Saturday, May 03, 2014

Book Signing

I said I would never do a book signing.  But then, I also said I wouldn't marry someone who wore pleated pants and button-down short-sleeves... 

Which is my way of saying I'm having a book signing.  I can think of no place better than the lovely Bluebird Coffee Company.  They have amazing coffee and homemade almond milk.  Plus a light, airy space with beautiful hues of blue painted everywhere.  The owners are so nice!

The signing is on Friday, May 9 at 4:30 p.m and will include a short reading (something else I wasn't going to do...) followed by socializing, book signing, and Southern desserts.

Who knows what rules I will break next!  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Birthday Bash

I'm not into celebrating my birthday.  Lots of reasons why.  So, if you ask me why, I usually make up an answer that will satisfy you so we can move on.

By chance, I didn't have to work at Mt. Bachelor, so I slept in despite Yam walking all over my head and pillow.  Emil took me to McKay Cottage for breakfast.  My usual is the breakfast sammy without bacon and a hot chocolate.

It was fantastic!  Emil had the classic eggs benedict.  What a perfect way to start off the day.  After breakfast, I worked on book marketing and other miscellaneous stuff.  Then, I baked my favorite cupcakes of all time.  Self-filled cupcakes.  The recipe is from my grandma.

I didn't eat them all although I was tempted!  The rest of the cupcakes traveled to work with me the next day, and I fed my co-workers.

A surprise doorbell in the afternoon revealed beautiful flowers from my friend, Katie, and her boyfriend, Erik.  It was such a wonderful surprise!  She always sends the best gifts.

The night before, we had friends over for dinner and cards.  It was really nice, and we had plenty of leftovers.  I made two calzones - eggplant and italian sausage/red pepper.  So for my birthday dinner, we heated up leftovers and enjoyed a lovely evening together.  Low key and just what I wanted!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Book

My book is finally published and available for purchase.  It's been a long, frustrating experience, but I learned lots of information on publishing and editing.  Thanks to everyone for their patience!  Here's a link to buy the book:

If you're local or wish to buy it directly from me, I'm happy to send you a book.  Cost is $11.95 plus $4 for shipping.  Email me at with your contact info.

Everyone kept saying I needed a goal with this book.  Financially or otherwise.  My goal was to publish it.  Of course, I'd like to make back the money I spent on it, but I'm just happy with the process completed.

Time to work on book number two.  *grin*

Friday, March 21, 2014

Platform bed - NEW!

After many years of having our bed on the floor, we are now grown ups with a hand-crafted platform bed.  Emil worked hard for several days building it, but he spent many weeks sketching and designing it.  He wanted the platform to raise up easily, so we can stow totes and such.  It's a success!

So high up!  And raised three inches higher at the head of the bed.

Yam approves it.


Now, Emil is sorting through totes and deciding what to stash under there.  I'm repacking totes and trying to assist, while still gimpy.  Emil loves the bed.  I'm still getting used to the height.  I wonder what his next project will be!

Friday, March 07, 2014

Excursion to Eugene

For Emil's Christmas gift, I bought him tickets to see Martin Sexton, an amazing musician.  He is on tour and came to Eugene on Wednesday.  I saved my pennies, booked a room at our favorite B&B, and we left early on Wednesday morning after dropping the cat at the kennel.

Check out his music!  My favorite song is "Glory Bound."

Since my leg is still wrapped up and sore, Emil drove us.  An easy drive (especially for me) over a wet mountain pass.  On the way to Eugene, we saw elk right by the road, daffodils, snow on the sides of the pass, and pink blooms on trees.  Spring has arrived to the valley.

Before we checked in to the B&B, we stopped in to the best bakery in the world!  A Sweet Life.  I gave up sweets for Lent, so I tried to avoid the dessert case.

Emil selected a slice of Blackberry Silk Cake.

We dined at Hot Mama's Wings, approximately three blocks from our B&B.  A long walk for me, but I made it.  It lightly rained on the way to and from the restaurant.

Tempeh wings in Asian Honey Mustard sauce

Tempeh Reuben - perfect for us vegetarians
Martin Sexton was ah-mazing!  The venue was intimate, and there were about 150 people in the audience.  Jay Nash opened for him, and I really enjoyed his music.

Martin Sexton

Merch table!

We love The Oval Door B&B.  It's owned by two friends, who are also trained chefs.  Their breakfasts are fabulous!  They served us crispy polenta topped with poached eggs, goat cheese, and corn/pepper relish.

