It's been a while. I finished finals on the 10th and have been enjoying a little time off. I made the honor roll again and I'm anticipating my special certificate in the mail so I can sit, look at it ,and giggle. So, this is what I've been up to lately:
Jed Conklin photographed me recently. Here are just a few of the photos:
Wetsuit, fins, and goggles by Aqua Sphere. Photo concept: completely Jed's idea.
Christmas came and went. My boys say they still believe in Santa Claus although I'm suspicious; Tabor is almost 12 and Hayden just turned 8. This was our first Christmas with separate households, and I have to say, it was delightful. I no longer have double ovens and a 6 burner gas cooktop, but I made a mean prime rib and was surrounded by great company. It was a gift to have my whole family here, crammed in this little house with leaking pipes and creaky floors. The boys were wonderful and excited as always--kids just make Christmas cool. My family spoiled them with gifts and smoochie kisses, and my dad made his traditional soup on Christmas eve. Good friends joined us for dinner and somehow we ended up dancing and singing Fleetwood Mac in the kitchen; the only casualties being burnt popovers and a melted spatula. It was a good ol' Peterson Christmas with a splash of Nelsons.
The day after Christmas, I got up at 6am and went skate skiing. I watched the sunrise as I drove up the mountain, and when I got there, there wasn't a soul in site. I was able to break in the trails that crisp cold morning, all by myself. If you haven't tried skate skiing, you really should. It's challenging but it's great cross training for the bike and a fantastic way to enjoy winter here in Spokane. If you're interested in just trying it, you can rent skis at Fitness Fanatics for a reasonable fee.
Tomorrow, I'm off to San Diego to visit Shelby for a week and get some mild-weather training in. It'll be a nice little vacation before school starts back up. Stay tuned, I hope to post some photo documentation of our adventures. At the very least, it'll be entertaining.