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Sunday Afternoon Coffee [sixty-two]

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If we were having coffee this afternoon I would tell you I wish it would snow. We got dumped on a couple weeks ago and the skiing was awesome. Then it decided to get warm. Too warm and everything is melting. This is ruining my downhill and cross country ski time. The Sexy Master Electrician and I have 10 passes to Bridger this year so I really want the last month to be amazing!

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While we are on the subject of skiing, TSME and I skipped the Super Bowl again to go cross country skiing in Yellowstone. When we got there, we wanted to do a trail in Lamar Valley but the wind was so bad we opted to go back to Tower Falls. The trail is protected and it went 100 times better than our previous trip up there. On our way back to the Boiling River, we had a coyote come right beside us. He could have cared less. The river was amazing. We had it all to ourselves for quite awhile. The best.
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If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that TSME decide to surprise me on Valentine’s Day and actually get me something and not even just one little thing. I came downstairs to flowers, wine, a Yellowstone Pendleton Blanket and chocolates. A late arrive hedge hog print arrived the next day. I don’t expect this to happen again any time soon but it was super sweet and he was pleased with himself for surprising me.

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If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you about the second year studio crits I did on Friday. It’s so great to go back to the School of Architecture and see projects unlimited by scope, money, everything. Makes me want to do a random competition again.

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If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that everyone in my office is about ready to snap. We are currently stuffed in a job trailer behind our actual office while it’s being remodeled. We’ve been in there since around Thanksgiving. We were suppose to move back in the office a week ago. We can’t move with out the trailer moving or bumping into someone. We’ve started compensating with too many cookies/candies/doughnuts and alcohol. At least the rooftop was open on Friday for happy hour since it was so nice.

 

The Big Sky Pond Skim

What a ridiculous and fun Saturday. I had never been up to the pond skim when I was in school and I am a bit sad I didn’t. For those of you who don’t know, the pond skim is a big party at the end of the ski season. They fill pools at the base of the hill and people try to ski across. Typically in funny costumes. Few people make it across. Most crashes are pretty funny and those who do make it across get a huge round of applause. And everyone is drinking.

I’m going to try and break this down blow by blow and hopefully best communicate how silly and awesome the day was. The pictures should help.

1. Just after noon, Mikki and I meet up at Dawn’s house. Dawn has mimosas in to go cups for the ride up to the hill.

2. Dawn scores amazing Barbie parking right next to the lodge after all signs say the lot is full. No sexual favors required.

3. We meet up with boys, who were already drunk. We work on catching up.

The Boys

The Boys

4. The skim starts and we make our way up the hill. One little boy follows his dad down the hill, dad face plants, it and the kid maneuvers around him in the water and makes it out. Another girl had a bit too many to drink, falls before the pond, gets back up, finishes the run in to the pond, face plants in the water and then into the crotch of the guy fishing her out. A couple guys try the rail and make it all the way across.

Bottom Row of Pics via Mikki

Bottom Row of Pics via Mikki

5. We make our way back to the base lodge, listen to the band playing, watch Chewbacca dance and continue the merriment the sun.

BSPS after6. A much needed dinner. During which Mikki and I text each other the whole time over Bob. I stop drinking.

7. After killing an hour or so waiting for the next band to start and the boys to get out of their snow gear, we finish our time on the hill dancing for a few hours.

Big Sky Skim (34)8. After a slightly stressful drive for me in Dawn’s suburban with everyone singing at the top of thier lungs that Story of My Life song, we arrive back the condo in the meadow. I demand a mimosa and a shot of fire ball (it was all we had) while Dawn made nachos and we headed to our hot tub.

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The damage to the gallon of Fireball

9. After at least an hour overflowing the hot tub and too much fire ball, We all crashed. I some how landed the huge master bed all to myself.
Big Sky Skim (39)10. Next morning is a 8:30 wake-up and clean-up to get out by check out. Everyone was at least semi-functional, but I was elected driver again back to Bozeman. Backstreet Boys greeted us in the car. We get back before 11 and get ready for our respective Easter fun.

Minus the one stressful point, it was a great weekend and it seems that next year is only going to be better since we are talking about a two night stay. Maybe that’s a bad idea…

 

 

Whitefish Skiing

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Big Mountain ahead

Over President’s Day weekend, some of my friends from New York were in Whitefish for their annual ski trip. I joined them a couple years ago when they came to Bridger and Big Sky and had a blast. When they decided on Whitefish, I figured I had to go at least one weekend to see them and try out the skiing up there. My friend Robin wanted to go to, originally we were going to go for longer and stay at her parents cabin in Big Fork, and we asked Greg to join us too, who we picked up in Great Falls on the way. It was an awesome, if non-stop, weekend.

