Friday Daydreamin’-Squaw Valley

[Hyde, Eric, and Kelso are jealous of Bob dating Pam]
Hyde: I never thought I’d say this, but I wish I was Bob.
Eric: I wonder if she’d like to watch The Graduate with me sometime?
Kelso: One time, back when I was dating Jackie, I saw Pam washing her car. She leaned over and squeezed out the sponge…that’s all I remember as I rode my bike straight into a tree. –That 70’s Show

Today I’m

because all I want to do is go back to Squaw Valley. We went for a quick overnight trip on Tuesday with Walking Couple. I need a new nickname for them. Any suggestions? I’m thinking they are soon to become our Travel Friends, or Double Date Couple. If anyone has a good suggestion I would love it. I’m drawing a blank when it comes to nicknames lately.

The drive up was pretty entertaining. Since we’re new friends, we had all kinds of things to talk about, and the 2 hour drive flew by. When we arrived at the hotel we couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. We booked our trip through Travel Zoo and were able to stay at a 4 star resort for half price! Get ready for picture overload guys. I took almost 2GB of pictures in two days!


yes, the hotel had its very own ice rink!


the lobby was amazing!

Match approved of the bed.

I was in awe of the view.

The hotel had so many different photo op spots.

The reservation also included a bottle of wine, a smores kit, and two vouchers for an activity. There wasn’t enough snow to snowshoes, so the hotel let us use our vouchers for bike rentals instead.

Walking Buddy looked like she was about to ride into a tree. She got the hang of it though!

We ended up riding our bikes for three hours. We stopped along the way and took some amazing pictures. I can’t wait to turn some of these into canvas prints.

Match had to take a really serious picture of course.

After the bike ride, we went to dinner in Incline Village. We timed it perfectly and caught the sunset over Lake Tahoe. It looked like a painting.

After dinner we went back to the hotel to roast smores around the firepit.

We met a few sweet teenage girls that were there along with their Australian dad. He was a riot. He made sure to tease Match endlessly about his hat.

The next day we finished the trip with a hike around Emerald Bay.

Match and I took this same picture in July of 2010 when the falls were splashing on us. I think I prefer the frozen look!

It was an incredible trip and we had so much fun. I can’t wait to travel with our friends again!

Talk to Us Tuesday-Tahoe Bound!

Are those snowshoes hard to walk in? They’re tennis rackets, aren’t they? – Kelso, That 70 s Show

I’m chatting it up with these lovely ladies: IA and Seriously Shawn

Today we’re hitting the road bright and early with Walking Couple. I’m sorry I just can’t come up with more clever nicknames. Maybe after this trip I’ll have some!

Walking Couple invited us to this overnight stay shortly after we met them. I’m so excited to find couple friends that make the effort, and where we don’t feel like we’re constantly the ones asking them to do stuff. That’s how Sassy Couple are too, and I love it! Anyhoo, they found a deal online and we got a great hotel for half the price it normally is!

The deal includes one night stay, a choice of either snowshoeing, cross country skiing or ice skating, and an evening of roasting smores around the hotel’s outdoor fireplace. We’re hoping to snowshoe but Tahoe is severely lacking in snow this season. So we may just end up hiking. Either way I can’t wait!


Mr. & Mrs. Match-The Electricians

Dr. House[To Dr. Kutner] You’ve electrocuted yourself and set a patient on fire. I like the dedication.
Dr. Kutner: Thank you. –House

On Match’s days off this week we decided to tackle our lighting problem. You see, our house was built in the early 80s, and florescent lights were all the rage. I guess they didn’t realize that florescent lighting makes you look TERRIBLE which is exactly what a person wants when putting on their makeup in the bathroom mirror.  The other problem is the bulbs tend to flicker and give the illusion of a murder room. Again, not something a person wants in their bathroom, let alone the rest of their house.

