February 7, 2014

Snowshoes, Chai, Construction [Random 5 Friday]


1. Mitch & I got out snowshoeing in the woods last weekend.  We had a high of 9° above zero, a "warm up," so we seized the opportunity.  The snow wasn't ideal, so soft & powdery, the kind that spills over the tops of your snowshoe with each step.  But it felt good.  

2.  We didn't watch the Super Bowl.  I love football, but I find television & commercials tasteless unpleasant.  After not having television for many years now, I've become resensitized to what's on it. 
Desensitization
: The diminished emotional responsiveness to a negative or aversive stimulus after repeated exposure to it.
   ← That's not me.  TV makes me feel extremely qualmish. 
I was happily home reading a book on Super Bowl Sunday evening. 

3.  I had my first ever cup of chai this week, thanks to a thoughtful friend.  As far as warm beverages go- I've never been a coffee drinker.  Hot cocoa is alright, & I like cappuccino.  But I love chai latte!  It's like light, sweet calmness in a cup.  (Thanks, Alaina!)  I stocked up on more.

4.  This evening Mason & Eric had a basketball game that went into double overtime, and we had to miss it.  They were playing about 100 miles away from home.  Too long & late a drive for us to manage on a school night with younger kids in our family.  It's almost midnight & they're still not home.  Too late for them on a school night, too.  They'll have less than 8 hours at home to eat a meal, shower, do homework, sleep, and return to school.  (The Mayo Clinic says teens need about nine or more hours of sleep a night.)  As a mom, the scheduling concerns me.  I think they should schedule games that are more than an hour away only on Fridays.  For the sake of health, academics, and with the bonus that more fans could be present to support them!

5.  We've been hitting the finish stretch on The Home Project at last.  After a much busier than planned winter to date, Mitch had a few days at home over the past couple of weeks.  We've been making messes and progress.  We opened up the final connection between the old & new, and sheet rocked the upper level.  Today we're covered in white dust as we sanded & cleaned up the last coat of mud.  Tomorrow I begin priming & painting our new space!  
It looks much, much different than it did here:
 

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39 comments:

  1. So sorry about the loss and long way to go to the game. Exiting to see your home come together but I know how much work that entails. Hope you had decent breathing protection for the sanding.

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    1. Mitch uses a respirator while sanding- he's learned the hard way that breathing all that nasty stuff is not good!

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  2. It must be fun to walk on snowshoes ! :)
    Don't watch TV here either...I cut cable out ages ago and just buy or rent movies...Usually series such as Downton Abbey etc...

    Have a great weekend! :)

    Deb from Homespun & Frugal Little Bunglow

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    1. If I had access, I'd be interested in this Downtown Abbey - I hear it mentioned often!

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  3. After that double overtime did your boys come out as the winning team?

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    1. No, they were tied again throughout the second OT, and lost by 2 points in the final seconds.
      Tough way to lose a game! Three of our starters (including our son who is the teams' top scorer) were fouled out by the end of that last OT.. We were playing a much larger school. Our high school enrollment is 74, theirs' 190. Numbers / the depth of a team's bench is a huge advantage when fouls are being called liberally or when going into extra periods. As well as in giving kids rest. Schools like this often have a bench with a full 2nd or 3rd team to rotate in to keep players fresh. We don't.
      They made it home safe & tired!

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  4. I so agree with you about TV commercials. Actually, they put me to sleep. They really do!

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  5. I am so happy to hear your project is reaching fruition. I'm in Texas now getting ready for the family celebration of my sister's life. It's sure not Florida!

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  6. Glad you got out to snowshoe. We are taking the kids skiing for the first time this weekend, looking forward to being outside. I love chai! We have a local coffee roaster who makes a chai that is wonderful, with a taste of spicy heat to it.. I may just have to go pick one up!

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  7. Now that is something I've always wanted to do when I was younger...snow-shoeing. My dad grew up in the snowy part of South Dakota and was very good at walking in them...me, I fell and never got back to trying. Loved that photo too, by the way.

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    1. I took a pretty good fall or two the other day when I tripped on a log hidden under the snow & it sent me flying forward into the snow! Getting back up can be awkward. I should use poles!
      Sticking to some kind of trail is more predictable.

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  8. i'm with you about number 4...so far for a school game, on a school night! poor guys are probably exhausted today...how fun about number 5! have a great weekend :)

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  9. You are really going to enjoy the increased space. Is chai latte the same as chai tea?

    In my news, I'm a grandmother for the first time. Daughter and son in law who live in NH have adopted a baby girl, born on the 5th, and named her Annabelle. Can't wait to meet her tonight using FaceTime.

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  10. Oh I snowshoe every day I can but with the much lighter snowshoes and yes it is a challenge breaking trail these days but worth the effort. I love Chia tea. B

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  11. Looking forward to seeing your new addition -- Thanks for joining in R5F this week.

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  12. i am a lover of chai ... my favorite of any kind of drink to enjoy. so yummy. i don't even recall when i 1st found it .. but so glad i did. happy weekend. ( :

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  13. I love Chai Lattes, my favorite by far, and every one is different.