Friday night Robin and I headed to Great Falls after work We met up with Greg for a couple drinks before crashing. The next day we took our time heading up to Whitefish since the boys wouldn’t be there until about 5 PM. I had to bake a birthday cake anyway. Last time where were all skiing, I made one for Greg, which was dumped on the floor by accident by Kurt, see here. So I thought it would be funny to make the same cake again for Erik’s birthday, gluten free of course. It was pretty good for gf and the boys did find it pretty funny.

The Cake

The Cake

Anyway, the drive was beautiful. Robin drove the whole way since she knew the way (and fell in love with my parent’s Acadia that I had at the time), Greg was our grand master deejay, so I was able to relax, enjoy the ride and views.  Montana never fails to amaze me.

Please ignore the mud. While it was a beautiful drive, it was messy

Please ignore the mud. While it was a beautiful drive, it was messy

We meet up with the guys at the apartment they rented for the week and caught up with everyone, enjoyed a few drinks before heading out to find dinner. The thing about Whitefish is that it is a bit pretentious. The best description I’ve heard so far is that it is what would be left if you took all the poor people out of Bozeman.  We were a group of seven, so had a few failed attempts and dealt with at least one snotty hostess before settling on a sandwich shop. And that sandwich shop, which was run of the mill, good sandwiches, nothing too crazy, had a huge table doing a wine tasting. It was just all sorts of funny to us anyway.

After dinner, we headed to the bars, avoided the many with covers, and settled at the Bulldog Saloon for a few drinks, which was much more our style. Robin and I naturally wanted to some dancing, but failed to find a bar without a silly cover and let the boys convince us to go back to the apartment where beer and Greg’s music was waiting. The dancing, bed jumping and box fan are really unexplainable. We had an awesome time. You really had to be there. The pictures below may give some idea to the ridiculousness that closed out the night.

Dance Party- All Pictures by Kurt, except the 2nd & 3rd, where he is dancing with Box Fan

Dance Party- All Pictures by Kurt, except the 2nd & 3rd, where he is dancing with Box Fan

The next day, I went up with the guys skiing and Robin stayed in town to hang out pretentiously at coffee shops reading and relaxing. The mountain is huge. From the top you can ski down multiple faces of the mountain. There was a ton of fresh snow, and it was replenishing itself all day. The weather varied depending on where you were on the mountain. At the base is was sunny and warm, the middle was an eerie calm in the clouds. People and objects would just appear out of the clouds. The top for most of the day was cold, windy with really bad visibility, but once you dropped down a bit it was fine.

I was a bit nervous skiing since the weekend before I had a wipe out at Bridger that gave me whiplash and my neck was still a bit sore. I don’t think I ever really let go and skied without hesitation and the poor guys were probably sick of how slow I was at times, but I still had fun. I would love to go back again when I am not so skittish and really enjoy it. The views as you came down the mountain were beautiful, you could see the whole valley below.

The views of the valley from the top of the mountain were spectacular!

The views of the valley from the top of the mountain were spectacular!

Greg and I left around 3 so that we could get back on the road since Robin and I both had to work on Monday. We had a seven hour drive ahead of us and wanted to get through the area where deer are everywhere before it was dark. We said good-bye to the guys at the top of the mountain and headed out. Robin drove all but the last 30 miles home. She really loved that car. Greg took a long nap before resume his role as road trip deejay and we made it back to Bozeman before midnight.

It was such a fun trip and so great to see the guys. I may have to continue the habit of meeting them part of their trip if they keep heading to western destinations. Now if I could just convince some of their girlfriends to join too!

Sunday Afternoon Coffee [Twenty-seven]

Sunday 27 (3)If we were having coffee this afternoon, we would be in Billings because Robin and I drove over there to drop off my parents car and get mine back. It’s been nice having the Acadia and Robin absolutely loved driving it to Whitefish (more on that in a later post), but I am ready to get my smaller, tighter turning radius, better gas mileage, zippy Jetta back.

And since we are talking about cars, I hope you have seen Tina Fey on Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. She is so funny and they get Cronuts without waiting in line!

Hyalite Lake

Hyalite Lake

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I was suppose to go skiing yesterday at Bridger, but we were running late getting up there and it dumped snow Friday night so by 10, the lot was full. We decided to go find something else to do in Hyalite Canyon. My friend really wanted to ski, so we hiked our way up a hill and skiied down it a couple times. It was fun, a lot of work hiking up a hill in waist deep powder. I don’t think I will be trying it again any time soon, but it made for an interesting day.

So much powder!

So much powder!

