danagryphon: (Skiing)

M and I went skiing yesterday at Wachusett Mountain. Because my hip has been bothering more over the last year (after the little bit of fencing at Duello, I was actually on a cane for a couple of days), we decided that instead of getting me a season pass at Nashoba Ski (where M is an instructor, so it's relatively cheap), we would do a couple of trips to Wachusett instead. This has several benefits. First, I won't feel as if I need to go ski so often that I end up in pain all the time (or even worse, skiing while in pain) to make it worth the money. Second, I actually get to ski *with* M; unfortunately, being an instructor at Nashoba means that if he is there, he is required to report for lesson "line-ups" and take a lesson if they need him to. Which means that most of the time, I end up skiing by myself. Third, I'm starting to be seriously bored at Nashoba; the mountain is too short to be any challenge to me.

So, since we both had the day off yesterday, and the kids were heading down in Philly with Himself, we decided it would be a great day for skiing. The early snow (that's the FLUFFY part) was actually pretty nice on the slopes, and by the time we headed into lunch, it was done and the sun was coming out. I managed to ski both black diamond trails, and only fell once near the end of the day when my legs were starting to get wobbly. And it wasn't a major "yard-sale" type wipeout, I just kinda fell down, and was able to get back up without popping off my skis, and kept going.

My legs are seriously hurting today, because it is much more of a workout when you have sustained skiing on a "real" (well, MORE real) mountain versus really short runs on a hill like Nashoba. But I'm pretty proud of myself that I'm getting better at handling not-optimal conditions (some of the slopes were a little icy yesterday, with mounds of loose powder on top, which is tricky because you sit more forward on ice and back more in powder, so you have to constantly switch back and forth).

Now if they could just banish the knuckle-draggers from the slopes (or at least have one slope where they were not allowed), I would be even happier. This year is was M who got slammed from behind by a snowboarder (because the kid wasn't paying attention and going too fast), while he was taking a couple of last runs after I was done and went into the lodge for some coffee. Luckily, he wasn't hurt, and was somewhat mollified by the fact that ski patrol witnessed the incident and clipped the ticket of the snowboarder for being reckless.

I think my muscles are actually in better shape today than they might have been otherwise, because when we got home, we went up M's new gym (with my shiny one-week guest pass) and soaked in their hot tub. I also tried out the sauna for a bit, which was also nice on the muscles. I figured this was a good week to use the pass, because with no kids around, I can actually go up there on a couple of weeknights and give it a proper trial. I didn't use any of the exercise equipment yesterday (had already had QUITE the workout, kthxbi), but did take a dip in the pool and just float around. If I decided to join, I think it will cost something like an extra $25 a month to upgrade his membership to a "couples" one. I think some of my joint problems could me ameliorated if I could strengthen the muscles supporting them with some weight training. And of course, cardio to build stamina and lose weight is also never a bad idea. They have classes that are included in the membership, like yoga, zumba, spin, etc. which would be a further incentive to go on a regular basis. Definitely worth considering.
danagryphon: (Skiing)

M and I went skiing yesterday at Wachusett Mountain. Because my hip has been bothering more over the last year (after the little bit of fencing at Duello, I was actually on a cane for a couple of days), we decided that instead of getting me a season pass at Nashoba Ski (where M is an instructor, so it's relatively cheap), we would do a couple of trips to Wachusett instead. This has several benefits. First, I won't feel as if I need to go ski so often that I end up in pain all the time (or even worse, skiing while in pain) to make it worth the money. Second, I actually get to ski *with* M; unfortunately, being an instructor at Nashoba means that if he is there, he is required to report for lesson "line-ups" and take a lesson if they need him to. Which means that most of the time, I end up skiing by myself. Third, I'm starting to be seriously bored at Nashoba; the mountain is too short to be any challenge to me.

