12.24.2014

When Harry & Sally Met Seinfeld for Dinner

That was us minus the groovy clothing
Over the weekend, Mike and I hosted a sub-section of Bozeman’s A-List for a dinner party. I always love entertaining in my home, especially when I find the motivation to serve a real meal. Potluck gatherings and bring-your-own BBQs, which are extremely popular in Bozeman, tend to get old so assembling this group for a sit-down meal was a refreshing change of pace. Call me old-fashion, but there is something really nice about sitting around the table to share a meal.

12.21.2014

Thoughts on Gymnastics Part Two: Reading & Viewing Primer


I wanted to follow up my review of Chalked Up with links to a few books, videos and thoughts about gymnastics.

12.20.2014

Readings on Gymnastics: Chalked Up Book Review

Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics' Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, & Elusive Olympic Dreams An memoir by Jennifer Sey

(Wow. Book reviews are harder than I had imagined. The second book review in the series proposed in my previous post is below.)

I first read this book when it came out and reread it on a boring November afternoon this past off-season. Competitive gymnastics was a huge part of my life for years and played an important role in shaping who I am today. While I no longer follow the sport closely, I do enjoy reading about it and watching it during the Olympics.

12.11.2014

Off-Season Survival Plan - Read More Books, Part One

Winter has been slow to come to Southwest Montana and right now it feels like we're entering the sixth week of November. Ugh! Mike and have gotten  to do some backcountry skiing over the past two weekends but it is just a survival tactic at this point. Really more tootling than actual worthwhile ski touring but much better that walking up The M in mud and ice.

I am thankful for the extra time to take care of some neglected home projects and catch up on reading.  Below is the first of what I hope will be a series of book reviews.

12.01.2014

A Recipe for the Thankful Season

Wow! November came and went. Between four work holidays, a long weekend in San Francisco and two sick days (A first for me. Ugh!), the month just flew by. Thanksgiving is always such a great holiday and proved to be the perfect way to close out November in style. Between laying low to recover from being stick to socializing to skiing it was a memorable long holiday weekend.

11.30.2014

Summertime Done, Come and Gone, My Oh My!

(Post title courtesy of the Grateful Dead, U.S. Blues)

Ross Peak, Northern Bridgers
Finally! It is starting to feel like winter in Bozeman. Each year I hope to make my first ski turns in October but that didn't happen this year. October came and went. While early November brought some unusually cold weather and snow, the month passed with little additional snow and unusually warm weather. November is often the worst month of the year with hit or miss ski conditions and increasingly muddy and icy trails that make hiking and biking no fun.

11.22.2014

Thoughts on Dumping Your Bucket List


Where will this path take you?
With all of my enthusiasm for travel and outdoor adventure, you’d think I’d have a bucket list lined up and ready to tackle. In reality, I’m not a big fan of the concept. If someone asks me what's on my bucket list I respond, "Everything." Who doesn't want to see and do it all in a lifetime?

10.07.2014

You are Not What You Drive


The butt of my car
In many ways, your car is similar to your clothing; an item with a practical purpose, which at the same time can say something about who you are. Whether consciously or unconsciously, your choice of car says something about what social group you belong to and what you do with your life.

10.01.2014

The Truth About Skiing The Blaze


In my last post, I mentioned a big adventure I had planned. I also mentioned how hard it is to get around to writing in the summer so it has taken me until now to write about it.
Driving to the trailhead, a first look at our objective

7.01.2014

Summertime and the Living is Easy....

It's hard to think about writing in the summer. Lots to do and finally we have some summer weather. I've been getting the last of the seasons turns in with big plans schemed for the holiday weekend. Stay tuned for more stories.

Happiness is late season turns in the Northern Bridgers

2.12.2014

Geeking Out About Snow Conditions


Sking the Great One in July
Avid skiers like to talk about skiing and if you’ve been at it long enough, the talk will go beyond deep powder and epic runs and will eventually take on a more technical nature. Yes, folks begin to “geek out” about snow conditions.

2.10.2014

Life’s Lessons Learned from the Movie Scrapple


The movie Scrapple, it's a classic
Take care of your family and friends Whether it’s an injured brother in a VA hospital, a pal dealing with relationship troubles or a good friend dealing with some heavy shit, the folks in Scrapple set an excellent example of how to take care of one another.

Don’t lay your head trips on others and if you do, be sure to apologize Poor Tom. He sure had a lot of thoughts running through that handsome head of his. Whether he blows off Beth or looses his cool with Al Dean, he is always quick to apologize. He's a solid guy and will be even more so once he sorts out his life.

Some Nirvana's are close to home...





Head out looking for Nirvana
Errol the Aussie had the right idea in Scrapple. It has always been important to me to live someplace I’m excited about so I’d add that life is too short to live someplace dull. I also extend the idea of finding Nirvana to the activities you participate in and the places you visit.  

...while others are far away




Have irons in the fire
Beth leaves Ajax and heads to San Francisco as planned, Tom gets over Woody and moves on with life, Al Dean scores his house on Spruce Street. As the kind of gal that makes things happen, these characters resonate with me. Whether it’s a successful fundraising campaign for work, a memorable party in my home or a fun day in the backcountry with a group of friends, I’m always scheming something. I try to strike a balance between having plans for things and letting life happen as it does. If the “stoned out ski bums” in Scrapple can make things happen so can you.

Dream your life, live your dreams, dig yourself
Need I say more.
Living my dreams




1.26.2014

Skinny Skiing’s Outspoken Ambassador

Skinny Skiing's Outspoken AmbassadorIt seems to be the trend in outdoor magazines to write articles about how your activity is a lot more hardcore and just plain better than other outdoor activities. Annoying yes, but essentially harmless blather.  Despite the benign nature of this type of writing, every so often an article like this comes along and really pisses people off.