What I’m into

Learning about the new plan for Waterworks Park. I swung by the tail end of “Change is in the Works,” the cleverly-named public info/listening session and celebration of the upcoming evolution of Waterworks Park. I arrived a little before 7:30 p.m. and they were already tearing down most of the booths, but I got to see some standing paddle boarders in the sunset and peek at the plans and people’s feedback.


I totally geek out about urban design and park space, and I think they did a cool job of laying out different options: info. (P.S. The process reminded me of George Aye’s 2013 TEDxDesMoines talk!)


I’ll always remember riding my bike in Waterworks and reading under a tree (I think it was Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates) one of my first weekend afternoons living in Des Moines. I had no friends outside of my coworker circle and was pretty lonely. I remember finding some solace in the quiet spot in the park, though, watching cyclists ride by. Waterworks park is huge (1,500 acres!) and the event helped me realize how little of it I’ve actually explored.

Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax bars. I’m not one of those people who has to have pumpkin spice everything as soon as the calendar hits September, but I picked a box of these up to have as snacks at work and they are rather delicious.

kashi Probably would be good crunched up on top of vanilla yogurt, too!

Homeland. As much as I enjoy being out and about, when I got home last night, Joe had a homemade pizza ready, and the first disc of “Homeland” Season 2 had arrived, so we totally plopped down on the couch and watched all three episodes in a row. (I am proud of us for not polishing off the entire pizza this time, though.)


I’m not sure when I’ll learn my lesson about watching this late into the night. I get so wired and can’t sleep!

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