So, since we both had the day off yesterday, and the kids were heading down in Philly with Himself, we decided it would be a great day for skiing. The early snow (that's the FLUFFY part) was actually pretty nice on the slopes, and by the time we headed into lunch, it was done and the sun was coming out. I managed to ski both black diamond trails, and only fell once near the end of the day when my legs were starting to get wobbly. And it wasn't a major "yard-sale" type wipeout, I just kinda fell down, and was able to get back up without popping off my skis, and kept going.

My legs are seriously hurting today, because it is much more of a workout when you have sustained skiing on a "real" (well, MORE real) mountain versus really short runs on a hill like Nashoba. But I'm pretty proud of myself that I'm getting better at handling not-optimal conditions (some of the slopes were a little icy yesterday, with mounds of loose powder on top, which is tricky because you sit more forward on ice and back more in powder, so you have to constantly switch back and forth).

Now if they could just banish the knuckle-draggers from the slopes (or at least have one slope where they were not allowed), I would be even happier. This year is was M who got slammed from behind by a snowboarder (because the kid wasn't paying attention and going too fast), while he was taking a couple of last runs after I was done and went into the lodge for some coffee. Luckily, he wasn't hurt, and was somewhat mollified by the fact that ski patrol witnessed the incident and clipped the ticket of the snowboarder for being reckless.

I think my muscles are actually in better shape today than they might have been otherwise, because when we got home, we went up M's new gym (with my shiny one-week guest pass) and soaked in their hot tub. I also tried out the sauna for a bit, which was also nice on the muscles. I figured this was a good week to use the pass, because with no kids around, I can actually go up there on a couple of weeknights and give it a proper trial. I didn't use any of the exercise equipment yesterday (had already had QUITE the workout, kthxbi), but did take a dip in the pool and just float around. If I decided to join, I think it will cost something like an extra $25 a month to upgrade his membership to a "couples" one. I think some of my joint problems could me ameliorated if I could strengthen the muscles supporting them with some weight training. And of course, cardio to build stamina and lose weight is also never a bad idea. They have classes that are included in the membership, like yoga, zumba, spin, etc. which would be a further incentive to go on a regular basis. Definitely worth considering.
danagryphon: (Skiing)
I arrived at Mount Snow around noon, the drive having been quite an adventure. If I had realized how bad the snow was/was going to get when I left, I probably would have decided today was a wash and waiting until tomorrow to come up. But by the time the snow started sticking to the roads in western Mass, it seemed silly to turn back.

So I got to Mount Snow and picked up my lift ticket, and after grabbing a burger for lunch, headed off to the lift. One of the things I like about Mount Snow is that they have "family trails" that are easy, but also, mandated as "slow" trails. Those are the trails I like, although I did see a snowboarder knock down one of the big orange "slow" signs as he was trying to jump over it :-(

I only did one run from top to bottom of the mountain today, because it continued to snow pretty heavily all afternoon. I'm not really good at skiing in fresh powder (although M would have loved it), and I was also having issues with my glasses and goggles. I had to wear the goggles to keep the snow out of my eyes, but every time I put them on, everything fogged up. So I managed to get down the last quarter of the mountain fairly well blinded, and decided to call it a day.

I headed back to the inn (which I passed on the way to the ski slopes) and checked in. The room is...small. Ok, it's tiny. Big enough for a double bed and about another 5 x 8 open area with a dresser, bench and chair. The bathroom is at least modern, but only has a shower stall, no tub (I was looking forward to soaking). There is no phone, but there is a very small TV with lots of cable channels and a built in DVD player (but I didn't bring any DVDs). Oh, and the walls seem to be paper thin, so hopefully the neighbors are early to bed types. But, they have an unsecured wireless Internet. I don't know if it is intended to be used by the guests, but hey, they didn't say I couldn't, and it isn't secured. I had brought my laptop to work on my handout for my wire weaving class for the Bergental event on the 27th, so at least I can play around on the Internet. Haven't decided what I'm going to do for dinner yet, since the restaurant on the first floor looks expensive. But I might decide to splurge anyway.

