Category Archives: Bozeman

Pottery Lesson [Girls’ Night]

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One of the pottery studios in town, Gangbusters, does group sessions of slab pottery. The clay, glazing and firing are provided, all you need to bring is refreshments. After a couple weeks, depending on how busy the studio is, you pick up your completed piece. E thought it would be a fun girls’ night and organized the whole thing, which ended up on a random Monday.
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I did not do my homework and had no idea what I was going to do at all. Luckily he had molds that we could use to create different shapes. He walked us through shaping our slabs around the molds, cutting them, adding feet if we needed and carving in decorations. Everyone’s pieces turned out really cool. The best was a bowl that had a roped rolled on the slab to create a sweet texture on the interior.
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I made a simple cup to start with as I tried to figure out what I actually wanted to do. It didn’t use too much clay so I had plenty for a second piece and I made a tray for my glasses on my nightstand. They have stopped finding their way to the floor in the morning as I hunt for them. We got to select our glazes from several colors. Most of us went with the blues or green colors, which are beautify. I switched it up on the tray with the red. I was worried it would look terrible, but it actually turned out fine.
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prefired tray

This was way better/more up my alley than the sip and paint I did with my mom and sister. Maybe because it’s more forgiving? Maybe because there is less instructions? Anyway, while I have no desire to ever do another sip and paint, I would definitely do this again. Next time, I’ll actually have an idea of what I want to do before we get there.
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B Bar Ranch [Get outdoors for MOSS]

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Right now, in Bozeman, ski season is long over, but this is the first of a few skiing posts that I will eventually get up here.  Last year I came across a fundraiser for Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS) that was a day of cross country skiing and lunch and all proceeds go to the school. I wanted to go, but for some reason it didn’t. This year when I came across it, I sent out a message to some friends and signed us up. 

None of us had heard of B Bar Ranch, but we had heard that Tom Miner Canyon, where it is located at the southern end of Paradise Valley, was gorgeous. As we were driving out, there was very little snow on the ground in the valley. Meanwhile, Bozeman had a bit of a storm the night before and we saw several wrecks on the way over the pass’ and there was plenty of snow in Gallatin Valley. Once we turned off into the canyon we started climbing up and by the time we got to the ranch you wouldn’t believe there was no snow five miles north. 
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The area is definitely beautiful and we all want to go back for either hiking or skiing in the future. The ranch is several miles in and is a retreat of sorts in the summer for larger groups. In the winter, you can ski their groomed trails for $10. There are three locations that you can ski into and stay the night. That is next on the list, especially since it’s only two to three miles in on easy trails.
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We did a four to five mile loop before grabbing lunch in the Nordic tent. It is an old canvass tent with a wood stove in the center. One of the “cabin” you can hike/ski into is also an old tent. It was super cozy and lovely to hang out in. We talked about going out for another short run, but after resting realized we were a bit more sore than we thought, it was our first time out this season after all.
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MOSS was doing guided tours for those interested, but we had more fun out on our own and definitely plan to go back next year if it works out. Hopefully we get out there doe more than just the fundraiser.
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Sunday Afternoon Coffee [sixty]

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that it was so great to see two of my old collage friends, C & S this weekend. C stayed with me and we got to see S’s little baby boy. I have not seen either of these two since 2008, maybe 2009, but it’s wonderful how easy it is to hang out with good old friends like you see them all the time.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that yesterday was a beautiful day for the annual Run to the Pub. This was my 3rd year running and it was by far the fastest I think I have run anything. Not that it was actually that fast. I heard people complaining they were not running sub eight minute miles. I was pretty happy with my sub nine minute miles. I ran with C and we definitely pushed each other. We managed to not walk at any point, which we both said we would have if the other had. Victory. Also a reminder that I do not care one bit to run more than a 10K.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you how proud I am to be a part of the Open Architecture Collaborative. After Architecture for Humanity went bankrupt, the local chapters still existed and persevered with the guidance of Garrett Jacobs at the helm to create a new non-profit. I have been helping as a core collaborator and will hopefully be able to contribute more in the future. We are so excited to launch the new organization and get to work helping under-served communities.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would show you the sweet pint glass that C and I received for being one of the first people to go to
Heyday after running. It’s a list of the peaks in the Bridgers. We also got to be instagram famous.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I am very excited to head to Nashville next weekend for Melissa’s bachelorette party. We are going to a Rihanna concert and checking out all that the town has to offer in food, drinks, sightseeing and of course music.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would also tell you that I am very excited about my new shoes. I would probably be wearing them. Yay!

