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Goodbye Skiing, Hello Europe!

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ImageOnce again time has gotten away from me and it has been too long since by last post, but things are about to get very exciting around here!

Yesterday marked the end of my ski season and the completion of Part Two of my year of adulthood denial. I clocked about 60 days on skis this winter and think I have had my fill for a while. Hopefully 60 days was enough to tie me over until the next time I can get on skis, probably not until Winter 2015 unfortunately, but that is life.

My season ended out strong with cold nights keeping the conditions together so we didn’t get too much melt damage and the mountain is staying open for a few more weekends which is great. It is sad to be leaving Gore Mountain after 5 years of teaching in their Ski School and 10 years of skiing at the mountain, but all good things must come to an end and I am just glad that I was able to spend as much time at the mountain as I did this winter.

Last day of skiing Winter 2012/2013Now I am back on Long Island (for the moment). I packed up the house upstate and drove home yesterday after working the morning and saying goodbye. But now that I am back at my parents house the countdown to Europe has officially begun–7 days until this girl boards a plane and heads off on what I am sure is going to be the trip of a lifetime! And while I am very excited for next week, I have quite a bit to get done before I can say goodbye to the US for 6-weeks, starting with the pile of boxes that is currently staring me down from across the room! Yesterday I packed up one house and moved into another and while I thought my packing system was very well thought out, having spent the morning unpacking and organizing I am doubting my methods. I tried to separate the things that I will be taking with me to Chicago in August but not using until then, from the things that I need for the summer, which was all well and good except for one tiny detail–I forgot to label the boxes. My time-saving plan didn’t work out quite the way I had hoped.

Note: When moving ALWAYS remember to label what is in each box! It will save you a lot of headache. 

Oh well, once the boxes are finished I can at least cross that off my to-do list which seems to never stop growing. This time next week I will be in another packing nightmare, packing and re-packing my backpacking trying to decide of I really need an extra sweater or not. Until then . . .

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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!

My Turkey Tale

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Well we have all recovered from our turkey comas (I hope) and with this Thanksgiving coming to an end, I must say—it was a bit of an odd one for me! Given that I am now an adult an all, my family decided that I should make Thanksgiving dinner this year, I said I would when we first started joking about it and somehow that joke became my reality so Thanksgiving dinner was up to me and I am pretty impressed that I didn’t ruin the turkey or commit any other holiday atrocities.

Sunday morning my Thanksgiving adventure began with a 5-hour drive as I moved upstate with my 20-pound turkey riding shotgun! With Sunday night dedicated to unpacking my overflowing car (it’s a good thing I bought a Subaru!) and rearranging the kitchen, Monday morning bright an early—I can’t sleep in anymore after working at the winery it’s terrible—I began the Thanksgiving preparation, it was time to set the menu and go shopping. Note to future holiday hosters–it takes a LONG TIME to make all of the dishes, I suggest getting as much cooked beforehand as possible! The next few days were spent singing along to Disney movies while baking up a storm–there really is no other way to cook than while belting out the soundtrack to Tarzan, I highly recommend it!

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Giving Herman a bath, as he had cold feet and needed a bit more defrosting.

Now I am not a raw meat fan or a big meat eater for that matter and I do my best not to touch uncooked meat on principal. However, unfortunately I left my rubber gloves at home so I was forced to lift, poke, clean, stuff, and touch the uncooked turkey with my hands, which I was obviously thrilled about! But it was surprisingly not too bad. The only hiccup in the plan was that Herman (we became quite friendly this turkey and I, after a 5-hour car ride you get to know someone you know?) but anyway, Herman had a bit of cold feet and he came out of the fridge last night a bit frozen . . . but not to worry, I gave him a little bath in the sink and after splashing around for an hour or so he was nice and defrosted and ready to be prepped for his big Thanksgiving début!

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The Appetizer

When finally all the family arrived there was really nothing for me to do but sip my wine, snack on a baked brie, and chat, or so I thought. The hour before dinner was a hectic mess of me shooing family members from the kitchen while heating and boiling and baking things left and right. But when dinner was finally all ready everything turned out quite nicely and we had a lovely dinner. I couldn’t believe it, my first Thanksgiving, my first holiday that I prepared entirely by myself, and my first turkey and all of it went pretty smoothly. And what better way to end the evening than with a dip in the hot tub and a glass of wine? Happy Thanksgiving!

My Thanksgiving Menu:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Baked Brie with Cranberry Garnish
  • Turkey
  • Potato Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Cranberry Sauce (Both Berry and Jelly)
  • Corn Muffins
  • Roasted Asparagus & Brussels Sprouts
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Butternut Squash Bisque
  • Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
  • Apple Cake
  • Hot Spiced Apple Cider

The Wine Selection:

  • A.Rafanelli, 2005 Zinfandel
  • Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2004 Bordeaux
  • Chateau Guiraud, 1976 Sauternes

Tomorrow morning after a wonderful breakfast of cherry scones—if I’m doing this holiday thing I am doing it right with all the fixings!—it is off to the slopes for the opening day of ski season! While there is not much snow on the ground, it’s better than nothing! Winter here I come!