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**Update: we just discovered you can vote for ALL our pictures. So, vote away! Links by the photos below**

It’s time to rally the troops! You could either call my family and me super cool or super nerdy. Probably super nerdy. Steamboat Resort posted a photo contest this winter calling for “Then and Now” photos. We have a treasure trove of “Then” photos from the last 30 years of skiing at Steamboat, so over this winter (including while I was home in February) we recreated some of our favorites. And, drumroll….we were finalists in 3 of the months. Which meant we won these sweet swag packs:

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This also means we we’re all finalists for the grand prize – a 15 day ski pass – wahoo!! This is where the nerdy part comes in – our family makes up 3 of the 10 finalists. Here’s where you guys come in – this is a popularity contest, so we need you’re votes!! The trick here is not to pull a Ralph Nader and split the votes. We’re rallying all our peeps behind a single picture. I’ve made you a handy dandy map to help you vote. We’ve chosen this photo of my cousin John and me skiing the trees when we were little.  You can vote once per day until May 15th. **VOTE EARLY AND VOTE OFTEN!!** And feel free to encourage your friends too 🙂 I know, I know. It’s not like you have anything else to do…don’t worry, I’ll remind you.

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Here are all the photos we submitted with their stories:

This was my submission. This is my sister and I giving some ‘tude at the top of Buddy’s Run after lunch. Notice the pink ski suit and pink goggles. My friend Carol and I recreated this in February. Vote here (after you voted for the primary one) for this photo.

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This is THE future winner, we know it. My mom submitted this classic photo of my cousin John and I taking a break in Shadows, a tree run through an aspen glade for which Steamboat is famous. We were six or seven years old in this picture. I also got chicken pox on this ski trip. #justsoyouknow Carol and I also recreated this in February. See the pink suit and goggles on me this time??

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This is my stepdad, Larry’s submission and is him and my sister on a chairlift. It seems my sister had a thing for sticking her tongue out. We ALWAYS ski with M&Ms. It’s the only time we had candy in the house. But, we didn’t always put the M&Ms in our nose. Not sure what that’s about, but it’s a funny pic. Pink ski suit and goggles are back on my sister. #thriftyfamily Also, is that a prehistoric selfie?? Support M&Ms in noses here.

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And, this is the picture my sister submitted that we were SURE was going to win the grand prize. And then, it didn’t even get chosen as a finalist. What the heck Steamboat?! It’s my mom teaching me to ski when I was 3 or 4 and 30 years later, teaching my nephew, Benjamin to ski. IN THE SAME SKI SUIT.  

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Ok guys. Go do your civic duty and VOTE!!! 



{Travel Log} A Birthday Weekend in Steamboat Springs

🎤 🎤🎤 Duh duh dah dah da da dah … they say it’s your birthday.🎤 🎤🎤 That’s what I heard this morning when I woke up … in my head. I believe that stems from years spent at birthday parties held at the long-extinct party spot, Fort Ram. My Ft. Collins peeps know what I’m talking about. Today, I’m celebrating my birthday by sitting at a table at a graduate school fair, in Syracuse. I know. It’s not fair of me to make you so jealous. 

Anyway, I had an awesome trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado a few weeks ago and wanted to give you the report. Steamboat is a town I grew up in – we had a condo there and spent most weekends there in the winter, and many in the summer. So, this report is less about exploring a new city and more about skiing and shenanigans.

I started with trip off with a quick detour to Colorado Springs to see my dad and Maria. They recently (and by recently I mean sometime since I was there three years ago…don’t judge, I got married and that took all my vacation that summer, and last summer we were buying a house, so there were no extra trips…hmm, feeling bad??) replaced their windows and installed this amazing picture window in the guest bedroom which gives a spectacular view of Pikes Peak. How awesome is that?! I hung with my dad for a night and then headed up to Steamboat. I was cheap (and by cheap, I mean not willing to pay $500 for 4 days) and rented a regular car (not an SUV) and there’s a new law in Colorado requiring snow tires or 4 wheel drive in the mountains, but the rules are kind of unclear so I was crossing my fingers the whole drive I wouldn’t get busted. I didn’t get busted, but I did hold up a line of 40 cars as I inched my way down Rabbit Ears Pass in my inadequate vehicle.

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A group of family and friends planned to meet in Steamboat for my sister’s 30th birthday: my mom and sister, Lindsay (of El Paso fame) and her mom (Sue), and Carol. My mom, sister, and I arrived first and ran out to dinner at Mambo Italiano (a tricky choice when you’re paleo)  and had a great meal. We made Carolyn wear this button from the dollar store. They forgot to put a space between “to” and “me” so it ready tome and everyone was trying to figure out what it said…but we didn’t get any free drinks or birthday brownies out of the deal :(. As we left the restaurant, it was dumping snow and we knew there was a powder day ahead! 

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Lindsay and Sue showed up and we celebrated Lindsay’s engagement and Carolyn blew out the candles on the cake she bought herself. 

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The next day we hit slopes and had the powder day I’d been hoping for since I booked the ticket. It. Was. Awesome.

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TimTheFarmer and Nate surprised me with new goggles as an early present – love them! And, to make it super awesome, Carolyn taped the birthday crown to her helmet. People said Happy Birthday to her all day – it was the coolest thing. The cutest was when little kids would shout Happy Birthday. My faith in humanity was totally restored. 

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We ended the day with a birthday beverage at T Bar – an awesome dive bar our friends own and then headed to the Truffle Pig. They had bacon wrapped dates, so I was happy. They have totally redone the base of Steamboat mountain and I couldn’t believe I was having drinks in a fancy hotel restaurant where I used to get dropped off for ski school #weirdandsad. 

