Mason jars

Okay, soooo I will admit that my search for mason/ball jars started because I was going to vent/ go on a tangent about things being half empty, or half full, empty promises and unfulfilled expectations. All of which I have had a lot of this snow season so far. Like, when you tell a person something is going to happen...then make it happen. Don't promise someone something, and then not follow through. Don't call someone tell them to met you somewhere and then don't show up. It is all a part of good communication. If you cannot fill the promise, then don't say you will. Give the truth. That why people don't get their hopes up. AND so that they can find another way to deal with the situation that they are in. But...I thought for some reason that a mason jar would be a good way to explain, how these lead to becoming more of a pessimist, and how you can start questioning your worth. Maybe I thought a mason jar was suiting because I have an empty one with a straw sitting right next to me on my bed stand with a straw. Heck, I'll never know. ha!

Anyways, with my search I found some really cool uses for Mason/Ball jars...besides the normal jelly/jam/preserve use. We have a gazillion jars at my house. Normally that is all I drink out of, whether it is water, coffee, tea, juice, beer, wine, you name it...I am probably going to drink it out of a ball jar.
On the go? For get the expensive water bottles...grab a mason jar.

I am tempted to experiment with this...

Presents? Cookie mix. (I did this one year for x-mas presents in high school)

Vase! I use to hate getting flower, now I love it. I feel like a vase is always needed...heck a mason jar can answer that question!

This is so pretty. I am still trying to figure out how they are on the wall. I want to do this!

The best use....a nice drink!

Who ever knew Mason jars can be so neat!


The perfect sunset

I want to sit on a rooftop and watch the sunset on a warm summer evening. I won't need a blanket, but will have one anyways...just to feel comfy and cozy. I want to be in a place where I am over looking beauty -- a city, the ocean, wilderness. I want to enjoy a nice bottle of red wine. Of course out of a mason jar. I will have someone there to share a good conversation with. I want to make sure I am with someone that makes me smile ear to ear. I want the colors to be gorgeous, beyond anything I have ever seen. Pinks, oranges, reds, purples. Good music will lightly be playing in the background, maybe Citizen Cope, or DMB, Trevor Hall? It will be like something you dream of. The one sunset that sticks with you for the rest of your life. A sunset that you can look back on years later and vividly remember it, like you just watched the sun slide away.
The perfect sunset.

Words that make you smile

I have a favorite tea. I drink a few cups everyday...of course after I have my coffee fix. It is Yogi tea. The Ginger kind. Delicious. I love ginger: ginger tea, plain ole' ginger, ginger snaps, ginger bread, ginger men, ginger candy! YUM! There is something refreshing about it. Not only it Yogi good for its amazing flavors, but I love the little inspirational quotes that each bag has on the tag. They are what I call 'words to live by'. I save all the tags, I actually am in the midst of using them for an art project, but it takes a while to collect all the tags. Here are some of the latest ones I have collected, Enjoy:

"Those who want to be prosperous must first make others prosperous"

"You only give when you love"

"Always be pure, simple and honest"

"You will never find happiness if you do not conquer your own doubt"

"Real happiness lies in that which never comes nor goes, but simply is"

****"Live for each other" ********* (My favorite)

"Whether you give or share, are kind or not, never let your grace fall"

"Patience gives the power to practice; practice gives the power that leads to perfection"

"Strength does not lie in what you have. It lies in what you can give"

"Live in your strength"

"If you unconsciously live a conscious life, you can never be poor"

"Let your manners speak, your deeds prove and your delivery impress"

But now, it is time for me to finish my cup of coffee. Hopefully, the tags on my tea later will bring light to this very gray day....looks like the storm is moving in! :) I am in need of some good pow skiing right about now.


Live for each other

You can chase you wildest dreams. Swim the ocean shores, sail up into the sky. As simple as it seems there's so much more. Surely worth givin' it a try. Confident in there self there much to accomplish never fail. There new lands to explore and new mountain peaks to scale. I know that you know that you can be anything you want. All you gotta do is work towards it. I know that there is love for each and every one. All we gotta do is give love a chance.
-Wildest Dreams

Reading through words that have been in messages, facebook postings, lovely writings from others, pictures and movies it only makes the moment harder to realize that this is reality. It is hard to believe that CR isn't here any more. "They say the good die young".

