Friday, August 28, 2015


i have a very full weekend planned! i am looking forward to all of it, but boy am i a little tired the last couple of days with a serious headache. meh.

anyway, tonight we are doing the bbq and corn hole gig with all of our neighbors. my special deviled eggs are famous, so am required to show up with them:) christine is making her killer burgers. she made them for us at the cabin once and we have all been dying for her to make them again. tonight is the night! and i am hungry already.

i got o and i tickets to see meru at the broadway later tonight. i am so looking forward to it! psyched actually. i so hope jimmy chin, conrad anker and renan ozturk are there.

tomorrow i am hoping to go up lone peak with orion. fingers crossed.

and then

the best part. o and i going to sundance to ride the zip line under the full moon! woot!

i can't believe summer is almost over. it flew by so fast and next thing you know the holidays will be upon us! i love fall and winter and am totally looking forward to the cooler temperatures.

kimberly started school this week. she is a junior in high school this year! looking forward to her coming over to do her homework and study. we haven't been able to see each other for weeks because we've both been busy doing fun things:) our one year anniversary is next month!

i'm fairly certain i have a couple of new lesions creeping up unfortunately. i'm not supposed to see my oncologist until october, but i might be moving that up. the full body itching thing is getting worse too. boo. we will keep on keepin on won't we!?

have an adventurous and sexy weekend lovers! morning sex, pumpkin pecan pancakes, mountain tops and a full moon. yes. this sounds good to me.



Thursday, August 27, 2015

weekend scenes //\\ pacing at leadville

brad's race kit ready to go! 

o and i hit the road late morning on friday for colorado. brad and a couple of his buddies arrived the day before for a mandatory race meeting. we all stayed in a big condo at the copper mountain ski resort which is right between vail and leadville. it was perfect. the condo was super nice with a great kitchen and a cozy cabin feel to it. our friend tze had a super yummy meal ready for dinner when we arrived:) we studied the map and talked about race strategy for saturday and sunday. timing and location for crew and pacers.

my job was to link up with brad at mile 50 at the windfield aid station. it takes a couple of hours to drive to windfield and there was a pretty big time frame in which he could have arrived. o took me and dropped me off at about 11:30 because we wanted to beat the crowds with no chance of missing brad. i just had my little running pack with my supplies and a peanut butter sandwich to eat for lunch while i waited for brad to arrive. if things were going well around 1:30 and if things weren't, as late as 4:00. so i made myself comfortable on the ground, waited and watched all the front runners come through. the area became more and more crowded with spectators and crews the later into the afternoon it got. it sprinkled off and on and the sun came and went with the clouds. the temperature was awesome. when 3:00 rolled around and i still hadn't seen brad, i knew he was having trouble. he came in around 3:15 looking really rough and he put his arm around me and i steadied him into the aid station. he got a little teary. he had the best 40 miles of his life even running in the top 15 for a while and then hit a wall and got sick and started vomiting on the way up hope pass. so at this point he was really dehydrated, his electrolytes were wacky and he was feeling really really bad. he laid on a cot and i put a sleeping bag on him because he was shivering and we slowly got broth, electrolytes and coke to stay down. after a while we got up and paced back and forth on the road for a while trying to decide if he was going to drop at this point. we went back to the aid station and got lots more broth and electrolyte drink in him and he started to rally. it was about 5:00 at this point and the cut off time was 6 pm. he decided to keep going!

we took off slowly until he was ready to run. we ran a few miles and i had to make sure he kept drinking. once it became steeper, we began power hiking and passing a lot of people. we were almost at the top of hope pass when he started vomiting again(tze made me take his go pro and document everything good and bad. so i videoed poor brad at his worst). all part of the experience right!? it was getting chilly and breezy now at almost 13,000 ft and brad wasn't keeping warm. i made him put on his jacket and i put the ear buff i had in my pack on him and i made him keep a hold of a hand warmer i broke out of my pack. we went over the pass and kept right on going down the back side to the next aid station. he was throwing up again. 

 cutest aid station workers ever

this aid station was fantastic. they had a firing going. tents set up and the llamas that packed in all the gear were there munching of the grass. we tried to get more broth in brad. i drank a little warm potato soup. i was having so much fun and feeling good! i had my little hood up and my gloves on and i played fetch with the dog and made more video. and of course, took care of brad. we needed to get going to make the cut off time at the twin lakes aid station if he wanted to have the option of staying in the race. we headed out into the dusk and soon the dark and we hiked until brad was ready to run again. i made him suck on some ginger candy and a shot block. we crossed the river and the water was freezing, but it felt so good because i was hot and sweaty now! we kept running and you cross through the water possibly a good 10 times after crossing the river. we made it to angie and o who were waiting for us with supplies for brad just before the aid station. angie was so relieved to see us and know that brad was ok. i ran brad in to the aid station through the cheering crowds. so fun and such amazing energy! he was thinking to go on at this point, but he had some time to rest, fuel and make a decision before crossing the time chip in time. as soon as he ate whole food he was sick again and he made the tough, emotional decision to drop out at 60 miles. he turned in his time chip and we watched the mad dash of racers trying to get across in time! it was nuts. 