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Carol met up with us and as we headed back to the condo, we ran into this guy at the bus stop. We’d seen him skiing all and had an active debate about whether his snowsuit was a sweet throwback snowsuit or a recreation. We attacked  stopped him and found out it’s from a website called Tipsy Elves. The best part was that he and his buddy ended up behind me in line to board my Southwest Airlines flight in Denver the following Monday (not in the snowsuit…and he *shockingly* barely remembered taking this picture).

We celebrated Carolyn’s birthday (again) with a yummy dinner at home followed by a craft project by Jan Jan. We were tasked with decorating paper bags and then filling them with things that represented Carolyn #onceateacheralwaysateacher I can’t show you the bags here, because things had gone a bit downhill by that point in the night. But, I can assure you that they were hilarious.

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The next day was a bluebird powder day in the ‘Boat and my mom, Carol, and I headed out while the others went cross-country skiing. We entertained ourselves by taking pics and videos of ourselves skiing the steeps, powder, and bumps, and of ourselves in my mom’s goggles #nerdalert. 

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 Oh, and the Broncos jerseys were out in force. This guys was smoking (something) and there were giant puffs of smoke coming out of his horse hat. I overheard the little ski school kids say, “Look, the Bronco is on fire.” Way to keep it classy, buddy.

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We never miss the opportunity to make someone dress up, so I wasn’t surprised at all when we met up with the rest of the crew at the base for a concert and found Carolyn in the bar line rocking the Wonder Woman-birthday cape (and crown). 

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There was a fun band at the base and this guy danced his way through the crowd. He was very liberal with his stilt kicks. It’s good most people wear ski helmets these days.

On the way to a bus, this happened. How cute is that?!

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We ate a quick dinner and bundled up to watch the Winter Carnival Night Extravaganza, where they give local skiers—ranging in age from 5-old—flares and send them skiing/snowboarding in the dark, down the mountain in a “snake,” off ski jumps, through flaming hoops, and with fireworks coming off of sleds they pull behind them. It’s wild and hard to believe a city can get away with it in these litigious times. It really speaks to how embedded this tradition is in the culture of Steamboat. 

The next day, everyone left early to get back to the Front Range before the Super Bowl. I hit the mountain for a few more hours of skiing and then drove down and arrived just as the game was starting and got big hugs from these two. It was such a fun weekend celebrating a big birthday with family and friends. I LOVE Steamboat!IMG_4664 



{Friday Favorites} – Wooden Skis are the Bee’s Knees

I know. The title is full on #nerdalert. But it rhymes and it’s Friday and it’s all I’ve got.

Anyway, today’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to deliveries from home and helpful parents.

1. Old Ski Delivery!!

Skiing is my thing. I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like living in New York, but I love it. I picked where I went to college based on proximity to ski areas #donttellmydad and even got to fulfill my childhood goals of being a ski instructor my last year of college. I’ve always had my eye on the various sets of my grandmother’s wooden skis my mom used to decorate our house. My stepdad just drove all my remaining crap possessions that were stored in their Colorado garage cross-country to move into our basement. Included in that carload was a pair of my grandma’s wooden skis as a housewarming/anniversary gift!!! Between my vintage ski posters, those ice skates I pulled from a farm attic, and these skis, it seems a ski lodge decor motif is emerging. And, the skis are from Macy’s – how cool is that?!skis

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2. Ski School

Speaking of skiing, I also got a delivery from my dad today who also decided it was time for me to have my childhood mementos … report cards, Father’s Day cards, lots of random homework, and pictures. It seems that now that we own our own home, it’s time for me to store my own stuff :). The box also had one of my season passes to Steamboat and a ski school report card. How ridiculous is my picture?? I might not have been thrilled to be going to ski school. I definitely had a love-hate relationship with ski school when I was little. I didn’t always love the really cold, hard days, but I did love the pizza, coke, and cookies from the cafeteria #priorities. These days, I’m super grateful that my parents put me in ski school for most winter weekends of my childhood because they wanted to go ski themselves develop my skills. My mom says back then it was cheaper than day care; today you have sell your kidney to pay for ski school, so looks like I’ll be doing the teaching.

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3. Parents Who Paint

Our entire house is this dingy warm white color with orangey-stained wood trim. My mom (who flew – cross-country drives aren’t her thing) arrived at our new home and said, “The walls are great shape, you don’t event need to paint!” Ha! Little did she know that I had gallons on paint ready in the basement. I wanted to move towards a crisper paint palette with light grey on the walls and white trim. Instead of a relaxing visit, we spent the last week filling holes in the trim and painting it white and painting the walls various shades of grey. My stepdad also built me an awesome bookshelf – I’ll do a whole post on that next week. My parents rock!

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4. Kitchen Islands That Face the Right Direction 

There is a long list questions I’d ask whoever built this house. Most involve lighting issues e.g. there are NO(!!!!) lights above the cook space in the kitchen. Who does that? Another big one is, “Why did you install the kitchen island backwards and far away from the kitchen?” The countertop/bar area was in the kitchen. The whole thing was very weird. So, last week we enlisted the help of my FIL and BIL to help detach and spin the island. Yippee! Now we just need to do a slight touchup to the floor where the island stood, but the new location is perfect.

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5. Old Notes

For some reason, this note was in the box my dad sent which one of my oldest friends, Lindsay, wrote her mom, who was staying with me at the time with instructions on how to turn on the TV. What a good daughter.

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