We're back from our trip. Highlights:
* 5 days of visiting with Grandma Thelma
* a fun road trip with my most awesome husband
* a yummy Turkey Day feast with Bill and Mary, plus hours of conversation that just flew by
* pumpkin pie for three days in a row
* hikes in a few beautiful parks: Effigy Mounds
, Sam A. Baker
* two trail runs in a beautiful park: Lake Tywappity
. One of which inspired a couple older locals (in a red sports car, I might add) to ask me, "Girl, what in the hell are you doing?"
* visits to two historic mills/springs: Greer and Bollinger
* Thelma's amazing collection of antique chatelaines
* a lovely long country drive (or two) down winding country roads
* pizza with Ruth, Don, and Thelma in Cape Girardeau
* an extra order of biscuits & apple butter at Cracker Barrel
* Photos from the trip are here
Labels: running, travel
Plenty of wahooing
As much as I'm really ready to be wearing sandals, I still appreciate the wondrous and white view on the photo above. WOW!
So, in the past month I've spent a week in Whitefish, Montana, as well as a very long weekend in Joshua Tree, California. What I brought back, in sum:
- A sore shoulder. Not bad, considering how colossal and noisy the fall was.
- I've improved my snowboarding skills, but still have a few things to work on. How exactly does one learn to "spread butter" in the flats?
- Sambuca is yummy. And a little more sophisticated than Jaegermeister.
- Having skiing skills to fall back on, once I'd gotten tired of falling, is a beautiful thing.
- I got a few more trad leads under my belt. Including a hard one that I had to back off of, then finish on second.
- Crack climbing is still the most fun.
- A note to self, to NOT plan two back-to-back active vacays.
- It's really hard to enjoy climbing in an indoor gym, after enjoying granite for several days.
- Bikram yoga is a pretty bizarre experience, but not for the reasons I'd predicted.
- It's superfun to travel with Annette and John, as well as with Joe, Andrea, and Kathleen.
- It's superfun to travel & climb again with Josh & Mike
- My macaroons are still the best.
- I won't again try a new way to rack gear, when preparing to lead a challenging route.
- I'm getting closer to buying the rest of my trad rack. Maybe with the tax return? Oy, cams are not cheap.
- I still hate Domino's pizza.
Labels: rock climbing, travel
We're on the brink of a new year. Life is good:
- Snow. Two feet of it.
- Climbing 5.11s.
- Running outside in the winter.
- Mom's spare ribs recipe.
- Buckeye candies.
- Some new clothes that fit me.
- New fonts on my computer: Neutra and Warnock.
- I can make a text scrolly button now, in Actionscript.
- Plans for a road trip.
- Plans for a finished basement.
- The love of a good man.
- A roof over my head.
- Food on the table.
- A most excellent and healthy family.
- Fabulous friends.
- A job.
- A good book. Or four.
- New music to listen to.
I am thankful.
Labels: design, outside, rock climbing, running, travel, winter
Italy pics up NOW.
The photos from our Italy trip are up.
We're giving the Smugmug photo sharing service a try. So far, I'm digging it. It makes a bit more sense than Flickr.
In addition to over 100 photos, we also brought the following back from Italy:
- 2 types of Tome cheese
- 1 jar of fig mustard
- 1 bottle of Marolo grappa
- 1 chic sweater
- 1 bag of Gianduiotto (chocolates with hazelnuts)
- ...and some darned effective cold medicine
Abbiamo avuti un viaggio meraviglioso in Italia.
Panna cotta with fig jam. Barbarescu
. Swordfish Monterosso-style. Cantucci
dipped in Schiacchetrà. Barbera
fruit. 382 steps to Corniglia. Boat ride back from Portovenere. Fried zucchini blossoms. Fiocchi
/sacchettini (“beggar’s purse” pasta) filled with cheese and pear. Several hours spent with good friends who live far away. A guided driving tour through the misty Langhe
wine country. White truffles
on pasta with a cheese sauce. Black truffles on same. Learning about the Slow Food
movement from a passionate devotee, and enjoying mushrooms in Piedmont and sea bass in Liguria in the fall. Amazing Mediterranean vistas. Mussels. Bread soaked in the broth from the mussels. Bunet
. Warm fall sunshine. Fresh focaccia
with olives & tomatoes. Earning the dinner -and dessert- with 4+ hours of hilly hiking
. Learning that grappa
is called a coffee-killer for a reason. Extra-bitter chocolate, pear, and roasted chestnut-flavored gelato from Torino's Grom
shop. Fresh sausage. The Infinity Trail. Vermentino
. Hazelnut cake with muscat cream. Grissini. Coffee, Italian-style. Testaroli with pesto. Farinata.
So, we had a great trip, hiking, eating and visiting in Italy's Liguria and Piemonte regions. Photos coming soon.
Back from New York/Jersey. Ate/visited/imbibed here:Azucar Cuban Cuisine
: a most excellent batch of Yuca Frita Cubana & a yummy mojito as well.The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
: The National Design Triennial was exhaustive but excellent. Loved the Josh Davis
work. I'm looking forward to his session at Flashbelt
. The Ladd Brothers'
"elaborate handcrafted works" were beautiful and inventive; it reminded me of works by Holly Anderson Jorde and Erika Olson, in a recent exhibit here in St. Paul
: A great Dutch baby and some excellent Belgian brews (check out the decor- and the great gams on that table- in the photo at left).Blind Tiger Ale House
: Mmm, the Brooklyn Wheat, with Murray's cheeses.
Robongi in Hoboken- yet another great sushi meal. With Ben
: Very powerful. We miss Jenny. Many people there were missing loved ones, as well: there were a lot of great t-shirts with photos, quotes, and loving words.South Street Seaport
: Very busy. Bustling, even. Loud but fun. I love wharfs (usually).Dodo
offered a most excellent organic pinot noir from Mendocino.Josh & Ive's
: Got a smashed bagel there, and a "sober" one as well, to share with hubbie. It's funny that, for backpacking food, I choose bagels because they can't
get smashed, and yet here we pay extra to get them smashed. Odd gimmick, but still made for a much better post-run breakfast than our hotel's restaurant could offer.
That run, by the way, was most excellent. I wish I could pull off something similar at home: mark out a run that puts me at a bagel shop that is x desired miles away from where I start. Run the route, buy bagels and coffee, then drink coffee while waiting for commuter train to take me back to start, where I then enjoy the bagels with husband.Rosa Mexicano
had the tastiest salsa I've ever had.
A funny moment, near end of trip: at 10:05pm, walking to PATH train inHoboken, a voice yells from some apartment: "Tony Soprano LIVES!" (The HBO series finale had just ended.)
Labels: food, running, travel
a vacation from vacation
It's been over a week now and I've just about recovered from our trip to visit family and sunshine in Phoenix. In just 4 days, we did all this:
Attended 2 Coyotes
Attended 1 Mariners
Saw the Bodyworlds
Exhibit at the Phoenix Science Center
Went for a hike in the White Tanks Park
Shopped, dined, and visited with friends, on a half-day in Scottsdale
Ate oatmeal in an oatmeal-cookie-bowl
, for breakfast once morning at Paradise Bakery
Drove up (2+ hours) to Sedona to check out galleries (liked Keith Schall
's paintings!) and sightsee, then continued North into
Flagsstaff for a tasty beer
Despite the busy-ness, it was great to visit with family and enjoy the 75+ degree weather for a few days!