I forgot to get a good close up of the one in the guest bathroom, but here’s what it looks like in the downstairs bath. We have the same setup in our master bedroom. Eventually we’ll have to replace those too, but we’re doing things room by room. I’m trying to convince Match that we don’t need wireless security cameras and instead to focus on the rest of the lighting in the house. Though a security system woulnd’t be so bad eventually.

While we were at it, we tackled these two hideous lights in our upstairs hallway.

Those two tiny dome fixtures turned out to be the biggest pain in the ass! The outlet box crumbled and Match had to put in a new one, only the way they’d installed the previous one made it almost impossible to put a new one in. We both had insulation falling all over us and it was not pretty. But after they were installed I’d say it was completely worth the effort!

And, we got rid of the terrible ceiling fan in the family room. It was a bit too Grandma for us. It even had a hummingbird on the fan pull. Really?

I have to admit that for this project Match did most of the work. I did help hold things and there were many times where it was a two person project. But I have to give all of the credit to Match. I know nothing about electrical work and Match was able to get the wires to work and the lights to turn on. He even installed new outlet boxes! I’m so proud of my handy hubby. He also sacrified most of his weekend to working on these home improvements. He didn’t even play video games!

Now if I can just convince him to repeat this procedure next week so we can finish the rest of the lighting in the house. I’d better stock up on steaks and beer as a bribe. 😉

Happy New Year!

Sheldon: You know the holidays are just around the corner. Maybe he just wants to see if he can lodge the other testicle up there.
Leonard: I told you, that was a different guy.
Penny: Well, that’s too bad. You could’ve spent New Year’s Eve waiting for the ball to drop. –Big Bang Theory

Last night I rang in the New Year with Sassy Couple. It was my first New Year’s away from Match and I missed him terribly. The night was really low key which was just what I was in the mood for. Sassy had me come over early so she could fix my hair and makeup. It was a house party, but everyone dressed up, which was so fun.

While Sassy was doing my hair she asked me to be one of her bridesmaids!! She said that she loves me and that even though we’ve only been friends a little over a year, I’m one of her favorite people, and I’m the only one who has shown a big interest in her wedding. I said yes of course, and I’m so honored that she picked me. I’ve only been a bridesmaid once, for my brother’s wedding when I was 20, and I feel like that’s not the same as being asked by a friend. Sassy Guy also asked Match to be his groomsman, so it looks like we’ll be walking down the aisle together again. 🙂 I can’t wait to plan her bridal shower and participate in all of the fun wedding stuff. It’s so exciting to be on the other side of it.

We played a few silly games, took lots of cheesy pictures, and danced in the New Year.

I called it a night early and came home to relax in my pjs with my pup. I think it was a perfect reflection of what this year has in store. I think there will be a lot more mellow house parties versus loud bar scenes, and a lot more quiet evenings at home. And you know what? I can’t wait. How did you ring in 2012?

TTUT-The Candy Cane Lane Tradition

So kids, I settled in for Christmas alone. I appreciated that Ted wanted to cheer me up, but honestly, it wasn’t necessary. -Robin, How I Met Your Mother

I’m linking up with my two favorite elves: IA and Seriously Shawn

Here’s what I’ve been up to: 

    Merry Christmas everyone! Today I’m actually home alone tonight (sad) because Match is at work. But don’t feel too bad for me; we will be celebrating with the in-laws tomorrow. On Thursday, colds and all, Match, Monkey, and I went to Candy Cane Lane here in our new city. It’s definitely going to become a Christmas tradition for us. We bundled up, grabbed some apple cider and walked through the magic that is Candy Cane and Lollipop Lanes.

    Click on the picture and it should get bigger so you can see all the pretty lights up close.  I told Match I wanted to deck out our house like this next year, and he said, “Good luck hanging those lights!”

    I need these little penguins in my yard. Aren’t they the cutest?

    We had fun walking through the lanes, and I can’t wait to bring our kids here someday. Next year Match should have Christmas off! I’m very excited about that. I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful holiday!