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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Happy New Year! And ... Goodbye

I just got back from a lovely vacation in San Diego ... and I realized I don't really feel like blogging about it. Facebook seems to have everything I need lately for sharing pictures and a bit about what I'm up to and my interest in posting here has been dwindling.

So I think I'm done with this blog! I'll leave it up in case anyone thinks my life is interesting enough to search through the archives, but this may be my last post. If I feel like blogging again, I may be back. Otherwise, I'll see you on facebook!


Sunday, December 13, 2009

I'm engaged!

Hi all. It's official -- Jeremy and I are engaged. It's something we've been thinking about for a while, and we officially decided together last week. I think we've gotten the word out to most of our friends and family, so I'm posting about it.
We're still so so so early on the planning stages, but right now, we're very tentatively thinking about a wedding in San Diego in December of 2010 with LOTS of DANCING!! And then a honeymoon in Argentina. Probably something like this. I might post more as we talk about it and make some decisions. Right now, I'm just supper happy to be getting married to someone so wonderful!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

It's been a while

So ... I haven't been doing any climbing (other than the gym) since my last posting. So I really haven't had much to blog about. I'm just dropping in to say I haven't dropped off the face of the earth.

So, just a brief update about what I've been up to lately. Work is taking up a lot of time, but no one wants to hear about that. In the free time I have, I've been doing lots of cooking and lots of dancing. And of course, I don't have any pictures of that, but I've found some really cool youtube videos of other people dancing for inspiration. Most of my dancing time lately has been tango. I've decided this is my favorite and while I will continue learning and dancing blues, I think I want to dedicate most of my lesson time/money to tango so I can do this someday:

But blues will always have a place in my heart. Because, serious, who doesn't think this is awesome:

I may not be able to do that, but Jeremy and I had a great time at Emerald City Blues festival and will surely go next year. And we're really looking to San Diego Fusion Exchange this January!!

As for the cooking, it's been so cold outside, I've mostly been making soup!!

On the menu lately has been:
1) Split Pea soup & corn bread paired with some Cab Sav
2) Homemade tomato soup (I found the most delicious recipe and modified it a bit -- seriously delicious) with some gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches paired with some really great Pinot Noir (Cab Sav might have been a better choice, but we really lime Pinot)
3) Home made chili served with a green salad and corn bread paired with Zinfandel.

I also did some baking for Thanksgiving -- I made 2 pumpkin and 2 apple pies. We kept one of the apples for ourselves and took the other 3 to Jeremy's mom's place for Thanksgiving. And then the next day, we finished off the rest of a left-over pumpkin and I decided to make some frozen pies (use ice cream instead of condensed milk and serve frozen) for just us.

My waistline may not be moving in the direction I'd like, but we've been enjoying some tasty warming winter food since it's too cold (for me) to climb.

We're really looking to going to San Diego for a couple weeks to visit my family, do some climbing in Joshua Tree, and perhaps some dancing down there too. And I'm thinking I'll pitch in and make Christmas dinner. I'll make use of my parents grill (since we don't have one) to make some Cedar Planked salmon (and whatever sides I come up with). :)

Let me know if you want any recipes. And stay tuned for climbing pictures from Joshua Tree! :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Adrianne and I headed up to Skaha to join Sara and Rebecca in celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving ... climbers style. We headed up mid-day Friday and got to the campsite around 10. It was freezing (literally!!) so after finding Rebecca and Sara and setting up camp, I quickly dove into my -5 degree bag and STILL fell asleep shivering (though I did manage to warm up at some point in the night). We woke up and took our time making breakfast and coffee. Everyone was all bundled up in multiple layers of down and fleece all morning and we didn't get to the wall until around noon ... just in time for the sun to have moved to the other side of the crag.

So -- in the future, when climbing at Skaha when it's cold (lows well below freezing and highs not far above freezing), it's important to know where the sun is. The crag is situated such that almost every crag is in the sun for only 1/2 of the day and we didn't plan well on the first day, so we didn't get much climbing in.

Sunday went a little better. I was even sportting a tank top for a few minutes and climbin in the sun actually felt good. But as soon as the sun moved to the other side of the rock, we packed up and by the time we got to the sunny side again, all the routes we wanted had too much traffic, so we called it a day.

