Sunday, March 13, 2011

"Sexy Surprise"

From left to right: Jessaca, me, Michelle, Rachel & Jenny 
(Matt, Rachel's husband, dutifully took the photo)

Yesterday was absolutely unreal. I was in heaven, bursting with endorphins. I went skiing!! I wore a helmet - don't worry :)

To explain the photos above, the first is a regular group shot, then you say, "Sexy Surprise!" turn around, flash back and give your sexiest pose. It was Rachel's brainchild from her college sorority days. It's pretty fantastic. As you can see, I'm still working on my sexy side. I smiled pretty big though, and I'm pretty proud of that! That smile was truly genuine. It turns out I love to ski just as much as I love to run - which should speak volumes.

I was nervous at first, but two runs down the mountain I was getting my ski legs back. I started skiing in elementary school, and it's true what they say, it's just like riding a bike. I didn't even fall once!! I definitely fell a few times when I went skiing in Dubai, but this time I was warm and ready.

The whole time I was skiing yesterday I just couldn't believe my great life. As I skied with the group, we hop scotched down the mountain, and I would hear the laughter from my friends. It was like hearing music. Everyone was having so much fun. Days like that are priceless.

They were so patient with me; they were encouraging and we moved like a school of fish through the snow.

Unfortunately, we were never able to track down Heather, who was also on the mountain. I want to thank everyone for the gear loans: Heather, Marsha, Aaron & the whole Mauseth, Eastman & Taylor crew - and gifts: Jessaca. The only thing I had for skiing was my coat, which ironically was given to me by Libbey a year ago. So, actually, the whole experience was provided to me through the generosity and kindness from friends. A helmet, goggles, poles, skis, boots, pants, a coat, even the gloves were Danny's. Wow. See! I have such a great group of friends, I just can't even believe it!

I'm so grateful for my life. I'm thrilled to have my health. This life is such a gift!


  1. Nothin' like hanging toes and getting tubed to wake a gal up! Yee-haw!

  2. Yes, yes, yes! And nothing like being made aware of our mortality to help us appreciate our presence on this earth.

    Speaking from the voice of experience, your friend,
    Dee Dee

  3. Love the "sexy surprise" photo op...I may have to borrow that idea, it is brilliant. And hooray for an awesome day of skiing. Not much beats the great outdoors with friends.
    Thank you for the kind words on the loss of my friend. I truly appreciate it.
    Hope to see you soon. xoxo, Sara

  4. Jess
    So glad you had such a great day!!!
    Fresh air and friends are the best.

  5. Glad I could unknowingly contribute :). Is this another sly way my dad is trying to go through you to get me to go skiing? Ha! Thanks for making it look super fun again! I'm glad you had a great time!


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