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It’s Mae Polzine! I started this blog back in 2015 to be a place where I could be creative and share things that I love. So, I post a variety of things. I stream a variety of things (gaming, body paint, art, etc.) on Twitch multiple times a week, with stream highlights and all VODs posted on my YouTube Channel. And I’m daily in my Discord chatting with pack members, this is also where you’ll get updates from me on when things are happening around the interwebs. Lastly, I offer Twitch emotes and sub badges over on my shop page, along with other things.

Small Town Exploration (Door County)

Hello everybody, It’s the fifth day in Door County. Though the day began with rain, we still managed to find something to do. Which included driving down the two main County Roads (42 and 57), and stopping in multiple of the small towns to go a shopping.  Some of the places we explored were: Fish Creek, Egg Harbor, and Sturgeon Bay. Fish Creek This was probably one of my favorite places to visit as it had more stores to scroll through as compared to the other towns. It had a lot of fun places to go inside of with tons of character and charm to match. Fish Creek is located near the top of the Door County peninsula. We probably also did all of our buying in this town as well, because of its variety. Some of my favorite places to look around are boutiques that have funny cards and quotes. At one of these places I bought a nightgown thay had “Eight Ways To Sleep With A Dog.” And I cannot begin to say how true it was Egg Harbor Egg Harbor was a quint little town with a population of 200 people. And features numerous golf courses, galleries, performance arts centers, and restaurants. One of the shops I visited while in Egg Harbor where I found many pieces I loved was called Signature Pieces. Unfortunately I have no room in the car or anywhere to store them until I move out in a year. So it was much to my amazement that they had a website where I could get things down the road. Sturgeon Bay This is also the town we are staying in for our week long vacation from the Twin Cities. And is probably the biggest town in Door County as well since it has a population…

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Ziplining and Winery Tours (Door County)

Hello everybody, Today’s marks the fourth day in Door County. The weather is rather cloudy so we decided it would be a day of hanging out in the trees or at wineries. Now I’m not a wine person, I more enjoy a good cold glass of hard cider or beer. But since I’m basically dragging my mom to the zip line course, I agreed to take samples of wine around Door County. Ziplining The first thing we did was make a reservation at Lakeshore Adventures to go ziplining in the afternoon. My mom decided she wanted to sit this adventure out, so my sister and us went with out her. The team was great. We got hooked into our little harness that act as seats as we rode down the line. Reminded me a lot of a high ropes course I used to do in girl scouts. There were four ziplines in total. Three of them were connected, but the last one was separated as it was the race course. There were a few different ways you could go down the course: tucked in like a ball for speed, no arms to glide at a slower speed, or holding onto your straps.  And of course there’s the matter of how you go off the platform. I switched it up on different ones.  On the first I jumped off, the second I sat back and soared, the third I walked off, and on the last one I ran so I could win the race. It was really nice that this course had automatic brakes so you didn’t have to worry about failing to hit the brakes in time especially if you are going really fast. I’ve heard some hand brakes are really hard to stop too. So we relaxed and enjoyed…

Ride the Fire Boat (Door County)

Hello everybody, Third day in Door County brought up on the Fire Boat tour that brought us up and down the canal in Sturgeon Bay, WI. The boat tour happened on an old Chicago Fire Department boat named Fred A. Busse. And included a look into the draw bridges, the lighthouse, and the repair shipyard along the canal. Luckily we went during the only sunny part of the day, or we would’ve been sitting in the rain. Shipyard/ Bridge History It was interesting to learn about how that Palmer Johnson built both a bridge and the shipyard in the canal then at the peak of their time he sold them to the government. He is also responsible for a company that builds custom yachts. In the spring, they even show how they make the million dollar custom yachts. Sturgeon Bay Canal Light This lighthouse is located at the U.S. Coast Guard station. I found this bit of history hysterical to listen to on the fireboat tour. It was originally was built in 1899, but they found it wasn’t stable when the light was turning on the top. So they added braces around the top to help reduce the vibration but that wasn’t helping. The next thing they attempted was to change the color of the lights so one was green and one was red. However, due to the color of the tower boats were unable to distinguished the color of the lights so they painted the inside black and the outside white. It took several more years before they discovered that the source of the vibrations was due to the top section of the lighthouse being too heavy compared to the base. So in 1903, additional steel braces were added to the lighthouse and thus eliminating the vibrations from occurring.…

