Tuesday, May 26, 2009

flowers + family.

my memorial weekend was full of flowers and family. andy & gingy came home for the weekend. it's always wonderful to see those two friendly faces. we also enjoyed a grimm bonfire. uncle bob had his memorial day party in his picture perfect yard [i did a horrible job taking pictures, here's a stolen one from heather].

we did looooots of yard work. a big HUGE tanks to mooms and pops who are great helpers! yard work is way better when you do it with friends. we also went over to sweethome [their new house] to give them a hand. we still owe some more time. i do go to help, not just to steal flowers...

speaking of the new house...check out this amazing house for sale:

wanna buy it? [click photo for listing info]

Friday, May 15, 2009

happy marmo day!

linc called me the morning of my birthday and exclaimed, 'happy marmo day!' birthdays are a wonderful thing.
a whole day all about y-o-u.
a whole day full of surprises.

a day that starts with dd coffee and a donut on the counter.

a day of skor bars on the dash...

and flowers on the doorstep.

a day with family and an outdoor fiesta. [homemade flautasss!!!]

a day your sweet husband planned just for you.

really, what more could you ask for?
i can't think of one single thing.

30 awesome things before i'm 30.
found a list of 30 things to do before you turn 30. since it's closing in on me [hot diggety! where does time go?!] i thought i'd make a list [i changed a couple]. this is gonna be one awesome year...
01. travel. twist my arm why don't you.
02. get something published. perhaps a blog guest post. i tend to aim high, what can i say?
03. watch these films: Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, Scarface, The Star Wars Trilogy (don't bother with the new ones), Godfather parts I and II, Psycho, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Trainspotting, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Top Gun, American Pie, Gladiator, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Blade Runner, Kill Bill 1 & 2, City of God, The Deer Hunter, Se7en, Fight Club, Back to the Future, Alien and Aliens, Jaws, This Is Spinal Tap, Die Hard, Life of Brian, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Ferris Beuller's Day Off, Life is Beautiful, The Breakfast Club, Grosse Pointe Blank, Stand By Me, Chinatown, The Great Escape, The Outsiders, and Tango and Cash. Well, maybe not the last one. there's actually quite a few of these i haven't seen. i feel like i might need til 40 for this one. i'm kind of bad at watching movies. i'll see what i can do.
04. take a yoga class. i've always wanted to. i'm not very flexible. maybe i should start stretching.
05. learn a second language. i've always wanted to. i would be so rad if i really did this.
06. run a marathon. seriously?
07. drive the pacific coast highway. check!
08. have sex. let's just say i've got this one in the bag.
09. go to a music festival. i've been to 1 or 2...
10. try different foods. this should be more specific. i'll try a new cheese!
11. get on the property ladder. check!
12. test yourself - do something you think you can't do. see #06
13. visit yellowstone.
14. bake a cake from scratch. mand, wanna help?
15. get a savings account and use it. check! i could use it more...
16. do something for charity.
17. do a self portrait each month. j wanna help?
18. put on a dress & go to a fancy dinner.
19. send at least 1 handmade card each month.
20. buy something from anthropolgie. think i added this one? you're so right.
21. have a weekend in nyc. check! but i'll do it again. for eggy.
22. read these books: The Catcher in the Rye, 1984, Romeo and Juliet, the Harry Potter series, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, To Kill a Mockingbird, Brave New World, On the Road, Catch 22, Trainspotting, The Wasp Factory, Lord of the Flies, Fahrenheit 451, Animal Farm, Of Mice and Men, Great Expectations, Tess of the D’Urbevilles, Treasure Island, The Beach, Cloud Atlas, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Ulysses, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Life of Pi, The Shining, The Handmaid’s Tale, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Shining, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, A Suitable Boy and many, many more. i've read 1 whole book off this list. and that was in high school so i probably really skimmed it. are these books all really worth reading?
23. memorize Christmas story from the Bible. just like gramma!
24. buy a little black dress.
25. finish my wedding scrapbook. don't judge me. it's only been 8.5 years.
26. go for an overnight train ride.
27. record your family history. this is a good one. i need to do better.
28. sing karaoke.
29. get lasik.
30. climb a mountain. check! i'll climb a few more!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

strive for five!

