megan in madison

This is my chronicle of being awesome in Madison, Wisconsin Zone 5a. My name's Megan. Often, funny things happen to me in Wisconsin.

I like my garden(s). I really like social media, the Internet and my road bike. And I never want to get diabetes.

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I'm going to turn 30 in 2015 so I only have two years to complete my 30 Under 30. This is what started it all.

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"They are kind of at the heart of a few things about the suburbs," she says. "People out here have a lot of opinions, and people obsess about their lawns. The funny thing that happens is that it’s like a bumper sticker on your house. You’re branding yourself with an opinion or a philosophy. It’s like wearing a very loud T-shirt that says what you believe."

-Lawn Signs for People Who Hate Lawn Signs

I just looked into my future at CVS. It was terrifying.


Dandelions are the enemy in the war for the pristine green lawn. However, they are incredibly beneficial to many insects and pollinators, and there are a variety of ways to cook and eat them.



Ode To The Dandelion


Taraxacum officinale

University of Maryland Medical Center - Dandelion

National Gardening Association - Fall Garden Cover Crops

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I’m back to recapping some 30 Under 30 Goals I completed last year and forgot to write about. 

This time up we have Goal #22 - Learn basic car maintenance.

This goal is particularly strange because most people know that I don’t own a car. That’s right — I’m 29 and still don’t own a car. Guess what my car/auto budget is every month? $0! Ha!

[Guess what happens in winter? I cry. A lot]

But from time-to-time, I have to operate a car. This is terrifying for a number of reasons:

1) I am probably one of the worst drivers I’ve ever met in my life, and,

2) I basically know nothing about how a car works, basic car functions, or what various icons/lights/sensors indicate on the cars dashboard.

This doesn’t bode well for me as a driver. It also bodes particularly disastrous should something happen while I’m driving a car.

So I thought I should take a class and try to learn something

In April 2014, I joined my pals Lindsay and Michael for a Basic Automobile Maintenance class at Madison College. 

A few things:

- the instructor was super nice and awesome, kind of like your favorite grandpa

- the class was cheap (!) — somewhere around $30

- I brought home a bunch of material and information that will no doubt pay dividends throughout my challenged car life.

More importantly, we wore safety goggles.

May the force be ever in your favor, Harry.
Gandalf (The Chronicles of Narnia)

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Kate Beaton’s comics are always a winner, god I love her Chopin & Liszt minis. 

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  • Galadriel: Mithrandir, why the halfling?
  • Gandalf: Why Bilbo Baggins?
  • Galadriel: yeah
  • Gandalf: I dunno. I thought it'd be funny
  • Galadriel: haha it kinda is
Our heads hang in shame when we hear about rapes. Why can’t we prevent this? When a daughter steps out, parents demand to know where she’s going. But when a son returns home, does anyone dare ask where he is coming from? He might have been with the wrong people, doing wrong things. After all, a person raping is someone’s son. Why don’t parents apply the same yardstick of good behaviour for their sons as for their daughters?
Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, used his first Independence Day speech to call on parents to take responsibility for the actions of their sons, saying the country is shamed by sexual violence.  (via guardian)

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