Sunday, January 31, 2016

The sound of music.....

I've always loved listening to music... especially when it is loud, clear, and has depth.... and I've always been appreciative of a great sound system. Like when I was in high school and spent my scholarship money, not on my education but on a Harman Kardon tuner, dual cassette deck (remember those??!) and a set of Polk speakers.

So it shouldn't be surprising that, when my trusty bookshelf CD player (which put out amazing sound for such a little rig by the way) cratered a few days ago, I did not hesitate to replace it with something much, much more grand.

Yamaha tuner and CD player, and
of course Polk Audio speakers.
More useful than a microwave I'd say!

I needed help retrieving the discs that
were stuck in the old unit....

Took a bit of work, but we got them out!

Should I instead have treated myself to some very important new appliances like a washer and dryer? Yup. But it's all about priorities. And I personally will never enjoy doing laundry in the same way that I relish listening to music, so for me the decision was a no-brainer! Woot! Rock on!!


Saturday, January 23, 2016


The last couple of weeks have given me a few different things to write about - none of which are really earth shattering mind you, but.... still entertaining!

First off - the fun stuff! We got out for some skiing and some winter hiking, as the Rockies are finally getting a bit of snow.

This is the debris net which has been installed in
Cougar Creek, post 2013 flooding. Looks like
someone is heeding the warning signs hey! Tsk.

Beauty day!

Everybody JUMP!

Check out the fog in Simpson Valley!

There are Wi-Fi hot spots all over Sunshine now!
I could have texted this pic to you all! Haha.

Secondly - more fun stuff! Last week, my unit work team (from work of course!) had a teambuilding day - at a great place called the Cooking Room. What a fab way to spend the day!

Thirteen of us collaborated on an amazing lunch of
homemade pizza, tomato basil bisque, and arugula salad.

We did also do some work... however after this
feast, we were all moving a little more slowly....

And thirdly - yes, even more fun stuff! In December, I put a silent auction bid on a painting of an incredibly beautiful polar bear, and just before Christmas I received a phone call that mine was the winning bid! Woot! It is breathtaking, and it is by far the nicest piece of art I've ever owned.

It looks great in my den - check out
my new purple velour chairs too!

So January is two-thirds of the way done.... Oy.... Time just continues to buzz by! Things are going well thus far though, and I'm looking forward to doing more skiing and am planning to squeeze some traveling into the next few busy busy months. Where to, you ponder? Well stay tuned - I'll provide an update soon!


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Life... As I Know It....

Two thousand and sixteen.... the brand new year is off to an interesting start I must say! Many big changes are underway for me personally - not all of them exactly of the 'happy happy joy joy' variety either. But hey, what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger, right? Except for bears of course... bears will kill ya!

I'm not going to go into much detail, as this is my public blog after all, and anyone who knows me, knows that I am a fairly private person who is not a big fan of drama and oversharing. Suffice it to say that sadly, things in my personal world have not worked out as I had hoped or planned - promises were made and not kept, and I've learned a couple of very important life lessons. The hard way. Oy. As a result, I will be approaching things a bit differently from now on.

Something that was very enjoyable this past weekend however, was this great guy's birthday celebration....

Rich turned ONE! Haha!

Cake and presents and beer and rum....
Pretty stellar evening!

Lisa was the usual gracious hostess-with-the-mostest and had us all over to watch the fights last night. And something as important as successfully making another trip around the sun could not go unnoticed.... hence the goodies and gifts! Woot! Go Rich!!

Well, who knows what this upcoming year has in store? What I do know for sure is that I have an absolutely fantastic family and mega-super fabulous friends, and from now on I will be focusing on doing more of what makes me smile and makes me feel happy. Let's see what you got, 2016!! Bring it!!