Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Nice Respite...

What a WEEK! I can't believe that I haven't written in a week...but then again, considering my week, Maybe I can believe it.

Monday - Taught all day (classes at 8am, 10am & 2pm), grade papers, plan lesson for the rest of the week, try to write a draft of a grant proposal, procrastinate because of inability to focus on it and preference for reading blogs.
Tuesday - Taught in morning, meetings all day, some last minute shopping for weekend ski trip, post all online assignments for hybrid online/class I teach at SDSU, plan lessons for rest of week, pretend to write grant, but suck at it due to aforementioned inability to focus.
Wednesday - Taught all day, pack for weekend ski trip, plan lesson, continue to pretend to write grant, mostly unable, but jot down a few ideas anyway.
Thursday - Taught class, leave for ski trip immediately following, spend 4 of the 7 hour car ride from San Diego to Mammoth Lakes writing proposal. Prayed for Internet access somewhere so that I can email it to other proposal writers.

Notice how running is NOT AT ALL MENTIONED in this week's outline. This is due to the fact that:

1. I had no FREEKIN' TIME.
2. The PF was rediculously painful, so being too busy to even shiz, was a good excuse to not run (all hell, I shoulda mentioned that in the Runner's Lounge this past week.) Last time I ran was my 16/16/16 walk/run/walk on Sunday...afterward? taking the week off was probably also a wise choice, only I can't chalk it up to wisdom.

For the PF, I did discover, through the magic of YouTube, a way to tape the PF...this has been a miracle!

Back to Mammoth...we've had this weekend ski trip to Mammoth planned since about August, so despite all the drama, and my insane guilt about going on a ski vacation at this point in my life, I'm here anyway for a ski weekend with the family and with BBJ and Wilma.

We got here pretty late on Thursday night (BBJ and Wilma got up at 3:00 and were here by 9:30...AMAZING).

Friday was COLD, but we skied anyway. How cold was it you say?

Colder than San Diego cold, that's for sure...

Yes, we leave sunny SoCal to enjoy this...can you guess which one is me and which one is Walter?

Wilma and me. I think the high temp was about 18ยบ. It did dump more than foot of snow on Friday...can you say FRESH POWDER!?!

Just awesome skiing/boarding conditions yesterday. We learned about the necessity of hand-warmers (just what makes those things work anyway?), face masks, hot chocolate breaks, and how an outdoor gas fire can really warm your buns, even though you don't know it until you walk away.

My feet got so cold that at lunch, I actually took off my boots (while we rent skis, I have my own boots, and they are GREAT boots, but it was so completely cold that my feed got cold anyway), and when I did, my toes started to HURT from thawing out...not a good thing BTW.

Yeah, I know some of you are questioning our sanity in that we decided to vacation in this kind of weather as I know that many of you are just sick of it. I can only say that I didn't plan for the weather, and for the most part I choose to ski in sunny-warm weather, but since moving to SoCal, that's not always been an easy thing to choose.

In any event, after de-freezing my toes, did I ski again? Of course I did. I skied in fresh powder for the first time in maybe 20 years (could still do it...) and I was eternally grateful for all the running/training that I've done this past year because even though I haven't run much recently, and although my legs felt the burn (skiing in fresh powder will do that for ya), I never once felt as if I didn't have control...skiers will know what I mean by this...that last run of the day when you just know that your legs are only slighty responding to whatever neural transmissions are being sent their way...anyway that didn't happen to me yesterday!

Today, we decided to go to June Lake (which is about 12 miles north of Mammoth). It's a much smaller resort, and much less crowded place and what a difference a day makes.

That's frozen June Lake...taken from the car window...not bad, huh?

Sunny. Beautiful. Still Cold.

Wilma, DramaGirl, and Turbo...You can't help but notice that snowboarders roll around in the snow A LOT.

Happiness is taking your boots off after a good day of snowboarding!

Me...cold, but happy...I LOVE skiing...really. If I could ski everyday, I would. Skiing is my first sport-love, then came running.

I don't know why I don't have any pix of BBJ, but he gets enough face time on this blog anyway...oh, and yeah, we didn't do a long run this morning either. I did think of the crew in SoCal and wondered about their long run this morning. I hope it went well.

We're still deciding whether or not we want to stay and ski another day or head back to SoCal tomorrow. There's another storm coming, but there seems to be some disagreement about whether or not it will actually result in snow tomorrow. In any event, it stands to be pretty cold again tomorrow...maybe time to head back so that we don't have to bust out the chains.

Injury Report: Hip feels GREAT! PF, not too bothersome. I will be running when I get back to SoCal.


  1. That looks great, I love winter and snow, but never did the ski thing-not very graceful!

  2. Looks like a lot of fun in Mammoth!

  3. Fantastic photos! Looked like fun!

  4. The taping thing never worked well for my PF :-( But it mostly went away on its own eventually!

  5. Looks like a fun trip! And fresh snow is the best!

  6. I am glad you got away for some R&R. You need/deserve it.

    Fantastic pictures! The one of Turbo in the truck is a framer! Your kids are so photogenic!

    Interestingly enough I am off this week for "ski week" however I have not skied (is that right? looks odd) in well over 20 years. I am not a snow fan. I am always impressed by skiers they make it look so easy.

    I have been thinking about you a lot I am glad you posted :o)


  7. I am so jealous! Skiing is my first sport as well. I have been doing it since I was about seven. I miss it. I haven't gone in years. I am looking forward to getting my kids up there to learn now that my daughter is turning three. We just need to get my hubby a JOB first!

    That fresh snow looks Heavenly! Have fun!

  8. Love the pics, looks like you're all having a blast. :) Hope the foot feels good when you get back to running, but you're probably right, a week off was probably a good idea. The taping is pretty interesting. :)

  9. Awwwhhhh looks fantastic chica! It's so funny you sunny weather peeps leave to go to snow while I'm trying to get away from it HAHA

  10. Looks beautiful! I've never been to Mammoth. I don't know what kind of boots you have but perhaps a better sock would help keep your tootsies warmer? Smartwool is a favorite among myself and most other skiers/boarders at my work. Just a thought. ;)
    Thanks for sharing the nice photos.

  11. never skied here either and now I fear it's too late for me.
    I know Id break a hip :)

    love the pics.

  12. Maybe the "rest" is just what the PF needed. Although rest doesn't exactly sum up your week! I love mammoth. We go there in the summer to hike and fish and stuff. Never been in the winter though.

  13. Sometimes when we think we can least afford a vacation, that's exactly when we need it most. I've always wanted to go to June Lake. Thanks for the photos to make me want to go even more now.

  14. What great pics, gorgeous! That really makes me want to go skiing or snowboarding.