Sunday, March 29, 2009

Snowbird on a Powder Day!

Eric and I went up to our ski resort, Snowbird, on a sunday with actual powder! it seems to never really dump on the weekends around this place, so it was a nice treat- especially for eric since he can't get up there during the week. we had this tease of warm weather last week and the week before, and now it's nuking snow like it's january. march is actually a big powder month here with some of the best skiing to be had.

"I'm cold. no more pictures"

Eric, the beloved husband and photographer.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Let there be more usable space in our house...

We have finally finished the lighting in our front room. we haven't been able to use this room very much during the winter months b/c it is so dark in there and we didnt' even have a lamp. last night eric and our friend BJ finished installing track lighting and eric and i found a couple lamps to help light the way. i'm so excited! it's been a lot of fun to 'nest' in the house and add a few pieces of furniture to make it a home.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tales from Joshua Tree

Last week Eric and I and my friend Jamie road tripped out to Joshua Tree National Park and met my brother Nelson and his fiance Krissy for a long weekend of climbing in the park. I developed a rather nasty head cold pretty much the day before we left and continued to feel miserable during the whole event. you can see my very red nose in the pictures from all the nose-blowing i had to do. :( We still had a great time. Joshua Tree is only 1 1/2 hours from where Nelson lives in victorville, CA. it was his and krissy's first climbing trip or experience ever and they did great. Eric took lots of great pictures for us. I've been checking the weather in Joshua Tree since december and it's been about 70 degrees. so the day we got there brought a cold front and we faced temps in the 50s and clouds with some sun while we were there. boo. and it was a bit windy. it's always a bit windy there though. nelson got to do his first lead climb ever, krissy developed sick rock climbing skills, and jamie- my friend who mostly boulders- got better on the roped end of things. Joshua Tree is about 10 hours from Salt Lake, so it's no small drive. the quality of climbing and the beauty of the area make it worth it though. i'd like to return again when i feel myself and climb more routes there. having a cold puts a pretty big damper on my motivation, energy, and spirits. i received the "complainer of the day" award for making sure everyone there knew just how bad my cold was. what, me complaining? never! :) i'm excited that my brother is getting into climbing and interested in doing more trips with us.

me on 'fun stuff'

a scenic view

Jamie pulling down

me pulling down

me looking unreasonably worried on a 5.7 climb :)

belaying with plastic smile

approaching a climb


nelson's first lead!

Jamie concentrating very hard on chopping those peppers!

fireside chats

me thinking "it's a long way down and more slab climbing ahead!"

krissy, jamie, and i

jamie and i being silly. wait, when aren't we silly?

krissy, nelson, me and eric. someone didn't tell me they were taking a picture...

little climber on lots of granite rock!