10.28.2008

Hong and Kong

Some random and fun picture to look at are below...
 Sorry I have been so bad at updating my blog lately. Its fall, there is nothing interesting to write and I am super busy with school. I got a 80% on my CH mid-term, a dreaded 70% on my CRJ mid-term some how, and an 80% on my marketing mid-term! heck ya! 
I received an AWESOME birthday present in the mail the other day from Grandmama, a food processor! I am really excited, I haven't used it yet. I am pretty sure the first think I am going make with it is Brick Chick! YUMMM!! 
Halloween is this weekend, it looks like I have to come up with some type of creative costume for this weekend, so far I am leaning towards a Lego. I am having trouble picking out which color I am going to be. 
Also, if you know anyone that is looking to buy some 165 cm skis, I have them! Most of them are in pretty good shape. 
I am pretty sure I might trek down to Bobo's and do the ski swap there because all these extra skis are taking up a lot of room that we dont have in this tiny condo! 
Boreal was open this last weekend for JPI.4, I didn't ski during the day. I am glad I didn't too because there was a TRILLION kids there. Oh, and these girl who are trying to be emo and wear jeans when you ski...please invest in some ski pants at your local ski store because thats not steezy! Almost as silly as not skiing without poles (like most of them are doing too....)But, you all do what you want, I am sure people don't like the way that I style myself...whatever! We all are entitled to our own opinion. Right? If Boreal opens up again this weekend, I might take my chances and go up there again...if I want to brave the drive (those of you know what I mean...)
GOOD NEWS! I met with my advisor the other day, I have a year and a 1/2 left. That means that I am right on schedule for a college student now a days! So ya... years altogether! keep your fingers crossed for me! I know it will happen. Oh, ya, if I haven't told you yet...I have changed my major once again. Now I am doing: Criminal Justice, Communications, and English! If you ask me that will look pretty splendid on a piece of paper. BUT not as splendid as the piece of paper that I will get from FIDM in a few more years! 
Okay, I am really tired! 
CHEERS! 


Court, me, and Larz at the Claim premiere 



Lindsay, Erica and I at Pub 'n' Sub
Awesome toothbrush holder. 
Fall colors outside Frandsen Hall
Inside Scheeles....

At Scheele's we ran into Abe...
And there was a giant biker outside!
I wonder if their names are Hong and Kong?
White stuff. 
Something I made. All hand sewed...

10.18.2008

To those of you who know and love my little sis:




About three years ago my little big sister was finally given the chance she to go to the school that she deserved to be at: Riverview. Many of you that know my little big know that she has some severe learning disabilities, due to those she was never given the education she truly deserved until my mom worked incredibly hard to find a school that would suit Sarah. Now, Sarah is in her junior year at Riverview and I have never seen her more happy and full of excitement. The one downfall about the amazing community Sarah has become a part of is how expensive it is. In layman's term this means that my amazing mom, family, and other very helpful people are trying to have the state of New Hampshire help Sarah finally so she is able to complete high school at Riverview. My mom has bent over backwards numerous times for both my sister and I, I cannot thank her enough. My mom has been working hard trying to show that Riverview is were my little sister belongs, finally myself and other important people to Sarah were able to step in and help by writing testimonials to the county of Lyme expressing why Sarah must stay enrolled at Riverview. Even though I am WICKED busy with school right now because of mid terms I wanted to help, and I know that Sarah and I have a sisterly bond that no one will ever understand. I thought that it was important to express my thoughts what this amazing community of Riverview has done for my little big. 
I never really have taken the time to realize how special Sarah is. When we were younger I would get fed up with her quickly, we would end up fighting ( I am sure my mom and dad wish they had an economy package of ear plugs) of course our fights were about reaching into the peanut butter jar, coloring outside the lines annoying me while I was trying to do my real spelling homework for big bad elementary school. When our parents got divorced Sarah and I became closer. We were put through many tough and draining situation that we did not deserve, and still haunt us today. The only way we were able to get through these situations until we could get back to our comfort stop was to lean on each other, and some how, even with a 5 year difference we were able to support each other emotionally. 
When my little big was in BES she never really had any true friends, the phone never rang on the weekends with another cheerful 7 year old on the line wondering if Sar wanted to go to the park or play. The sandbox and the swing-set in my mom's back yard was Sarah's ground. When she was at school she would be guided around by a designated Aid which would try to communicate with Sarah about what the class was being taught. Some times being an overseer it made me think that people thought my little sister was from a different planet, well she isn't. Sarah is one of the kindest people on earth, she is always open to greeting people and trying to make friends, while at BES she would always be the first to introduce herself and try to befriend them until they would leave Sarah in the dust and go join the other kids. Sarah had no problem adopting to the older kids around the numerous ski clubs we were at in the winter time, the older kids loved her. They were strong enough to not judge her, even though she wasn't as that big of a skier she always loved going to training and hanging out with the older kids. Sarah and I were enrolled in different schools so I really didn't see her during the day to see how she was being treated, but, when she would get off the bus or get picked up from day care you could tell that she wasn't happy. I believe that in Basalt there were two good things that Sarah learned: 1, was how tough of a person she was and, 2. was workbooks. Anyone that knows Sarah knows that she will spend hours in workbooks trying to learn how to write, learn cursive, add, subtract, multiply. When we moved to Crested Butte so I could attend Crested Butte Academy I know Sarah, my mom and I were all more than relieved to get the heck out of Aspen. I know Sarah and I probably did not voice it, but we both knew that this was going to be a new door for Sarah, hopefully things would be different. 
Well, low and behold, not really. She still had an Aid, the kids were growing up so they only got more vicious. Sarah and I were enrolled at different schools again, only this time she was only right across the street instead of down the valley. I cannot remember any outstanding moments in CBMS that Sarah had. I think she might have managed Honor Roll, that was pretty spectacular, she was able to learn the jist of track and cross country running, but never given a fair opportunity to match the other student athletes in their endeavors. When Sarah would come over to my school in the afternoon, she would plop her backpack down in my mom's office and run and join the other kids with whatever activity they were off doing. She was again accepted by the older kids because they could look beyond her learning disabilities. I think she would probably talk more about what she did that afternoon at the Academy than what she did that day during school. The one thing I loved about Sarah and Crested Butte was the fact that she was so friendly. You could walk up Elk Avenue to the post office with Sarah and you would have to stop and say hi to almost everyone, if she was with me most of the people I didn't know, but some how she had managed to introduce herself to them. Crested Butte was a town of 2,000 I wouldn't be surprised if Sarah knew half of the population by a first name basis. 
When I graduated my mom realized that Sarah needed to be enrolled in a school were she would succeed. When my mom found Riverview and Sarah went for her test run there it was almost like a perfect match. Riverview was where Sarah needed to be. 
Since Sarah entered the school three years ago there have been more positive highlights than I can remember. She has blossomed in to a beautiful young lady because she was finally granted the opportunity that she deserved. Sarah has made lifelong friends, she has become a 16 year old. Our sisterly bond has grown tremendously since her first day at Riverview. Now I have to worry about her taking my clothes, we can gossip, she can ask me for advice, she text messages me like crazy, she like shopping, she always wants to do something with her hair when I am around, she wants to learn how to drive, she will belt out the newest songs on 20 on 20 while in the car, she goes to dances with numerous dates, she was her class president, she holds a passion for the Riverview community that is un-expressible by words. Not only has she benefited from being an individual in the Riverview community but it has graced her with compassion for herself. The educational aspect of the school has done her wonders! She will sit there and read a magazine or read a book. I remember there was one time she was reading a book over this last summer. I asked her what she was reading and she just pointed at the cover, then I asked her what it was about and she didn't answer and I asked her again, and she gave me a look like I had just interrupted something wicked important, she gave me a summary, I snatched the book scanned over the book and sure enough she was dead on! This would have never happened before, she had learned how to actually read! From what I understand about the classroom settings that she is in now, she excels by herself, she doesn't need to depend on an aid to walk her through everything; she can do it herself. Not only has Sarah become an education whiz kid she is an amazing Soccer player, track and cross country runner, and BOWLER!! She finally was given an opportunity to try out what ever sport she wanted to without having to worry about rejection. Sarah has become more daring too! She tries to set the fashion trends on campus, she is not scared to challenge anyone on facts about any subject, she is not afraid to stand up for herself and be proud of her achievements! 
Sarah needs Riverview, and Riverview needs Sarah. 
Finally Sarah is in a place of comfort, where she can excel at her own pace, a place where the sky is the limit. I have never seen my little sister so happy before. She deserve this community more than anyone I know. Riverview is the greatest opportunity Sarah has been given so far. She is an equal, she has friends, she is smiling. Like I said earlier I have never really thought about my sister in this light before, and I have never realized how important this community is for my sister. This is her second family. Before writing my testimonial for the county I tried to imagine walking a mile is Sarah's shoes, there is no way that I am a strong enough person to conquer the hellish hurdles she has managed. My little sister is a Saint, the more I think about her and how successful she has become the more I love her. Riverview is one of the many great cards Sarah has be dealt for her life. She must finish her high school career at Riverview because so far this has made her an amazingly well rounded person. I Hope the next door that my sister opens after her completion at Riverview is just as bright as this experience has been to her. 
I really hope that the committee that is taking care of Sarah's case take a long hard look at Sarah for who she is and what the Riverview community has done for her. I hope that with the goodness in this committees hearts they help my sister successfully finish school at Riverview. She has made it this far already so why revoke something that has be so positive. 