CR, thank you for being a friend, a mentor, an idol, a hero. Thank you for being who you are. Thank you for showing us that you if you put your heart to it you can conquer all. Thank you for chasing your wildest dreams.

Your legend will live on forever. You will never be forgotten. Enjoy those endless pow runs. Until we meet again, Much love.


CR Johnson

CR being the ladies man

Shred in Peace CR. You will be missed.

CR, Kevin and I at Powder awards

The man himself

Doing what he did best.

"I feel it's most important to keep it real and enjoy each moment, you know, take advantage of every opportunity life provides, because who knows what tomorrow may bring."- CR Johnson

Life is precious. Today, the skiing community lost one of the most inspirational members. CR Johnson was taken from us at his home mountain Squaw. He was by far one of the nicest most respectable skiers I have ever met. Totally down to earth and had a true heart of gold. He always knew how to make a person laugh and was understanding. CR was injured back in 2005 in Utah where he was left in a drug induced coma for 10 days. A lot of people thought that he would never ski again, but he surprised all those he thought he couldn't...he was back out there on snow in a matter of time. Matchstick productions "Seven Sunny Days" did a fantastic job showing CR's recovery.

This afternoon the entire ski community received the news about CR's accident at Squaw. He was skiing and fell down Light Towers. My heart goes out to his family. The entire Tahoe community and ski community will miss CR greatly. He brought a new light and a fresh breath of air to the ski world. He made people realize that you can conquer anything if you want it bad enough. I am still in shock, and like many other people do not want to believe this is true. He went out doing what he loved. I hope that he is able to shred endless pow runs up there with the big guy, Shane and Asher. He is in a better place. But, the world will not be the same without him.

Thank you for all the inspiration you provided to me CR. You will always be in my heart. I am so blessed that I knew you.I'll never for get your bright smile and your delicate hugs. I am sad to see you go, but I am glad you did it doing what you love. Your legend will live on forever. You were an incredibly strong person. Thank you for all you did for the skiing community.
My condolences to your family.



Jake the Olympian

I remember going to training with my mom back in when we first moved out west to Aspen, Colorado. I remember being terrified of the "locker" room that was downstairs under the coaches offices because that it was dark, smelly and all the older boys hungout down there before and after practice. Jake Zamansky was one of those boys along with a handful of others like Spenver Cleveland, Kirk Long, Jim Kenard, Eric Z. Of course, they weren't that old...maybe middle school or high school...but to me that was WAYYYYYY older. I remember going to training one particular day when he was apart of the Snowmass Ski Academy, it was a downhill day, he FLEW by....you could hear his skis almost whistling. He was always a skier I enjoyed watching. He was part of the "bucket o treats" joke, and always really nice. I was so young that of course I don't recall to much, but the times that I do were obviously really fun, or impacted me like crazy. Now I get to watch him at the Olympics, read blurbs and look at attractive pictures of him (I mean...com'on you have to admit those tattoos are pretty awesome and studly...) on life.com and watch videos that he is in. AHHHHHHMAZING!!!!

Today Jake made his debut as an Olympic athlete. WOW! congratulations! That must be pretty dang rewarding after working so hard all those years. I just got off the phone with my mom, who of course has been tracking his results every season....I would too if I used to be one of his coaches!!! How neat would that be to say you coached an Olympian?!?!?! Jake raced in GS (giant slalom), I saw on his facebook page last night that he had been drawn bib 28. Of course, since I don't have TV (AND NBC's COVERAGE OF SKI RACING IS HORRENDOUS! Since when did Ice dancing become important?!?!Oi, NBC needs to figure out that skiing is wayyyyyyyyyy better) I am unable to see any of the race, so I have to rely on the internet and my mommy. He finished just a few spots short of where he started..a solid mid-pack finish. I know that my mom was happy...and so I am. We both watched "Truth in Motion" a documentary on the US ski teams journey to the Olympic (which I highly suggest...it is amazing!!!), Jake works really hard to be were he is. You can watch the documentary on both Hulu and/or download it for free on iTunes (Plusssssss, you can see Rewk in it! ha ha ha! My coach is now one of his coaches!!!!). The video really shows how intense this sport can be, and how dedicated you have to be both physically and mentally.

So...Jake...Great job!!!! Stick with it!