After hitting our favorite stores (Cabela's for Emil), we hit the road. At least three inches of fresh snow on the pass, plus rain all the way from Eugene past the McKenzie River.  Typical!  Glad to return home and pick up Yammers!

Monday, March 03, 2014

February Open Mic

In February, a group of us sang and played at the ukulele open mic.  Emil was kind enough to record and edit it.  I was recovering from a cold, so I didn't sing much.  But, it sure was fun!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Skiing is awesome!

On Wednesday, we cross-country skied at Mt. Bachelor.  It was a gorgeous day, and the snow was icy.  We skied approimately six miles and even clocked 24 mph down the common corridor.  One of my better days skiing, but I was tired by the time we returned to the lodge.  I packed us food to make a lunch, but forgot to pack jelly.  Typical.

Our real plan that day was to take an alpine lesson, but we couldn't get into a lesson.  I receive complimentary lessons if there's one paid person in the lesson.  Emil receives a discount on the lesson.  Unfortunately, no one signed up for a lesson.  Our back up was Nordic, so it turned out fine.

That evening, I hatched a plan.  We would watch a few youtube videos on alpine skiing ... just for some helpful tips.  I mean, we are already familiar with skiing, so how hard can it be?  Plus, I watch skiers and boarders coming down the hill from my ticket window at least three days a week.  I see what they do. 

So, we would drive up, rent equipment, and ride the free beginners lift for a few hours.  Easy.  One quick stop for donuts in the morning, and we were on our way!

We rented equipment at Sunrise Lodge.  Jeff, the manager, was super helpful with the fitting, how to carry our skis without whacking people in the head, and declared me the experienced skier since I took one lesson in the eighth grade.  Now, find the chair lift, put on our skis, and get out there.

Getting sized up for skis.

It was a perfect day.  Snowing, four inches of fresh wet snow (slow snow), and not crowded.  We clipped in, skied over to Carrousel lift, and loaded up.

First run:  A few falls for me, one for Emil.  We practiced linking turns, pizza, and french fries.
Second run:  No falls for either of us.  We laughed, cheered each other on, and managed not to fall off the lift, or drop off poles.
Third run:  One fall for me.  None for Emil.  Still laughing.  Enjoying the falling snow.
Fourth run:  No falls for either of us.
Fifth run:  I felt I was going a little too fast, tried to pizza, and fell.  By the time I bit it, I was going slow, but my knee bent a really weird way, and I heard a pop.  Huh.  Oh well. 

I tried to ski across, but was a little shaky.  Then, I decided I would just take off my skis and walk down, then rest my knee.  Emil pushed the quick release for my ski, and my knee popped to the left again, and I fell down.  Time to call ski patrol.

Side note:  Ski patrol are young, cute, bearded guys who show up within three minutes.  How do I know this?  I've had to call them several times for guests with injuries.  I time them.  Once, I saw them put a girl on a backboard, into a sled, right in front of my window.  They were amazing - nice, considerate, and thorough.  I also see hurt people coming down in a sled, and I vowed I would never ride in that sled.

My friend, Francis, had just skied over from Pine Marten to see how we were doing.  He was going to teach us some of his bad habits.  I told him we were doing great before he arrived, but would he mind skiing down and asking the lifty to call ski patrol for me. 

BOOM!  Two minutes later, Kyle, from ski patrol showed up.  I told him I was an employee and not to tell anyone he was helping me.  He immediately told dispatch via radio about "an employee, he was assessing."  I told him I was not able to walk, and I was not going in a sled.  Thankfully, he skied down for a snowmachine and brought it up to me.

Wow.  We're back in rentals where it all started.  Except, I have to fill out an incident report, and I can hardly walk.  Yay.  Time to hit up Bend Memorial Clinic Urgent Care.  Kyle, the ski patrol, ruled out broken bones.  He was so NICE!  And, he said it was a steep part of the beginners area.  When he taught ski school, he never took folks down that part of the hill.  Interesting.

It was a long wait at Urgent Care.  We never ate the lunch I packed us.  To redeem myself from the forgotten jelly, I pre-packed our sammys.  So, while we were in the waiting room, we pulled out our lunch.  I'm sure people looked at us and wondered why we packed food to come see the doctor!

So, the doc thinks I have a sprained knee and fit me for an immobilizer.  If my knee doesn't feel better in two weeks, I'll have an MRI done.  Fun fun fun. 

Skiing is awesome!  It really was fun.  We laughed on the slope, in the waiting room, and over breakfast this morning, as I hobbled around. 

For now, I'm working on a cover story to tell my co-workers, so I don't have to admit it was a skiing accident.  Any ideas?