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   Went skating at my normal rink in Watertown this evening.  I didn't resume skating last year when the weather started to get cold as I usually do.  This was because I never stopped biking, and actually began to increase my monthly miles.  It has been a year and a half since I last really skated hard, and I felt it hard on the floor this evening.  While I could get my speeds up for a song or two, I didn't have the continuous push like I was used to having.  Clearly there is an additional mussel group I'm not working out from cycling that skating is hitting, and I know I will be sore as a result. 
   Pictured are the flood waters at Paunack Park.  The waters had just begun to recede but another round of rain has again pushed them back up.  My bike trails are still open but water has again started to cover parts of them.  Madison normally gets about 35" (89 cm) of rain a year.  Mid October and we already have 46" (117 cm)—131% of our annual rainfall—and we have 2 and a half months of the year left.
   Fall color is out on a good number of trees.  Weather has been crazy though.  While it will be hitting the 80s (+26° C) at the beginning of the week, the temperatures are supposed to hit freezing by the end of the week.  So I took the opportunity to ride the north side of the lakes today while I still had the higher temperatures.
Shanixia

Shanixia

   This is Shanixia, a fairy I adopted from Ren Faire this year.  Shan is a bit of an outcast and didn't get along with the other fairies.  She was often teased and ostracized.  So she decided to move the Wyvern's Haunt to get away from her tormentors.  Dragons can be temperamental, and an energetic young outcast fairy can get rather annoying.  However Shanixia has learned not to provoke them and in turn the Dragons have come to accept the fairy in their haunt.  The haunt is much darker and contains a far different magic than Shan is used to.  However the other fairies would not dare bother Shan in her new home and so sleeps soundly in her nest.
Que's Jack

Que's Jack

   Tonight was a craft night and a bunch of people came out to help make Halloween decorations.  We focused mainly on carving pumpkins.  This year I picked up a large Casper Pumpkin and with the shape and color decided it should be Jack Skellington.  In all 8 pumpkins were carved and they look good.  Thanks to everyone who came out.