Merry Christmas, Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards man, and Happy Holidays!!!
In this post:
- Fun 'training'?!? with (maybe) future teammates
- Christmas season as a salesperson
- Christmas day danger (turns out okay)
Fun 'training'?!? with (maybe) future teammates:
Well a while back somebody suggested that the different bloggers of the ECCC put up photoblogs of where they ride and blah blah blah. I thought that was a pretty good idea, but am really bad with up loading photos and taking them. So I am a little late with that. Well here goes:
That one is the back yard of the Sullivan house. This is proof of how long it has been since I have taken a few of these.
Maggie, my little sister, and Katie (NU and GLV Member) decided to take a little bit of a Nordic cruise to kick off their break. It was a blast. We went up to the Trapp Family Lodge (Yes the Von Trapp Family). The very same family made famous by the The Sound of Music resides in Vermont now. They run the oldest Nordic Ski Center in the US. It is a bit hillier than some places so it was was an adventure. Maggie and I have skied since we could walk, but Katie was giving it a short for the second time.
This shot is also from the begining of the ski. Katie is still getting her feet under her. This is harder than it looks. Nordy skis are really narrow, have a non attached heel and the boots are like running shoes. Needless to say the balance is tough.
I like this shot because she is snowplowing in the tracks. This is normally a mortal sin among the nordical world, the huge smile forgives all.
Fortunately Katie was a super quick study. After a few tumbles. We were able to really cruise. Here are Maggie and Katie striding it out on a slight incline.
The reason that I said that I was training with teammates is that I am looking into different Law Schools. Yikes, right. I know it is terrifying. I bet I will survive, maybe. Anyhow NU is one that I am looking at, so who knows. You might just see me in a race again. (Equally terrifying at this point)
Katie and Maggie Again
This is way more like what you would expect from my little sister, I mean, she is a Sullivan.
I finally make an appearance in one of the shots. I think that I might have mentioned how terrible I am at cameras. More proof of that, it took me zillions upon millions of shots just to figure out how to miss the timer shot.
I did get it right at last, and even made it in the shot. The day was a huge success.
Nor-dorks are not usually known for their apres ski parties. We figured we would try to liven it up by going to a local watering hole. If you ever make it into the green mountain state and get a chance to stop in Waterbury, do it. Don't do the Ben and Jerry's thing. That is sooo played out. You should go to the Alchemist. This place is off the hook. You know it is good because it opens at 3:30 during the week and it is full by 3:45. People leave the mountains early so they can get a spot at the bar. It is that good. For the 21+ crowd they brew their own beer (10+ varieties, all good). For those who aren't at that age their are still lots of things that you can enjoy.
Christmas season as a salesperson:
Almost my whole college carreer I have worked at a local bike/Nordicski/snowboard/alpineski/bootfit/run/lifestyle Store This has been awesome. I recommend that everyone stop by some time, and try to find a shop like this to work at in college. It is a giant toy store. I love going to work just to look at all of the toys.
Even though it is a super sweet place the zaniness of the holidays do kick in. The place has been so busy the last three weeks that my head has been spinning and I think I have said 'well you can really tell the quality difference between the RCS and the RCR just from the incredible detail in each hand just speed tip' I kid you not fischer skis have speed tips, I wonder which marketing genius thought of that name?
What names did they reject?
Not your Mamma's tip
You get the idea
Just when you thought they were getting crazy with speed tips, they come out with:
That is right. The only thing lighter than a speed tip is a tip with a hole in it.
Don't worry they use carbon fibres, so you know it is strong, safe and there is no way that it will break. There is only one problem with this ski, I mean other than it's staggering $650 price tag.
When used in conjunction with Swix's top of the line, aerofoil ski pole disaster can strike. Yup you guessed it. The hole in the ski and the profile of the basket are perfectly shaped to destroy eachother.
I have heard of planned obsolescence, but intentional cross product sabotage. Wow. I mean think of the potential. Just think, in the future you coffee pot and mug might attack each other. Or, your Ilife, Idork, Iphone, Idanced, Iflush and Ilight might all short circuit once you start the Ifriend app on the newest version of Icollege. Amazing.
Christmas Day Danger (turns out okay):
Well the Sullivan family started off Christmas just like many Christmases before. The dog barked, we got out of bed. Coffee was made, breakfast went in the oven. Presents were opened, laughes were had.
Yup, that is our mom. Wearing her new: Goggle, swim cap, and neck warmer. Heh heh. You might have a better idea of how Maggie and I ended up the way we did.
A little later:
Mom, Dad and I were getting ready to go for a ski. Maggie was going to opt out. She had been in a hot tub that was a little questionable and presented with a rash swollen lymph node and very sore feet. So she had been resting, but hadn't seen a doctor.
Right before we left, my aunt called to talk to my mom. I was standing in the kitchen talking to Magz, when she nodded her hed. As though she were going to take a nap on the counter (that sounds strange, but she does it frequently), instead she was sprawled out on the floor. Crazy lucky she didn't split her head open on any number of the sharp and dangerous corners right near her.
Maggie always has said that one of her greatest skills is tumbling (falling, crashing,skrewing up) gracefully.
Anyhow, when I rolled her over she was totally out, non-responsive and her eyes were focused out into the distance. Before any of you freak out, she is okay. Anyhow, we called 911 and she regained conciousness. She got some antibiotics and stuff like that. Totally fine now, and she is on her way to being her ornery old self again in no time.
Moral of the story, let people know how much you love them.
Peace on Earth,