I'm hoping things will be better tomorrow for skiing; they should have groomed all that fresh powder overnight, and if it's not actively snowing, I'm hoping I won't have the fogging problems again. I am planning on taking it easy, but still try to get in a full day of skiing. But I miss my hubby. I'll see how I feel pain-wise on Thursday morning, which will determine how long I stay on the slopes. I have a feeling I'll probably just do a couple of runs and head home late in the morning. I'm hoping to still get some stuff done around the condo for the last couple of days of my week off, including painting and rearranging the furniture in the den area. And then I'm hosting the Shire business meeting on Sunday.

Oh, and I just accepted another scroll assignment for the 3/6 event in Carolingia, an AoA.
danagryphon: (Skiing)
I arrived at Mount Snow around noon, the drive having been quite an adventure. If I had realized how bad the snow was/was going to get when I left, I probably would have decided today was a wash and waiting until tomorrow to come up. But by the time the snow started sticking to the roads in western Mass, it seemed silly to turn back.

So I got to Mount Snow and picked up my lift ticket, and after grabbing a burger for lunch, headed off to the lift. One of the things I like about Mount Snow is that they have "family trails" that are easy, but also, mandated as "slow" trails. Those are the trails I like, although I did see a snowboarder knock down one of the big orange "slow" signs as he was trying to jump over it :-(

I only did one run from top to bottom of the mountain today, because it continued to snow pretty heavily all afternoon. I'm not really good at skiing in fresh powder (although M would have loved it), and I was also having issues with my glasses and goggles. I had to wear the goggles to keep the snow out of my eyes, but every time I put them on, everything fogged up. So I managed to get down the last quarter of the mountain fairly well blinded, and decided to call it a day.

I headed back to the inn (which I passed on the way to the ski slopes) and checked in. The room is...small. Ok, it's tiny. Big enough for a double bed and about another 5 x 8 open area with a dresser, bench and chair. The bathroom is at least modern, but only has a shower stall, no tub (I was looking forward to soaking). There is no phone, but there is a very small TV with lots of cable channels and a built in DVD player (but I didn't bring any DVDs). Oh, and the walls seem to be paper thin, so hopefully the neighbors are early to bed types. But, they have an unsecured wireless Internet. I don't know if it is intended to be used by the guests, but hey, they didn't say I couldn't, and it isn't secured. I had brought my laptop to work on my handout for my wire weaving class for the Bergental event on the 27th, so at least I can play around on the Internet. Haven't decided what I'm going to do for dinner yet, since the restaurant on the first floor looks expensive. But I might decide to splurge anyway.

I'm hoping things will be better tomorrow for skiing; they should have groomed all that fresh powder overnight, and if it's not actively snowing, I'm hoping I won't have the fogging problems again. I am planning on taking it easy, but still try to get in a full day of skiing. But I miss my hubby. I'll see how I feel pain-wise on Thursday morning, which will determine how long I stay on the slopes. I have a feeling I'll probably just do a couple of runs and head home late in the morning. I'm hoping to still get some stuff done around the condo for the last couple of days of my week off, including painting and rearranging the furniture in the den area. And then I'm hosting the Shire business meeting on Sunday.

Oh, and I just accepted another scroll assignment for the 3/6 event in Carolingia, an AoA.
danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
So M and I have this ski trip to Mount Snow in Vermont booked for 3 days next week. Well, then Monday night, M went and got himself concussed when he got run over by another instructor at Nashoba. Today, the doc tells him, no more skiing for this season, can't risk another head injury after a concussion, plus, after being out sick all this week, he won't be able to take the vacation next week from work.

Now the kicker. I didn't buy the trip protection, so at this point, we would have to forfeit 100% of the trip if we cancelled.

So I can either go up there by myself, or eat the entire cost.

So, anyone want to go skiing for 3 days (Tues, Wed, Thurs) next week at Mount Snow in VT? I'm just looking for company, since I hate skiing alone, so being able to buy the lift ticket off me is not a requirement. Or if anyone would like to buy the entire trip (3-day lift ticket plus 2 night stay in nearby hotel, for 2 people) for them and their sweetie, I'd be happy to consider that, too.

