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OK... so wow... I haven't posted (or read) LJ since mid December... and that was just to grumble about the fact that Winterfest was no-more. So really, I've been out of the loop for almost three months now...
Work has been so busy for me since November... and being that the only time I really read/update LJ is during work hours: hence why I've been out of touch... Here's a quick recap of the last three months:

Work: very busy times... creating huge updates / redesigns to my web time/project tracking system... no time to breath really...
We moved to a new building in mid-December. The new place is really nice. Commute increased from 1-mile/5-minutes to 7-miles/20-minutes. *sigh* Oh well... It was "rough" at first... but totally used to it now and seriously, it's nothing to grumble about.

Thanksgiving was nice... my sister hosted and Barry and I helped with cooking and all.

Holiday Party with [livejournal.com profile] labelsdc at the start of December was fun.

Got our new living room furniture... HUGE set, but really nice.

Got a real Xmas tree on Dec 9th... Was so nice to go "tree hunting" at the farm and actually saw the tree down myself. Marea and Chris joined me and housemates Ken & Don for the hunt. Marea and Chris also got their tree. It was nice... only thing that would have made it better would have been some snow on the ground and Barry to be there with us.
(Pictures of tree and living room to follow shortly.)

That night, had a good time at Bill & Jerry's annual wine-tasting party. Got snookered. :)

Annual tree-trimming party at Brian's was fun... drink a beer and hang it on the tree. What a great concept... my only concern is: after a few weeks, does the tree start to smell of rotten beer?

Got to visit campground on the 16th... weren't going to do any parties that night, but then decided at last minute to stay at hotel with Ken & Don and go to Pat's Holiday Party. Was fun... drank a lot... The next morning, our drive home wasn't so "fun"... but we made it and recovered over the next two days. :)

Christmas gift shopping went rather well... Barry and I got out several nights and managed to get everything we wanted to get. Spent one evening at Tara's getting some pearls for several of the girls on our lists (family/friends). (I helped her with her website... check it out: Perennial Designs Jewelry.)

Fantasy Football: I lost... darn... so close though... I was doing well, then really bad... then I started to do better... but it was too late... *sigh* Oh well... at least the dinner and cooking part was all done on one night and was rather fun... Todd's new house was really nice and got to play "Wii" as well, which was interesting/fun.

Christmas was very nice... I went to my traditional dinner at Grandmother N's house. That was nice to do... Barry didn't go, as we still aren't technically "out" with that side of the family yet... but I have a feeling that won't be the case for much longer... Barry's been included on my parent's xmas-card-letter for the last two years. And was in the picture they sent to all the family too this year. :) Christmas morning was at my sister's house... she being pregnant (due in March), she didn't want to travel, so all of the family (including my brother) came to her. It was such a nice day: three hours of present opening -- we take turns and really cherish each gift. Took a breakfast intermission to eat "Cheese Strata" that Barry and I made (YUM, new tradition?)... I spent the most of the day putting together my nephew's "Kenex Roller Coaster" -- It was like a big puzzle or like playing with an erector set or legos... FUN!
(Speaking of Christmas Card Letters: Once again I did not send any cards this year... I'm such a slacker... this is the second year in a row without sending any letters... *grrr* I'm so mad at myself... and yet, have I done anything to correct the situation? no... *sigh*)

New Years: Barry and I went to spend the weekend with Frank & David (our neighbors at The Woods). It was such a fun weekend. They hosted us in their beautiful house in NJ. They drove us into New York on Saturday evening... we drove around in their convertible (through China Town and Little Italy, top-down, freezing weather, bundled-up in blankets and earmuffs, playing loud music, people looking at us like we were a bunch of fags out on the town... which we totally were... it was so much fun!)... then we walked around the village and had some drinks... the two of them are very familiar with the gay bars and places to go/see in the city, so I felt very comfortable and it was SO NICE to be in the city again. (Oh how I've missed the city...) We went to see "Drowsy Chaperone" on Broadway and had front-row mezz seats... it was AWESOME! Then went back to the village to hang out and drink until wee-hours of the morning... and flirt with a bunch of cuties...
Sunday (New Years Eve), we slept in and then helped them prepare for their dinner party that night... they hosted a "murder mystery" party. I was "Mary Kay Eternity" -- in drag, I was the wife of Barry (who played "Jim Bob Eternity") -- we were a TV-evangelist-couple from the south (think Tammy Fae Baker)... very fun... wonderful dinner and lots of champagne...
The following day we recovered from our hangovers and just lounged around.
(Pictures of this also to follow soon...)

January was pretty uneventful... just lots of work, rolling out my system changes to the department, including training all 140 associates in the enhancements.

