"My Odd, Marvelous Compost Bin"

May 21, 2008

I need a compost bin:


Another Reason I'm an Apple fan

May 19, 2008


Every time I’ve called AppleCare, I’ve talked to someone whose native language is English – or at least the person is fluent enough that I can’t tell.  My call is answered promptly and the issue is fixed just as fast.

I’m currently on the phone with HP Support because our All-in-One printer is having issues. The first guy (HP Bozo #1) wasn’t very easy to understand, and now that I’m on the phone with HP Bozo #2 – supposedly the tech guy – he can’t find the order number that HP Bozo #1 gave me. So I’ve paid my $35 support fee, yet I’ve been on hold for at least 15 minutes because #2 can’t find my order. I’ve now been on the phone for 40 minutes and not a step closer to fixing my printer/scanner/fax machine… And now I just got disconnected.

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Does this count against me?

May 14, 2008

Is it against compacting if my bosses give me an iPhone?

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My Love and Hate Relationship with Backcountry Skiing

I love to ski. Its my favorite activity and why I live in this overpriced community. Recently, I’ve gotten into backcountry skiing. It started with getting the gear so I could start doing hut trips. Then I started skinning up Buttermilk for evening exercise. Then Dave hurt his back in the resort, so he started doing a lot of backcountry because the snow was softer and the movement was good for him. Somehow, I got dragged into the mix – I think mostly for the chance to make an appearance on WildSnow.com, can’t let my husband get all the glory. But backcountry skiing causes me mixed emotions, and as I discovered this morning heading up Marble Peak.

1. waking up before the sun is up.
2. driving on windy roads in the back seat – i get car sick easy.
3. super icy skin track- especially when I left my ski crampons in the car

1. The views
2. Being outside in clean air
3. Feeling of accomplishment when I get to the summit
4. Going back to work refreshed and exhausted (is that possible?)

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5Point Film Festival

May 12, 2008

We just had the wrap up of the inaugural 5Point Film Festival here in Carbondale. I was in charge of the public relations for the event – getting stories written in the local papers. It was a huge success with every night selling out! We had some great speakers, thanks to founder Julie Kennedy’s massive connections in the outdoor industry. Silly me, I totally forgot to take pictures!!!

see www.wildsnow.com for a great wrap-up by Lou.

My favorite part of the whole event was seeing Erik Weihenmayer’s presentation. He is the first blind person to climb Mt. Everest, and has gone on to become a successful mountaineer and inspirational speaker. He’s done some great things to help ‘disabled’ people get into sports through a few non-profits he’s involved in. www.touchthetop.com

Bike to Work Week

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race” — H.G. Wells

This morning was event #1 of Bonedale Bike Week. Dave, Tracy and I served coffee and handed out t-shirts to bike commuters. Tonight is a clinic at the bike shop for basic bicycle maintenance. So far people have been excited for a bike event – its obviously something Carbondale has needed for awhile.

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Bonedale Bike Week

May 7, 2008

My friend Tracy and I, along with a few others, are starting a new Carbondale tradition: ‘Bonedale Bike Week. May is National Bike month, with May 12-16 being National Bike to Work week. We’re going to have free coffee, bike polo, cruiser ride and lots of parties!