However, after this, I can't say I'm in a big rush to give Mount Snow any more of my business. I think a 7 day no-refund policy is a little unreasonable.

Update: Mt. Snow was willing to change my reservation from 2 lift tickets to just 1, without a penalty. So I still have to go alone, but at least I won't have to pay for a lift ticket I can't use.
danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
So M and I have this ski trip to Mount Snow in Vermont booked for 3 days next week. Well, then Monday night, M went and got himself concussed when he got run over by another instructor at Nashoba. Today, the doc tells him, no more skiing for this season, can't risk another head injury after a concussion, plus, after being out sick all this week, he won't be able to take the vacation next week from work.

Now the kicker. I didn't buy the trip protection, so at this point, we would have to forfeit 100% of the trip if we cancelled.

So I can either go up there by myself, or eat the entire cost.

So, anyone want to go skiing for 3 days (Tues, Wed, Thurs) next week at Mount Snow in VT? I'm just looking for company, since I hate skiing alone, so being able to buy the lift ticket off me is not a requirement. Or if anyone would like to buy the entire trip (3-day lift ticket plus 2 night stay in nearby hotel, for 2 people) for them and their sweetie, I'd be happy to consider that, too.

However, after this, I can't say I'm in a big rush to give Mount Snow any more of my business. I think a 7 day no-refund policy is a little unreasonable.

Update: Mt. Snow was willing to change my reservation from 2 lift tickets to just 1, without a penalty. So I still have to go alone, but at least I won't have to pay for a lift ticket I can't use.
danagryphon: (Skiing)
Friday evening when I got home from work, I went over to Nashoba Ski area to see E finish up his snowboarding lesson. After he was done, and Himself came to pick him up, M and I stayed to do some skiing of our own.

Saturday morning, I had an appointment with the optometrist, to get new glasses. Afterward, we went grocery shopping (a truly romantic activity for V-day), but then we were off to Mount Wachusett for... wait for it.... more skiing! While Nashoba is a nice, close hill that is fun for what it is, it's still only 300 feet vertical, compared to 1600 feet vertical at Wachusett. I haven't been to Wachusett for 2 years, since I started being able to do the black diamond trails. I did 10th mountain (one of their black diamond), and didn't really have any trouble with it, although I was definitely slower than everyone else on the trail. We spent most of our time on the "family trail" Conifer Connection, which is rated blue. The virtue of a "family trail" is that people are not supposed to go tearing down it at ridiculous speeds, and in fact, will get in trouble for doing so.

The one thing that skiing at Wachusett made me realize is how out of shape I really am. At Nashoba, the trails are so short that it takes about a minute to do a run; but at Wachusett, going top to bottom on Conifer takes about 10 minutes. Man, was I feeling to burn in my legs. I was good for about 4 hours, and then I was done. I hung out in the lodge for a while and relaxed while M went back out for about another hour in the terrain park.

So Sunday, I slept late while M went over to Nashoba to do his instructing. I was going to go to the Weavers and Spinners meeting, but decided to stay home instead and work on [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 's arrows. M's parents came to the house around 3, and we all went over to Nashoba, because they wanted to see him ski. I went and did some skiing on my own while they sat in the lodge, drank wine, ate munchies and watched us on the slopes. M's friend L came around 6. M's parents treated us all to dinner when M's lessons were over at 6, and afterward, the parents left and the rest of us skied until the place closed at 10.

Monday morning, I was sooooooo sore. I had Monday and Tuesday off from work to recover, though. I'm working from home today to watch the kids while Himself and Pumba go to her father's funeral. Once he picks the boys up this afternoon, M and I are going to head over to Nashoba again for the evening. Gotta get good use out of that season pass! Oh, and Monday, I bought E his own snowboard. It was a used board on sale, and that plus (new) bindings, with M's discount, ran about $90, which is an awesome deal. So once he finishes his lesson program, he will have his own board to be able to continue practicing with. And I won't feel bad when he outgrows it in 2 years. Two years was how long I spent on my used equipment before moving up to newer, better skis. So in two years, he will hopefully be more skilled enough that a new board will be a good thing for him.

danagryphon: (Skiing)
Friday evening when I got home from work, I went over to Nashoba Ski area to see E finish up his snowboarding lesson. After he was done, and Himself came to pick him up, M and I stayed to do some skiing of our own.