this crew [with the snazzy shirts] has a goal to conquer 5 High Peaks before winter.

this is us hiking at midnight under a full moon.
we arrived at south meadow around 11.30pm and hiked the 2.8 miles to marcy dam. it was quite warm for an adirondack night in may, a perfect night for a hike. my pack was starting to feel pretty heavy [i may have whined a little] and i was really hoping we'd find an open lean-to.

we crossed the dam, the moonlight glittering on the water and outlining the mountains. it was magical. we came to a lean-to and jer crept up to see if it was available. score! we snuggled into our sleeping bags and lay our heads on our new camping pillows [luxury!] at 1.22am. i didn't sleep so well. i'm a side sleeper and my hips were killing me.
the next morning we discovered the coffee press was not in with the camp stove. not a promising start. good night of mosie - how is one to survive a day without coffee, let alone hike 2 mountains?! it was drizzling as we started down the trail about 9.45am. we crossed phelps brook and the trail was fairly easy as we hiked along the brook. we came to a junction where the trail turned right away from the brook with a marked ski trail to the left and another trail straight ahead. we figured this must be where we cut off for the tabletop summit and went straight. we started to see snow on the ground at this point and the rain was coming down pretty good. turns out we were on another ski trail, but we came back out on the trail right where the sign for the tabletop summit was. we passed one guy coming down, other than that we had the trail to ourselves. there was quite a bit of snow on the ground near the summit.
like my fanny pack?

when we reached the peak the sun actually came out. we happily enjoyed our lunch of pepperoni and/or tuna wraps in the sunshine. the strive for fivers also enjoyed take 5 candy bars.

as we started back down the trail we were met by another downpour and a thunderstorm. we found the junction for phelps mountain and started heading up. as in straight up. there were lots of rocks and roots and lots of climbing. we passed quite a few groups coming down on this trail. the lightening and thunder were quite close so we tucked under the trees a couple times to wait it out. 3 men passed us and let us know lightening struck about 200 feet from them so they decided to turn around. we were about 3/4 of the way up at this point. we talked about turning around. the rain was blowing sideways and we were totally soaked and very cold. after a few minutes i announced we could keep going but if there was 1 more lightening we were turning around. the water was pouring down the rocks now making little waterfalls. my legs did not want to climb anymore but we needed to hurry. after lots of steep climbing and tromping in puddles and waterfalls we finally made it. we took a few quick photos.

right after this shot lightening cracked way too close to us. you have never seen 4 people run so fast down a mountain! yikes. when we crossed phelps brook on the way down we had to use the high water bridge. the rocks we had used just hours earlier were now covered with rushing white water. it was a relief to know we had a lean-to to come back to because our tents would've been sitting in puddles. we arrived to our home base about 5.45pm. we snacked and snacked some more. our second night was much colder than our first. i also slept much better after a sleeping tip from v, which i will pass along to you. put a sweatshirt on your sleeping pad under your hips. sweet relief! we went to bed about 9.30pm and slept 11 hours!
in the morning it was snowing as we hiked back out to our car. we dreamed about big cups of hot coffee [and chocolate milk and orange pop] and fluffy piles of pancakes as we hiked. we drove to the loj to clean up and then drove to the downtown diner in lake placid for a celebration breakfast.
i had 3 cups of coffee. glorious.

more pictures right here!

Sunday, May 10, 2009


okay, it's super hard to think of 'm' words.
mooms, you're totally rad awesome.
i love you.
happy mooms day.

Monday, May 4, 2009

oh brother.

dear sweeg...
remember when we were gonna tape this on the reverse camera on moms car?
we should still do that, it would be super funny.
tanks for being such a fun brother.
hope your next year is filled with joy.
happy birthday brother!

Friday, May 1, 2009

home again, home again, jiggety-jog.

key west was:




i love my man.
more details to come...
[just wait til you see j's amazing wedding pics!]

plan for tonight:
mike + mand's 6pm
kiss + kiss my nephews cheeks
fiesta chicken enchiladas
spicy black beans
lime chips + guacamole
mand's famous peanut butter cookies + all you can eat cake
preview slide show wedding pics [i have an 'in']
happy weekend!