40 Days for Life
On the window was a sign “40 Days of Prayer for Choice.”
I would like to say that I walked away from the clinic after a hour a more thoughtful and prayerful person.
I don’t think that really happened. I was happy to get into my car and turn on the heat. Happy to get away from what is not the greatest neighborhood in Milwaukee.
28 by 28: See the eagles fly
Check one off of my list. Yesssss.
If you’re not following, don’t worry. I’ll become comprehensible in a minute.
In the meantime, here’s some more eagles.
This is a little blurry… because the further you zoom, the more each shake is seen in the photo.
Alright, now to make sense of all this.
Earlier, I published my 28 by 28 list, the 28 things I want to accomplish before I turn 28 in February 2015.
The list isn’t really in any order… but seeing the eagles fly was the first thing I thought of when I wrote down the list.
I had already scheduled and booked the hotel room for the weekend in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, where they hold their annual Eagle Appreciation Day in late February.
I got there late Friday night, and barely found my hotel. I get no data service in Driftless Wisconsin, so I had to rely on smoke signals and whatever people used before GPS existed. It was a crazy three minutes in my car.
I woke up early Saturday morning, the day of the event, ready to get started. I drove into the city and immediately saw those first three birds.
They congregate on rivers and open water because they LOVE fish. (But also rabbits as I found out later.)
So I parked my car and walked back to the bridge where I first saw the eagles and took some photos.
The sky was clear, the weather was brisk, cold, freezing, but it was beautiful. And it was quiet. I was expecting a lot more people around for the event. Maybe the weather kept them away. I don’t know.
It was just peaceful to be there. (I just liked the look of this bar… I didn’t go inside. It was 8 o’clock. The rest of the downtown is also gorgeous.)
Yes, I was alone. But not lonely. I had a really good time. I drove around for a while, spotted a few more eagles perched on trees, then went to a few of the speakers the city had scheduled.
One of the speakers had a little tiny screech owl and some type of desert hawk.
The next speaker had a full grown bald eagle, and she fed him a hunk of rabbit while she talked to us.
It was so cool.
After all that, I went over to Iowa.
Can you believe I’ve never been? Iowa is even more quiet and peaceful than Prairie du Chien was. I don’t know if it’s the frozen river or what keeps it so beautiful, but I loved it there.
I went to the Effigy National Monument… couldn’t tour because of the snow, but I will go back (it’s on a secondary bucket list) in the summer.
Then I went to Pike’s Peak state park. That’s where that tree was.
In Marquette, Iowa, there’s a stop over or something for the Canadian Pacific Railroad, and that was too cool to see.
I’m not fascinated by trains at all, but it was still interesting. I think I was just in the right place at the right time… at the right height.
There are tons of scenic overlooks in the area. I guess people like to stop and look at the Mississippi River from up height.
Even frozen, it was beautiful.
On to more adventures!
Yikes, an update already.
That sounds bad, right?
In fact, it’s good.
Because of snow (surprise! It’s Wisconsin!), two of my meetings were canceled… meaning, two less stories.
So on deadline, my editor asked if I had any column ideas…
Sure, my 28 by 28 list. He said, “What?”
And that’s how my list ended up in the newspaper for all to read.
(Because it wasn’t already out there for all to read on the Internet? Right…)
Here’s a photo… look that’s me!
Everything is awesome.
It’s even in the real paper, see?
- See the eagles fly
- Go zip lining
- Go stand up paddle boarding
- 10K run
- Washington, D.C./March for Life
- Carmelite retreat
- Catholic Youth Expeditions retreat
- 10 Latin Masses
- See an opera
- See a play
- Go camping
- Go fishing
- Attend a leadership seminar or conference
- Attend a Catholic women’s event
- Take a dance class
- Learn how to bake artisan breads
- Ride in a hot air balloon
- Go ice boating
- Sew a dress, sew a skirt that I actually wear
- Refurbish the chair and foot stool
- Finish the knit circle rug (completely!)
- Knit mittens
- Pray outside an abortion clinic
- Fast for 24 hours
- Visit the Apostle Islands
- Visit Washington Island
- Learn some basic auto maintenance – replace my own oil!
- Volunteer at a food pantry or soup kitchen