Saturday, November 29, 2008
So what am I thankful for today... having time finally to type them out! It's kind of ironic though. I didn't go skiing with the family today so that I could stay back, rest the knee and work. I've been sitting here at the clubhouse for 4 hours now and most of it has been waiting for things to upload. It's taking forever. So I'm taking that time to multi-task and catch up on my blog! I'd rather be eating lunch right now... I'm starving!! But with any luck, I'[ll be done soon!!!
Once again, I skied sensibly taking only 6 runs, but with less rest in between. I did quit early but that was in part due to the long lines of people. I just didn't feel like standing in line for 45 minutes for a run! My knee did really well - I'm very happy for that! And I do have to brag that I didn't fall on Thursday or Friday!
And the best part after skiing is a warm, hot meal of chili! That was waiting for us at the condo and I was very happy for that!!!
As for the snow totals - 4 inches yesterday in Breckenridge! And can you believe, Loveland Ski Area at the Eisenhower Tunnel got 14"? That's amazing!
I'm sure everyone is waiting to hear if I actually skied... well DAH!!! Despite the horrible conditions, we headed over to Keystone and went to the top on the new gondola! I exited at the top, strapped on the ski's and pushed off - yeah I was skiing!!! I took a green, then a blue and then I was EXHAUSTED! (The Therapist was right, I need to work on that endurance!!) I then took a 2 hour rest! Well, it wasn't intentional... I was resting while Dan and Melanie went back to the car to get lunch. Then we got stuck talking to this couple and we were way too nice to break the conversation. Finally we got back out there - I took 2 more blues and was exhausted again! Geez... another break! This one lasted an hour... Dan was suppose to take 1 run, he ended up taking 2 and picking up a Texan who wasn't ready for the conditions. FINALLY I took my 5th run and ended it at the bottom - better safe than sorry, right??
So on Thursday I was thankful for...
- My husband and daughter
- Getting back on the ski slopes
- Good health
- My family
- All of my dear friends
- Having a job
- A great Turkey dinner I didn't have to cook or clean up!
RTD helped me get to Lakewood so that we could meet Dan. It cut out 1+ hours of our commute!
Clear skies abound so that the drive up to the mountains was a breeze.
4 days off... can you believe it? Me neither! That is why on Saturday I've been sitting in the clubhouse at the condo for the past 3 hours working! If the Internet and this computer weren't so darn slow, I'd be done already! Drats!
On Monday, despite my overwhelming workload, I felt it was necessary to be thankful that I had a job. The unemployment rate is so high right now that even I can appreciate the work and income that I receive. The hours right now aren't so great, but this too shall pass! Dan and I have been laid off before, so we'll keep praying for now that our jobs are still safe!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
I have a relaxing but busy weekend ahead! Here is my to-do list!
1. Put up Christmas tree - OK, I know it's kind of early, however we will not be here next weekend, so it's just right!!
2. Cleaners - get my winter coat cleaned
3. Decorate the advent calendar - oh, that one sounds like lots of fun!
4. Complete lots of pages for the London scrapbook - my days are dwindling fast to have it done and shipped for Christmas...
5. Work - from the office :(
I hope whatever you have planned, you have lots of fun this weekend!!!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
On Friday afternoon I got on a "jet plane" and headed to my old haunts... Chi--town! Marles and her hubby picked me up at the airport and took me back to their house! Along the way we picked up gyros from Wally's (pre-ordered of course - there's no waiting for anything in Chicago)!!!! It was absolutely YUMMY!!! I couldn't even come close to finishing all that food! Then we stayed up until 2 a.m. talking! Girls!!! What a great start to the weekend!!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Here are a few more of my 101 list...
