Saturday, December 29, 2007

This and that over the holidays..

Below is a pic from my daughter's 30th BD party. Guess which ones are my daughters? The other woman is Linda, my daughter's mother-in-law. We had a great time in Denver the days before Christmas.

This is Hartley and I on Christmas Eve in Taos, where we celebrated with daughters Heidi and Heather, granddaughter Avery, son-in-law Jack and his family. It was a white Christmas there! Wonderful time at dinner at Joseph's Table, Julia Roberts favorite hangout (we didn't see her though).

This is the view from our new window at the cabin in Chama. We arrived here yesterday to much snow. The recently added window is the perfect place to sit and enjoy coffee and breakfast in the morning. It is very cold here (10 degrees at the moment). I am busy stoking the fire in the woodstove every little while, being the pioneer woman that I am. Our plan is to stay here most of the next month, until H's BD on the 22nd at least so we will see how the mountain people really live. That is with our internet, Tivo, satellite TV and 4-wheel drive-really roughing it! Ironman training starts very soon. More about that later!

As I rode on my trainer this morning, this was the view out our window. I tried to catch the deer that ran across the road but I guess he was camera shy-didn't get him. I want to be running down that road in my new Yak trax tomorrow but it better be a bit warmer or I am opting for more trainer riding and Yoga tapes.

Monday, December 24, 2007


I've been tagged by Cindy! So here are 5 unusual or interesting things you may not know about me:

1. I wanted to be an actress from the time I was a little girl. I actually wanted to be Shirley Temple. I had a lead in my high school musical-"Plain and Fancy" I majored in Drama my first year of college. Then it seems my major switched to partying and it was downhill from there for a few years. My dream is to do acting again after this triathlon thing is out of me.

2. I am an orphan. My parents were both chronically ill and passed away in their 60s. It has been very difficult to adjust to especially after my mom died 13 years ago. As I get older, I realize this is just part of the life cycle only I experienced it a bit sooner than some. My hubby's mom is still alive and for that I am grateful. She is very loving to me and it has eased the pain alot.

3. I was a swimmer growing up (now you wouldn't know that by my swim times now!). When I was 8 years old, the lifeguard saw me swimming (I was about a foot taller than other girls my age) and asked me if I wanted to join the swim team. I swam and won until the other kids caught up with my height, then I wasn't so good. But it was fun and some of my best childhood memories are being on the swim team. I swam competitively until my first year of college when the above major kicked in (partying) and I got side-tracked.

4. I am completely neurotic about being on time. I am compulsively early to the airport for trips. I get extremely annoyed with people who are chronically late. The older I get, the less stressed I get if I am running late but it still is important to me to be on time.

5. I was married to my first husband for 10 years. He was an alcoholic and I was insane which made for an inevitable ending. We did however, manage to produce 2 amazing kids and for that I am grateful. It took me years of therapy to get out and get through the ending of that relationship. I have now been happily married to my hubby for 15 years. Therapy works!

I now tag Vickie, Amy, Becca, Lisa,Heather.

We are off to Taos to have Christmas Eve with other kids and grand-daughter Avery. Be back soon!