Christmas

One of my favorite holidays

Christmas Eve highlights:

  • Putting my skills to use tiling the new shower and making a mess
  • Getting dressed up for the Christmas Eve service at church
    This is actually the day before but I like this outfit too much to miss posting a picture

    This is actually the day before but I like this outfit too much to miss posting a picture

    Family

    Family

    The attitude is natural

    The attitude is natural

    The height is not

    The height is not

  • Busting out the chocolate fountainIMAG1365
  • Stabbing myself in the finger with a fondue fork while using previously mentioned chocolate fountain…

Christmas:

  • Presents! New Garmin watch that is probably way too advanced for meIMAG1375
  • Remote control trucks to race (I’m the current champ and my sister is still a dirty cheat)IMAG1373
  • Fresh, homemade cinnamon rolls (my favorite)IMAG1374
  • Playing Just Dance 4
  • More tasty food made by my mom
  • Watching The Hobbit in 3D

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Music Monday: “Pabst Blue Ribbon on Ice” by The Amity Affliction

I almost wouldn’t use this song because I absolutely hate the name. I have no idea what that has to do with anything, plus that’s just a really long song title. I like a bunch of other songs by The Amity Affliction that I almost used instead but this is probably my favorite (besides their cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die”). Don’t really know what it is about this song but I just love it

“If my eyes are the oceans that put your head in the clouds then your heart is the reason I keep my feet on the ground. I’ve just watched the world turning, kept my head held up high, kept my feet on the ground, kept the hope in my eyes.”

Legs

I generally like my legs. They get me around, most of my favorite activities involve my legs, and they look pretty great in knee socks too. What I don’t like is when they wake me up in the middle of the night. There have been a couple of times in the past that I’ve woken up because I randomly got a cramp in one of my calf muscles (I don’t mean like a cow but as in my gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, this is what PT school has taught me). I’m usually a heavy sleeper so it’s obviously pretty painful if it wakes me up. Usually it hurts so I wake up and try to relax my leg and then it’s fine. Well the other night I woke up around 4am with a cramp  not in just one leg but in both. My legs had somehow gotten so tight that I was wide awake and felt like my legs were trying to detach themselves from the rest of my body. I have no idea how or why this happens but it has got to be one of the worst ways to wake up. Apparently I need to stretch more, guess it’s time to get back in to yoga!IMAG1335

Music Monday: “Put the Gun Down” by ZZ Ward

I heard this song on The Pulse (XM) the other day and I actually really liked it. For some reason I have a tendency to not like listening to female singers, there are a few that I like but in general any time I hear a female voice on the radio I change the station. That’s actually what I did at first with this song too but my other go-to station was a a commercial or something so I switched back. I was really surprised when I liked the song, especially since it was like a typical pop song or ballad like I usually expect. I listened to the rest of her album Til the Casket Drops and she has a great voice as well as a mix of bluesy rock with a tiny bit of hip-hop sound that I liked a lot, fun to listen to but also kind of relaxing. Definitely worth checking out if you want a little bit of a different sound

Falling

I’ve taken plenty of falls in my life. I fell off my bike plenty of times when I was a kid, I’ve still got the scars on my knees to prove it. I think my worst fall on a bike was when I was 14 and we were mountain biking out at 18 road in Fruita, Colorado. Like always my dad and my brother were way ahead of me. So I’m riding along until a rock stops me dead in my tracks (it’s mountain biking, out of all the rocks I don’t know what this ones problem was) and it threw me over my handle bars. I remember the first thing to hit the ground was my right hand before the rest of me came down. My arm hurt and it took me a minute to get up but I could handle the pain enough to ride the rest of the way back. It was hurting worse and I realized that soon after getting off my bike I bent my elbow up and then couldn’t move it anymore and that pain was intense. My dad of course didn’t care (thanks Dad) and by the time I got home it hurt so bad I was in tears as soon as I saw my mom (the person I knew would be a little more sympathetic). It was the weekend so my mom took me to docs on call for an xray the next day. Turns out I had dislocated my elbow, either it just subluxed (out and right back in) or it relocated after riding my bike back. Either way I was lucky that nothing was broken and just had to be in a sling for a week before the pain stopped and I could move my arm again.