Saturday morning, I had an appointment with the optometrist, to get new glasses. Afterward, we went grocery shopping (a truly romantic activity for V-day), but then we were off to Mount Wachusett for... wait for it.... more skiing! While Nashoba is a nice, close hill that is fun for what it is, it's still only 300 feet vertical, compared to 1600 feet vertical at Wachusett. I haven't been to Wachusett for 2 years, since I started being able to do the black diamond trails. I did 10th mountain (one of their black diamond), and didn't really have any trouble with it, although I was definitely slower than everyone else on the trail. We spent most of our time on the "family trail" Conifer Connection, which is rated blue. The virtue of a "family trail" is that people are not supposed to go tearing down it at ridiculous speeds, and in fact, will get in trouble for doing so.

The one thing that skiing at Wachusett made me realize is how out of shape I really am. At Nashoba, the trails are so short that it takes about a minute to do a run; but at Wachusett, going top to bottom on Conifer takes about 10 minutes. Man, was I feeling to burn in my legs. I was good for about 4 hours, and then I was done. I hung out in the lodge for a while and relaxed while M went back out for about another hour in the terrain park.

So Sunday, I slept late while M went over to Nashoba to do his instructing. I was going to go to the Weavers and Spinners meeting, but decided to stay home instead and work on [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 's arrows. M's parents came to the house around 3, and we all went over to Nashoba, because they wanted to see him ski. I went and did some skiing on my own while they sat in the lodge, drank wine, ate munchies and watched us on the slopes. M's friend L came around 6. M's parents treated us all to dinner when M's lessons were over at 6, and afterward, the parents left and the rest of us skied until the place closed at 10.

Monday morning, I was sooooooo sore. I had Monday and Tuesday off from work to recover, though. I'm working from home today to watch the kids while Himself and Pumba go to her father's funeral. Once he picks the boys up this afternoon, M and I are going to head over to Nashoba again for the evening. Gotta get good use out of that season pass! Oh, and Monday, I bought E his own snowboard. It was a used board on sale, and that plus (new) bindings, with M's discount, ran about $90, which is an awesome deal. So once he finishes his lesson program, he will have his own board to be able to continue practicing with. And I won't feel bad when he outgrows it in 2 years. Two years was how long I spent on my used equipment before moving up to newer, better skis. So in two years, he will hopefully be more skilled enough that a new board will be a good thing for him.

danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
A happy, snowy Solstice to everyone!

M and I braved the weather last night to finish our holiday shopping. He found great gifts for most of his family at BJs. We also stopped at Petco to pick up a few things for our littlest family member, including a new tag with our new phone number on it.

At Best Buy, he got a digital picture keychain for his mother. They are going to be selling their house (it's been on the market since June) and moving into their RV to travel around the country for a while, so getting them anything that would have to sit in a house is kind of out. But his mother loves having pictures of her grandchildren, so I think a picture keychain is great. A digital picture frame would have been nice, too (that could fit in the RV), but they are still so expensive. He tried to get the 3 Jeff Dunham DVDs for his father, but the only one we could find in stock is the Christmas special. So we ordered the other two online from Best Buy, with guaranteed delivery by Christmas. After M left for skiing this morning, I also ordered Wanted and Dark Knight for him from Best Buy. If I'm lucky, they will all arive Wednesday during the day when I'm here (working from home that day) and he isn't, so I can get them wrapped before he sees. I'm going to pick up a couple of skiing shirts for him at the sporting goods store in my building at work on Monday.