Barry and I got an SUV (replacing his car) on Jan 24... We got a Toyota FJ Cruiser. It's SO awesome... We totally love it. 4WD and high-clearance... it's going to be so cool to have for the summer going up to camp... and for the winter snow... and just in general it's so cool... :)

Last week (Jan 27 - Feb 3), Barry and I went to Breckenridge, Colorado with a big skiing group. Being that I've always wanted to go skiing out-West... when Matt and Tara suggested that we go with this group that they have gone with a couple times in the past, I jumped at the chance. Barry was looking forward to just getting-away for the week even though he doesn't ski, he figured he could sit in the condo by the fire and relax. It was a great week away from things and I got some good skiing in. At first I was disappointed at the conditions, but then we got about a foot of snow on Wednesday and we went to Vail that day... it was the most amazing riding I've ever done (I'm a snowboarder)... That's what I went out-west expecting. It was great. Barry hurt his knee on the first day, which made it difficult for him to enjoy his time, but we managed to go out around the town one day and go out to eat a couple times. He also cooked a big spaghetti dinner for a group of 10 of us the one night. All-in-all it was a fun time. I'm not sure if I would go out-West for skiing again and may just stick to Vermont for my "big snow"... but who knows... perhaps another ski trip is in my future.

Back to work today... and it's actually been a rather slow day... I caught up on my emails, and thankfully nothing pressing or urgent came-up while I was away. Nothing was planned for today so that I could use the day to catch-up... so I actually had some time to post this. YEAH!

One final note: Barry left his job this afternoon... they really dicked him over -- for the last time! I'm so glad he walked... They gave him a bad annual review... and he works SO DAMN hard for them... they had no right to do that. He stood his ground and told them it was unacceptable to get that kind of rating. They really dicked him over about a raise and promotion several months ago... and things have been going so bad for him there since then... and I've told him several times that the stress of that place isn't worth it... But he kept giving them his best and giving them more chances... today was the final straw, and I'm glad he stood his ground... it's the principle of the whole thing... he handed them an immediate resignation and walked out. On one hand, yes, I'm nervous... with only one salary we're going to have to tighten our belts a little and live a bit less extravagantly... but on the other hand, I'm really happy because perhaps it's a blessing in disguise... A chance for him to start new and fresh somewhere and not have this horrible stress that place was giving him. And also... haven't you always wanted to say "take this job and shove it"? Imagine: he actually got to do that today. *cool*

So that's a wrap-up of the last three months... ending on a pretty big note...
Over the next couple days I'll catch-up on some of my LJ friend's journals... so don't be surprised if you get a response to a post from months ago. :)
*hugs everyone*
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Went snowboarding last night for the 5th (and final) time of this season. Although we had one of the warmest and rainiest winters that I can remember, it was surprisingly one of the best ski seasons I can remember -- at least conditions were always good... I have a feeling that might be because of Blue Mountain (the place I skied this year)... I never really skied there much in the past, but I'm very impressed with their snow-making capabilities -- they did awesome... and last night, middle of March, and they STILL had all but two trails open with lots of snow. Two evenings ago it was 75'F... last night it was back down in the teens and I was skiing!!

Winter is dead to me now... I'm ready for Spring.

The Woods Campground will be open in about 45 days... I can hardly believe it... it's coming up SO fast now... Barry and I have so much to do to get ready... including buying a new RV. We sat and looked at our calendar for the next couple months and we really only have two weekends between now and camp in order to purchase the new camper... and we'll only have one or two weekends to get the site ready for it! Yikes!

TGIT: Thank God It's Thursday -- My last day of work before our 5-day vacation to Vegas! Yay!
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I just spent a few hours creating my newest icon... and it's animated!
Too bad there won't really be any more use for it until next winter. :(
I should be packing... but my procrastination wins again!
Oh well... it was fun... and educational (creating my first official animated icon, I learned some new skills in the process).
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Killington was a lot of fun and did some really great snowboarding.

Thursday, Alison drove... She and her friend, Ali, picked up Sarah and I at my place. We all rode up in Alison's Honda Element... Sarah and I enjoyed the "Stadium Seating" in the back. :) Trip went quickly... only about five and a half hours. Got there and met Chris and Anne in the condo (after having a little bit of a rough time finding it).

Started our day of skiing early. I made breakfast while the others went to get the rental skis and lift tickets. Bacon, eggs, pancakes, toast, juice... it was a great little buffet... and a great way to start the day.

Conditions were great. We could walk right to the slope and ski home when we were done. (Sunrise, East Glade, B6) That first day we spent most of our time on intermediate and expert slopes. Figured we would get in the hard stuff before we got worn-out.

Anne and I hit it off really well. She and I went off on many of the more difficult slopes when the others wanted to hold back. One of those times... we were coming down this really difficult slope, I was doing the glade run on the side (glades are "slopes" where you ski between the trees). I was doing well... glades take a lot out of me because they are both physically tiring and mentally exhausting (constantly looking ahead and planning your route). I got halfway down and fell and sprained my thumb... it hurt... and I was tired... so I walked out of the trees back to the regular slope. I could have used more powder to enjoy the glades better, but I'm glad I did what I did... I really snowboarded well I think. Downhill stuff, nothing fancy, no jumps or anything, but just plain good snowboarding and enjoyed myself and kept up (or in-front) of all the others in the group.