Snowboarding is probably actually where I’ve had the most falls. When I started snowboarding that’s basically all I did; falling over and over for hours. Then I finally figured out what I was doing and I didn’t fall as much but when I did they were usually a lot harder. I remember falling once right after coming off of Bill’s Run through Looky Looky (at Powderhorn) catching an edge and hitting hard enough that I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to move after that. One of the scarier and more recent falls that I had must have been the last year that I had a season pass at Powderhorn, 2011 I think. I had taken either Mudslide or Thunder Mountain Glade (possibly my 2 favorite runs) and I’d just gone through a really fun boulder field and was just going through the last few trees before coming out on Snowcloud. I usually go through that boulder field pretty fast, mostly because it’s fun and because if the powder is deep enough you can get stuck.  I was being stupid and not wearing a helmet even though my mom was always reminding me, especially when I’m alone going through trees.  I caught my back edge just after I got into the trees and came down backwards and was sliding on my back. It’s weird how slow things seem to go in your mind even when everything is actually going really fast. In the 2-3 that I was sliding on the ground all I was thinking was “oh crap, I know there’s a tree that I’m sliding headfirst for.” I managed to jerk my body around enough that I just hit the tree with the side of my leg. It hit me right around the top of my boot and it hit hard enough that I decided that was my last run for the day. Thank God I hit my leg instead because if it had been my head I probably would have been lucky to get away with just a concussion. 

No falls here

No falls here

Never mind snowboarding might not be what I’ve fallen the most while doing. I’m sure it’s actually rock climbing. Why I didn’t think about that sooner though is probably because very few of my falls while climbing have been bad. People hear about rock climbing and think it’s dangerous or scary, but really it’s probably one of the safest things I’ve done. I’ve always got plenty of things to protect me if I fall while climbing. Now if you’re into free soloing than that’s a totally different story…The only time I really even have a chance to hurt myself when falling is when I’m bouldering, and with padded floors and crash pads those have pretty much always been okay. If I fall (or more likely jump) from the top of a bouldering route I might twist my ankle or hurt my knees a bit if I land wrong but that’s about it. When I’m actually top roping the falls are sometimes scary but it’s not like I’m really falling.

Even letting go from here is ok

Even letting go from here is ok

Even with all the falls I’ve taken until last Sunday I’ve never fallen while running. I’ve slipped while hiking and even tripped while just walking, but I’ve never before actually falling while I was running. I had gone running at Rustler’s Loop near Loma, Colorado the Friday after Thanksgiving and it was probably my best run ever out there. Then Sunday I almost didn’t go because I was being lazy and getting ready to head back to Mesquite, but I decided I shouldn’t be so lazy and go run. My run already started off poorly, I don’t really know what it was but I wasn’t running very well and I wasn’t doing a very good job of pushing myself. I was just about halfway through my run when I caught my foot on a rock right in the middle of the trail.

The culprit

The culprit

I don’t know if I had looked down at my watch or what but I completely missed it and hit the ground. I’m pretty sure I slid a couple feet after coming down. Every time I fall I wish that life somehow had instant replay, seriously, I want to know what actually happened because it goes way too fast to process. Even though it hurt I was really mostly surprised. I sprang right back up off the ground though because I knew some bikers were pretty close behind me and more than being concerned about getting run over it was mostly my ego that I was protecting. Luckily I think they were far enough back that they didn’t see my fall, at least they didn’t say anything so that means they were jerks and didn’t care or were being nice and sparing me ego. I think they just didn’t see though. Right away I noticed my right hand and left knee hurt, they were the most scraped up.

