Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sum, sum, summertime

"Don't let all those pictures go to waste!" says the husband, so I am finally getting a few images up of our summer activities.

First, the boss's 70th birthday party. If you can't tell from the pictures, it was a Hawaiian theme. (Kyler even wore a pink Hawaiian shirt the night before!)

The boss rented out one of the performance halls at a local casino. When we arrived the curtains were drawn, but a few flashing lights and the music from "2001: A Space Odyssey" later - - - we saw the curtains open and our dinning tables rise up from below the stage. Quite a production, but it made for a fun dinner.

Next, a little bit of the outdoors. Our first hike of the year was to Mt. Rose. We were originally just going to do a nice little loop, but due to focus, determination (and mostly missing the loop sign) we began to hike to the mountain summit.

And we would have made it, but unbeknownst to me (okay, so the boots were probably 10 years old) my hiking boots had begun to rot. We ended up deciding to turn around because it was like I was hiking on flip flops!

Not to worry though - Kyler, the ever ingenious eagle scout, devised a solution of sweatshirt arms cut off and used as a kind of legwarmer/slipper. While I wondered what people were thinking as we headed back down, it worked great. Needless to say, we stopped by the Sierra Trading Post shop on the way home and I got a new pair of boots.

This way - - we were able to take another hike a few weeks later with our neighbors/coworkers, Bruce and Deb. Hiked to the Loch Leven Lakes. It was a good, hard six miles, and we couldn't understand where the girls in flip flops with only an I-pod and their 6 week old puppy thought they were going when we passed them on our way home.

And just to stick with this outdoorsy theme, we took Bruce and Deb up on their offer to borrow their giant two person sea-kayak one Sunday evening. We strapped the kayak on top the pickup and took a quick jaunt up to Pyramid Lake (about 15 minutes north of us). Roc either ran alongside us on the shore or swam out to meet us. Kyler hauled him up into his seat, and our pup seemed quite content to observe the lake from above the water.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Biding time

I'm one hour away from getting out before my week of vacation to Cape Cod. I'm so anxious. Won't actually leave until Saturday but tomorrow I'm playing on Princeton college radio (will let you know when the air date is) and Friday I'm taking Mom and Eleanor on a tour of Philly so the vacation starts now. More pics to come.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Connie's roller derby team challenged my softball team to a softball game. Let's just say my team was super excited to finally win a game (25-4). The Tough Cookies were super exuberant and great sports. I think there may definitely be a rematch in the future. But I doubt they'll let my softball team near them on a pair of roller skates. Here is a great shot of Connie playing center field.

Trip to the Big Island

Connie and I got back from our trip to Hawaii last Thursday. I can say we successfully attempted to explore every part of the island. (Hint Hint Kyler they have cows and horse ranches) This is the Waipio Valley in which supposedly full of wild horses and waterfalls. We tried to hike down a 25% grade hill to get to it. If we had a four wheel drive vehicle we could have driven down. Let's just say we didn't make it. Connie did an amazing job planning. I think we both got to do everything we wanted. She climbed every volcano and I drank many a Mai Tai.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Composition in blue

Success. I can now send pictures from my phone straight to the blog.
This is me drinking a Miller Light out of a plastic bottle at a Phillies game.

Work party. Mobile Upload

Trying to figure out how to blog from my phone once again.
This was a Philly themed work event that we had last week.
Yes those are pretzels and Phillies bobbleheads