretty fantastic!

My room was spotless and stylish, the employees have been friendly, and it's a "Travel Green Hotel" so it is super earth friendly and economical.
Wake up recharged.

So, even though Holiday Inn did not pay or perk me to write this blog, my personal and unedited opinion is that they have done a fantastic job revamping their image. Love the new look and the great service!

Although travel is not my most favorite thing, I am hoping that the rest of this week whips by pretty quick. Friday will be super busy with getting all my hunting gear together for the Wisconsin gun deer opener on Saturday. It takes a lot of food and entertainment to spend all day in the woods!

How about you? Anyone traveling? Had a good experience with a Holiday Inn? Going hunting?? Let me know!

November 10, 2011

A Blog about Blogs

What makes a good blog? Why do I read the blogs that I do? How do I find the blogs that I love? All very good questions, with many many answers. First, I have to say, I’d like to give a shout out to the blogs I love the most.  My friend Nicole first got me into reading blogs by introducing me to younghouselove earlier this year. Is it the quirky sense of humor or the get it done attitude? Not sure, but I love these guys. They combine humor with home improvement and for some reason it just works. Real people doing real things. Not to mention, both have pretty great writing style.
As for humor and the get it done attitude, from John and $herdog I moved on to BowerPower. Katie Bower just cracks me up. She is my daily dose of humor and great ideas. So far we’ve got humor, attitude, home improvement, good writing…what else?
Well, I am also completely infatuated with the Pioneer Woman. Ree Drummond is a hoot. I want to cook like her, photograph like her, and live on a ranch in the middle of nowhere. Who’s with me? The only thing I wouldn’t want of hers is the cooking show…I’m level enough to know I’ll never get there. Me and cooking have too many issues…namely the whole measuring and exact timing thing….but that’s a whole different post.
Finally, my most recent read of the day is IHeartOrganizing. I am totally inspired by the way amazing stuff that Jen comes up with. It makes me want to go home and organize everything and anything. Love it.
So, what do all of these blogs have in common? They are created by real people experiencing real life. They are not fluffy or written from the world smells like roses point of view. They are not political or demanding of me. They are well written and humorous. They inspire me. Blogs like these are the reason I want to write a blog.
Are these the only blogs out there? Nope. There are millions. How do I find blogs? By reading other blogs. Whenever a blog is mentioned in something I am reading, I check it out. If it looks like something I am interested in, I will subscribe to it for awhile. If it’s not my thing, I unsubscribe, if I’m lucky, I’ll love it and keep it. Not much to that. It takes time, but I like to consider blog reading (and now writing) my “me” time. I do it when I have a free moment, when I feel stressed, when I need some motivation. Is it a huge time drain? Not really, not unless I get hooked into pinterest while I’m doing it. Pinterest is amazing, but I could spend far too much time perusing around on there. The problem with pinterest is that it doesn’t actually require you to do anything, but, once again, that’s a whole different post. If nothing else, I’m getting lots of ideas for future posts today!
What about you? Read any great blogs lately? Share them with me, we can blog hunt together! Written any great blogs lately? Let me know, I’d love to read them.


Hello everyone! Thanks for checking out my new adventure, NorthernMoon. I am super excited to become a member of the blogging universe. I have to be completely honest with you, I have absolutely no idea what this blog will become. I have some great ideas for future posts, but it could become something about everything, or nothing at all. I appreciate you stopping by to check things out.
I am creating this blog because I have set goals for myself and my family that I would like to accomplish and what better way to track them than to let the whole world cheer me on. No pressure. A few of the most important goals that stand out for me, and the main things that I intend to chronicle here include the following.
1. Building our house. My husband and I recently purchased land to build on (hopefully) in the very near future. I can’t wait to share every heartbreaking or triumphant moment with you, and most things in between.
2. Continue to remodel and update our existing house, then sell it. Self explanatory.
3. Finally create some of the projects I have had on my to do list for ever. There are too many to list at this point.
4. Continue to enjoy the great northwoods and all it has to offer. I intend to continue to fish, hunt, hike, and enjoy the oudoors. I’d like to go Salmon fishing on Lake Michigan, catch walleyes in the Menominee River, hunt Moose in Canada, and advenure to Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, just to name a few things.
5. Become a better cook. I love food. Basically any food. I’d like to get better at preparing it.
6. Continue to work at living a more sustainable lifestyle. Isn’t it every country girls dream to own cows and chickens and have a 1 acre garden?
Everyone needs a place to start, right? Once it’s in writing, it has to be done, right? I guess we’ll all see together!