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A couple of weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to go dog sledding. When I was a kid there were a rush of movies about dog sleddingΒ  and I’ve always thought it would be cool to try someday but I never really expected to be given the opportunity to actually do it. Luckily my Dad grew up reading Jack London and had the same notion so when the concierge at the place we were staying in Colorado mentioned dog sledding as one of the winter activity options we could enjoy he jumped on the opportunity.

It was FABULOUS. Completely surreal. I’ve got to plug Krabloonik, who took us out and fed us, because they really do a bang up job at taking the experience and making it truly memorable.

We didn’t get to mush we just sat bundled up in oversize parkas and blankets on the cargo bed while someone who knew what they were doing guided us through a winter wonderland. There is something truly amazing about gliding through snowy forests of Aspen and Pine with only the sound of the crunching snow, the mushers occasional commands, and the occasional smell of dog farts. Don’t let that last bit deter you, it’s pretty entertaining to watch a dog at full run manage to do their business without breaking stride. And they loved every second of their work. The two lead dogs were especially enthusiastic about pulling. Every time we stopped they’d look back at the mushers as if to say,”Why are we stopping? I want to RUN!” And as soon as they were given the command to take off they’d leap into the air eager to get running.

I just hope I get the chance to go again! It was truly one of the most unique and amazing things that I’ve had the privilege of experiencing. If you’re ever given the opportunity to do it you’d better jump at it.

I’ve always been a sucker for a good internet quiz or meme. For the first year of blogging, it was a livejournal, all I posted were random quizzes and vague ramblings about my first semester at Wheaton. It’s pretty pathetic actually.

Anyway I was Stumbling across the internet when I ran into this one for making your first album cover.

So I gave it a whirl and surprisingly enough I LOVE the result. I might just have to finally get my band and record some hits. πŸ˜›

From viviane_adxvm's Flickr.

I was shoveling snow out of the driveway earlier and it made me think of one of the stories about Gulliver Lamm from Knights of Evermore by Scott and Renee Pinzon.

I’m willing to bet that you’ve never heard of Knights of Evermore. I’d be really surprised if you had. It was published in 1994 and as far as I can tell never saw a lot of success in the marketplace. It’s really too bad, because it’s stories are great for young Christians who are interested in Fantasy. It’s fairly obvious that it’s Christan Allegory, but it’s not too heavy handed. I found the book tucked away in the store at Church Camp when I was in sixth or seventh grade. I was just starting to discover how completely awesome books without pictures could be and was quickly falling head over heels in love with Fantasy. My tastes have always run toward the Medieval and Fantasy and this book was exactly what I was looking for at the time.

The fact that there is a female knight in full armor, dressed no differently than either of the male knights (although I used to pretend the one on the left was a girl too) caught my attention right off. I’ve always been fascinated by knights and swords, but as a little girl I always felt a bit ashamed of this love. Swords, armor, and fighting were for princes, the princess had to wear a pink dress, drink tea, and be mostly useless. It wasn’t right for a girl to fight. I really hated that. So I absolutely love that one of the main characters in Knights of Evermore is a female knight.

The book is a series of short stories that follow the various adventures of Gulliver Lamm as he goes from being just a foot soldier in the High King’s army all the way to his first big adventure as a knight. I highly recommend reading it if you ever come across a copy. It’s a quick read full of fun adventure.