MIA no longer!

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Well I have now been MIA for a month and I am happy to say that I have completed my holiday goal, no blogging for a month in hopes that it will make me a more regular blogger moving forward. This is perhaps a goal that I should have shared with all of you lovely readers BEFORE I decided to disappear for the better half of December and most of January but alas I did not and here we are a month later and hopefully a few of you will continue reading moving forward into 2013!

Teaching my Friends to Ski

Teaching my Friends to Ski

It has been a busy month and to say that this 30 day disappearance had nothing to do with how insanely busy I have been lately would be a downright lie. Around the holidays we all get super busy but as a ski instructor add working everyday to that holiday To-Do List and you wind up with a very busy and very tired me.  Given that I have been teaching for a few years now I am used to working every day of my winter break, but when you are not in school and you are just subjecting yourself to a week of physical and mental strain without any breaks and all while having to entertain your family for the holidays a girl gets tired! Now I don’t want to complain because I love teaching skiing and I love everything about the Christmas/New Year holiday but it would just be nice if they put an extra few days in between the two for some sleep!

New Years

New Years

To ring in the New Year two of my best friends from Michigan State came out to visit for a week and in true fashion we celebrated Spartan style! The two of them learned how to ski; we hit the hot tub, went local bar hopping, went up to Lake Placid for a day, went to a casino (my first time gambling and I made money!), made an elaborate New Years dinner, and of course did quite a bit of alcoholic consumption! It was a great week and the first time I have actually “celebrated” New Years oddly enough.

Sangria on New Years Eve

We made the BEST sangria and so I am going to share the secrets:

1 bottle Prosecco

1 bottle pink Moscato

4 TBS Raspberry Pucker

1 mango – diced

Raspberries (plus frozen berries in the glasses instead of ice)

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Downtown Telluride

With the New Years week at an end my family and I set off for a week of skiing in the lovely Telluride, Colorado. The town and mountain were truly breath-taking but no week of skiing is complete without its share of unexpected disasters. Now there weren’t any avalanches or anything like that, although we were awoken a few mornings by avalanche guns, no our disasters were on a smaller scale. The first and most traumatizing (I think for all of us, but definitely me) was the 20-person pond-skimmer of a plane that took us from Denver to the town of Telluride.  Now let me just say that I am well seasoned when it comes to travelling, not to brag or anything but I have been on more than my share of planes, my family has never been the drive to Florida kind, we fly! So getting onto this plane I felt fine, I am not afraid of flying or anything but the second that door closed I knew this was not going to be a normal flight. I can count on one hand the number of situations that have caused me to honestly think, “I am going to die,” that flight was definitely one of them!  But we survived and emerged only slightly still shaking into the lovely town of Telluride.

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The view slope-side

The first day we spent mainly exploring the town and then it was finally time to hit the snow and we skied most of the open terrain. We had a great lunch at an out-door restaurant atop one of the peaks and had a fantastic first day, from there it all went downhill. Day 2 my sister fell snowboarding and broke her tailbone, and Day 3 I came down with the flu and so the two of us didn’t have quite the ski week we planned but my parents skied like crazy and had a fantastic time. I got one more day in before we went home but it was a bit disappointing, my first ski trip out west and I spent most of it on the couch. Oh well.

Now I am back upstate and back to work for MLK weekend! It’s proving to be quite the busy one!

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About Shelby

Shelby is a recent graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Professional Writing focusing of Editing and Publishing. A native New Yorker from the eastern end of Long Island, she is spending her first post-college year working at a winery in the fall, teaching skiing over the winter, traveling in the spring, all while exploring the world of writing. She loves books, baking, holidays, being outside, exploring, and drinking ridiculous amount of coffee and tea.

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