Thursday, March 24, 2011

C'mon Mom

Get the brownies baked already.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

'bout time

After not doing any backcountry tours last season, I promised myself at least a couple of outings this season. With a new baby in the house, I knew my chances of touring this season were slim to none. My only hope was to force a tour or two by purchasing new equipment. The guilt factor of spending scrilla on gear always gets me out. So I purchased a new pair of AT boots a few weeks back and began looking for a touring partner. Thank god for airline pilots with lots of free time.

We set out for a route previously done but one that provides good vert with minimal effort and a quick exit. The climb up was almost effortless which I'm attributing to my recent interest in yoga and focus on getting my core/upper body in shape. I've always dreaded changes in direction on the skin track but the switch seemed effortless on almost every turn. Weather turned out great, skiing was good for the 1st run with variable conditions on the second. I still don't have the stamina to tour all day but was happy I wasn't sapped after a four hour jaunt.

As for my new boots, they are definitely a step up from my previous. I still wonder if my funky toes will always cause severe pain when wearing ski boots. I'm hoping to get the liners cooked and fitted to reduce pain. I still yearn for a few more tours before the ski season comes to an end. Though I always find myself "over" skiing by March and ready to move on to biking.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

In the ground

Sean and I managed to get spinach, lettuce and carrot seed sowed last weekend. We also planted broccoli starters and crossed our fingers for no green worms this year. Vegetable gardening is one of those things I think all children should learn. Knowing where your food comes from and how to grow it is an invaluable lesson.

Sean was excited to sow seeds in the rows we prepared. After dropping some seeds outside of the prepared rows, he told me sorry for placing seeds in the wrong place. I was quick to correct him and let him know that in gardening as with life, we all make mistakes. And the real beauty of gardening is that it's not an exact science.

Later that day, I went to take pictures of our plantings so I could post them here. Upon returning inside, Sarah pointed out the lack of a memory card in the camera. Ahhh, yes we all make mistakes and the best we can do is learn from them. Sooooo, no pictures to show you but I hope to take some soon (with a memory card in the camera) for the initial planting/harvest time comparisons.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Planting Time

Spring is teasing us here in SLC with warm weather every few days. I got my planner out from 2010 and realized that I planted broccoli on March 6th last year. I was ready to get broccoli starters last weekend and get them in the ground but its been to wet around here. I'm hoping the sun and wind continue so I can work the soil and get spring veggies in the ground. Along with broccoli, I will sow lettuce, carrot and spinach seed. Here's to hoping I get a chance to get them in the ground this weekend.