March 21, 2014

Five on Friday-Hello Spring!

Happy Friday! It's time to link up for another Five on Friday with April, Christina, Darci and Natasha.
We had the best time in Vermont for TJ's birthday! It was so nice to get away for the weekend and the change of scenery was good for all of us! We're so lucky to have the opportunity to go to Vermont {and drive there now that we are in NYC!} I've been going almost every year since I was born, and same for my brother and sister and now our families go with us, too. Woodstock is a very special place! Usually we go during the summer time, so winter was a change for us.
We drove up, got settled and took the dogs out to play in LOTS of snow. We thought New York had a lot!
Um, this is looking out of the front screen door. Note to self: stop complaining about the snow in New York.

We then celebrated the birthday boy with a few presents and headed to dinner.
On Saturday, we decided to go skiing at Killington. I will tell this story for our memory purposes and not to spare my dignity, which I left on the slopes of Killington.
Before we began our day up the slopes
All smiles
After...the last one standing skiing.
So, let me start by saying that I am not a thrill-seeker. I love life and appreciate small and big joys but I do not want to jump out of an airplane, ride rollercoasters, or go bungee jumping. I just don't. Some people do, but I'm not one of those people. My husband doesn't seem to be bothered by heights or any of those other things I mentioned, so we balance each other out a bit.
I skied in college. I've skied with TJ. I don't want to go fast or high up but I can take some enjoyment on going down some green runs. That's about it. I don't have any interest in a black, or blue for that matter, and don't talk to me about a double black diamond or I might hyperventilate. One time in Snowshoe  TJ tricked me talked me into going down on a blue and that was too much for me. So, keep that in mind. Greens are good in most cases.
I've never skied in Vermont before, but you can imagine that it's a little more intense than what I'm used to. We rode the "gondola" up verrrrrrrrry high to get to our first run. This is when I knew trouble was brewing. I told TJ this seemed a little long and most runs weren't that long, right? He assured me that some are, but most aren't. Once we got to the top of the mountain, there was nothing to do but go down. I panicked. I hadn't skied in a few years and I thought I'd have some time to practice on some bunny hills to get my confidence going. But, no such luck for this girl. Our choices were green, blue, or black. Well, let's just say about 15 seconds into the run I started crying, y'all. I realize how crazy this makes me sound, but this is what happened. I didn't like feeling out of control and I wasn't comfortable on skis and I did NOT want to go fast. Picture me snowplowing the entire way down the mountain when I wasn't falling, which was approximately every 30 seconds or so. It didn't help that a not-so-friendly skier yelled out as she flew by me "can you get out of the way, you're kind of in a bad spot". Yes, lady. I can definitely do that with no trouble at all.
Okay, so tears and falling, snowplowing, falling, tears. TJ was behind me and so patient the entire time, coaching me all the way. I just wanted to sit down and roll down this hill. It was never-ending! We were on this one green run for an HOUR. I could not believe how long it was and the only choice I had was to keep going. Whew. By the end of it my feet were numb and I marched myself right back to the car, changed into my boots and parked it in the lodge with some magazines for the remainder of the day.  We both knew it was the right call and I'm glad TJ got to do some real skiing during the afternoon. As for me, I think I'll hang up my winter sports hat for a little while. Apr├Ęs ski is really more my thing, anyways.
On Sunday, we headed to charming downtown and had a delicious breakfast at Mon Vert. Eggs,tomato,vermont cheddar, avocado and chai tea latte make for a happy girl.

 Just a couple cell phone pics of downtown. Wish I'd taken more!
We then proceeded to get stuck in the driveway since it was covered in ice and had to be towed out before leaving. One more quick stop at the outlets in Manchester and we were on our way back to the big apple. So long, winter!
Spring is here! I can hardly wait to get my toes in these cute sandals that arrived this week in celebration of spring and warmer weather to come. :)
Sadie turned 6 on Tuesday! We love her so much and she's been through so much with us during those 6 years. Our wedding, first house a move to NYC and lots of joys and sorrows that have happened in between. We're so happy she's a part of our little family.

I hope you enjoy your first weekend of spring! Lots of March madness on our agenda this weekend. Let's go Duke and Cal Poly! :)
Thanks so much for stopping by!


In This Wonderful Life said...

I'm glad you guys had a good trip! I've been SWOONING over those shoes! <3

Shauna said...

I grew up in Upstate NY and skied Killington quite a bit- such a beautiful area! If only I could talk my husband into learning how to ski!

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