Getting back to real life, grudgingly

This post comes with a disclaimer:

Writer will not be held responsible for any feelings of boredom, jealousy, anxiety or anything else of the reader upon finishing this post.  Oh, and it'll probably be long.

Thursday: I couldn't bring myself to stay at work all day.  Excitement had finally caught up to me and I was ready to get going!  Even leaving work at around 1:30, we still couldn't manage to get over to the hotel before about 5:30.  We had an early dinner at Chili's before leaving and then went to raid the candy section of the Hudson News in the terminal we were in.  Happily watched Smallville and called it a night.

Friday: Ah yes, I hate flying.  So that's why I was chugging a beer at around 6 am.  Flights were quite uneventful which is always a great thing.  We arrived at the house at a little after 2pm. 

There was no unpacking to be done as we wanted to get over to the mountain right away to take advantage of the free lift ticket that you could get in exchange for a copy of your boarding pass and showing your ID.  What a great offer!

We took a few runs and then stopped by both the liquor store (for Devastator) and the grocery store (for the box of cereal that I housed that week).  By this time, everyone had made it to the house; we were a party of 10.  Btw, the house was super sweet.  That photo shows the front and you walk into a mudroom with a master bedroom off to the left and to the right.  A staircase takes you to the second floor which has the kitchen, dining room, living room, doors to that little balcony you can see, laundry room, a bathroom, and the steps to the thrid floor.  Up on three were two more bedrooms and a small loft area with a Ninetendo 64. Oh, out the back door on the second floor there was a jacuzzi and a sauna (neither of which I used..I'm weird like that).  We called it a little early.

Saturday: I woke up to pee thinking it had to be nearly 7:30, but no, it was only about 2:30.  UGH!

Saturday: For real this time, we went to breakfast over at The Clockwork Cafe.  I really love egg sandwiches.  We took the beautiful ride up the Town Lift and spent the morning hitting the slopes.  Odd, I really forget to eat when I'm up there.  I chug water like it's going out of style, but I have to be reminded to eat.  I'm a nut.

Due to some folks within the party taking some spills, we decided that it would be best if we all took a lesson on Monday and we went back to the house after lunch.

I went for the annual best-massage-of-my-life massage.  Let me just tell you that you might think you're in heaven if you spend a little time over at Aura.  I had the Third Eye Package.  Fell asleep once during the wrap and THREE TIMES during the massage.  Seriously, to the point that I was snoring.  Fantastic!


Monday: Mmmm, more egg sandwiches!  The lesson was great.  I got some pointers and I'm feeling more confident on my board.  Superb pad thai for dinner.  This is the week I eat more food than I really should. 🙂

Tuesday: [this day kicked ass] Know why?  Do ya?  Do Ya?  Huh?  Huh?  Huh?!?!?  Okay, because I'm so slow to post about vacation, you may already know. 😛

I had the pleasure to be a part of a Mountain Meetup and the Utah Sisterhood of the Steelers was formed.  Should I make a t-shirt that says "I met Kevin Wolf and all I got was this crappy t-shirt?" Nah, he might like that too much. :-P  Much more imiportant on a chick level is that Jillzey kicks ass!  I triple dog dare you to say anything different!  You guys rock and made my vacation a happy place.  As if you haven't seen their photos, I'll post mine of the group as well.

That was pretty much the face Kiddo had all the time so no offense to the company. 

I think she's trying to be the next generation's surly bastard.

Lovey and I have long been discussing moving out of Miami.  Our first choice was to the Salt Lake City area, then we switched to outside of Boulder, but now I do believe that we are back to the SLC area.  Because that much coolness over there —————————–> cannot be limited to once a year.

Wednesday: Another great day on the mountain.  Let me tell you something.  I grew up eating venison and it's damn delicious.  I haven't had it in quite some time, we're talking 10 years easy and I miss it.

Well, that all got taken care of on Wednesday night.  Lovey and I went to dinner at 350 Main.

OMG!  It was friggin delicious!

We shared a bottle of Hess chardonnay (yummy) and had the Four Cheese Ravioli (L) and the Tower of Ahi and Hamachi (me).  Great Googly Moogly best Ahi ever!  Lovey had the Steak Frites and I had the Venison Medallions hold the pepper.  Not even joking, I think I wet my pants a little.  It was THAT good.  Don't let the lack of a listing of desserts fool you.  They had them and they were good too.  Oh, creme brulee, we are good friends.

