Thursday, April 9, 2015

Life updates.

Salt Lake City's new Public Safety Building.

I'm embarrassed at how completely I've abandoned blogging. What was once something I did almost daily has become even less than an afterthought. So many things have happened over the last few weeks that it would be remiss of me not to document these important life milestones. Please bear with me as I try to give you an update.

Back in March I was notified that I have been accepted into the Psychiatric/Mental Health Doctorate of Nurse Pracitioner program at the University of Utah for fall 2015. I am still in disbelief that I will soon be a student again and, I'll admit, I'm a bit nervous at what toll full-time school and full-time work might have on my personal life. But fortunately I have a very supportive husband and a somewhat flexible work schedule which will hopefully help make my three years as a full-time graduate student more tolerable.

To put it in perspective, by the time I graduate with my DNP I'll be almost 40 and I will have a 6-year old. Yikes.

Now some sad news: we sold my red TDI Jetta a few weeks ago. But we replaced it with the most gorgeous car: a Daytona grey Audi S-line Q5 TDI. It took me some time to figure out the bells and whistles on this car but now that I am more comfortable, I am completely obsessed with driving it. It is the nicest car that either of us have ever driven and we are treating it like our second child with frequent washings and obsessively parking it where the doors won't get dinged.

As you can imagine, trying to teach a 3-year old not to kick the leather seats with muddy feet or to touch the buttons with sticky hands has proved to be a challenge.

But cars are durable! And she is slowly learning to be respectful of our newest family member.

 

Pink blossoms at the SL Public Library.

Three.

Feeding the ducks! March 22nd, 2015.

Dear Love Bug,

You are now three years old! And what a big girl you are becoming. Your birthday was very special this year with many family members traveling from afar to celebrate your big day with you. Tia Amanda came all the way from Sri Lanka and she brought you the most beautiful presents from her world travels. You loved wearing your traditional Indian pants with elephants on them while jangling your wrists with the brightly colored, toddler-sized bracelets so that you could look just like your Tia. Grandpa Glen and Coco drove all the way from California, bringing you your own batch of freshly baked brownies and a new princess LEGO set.

We had your third birthday party at one of your favorite places, the Tracy Aviary. Daddy made your birthday invitations and did all the planning and we were both shocked when 14 kids and over 20 adults RSVP'd yes to your party! It was a beautifully warm spring morning and we enjoyed mini frittatas, almond butter and honey sandwiches, fruit, juice boxes, and coffee. And your dad was so smart and brought along a large bottle of Bailey's.

Those 20 adults were very pleased with Daddy's decision to bring booze along.

The Aviary staff brought out two very friendly ducks named Salt and Pepper and you and your friends got to feed them duck food right out of your hands! At first you were a bit nervous as they waddled around and pecked at the food but as soon as you saw them come your way you were excited to join in and feed them, too. After that the staff took everyone to the duck pond where you toddlers threw fistfuls of duck food into the pond.

I'm sure those ducks and geese loved the arrival of the 14 squealing kids.

Leading up to your third birthday we had talked to you about getting rid of your beloved "pa." We told you what a big girl you are becoming and how it was time to send your pacifiers to another baby who needs them. So a few days after your birthday, you and Daddy packed up all your "pa's" in a box, taped it up , walked to the post office and shipped it off to another baby.

And you've been giving us hell at bedtime ever since we shipped your pacifiers away.

But we know you will get over your pacifiers eventually much like you got over refusing to poop in the toilet for almost six months. Your daddy and I were at our wits end on many occasions as you squirmed around doing the "poop dance" all while insisting you were just doing a "regular dance" despite all of us knowing you needed to just sit on the toilet do your business.

You've certainly kept us on our toes lately, my love.

You love school and we will soon be sending you five mornings a week! You love to dress up in your sparkly tutu, put on your "dancing shoes" and prance around our loft dancing to music! You love to play doctor and nurse with your stuffed animals, giving them "shots" and making them take "medicine" so that they don't "make vomit." Grayson is still your very best friend and you ask almost daily if we can play with him. You are throwing less frequent tantrums but when they do occur, they are enormous and involve kicking and screaming and crying and hitting (daddy and I sure hope those end soon!). You love sleeping in your big girl bed although you still flop out of your bed in the middle of the night most days of the week.

Alice Glen, we love you so much.

Love,

Mama & Daddy

Third birthday @ the Tracy Aviary.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Lately.

Morning macchiato. And bright orange lips.

I should know by early next week whether or not I have been accepted into the Doctorate of Nurse Pracitioner program at the University of Utah. Now that my application is in and the interview is behind me, I feel such a sense of relief. Both of those steps were so daunting and, at the very least, I am so proud of myself for following through with something that challenging. And, at this point, I feel at peace with whichever way their decision goes.

