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the holiday season.

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the holiday season came and went, and as we made the drive from los angeles to the deserts of arizona i had my fingers crossed that we'd find ourselves some snow over christmas. my hopes weren't high, knowing the chance of such a thing in arizona. but the odds were in my favor because we spent the holiday tucked in the woods at our family ranch. i was banking on it being our best shot at getting snow. the days ticked by and i read my book, ate copious amounts of chocolate and holiday treats, and waited for white puffs to fall from the sky. 

waking up on christmas morning, no matter how old i get, i'm always going to run to the window and look out and pray to see snow. this christmas i had no such miracle...i did a mini-mope and then sighed heavily and accepted my findings. it wasn't until around lunchtime when we were minding our own business eating christmas ham with family, that i noticed a sparkly flake through the window behind my aunt's head. i gasped! i couldn't believe it. i was SO excited i interrupted the table conversation and could hardly hold still. immediately following the meal i gallivanted and frolicked (the only appropriate words for such a jolly occasion) in the snow, making sure to really soak it up in case it stopped. it snowed for a good couple hours, and then faded with the sun. i was so grateful for my christmas miracle and those quiet moments spent in the cold, watching the flakes fall onto my nose and catching them to melt on my tongue. 

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resolutions.

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this year one of my resolutions was to try new things. not just new things like "today i ate asparagus and actually liked it," but more fitness related. i wanted to try new active things. like boxing. which i found feels great and is very therapeutic for me! on that list was also a few new winter sports like cross country skiing and snowshoeing. i've been an alpine skier my whole life so i figured it's about time i try this other sliding stuff. it was really hard for me mentally to snap out of my downhill mode and into slip 'n slide, but we took advantage of new years day and kicked 2015 off right - outdoors having fun. i could hardly help but do a choo-choo train wrapped around lisa's waist to try and catch some speed down slopes. we had a hilarious time. dressing like twins that day made it even more entertaining, so i put on my cheese and made lisa embarrass herself with me.

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hwy 395

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somewhere off hwy 395 | road trip snacks c/o munk pack

my favorite stretch of highway is the 395 through the eastern sierras. there's this little jerky shop that has some of the best jerky and other random salty novelty snacks. at the jerky shop there's also a tiny chihuahua named pepita who was just enjoying her afternoon lazily sunbathing on the bench on the sunny side of the building. i about died when i saw her - i absolutely love dogs and even moreso, dogs sunbathing. i mean, really, people. speaking of snacks, you should try munk pack. they're oatmeal fruit squeezes, like baby food for adults! so it makes you feel like a kid again but actually tastes really good and is healthy too. they're super yummy and perfect on-the-go food for road tripping adventures! check here for where to buy. you should definitely give these squeezies a try! 

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stuff.

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the internet is full of good people! i love having an online community where people genuinely care about each other and extend a cyber hand of friendship. i've had many good friendships begin on social media and carry over into real life, and i'm grateful to my readers for their friendships, words of support and encouragement, and mutual enthusiasm for life. i had the pleasure of sharing a few words and photos on the odds & ends blog talking a bit about what i do and what's on my mind these days, and it was nice to ponder those kinds of things.

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