- Attend my 25 year HS reunion that someone else has organized
- Hike in the shadow of the Matterhorn hut to hut
- Learn how to cross country ski
- Learn how to use a sewing machine
- Go on a scrapbook retreat to Manitou Springs with Toni
- Take another surfing lesson
- Get my mother’s wedding ring
- Cruise around Alaska’s Glaciers
- Go whale watching
- Complete a clear scrapbook album
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Today I am very thankful for the Big Blue Bus and it's driver - my dear husband Dan! Without him, my commute to work gets even uglier! My normal commute to work (about 25 miles away) starts at 6:25 a.m. when we pull out of the garage in the Big Blue Bus! He drops me at the Outlet Mall (about 2.5 miles from home) at 6:35 a.m. where I catch the FREX (Front Range Express) bus to Denver. About 7:00 a.m. I get off the FREX and wait another 7-8 minutes for the Denver RTD bus that takes me the remaining 1.75 miles to my office. I get there about 7:25 a.m. Then I do the reverse on the way back home, but that takes me even longer, leaving at 4:30 p.m. and arriving home at about 6 p.m.! When Dan is away and I don't have a Big Blue Bus to rely on, I have to wait for the little Castle Rock shuttle... unfortunately that doesn't pick up at my house until 7:25 a.m. and I don't get to work until almost 9 a.m.! Oh the joys of not having a license! Please don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining... I'm thankful I have him to assist me!!! Just consider yourself lucky if you can drive!Here are another 10 items from my 101 list...
- Repaint the inside of my house something other than white
- Celebrate another 20 years of marriage with Dan
- Replace the loft furniture with a sectional
- Get a dresser for my bedroom (haven’t had one in 20 years)
- Replace the carpet throughout the house
- Have my windows cleaned
- Have my daughter cook 2x per week
- Use cloth bags for grocery’s and go green! DONE (and we love it!)
- Re-landscape my front and back yards
- Meet Marlene out of state for a girl’s weekend
Monday, November 10, 2008
Today I am simply thankful that Monday is OVER! The next few weeks will be long and challenging at work and I'll just be happy as each one ends!
Here are another 10 from my 101 list...
- Become a DT
- Have a reunion with all my HS friends
- Organize my scrapbook space
- Get a complete set of Prismacolor markers (DONE)
- Scrap my Australia trip
- Scrap my London trip
- Scrap my Cancun trip
- Eliminate the pain in my left knee (DONE)
- Maintain my weight around 135 lbs
- Meet the members of the Seasoned Survivor CJ Group (DONE)
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Today I am thankful for all the cards that I received this week from my friends! I don't collect the mail often (usually 1 or 2 times per week) and when I did finally today, I opened 4 very special cards! The first was a great Hi/Get Well card from Debbie! That was so sweet of you to think of me! I love the little chick! Then I opened a thank you card from Nattie (Toni's daughter)! At first I had no clue who Natalie was... couldn't read the rest of the post mark! I think she's growing up fast Toni when she uses her full name!!! The next card was a great Halloween card from Patti! What a great Spooky Greeting! Then lastly I opened my "November" friends card from Marles (aka Snot)! She tried another Zindorf technique and I think it's fantastic!
Tonight I am working on my London book. I need to finish it by Christmas as I'm giving one copy as a gift to Dad. Yes, Patti I know I have a lot of other trips lined up to do as well! And yes, they are on my 101 list! How long is yours??!! Here are my first 10...
- Walk the ruins at Machu Picchu
- Ride in a helicopter
- Stand next to an active volcano
- Learn to scuba dive
- Walk on the Great Wall of China
- Ski in South America
- Climb all 53 – 14ers in Colorado
- Ride in a submarine
- Reframe my mother’s chalk picture of our cottage
- Finish scrapping my Switzerland pictures
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
I still struggle on the balance balls, but I am getting better! I know that Mike will be testing me on these, so I have to keep trying them! So between balance and jumping, I will be ready for that sports test!
My weekend plans include a day of scrapbooking with a friend from work. That should be fun. She is brand new to this hobby and I hope I don't overwhelm her on the first day! In addition, we have to pick up the ski boots we picked out for Melanie. They have been holding them for us so that we could use our coupon and save almost $50! Beyond that, not sure what else the weekend holds! What are your plans?