Monday, March 16, 2009

Tuck and roll...

OK, so this will probably be the last post about my experiences with that "road" they call Robie Creek. Yep, I know you're getting tired of hearing about my sick obsession... Anyhooo..

We - meaning Alyssa and Mrs. Brooks (AKA Joni) - ventured out Saturday morning with the clear intentions of running to the blessed summit to get a beautiful view of the smoggy Boise valley and work out our legs in the process. It was steep, friends, steep, muddy, icy, snowy, and treacherous. The diamonds I talked about last week, well fugedaboudit... There were definitely no diamonds and no sparkling anythings around us. Just ice, mud, and snow, oh, and a foot trench running down the middle of the road.

Well, we headed up, trying to avoid the thought of having to actually come back down without cross country skis... Scary thought, but it had to be done.

"I really don't want to fall," I thought.

"I really don't want to fall," Joni said out loud, and just because she said it, IT HAPPENED.

I turned around to see her rolling down the road (just a couple of rotations) and squealing (just a little bit) and imagining (just remembering) about those days when motion sickness didn't take over and I could roll down a grassy green hill FOR FUN. Poor Joni. What a trooper. She is just fine - well except that today she told me she felt like she'd gotten a tetanus shot in her arm where she landed... sorry I wasn't there to grab you, friend...

We made it down, and we even had a pretty good laugh about the whole incident. I know, it's not nice to laugh when someone falls as they're running down a steep road with icy patches just waiting to grab their foot.

But, boy, can she tuck and roll!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Back country road "diamonds"

"Diamonds" are a girl's best friend.
Especially when she is running amidst thousands of them up a snowy back country road in 12 inches of the white stuff with her faithful dog for 2 hours. It was a beautiful run:
Quiet, except for the babbling creek and the occasional Billy Idol song mixed with some Journey and AC/DC when I got tired of the creek.
Sunny, except when I went around a turn and the sun disappeared around a steep peak.
Refreshing, except when snow got in my shoes and up my pant legs.
Invigorating, until I stopped to walk the last half mile to my car - then I felt the miles!
Still, except for the occasional "hello" to another endorphin junkie going the other direction.

Yes, "diamonds" are a girls' best friend. Followed by powerade and water at the end of the run!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Two Word Wednesday: GOT IN!!!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Love List

March is here and spring is soon to arrive...right? (Spring will arrive soon...right?) 'Cuz I.AM.READY!

Before I get too far away from that holiday I call Valentine's a couple of weeks ago, I thought I'd make a list of things I love since I like lists like that and since I've been involved in several "girlfriend" lists and have read their lists...Wow, can you say "run-on sentence"? Anyway, you get the gist: I didn't write anything about Valentine's Day or what I love and I'm gonna do it now:

I love reading all my favorite blogs!
I love reading my children's blogs!
I love pretty jewelry. Love it.
I love homemade wheat bread that my visiting teacher brings me.
I love my friend's crocheted dish rags - uh, they are the bomb!
I love to crunch on ice after it's been in the water for about 30 minutes.
I love to run outside on a sunny spring Saturday morn!
I love an empty laundry basket!
I love the smell of Billy!
I love to play with Payton's fluffy white hair!
I love watching Kourtni's long legged leaps down the basketball court.
I love my soft bed!
I love my brown boots-even when I'm cleaning the bathroom in them...
I love planting flowers. That's it. The planting part, not the keeping alive part.
I love laughing at funny e-mails Sally, Emily, Teressa, Carolyn, Aly, Ashlee, Chalae, and Tresa send me.
I love finding a good deal - like boxes of tampons for $1 EACH!
I love Ross...the store not the intern...
I love Lindsay's natural waves in her thick hair.
I love eating my oatmeal with honey and walnuts each morning.
I love to see my old friends on Facebook.
I love the sunrise.
I love the sunset and the way it makes the Boise foothills purple. love it.
I love to think of Alyssa as a BYU coed!
I love to visit Utah and get a hair overhaul while I'm there.
I love to come back home and kiss Billy!
I love to go to bed knowing that all my children are home and accounted for.

What do you love?