Stuff & Things: A Life Update

Last time we spoke (and by “spoke,” I obviously mean “I wrote some words and you maybe read them”),  I had recently returned from a trip to Colorado/Utah and was in the midst of buying a house. Here are a few pictures to jog your memory…

Turret Arch, Arches National Park

The Windows, also Arches National Park
Home owners! If you look close, you can see the terror on our faces as we realized just how long 30 years is…

Aside from closing on the house, a lot of stuff has happened and I’ve done a lot of things in the past five months! And now here I am to relive it all (primarily through pictures, so don’t worry about having to do too much reading), in an attempt to revive this blog and give my grandmother something else to read once she gets through all of Tim’s most recent words.

For starters, I (re)learned how to ski! Sort of. I also may have damaged one of my knees more significantly than I’d like to acknowledge/admit (I’ll seek a diagnosis of some sort soon) in the process, but it was a fun adventure anyway and I eventually dialed it in enough to make it from the top of the mountain to the bottom without falling.

I obviously have no idea what I’m actually supposed to do with my poles…or how long they should be…or what position my body should be in. But hey, at least I’m upright and not doing this or this.

I also finally got out for a couple of ice climbing trips for the first time in at least four years! It was exactly as fun—and as cold and uncomfortable—as I remembered, and I loved every minute of it.

@ashleyreven taking in the view from somewhere in the middle of Silver Cascade #nh #iceclimbing

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In early February, I flew back out to Colorado for a quick weekend trip/snowga (snowshoeing & yoga) retreat. At that point, we’d had a pretty lackluster winter at home, so it was awesome to be somewhere with lots of snow. My friend Nicole, who I hadn’t seen in way too long, was there as well (the trip was her idea) and it was even awesomer to spend a few days with her.

Nicole is from Massachusetts, but has lived in Florida for a while now. She was VERY excited about the snow.
…and then we learned the art of “mosstaches.”

Before leaving for Colorado, I had joked about “bringing the snow home with me.” As luck would have it, I wasn’t joking! A few days after I got back, New Hampshire had its first significant storm of the season. Lots of playing in the snow ensued, and I even got to cross “ski/ride the Cog” off my bucket list (although conditions were pretty awful the day I went, so I definitely would like a do-over).

The snow looked like it was going to be so good! It was not. But still, mission accomplished.

Later in February, I gave my notice at my full-time job at Brookstone! In March, I started working three days a week (soon to be four) as a legal assistant at one of the 42,959 law firms in downtown Concord. Most days, I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. But I like learning new things, and the office is a dog-friendly one that I can walk to, sooo it’s pretty great. My boss at Brookstone was also nice enough to let me stay on as a freelance copywriter, and I’ve been teaching an average of five yoga classes per week, so the pay cut that came with the career move hasn’t been as rough as it could have been. Yay!

Butt scratches are a very important part of my new job.

Also in March, I went to Vegas! A few days in Utah last fall was apparently all it took for me to develop quite a crush on the desert. I mean, I’m New England born-and-bred and I love everything about the outdoors here…but man, the desert is where it’s at. The colors and the landscape are crazy and the weather is so perfect (if you go at the right time of year) and the climbing is SO GOOD.

Climbing, Red Rock Canyon
More climbing, Red Rock Canyon
Still more climbing, still Red Rock Canyon
Desert bloom, Valley of Fire State Park
Petroglyphs, Valley of Fire State Park

After a few days of playing on the rocks, Tim and I drove to Gilroy, California for a wedding. Somehow, my weather jinxiness kept itself under control for the whole climbing portion of the trip (hooray!), but came out to play for wedding day (sorry about the rain, Ryan and Marissa!). The wedding was still lovely, though, and the reception was at a winery so obviously you can’t go wrong there. Plus, I got to see Tim in a tux for the first time ever which was a pretty big win in itself.

Keeping it classy #burgerstastebetterintuxes

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So there you have it. Five months in 17 pictures and less than 1,000 words. Now tell me, what have YOU been up to?!

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3 thoughts on “Stuff & Things: A Life Update

  1. Well, what have I been up to? I climbed my ladder to see what was on a top shelf!!! very scary! I sat here for an hour reading what you and “The Hunk” have been writing, and enjoying every moment. However, the pictures are so awesome and beautiful, that it almost makes me forget you guys didn’t ask my permission to climb like that!!!!! Do you want to fall and get hurt??? Ohhh that’s probably why we don’t know until you’re done 🙂 Keep climbing and skiing as long as you both keep writing about it. My recliner and I enjoy it. Your #1 Fan

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    1. Hmm…climbing the ladder was scary, or what you found on the shelf was? And yes, you don’t see the pictures until it’s all over for exactly that reason. Dad and I realized that was the best method a long time ago! :p

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