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I am completely blessed to have the opportunity to go to Europe again, just a few short months since I returned from Italia.
My best wingwoman and I will be seeing Dave Matthews Band and the sites in Antwerp, Amsterdam and London.
It’s a quick trip with only a few days in each city. So we have to pack light and take mental pictures the whole time, just to make sure we don’t miss anything.
Stay tuned for a post travel recap. Wish you could feel the excitement through this very page. Woot woot!
kimbyjoy: ut oh
Snowboarding is everything you fear in life. Falling. Not being able to get up. Loosing your balance. Being told you’re doing it wrong. Balancing on one foot for long periods of time. Jumping without knowing if you will land. Hitting the mountain, hard. Falling. Not being to get up. Repeatedly for hours at a time.
Before I give a recap of my first boarding experience ever, I have a few people to thank. The academy. The weather conditions. Fresh powder. Falling snow. Wind. Ice. Slush.
And a special thank you for attending to fear, anxiety and pain.
Funny thing is, my lesson with (please read the following names the way the players are at major sporting events and give them a round of applause) instructor Sean and instructor Levan made the first half of the day manageable. They were patient, friendly, helpful, complimentary and did I mention PATIENT? And for a class of two kids, a tween, a teen and a 10-days-shy-of-her-28th-birthday-freaked-out-overthinking-never-been-strapped-to-a-board-ever-beginner, they done good. I then spent a couple of more hours flying solo in the school area as the rest of my crew hit the mountain hard.
The conclusion of snowboarding day #1 is a simple thought… Snowboarding should be taught from the time a kid can walk. Walking/skiing/snowboarding should all be looped into one major lesson plan to ensure a 2 year old can do it with ease. And then there would be less awkward first days happening.
P.S. Yes, I will do it again. No, the instructors weren’t dating material. Yes, I fell a lot. No, I didn’t think I could make it happen and somehow it worked out. Thank goodness.
Since relocating to the country, there have been many cooking and baking adventures in a real - insert reference to my 2 x 3 half kitchen in my old studio - kitchen. Here is a sampling of the edible goodness from the last few months… from holidays to birthdays to just because, the end product was gobbled up by the people around me. It is amazing the ability to do something becomes clearer when you have the time and attention span to make deliciousness happen. And it’s not to say that I didn’t create quality food goodness before, it’s just that I’ve noticed a difference in the choices and care given to creating…
“Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.” ~ Julia Child