Thursday: Last day out on the mountain.  It was the first day where we had some overcast yuckiness which means flat spots which means I can't see things until I'm right up on them and then face down in the snow.  Um, no thank you.  I have some shopping to do before we go.

Thought about buying a sweet Roots Park City sweatshirt but couldn't bring myself to do it.  Got some yummy sweets from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

All that was left was dinner and packing.

Friday: All week, the sky was blue and there was hardly a cloud to be seen.  Great for me but not so much for the rest of the group that wanted to see snow.  So as we are up bright and early to head to the airport, what do we wake up to?  Oh, around 3 or 4 inches of fresh powder.  Ha!  Someone's got bad karma.

All in all, a really good time.  And no, I don't know what you're talking about…we aren't already starting to plan for next year!  

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Fridaylutions – Double up, uhhhn!

Happy Friday to ya and ROCO as well.

Did Friday sneak up on you?  It snuck up on me.  A four day week always throws me for a loop, though.

So, I'm doing Fridaylutions for next week and the following week.  But first, a recap of the week that just flew by.

  • Keep up the good work getting to the gym.  Four days this week. WIN!  I even went to Krav Maga which was fun, a good workout, and rather informative.  I'm a tough little wench!
  • Take down the tree this weekend for Pete's sake! WIN! The tree is down and the furniture is all put back in its proper place. 
  • Kick Kiddo's butt at Guitar Hero on Saturday WIN! Although we kicked butt together in our band's world tour.
  • HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO!! WIN! WIN! WIN!  Pittsburgh's going to the Superbowl!
  • Order this kick-ass jacket if when the Steelers win on Sunday. WIN!  Ordered and it's been delivered.  It's even sweeter in person.  I may model it and take pictures.
  • Please get ahead with the school work!  EPIC FAIL.  AGAIN. I guess Saturdays are meant for homework.
  • Schedule time for stretching and actually do it. Oh the FAIL. 
  • Joomla is STILL waiting! FAIL.  It's still waiting.
  • Get rid of two pounds. WIN!  I am at a respectable (for me) 132.  Around a 6 pound loss for the month so far.

Now for the week that is coming up (Monday the 26th through Sunday the 1st):

  • Stay focused on the gym.  Attend the Monday and Wednesday classes.  Try to sneak in a workout on Thursday morning.
  • Mentally will ADP to send my W2 so I can file my taxes already.  Such a shame that the refund money is already pretty much all accounted for.  Friggin bills.
  • Prior to Thursday, finish all assignments for week 4 and 5.
  • Find time for yoga.
  • Get all pre-trip shopping done. (travel size crapola, etc)
  • Thursday night, lay my head down here
  • Friday morning, get on the plane
  • Friday afternoon, pick up my free lift ticket and hit the slopes
  • Friday night, sleep the sleep of the dead
  • Saturday, enjoy snowboarding and crisp mountain air
  • Sunday – Don my new jacket and cheer the Steelers on to victory in an official Steeler Nation bar

And the following week (Monday the 2nd through Sunday the 8th):

  • Get on your board and ride!
  • Be a tourist, take lots of photos
  • Be extremely sad on Friday when we have to leave
  • Be extremely excited on Saturday to see a Club Med friend visiting from Down Under (Double S! We're rocking it!)
  • Get mentally prepared on Sunday to come back to work

And there you have it.  My next two weeks in a nutshell.

Most posts during the Park City week will be from my phone and they'll probably be 99% pictures. 

Wherever you may be today, tomorrow, next week, I wish you a ROCO Friday and a ROCO week!

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The space-time continuum

Well then, happy Monday Voxers.

I feel as though I may have stepped into some time portal as it's already 2pm and I feel as though I've just recently arrived to work.  Now, this would be normal on a day where I was swamped with work, but today is not that day.  Time just keeps disappearing.  The time between meals evaporates like it wasn't there at all.  And on a non-related note, bouts of lightheadedness while sitting are just plain weird.

