Lest you think my return to blogging is going to be all cancer all the time, this post is going to be the fun catch-up photo-packed post I intended to write yesterday.
On September 16, 2011, I became an aunt for the third time. Meet Victoria:
Here she is again during her first trip to New York City for Thanksgiving:
In December I once again used more butter and sugar than is generally advisable and hosted my tenth annual dessert party. It turned out to be one of my favorite parties ever. I especially enjoyed the end when I was able to sit down and talk with the last of my guests until about 2 am.
For Christmas my parents and I celebrated with my sister and her husband Christmas Eve and the drove to Yellowstone on Christmas day for my dad's dream vacation.
I say it was my dad's dream vacation but really, my mom seemed to enjoy herself as well.
Okay, I'm going to just go ahead and share a bunch of photos from Yellowstone because it was all so magical and beautiful I can't just pick a couple.
Everyone did snow angels:
This is the part where a nearly had an anxiety attack when I thought this bison was going to climb up on the walkway and charge me:
To my relief, he just wanted to get on the other side:
So much laughing that trip:
Waiting for Old Faithful:
I talked my mom into trying snow shoeing with me . . . and she loved it!
It helped that seeing this was one of the rewards for our efforts:
One of the best moments was this one, curled up on the cozy couches in the lodge, drinking hot chocolate and eating yummy snacks.
I suggest booking your winter wonderland trip to Yellowstone soon. It was one of my favorites.
Speaking of winter wonderland, I did a lot of snowboarding this winter. Including my first trip to Maine!
It was beautiful and fun despite the fact that I was nearly taken out by a migraine and ended up fighting naseau throughout our fancy dinner (meaning, I didn't eat at the nicest restaurant we went to).
More East Coast riding at the beginning of February with friends at a tiny little resort called Bellayre.
Friends old and new to enjoy it with:
And to tow me through the flat parts (skier friends can be useful!):
I spoke at a conference in Dallas in February which gave me the opportunity to spend the weekend catching up with friends and getting a tour tailor-made for my entertainment.
This place was bizarre but my friends knew I would love it:
I was taught in the correct form for "hook 'em" by a couple of alums.
And like I said, took in the local attractions (I'm sure the photo is crooked because I was laughing too hard):
In March it was off for more fun in the snow - a Utah ski vacation with three east coasters who were in for a shock with all of the vertical and powder:
Like I said, deep powder can be an adjustment for ice-riders from the east!
We stayed at Solitude (how fun to be a tourist in my home-state!) and one night several of my local friends joined us for dinner at The Yurt.
We snow-shoed to the Yurt:
Here it is!
And then we enjoyed a five course meal and lots of laughter.
Leaving the Yurt:
Post-Yurt there were some antics in the snow:
And of course there was all the snowboarding: The Canyons, Solitude, Snowbird and back to Solitude again. Here I am at the top of the Tram at Snowbird, the day I decided to take up ninja riding:
My black diamond companion . . . he thought he was so much better than me in Maine but I'm faster on powder!
Unfortunately I had to take a number of conference calls and keep an eye on email.
One of my better falls of the trip:
This was the first day of spring:
Honeycomb Canyon may be one of my favorite places on earth:
And finally, here I am feeling rather bad ass:
There have been many other fun things over the last few months like hosting a visit from a friend that included seeing the Green Day musical on Broadway - American Idiot. It was amazing! And I was never even a Green Day fan! Other than that we mostly ate that weekend, one of my favorite pass times.
And for Easter I finally went and saw the Highline here in New York. I highly recommend it, especially with the warm weather here at last.
Now I believe you are all caught up!