I look at it this way: either I'll be studying statistics and physiology or running trails and drinking beer this summer. Honestly, both sound equally appealing.

In other news, I've signed up for the same 50K that I did last year and the April 17th race day is rapidly approaching. My training this year isn't going nearly as smoothly as last year since I now have work days to plan my long runs around. I did do a run-commute to work this week, though! And, surprisingly, I felt pretty good for my entire 12-hour night shift despite having run 9.5 miles over 1,700 feet of elevation gain to the hospital.

Of course all of my co-workers think I am completely crazy.

Happy weekend! What are your plans? We have our weekly neighborhood meet-up tonight, called Finca Friday, and then later it's Bunco night! And then I'll be working night shifts for the remainder of the weekend. Boo!

Weekly workouts: Monday - Post night shift so... Rest day. Tuesday - CrossFit! Push press (5-3-3-1 increasing weight to 1RM... 108lbs) + Weighted pull-ups (ha! But I did link 3 unbanded pull-ups IN A ROW!), then 3 RFT of: 200m run + 5 wall walks + 10 HR push-ups + 15 box overs. Wednesday - Run commute to work! 9.5 miles/1:40/1,746 ft elev gain. Thursday - Post night shift... Ugh. Rest day. Friday - CrossFit! Bench press (5-3-3-1 103lbs) + weighted ring rows (body weight), then 15.1! 9 min AMRAP of: 15 T2B + 10 deadlifts + 5 snatches (65lbs).

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Ski Vacation.

Snow & fog then bluebird days @ Grand Targhee.


As you may have heard, the snow situation in the West right now is terrible. Here in Salt Lake City, we haven't had snow fall since Christmas Day! There has been some snow in the mountains, thankfully, but nothing like we usually have this time of year.

Even though this unnaturally warm weather is freaking me out big time, I am sort of loving all the trail running that I am able to do because of the complete lack of snow.

When we planned our ski vacation to Grand Targhee, I wasn't worried about snow accumulation as is usually the case in the western US, we get our heaviest snow months in late January, February, and March. As our trip got closer, though, and we didn't get that expected snow, I was worried! But it turns out that, although they are still well below normal, Targhee has some of the most snow in the West at the moment.

We arrived to Grand Targhee resort late Monday night and woke up Tuesday morning to fog and snow. We stayed on the mountain so it was easy for my dad and step-mom to take Alice out on a snow adventure while Lee and I skied/snowboarded together for a few hours. Despite the fog, the conditions were great! And it was so nice to have time together doing something that we both love.

Wednesday and Thursday were perfect bluebird days and my dad and I hit the hill early so that I could snap a few pictures of the Tetons. As we got off the lift and traversed over to the viewpoint, my mouth dropped open as those spectacular peaks came into view. And just my luck! There wasn't a cloud in the sky to obstruct the view or my picture-taking.

It's worth going to Grand Targhee just to see the view of the Tetons from up there.

My dad and I skied together for the rest of that day and the next, racing each other to the bottom and scoping out the best next run on the lift ride back to the top. It was so wonderful to ski with my dad as we hadn't skied together in over 20 years! And it was so wonderful to fall in love again with a sport that my dad taught me to do when I was just Alice's age.

Speaking of Alice, she wasn't too keen to try skiing this trip. She put on her ski boots, tromped around in them and rode the magic carpet but she wasn't at all interested in clipping in to her skis for a scoot down the hill. We didn't push her to do it, either, as we didn't want to create a situation where she fears learning to ski.

Because my dear Alice,you will definitely be a skier someday.

On our last night in Targhee we took a sleigh ride to have dinner inside of a yurt! Alice loved riding the sleigh while the big Belgian horses pulled us through the woods to the snow-covered yurt where our dinners were being cooked on wood-burning stoves. We devoured the freshly made scones with honey butter and our host kept piling our plates full with chicken, steak, vegetables, and mashed potatoes. He even tried to serve us each two pieces of cheesecake!

I'm sure the horses felt the extra weight of our full bellies on our return sleigh ride to the resort.

Do you ski or snowboard? I've skied since I was 3 and then picked up snowboarding when all of my friends did at 16. And after exclusively snowboarding for 8 or so years and then only skiing this week, I don't think I'll ever strap a snowboard to my feet again. I just love skiing so much.

Weekly Workouts: Monday - CrossFit! Front squats 3 x 3 @ 80% (118lbs), then 5 RFT of: 200m run + 10 power cleans (65) + 10 front rack walking lunges (65). Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday - Ski days!! Friday - Rest day.

Scenes from the sleigh ride & dinner in the yurt!

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