Washington Island (Door County)

Hello everybody! Day two in Door County. Today we decided to head to the top of the county to an island called Washington Island. There are two places where you can get onto the ferries to take you over to this historic 6 mile by 6 mile island. The first one is Gills Rock and the other is North Port. From Sturgeon Bay it was about a 1.5 hour trip including the ferry ride to the island. Before we got there we stopped at a little restaurant called The Garage at Husby’s and ate some homemade ice cream. After that we boarded at North Port, which had a gorgeous winding road leading straight to the ferry crossing. After a thirty minute ferry trip, we were on Washington Island also known as Death’s Door after the Native American and French trading cross the narrow passage due to the turbulent currents between Lake Michigan and Greenbay Lake. Originally we planned on renting motorized scooters or bikes to tour the island, but decided against it upon arrival due to time. So we took our car and drove around to the different points of interests on the island: School House Beach, Sand Dune Park, and Stavekirke. School House Beach The first place we went was School House Beach which is the most popular swimming beach on the island. Apparently there are only five beaches in the world like this one. And what I mean by that is this beach is made entirely by smooth, white stones that are perfect for skipping. I’m really bad at skipping rocks normally, but had no issue skipping these across the crystal clear, cold water. Because they are trying to preserve this beach since it is so unique, there is a $250 fine if you take any rocks from the…

Make The Most of What You’ve Got (Door County)

Day One Hello everyone! I’m writing a blog a day about my adventures in Door County, while I’m on vacation with my mom and my sister. It was sort of the last gift from my grandmother before she past away. So we’re going to make the most of this week. Pre-Journey I dropped our little Pixie Bug off at Petsmart for a week of doggy day camp and sleeping overnight in a private suite. We’ve never left her overnight before, but she loves day camp so I’m sure she’s having a blast. She was practically running to it when I dropped her off. Road Trip! After leaving the little Bug at camp, we took off on our six hour road trip from Twin Cities, Minnesota to Door County, Wisconsin. Road trips are always a blast if you make the most of them. Sure driving for long priors of times gets old but as long as the music is turned up, you’re talking with those traveling with you, and you play games along the way the trip is never boring. We made it right on time, not that we were in any hurry to get to our little cottage for the next week. Our little home away from home We’re staying at this place called Snugg Harbor in this little blue cottage in the channel between Lake Michigan and Greenbay Lake in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. It’s right on the channel and man are their some big boats. Now we used to boat down the Mississippi river, but somehow I just forgot how massive these boats can be. Anyways, when we booked this place back in January it was depicted as having two bedrooms. One with a queen sized bed and another with twin beds. However, there were only full size beds…

Off to Door County

Hello everybody! I am off for my week long vacation in Door County. We’re going to be staying in Sturgeon Bay, WI at a cabin on Lake Michigan. It’s approximately a six hour road trip from my city to that city. But I am not alone on this adventure,  my mom and sister are coming along for all the fun. I haven’t had a real vacation in years,  so this is long time coming. Some of the things I’m looking forward to are: Art in the park. Where you get to create as much art as you want and anything you want. Motorized scooter ride around Annie’s island in Lake Michigan which is six miles off the tip of the peninsula for Door County. Music concerts at night in the park. No idea who is performing though. Laying on the beach soaking up the sun. And probably going to get insanely burnt. Bonfires outside our cabin. I’m sure we’re doing other things as well but those are the key things I’m looking forward to. Have any of you ever been there? If so, what do you suggest I try to do or go while I’m there for the next week? – Mae Polzine

Ovation Hair Therapy

Just a note before we begin: I was debating on putting this in my reviews blog to be quite honest. But I decided any and all beauty reviews deserved a blog of their own. Mostly just because you can’t talk about beauty without reviewing it. This product I heard about for at least three months straight while I was driving to and from work and school on the radio. And it peeked my interest. Mainly because I’ve been dying my hair almost every three or four months since the time I was 15. So I’ve roughly had my hair dyed 32 times from either a salon or a box I got at Walmart or Target. Add on straightening and curling my hair, and you get the picture. My hair was fried. I had to cut large amounts off every time I went it just to get rid of all the split ends. And when I decided to stop fighting the beach waves, I started losing a bunch either when combing or washing my hair. To put it plainly, it was bad. So after leaving the main college scene, I was looking for something to fix this. Anything so I could get back to the long, healthy hair I once upon a time had. After months of hearing about it on the radio, I decided to give it a try myself. So I went onto their website, and found they had the same three bottles but four different cell therapy systems. Each one is for different type of hair. Balance Cell Therapy System Normal hair type Dry Color Treated Mix of Fine and Dry Moisture Cell Therapy System Curly hair type Coarse hair type Damaged Processed Natural curl Volume Cell Therapy System Fine hair type Thin Oily hair type Legacy Cell Therapy…

