Anne Squared

Life filtered through the lens of an INTJ, Mom, and healthcare professional.

As part of our household menagerie, we have had 2-3 cats at all times. Due to a series of unfortunate events, we were down to one cat for past year. (Tasha the Fairy Godmother We were at the point that we wanted another cat and A friend of a friend of a friend called to ask if we could take her cat so she wouldn’t get evicted from her apartment. We met “Shade” aka “Shea” aka “Little Grey” (don’t your pets have numerous names?) and decided to try integrating her into our household. Her liveliness and curiosity were expected. The obsession with my cell phone? A bit of a surprise. The little “Shea” loves having her picture taken!

Impromptu close-up

Impromptu close-up

“Fine, I’ll take your picture but BACK UP!”

Is that better?

Is that better?

“You need to get out of the lens…and my face.”

(Now she has decided to assist with the writing of this blog and is sitting on my lap staring at the screen, major purr going.)

I'd purrfur a purr ringtone!

I’d purrfur a purr ringtone!

Yes, “dogs barking” was the set tone – I hear it!

Profile shot  - great cat, rookie photographer

Profile shot – great cat, rookie photographer

Not your best side, Little Grey!

I want a professional photographer!

I want a professional photographer!

Not time for a cat-nap yet…let’s try one more time!

So photogenic...

So photogenic…

We were both pleased with this shot. I liked her highlighted face and she liked that the shadows matched her grey coat.

We decided this picture was the “cat’s meow.”

What has been your experience with pets and pics?

Not that I am being “catty”, but….

Upper Iowa University's Team Peacock rides RAGBRAI to raise money for student scholarships. Author=SheilaJMiller. Wikimedia.

Upper Iowa University’s Team Peacock rides RAGBRAI to raise money for student scholarships. Author=SheilaJMiller. Wikimedia.

RAIGRAI is an acronym for Register’s (Des Moines, Iowa daily newspaper) Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.  It is a 7 day bike ride covering over 400 miles from the western border of Iowa to the eastern border. The first ride in 1973 was a “non-event” compared to the international festival that occurs annually for bicyclists and Iowans.

This year is the RAGBRAI XLI – July 21-27, 2013.  I hope to bring you some “coverage” via some of WordPress bloggers who are riding, AND a “first” for RAGBRAI – a runner, 27-year-old Richard Kresser. I will try to link his blog in – if not, I will post his link and more information in future posts.

I enjoy cycling, but am not an enthusiast for this type of event – go figure – INTJ. But I did plunge into RAGBRAI several years ago for the opportunity to practice within my profession. My trip to RAGBRAI provided the opportunities to conduct original research,  spend some time with my son (who helped with the research), meet up with my maid of honor – an avid cyclist (and my son’s Godmother),  see rural Iowa, and enjoy experiences I would never have otherwise.


For the other +20,000 people,  it was “RAGBRAI”. For me, it was “original research” and a mini-vacation.

I follow RAGBRAI annually knowing that the research we did made a difference. This year I found a couple of interesting people I plan to follow, and invite you to join with me to cheer them on, enjoy the journey and learn a bit about Iowa.

CLINTON, Iowa Public Domain (Photo credit: Wikipedia) USAF

CLINTON, Iowa. Public Domain, USAF (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a link to the official RAGBRAI site:

“RAGBRAI, or the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 41st year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world.”

Noteworthy Events and Blogs:


RAGBRAI – 15 Days … Are You Ready??