Friday, December 29, 2006

The coming year...

The next year is approaching fast, and I'm kicking around my resolutions. I would like to resolve to climb and exercise more, but I find by Feb. I'm already saying "I really need to do laundry. I don't think I can make it to the gym."

So, here's the real plan. I will climb more, but I won't beat myself up if I don't improve as quickly as I want. Don't get me wrong, I'll grumble. I'll curse. The usual. But, I'll let it motivate me rather than pissing me off. Or, being pissed will motivate me? Also, when I do all the things I intend to do around the house, I will listen to my pretty new Shuffle. I've already starting doing that, and I find myself dancing about while I'm doing house chores. Luckily, the only one's who benifit from this show are Spaz and Orbit.

I wish I could make resolutions about remaining calm and collected regarding the wedding. However, I know that I'm probably going to lose it at least once. And, it won't be about anything, I'm just going to get tired and short circuit.
To keep myself inspired about climbing, here's "Sail Away" in Joshua Tree National Park. And me, at the top, bleeding a little and swearing a lot, but happy nonetheless.

Here's wishing you all a Happy New Year with great adventures!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Photo journal

I may have mentioned I love taking pictures. So, here are a few of the adventures we've taken this past year:

This is a picture from Joshua Tree. I have never seen this before, but at sunset, the clouds became rainbows. This is also one of the many reasons I carry a pocket tripod. Chris and I were driving back to our campsite when we saw what was happening. Apparently, the phenomenon happens when the clouds become ice crystals, and the refract the light into rainbows.

This is what Joshua Tree is all about: devilishly handsome men on rocks. Yes, I'm a little biased. Chris and I went out west for rock climbing. The entire park is littered with boulders like this one. Some of the rocks are stacked up, or signifigantly bigger, and it makes for amazing rock climbing. It also makes for some of the more harrowing decents I've ever had. Occassionally, getting off the rocks is more difficult that getting up them! This picture was taken right after Chris and I climbed a fun 5.8 called "Life's a bitch, then you marry one." I thought this would have been a terrific place to be proposed to, but he had other plans...

Just outside Joshua Tree National Park, the Country Kitchen is the perfect place to start your morning. Or perhaps completely wreck your morning by gorging on some of the best greasy spoon food you can find. There are only a handful of tables, and a tiny bar to sit at. The decor is... overwhelming. The highlight could be the fake aligator on the floor by the cashregister. This picture was taken as I'm crying out "BACON!"

The journey continued along to Red Rocks, NV. We met up with Bryan, Caroline and Ty for more adventuring.

This features some of the amazing rock scapes that occur in Red Rocks. Some of the rock errodes faster than other parts, creating these amazing pockest and caverns. This is Caroline showing that she could live quite happily in one of the larger "gnome condos".

I wanted to put these images side by side: If you look carefully on the left, there is a climber wearing a red shirt inside the arch. As a matter of prosective: that person is climbing in the rock formations to the right.... they've got a long way to go to get to the top!

Think that's all the blogging I have in me today. And we've only gotten through one trip in March!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

As an FYI

Check out the links! OhGizmo is for geeks like me: I love cool gadgets, widgets, etc. They will fill you in on the newest, latest, and craziest! Sometimes they don't even know what the gadget is for, they just know that they want one.

1st Ave. Machine has some very cool project: They are a CGI company, and they've done music videos, advertisements, and just some funky videos. My personal favorite is Sixes Last.

Alton Brown is my hero. I think if Indiana Jones were a cook, he'd be Alton Brown. Or, maybe if Chuck Norris were a cook?

Homestar Runner was introduced to me by Chris's younger brother John. I am a fan of Strongbad's emails, but you need to be a little twisted to like them. Personal favorite off the list (you'll find it under 'sbemail' when you open the web page) is 'dragon'(it's near the bottom of the list). If you don't like that one, you won't like anything else on the site.

Petfinder is a fantastic way of finding pets in your area that need adoption. My cats were abandoned by their owners at the age of 4 weeks. I was lucky enough to have them fall into my life. They're 9 years old now, and still as crazy as they've ever been!

The PDGA website: I'm just learning about how to play disk golf. I know, you throw the Frisbee, you get it in the basket, no big deal. Not quite, I've discovered! There are multiple disks you can use, drivers, putters, mid range... and they all curve one way or the other depending how you throw them. It's a great way to get outside, and there are soooooo many beautiful courses!
These were taken during a recent outing to Borderland State Park in Easton, MA. Chris and Bryan had some amazing tosses, but everyone was punished by the 900+ foot fairway (hole #2, if I remember correctly)!
As for Cook's Illustrated: you do have to pay to use the website, but you have access to anything and everything they've written. Great reviews of equipment and supplies, and well researched recipes. They try everything, even old wives' tales, to find the best method to cook any given dish. Highly recommend the magazine and the website.
Odds are good I'll add more links as I think of them, but I think this should keep you all busy for now!

Monday, December 11, 2006

What's this all about?

Welcome to my blog! I hope that this is a venue that I can share ideas and experiences. I also hope my attention span lasts longer than a few posts!

Basically, I work full time as a nurse. I love to cook, create, build, and occasionally destroy. Playing Godzilla vs a sand castle can be very fulfilling. I have a handful of friends who also have blogs, and I wanted to be able to express myself in a similar fashion.

For those who don't know, "Fuzz Therapy" is from Calvin and Hobbes. I'm still searching for a direct link to the cartoon, so if you have one please share! I have two cats, Spaz and Orbit. I also have a wonderful fuzzy fiance named Chris. You can check out his blog at

If you followed the link, you saw we got engaged in July. Yes, we're still sorting out details, but so far a mostly painless experience. The wedding is in October, so I can only assume that chaos is just around the corner.