Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Keys on Main and Colorado Trip

May 2009

My sister-in-law Dixie decided to enhance her knowledge and move off to D.C. for grad school. Quinn and I wanted to have one last night with her before she left us for the all too alluring EAST COAST. What better way to say goodbye than a live concert at a hip downtown club? The answer...nothing; because this club even threw in free martini glasses and free drinks!
The performer of the night: Eric Hutchinson...Excellent live, I highly recommend him!

Quinn and I enjoyin the good music.

Dixie and Shane. I think Dixie in especially excited in the picture because she had just experienced her first Pina Colda...on the house! (Virgin of course).

Showing off our SWAG...free martini glasses (I think we all ended up leaving them under our chairs at the end of the night; oops!)

Here is the live video of Eric. He had a great stage presence and was really funny. I have not figured out how to flip the video...but I will soon.

Bad Reaction to Flu Shot + Down Time = Blog Update

I have been all but physically assulted by more than a few loving family and friends becuase of my lack luster blogging. I guess it takes angry phone calls and substantial down time (due to side effects of above mentioned flu shot), to get me going. So here it is, it not so many words and lots of pictures....AN UPDATE!
April 2009
I competed in my first triathlon. I ended up doing 3 more throughout the summer and loved it! Safe to say....I am addicted.
This particular race was an Xterra race (meaning you mountain bike instead of road bike) and I did the race with our good friends Jess and Andrew Wood. Race Day ended up being rainy and freezing. It had been raining for several days prior to the race, giving the moutain bike course ample time to get nice and muddy. Special thanks to a supportive Quinn (love you!) for being my photographer/ cheerleader.
Here I am pre-race...cold but excited and ready to take on the competition!
In T1, transition between the swim and the bike.

Ready to face the muddy mountain bike course

Turning the last corner on the run and sprinting to the finish line.

We did it!! Jess and I post-race excited, muddy, and ready for a warm shower.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Lindsay...Lindsay...How does you garden grow??

Great question....I have NO IDEA! Quinn and I are really motivated this year to get our backyard fixed up and functional. Part of fixing it up includes a fully planted veggie garden, raspberries, and strawberries. Ambitious....yes, too ambitious....only time will tell (let's hope not)!

The problem I am running into with planting my garden; minus the snow and frigid temperatures; is a complete lack of knowledge about gardens and how to plant them. See my problem? So, I turn to my good friend GOOGLE and type in Utah Veggie Planting Chart; guess who come to my rescuse? "My Alma mater Utah State, my heart sings out to you". The USU vegetable specialist, Dan Drost, put together a chart outlining the vegetables that grow well in Utah! Not only does it tell you what to plant; but when to plant it, how deep to plant, row spacing, and how long it takes to produce!

Wish me luck on my planting ventures...I can only cross my fingers and wait!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

3rd Annual San Francisco Trip

Quinn and I had another opportunity to go and visit Doug and Katrina (Quinn's sister) in San Francisco. I had an event in the city for work, so I flew in early on Monday and worked. Quinn spent the week working at home in SLC and then flew out to meet up with me on Thursday, once my event ended. Quinn has really been putting in the hours appraising and was BADLY in need of some time off. He met me at our downtown hotel and had the weekend to enjoy some family, sun, and ocean views.

Doug and Katrina have lived in the San Francisco area for years...so they had a couple of tricks up their sleeves to show us while we were there.

They took us to the ruins of a once posh bathhouse on the beach, just outside the city. We went around 11:00 pm...making the experience all the spookier! The building used to be a giant freshwater pool and spa that over looked the Ocean; but due to its close proximity to the salty water had been reduced to almost nothing. We scaled down the side of a muddy cliff (I of course wore my new brown suede flats and a smart pink trench coat for the occasion...oops!) and started exploring the ruins.
There was a cave that you could walk through and hear the water come in and out; it literally sounded like you were going to wash away with the tide every time a wave came in. Here we are on the other side of the cave. Quinn is basically holding on to the cliff for dear life; you can't see it very well here, but there is only about an inch of rock between us and the edge of the cliff and the smashing waves below!

We then headed North to Sonoma County where we stayed in a cute little motel on the beach, flew kites, played games on the beach, and of course toured vineyards.

Doug is a kite master and spent a good part of the day teaching Quinn and I how to keep the kite in the air; it's harder than it looks! Quinn mastered the kite well before I did and even learned to make it do flips! Doug took the strings and showed us both up; he is quite talented on that thing; he can get the wind pulling the kite so hard that it drags him through the sand!
Our gracious host's The Spencer's...after they kicked our butts in kube!! We owe you a re-match!

While Quinn and I were in the city, we went on a "Foodie Tour" of the North Beach area. What is a "foodie tour" you ask? Basically, we walked around with our guide to a bunch of really old cafes, bakeries, and resturants and sampled food. Forget the fact that we were the yougest people on the tour by about 30 years and it was awesome! Needless to say, we did not cover a whole lot of ground, one can only be hearded into tiny old shops so fast. The food was great though; we sampled: fresh bread, olive oils, cheeses, truffles, meats, foccatia, bakery sweets, and THE BEST coconut macaroon I have ever tasted!