Whirlwind Holiday Adventures

Well it certainly has been awhile since I last posted.  Usually I try to write “after-the-fact” posts where I make it seem like I actually wrote something each day and change the date published to a few days previously or even stack up posts in advanced.  Yeah, that’s not happening.


I figure spending time rambling and running with my sister or skiing the slopes of Mammoth is more productive and sometimes relaxing than worrying about how many posts I write.


This was a hilarious journal I received from Meghan with a fitting label.  For when she is no longer able to respond to my random texts/worries/thoughts.  Oh, what will I do?


But, here’s a recap of what has happened since last Wednesday.  After spending a short time in Santa Barbara (gorgeous as usual), we made a family trip up to the Fuelling Family Cabin in Mammoth Lakes, CA for a couple days of R&R.  Yeah right 😉 R&R is rarely a term used in the Fuelling family.  Time off is more like accomplishing any ad-hoc projects we created for ourselves during the week or during work and we tend to run around like chickens with our heads chopped off.  We were only up there for a couple days because my dad had to come back for some T of R (Tournament of Roses) duties, but the way I see it (a phrase I picked up from my friend Liz) 🙂 is that at least we made it up there.

IMG_5633 IMG_5636When we are in Mammoth, we always like to stop by the local coffee joint, Looney Bean.  Simply delightful!
Bodie was helping me with some post-Christmas gifts.  I was making a few tie-blankets for my girlfriends and he decided it was the perfect time to take a rest.  Thanks Moto. IMG_5643The weather stayed between 1F and 16F, which was a completely new experience for me. My hands were beyond freezing on the mountains, but I don’t think it is anything gloves can fix.  I think my hands are just weird.  My dad asked at one point if I was cold.  Yes, as a matter of fact, I am.  You can’t really take someone in 60F and put them in 5F with 30mph winds and expect them to be ok.  IMG_5647This was a nifty phone application (“Mammoth” found on iTunes) that tracks your speed, mileage, and so on while on the mountain.  It sure does use up your battery so between running the application and the freezing atmosphere, you will be like me with 0% left at the end of the day. IMG_5648Not bad for half a day of skiing. 

It was a true challenge as playing with my dad, Mr. Finance/Accountant, is a battle. He is very aggressive and as a result ends up winning.  Well, my cousins and uncle put him to the test.  I lost interest as the night went on and struck up a business deal with my cousin, Patrick.  If I gave him my properties and money and he won, we would be co-winners.  My sister had done the same with my dad, so I figured it was only right to even the playing field.  Well, Patrick won and so we are the reigning champs 🙂 Way to go my friend!


We were lucky to get a couple of ski days in (1.5 for me as I chose to take Friday morning off and instead walk the dog along the 4.5 mile loop of town) and we even were able to have a fabulous dinner and game of monopoly with my cousins from Newport.  We don’t often get to see them and it was a blast hanging out together.  They have a couple of the most hilarious dogs in the world.  I swear, if I need to be reincarnated, I would like to be a dog in the Fuelling/Lynch/Knight household (our families).

This is a picture of Titus, the rambunctious black lab, who felt that sitting on every piece of furniture was perfectly alright.  Oh, we tried to scare him off and push him off but he just looked at us like we were crazy.

Also, my school’s basketball team got to play against the number one team Duke and did mighty well.  Sure they lost, but for a team who could barely piece together 10 wins last season (don’t quote me please), they have sure gotten their act together.  I can’t wait to see them play next week against Gonzaga.  It’s one of our biggest games of the season.

We made the drive home Saturday morning and arrived back in time for a quick run. So being in the mountains should make me practically invincible, right?  Wrong.  When Meghan and I returned home to run (Saturday and today’s long run in the Arroyo at the Rose Bowl) I felt like I was going to pass out.  It must have been the dehydration.

Last night I attended my first wedding.  Let’s rephrase this.  I’ve been to weddings, heck I’ve been a flower girl.  But this was one of my FRIENDS.  Yikes! It all begins.  I’ve got loads of time because after all, it starts with having a relationship, right? 😉

Terrible lighting but believe me, a wedding at the Biltmore in Los Angeles was exquisite. Talk about a four course meal, dancing, and beyond.
Butternut squash ravioli, wedge salad, salmon with potatoes, red velvet layer cake.  I was a HUGE fan of the wedge salad and chose to eat only the insides of the ravioli.  There was even a candy bar in the back and later on in the night, they served mini hamburgers/hot dogs and ice cream bars.  You sure do know how to throw a party.

My favorite activity besides dancing, was the photobooth.  I think that every wedding should have one of these. Once you finished, you received a strip of photos and then another strip would go into a scrapbook for the bride and groom.

Finally, today celebrates a big birthday lunch for Grandpa Bob 🙂 Happy 75th!  Imagine this, most of my family celebrated big birthdays this year.  Mom and Dad turned 50, I turned 21, my sister turned 18 and graduated from high school and my mom’s parents turned 75.  We are just that cool.

Here is a look at the sandwich spread as well as Nancy preparing her DELIGHTFUL soup. I don’t normally eat sandwiches but a little ciabatta with good meat, avocado, munster cheese and pesto…Yummo!

Well, for Bob’s birthday, we usually like to have a lunch at our house.  I think this year was the best of the best.  My mom did everything (sorry Mom we didn’t help much) and it was beyond amazing.  The spread, the cupcakes, the gift.  I can’t even express how much effort she put into it and I hope she realizes how much it meant.


Oh and to make it complete, my dog is currently relaxing and sleeping in the living room with the Christmas tree and his many lovies/wubbies (toys).  I think he uses that room and enjoyed the Christmas festivities more than any of us.

Phew.  Well, tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, although it doesn’t feel like anything special.  I don’t really having anything planned except a run with an old friend and 9 holes of golf with the family.  Sometimes we drive down to Pasadena and check out the floats as they line up for the parade.  My good friends are all out of town, so that leaves Meghan and myself.  The world is our oyster, so we shall see what happens.

What are your plans? What have you done for New Year’s Eve in the past?

4 thoughts on “Whirlwind Holiday Adventures

  1. I have so much to comment on! First of all, I don’t want to think about friends getting married. Although when I get married (assuming I find someone who can put up with me for the rest of his life), I think I’m going to have a wedding just like your friend’s, with red velvet cake and candy galore. So fun! Also, Mammoth? JEALOUS! That is so cool. Sunday River has a similar app but I forgot to download it. Good thing since my battery wasn’t holding up from all the blogging/tweeting/texting I did throughout the day.
    Can I just have your life? Cupcakes, Rose Parade, ski house, a sister to run with? Oh, and we can’t forget your recent trip to NYC! Let’s trade. Just for a day… or a year 😉

    • Haha thanks. I guess I just like to make the most of it all. Yeah, having my friends get married is really really weird. It’s mostly all the Mormons, so I’ve got some time. 🙂

  2. Aww sounds like an awesome break!! I definitely missed hearing from you.. Definitely checked in everyday…haha sorry not sorry the wedding looks awesome too. Weddings have to be one of my favorite things ever! The cupcakes look great too!! 🙂

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