the sun was out in full force this past week in vail.
… bad news for skiing (no snow)
… but good news for my dermatologist (lots of sunbathing)
in addition to…
… as many oysters as i could get at sweet basil
… which was an early dinner (5:00 - this midwesterner’s preferred time) w/ my dad and PKS
… which was a precursor to something really, really cool and special. but since i’m sworn to secrecy on it, let’s leave it like this: when the revisionaries comes out this spring, go see it!
… lots of reading on the patio (like this awesome book my dad found)
… plus episodes of no reservations on the ipad
… and lounging in my parents’ sun soaked bedroom as my mom recovers from her broken leg
… plenty of sunset hot tub time
… a late breakfast at the new locals’ favorite: northside coffee and kitchen
… followed by skiing at arrowhead and bachelor gulch w/ my sister-in-law and her boyfriend (they: locals, we: “gapers” - according to them)
… plus a killer friday night dinner at our house, too. quail and pheasant, provided by the two of them - bounty from pete’s talent as an outdoorsman.
… blue skies all day, everyday
… a spa day at the lodge
… leisurely afternoon apres w/ good literature
… and evening cocktail parties (like this one)
… frying a chicken w/ the gear leftover from thanksgiving’s turkey fry
… and then drinking great wine (louis latour pouilly fuisse) when the chicken doesn’t fry
… not to mention another awesome wine, arthur, at our favorite dinner spot, the gashouse in edwards. (watching the epic bar fight unfold was pretty amazing, too)
… enjoying a very empty ski town
… and sometimes not making it to the mountain at all
… sitting on the lift, chatting w/ a local mom of 2 lil’ boys who when she mentioned that her oldest was on skis at 11 months, PKS declared that our babies will be on skis and longboards by 11 months then, too! (is that even possible?)
… gobs of sleep and only one insomniac night
… a long hike up the ridge overlooking beaver creek where PKS and i sat at the top and hashed out future plans
… returning home rested, tanned, ready to get back to work
… and grateful for the luxury of rounding out our 1st year of marriage together.