Yes, I’m stil alive. I honestly haven’t had anything exciting to report. I feel like I have moved to Seattle, as for the last week, we have had cool, gray and rainy weather. It was a bummer to have this weather system settle over Reno for the holiday weekend, but it meant that I didn’t have any plans (going to the beach and outdoor pool were OUT), so we lazed around and just enjoyed some quiet family time.
I have resumed trail running now that ski season is over, and I had forgotten just how much I love trail running. There is a gorgeous trail with a mild incline 5 minutes from my house, and it is almost therapeutic for me to immerse myself in the smell of the forest, the crunch of the dirt under my shoes, and the sound of the rushing stream that is at its peak flow right now. I have felt really strong running lately, and I think it is now time to venture to more difficult trails. Anyway, the weather was perfect for trail running, as it was cool, and the clouds made the mountains look very much like those in Washington state.
On Sunday, after a glorious run, I decided that Little Miss should enjoy the trail as well, so I took her and our dog Shadow up to the trail for a short hike. She was really excited to hike, and kept following Shadow around, doing everything that he did. When Shadow sniffed a bush, she would sniff a bush, when he’d raise a leg to pee, she would raise a leg and pretend to pee. It was really funny. She made it a long ways — at least a mile, which is great for a 2 year old. I figure we’ll keep working her up on distance this summer, since she has boycotted the jog stroller and the backpack.
This week is starting to get busy for us. Tonight is a birthday party for a 4 year old at Chuckie Cheese (woo — haven’t been there since I was in Brownies), tomorrow night is girls night out with women from work, where we’ll be going to happy hour and then to the premier of Sex and the City. Then this weekend, it’s wine tasting, a family kick ball tournament, and a birthday party for my brother, who is having the big 4-0 celebration. We’ll have all of my family together this weekend, and I can’t wait. It will be chaos, but such fun chaos.
I’m starting to map out our camping plans for the summer, as we’re ready to put our new camper to use. Anyone have suggestions of good camp sites in the Northern Nevada/California area? On my hit list are June Lake, Gold Lake and Lake Almanor (can you tell we like to go to lakes?). What other sites should we try?