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  14. I watched the first half of the superbowl and then switched to Downton Abbey ... that's almost all I watch on TV except the local news mostly to see the weather report. I can find the "news" on line and most TV shows are on line if I get the urge. I'm with you with late night events on school nights ... poor scheduling. Happy Friday!

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  15. Amanda,

    The last time we have seen zero or warmer was last Sunday. I am so glad to get out to do chores as the afternoons are getting a little longer everyday. Sounds like Monday we will start to warm up and it will get nicer as next week progresses, into the upper 20's!

    The Hubby watched the Super Bowl and I got caught after having friends stay with us over the weekend. He was not impressed with the game or commercials. Like you, I could easily do without a television, just don't take my internet away! lol. I love to curl up and get lost in a good book.

    I put hot cocoa and cappuccino in my coffee! It makes my day. I have never been a tea drinker, hot or cold.

    I like your basketball game thoughts. I didn't play high school sports, but I agree that kids need rest and time to unwind, do homework and eat supper around the table with family.

    Yea for house project progress!

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  16. hooray for progress! love the snowshoe shot!

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  17. I'm glad you were able to get out during your 'heat wave'. I haven't done any snowshoeing, but I have always thought it would be fun to try. Betsy and I have a pumpkin chai tea that we really enjoy on a cold evening. I completely agree with you about scheduling long-distance games on Friday nights, especially when there is a chance of poor road conditions. Have a great weekend.

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  18. I don't watch a lot of TV either. Most of it makes me feel icky! We record a couple things and skip commercials.

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  19. I'm glad you're making progress on the home project! That is so exciting. I love chai tea as well! I'm so excited because my cousin went to India recently and brought some spices and chai back for me. I can't wait to try them out.

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  20. I've never had snowshoes on before. They look so strange. - It was 9 here this week too and we were "freezing" - Snowed yesterday too.
    Wow 100 miles is a long way to go to play a game and on a school night that does seem odd.
    I did watch the Super Bowl, I'm from Washington State so had to cheer on the Seahawks.
    I watch television, I find there are many educational and interesting things on TV as well as just plain "fluff" shows to watch when one's just needs to unwind.

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    1. Congrats on your home state Super Bowl win, Ida!
      I don't know if the Vikings have ever been to the Super Bowl in my lifetime. Not that I remember, anyway. ;)

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  21. I've always been huge fan of Chai tea lattes! Glad you got a chance to have a "chai experience!" Good to hear your home project is coming along. We got a 4 inch dump of snow in Portland yesterday and it's so pretty. We hardly ever get snow down here, so I'm enjoying it! And the skiing was great up on the mtn yesterday too. :)

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  22. You know, I've never tried chai. Now I'm going to have to!
    Enjoy the weekend.
    diane @ thoughts and shots

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  23. I LOVE chai tea. I usually put a little bit of milk in mine. Yum.. Looks like the building is coming along nicely.. Stay warm my friend.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Much appreciated.

    Hugs~

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    1. I had to look it up since I'd never tried Chai before.
      Apparently Chai is just the tea. Chai latte has milk in it (which I prefer, too!)

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  24. You aren't missing much by not watching TV....there are things I would miss, but when it is just me, I watch either netflix or youtube videos! Then I don't have to watch all the stuff that I don't want to see.

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  25. Chai tea is one of my favorites! You didn't miss anything by not watching the Super Bowl, the game was NOT good and neither were the commercials this year. Scheduling games so far away on a school night does not seem very reasonable. Can't wait to see the results of the home improvement project! :)

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  26. Visiting from Random Five Friday...I'm totally with you on #4! Our kids are both runners, and the cross country and track meets sometimes go so late, that they have no time to breathe, or so it seems. Their meets are not nearly so far away, as we live in a much higher populated area than you...but still! They're only teenagers and I feel for them! We did watch the Super Bowl, but it was disappointing to see such a lopsided game.

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  27. We did without TV for about 6 years, and I know exactly what you mean! I just love the idea of snowshoes...and that photo is stunning. Beautiful doors.

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  28. I admire your take on TV Amanda, and we watch very little of it here, though the Twins baseball games draw my interest at times. Fortunately our sons never had far away basketball games. The towns were played in southeastern Minn. were all within an hours drive and many less than a half hour...

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  29. Hi Amanda,
    Those snowshoes look so exotic! I'd love to try that form for "skiing" :)
    I truly understand that you're concerned if the sleep of your big boys ... The training is intensive, and they do use a lot of energy and would need time for restitution. I hope they do get sleep in the weekends, to sleep a bit extra for the hours, they've missed.
    So happy that your house-project is advancing ... how great that you're going to be painting soon!
    And - Your new header is lovely! The quote is a pearl - I'll write it down right now for inspiration (and maybe to set it up on our fridge door :)
    Stay warm,
    Nina

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  30. I love the way the inside of wooden houses look - they seem so much "warmer" than brick - I assume you need lots of insulation!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  31. Love the first image of the snowshoes! And I fully understand your concern about your boys…at the end of the school year my boys always collapsed .Too much stress and so many commitments. I love chai too and as i just came back from India …Masala Chai! Hope that you stay warm and have enough time to read!

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