Adrianne and I had to get back for Girls Rock Monday afternoon so we couldn't stay and climb Monday morning. I'll have to look in someone else's book to remember the areas and routes we climbed. We only averaged 3 routes a day, but it was a good trip nonethe less and I look forward to future trips! No pictures, we were all too cold to take out our cameras!!

I was hoping to get down to Smith at least once this fall ... but the weather isn't cooperating this weekend. Here's to hoping for at least one sunny weekend for some Smith climbing!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Squamish -- Last trip of the Year

It's been a rough couple of weeks ... but I did mention to squeeze in some fun. I've done some climbing (a hot and not all that productive, but fun day at Mt. Erie), did some dancing (west coast swing weekend workshop).

Last weekend Adrianne and I headed up to Squamish. The weather looked (and was!) fantastic, and we had a great time!! I managed to get in a couple hard leads (The Zip - 10a, and Flying Circus - 10a). Not a first time for either, but still an undertaking for me and I was really happy with myself. We also went up to Star-Chek on Sunday and climbed a 4 pitch 5.8 sport route. The climbing wasn't all that exceptional, but it was in a really cool setting and we had a great time. We'd planned on having me leading pitches 1 & 3, and Adrianne taking 2 & 4, but I was feeling kind of freaked getting to the second bolt, so I came down and Adrianne took the first pitch. I had pulled myself together by the top of the first pitch, so I took pitches 2 & 4. It was pretty easy climbing, but a bit more run out than I would have liked. Still, lots of fun and I'm really glad we did it. I think Adrianne might have some pictures that I'll share as soon as I get them from her.

And now it's desert climbing season ... stay tuned for trips to Skaha and Smith! :)

Friday, September 11, 2009

From Tango Magic

Remember back in July when I blogged about the Tango Magic and the performance by Patricia and Matteo that was so beautiful that it literally brought tears to my eyes?  Well, it's finally up on the internet for me to share with you.  It doesn't have quite the impact on video as it did live, but it's still the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.  I don't think I'll ever dance like that, but I do hope to continue to improve.  It is beyond inspiring!  

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

City of Rocks

I just got back from 3 1/2 days of climbing at City of Rocks. I was hoping for a longer trip, but that was all I could connivence my friends to do. Which probably turned out for the best since I am apparently allergic to the whole City!! I couldn't breath well the whole trip and couldn't sleep well due to being so congested (despite loading up on lots of allergy medication). But it was a great trip nonetheless. 

Christine, Vlad, Craig and I met up around 3:30 to start the long drive.  We arrived at the campground around 4 am and were too tired to pitch tents so we laid our sleeping bags out on the tarp and went straight to sleep.  We were rudely awakened at 8 in the morning by rain, so we hastily set up the tents and crawled in for more sleep.  After that it was 3 1/2 days of climbing, steak, and fun!  I didn't take many pictures with my camera since it was much more fun to play with Vlad's or Craig's awesome cameras. I'll try to share some pictures from their cameras once they get them up. 

I didn't do much leading on this trip -- allergies combined with the fact that I think my head is still pretty messed up from my big fall 2 years ago. But I did get on some great climbs and had a great time! 

Vlad and Craig have their pictures up on facebook.  Here's a great shot Vlad got of me leading Skyline.  You'll have to friend me on facebook if you want to see the rest.  


Here's a list of routes we did:

Morning Glory Spire
Skyline - 5.8 trad - Vlad, Chris, and I led
Fall Line -10c sport -- Chris and Vlad led
Crack of Doom - 11c trad - Chris led

Bloody Fingers Corridor 
Bloody Fingers 10a trad- Vlad, Chris, and Craig led
?? - 5.7 trad, Vlad led this, but I can't remember what it was called. Maybe someone else can fill me in on the details?
Flaming Rock
Tribal Boundaries - 5.10b sport -- Vlad and Chris led

Elephant Rock 
Rye Crisp -- 5.8 trad - Chris and Craig led
The Pygmies Got Stoned -- 10a sport (slab) - Chris led
?? - 5.9 sport -- Vlad led, can't remember the name of this one either.  
Buzzard Perch Rock
Terror of Tiny Town -- 11a trad - Chris led

Parking Lot Rock
Thin Slice - 10a trad - Vlad and Chris led.