My First 5k – The Color Run

When they advertise that this race was the happiest 5K, you have high expectations and wonder if they’re actually telling the truth. Especially when it’s on a Sunday morning and you were up late the previous night at a concert. My sister and I agreed we would run our first 5K race together. And let me tell you, it was amazing. The race was held at the state fairgrounds in Minnesota. We arrived an hour before our start time because we didn’t pick up our registration packet early, but it honestly took that long to get on the bus and check in then change into what we were going to wear during the race. Last minute I decided I was going to film us going through each of the stations, so I didn’t have my normal camera that was good for action footage so I ended up having to film with my cell phone that I was also using for tracking my progress. This lead to my phone crashing on me several times or not capturing footage at all of us at the second (orange) station. Below I put together what I did manage to capture. Overall, they were not lying. The Color Run was an absolute blast and I’m so glad I did it with my sister. Because shortly after the yellow station, I twisted my ankle so I couldn’t run as fast as I wanted to anymore. My sister stuck by my side and we crossed every station running with smiles on our faces. Planning on running again next year as I loved this experience. – Mae Polzine

Things I learned in college…

Like most people, I went to school to learn about a specific program but walked away learning more things than just that from dealing with roommates to time management to leadership in clubs and organizations I was in. These were mostly through a lot of poor decisions and anxiety that I learned these things. I also had to learn how to study as I never had to when I was in high school. You might have been the A student then, but in a place of A students you learn that you don’t know everything and some things you just need help figuring out. Dealing With Roommates Roommates are not always easy to get along with especially if you are complete opposites in everything you do. But hat doesn’t mean you can’t manage to share the space you have been provided with. The main thing you have to do is agree on some ground rules. Some that I found were most helpful are: Agree on noise level when someone is working on homework, projects, or studying for exams. This way you don’t get as frustrated. And if someone is going to be using the room for friends or doesn’t want to be disturbed, agree early on to communicate this to the other so it’s not “oh they kicked me out, again.” This way you can plan to head over to one of your own friends or head to the library for some solidarity studying. Communicate from the beginning honestly what type of person you are. Such as what are your habits. Do you need a snooze alarm to go off ten times before you wake up? Do you need some time in silence after you wake up for people to talk to you? Are you messy or clean? Sooner you…

Bipolar Disorder – What is it and Personal Experience

What is bipolar disorder? Before I tell my personal experience with the disorder, I feel I need to explain what the mental disorder is. Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional on this subject matter. I only have personal experience with the disorder and want to share it. If you feel any of these things relate to you, please consult a professional. Also known as manic depression, is a common thing many people in the United States deal with daily. How many to be exact? 3 Million cases per year according to Mayo Clinic. This mental disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings where individuals experience depression and mania. Cycles between the two can be a few times every year to several in weeks. There are a few different types of Bipolar Disorder. They are not varying degrees of severity but separate diagnoses. Below are the criteria for each type of Bipolar Disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is written by the American Psychiatric Association: Bipolar Disorder Type I Had at least 1 manic episode. May have been preceded or followed by a period of hypomanic or major depressive episodes. May have caused significant impairment to daily life and might have required hospitalization or break from reality. Bipolar Disorder Type II Had at least 1 major depressive episode lasting at least 2 weeks and at least 1 hypomanic episode lasting at least 4 days. Never had a manic episode. Doesn’t require hospitalization or break from reality. Cyclothymic Disorder Had 2 years of periods of hypomania (less severe than a hypomanic episode) and depressive symptoms (less severe than a major depressive episode) Symptoms last for at least 2 months during these periods. Here’s another way of looking at it through a graph. Now what’s the difference?…