Apr 29, 2016


I have seen this a lot in the past and was reminded of it recently when I spotted two people making this mistake today on my walk with my dog.

When there is a sidewalk, it is pretty obvious what to do, you walk on the sidewalk, but what if there is no sidewalk?

Many small neighborhoods do not have sidewalks (like mine). In this case, you are supposed to walk or run on the left. Yes, you read correctly, you are supposed to walk TOWARDS traffic. You should NEVER walk or run on the right!

"If no sidewalks exist on the road, it is recommended to walk facing oncoming traffic on the same side of the road as the oncoming traffic. Also, you should get as far to the side of the road as possible to provide additional space between you and oncoming cars." (Source)

One, this is so you stay out of the way of cyclists who are supposed to be on the right since they are considered a vehicle. (Also will prevent you from getting hit by a cyclist!)

The other reason is that if you are walking or running on the right, you can not see the car coming behind you and you are putting all your trust in them to see you, and if they do not, you are going to be hit! You walk towards traffic because this allows you and the driver to make eye contact, but if the driver does not see you, at least you see them and can jump out of the way! Trust me, I've had to do this a couple of times, usually, when there is a turn in the road since the oncoming car cannot see you till they turn the corner, and if they are going too fast, they probably will not be able to dodge you!

Many states even have laws regarding walking on a road without sidewalks, since I live in Minnesota, here is what our state website has posted:

"Pedestrians when walking or moving in a wheelchair along a roadway shall, when practicable, walk or move on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder giving way to oncoming traffic. Where sidewalks are provided and are accessible and usable it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk or move in a wheelchair along and upon an adjacent roadway." (Source)

Yet I see so many people walking or running on the right, and because of it almost get hit! I also have the trouble of walking right into someone because they are on the wrong side, which can be problematic when you have a dog who wants to play with everyone! Often I am forced to move to the right to avoid this and hate doing so because I wasn't the one breaking the rules!

Please look up your state laws regarding walking and running when sidewalks aren't present to make sure it doesn't say otherwise, but for those who live in Minnesota, please walk on the left when a sidewalk is not present! It's safer and you will be following the law!

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Apr 22, 2016


To bring awareness to National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) and infertility in general, I decided to do a blog post focusing on our struggles.

NIAW is April 24 - April 30 and its purpose is to bring awareness to the disease of infertility. Infertility affects 1 in 8 couples and is usually defined by not being able to conceive after 12 months unless there is a known medical condition. In our case, it's because I have PCOS, another issue that needs more awareness and you can read more about it in a previous post I did.

At the moment we are waiting for my husband's test results and for my next cycle to start in order to do a hysterosalpingogram (HSG), but hopefully, there aren't any other complications and I can start taking Clomid (a fertility drug that is used to help with ovulation).

We are almost at 9 months now without any success, but I have heard plenty of success stories from women who have PCOS and/or have used Clomid and am hoping we will have the same results. We are just trying to take everything one step at a time now. There's nothing we can really do and it's kind of tough to just accept that it is what is is. We have discussed a little bit about how far we are willing to go since cost becomes an issue, but at the same time, we aren't even sure since we don't really have to or want to worry about that right now.

To all those struggling with infertility, just know you are not alone. To those with friends or family struggling, I highly recommend reading the Infertility Etiquette posted on Resolve's website. Family and friends often think they are helping, but in reality, they can be saying some pretty hurtful things. It's time to educate yourself on infertility and learn to be more sensitive to the loved ones in your life that are struggling to conceive. 

I also want to bring up the question "When are you having kids?" again, which I discussed in a previous blog post. Now that we have actually been struggling and have been asked during the process (granted at the time those family members didn't know we were trying and probably thought it was an innocent question), this question has become less annoying and more hurtful, so I want to say once more that it is NEVER okay to ask this question. 

You don't know who is struggling with infertility, you don't know what someone might be going through whether it be a divorce or job change, and when asking someone who is struggling, it is just another reminder that they don't have a baby yet. There are plenty of other conversation starters, stick to those, reproduction is not one of them. 

To learn more about infertility, Resolve and NIAW, check out the Resolve website. You can also make a donation to Resolve on their website, which will be used to help improve the lives of men and women living with infertility.

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