10.14.2008

SNOW!

Boreal! 10-14!!!

Mountain- Opening date
Boreal-? (soon? I hope)
Northstar-11-22
Squaw-11-22
Anywhere else- I don't care

10.11.2008

Changing weather makes me tired.


It has been overcast and snowing in RENO the last two days. I decided not to go to Salina this weekend for the Stanford race. It is really hard working with a college community of mountain bikers that doesn't really exist. I have filled my weekend with shows on Bravo: Rachel Zoe show, project runway. It makes me want to go out an sew. I have millions of ideas for outfits running through my head. Last night there was a ski movie premiere (put on my the TM of Moment skis). The thought of the event was really cool, 2 days with 4 ski movies. It is a bummer that more people didn't show up for the first night. I think that everyone is itching to start skiing, in fact, Boreal started making snow. I am on the line about buying a pass there....such a hard decision...ughh! I do know that I am totally get the Squaw pass, and of course Northstar! Oh, yes..you might want to check these two links out if you haven't already: 
www.nordicaapparel.com
(section 005) 
and
www.nordicacompetition.com

Pretty cool. I am extremely excited to work with Nordica this year! It should be really fun! 

(Im watching some runs of Bryant Park right now, where some of these designers get their ideas BLOW my mind because some are wicked weird!) 

Anyways, down below are both of my clips for skiing and for biking this year. Obviously the ski one is VERY short and really nothing, but its is better than not having one. The biking one I have put a lot of work into. I hope you enjoy them! 

I am trying really hard right now not to drink coffee and eat sweets right now since biking season is over. I have up graded to tea (I'm on my 4 cup so far) I bet that I will cave in soon and be drinking coffee all day again. It is really hard not to give up sugar because there is always a bag of reese's in the freezer here or in Truckee. ha! 

Oh, I have to admit that I am some what excited for the "W" movie to come out, I will probably go and see it. 


Well I might go sew something, or eat a quesodilla, or maybe start on the paper I have do next week, take the bindings off some skis, vacuum??? 
I am pretty sure I am getting a cold so I have had more OJ and e-mergence than they make. ha 

Well enjoy! 

CHEERS! 



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10.05.2008

I walked for the cure

What a lovely Sunday it is. A great day for the race for the cure. I was honestly worried about the weather since we have been getting a lot of rain the last couple days. This morning when I woke up in Truckee there was a huge inversion and didn't clean until I was east bound I-80 at the Verdi exit! It is getting cold and I am overjoyed that fall is drawing near. 
Sami and I did the 5k Race for the cure in Reno today. It started at the University, at 8:30. I was amazed with the turn out of people, so many more than the MS ride that I do every year with my dad. There was a lot of pink, and believe it or not, I didn't wear any pink! (well, okay...I had on pink socks but you couldn't see them...I would of had on white ones but they are mysteriously disappearing like the rest of my clothes....hummm?). There was a 5K run and a 5K walk, we did the walk because of Sami's knee. It was kinda cool to see the distance of the course because now I have a good idea for running distances (My goal is to try and go running in the mornings since bike season is petering off now, I am also intending on trying my hardest to nordic ski this winter so that I can maintain my stamina for my first pro season in mountain biking!!). The walk was a like giant parade around the school. It was amazing to see how many people are dedicating there time, money and efforts to try and find a cure for the horrible disease, and how many people are affected by it. To see survivors and people undergoing treatment was made a huge impact, this tears apart so many peoples lives. Those people that are undergoing treatments (or have luckily become a survivor) are so happy that you are out there supporting them, and trying to help find a cure for this. 

-1.7 million women who have had breast cancer are still alive in the United States. 
-12.6% of women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. 
-Every 13 minutes a women dies from breast cancer.
-77% of women that have breast cancer are over the age of 50. 
-YOU ARE NEVER TO YOUNG TO DEVELOP BREAST CANCER! 
-Breast cancer DOES happen to men too! 

I never really noticed how this concerns so many of us, both men and women. Even though mammograms can be expensive it is worth it because you could be saving your life especially if you are over the age of 50. With the knowledge that doctors have today they can help you; they can save your life! 

If you want more information about Susan G. Komen (Walks, runs, fund-raisers in your area) or breast cancer check out: 
http://cms.komen.org

Other than the race for the cure this weekend was pretty relaxed. I was supposed to go down to San Luis Obispo, but that race was just a little to far away for me. 
I saw the new Matchstick Production movie last night at Squaw. It is getting me really excited for ski season, it should be fun. It was great getting to see my ski buddies too! It was the first time it had rained in Truckee since May (I believe that's what my dad said) so it was nice to lay low and watch it pour. The smell was amazing too! 

Well off to Pneumatic!!! YUMMM!!!

10.01.2008

Do you have a stamp?