The tree looks beautiful, especially with all the wrapped gifts under it. And watching all the snow outside just makes me so grateful for all the wonderful blessings in my life. My son came through open heart surgery this year. We have a wondeful new home. Life is good.

I'm going to go join M at Nashoba this afternoon for my first skiing of the season. He's getting me a season pass as my major gift. I just hope the weather cooperates. We are supposed to start getting major wind this evening, gusts up to 50 mph, and that is one of the few things that willl shut down a ski slope faster than you can wipe out in a mogul field. Wind and chair lifts do not go well together. So we'll see. I'll go, and if we have to come home early, well, that's why I have a season pass. Especially now that Nashoba is only about 3 miles down the road.
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
A happy, snowy Solstice to everyone!

M and I braved the weather last night to finish our holiday shopping. He found great gifts for most of his family at BJs. We also stopped at Petco to pick up a few things for our littlest family member, including a new tag with our new phone number on it.

At Best Buy, he got a digital picture keychain for his mother. They are going to be selling their house (it's been on the market since June) and moving into their RV to travel around the country for a while, so getting them anything that would have to sit in a house is kind of out. But his mother loves having pictures of her grandchildren, so I think a picture keychain is great. A digital picture frame would have been nice, too (that could fit in the RV), but they are still so expensive. He tried to get the 3 Jeff Dunham DVDs for his father, but the only one we could find in stock is the Christmas special. So we ordered the other two online from Best Buy, with guaranteed delivery by Christmas. After M left for skiing this morning, I also ordered Wanted and Dark Knight for him from Best Buy. If I'm lucky, they will all arive Wednesday during the day when I'm here (working from home that day) and he isn't, so I can get them wrapped before he sees. I'm going to pick up a couple of skiing shirts for him at the sporting goods store in my building at work on Monday.

The tree looks beautiful, especially with all the wrapped gifts under it. And watching all the snow outside just makes me so grateful for all the wonderful blessings in my life. My son came through open heart surgery this year. We have a wondeful new home. Life is good.

I'm going to go join M at Nashoba this afternoon for my first skiing of the season. He's getting me a season pass as my major gift. I just hope the weather cooperates. We are supposed to start getting major wind this evening, gusts up to 50 mph, and that is one of the few things that willl shut down a ski slope faster than you can wipe out in a mogul field. Wind and chair lifts do not go well together. So we'll see. I'll go, and if we have to come home early, well, that's why I have a season pass. Especially now that Nashoba is only about 3 miles down the road.
danagryphon: (Gryph Avatar)
Skiing on Saturday was awesome. The weather was gorgeous, and the slopes at Nashoba, although small, were nice. Even though we were only there for about 3 hours, I managed to work my way back up to the "black diamond" trails in pretty short order. Everything felt good; I'm feeling much more confident about my skiing abilities, and am starting to handle some speed without freaking out. At this point, I can handle any trail at Nashoba without any problem, so I'm looking forward to going to some bigger mountains (Wachusett, f'ex). This is only my 4th season skiing, but I'm going to look into getting some new equipment. The skis I've been using for the past two seasons I bought when Wachusett sold off their old rental equipment, and while they've been a great starter set (Rossi 140's), I think I'm ready to move up in the world. Especially since the bindings were giving me some trouble. Hopefully they will last through the season, but I'll ask for money for my bday in Feb for new skis and look at the end of season sales come spring.

Car maintenance was a little more costly than I had hoped, because they found a nail in one of my almost-brand-new tires, which they fixed. But still got out of there for under $100, so I'm happy.

Saturday afternoon, we cleaned out the garage so that I can get my car into it for the winter. Which was really good, since we had an ice storm last night. Unfortunately, it looks like my motorcycle battery will need to be replaced come spring, since M couldn't get it to turn over, even after charging it for a couple of hours. Oh well. Another thing I'd like to replace someday; now that I've been riding for a few years, I'd like to get a newer, bigger bike. Yeah. Ka-ching.

