House Decorating!

MK’s Dad, brother and sister are going to be here soon. So we’ve been touching up a ton of little things on the house all week. It’s been a lot of work. No one likes going through their house pointing out what’s wrong with it, what they missed, what they did that isn’t so hot. Lots of paint retouching, hanging some art, cleaning mistakes up here and there. It can take time. But we did finally get around to some projects we’ve been putting off.

Mostly, it involved curtains. Curtains I swore I’d never put up, then got tricked into putting up. I’m glad I did, they look awesome. The master bedroom is SO almost done, same for the guest room. One or two more pieces of art.

Outside, MK raised the border on the flower bed in the front. As you can see in the pictures, that was pretty intense.

 Our home decorating photos – still in progress.

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Deer Valley Hike

Here’s some pictures from our first uphill hike. Me, with the short legs and fat lady breathing, taking up the rear. The three tall guys made me look bad.

Deer Valley is a beautiful place to hike. The dogs loved running through the brush and the views were amazing. I totally burned enough calories for the fajita wrap I had at lunch at Windy Ridge! Hiking – to me – is walking in less attractive clothing. But good company to chat with made it fun. What I wonder now is if the exact same hike is less interesting the next time around.

View The Photos.

Fast Easy Cooking

There is nothing better than going out to eat. That’s how I grew up. It was a treat, a reward. With my aunt it was recon. As soon as it was my job to cook I got why people like eating food the didn’t waste the whole day on. But that’s a bit of  problem in Park City. No matter how good the food is supposed to be, there are only two places that MK and I enjoy going.   So I became determined to find some things I love to cook and can whip up on demand, usually with stuff I keep in the house, definitely in a short amount of time.

We borrowed the B’s grill and already have used it a ton. It really makes meat so much better and it’s great not having to have the oven on in the summer. MK grilled some chicken breasts I’d marinated. While looking around for a side he saw some StoveTop stuffing. Being neither healthy not appealing, I wasn’t looking forward to cooking it until I saw that you can add a can of diced tomatoes and some garlic, some basil and then top it with shredded cheese… it became bruschetta. It might sound odd but it was soooo good, try it!

My other necessity as I get back into working out – this hiking is tough stuff – is a healthy carb. I can’t live without it, but don’t want to waste my workout, I’ve found two brands I’m on love with:

Earth Grains. Their bread is sold cheaply here and is delicious. Perfect for any sandwich, amazing for a grilled cheese for some reason, and light and healthy.

Flatout Bread. If you grew up in the age of the pita, you get this, a roll up better than a tortilla to make sandwiches on. Their website is full of awesome recipes, and we’ve made pizzas too. ALSO – they come in a variety of flavors. I  used the Italian Herb roll yesterday, put some romaine lettuce, fat free dressing and cheese and ta-da. A Caesar wrap the rivals a restaurant. The best part is I’m going to add some of that left over grilled chicken today. Yum.

I’ve become a big fan of any Asian noodle dish I can try, I’ve even perfected my own from scratch lo mein sauce. It’s surprisingly quick and easy. Also lighter, healthier and more filling than regular pasta. Can’t wait to try it out on some company.

Girls Night Out

Friends and friends of friends.

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Five Thoughts On My First Girls Night Out (GNO):

  1. Should be called Women Of Varying Ages Night Out.
  2. Scheduled to begin at 5pm to avoid being out all night = being out all night.
  3. No one RSVPs just to make me nervous then they all say yes.
  4. Random place I picked is going to work out perfectly.
  5. What am I going to wear?!?!

Lazy No More

The fact is that while you were all jonesing for blog posts and wondering what was going on in Park City, I was working on my fitness.

MK and I joined the gym here. My friend CL has made it her personal mission to not only show me all the classes and skills the gym has to offer, but to torture me inside and out, and probably revel in how much better shape she is than me.

Our 4th of July weekend was tons of fun but a bit mellow. I was feeling a little off so I was glad we didn’t go too crazy. We cooked out several times with the B’s and the McH’s, played with the kiddos, and went to the local parade (pictures coming soon).

But Tuesday we felt like it wasn’t over. I went to an early tough workout class, so I was exhausted at the end of the afternoon, and we napped. We went over to a friends for drinks. Wednesday CL and I went to the pool. Our gym has a POOL.

Thursday we went for a huge hike up Deer Valley, then to lunch, then to our neighbors for an impromptu party. The whole week has felt like the holiday never ended…and that’s my FAVORITE!

Between the workout class and the hike, I realized that I am in terrible shape. Back to the hardcore challenging my body. Back to work(out)!

Stuff Old People Do

Going to party this weekend to correct the issue.

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Five Things I Nearly Tweeted/Wrote/Said Making Me A Grandma:

  1. “The mails been coming later than usual, have you noticed?”
  2. Prices on meat are going up, and…
  3. It was still light out when we went to bed.
  4. Gardening is…
  5. Did you see that bird out there? We should get a book and find out what kind…