Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Red Rocks Under my Wheels

I can smell the dessert air just looking at these pictures from last year and it is not too long before I put my endurance to the test on April 5 – 6 for NMBS #2NOVA National, McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Fountain Hills, Arizona. This will be race number one on my list for this season.

I am excited to race and especially with others whom I don't know. I will try my hardest to race above my comfort level and I am looking forward to the challenge! I have had the opportunity to ride the Red Rocks in Sedona these past several years (which happens to be some of my favorite riding) on our mountain bike vacations and I loved every moment of it. The loose rocks, tight single track lined with cacti, ledgy boulders and big sky make for an exciting ride and the views that are awesome. So I am hoping the course will not be too unfamiliar to me and my skill level. I am not sure what to expect from the course which sits outside the Phoenix area but I am sure it will be fun. I was really surprised to hear about some of our other friends that will be racing too which will make it all the more fun and a great start to this year’s race season. So until then…I have something to focus on and get myself even more motivated.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008

What is that?

Thanks to E for bringing his "YAT" which provided hours of entertainment at this weekends Alterra Party. It's all in the twist of the nipple and...

Monday, February 11, 2008

The finishing touches to that never ending project

After months of tedious labor, Ty a.k.a. DIY King! is putting together the final details of the never ending bathroom renovation. This started about 6 years ago with tearing off the ugly marble wall paper the previous owners had hanging. When we moved in we were told that the bathroom was recently remodeled but wait a minute... they forgot to consult with a designer. I think they were trying to match the wall paper with the floor and then decided to re-do the bathroom tile in this lovely south west look. For some reason, 1930's retro tile does not go with south west. To top it off my dear DIY husband said the tile is in perfect condition and we are not tearing it down, there was nothing wrong with it. So I was stuck with determining how to make this all come together. At first we tried a butter cream paint but that made the lovely bathroom tile look brown, so that was axed. I decided to go for white. The best thing is the shower curtain will cover up the ugly tile on the walls and I can then play with the color from the floor. I did not want to go with green since my kitchen is silver sage and the up stairs foyer is in two tones of green. I am stuck on ideas for accents since I am limited with the colors to the tile floor. The bathroom on the first floor is half black and white so black paint was out of the question. I do not like the goldish yellow nor the pink. Who ever put this color combination together must be a genious.

The original tile floor to this old house still in excellent condition. They sure don't make things like they used to.

How does this go with the floor??????????????????????

New medicine chest which was fit into the wall just perfectly. No one can tell the demolitions that took place to get the ****** in the wall.

Ty is so happy to get this project done and me off his back. He told me after hooking up the faucets tonight he is having a beer which is very unlike him on a work night. I never knew I married such talent and consider myself a lucky gal. His only request was that i make him a big pan of brownies. Now that was easy!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Recovery Food

Salmon Filet with Rosemary & Garlic

Steamed Sugar Snap Peas with a dash of sesame oil

Spinach and Arugula Salad with toasted pine nuts, a bit of fresh thyme, carmalized onions and Boars Head Bacon with a touch of balsamic vinegar and shaved parmesean cheese.

Hand full of fresh bluberries for dessert

Glass of white wine.

Let's see if this works.

Sit and Spin

Go Round and Round! Spin Around provides a safe indoor activity for days you can’t get outside. Sure to provide laughs and burn off energy.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Quote of the Day

A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde

Monday, February 04, 2008

Work up the appetite

Sunday morning I got together with Claire, Carlos, Zach and Sonia and hit the East side for a fun ride. There was a debate weather to ride fat tires or skinny tires and actually they both handled the slush and icy snow just perfect. We hit the Oak Leaf Trails first which were covered in packed snow which made for a good warm up heading out of the city. Once we hit the road, Sonia and I had our workout for the day cut out for us. We put in some good efforts to keep up with the cyclocross and fixie bikes and in the end worked up a good lumberjack appetitie to belly up to Maharaja Indian Cuisine for all you can eat buffett! I can't wait till next week!