Snowboarding: Gunstock



Yes, it was extremely cold at this weekend. No, I didn’t let that stop me from going snowboarding. Yes, this was the first time I was able to go this season.

You see, snowboarding is still technically something new to me. I only started a little less than 10 years ago. I spent my first three times bascially crying as I was told to climb the bunny hill and then attempt to stand up and slowly “falling leaf” my way down the hill.

I learned the beauty of a helmet, quickly, especially one that fits me. And when I was brought to the top of Killington for the first time with the instructions to get myself down, I was more than grateful that I had people who were exceptionally patient with me at the mountain that day.

I’m not one of those people who has a seasons pass. I don’t have enough time to get to any mountain enough to make it worth it. Which is probably why it was ok that we ended up at Gunstock on Saturday. It was closer than Loon, which is were I usually go, so if it was too cold and we had to leave, I didn’t feel like we had to travel that far to get home.

So we packed up – with more layers than you can imagine – and headed to Gunstock. I think Becky had four pairs of socks with her, and with a weather report telling us all week it had been almost zero, she wasn’t completely crazy for doing so.

Turns out, though, that it was much warmer than we expected. Still cold, though. I almost never wear anything that covers my mouth and if you look at the picture in this post, you’ll quickly see I was almost indistinguishable with my black felt warmer. Couldn’t tell me from a Yeti wearing a Smith helmet.

Pleasantly pleased though. We lost count of how many runs we got in, took the Panorama most of the time, sliding up the Tiger Triple at one point when we were too lazy to skate over after going down Tiger. Plus, even though the line grew and dwindled all day, we barely ran into any crowds on the trails.

So, who wants to go snowboarding? I’m itching to go again soon!


New Hair Time


I love snow! Snowball fights, snowflakes falling, snow covered houses. I just don’t like driving in it. Snow means hot cocoas and evenings around the fireplace, not car crashes. So I’m thrilled the snow is back.

And I really love this photo, which Andy (Perfect Perceptions) took of me the other day before he proceeded to throw a snowball at me. All in good fun.

You’ll notice my hair is brown, which I’m hoping to change soon. I’ve hit one of those moments where it seems like I need a big change and my hair is easy enough to meddle with that I won’t freak out. Problem is, what color should I dye it? Red? Black-blue? Just go simple highlights? Help me out guys, I’m doing it tomorrow afternoon!

The Hardest 20 Miles

For some reason, when I hit 300 miles, I thought ending my goal would be a piece of cake. What’s 65 miles at that point? Like a walk in the park, right?

I was so wrong. I’m 20 miles – COUNT IT – 20 miles from my final goal of hitting 365 miles in 2013. Every time I go to run, I hit a mile and think, “I’ll do two tomorrow.” I take a day off and then go for a run and do two miles. “Tomorrow I’ll do three. Just do a quick 5K.”

It feels like my body is rebelling. It can smell the pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving, knows it’s getting colder and would rather curl up with a hot chocolate coated in a layer of whipped cream, and dreams of warm blankets and afternoons watching movies.

Please tell me this happens to everyone else. I started this year so strong, and I’m having a few moments of weakness. I’m up a few pounds and no matter how hard I tell myself I worked for this, I’m still slacking.

Looking for words of encouragement or advice. If you’ve got some, please share. Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner. So much food, so little time.

Winter Nails


Snowflakes falling on my hand…


So pretty


With all the snow falling lately, I think it’s time we did some pretty nails for the season. Used OPI’s brightest red I could find and then topped with a nice thin glitter. The snowflakes were the hard part. I didn’t have one of those fancy thin nail polish brushes, so I used a toothpick to make the six point snowflake. Put a few drops in the center of the nail and then pull it to the ends with the toothpicks. For the corner snowflake, put a drop in the corner and then pull four ends out and then use the toothpick to put points on the ends to make it look more like a snowflake. Easy, peasy, right?

Winter Love


It’s officially winter! I can only say this now because I have officially had the opportunity to shovel my car out of its parking space. (Please note the sweet Mohawk my car had following its cleaning yesterday morning. I think he pulls the look off pretty well. Swagger at its finest.)

Yesterday, while the weather report was telling everyone and their brother that we were going to get pummeled with snow, someone forgot to tell the microclimate of Portsmouth that they weren’t going to be involved. At home, I found myself covered in snow, but 20 minutes toward the Seacoast to work, and they were only getting rain. Figures. A mighty workout of shoveling, and a push of the car out of a snowbank from two very kind, cute guys got me on my way to work.

Despite the heavy snow, I am pretty happy about it. This means I can plan my retreat to the mountains with my board, make snow angels in my front yard, and have snowball fights with the children on my street. Okay, that last one is a stretch. I’m sure they’d beat me and I’d just come home crying that the kids were picking on a poor defenseless 20-something-year-old.

Happy winter, everyone!

Snowflake Time


It’s official, I should have gotten a flu shot. Been out of commission for some time now, which is good in the sense that I can make tons of snowflakes for decorations, but bad because I still can’t breathe out of my nose. Pretty sure that Rudolph and I are twins separated at birth.

Anyway, I learned awhile ago how to make six sided snowflakes. I never knew how people did it. Mine always looked sad, but I figured out, it’s all in the folding. Check it out:



And voila! Fancy snowflakes to put on presents, on windows, or just on walls to make it look more festive.

Christmas Chaos – Easy Snowflakes

Just some hot glue and glittery nail polish and you’ve got some snowflakes!

I’m getting into the Christmas spirit. Some would say it’s a bit early, but it’s never early when it’s already cold out. So I decided that I need to make something special to put up. With a hot glue gun and a mirror, I make a six legged snowflake.

Just let it cool down.

Once the glue is cooled, you can easily peel it up from the mirror. I then used my glittery nail polish to give it some sparkle. I used my Stop and Stare by PURE ICE. But any glittery polish will do. Toss them around the table setting for a party and you’ve got an easy snowflake set for decoration.