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“Is Your Dog Dying?”

Someone asked me that a few weeks ago and my answer was “yes, yes, he’s dying.” I guess technically we’re all dying, but it is really hard to watch your dog die. Especially spending 14 amazing and transformative years with him. Yzie’s cancer is progressing, but he still seems ok – happy to wake up every morning, get love from people, spend time outside, and get treats. But there are visible signs that make it seem like he could turn for the worse at any moment. Having nearly a year to cope with this has made it more bearable sometimes, but other times its this slightly agonizing feeling lurking below my skin that manifests itself in random tears.

A recent family portrait with Yzie (photo by Lauren Lindley).

Do I buck up and ignore the pain and the looming decision of when to “put him down,” or do I consider it with every life decision I make? I’m off to Kenya in 2 weeks and one of my biggest fears is that his condition will worsen and he will die while I’m away. I worry about what that means for my husband to have to relay that information to me and ultimately make that decision. I worry about what that might mean for me knowing I wasn’t there in his final hours. But then I know, I need to keep living, because if even if I change all my plans, it will not change the outcome. And if anyone can hang on and fight cancer, it’s Yzie the 3-legged wonder dog from Lake Tahoe.

Yzie in his younger days after climbing Mt. Bierstadt (14,006′) in Colorado.

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Throwing a Kickass Baby Shower

This weekend I threw a baby shower for my friends and they are about as mature as I am so I wanted to make it fun and not cheesy. Since the expecting parents had made a few trips to Italy in the past two years and have an Italian heritage, we made the theme “Italian Cafe.” Food and drinks set!

Italian appetizers. We also had Bellinis and other Italian liquors and of course, wine.

Next up, activities. This shower had 2 parts. A two hour all girls precurser where the expectant mother could open gifts and a few hour coed party afterwards. During the all girls portion, we had a onesie making station and it was a hit!

Ready to craft!

Thank to a bit of internet research, I purchased 15 Gerber Unisex-Baby Newborn 4 Pack Organic Onesies. Since they only came in white, I decided to dye them with Jacquard Products Procion Four Color MX Dye Set. That was a bit of an undertaking so if you decide to do that, hit me up for some tips. The colors did turn out amazing, though the purple washed out. Next I bought some super cute Precut Cotton Fabric Squares and Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive. I provided some stencils, a few pencils, scissors, and irons for the party goers to get crafty and the results were amazing. I could get into this!

Mother to be making an amazing onesie with completed onesies in the background!

Onto the coed part – I’ve been to a few showers and many of the games are awkward and uncomfortable for newish adults. I decided to invent my own game called “Pin Sometime on the Ultrasound.” It was pretty funny, but also a bit weird.

A funny, but weird idea! The author posing with the ultrasound.

All in all, the whole affair was pretty fun, especially the gelato bar!


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Sending it to Prep for Winter

One of the most fun ways to prepare for ski season is to work on air awareness by visiting the Carson Valley Swim Center. Plus if you go on Friday nights, it’s only $1!!! Here’s a fun video from last Friday.

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Ultimate Potential

The past 12 days have shown me that our ultimate personal potential is as vast as the mountains of Alaska. More on that trip later. In the meantime, please check out my friend and mentor Lynsey Dyer‘s TED talk.

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SheJumps into Tailgate Alaska!

Domi and I made this video for the Tailgate Alaska contest. The winners get a trip for 2 up to Valdez, Alaska this spring!

Vote for us by going HERE!

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Staying Motivated

Getting after it despite the conditions – that’s been my goal for the past few weeks and it’s tough to adhere to it. It hasn’t snowed much in Tahoe since January 10th. I was lucky enough to take a quick trip to Utah and the Rubies and find some good snow, but I haven’t hit one of those epic powder days in over a month. So my friend Domi and I made a pact to ski something that is scary or hard once a week in spite of the conditions. Last week it was the Crescent Moon Couloir off Roundtop. We met at 6 am and rallied out there, booting up the chute around 8 and skiing surprisingly edgeable snow that sloughed as we descended the 40+ degree pitch. We felt better immediately – accomplished.

Looking down the Crescent Moon Couloir from 2/3rds way up

Domi looking excited (?) to drop into the line.

If you think you get after it, ski with Domi, she charges always. Even when she’s “taking it easy” she is scoping out cliffs and chutes to add excitement to her descent. She both scares the crap out of me and motivates me to be better. We’re making a video to enter in the SheJumps contest for an all expenses paid trip to Tailgate Alaska. Stay tuned for the video or if you’re a female and have a backcountry partner, start filming and apply yourself!

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The last 3 days were so awesome, I don’t even know where to begin. Once I sort through images, video, feelings, I’ll recap here. I guess I’ll just say thank you universe for now!

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