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I am sure we would discuss the Olympics. I haven’t watched as much as I would have liked. The US has killed it in some areas, but it seems like we haven’t done as well this year as they have in the past. I did watch the women’s free skate finals, they are so talented, I understand why Russia won the gold, but South Korea was so damn amazing. And I also love that the Canadian have a beer machine. Well done.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you to check this out: Immersion. Just do it, it is amazing, I could play with it for hours.

So long!

So long!

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I am so excited to have a new phone! I finally get to say good-bye to my broke iPhone 4 and upgraded all the way to a 5c. The difference is ridiculous. I will guard this one from all towel bars with my life.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I am really excited for Target to launch lines from some of my favorite blogs: Wit & Delight, Oh Joy! and Poppytalk. I can’t wait to see what they have!

If were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you I am happy my friend Greg, who lived in Bozeman until about a month before I moved back and now lives in Great Falls, is here all week. It’s going to be fun. Plus my friend M, will be in town at the end of the week from Denver, so it’s going to be double fun, I am pretty sure that she and Robin and going get along fabulously and it’s going to be a bit of a party.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you to watch this video that M shared: I’d say it’s a good question for Disney. It does seem like every prince ends up with a princess too.

I think I need another one for my stools.

I think I need another one for my stools.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you how much I love the sheepskin Melissa send me from Ikea! I am not sure if this is the final location for it, but it works for now and it looks good. Melissa, I promise to have plans up for you shortly!

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would ask you if you have heard about B.J. Novak’s new book One More Thing? I was mildly interested in it, but it seems like a lot of comedians have been writing books like this lately, but then I saw this video, and I might have to pick it up,

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you I cannot get enough of my new favorite Instagram feed and blog, Paper Fashion. Her illustrations are stunning. I wish I could draw like that. You should really check it out.

Season Pass

Bridger (9)For most of the month of November and start of December, I debated getting a ski season pass at Bridger Bowl.  Part of the reason for moving back west was to get outside more. As I mentioned in this post, most years before moving to New York, I went skiing once or twice a year, but I always really enjoyed it. Since I was jobless, I was thinking it would be a great winter to get a mid- week pass and improve my ski skills so maybe I can at least go down the same runs as my more experienced friends, just not at the same speed.

The Ridge

The Ridge

Once I knew I was starting a new job, I decided to go for the 10 day pass because I still really want to get into skiing. After I decided to really do this, I went in search of skis and boots. I found some used skis and boots. if I like it, I can upgrade in the future.

The herd of elk on the drive up

The herd of elk on the drive up

Amazing view for the drive too

Amazing view for the drive too

I got everything in order right before Christmas, so my first run on my new skis was the Christmas trip. Since being back I have been up twice and I love it.  Let’s see if I make it through the season unharmed and it may becoming my winter thing. It is cheaper than buying and maintaining a snowmobile.  And I get the same amazing views. I’ll keep you updated on my new winter pass time.

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Christmas Skiing in the Black Hills

Ski Bunnies

Ski Bunnies

Since my brother wasn’t going to be home until late on Christmas day and I got new skis, I suggested my sisters and my cousin go skiing. We would have gone on a different day, but it was the only day that would work for us all to go. We had a blast. The day was beautiful and sunny.  This year the snow has been good so far, so while they do groom some trails, there was still a lot of powder. It was a good time to be up skiing. There were a lot of people in the tube park area, but the ski mountain was pretty empty and we had it mostly to ourselves.

Looking back towards home from the lift

Looking back towards home from the lift

Rachael had been skiing and snowboarding before, but neither of my sisters had been before, so we were going to have to teach them how. Our dad taught me to ski when I was in middle school, but we only went a couple times a year, and after the first year or two, he typically didn’t go, but he still has all the gear, so who knows why they never learned. We decided to go up to Deer Mountain, now known as Ski Mystic, which is the same place I learned.

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Your new ski instructor: me.

We started on the bunny bunny hill trying to teach them how learning how to pizza and french fry our skis. Kristen is a natural, I don’t know that we even really need to tell her anything.

Danielle was not quite so natural.

Wipe out

Wipe out

We told her everything we could think of, and then left her to practice with out us telling her what to do, figuring not having an audience might help, and headed up the big hill.

On the way up

On the way up

Kristen did a really great job and only fell a few times. We even got her down some blue runs. The best moment was when we had a slightly steep part on a blue run and she ate it at the top. She got back up and just as she started down, she fell back on her butt, but on her skis and kept going down. She screamed the whole way and said “I can’t stop!” before finally biffing it again.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe took a break for hot chocolate, snacks and to catch up with Danielle. She said that she was getting a bit better, but on one of her last runs before stopping, she twisted her ankle. She decided she was done for the day, and since there was only an hour left for the day, she stayed warm in the lodge while we got a few more runs in.

I wish we could do things like that more frequently all together. It was so much fun. Although we may need to switch to cross country skiing for Danielle’s sake.