brad is one of my all time favorite humans and this was an awesome bonding experience for us. it's a bummer things didn't go the way brad wanted them to. he is a rock star! i had a great time and it was so fun to experience being a part of this big race!

we loaded up in our car and o drove us back to copper mountain. it was almost midnight when we got back and we were starving. tze, happy, and mike were awaiting our arrival ready to get us fed and we talked for a long time. then it was hot showers and bed. 

on sunday we made a big breakfast and brad's buddies from tennessee that ran the race also (i met them at red hot in moab a couple of years ago) came over for a few hours. naps were had. angie and i went out and got some tea. the boys played in the hot tub. we raced go carts and went out for dinner. angie and i played cards and watched a movie...and on monday morning we all headed home.

 uncle owen is their most favorite. o has lost 30 pounds!!

toodles for now lovers!



Thursday, August 20, 2015

leadville trail 100 | recipes | stuff

little miss carlee bug got her hard cast put on today. hot pink! cutie patootie.

my stupid left leg has gone up in flames today. which is really bad timing and i will explain that in a minute. i am seeing a neuromuscular specialist on the 31st and it can't come soon enough!

i connected my gal vic last night. she took me to dinner at saffron valley and we had a fantastic time as we always do and she spoiled me with thoughtful gifts.

anna frost and missy gosney are the first women to finish the nolan's 14! incredible! you ladies rule.

vic, mark and i signed up for the red bull 400! should be a wild time.

i have a free entry into the hidden peak challenge because it was cancelled and rescheduled last year to the weekend i ran the north face marathon. so, i think i might just do it for fitness.

ok, so here is the banana bread recipe i said i would post a long time ago. first i will put the original recipe from my mom and then i will post my modified version of it.

mom's banana bread

1 3/4 c flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 salt
1/3 c shortening
2/3 c sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 c mashed ripe bananas (2 large bananas)
1/4 c chopped nuts (optional)

bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour

cyrie's banana bread

1 c almond flour
3/4 c sweet brown rice flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
approx. 3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon grade b maple syrup
2 dashes nutmeg
3 dashes cinnamon
2 eggs
2 tablespoons almond milk
2 large ripe bananas
1/4 c chopped walnuts
i like to throw in a couple handfuls of enjoy life chocolate chips sometimes!

bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour

i store mine wrapped in plastic and foil in the fridge. enjoy either one!

o and i both have friday and monday off work and we are heading to colorado to meet brad, angie and the kiddos. brad is running the leadville 100! we have rented a fabulous place to stay. i am planning to pace brad up and over hope pass from winfield aid station to twin lakes aid station. hope pass is the highest point of the race at 12,600 feet. sounds exciting eh!? hopefully my leg will feel better than it does today. fingers crossed. we are so excited for a fun weekend in the mountains!

toodles for now lovers.



Wednesday, August 19, 2015


i got to leave work at 2:30 yesterday! so, i headed up big cottonwood canyon for a little birthday trail time. i went up mill a and had time to make it to the saddle between mount raymond and gobblers knob before i need to head down and get home for my plans with o. a nice, steep 6 miles. it seemed to be just as smokey up there as it is down in the valley. yuck.

o and i walked downtown and headed up main street and ended up eating at atlantic cafe. it's what sounded yummy. and it was. then we walked home, crawled into bed and watched a movie. the end.

toodles for now.



Tuesday, August 18, 2015


it's my birthday today. i hopped out of bed at 5:30 am and got a solid work out in. wanted to start my day off right! plus, birthday treats;) i am working today, but tonight o and i are going to walk downtown and wonder into some fabulous place to eat dinner. just whatever we are in the mood for. o gave me the best, most vulgar birthday card this morning and tickets to ride the zip line at sundance on the full moon next weekend! i have been wanting to go on that zip line forever, but they are always sold out when i want to go. he's so smart.

some of my neighbors took me for birthday dessert last night at gormandise. i had flour less chocolate cake and it was superb. my coworkers are spoiling me and my mom sent me pretty things in the mail! 

i'm a lucky girl even if i am gettin old! have a great tuesday.



Monday, August 17, 2015

weekend scenes \\ mount olympus + jules and the kiddos were here

jules and the kiddos came through town on thursday afternoon! they had been at bear lake for a family reunion with matt's family. matt went to climb in the tetons with his dad after the reunion, so jules came to visit us for a couple of days before they made the long trek back to new mexico.

we only got to spend thrusday and friday evenings hanging out. we played with the neighbors. karl has the cool backyard, so that's where we went;) poor carlee broke her arm at the family reunion;( the kids brought me a card and a stuffed english bulldog. pretty darn cute.

they didn't leave until mid morning on saturday and i had things to get done before a certain time. so, i opted for mount olympus because it is close and quick, but still requires much effort. especially in the heat! it was sooooo hot. hot as hell. good conditioning for my bod!'s monday again. boo hiss.