I must admit it is pretty neat to personally know so many people in the Olympics!

As for NBC...
PUHLEASEEEEE get some better coverage of skiing. Ice Dancing is not NEAT. Nor is it is extreme like you claim it is in your commercials.....

And lastly, I apologize if I haven't had time to get back to you'll via e-mail right now...I am incredibility busy with work and school. I had 14 days at work with no day off, and my school work is piled high! So, in due time I will respond!


Here is a link to Jake's website:


Burning Man 2010

It is official. I am going to Burning Man in September! I am so excited I can't even put it into words. Going to BM was something that I have on my bucket list. So, looks like I get to check something off. I was lucky enough to qualify for a "scholarship" ticket, this means that my ticket will be a little cheaper than most. I am so pumped that I found out about this option because going to BM is something I have wanted to do for years.
I am going to be going with a few friends, luckily we have a bunch of time to plan!

WOW!!! I AM SO EXCITED! this is going to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life!


There is nothing better...

When you have any kind of problem, all you have to do is put your skis on and all your problems will go away.” -Warren Miller


The Power of Small

Last night I finished this book "The Power of Small", it is one of the books I picked out for my 'transition' kick that I am on right now. It is basically a book about how in our busy lives we tend to disregard the small aspects of life, and when it comes down to it those small things really count. It is a collection of small stories that the authors (Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval) narrate, and here and there give in their two cents. At the end of every chapter there are little tips to help you achieve the small things that were focused on in the chapter.

Honestly, until I read this I didn't take into account how important small things meant to people. How listening and understanding the entire conversation before you take off is important, how nice it is to receive a card out of the blue, or when you stop and help someone.

There was one chapter that was all about how people helping others, or being motivated to change a situation made that persons idea flourish into a bigger company. There was one story about a man that was trying to teach his son vocabulary words for his upcoming SAT test (which I absolutely struggled through) he noticed that the flash cards that were generally used were not impacting the boy he was teaching and something needed to be done about that. The father that was using the flash cards was a computer programer and so he went to work on a program, he called it FreeRice. (http://freerice.com/index.php) The idea behind the program was that for every vocabulary word that was correct 10-20 rice grains would be donated to the UN World Food Programme. So, not only are the students that are playing this game studying for the SAT, but they are also collecting rice grains for people in need of food. I went on the website out of curiosity and played around for a little bit. Gosh, I wish that something like this would have been up when I was studying for the SAT, I think that this is a fabulous study tool, but also a great way to test your vocabulary.

Practical small hints for a good day/life are at the end of each chapter, things such as "Make a list of five positive things that happened in the course of a stressful day. Appreciate them" and "Start every meeting with a compliment...These little, positive acts take virtually no effort, but they compound over time to create an overall impression of you as a 'go to' person". "Take a minute to write a person a note, you will be remember better that way". "See how much loose change you can collect in three months, then see if you can double it in six".

This little piece of advice was obviously very important to me: "Never show up for an interview with a Starbucks cup unless you have one for the person you are meeting with".

There were a bunch of little sources that I wrote down wanting to check out the programs, and see if there is any way that I can lend a helping hand. The authors of this book have another book out called The Power of Nice, I ordered it about a week ago and I am going to add that to my collection of personal reading to do. I am trying my hardest to balance personal reading with school work, normally I am so tried of reading by the middle of the week that I don't have the interest in picking up a book, but I feel so much better when I read. I wake up happier, I go to sleep easier, my brain is always turning with ideas. Reading is very important.

I have a few books that I am getting ready to send to my mom: Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom, Greater than Yourself by Steve Faber and The Power of Small by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval. She just sent me The Pilot's Wife, which I will most likely start into after I finish up with In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan.

Lots of reading going on here!


