Archive for December, 2006

Guess The Dish

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

Ingredients from our last meal in 2006!
This dish is one of my favorite “summertime” dishes. Why can’t we enjoy it in the middle of “winter”? I happened to have fresh basil and mint, shrimp & eggs, and cayenne peppers (although any “hot” peppers will do!). For our last meal of 2006, I thought we’d celebrate with…….. (more…)

New Jack City – Trip Report

Friday, December 29th, 2006

On Friday, Dennis & I met up with Pond Specialist and climbing enthusiast Paul for some NJC climbing. I met Paul while waiting in line at a close-out sale at Copeland’s Sporting Goods. Turns out that among his many talents is a penchant for climbing-and a keen interest in improving as a leader. (more…)

Christmas in Reno

Monday, December 25th, 2006

Mom, Sherry, Dad, Dennis, and Me Snowshoes from Santa Fighting over Kelly's Rum Cake

We spent the Christmas holiday up in Reno with Dennis’ family. It was a quiet holiday as the nephews & neice were absent. But we grown-ups managed to have a great deal of fun in spite of the missing kids.

Walter’s wonderful wife had made us a batch of rum cake-which we brought with us. It turned out to be the star of the snackbar. And, soon it was almost gone. I had to play tug-o-war with Dennis in the kitchen; laying claim to the last piece.

We went snowboarding for two days at North Star (with freshest of fresh powder!). The first day, I spent all day on the beginner slopes, but by day two I had moved on to the intermediate runs. I’m very happy with the way I started this season. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures to share with you.

Santa brought us some snowshoes for Christmas, and I can’t wait for us to go out and give them a whirl! The other highlights for me were a DVD from my Mom & Sisters, a kitchen scale & thermometer from Mom & Dad Reda, a spicerack from Sherry & Kids, and a new snowboarding helmet from Dennis!

Mt. Jenkins – Trip Report

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Walter Smiles on top of Mt. Jenkins Climbergirl on Mt. Jenkins
Walter & I welcomed the first day of Winter by ascending Mt. Jenkins. We left the car (@~5400ft) around 9:30am and got to the summit (nearly 8,000ft) around noon. Not bad for a leisurely pace including a couple stops for snacks and shedding layers. (more…)

The Court Jester

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

“The vessel with the pestil has the pellet of the poison, the challice of the pallace is the brew that is true.” One of the best scenes of this 1956 musical spoof, features a court jester who is put up against a fiendish knight. In the first round of mortal combat, they must drink a toast, and this is the mantra he is to remember in order to stay alive.

It is a very entertaining movie, with lots of tongue twisters and clever trickery. Quite a lot of modern comedies mirror this movie. There were a couple slow moments in the film, but for the most part the filmmakers kept us laughing along with the characters. Highly recommended!!!