2017

We moved to Mammoth Mountain for the winter!

We moved to Mammoth Mountain for the winter!

In a dramatic turn of events in our crazy little lives, Nick and I up and moved to Mammoth Mountain for the winter.  We can't help but feel a little insane, extremely blessed, and totally unprepared for this new adventure.

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Learning to Monoski in Mammoth - Jan 2017

The irony is thick going to Mammoth to snowboard as soon as we get back into California after being in our RV for 6 months.

Six months ago when we gave everything away, rented our house, and moved into an RV, I got rid of my snowboard, boots, and snow jacket. Gone. Given away. What the hell would I need snow gear in the RV for? Well, I regret that decision now, after spending $100 on snowboard rental over the weekend.

Mammoth Mountain in the Eastern Sierras experienced record snow dump this month which made a trip up there sound like heaven. 

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We immediately called the Disabled Sports of Eastern Sierra to see about getting Nick on the slopes using a monoski. We had no idea if he could even manage walking in snow, let alone if he would enjoy sitting in a bucket riding down the slopes.

Well, he loved it!  And I loved getting back on the snowboard after 6 years. 

Nick took four 2 1/2 hour lessons on the monoski. It's a steep learning curve. The first day brought frustration as he struggled to stay upright, and only ended up getting on the chair lift to the bunny slope once at the very end of the day.

But day two was different. He got it! He got it fast. The first 2 1/2 hours (his 3rd lesson) he got faster and faster on the bunny slope. The second 2 1/2 hours he went on a variety of intermediate lifts and was shredding hard. I tried, but I just couldn't keep up!

The best part of the 4th lesson was having our friends and brother join in. It really felt like we were all riding together, Nick in the lead.

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Post snowboarding yoga sesh. 

Post snowboarding yoga sesh. 

The six of us stayed at a gorgeous condo in Mammoth where Nick and I shared the loft upstairs.

We did tons of yoga to loosen up from snowboarding all day, laughed until we cried while playing Cards Against Humanity and Midnight Taboo, sat by the fire and just enjoyed one anothers company.

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This seemingly innocent little snow trip has been life changing for us.

Since we've been home for a few days now we have decided to move up there for the rest of the winter.

More on that to come!

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New Years Eve in Texas

The last day of 2016 took us to two new places: Houston and Austin, Texas. Technically we pulled into Houston late the night before and slept in a Lowe's parking lot, but we woke up in Houston and that's what counts.  

When we left New Orleans early due to a guaranteed rainy New Years Eve, we drove 6 or so hours to get to the east side of Houston, where it rained all morning on us anyway. 

We only had one thing on our agenda in Houston: go to Crossfit Uncontested for a workout. This particular gym is co-owned by an incredibly inspiring double amputee athlete whom I follow on Instagram. I really wanted for us to meet Zack Ruhl since we were rolling through Houston. 

But of course, as luck would have it, he wasn't there and we never got to meet him, but we did get to meet the other co-owner Warren Randle and do a workout with him. He was such an incredible host to us. We were the only ones there except when his buddy Mo came by. 

That's Warren on the right, and I'm next to Mo who builds bad ass custom bicycles in Houston. 

That's Warren on the right, and I'm next to Mo who builds bad ass custom bicycles in Houston. 

After the workout I knew we had to eat BBQ in Houston so I asked the guys where they would go if they only had time for one epic meal in Houston. 

Best BBQ in Houston

Next thing you know we are loading up in Warrens Jeep in the pouring rain and he is driving us into the city for lunch.

You can just tell this is going to be good! 

You can just tell this is going to be good! 

I'm pretty sure Warren ended up driving us to Triple J's himself because, well, it's in the hood. This was some legit, downhome barbecue made by a bunch of southern brothers. They were busy too!

I think we all had the tender pork ribs (best ever!), savory green beans, and  BBQ beans. Warren made sure we got their 2-layer sweet cream cake that reminded me of carrot cake and was definitely not keto. 

Let's go to Austin, baby!

Warren made our morning in Houston perfect and we left for Austin feeling good and ready to see our friends for a New Years Eve party.

Claire is always the life of the party! 

Claire is always the life of the party! 

Our old friends Claire and Danilo bought a house in Austin about a year ago and were hosting their first NYE party with neighbors, coworkers, and two sets of California friends (that includes us, even though they didn't know they were having us over until the last minute).

Even MIA had a party hat.  

Even MIA had a party hat.  

A quaint group of about 30 people who became new friends, tons of unique food, clear skies, a forest bonfire in their backyard, sparklers, a proper countdown to midnight, and Fireball shots (none for me thank you) and I'd say we had an incredible New Years Eve!  

Happy New Year 2017! 

Happy New Year 2017! 

It felt so good to spend New Years Eve with people we love. Originally we wanted to do it in New Orleans just to experience something different. We never do stuff like that. But since it didn't work out, I'm so grateful we were able to connect and spend time with Claire and Danilo whom we haven't seen in years. 

Start the year with yoga!

The first day of each new year is significant to me, even if only symbolically. But energetically I find that it's important to set the momentum off in a positive way.

So Nick and I began 2017 with a 2-hour yoga practice at Eastside Yoga here in Austin completing 108 Sun Salutations with their community.  

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It rotated through five teachers, in a packed, well-lit room. We were sweating and moving in unison, breathing in unison, and all sharing a space that held the spirit of our individual commitments to loving ourselves fully in the new year.  

For me, it got really challenging in the last 6 of the 108 salutations. Mentally I was ready to be done, and I could tell already that my shoulders would be sore the next day. But up until the end there, I was focused and feeling good! I'm so proud of Nick for joining me and being a strong neighbor who never gave up or even took a break. 

A small sample of funky Austin artwork on a pillar outside the yoga studio. 

A small sample of funky Austin artwork on a pillar outside the yoga studio. 

Happy New Year all! To repeat what one of the teachers said several times during the 108 salutations, "No one is more deserving of your love and affection than you are." 

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