Back in the saddle

I have been spending a lot of time on my road bike spinning lately. My goal is go be ready to go for Sea Otter April 15th, I haven't been able to race in it yet, although I have ridden the course. I have my bike set up in the dinner room on my stolen trainer (thanks mom...its okay folks I gifted her a nicer one, what a great daughter). I pick out a show or a movie that I want to watch and pedal away until it is over, normally 45+ minutes. Honestly, I would spend more time on it but I hate being stationary, everything stays the same.
I guess I am so into thinking about biking again that I am starting to have biking dreams. Ohhh man, the other night I had one that I had to sell my road bike. I actually was so upset in the dream that I woke up. ha ha ha. Fear aside, my road bike is not on the market. I still haven't come up with a good name for it like I do for my mountain bikes.
This week I am doing a body cleanse. The good ole' lemon, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and water. You are supposed to only have this for 7-1o days. Well, seeing that I am so active I need to make sure that I am getting carbs and/or protein some how. I have opted to add veggies and some soups to my diet. I knew it was time to do something because my body was telling me 'Bud I don't feel good', I don't know if is from the crazy life style I am living right now or what.
I have recently started to understand the statement "over worked, and under paid", but I guess that that is probably the life style of a coach. Over the weekend I had to deal with some athlete to coach respect issues, never in my life did I think that there was going to have to be an intervention where the parents could potentially be involved. Woowzer, it is like my 20's flashed before my eyes and now I am dealing with grown ups on an adult basis.
School is going really well! I absolutely love all of my classes. I have learned so much, I actually wish that I would have known more about the SW (social work) major when I entered UNR, I have learned more stuff about day to day life in the last 3 weeks in these classes than I ever have (of course we are talking text book style here). We are down to 92 days on the count down. Wow, the days are really flying. I actually figured out the other day that I will be done with finals about a month and a 1/2 before all of the other people at UNR. This gives me some time to "play", and it will be the start of mud season. I am hoping that I might be able to scoot around the west coast a little bit, if not head back east and play with my mom for a little bit before I have to sport that lovely cap and gown.
Chris is in Colorado right now for a competition in Aspen (the Aspen Open). He will be there until Sunday (give or take a few days depending on if he qualifies, keep your fingers crossed that he does) and then he will make the 15+ hr trek back to Tahoe. He has been working really hard on getting his big spins down and back to back. I hope that it pays off. He is also trying to get into this competition up in Washington (I think...it might be Oregon) right now, it he gets in I am going to go with him because I REALLY want to see what it is like up there. I hear so many neat things about that area (minus the rainy/cloudy weather).
Well...time to go and get on the bike for a little bit, then cook my portobella mushroom! Yummmo! And then homework, homework, homework until I fall asleep (hopefully I will even be able to finish the book that I am working on for my own personal enjoyment right now "The Power of Small", I have the next book of the series on its way called "The Power of Nice").

Hope all is well!


Saturdays are fun sewing days too

Another hooded sweatshirt creation of mine.
Pink plaid and snake skin...ohhhh yah!


With all that spare time I have...

I am sure that most of you know I am full of spare time...NOT. I am so busy right now trying to balance 15 units in school and a full time job and trying to get back in to the swing of things on my big I really don't have much 'bud' time. I am exhhhhausted, but it has basically become my new lifestyle. I haven't really been sleeping to much (or if I do I am finally able to fall asleep at wee hours of the morning and sleep in until about 10). But the last two days I took some time to finish some projects that I have started/promised people. Most of them were sewing and the other big one was cover our beer can table. So....the table is covered, no more sharp edges! yesss! I sewed Dave a hoodie last night and we was super pumped on it today when I gave it to him. Then I felt like getting a little adventurous....

This is some of the fabric that Chris's mom (Stephanie) gave to us. I ended up using a little to make a skirt. I am super excited to wear it with some cute tights. Chris says that I look like mrs. muffet....but like he should be talking. His style on a scale of 1-5 is probably a 1 maybe a .5
This is a hoodie I just finished for Mike. I think it turned out pretty cool. I used all scraps of fabric I had over....Im actually kinda jealous and wish I made it for myself...ha! Hopefully he gets some good use out of it
This is a hoodie that I made by hand last year (before I had a sewing machine) it was always WAY to wide so tonight I experimented with narrowing. I have some stuff to learn...ha...but I really like it and ill actually wear it now. Ahhh the shoulders are the hardest part to deal with...I can't decide if I need to bring them in or not....

I love finding time to sew. It takes my mind away from everything. I have found that I cannot be rushed into doing a project...I have to naturally let it come....then...when that time comes I don't want to stop. I really need some more hoodie fabric and it looks like I wont get down to Reno until next week or the week after...ahhh so I have to find something else fun to sew until then.

Actually I found a really cute sun dress out of an old XL button up that I think I might try to play around with.....watch out Vogue.