Sunday was the Shire Yule Revel. I was woken up Sunday morning by someone knocking on the door, but by the time I got myself actually awake and out there, no one was around. And no indication of who it might have been. If it was the neighbors, they didn't come back later, so who knows. Now that I've settled up with them about the oil (which I'm still not entirely happy about), hopefully they will not darken my doorstep anytime soon if they know what is good for them.

Anway, after being woken up earlier than I wanted, started making turkey croquettes to take to the Shire potluck. I had ground and frozen my leftover turkey and stuffing from Thanksgiving. The stuffing went into the oven to dry it, so that it could be made into breadcrumbs for breading the croquettes. I had enough meat to make a triple recipe of the croquettes, which came out to about 45 croquettes, which filled a 9x13 pan with 2 layers. As a last minute thought, I grabbed the leftover cranberry stuff from Thanksgiving and took that along, too.

Wow, the croquettes were GONE in about 15 minutes, the cranberry sauce not long after. I'm glad M and I had eaten a couple at home while I was making them. Evidently, one of the kids announced that they were good, and all the other kids dove into them. Still, there was plenty of other food, especially once Toi's Boars Head (which was really "meatloaf") came out. I knew the croquettes would be well received, and a lot of people remembered them from last year. I really should make them more than once a year, I really do like them. Maybe I'll make them for my sister from her leftover Christmas turkey while we are down there.

Wonder if they are at all period? I'll have to see if I can do a little research and find out. Anyway, the revel was fun, nice to see and hang out with everyone. Not sure if I'm going to go to 12th Night after all, even though they are now going to have fencing, since we are having a big demo that same day, and Toi is very much looking for fencers to be there. Well, I've got until a couple more days to decide if I'm going to send in a reservation or not. Probably after consulting with Uncle Li, who I still didn't call this weekend. Oy. Hopefully he won't disown me.

But I needed this nice, relaxed weekend full of fun stuff. My depression and anxiety have been really bad lately, especially with all the stressful stuff going on with the neighbors and the condo and M's health/job situation. I still haven't decided what to do about the condo, and I really do need to contact my lawyer and let her know what to do. My inclination now is to just let it ride and see what happens. But I'm not going to put off stuff for it any more (like my work raise, if it happens, or maybe moving to a nice rental place in Littleton, if I find one). Maybe even start planning the wedding, and setting a serious date. Too many things have been on hold for over a year now waiting for that condo, and I don't know if it will ever materialize.
danagryphon: (Gryph Avatar)
Skiing on Saturday was awesome. The weather was gorgeous, and the slopes at Nashoba, although small, were nice. Even though we were only there for about 3 hours, I managed to work my way back up to the "black diamond" trails in pretty short order. Everything felt good; I'm feeling much more confident about my skiing abilities, and am starting to handle some speed without freaking out. At this point, I can handle any trail at Nashoba without any problem, so I'm looking forward to going to some bigger mountains (Wachusett, f'ex). This is only my 4th season skiing, but I'm going to look into getting some new equipment. The skis I've been using for the past two seasons I bought when Wachusett sold off their old rental equipment, and while they've been a great starter set (Rossi 140's), I think I'm ready to move up in the world. Especially since the bindings were giving me some trouble. Hopefully they will last through the season, but I'll ask for money for my bday in Feb for new skis and look at the end of season sales come spring.

Car maintenance was a little more costly than I had hoped, because they found a nail in one of my almost-brand-new tires, which they fixed. But still got out of there for under $100, so I'm happy.

Saturday afternoon, we cleaned out the garage so that I can get my car into it for the winter. Which was really good, since we had an ice storm last night. Unfortunately, it looks like my motorcycle battery will need to be replaced come spring, since M couldn't get it to turn over, even after charging it for a couple of hours. Oh well. Another thing I'd like to replace someday; now that I've been riding for a few years, I'd like to get a newer, bigger bike. Yeah. Ka-ching.