My knees have taken some beatings

My knees have taken some beatings

The reason I've been wearing a glove for the last week at work

The reason I’ve been wearing a glove for the last week at work

But when I started to walk I realized that it was actually my toe that I had caught on the rock that hurt the worst. It kinda felt like my toenail wasn’t quite where it was supposed to be so I took my shoe off and noticed my sock was already bloody. I was scared to take that off cause I really didn’t want to find out the status of my toenail attachment. Fortunately the nail was mostly intact but I somehow had torn up the skin over the whole end on my toe.IMAG1258 Apparently I kicked that rocked pretty hard, it got back at me by throwing my to the ground. In a great coincidence I was able to salvage a bandaid from my heal that was protecting an on blister from some other shoes and used that to keep the skin in place on my toe. IMAG1256I was seriously right around the halfway point of this loop and had to walk back limping. Luckily I had just passed where the road goes across the trail and I knew this would cut off part of the distance so I walked back to the road and took it back to my car. By the time I got back to my car I was really thinking that I should have just been lazy and stayed home. But what’s life without experiences right? Also me and my brother had just been talking the day before because he was telling me about falling while mountain biking that day. I said something about having less distance to fall while running so it’s not as bad. Well I’m only 5’3″ and I can say that even that far of a fall is still pretty painful.

Didn't noticed till I was driving home that I scraped this leg too, ankle, knee, and bruised all the way up by my hip. Apparently I should have worn tights that day

Didn’t noticed till I was driving home that I scraped this leg too, ankle, knee, and bruised all the way up by my hip. Apparently I should have worn tights that day (hard to see in this pic)

Music Monday: “The Reason” by Hoobastank

The Reason is probably one of my all time favorite songs but I actually hadn’t heard it in a long time until a couple of weeks ago. A couple of the XM stations have been playing it the last few weeks and it was great to remember this song. I think a lot of people have that person that’s been a big reason for them to change something in their life so I think this song is something that a lot of people can relate to. Plus it really just makes me happy when I hear it

Thanksgiving

Yeah, yeah, I’m way behind. I meant to catch up and even get ahead on my blogging over the long Thanksgiving weekend when I was back “home” where there is actually wifi, but I was lazy and didn’t and I’m just now getting around to updating. Anyway, last week for Thanksgiving I had that Thursday and Friday off and fortunately since the schedule at Fit wasn’t too bad in the afternoon on Wednesday I got to leave a bit early so I could actually get to GJ sometime before midnight. The drive wasn’t bad and I made it there in 5 and a half hours (I never went more than 85mph I swear, I just didn’t go much under that either, even when the speed limit was 55,oops?). I even got there early enough that I had time to go hang out with Donny, Tabitha, and Ben over at Ale House; some of my favorite people to be out with. Obviously then it was Thanksgiving, I had thought about running that morning but instead slept in before getting up to start some baking/cooking.

Just getting started

Just getting started

I was making cheese potatoes and since the turkey was occupying the oven I had to come up with a plan b. Lucky for me Roberta has an awesome Pampered Chef casserole dish that you can use in the microwave, I figured it was my only option since usually these potatoes take 2-3 hours to cook and there’s no way that was gonna work. Managed to get them just right after about 45 minutes in the microwave (that’s a guess, I wasn’t actually paying attention to how long I put them in there) and about 15 minutes in the oven after to get the top crispy.

I forgot to take a picture before so here's the way less pretty half-eaten version

I forgot to take a picture before so here’s the way less pretty half-eaten version

Worked out perfect! After those were done I started in on some pumpkin spice cupcakes. I had looked through a few recipes and finally found one that sounded good and they were pretty awesome (I’ll post the recipe sometime).

Pumpkin spice cupcakes

Pumpkin spice cupcakes

So after hours and hours of cooking everyone was there and ready to eat. I think we all took about 20 minutes to be finished. Seriously? Hours of prep for that? But totally worth it.

It all fit with the awesome new countertops, finally!

It all fit with the awesome new countertops, finally!

The one thing I still can’t seem to get right though is the turkey gravy, everyone said it was good but it’s still not up to my standards. Gonna have  to have turkey again soon just so my mom can show me the right way (or maybe it’s just one of those things that my mom will always do better). I got to see a few friends, go running, do some shopping, and finally saw Breaking Dawn part 2 (OMG!) too and had a great Thanksgiving weekend before heading back to Mesquite