Weekends are just delicious, aren't they?  Yesterday, Lovey, Kiddo and I went over to the home of the new bride and groom for slideshows and videos (and burgers and beers and snacks, oh my tummy).  Great times had by all and we're going to work on having the get-together monthly.  Hooray!

Talks of the Park City vacation were in full swing, even though it's still 9 months away.  We all feel like it's been forever since we were there but it's only been 3 months.  We have more folks joining us this year which will make it either way more fun or a super pain in the ass, lol.

I found it rather amusing when, joking with another guest, she called me a bad mommy.  Kiddo got pretty pissed and said that I'm not a bad mommy, I'm a great mommy.  The other guest noted that she was just joking but Kiddo wasn't having any of that.  I guess I'm not doing such a bad job after all.

The 8th grade dance is on Friday.  I will post pictures later of Kiddo in her self-designed, MommaShyner-made dress.  Let me warn you now that the color scheme is rather outrageous.  The design itself is cute though.  Yet Kiddo has no desire to do anything in fashion.  Go figure.

The fitness bug is about to hit me again.  I know it's all about how my clothes fit and feeling healthy, but 136 pounds on a 5'1" frame just doesn't sound right.  I've got a lot of muscle mass that I can't get rid of. (If anyone knows a safe way to lose muscle mass, please let me know.)  So, it's Zumba mornings and once a week of LEM the Workout over at Body and Soul.  I got the most rockin deal ever on a Mother's Day promotion to get back to pole classes.  Regular price for the once a week, 90 minute class for 6 weeks and for free I got the punch card that allows me to go to as many classes as my body can take for 6 weeks.  AWESOME!  Now, if I could just find time for the trapeze and aerial classes, I'd be set.  Yeah, well, if I could find the money too.

Anywho, I've rambled enough.  Have a wonderful day everyone!

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Park City Day Seven – Fin

Today has been a laid-back and kinda sad day.  Our friends/condomates left this afternoon for Miami.  We'll be leaving at 10am tomorrow.  Needless to say (so then why are you saying it?!?!), we don't want to leave.  But, we haven't hit the lottery lately so it's back on the plane and back to Miami we go. 

We had originally planned on hitting the slopes one last time today, but soreness and laziness got the best of us.  Instead, we just hung around the house and tried to eat all the extra food that we have.  We're still left with a bowl of chili and some eggs and waffles.  We did a pretty good job of rationing our vittles well.  I've done more cooking on this vacation than I ever do but I didn't mind since I don't usually have the kitchen duties.  The condo that we've been staying in has enough dishes to feed about 20 so we haven't had to waste a lot of water running the dishwasher either which was nice.

In the late afternoon, we did make it to the base of the mountain for one more go-round and to go to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.  I first found this place in Crested Butte, CO, and damn!  I'm not big on chocolate, unless it's chocolate covered pretzels, which they have.  Even better than the chooclate, for me anyways, is the caramel apples.  I LOVE THEM!!!  For a mere $25 we got:

  • 3 apples – 2 plain caramel (me) one with caramel, white chocolate and crushed up Oreos (for Kiddo)
  • One chocolate covered pretzel stick (me)
  • One mini-pretzel stick (Kiddo)
  • One pecan turtle (me/Lovey)
  • 3 chocolate dipped graham crackers (Kiddo/Lovey)

I may eat both apples tonight and then get more in the airport in Salt Lake City because they're that good and I am a pig. 

Packing and making preparations to leave is sad.  This trip has been so special for so many different reasons.  Believe it or not, we're already starting to make plans for next year's trip.  Some people that weren't able to make it this time have seen the pictures and have set themselves to be making the trip next year.  It should be a blast.

These will eventually make it to Flickr too, but for now, I'm just going to post them here.  I was so sad I could only take a couple pictures.



Tomorrow, we get home so late there won't be any posts about TSA, stinky guys on airplanes, or anything else.  Saturday I have to go get my nails done so I can show off my ring. (I have some stupid thing with my nails that they look like all my fingers got smashed in doors.  Been that way since I was 3, so I'm used to it, but they have to get pretty to match the jewel.)  At some point this weekend, I hope to see the Jacksonville Jaguars take it to those nasty red, white and blue wearing mother-farging corksucking iceholes just like they did to my poor hapless Steelers.

Thanks to all for joining me on my Park City journey.  It's been real and we can do it again next year!

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