You would think, living in the mountains with an average annual snowfall of over 400 inches of snow, that we would get a lot of “snow days”, stuck at home, roads closed, no place to go. Actually, it’s fairly rare! But yesterday we had freezing rain in the forecast so I, mentally checked out, spent the day in the house doing laundry, binged watched some Nicholas Cage movies on Netflix (don’t judge me man), baked brownies, played with Mae.
Hello and Happy New Year! It’s 2017! Can you believe it? When I was a kid I used to calculate how old I would be in THE FUTURE…Well, I don’t think I ever went past the year 2000. And here I am, in 2017. No hover car, no personal robot, no trips to Mars….But it’s close, right? I have the mars curiosity rover on instagram and that just blows me away!! Pictures of Mars, the red planet, on my phone? Way cool!
Ok enough of my ramblings….here’s the photo of Mae you’ve all been waiting for, waiting in the snow for snowballs.
October was a busy month! We bought a new car. My husband’s ’04 WRX had over 370,000 miles on it and had to be put out to pasture. It was on it’s second engine, but everything else was worn out! Within the next year, he will reach the point of having logged a million miles in Subarus! LOVE them!
|our new Subaru Crosstrek|
I also went to Las Vegas for a weekend with my daughter to celebrate her 21st birthday. She turned 21 back in September. We have been through a lot together, especially over the last decade. She is a type 1 diabetic; life is not always easy. It’s a very challenging disease to live with 24/7. So, we thought it was a great occasion to get a little over the top and celebrate her birthday!
Oh. my . GAWD!! I just took the new Altras for a test run….it’s a perfect match!! They are the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Mid height, neoprene/polartec trail shoe. They look like this:
Will ya look at this lucky dog? Will ya look at this gorgeous weather?! Today we are celebrating Mae’s first birthday. She’s 1! And she’s out doing her favorite thing, running around on the mountain!
One of the things I truly love about where I live is that I can be on snow, xc skiing, snowboarding or just running around , maybe sitting on a snowbank….
|It was actually a bit warm for her at 50 degrees! Used to the snow and cold weather.|
First, let’s get the photos of Mae out of the way….I realize I should possibly change the name of this blog to Mountain Mae instead of Me. But if you own a dog, especially a young dog, you know that they completely take over your life!
|the “I hear a Subaru” face|
|Snowshoe trail , so perfect for Mae~|
Ok, now that that is done…let’s back track a bit.
Remember the book list? There were a couple I wanted to mention. The most memorable book I read last year was “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara. Huge book, over 700 pages, and the Amazon description made it sound like a nice little romp through the lives of a group of college friends. It was so much more! And I won’t spoil anything for you but I will say the reason it stayed with me and was so memorable is that the story was not what I expected at all. The other reason was that the writing was VERY good , and in places (little places) even reminded me of Whitman. However, there were a couple of flaws in the book that really made it tumble off the GREAT list. One is the fact that you had to read about 500 pages to find out what had happened in the main character’s life. By then did I care??? No. I pretty much skipped through that part of the book. The other thing was that in places it started to feel like a script for Law & Order, SVU.