We ate out at the Wobbly Barn and hung out for some music. Only Chris was really up for staying out and partying. I guess I'm getting old or something, but after skiing all day and eating a huge meal, all I wanted to do was go to sleep. Chris and Sarah stayed at the dance club to listen to music... the rest of us went back to the condo and watched TV.

Saturday was another beautiful day of skiing... it was a bit more crowded, but the weather was perfect and conditions great. Anne and I did some more difficult skiing on our own and I enjoyed it... even though the one hill I went on was spent mainly on my butt sliding down from one mogul to the next. :) And then I sprained my ring finger (I think I did that while in the half-pipe). My poor hands get a beating when I fall... I need to learn to fall and use something besides my fingers to stop me. Perhaps wrist guards? I've got some pictures of me in the half-pipe... I'm planning to make an animated icon of it hopefully.

We actually stayed out to the very end on Saturday. Sarah, Chris, and I spent our time after lunch on beginners and intermediate slopes and I just really enjoyed cruising down the slopes. One hill was long and straight and wide, and I just FLEW down... It's rare that I can open-up and just cruise so fast... but because it was a beginner hill and so nice, I knew I could stay in control the whole way. We also went on the slopes that take you all the way from the top of the mountain to the bottom and rode the gondola back up. It's awesome to ride a lift for 15 minutes, and then ski down constantly for 20 minutes.

On the one ride up in the gondola, we were talking with three young people about where to go out that night. They told us about the Pickle Barrel. Sounded good. Someone said something and got it confused with the Wobbly Barn... I said, "At least it's not a Wobbly Pickle." Hehehe... Sometimes I crack myself up, and sometimes I can even crack up others around me. I like that. :)

We didn't go out Saturday night. Even after being told about the great place to try. We got home and were beat-tired. Went to the resort hot-tub... ordered pizza delivery... played a few rounds of Taboo and Catch Phrase... then slept like logs (at least I slept like a log and like I was cutting one). Apparently, I'm a pretty bad snorer... I guess I knew that already.

Sunday morning I went snowshoeing with Alison and Ali while Anne skied and Chris and Sarah snowmobiling. We left around one and got home around 7. I raced right over to Barry's... I missed him so much... we went out for dinner and "caught-up" on lost time.

Work sucks today... Was hoping I would be back to work with all new energy and such, but quite the opposite. I want to be here even less... and my sprained finger is telling me to stop typing. (It's a lot less swollen today, but I bet this typing isn't helping it. Every "W" and "S" and "A" is a bit more of a chore than it should be.)

Well... only four more days and then I'm off for a week... this time for a relaxing trip... no physical exhaustion planned. :)
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Friday night and Saturday, Barry and I stayed in and snuggled. It was very relaxing. Then, Saturday night, Barry and I went to a party that was hosted by Dawn & Crystal from camp. It was nice to see a bunch of people from The Woods... we're all pretty excited about the camp opening and getting back to camp. Opening weekend is only 60 days away.

I actually held back my drinking and still had a good time. It was nice. I originally intended to be the designated driver, but Barry remained sober as well and drove. I'm feeling good that I didn't get "wasted". Feeling good both physically and mentally. ;)

Celebrated my grandmother's 89th birthday yesterday. It was a nice family gathering and good to see my parents.

My mom has set the wheels in motion (accepted a job offer) in Augusta, GA... so they will most likely be moving (from Cleveland, OH) to Georgia sometime late this summer (July). They both seem really excited about it. I'm excited for them and the prospects of them getting a nice new house and such.

Got a Shamrock Shake yesterday. YAY!!! So excited about this minty, green, luscious, frozen, dairy concoction.

Found out that my company has been paying like $200 a month for me to be have a pager. And I don't even use it. So they are canceling my pager (no loss) and getting me a company cell phone. I don't have much use for the cell phone, but can make/receive work calls now using it... Plus probably will be able to send text messages to it, which is what I used to (occasionally) use the pager for. So it'll save the company money. How messed-up is it that a cell phone is cheaper than a pager?! Who wants a pager anymore? I'm glad they finally are taking the pager back since I have no use for it... I feel a little bad that they were spending so much money on it, but "who knew?" -- I figured it was cheep, like $20 a month or something.

Dale Carnegie class for tonight has been canceled due to the incoming "nor-easter" snow storm. That means I get to get snowed in with Barry tonight. Yay!

We're supposed to be getting 6-12" of snow. Everyone is complaining. I say, "Bring it on!" It IS winter after all... and winter is supposed to mean snow. And we really only had about two significant snowfalls this year, neither of which was much more than 6 inches. With all the snow coming, skiing on Wednesday should be great... I hope so.

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