Obama comes to UNR.
Only in Frandsen Hall....ha
Taking my door off in San Fran because the window wouldn't roll up..of course this was after we told the guys at the valet NOT to roll it down...Ding dongs!
Chris and I at the Giants v. Dodgers game.
Making it rain! Not really...first collegiate race of the season. Sky Tavern
Mini pineapple.
SAN FRANSISCO!!!!!!! 
The game. Lower box 106. Row 26. seats 1 and 2.
Christopher's next haircut
CUP CAKES!!!!!!

Do you have a stamp I could use? why? Because I decided that I am going to vote. I need to send in my registration. I know, I told everyone that I wasn't going to, and, well I still may not, but it would be a drag if I decided I wanted to after I couldn't register, right? So why is it that people connect the word "woodchuck" to rural areas? On the registration form, if you live in a rural area you are supposed to give an example of where you live, there is example is: Woodchuck road, next to the grocery store. Weird. 


Soooo...San Fran was really fun! We saw some interesting things...I won't get into detail about. The city is amazing, if I do move down there for FIDM soon I am going to have to go about 2 months before school starts to I can get a firm understanding of the school. San Fran is GIANT!!! Speaking of giant...the giants game was really cool! I saw Manny, he didn't play for the dodgers that day though. I am really glad that I had a hoodie with me because it was pretty chilly. The guy that was sitting in front of us was taking picture of  Tim Lincecum pitching, the picture were unreal. They really show how stretched out he is when he pitches. Giants won, 3-1 last game of the season. Hooooray! 
Now...when we found a place to park we rolled down my back window because the front drivers one is broken. We told the guy, he informed us that it didn't matter because they didn't roll down windows at their valet...okayyyy....righhttt. So when we came back from the game (and I have to admit I was a little nervous about this) what was rolled down? The drives window that wasn't supposed to be down...and how on earth they were able to roll it down beats me. So basically the entire interior of the door was taken off, we tried to push the window up, no dice. I was really upset. We ended up giving up and leaving..GREATTTT so we came all the way down here and now my window won't roll up, looks like we can't hang out in SF for a little we had to do the 3 hr trek back to Truckee right then. AHHHHH...but to our dismay...Chris pulled out of the garage pushed the window button and the window starts to go up. We pulled over and pushed it up the rest of the way. Obviously Syd was just trying to tell us that she didn't like it in the parking garage. DUHH! So the window was rolled up and we decided we could adventure around SF (or more like get totally lost and laugh a lot). In our lostness we found a cupcake store--Kara's cupcakes. We both had these chocolate peanut butter cupcakes that were to die for! Seriously! SO GOOD! Then we ventured to Haight-Ashbury(sp?) of course not until we drove up some wicked steep hills and down, I was hoping that Syd transmission wouldn't fall out going up the hills, and I was really hoping that the breaks were working going down. Ya, skeeettchhhy! 
We ate a burger, spent some money on kicks, checked out some hippies and decided that Tahoe was calling. 
On the drive down we counted 116 Prii (thats prius for those of you who don't play the prius game), the most popular color was gunmetal. Once we got to SF we gave up on counting Prii because there were just to many! We think we saw well over 300 that day. Also while driving through Sacramento at least 16 out of every 25 cars were men driving with mustaches! Yepppp, I guess mustaches are in! Well, actually when aren't they?
We got back to Truckee at about 10, if felt like 2 in the morning. Syd was in one piece (sort of) as were Chris and I! Phheewww! 

Nothing happened Monday, except for having a pile of wood fall on me. No biggie. I walked away unbroken! -Oh and DUHH I made red velvet cupcakes!!! SO good! The frosting is sooo bad for you... 2 blocks of Cream cheese, 4 sticks of butter, and a lb of powder sugar! But the TASTE is unbelievable! Ohhh and I got a package from my mommy! Helicopters for a nose party and a new under armor shirt from Dartmouth!!! YAAA! 

Tuesday morning had a great opportunity to see Barak Obama speak at UNR. It was amazing! There were so many people, the quad was FILLED with students and people of the community. He aimed his speech more towards college students. There were some things that he mentioned that were very eye opening, not just because he said it but because it really reminds us how fortunate we are. As I said earlier I decided to register today, just so if I do decide to vote then I have the opportunity. Of course when Obama spoke many of the teachers cancelled calls because this was such an important speech, well my teacher for IS didn't. She is crazy. I am honestly counting down the days  until my final in that class so I don't have to go anymore! ughhh! 
Other than that I had my first Anthropology exam and I don't think that went to swell. Oooppps.  We also watched Amastad in my Pre-Law class, I had never seen it before, very interesting. Good movie. 

Vance was over. He ate a cupcake and liked it. There were close to 2-dozen, now there are less than a dozen left. Whole foods soup is DELICIOUS! 
Nordica is AWESOME! 

Well, I have to go be a good student..... 

CHEERS!