 

Sunday Afternoon Coffee [fifty-nine]

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If we were having coffee, it would be along time coming. I have been so busy. Doing what? I’m not entirely sure. I seem to go to bed earlier and earlier and there have been a lot of weekend adventures. A lot of cross country skiing to tell you about. A lot of work to not bore you with. And a lot of other random stuff. My mom was checking facebook to make sure I was still alive because I had not called home in so long. So let’s catch up a bit and enjoy a huge cup of coffee.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you about the Cat- Griz basketball game. I was skiing earlier in the day, otherwise I would have wanted to go see the women’s game in the afternoon. We made it back for the men’s game in the evening. I don’t think I have been to a game since I was a freshman in college, and I’m not sure I even went to one then. It was a pretty good game up until the last quarter when they let the Griz win. At least I have cool friends to watch the game with.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you to read this quick, funny story about bouncing back forth between New York and Los Angeles. I too imploded somewhere in the middle.

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And speaking of New York, The Sexy Master Electrician got me a great book for Valentine’s Day. I have been following the instagram feed for a while now. I found pink Himalayan Sea Salt shot glasses for his tequila.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon I would tell you that I finally saw Michael Keaton. Apparently he is around town rather frequently, though I now know I wouldn’t have been to pick him out if I had bumped right into him. I went to a Bozeman Film Society film, (one of my favorite things), to see Spotlight. He introduced the film. I didn’t even know he was in it. It is an amazing film. It made me want to go back and read the articles. I was a silly high school senior at the time, I only vaguely remember it happening. I highly recommend it. Your head will be spinning.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I have some friends who are on a cornhole league. On Tuesdays, all the teams meet in a “ballroom” above the Eagles Bar and play a few games of corn hole each on the 10 courts. One of them was gone a couple weeks ago, so a couple of us subbed for her. It was pretty entertaining to watch people take so seriously. And I proved that I suck at tossing beanbags.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I am also not hot at bowling. But I had some great tights on while I was doing it. Dusty set up a bowling night on Galactic Bowling night. He had seen my crazy tights I was given for Christmas and the night was themed the 80’s. My tights did not carry my game, but my first bowl was a strike. It went down hill from there. At least I did better than TSME.

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If were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you I need to get used new glasses. For the last five years, I’ve had the same pair with little rectangular lenses. I really only wear them in the morning or at night, but these are much, much, larger, in true hipster fashion. I probably could have gotten them when I got my first pair of glasses back when I was 6 or 7. I do like how they look, just need to get used to them being so large.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, we would talk about School of Architecture’s Advisory Council meetings last week. I am on the Graduate Council part of it. We meet to discuss ways we can help the school, go to studio crits, do speed interviews and a host of other things to engage the students. We also get to tour new buildings under construction. This time was the new Yellowstone Building, which is a dorm. I was in North Hedges as a freshman, built in the 60’s or something like that. And then I was in the “New Buildings.” They didn’t have names yet and were the cool dorm to get into at the time that only sophomores and older could apply to be in. This puts the to shame so badly.Untitled
At least the views are the same amazing mountains. They can’t make that better!
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And speaking of architecture, Earth Elements had an open house to celebrate a new plumbing fixture line they started carrying. I fell in love with this piece of granite:
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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would show you my haul from the Bozeman Public Library Book Sale. I woke up, sent my friend Erin a message that said, “The book sale starts in 6 minutes!” To which she said,  the one where all the books are $2?!  Yup, getting dressed. Pick you up?  Yes please.  I walked out with 15 books. Three of which are for the TSME for his trip to Cabo that he left for this morning. I will be reading in bed and he on the beach. I do love books!
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Sunday Afternoon Coffee [fifty-five]

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If were having coffee this afternoon, we would take about floor hockey. I am playing on a indoor league and it has been so much fun. And so much running. I’m playing with a completely random group that needed an extra girl. We may not be the best and probably will not make it far in this Thursday’s playoffs but I’ve had a ton of fun. I’m sad it’s going to be over so quick, despite the bruise and a twisted ankle. I highly recommend it. Untitled

If we were having coffee this afternoon, we would talk about last night’s Ronda Rousey fight against Holly Holm. I had heard a bit about Rousey in the media with out pay much attention to her. Some friends mentioned wanting to watch the fight and on the same day this article showed up in my feed. I’m not into MMA fighting, but I think the points about women being in aggressive sports like this were interesting. And how they have to publicly present this “feminine” side or are critized for not wearing make-up, etc. When Rousey walked out, someone said, she’s perfected bitch face. Which I also agreed with, she had an unwavering bitch face, but a man walks out with the same determined face and it would not be called bitch face. It wouldn’t be called anything…

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, we would talk about last weeks football game and the upcoming Cat-Griz game. Last weekend was a perfect day for a game and we were doing well the first half, but were crushed in the second. We have no chance of making the play-offs this year. The Griz are doing slightly better, so the Brawl of the Wild could be a great game, or we could get our butts kicked. Go CATS!

