What have you bought that was worth the money?

Besides a national park pass, the best thing I’ve spent my money on is family pictures. We didn’t have engagement pictures done. We set a timer on an old fashioned nineties camera on a hike and went with those. I didn’t have a dime so I didn’t know better. When we went to Hawaii for the first time, I wanted to book a professional to take pictures of our family. It was one of my best purchases.

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2009 The North Shore

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The only constant is change……

I was just watching a youtube video I came across where the stars are going to cut back on their daily vlog. I feel like this is a world I do not comprehend. I mean these people grew up with reality tv and youtube. It is my children’s world. I do not get it. They make a lot of money showing up to their fans EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I’m not sure it’s worth it.  I have seen very little reality tv. I grew up watching soap operas. I guess it’s the same thing. We used to be down in SOCAL on vacation in the eighties and we’d have to record (ha ha) the soap and watch it every night with my aunt. =Same thing, different day.  Anyway, I am dealing with a lot of “constants” right now. I’m thinking about adding video content to my blog or doing something on gasp…. :0 Youtube. I hate to hear recordings of my voice, but it may just be the best medium we have for communication. I just heard that in Japan the most famous singer is now computer generated. HA HA.. So I guess I could get a computer-generated voice. It’s a new frontier.

The last day of twenty 17.

It’s New Year’s Eve. I’m a big partier. I’ll be watching Stranger Things tonight. My teen begged and begged us to get Netflix. I don’t watch much on tv, but we’ve been catching up on it during the Christmas break. I’m kind of into it. We already had a big walk today and went to church. 2017 was an awesome year. We woke up in Utah for a snowy hike on the first day of the year. Hiking is something most everybody can do. I like to emphasize that it takes NO skill. Everybody seems to need to be the best at something and a mountain really doesn’t care how fast you go up it. The same with a walking trail. Every town on the planet has a place to walk. I’ve walked in some of the most urban places and some of the most remote. You can find enJOYment in walking. I also biked this year in Central Park for the first time. You can circle the whole park without breaking a sweat on a nice temperate May day.  I enjoy a leisurely bike ride whenever possible and renting a bike on a trip is extra fun. I’m not going to be racing anybody. I’m out for the fresh air and a bit of physical fitness. I will definitely be finding some new and old hiking destinations in 2018. I hope you will too. Happy New Year!!!!

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We had a white Christmas in Boise, Idaho. 

 

‘Tis the season for a GYM PASS… :0

I’m not a follower. I always do my own thing. I am really bad with directions on even the simplest projects. So….. I joined a gym again after a few years off from my previous diligent,  yet not psycho gym attendance. (—but I didn’t do it for the new year I joined in early November…) Anyway, I walked into the gym knowing that I was already going to join. It was not very simple as I had to have a tour and tell them my life story and agree to a health assessment before I could finally just JOIN. Anyway, I am back in fitness classes and having a good time. I was incredibly weak on my upper body the first few classes, but immediately I started to get stronger. The weeks passed and I had to go to my assessment. I really wanted to get my actual age info. but they didn’t give it to me probably cause I said no to the personal training 10 times and needed to leave. I really didn’t want to miss my yoga class for the week for that. The local yoga teacher has a fond need of calling me out to fix my poses and like I said above, I’m not good with directions. However, it’s an amazing class. She has some incredible moves, but I’m content to be improving on my upper body strength. The snazzy poses…… I might never get to.  My advice if you join a gym in the next few weeks or ever. Go. Don’t be a statistic that pays and makes the gym richer for nothing.

November….

I don’t recall ever enjoying autumn colors quite like I have this year. We lived in fall foliage country for 4 years. #Pennslyvania My mother was quite sad when we moved back West that she wouldn’t get to see the fall foliage tapestry anymore. (We don’t have a sea of leafy trees out here.) Maybe it was the fact that we ran our air conditioning all the time this summer. Or………. It was that school started with sports/outdoor activities canceled due to air quality warnings from the wildfires in the Western USA. It is hard to describe how awful it is when you have always known fresh air and you suddenly do not have it anymore. Thanks to the firefighters who tirelessly fight the fires! Luckily, it was only awful for a week. Anyway, cool temperatures were very welcome this year. I am a snow person, but this year seeing orange and maroon leaves falling like snow has been awesome.

Summer is here….

The weather has turned warm. Yesterday it was hot. I didn’t hardly do anything besides go to a Greek Festival for some good food and I ended up with a terrible headache from the heat. School is officially out for us. We have a busy summer planned. Summer is the time to try new activities and have a break from the old. Growing up, I was always covered in popsicle stains down the front of my shirt and scabs on my knees during the summer. I think I’d wail if I scabbed up my knees now and my kids sure never have looked like that. Back in the day, my mom would force us to read for an hour and then send us off to the city pool on foot or bikes. I was NO bookworm so it was torture. The pool every single day got boring, but it was the routine.  Now as a parent, I realize my mom sent us to the pool for her sanity. What are you looking forward to this summer?

It’s May.

May is coming in gorgeous here in Idaho. It has been cold and unpredictable, but it’s going to get warm this week. The end of school performances are in full swing. Last week, we had to get a sick child to a concert. When your team is counting on you, then you have to show up even if you didn’t go to school most of the week. For the record, Robitussin non-drowsy kind still makes a teenager sleepy. I’ve never tasted that junk so I wouldn’t know. Yesterday everyone in town was out on a walk or a bike ride. Nice weather brings out neighbors you haven’t seen in months or haven’t even ever laid eyes on.

It is almost spring break around here….

We have so much on our spring break agenda. There are so many more things I want to do, but I don’t think I can squeeze them in with only one week in which to do it. It was a very snowy winter around here, but the snow down low is gone and it is warming up. Our lives are dictated by school schedules for the most part and summer is coming. If you are not on your game with summer activities, then you miss the boat. I was too late to sign my daughter up for a coed church camp, then we looked at alternate ideas and they were totally full. It’s a good thing she didn’t want to go, but I wanted her to go. Oh well. I feel pretty confident that they will be dragged on a few hikes and walkabouts. I also know that when back to school rolls around, I will be very happy they have some structure again.

I don’t care about the commercials….

I only care about the food. I don’t care about pro football, but I do support a few college teams. One of my teams went to the Rose Bowl this year and I came pretty close to going, but I didn’t. I booked a room, but I cancelled it. Penn State lost at the very last second. It would have been so fun to have been there, but I had so many other commitments and only so much time and ca$h. Tonight, I will root for the Falcons because I always root for the underdog. I will probably watch a few plays and eat a lot of hot wings. I will undoubtedly pester my other half into explaining to me what just happened and still not get it. Are you ready for some football?

Highs and lows of 2016 and it isn’t about celebs….

Low….. My laptop died. It went black.

High…..Zion hiking

High……First time down under

Low……..My desktop computer died.

High…….2nd time down under

High…….Kids doing well in school and being able to participate on sports teams and musical groups.  I don’t believe in trophies for losers, but I do like teams that allow many to participate. Hiking doesn’t discriminate and doesn’t care how fast you are. 🤓