Yearly Archives: 2015

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

Since Ash & Tom migrated West 2 years ago, have landed a mighty good place for the holidays.  This year celebrated ‘1st Christmas’ in their new Westminster home.

Lucky in life, super grateful.

Traditionally, holidays can be a difficult time of year.  Reflecting, memorializing…remembering ‘the good ole days’.  Empty nest syndrome.

TECH up, Gen Xers – think, what we didn’t have in 1980?  iPhones, iPads, FaceTime, Skype.  Face-to-face, real-time communication ‘cross multiple time zones.  This is the stuff Disney only imagined in his Carousel of Progress.  Folks, we’re there!

Opened presents with family LIVE at 10, noon & 1 – FAAANNNTASTIC!


Blog Familia: Love & appreciate ya’ll 🙂  Hope you feasted BIG, felt spoiled & shared lotta laughs with friends & loved ones.  Merry Christmas & God Bless!



Patti Labelle: I’m Christmasing with You



A sudden and unexpected snowstorm hit Boulder on Tuesday, dumping nearly a foot of snow on the city, mucking up traffic and prompting school closures across the county.


The city of Boulder officially recorded 11.3 inches of snow for the duration of the storm…and brings the total snowfall in Boulder during December this year to 14 inches.


Running season over, marathon count holiday-stalled at 49: 2013 (2), 2014 (15), 2015 (32).  Long year, lotta travel.

Plans for my first weekend off?  Snowshoe hike, nothing like a snow day 🙂  BIG SNOW four days prior – good reason for my first trailhead adventure with the Jeep.  Whole lotta sunshine, gonna be a great day for a December shoe-hike.

Loaded up Ro & headed west thru Boulder Canyon to Nederland, center-town right, 5 minutes+ past Eldora Ski Resort – kicked into 4WD & plowed UP County Road 130 to Hessie Trailhead.  No stopping ‘til we reached the ranger road closure 2 miles down.

Today’s hike destination: Lost Lake, a 3.6-mile out & back trail.

Super easy summer hike, ridiculously crowded camping.  Add a couple feet of snow?  Just ‘bout perfect.  My shoes are older…probably due for a new pair – but Ro doesn’t care.  Off leash & snow, combo my dog lives for.

Surrounded by pine & heavy snow – slight elevation climb 9,000 to 9,800ft – reached Lost Lake in just over an hour.  Highlight: listening to the popping, cracking ice – water moving under the lake surface, heating/shifting in the high altitude sun.  Twice Ro spooked, barked, charged his invisible predator.  LAKE MONSTER!!  LOL>

Tick, tick, tick…only 6 days ’til Christmas.  Nothing like a snow hike to get ya in the mood 🙂



Tooting my own horn again (surprise, surprise) – in addition to completing 32 marathons in 32 different states in 2015, put my creative cap on, focused & custom-designed Christmas cards this year.  AND they came out looking AWESOME!

One time a year it’s still ok to go ‘old school’ & USPS greetings to friends & family.  LOVE it 🙂

ALSO, über appreciative of my employer’s unique ways to give back each Holiday Season.

In addition to sponsoring a Company gingerbread house competition (my Team lost, ‘cause I may have bent the rules…again), this year each employee chose a charity close to their heart & dropped the name in a box near HR.  After our games concluded, ALL charities were revealed & it was announced EVERY charity would receive a $100.  Classy, huh?

Sometimes the ‘little guys’ do a mighty good job at getting it right.  Thanks PS.


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