Holy shit… I'm a mom. … I never thought I would ever say those words.  Since becoming a mom, I've been adapting to a new "normal."  I've been surprised at how simple this has felt in some ways, as I've gotten used to my daily routine.  On the other hand, I've also been surprised at…read more

Former Tenant Evicted

My last blog (a while ago… sorry!) addressed the massive suckage that is pregnancy.  Well, my little bundle of joy, named River, *FINALLY* arrived.  That whole birth thing was pretty brutal, but I had a wonderful, supportive husband at my side and a really kick-ass nursing staff to help me through it at the hospital….read more

Pregnancy Sucks

I’m not going to sugar coat it: being pregnant sucks.  Yes, of course I’m glad we made the decision to have a kid.  Don’t doubt that.  But I’m finding that the process of getting from point A (“Let’s have a kid!”) to point B (Actually having said kid) is kind of the worst. I’m sure…read more

Who are you and what have you done with my friend?  

Who are you and what have you done with my friend Ginny?   This is the response I’ve heard the most since telling the world I was pregnant…which makes sense.  I’ve never liked babies.  I think they are sticky, ugly and gross.  Emphasis on gross.  I tend to run away when too many toddlers congregate….read more

My Dog, the Running Buddy

Since my move, I have really missed my awesome and inspiring running buddies, Becky and Elida.  They are rock solid, fun, distracting, motivating and we have the most hilarious conversations while running.  I’m serious.  No topic is off limits with your running buddies during a 10 mile training run.  I’ve accomplished things with those two…read more

The Couple that Plays Together, Stays Together

Two weeks ago,  I got to take my first vacation since I started my new job (which I love, by the way).  IT. WAS. EPIC.  I didn’t realize how bad I needed a few days off!  Brian and I just celebrated our 9th anniversary.  Rather than getting stuff for each other, we try to go…read more


What makes a place feel like home? I’ve been watching Tiny House on HGTV and reading blogs about living in your bus, or a van and I often ponder this question.  These folks that travel so much and wander for a living… What does “home” mean anyways? I just returned to Portland, OR for my…read more

Walk Away or Try Harder?

I recently read a wonderful Op Ed, called “Will you do it later, Or will you do it now?”  In this post, author Carolyn Highland compared making tough life decisions to waking up in your tent in the middle of the night and having to pee.  This, hilariously, really struck a chord with me.  I…read more

Weekend Warrior: Three Days In Moab – Adventure Detour

Our second day, we attempted to ride Long Canyon to Gemini Bridge, which is northeast of town.  We headed out on Hwy 279, which takes off southwest along the Colorado River.  The side of the highway is littered with rock climbers, as this is one of the best climbing hubs in town.  It’s pretty amazing…read more

Weekend Warrior: Three Days in Moab – Onion Creek

I recently got to join Brian and his family on their sometimes-annual pilgrimage to Moab, UT.  Brian’s been riding motorcycles with his dad and brother since he was about 5 years old.  Moab is sort of a meet-in-the-middle destination, with his parents heading up from Arizona and his brother’s family/friends heading in from Idaho.  Moab…read more

Downsides to a Mountain Town: Real Estate

We have been living in Summit County, CO for the last 10 months. It’s been fantastic on a lot of different levels. It truly is our Mountain Happy Place. The big downer, however, has been finding a place to live. I read somewhere that only 30% of the actual population of Summit County actually lives…read more

Leave No Trace

A while ago, I wrote about “Wilderness Jackwads” and how crazy they make me.  So I figured I should address the idea of Leave No Trace… What is Leave No Trace? Leave No Trace is an ethical code of conduct for anyone exploring the wilderness or really doing any outdoor activities. Leave No Trace is…read more

The Price of Having Fun

I remember when Brian and I switched health insurance a few years ago, looking specifically at which plan had the best emergency medical coverage. Because it turns out, playing the mountains has a little bit higher risk of injury! Of course, we always work to manage and minimize risk, but sometimes part of the fun…read more

Gear Review: Therm-A-Rest EvoLite

I have been a Therm-A-Rest devotee for many years.  I rocked a Therm-A-Rest 3/4 length self-inflatable for what seemed like an eternity until it finally got retired after college. Then, I moved on to a Z-lite foam pad to save weight for about 8 years. As I’ve gotten older, I find it a little tougher…read more

Backpacking Upper Cataract Lake: The Zombie Shuffle

This past weekend, I finally got back outside for a little overnight backpacking trip with Brian and Scotty dog. The last year was a little crazy for us with work, travel and moving to CO, so we haven’t been backpacking since an amazing long weekend trip in 2013. That year, we spent 4 days backpacking…read more

Rocky Mountain National Park… Car-Touring?

I’m usually one of those people who turns up their nose at the thought of just DRIVING through a National Park. I love hiking. I love camping. I love to smell the air and feel the breeze. I want to really experience what makes an area special and DO something. I want a spectacular view…read more

Adventures in SUP

Change is the spice of life. And trying something new is the heart of adventure.  Well, during my summer of (f)unemployment I am gonna try a few new things! For my first adventure, I decided to try the Stand Up Paddleboarding craze.  It’s the fastest growing water sport and has been tremendously popular. I did some…read more

Don’t Be That Guy

According to the all-knowing Urban Dictionary (which I never in a million years thought I would be citing), a “Jackwad” is defined as follows: ” A person containing the attributes of both a “Jack ass” and a “Dick wad”. Having a inept attitude or ignorance.” ” The term Jack Wad is used to describe an…read more

Things I have learned about living at high altitude…

Back in March, I made a list of 10 things I had learned about living over 9000ft. Well, summer is here now, so I’ve added a few more life lessons onto the list.  Here’s the original list, plus a few new additions:   Hydrate!! You’ll regret it if you don’t. Follow the high altitude baking…read more

Thunderbolts and Lightning, Very Very Frightening!

One of the biggest risks in the wilderness in the summer is one of nature’s coolest phenomenon: Lightning! I was super terrified of lightning when I was little, until I turned 4 and my dad put me on his shoulders one day and made me hang out in the garage to watch it. Now I…read more