January 12, 2011

Hopefully this does not become too much of a theme. But its cold.  Probably doesn’t help that we keep the thermostat set at 62.  Somehow it still get really warm at night and I actually end up taking off some of the covers.  Instead of actually just turning up the heat a few degrees I’ll just picture myself next to the fire.  Ah, that’s much cozier.



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January 11, 2011


Today the dreaded Tuesday ended up with a pretty sweet twist.  We had snow that didn’t tamper with my commute and I got to go home early! Doesn’t get much better than that. Unless its candy! 



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January 7, 2011

I didn’t know what to post today, I ventured out in the backyard and took some pictures as it flurried all day.  mostly my hands got cold and I didn’t get any really great shots.  I did try to work on some high key editing and managed to create this shot.  Not super exciting but I’m okay with that.



January 5, 2011


It’s humpday.  And when I think of some of the most majestic humps I think of Mt. Whitney in California- the highest mountain in the continental US.  Oh yeah, and see the top peak just brushing those clouds—I’ve hiked there!Mt Whitney Trip 207

Oh happy day

January 4, 2011

Tuesday is undoubtedly my least favorite day of the week. Mostly, I just have a longer work day which makes me grumble a bit. But, in order to stay positive, every week I try to think of something in the morning to cheer me up.  And what is more cheerful than a child swinging, especially when they are as cute as my niece Amelia!  I am not sure which shot I like better the original or the attempted edited version. 

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Oh to be a kid again!!!!!

2010 review

So for the new year I’m resurrecting the erikarl blog.  Mostly for myself to get myself to take more pictures ( ha after putting this together I don’t really think thats an issue). But I hope to learn more about photography and hope that this will be an avenue to pursue that.

I must say 2010 wasn’t too shabby. Here area few of the highlights …


I changed my name from Waz to Dollard

Then went across the very large pond to Oz

Where I got the chance to hang out with a few of these guys

and lets not forget these guys who showed us how to rock out Aussie style!

We also got to go to the Australian Open in Melbourne

and then got caught in a cyclone while attempting to go diving in Port Douglas at the Great Barrier Reef

We celebrated Lisa and Dan’s Big Day! Sadly I don’t have any pictures of Lisa- Just some of the knit night girls hanging out


We ran a wet Flying Pig 1/2 Marathon with very little training. We have shared many of our long runs throughout the past few years with Alli and Joel

Karl got a bike and he completed his first triathlon. We also completed 2 other ones this year!  (Tri for Joe (Sprint Duathlon), Cincinnati Triathlon (olympic), and the Great Buckeye Challenge (olympic).

We traveled to San Francisco (one last hurray for before Karl’s project there was complete)


Took my Physician Assistant board recertification so i could keep my job!

We met one weekend in  Atlanta to see Ashley and Amelia’s 1st Dance recital


We witnessed the little brother (in law) graduate from Ohio State.


Karl took a new job assignment in NYC so I went out and visited him where we went to the US OPEN  (2 grand slams in one year!)  only 1 more to see.

From NY we went up to visit Chrissy and her mom in New Hampshire/Rhode Island and spent the weekend by the beach!


Celebrated Devon’s 30th Birthday


camping in Virginia to see Jeff’s new crib and took a detour through hershey,Pa!

The Sunflower Revolution Ride (100k)

Made it back to Illinois for the Decatur Celebration and saw some old childhood friends

Sanibel for Jeff and Jill’s Wedding, look at this beautiful bride and hang out with some friends all weekend!

Decided to put the house up for sale so we worked hard to finally put away boxes from the move and update the house a little bit

Ran The Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC where I unofficially broke the 4 hour mark and beat the Hubby! Probably the first and last time I’ll ever get to say that.

The fam drove up from Atlanta to spend some time here in cincy and Ashley learned to ride her bike!

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then we drove down to Atlanta for Thanksgiving


Babs met Karl and I out in NYC for the weekend to frolic around the city for a bit.

And there were some holiday festivities with friends


And then there was Christmas with family and dogs!!

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2010 was absolutely amazing and I have so many blessing to be thankful for.  I can’t wait to see what 2011 has in store…