We had a great day – no broken bones! I ended up skiing instead of snowboarding, and think I have now graduated from “beginner” to “intermediate.” I went down many of the medium level slopes, but I’m still not ready for black diamonds (even if they are “East Coast” black diamonds ) My legs are pretty tired (and my knee joints as well) and my face is bright red from the wind and sun. I’m ready for a good night’s sleep!
We started the day around 7:30 a.m. with – what else – banana oatmeal (luckily this is an easily transportable breakfast!). It was really good here made in this strange kitchen. And I loved their bowls! They were the perfect size. We brought some cinnamon and walnuts from home – delicious! I had hot tea on the side.
I thought I’d need lots of snacks while skiing and packed some bars and nuts, but I guess the activity curbed my appetite because I didn’t really get hungry. I did snack on some trail mix while on the trails though! I shared this with the group -
And they shared their flask of bourbon with me! (I only had about 3 sips, but it was a fun way to warm up 8) )
Here we are on the lift – with my sister, Laura, and her boyfriend, Matt (another Matt!)
We breaked for lunch around 12:30 – but my parents got a flat tire on the way to meet us!! Luckily my responsible dad had just checked the air in his spare and was able to fix it on the side of the mountain. So we ended up having a later lunch around 1:30 at a cute deli in a general store in Beech Mountain. I was pretty hungry when we finally sat down and started my lunch with a beer! Probably not the smartest choice because I felt kind of dehydrated during the early afternoon and hadn’t had much water, but skiing and beer just seemed like a good pair!
For lunch I got a cup of chili with a half grilled cheese on whole wheat. I only ate about 1/2 of this cup – the husband polished off the rest. It wasn’t the greatest. I also had a bite of his cheeseburger. The bite was delicious, but not something I’d want for my main course.
I also ordered a side salad with the BEST honey mustard dressing! It also had green pepper, tomatoes and black olives. Although salads aren’t always the most filling, I love how they keep you busy and take a while to eat. It allowed my stomach to feel full slowly instead of wolfing down the chili and then being stuffed and unable to ski!
All together - I ate the pickle and crackers too.
But there’s more – I had another 1/3 of a beer I wish I hadn’t had this because I really didn’t feel that great when we got back to skiing, but it fit the moment.
Andddd….I had a big bite of the group carrot cake and a piece of cookie - both were wonderful.
My parents were both first-time skiers and didn’t come out until the afternoon. I wish I’d gotten a photo of them Although they didn’t feel ready to try the bunny slope from the top, they were great sports! My dad and I walked halfway up the easy slope so he could ski down from a lower point. It was quite a workout!
Fun in the sky:
Although I only had about 8 oz of wine last night, I felt really bad in the middle of the night (headachy and dehydrated) and knew I didn’t want tonight to end up the same (especially since I’d already had a good amount of alcohol before 3 p.m.!) So I enjoyed two diet tonic + limes before dinner.
But I did end up having a little wine with dinner
We had homemade guacamole and chips set out too, and I nibbled on a few. That’s Matt’s hand dipping in!
The husband and I volunteered to cook dinner again, which makes my parents happy after 25 years of cooking for me. On the menu -
Rosemary Grilled Lamb. I had a very small piece. Red meat just doesn’t do much for me and I’d rather fill up my stomach on sweet potatoes and kale! But it did taste wonderful.
Grilled and roasted sweet potatoes -
Kale and broccoli with brown sugar, cinnamon and almonds. My family had never had kale before and I think everyone liked it (except for my sister, who hates all veggies!)
And grilled portabello mushrooms (which were just a little extra on the side)
All together with 4 oz of red wine -
Seconds on the delicious vegetables -
We’ve got Edy’s Thin Mint ice cream, but I’m not really in the mood for any. This meal was perfect on my palate and my stomach is satisfied. I might just have a spoonful though – TBD!
I want to express a big thank you to all of you who have sent me personal emails in the past few days – I really appreciate all of your positive feedback on the blog!