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you to check out this paint. Pretty sweet idea for bikers.

if we were having coffee, I would tell you that I saw the Christmas tree for the White House lawn when in stopped in Bozeman. Its on it’s way from Alaska. It wasn’t removed from the trailer or anything, but it looks like it’s huge. You could see the top through the window at the end. But I guess that is to be expected. Kinda cool, kinda funny and the sort of thing that makes the news around here.

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Sunday Afternoon Coffee [fifty-four]

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I did not get the fellowship. Am I upset? Yes. Have I figured out my next move? No, but I will. I’ll let you know when I know what that is for sure. In the mean time, I am going to start getting involved with the Chapter Network and seeing where that goes. And I will continue to tell myself that, even though I feel like the image below, I am not that dog…
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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I am currently obsessed with a few things right now. The new Adele song, of course. Goes right to the soul, I don’t care if everyone and their dog is also obsessed or making fun of it right now.

I am also loving these two Instagram accounts. This one is the prefect amount of snarky and this one makes me wish the baby raccoon we tried to save lived when I was a kid. I’m sure my mom was secretly glad he did not.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I had a blast at my friends Halloween Murder Mystery Party. It turned out that my character was highly suspicious, though not the murder. She was how ever the motive for the murder-suicide that would take place. Dang homewrecker. It was 1920’s themed, so I made my mom send an old bridesmaid dress of hers that sort of fit the look and found some white gloves, a star worthy bracelet and a cigar to go with my DIY feather head piece. Everyone did an awesome job of dressing for their character. Halloween, you did not disappoint.
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thanks mom!

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A  glider at the M one afternoon
If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I am holding on to every last little bit of fall as much as possible. I am not quite ready for winter. Earlier today, I went up the M and yesterday I returned to Ousel Falls. There is snow on the peaks, and I don’t think it’s going to melt off until the spring, so I keep thinking each hike is the last time I am going to get to do it for the year.
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Speaking of fall, this article made me laugh so hard. It’s gourd season. Get on board people.

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, we would talk about football. I have been watching my friends peewee team again on Saturday mornings. This year they went undefeated. Great work little Packers! Our MSU team had a blow out at the last home game. A new team came to visit and I will admit that I was cheering for them to score at least once. Which they finally did. We only have two more home games. One of which is  Cat-Griz. With our current record, I don’t expect we’ll be in the playoffs.
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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I had the pleasure of witnessing goldfish racing. You heard correctly. Goldfish racing. You blow through a straw to get your little guy down to the other end first. Bets were naturally placed.

If you need me, you can probably find me soaking up as much sunshine warmth as possible.

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Sunset last week from Drinking Horse

Sacagawea Peak

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If you haven’t noticed, I tried to get in as many hikes as possible this summer. The weather has stayed nice so long this year, that I’ve had a chance to get a couple more in before it turns bad. At the end of September C and I went up to Sacagawea Peak, the tallest in the Bridgers at 9665 feet.  The hike is just shy of 6 miles round trip and gains 2000 feet, (For the record, websites say its a 4+ mile hike. I tracked us only going down and it had us at 2.8 miles, so not really sure what the deal is…)  Who doesn’t like to be on top of the world?

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The hike starts at Fairy Lake. You climb up through the trees for a bit before you begin switching back and forth through the basin to a  small saddle where the trail splits and you can head west down in into Gallatin Valley or up to the peak. The switch backs can be pretty tedious at times and the path is pretty narrow. I maybe slipped on the loose rocks on the way down once…

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Scrambling to the top

The last bit of the hike is  a little bit of a scramble over hard rocks and the wind was blowing once we reach the saddle, but it’t not really that difficult of a hike. You can keep going along the ridge line all the way to the M, only 21 more miles away. (This is something I want to do sometime, just need to get a crew to go!)
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See the trail?

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Those white spots are mountain goats!

On the way down we spotted the elusive mountain goats that are typically hanging out on the peak. Maybe they were not into the wind. I wasn’t paying attention to when we started, but it took somewhere between 1.5 and 2 hours to get up and an hour to get down. It was a great way to spend a Sunday morning and I wish I would have done it earlier this year. If the road up to Fairy Lake wasn’t so rough, I would do it frequently. We’ll see what next summer brings!
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