Sunday was the Shire Yule Revel. I was woken up Sunday morning by someone knocking on the door, but by the time I got myself actually awake and out there, no one was around. And no indication of who it might have been. If it was the neighbors, they didn't come back later, so who knows. Now that I've settled up with them about the oil (which I'm still not entirely happy about), hopefully they will not darken my doorstep anytime soon if they know what is good for them.

Anway, after being woken up earlier than I wanted, started making turkey croquettes to take to the Shire potluck. I had ground and frozen my leftover turkey and stuffing from Thanksgiving. The stuffing went into the oven to dry it, so that it could be made into breadcrumbs for breading the croquettes. I had enough meat to make a triple recipe of the croquettes, which came out to about 45 croquettes, which filled a 9x13 pan with 2 layers. As a last minute thought, I grabbed the leftover cranberry stuff from Thanksgiving and took that along, too.

Wow, the croquettes were GONE in about 15 minutes, the cranberry sauce not long after. I'm glad M and I had eaten a couple at home while I was making them. Evidently, one of the kids announced that they were good, and all the other kids dove into them. Still, there was plenty of other food, especially once Toi's Boars Head (which was really "meatloaf") came out. I knew the croquettes would be well received, and a lot of people remembered them from last year. I really should make them more than once a year, I really do like them. Maybe I'll make them for my sister from her leftover Christmas turkey while we are down there.

Wonder if they are at all period? I'll have to see if I can do a little research and find out. Anyway, the revel was fun, nice to see and hang out with everyone. Not sure if I'm going to go to 12th Night after all, even though they are now going to have fencing, since we are having a big demo that same day, and Toi is very much looking for fencers to be there. Well, I've got until a couple more days to decide if I'm going to send in a reservation or not. Probably after consulting with Uncle Li, who I still didn't call this weekend. Oy. Hopefully he won't disown me.

But I needed this nice, relaxed weekend full of fun stuff. My depression and anxiety have been really bad lately, especially with all the stressful stuff going on with the neighbors and the condo and M's health/job situation. I still haven't decided what to do about the condo, and I really do need to contact my lawyer and let her know what to do. My inclination now is to just let it ride and see what happens. But I'm not going to put off stuff for it any more (like my work raise, if it happens, or maybe moving to a nice rental place in Littleton, if I find one). Maybe even start planning the wedding, and setting a serious date. Too many things have been on hold for over a year now waiting for that condo, and I don't know if it will ever materialize.
danagryphon: (Skiing)
I've got to take my car in for an oil change and regular maintenance tomorrow (yet another money sink), and while that is going on, M and I are going to scoot over to Nashoba Valley ski area. They have 7 trails open (they are not a big area, so that's like almost half their trails), so it seems like a good time to start getting back into the swing of things with a morning of skiing. Since M is an instructor there, we get in on the cheap. I like to start out there because I have been doing this a short enough time that I feel like I regress over the summer, and need to get some practice in on the easy slopes before moving up to the harder ones. Nashoba is a great place to do that, given that their "black diamond" trails would easily be green or blue trails at a real ski mountain.

Hopefully, we will still be able to take our almost-traditional ski trip in February, depending on M's job situation (like, whether he has one, and whether he has any vacation to take), especially since it looks like their father will be taking the boys down to Philly then.
danagryphon: (Skiing)
I've got to take my car in for an oil change and regular maintenance tomorrow (yet another money sink), and while that is going on, M and I are going to scoot over to Nashoba Valley ski area. They have 7 trails open (they are not a big area, so that's like almost half their trails), so it seems like a good time to start getting back into the swing of things with a morning of skiing. Since M is an instructor there, we get in on the cheap. I like to start out there because I have been doing this a short enough time that I feel like I regress over the summer, and need to get some practice in on the easy slopes before moving up to the harder ones. Nashoba is a great place to do that, given that their "black diamond" trails would easily be green or blue trails at a real ski mountain.

Hopefully, we will still be able to take our almost-traditional ski trip in February, depending on M's job situation (like, whether he has one, and whether he has any vacation to take), especially since it looks like their father will be taking the boys down to Philly then.

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