a Winter Solstice – New Moon Wedding

It’s been ages since we’ve posted – literally over two years – but we are BACK, and what better reason to return to this Drift and Refine space than with tales of our December 21st wedding…

After years of knowing we would be each other’s ultimate, when the engagement ring arrived, we were determined to just get the damn thing done. We’ve all heard the horror stories that come along with wedding planning – our goal was to avoid each and every one of them! We could have taken our nuptials in a million different ways, for starters: jetting off to a foreign land and celebrating all on our own. Our initial ideas were limitless! Yet it quickly boiled down to the fact that despite being uniquely untraditional people, the wedding ceremony to-dos resonated very strongly with both of us! We so dearly wanted to bring all of our friends and family together – to meet and to witness in the celebration of our love – yes, a wedding, a wedding with all the usual motions, yet full to the brim with special details and the energy that make us uniquely Us. A wedding that we would plan in 6 months!

The planning required a few rules; remain as environmentally conscious as possible, remain as financially conscious as possible without DIY-ing ourselves crazy, AND pick a venue that speaks for itself, a venue that tells the story of who we are all on it’s own.

The Invitations: When it came time for invitations – my mind went to Grandma’s maps. My grandmother had been collecting Texas Road Maps from various road trips around the state for years on end. Being one of those who doesn’t like to waste anything – this large mound of maps had recently come into my possession. With the maps as our starting point, we then found a custom stamp maker on Etsy, who mastered our wedding invite stamp.

We lucked out with 2014 offering up Winter Solstice on the same day as the final New Moon of 2014. This solstice’s marking of longer, brighter days into Spring and a fresh moon to boot, was the perfect beginning for us to venture into married life with.

The Venue: Turning off of 281, somewhere between Marble Falls and Johnson City (just outside of Austin in the TX Hill Country), we drove two miles down a slow, dirt road. Pulling up to the Three Points Ranch pavilion, we could immediately feel it – this was our space! TPR is a sprawling, ranch property – in good Texas style! They have multiple ceremony sites, and we just fell in love with Eleven Oaks. It is literally, eleven Live Oaks, all seemingly growing out of one another. This site was a hidden gem that TPR’s owners stumbled upon – as it was once buried under tall grass and weeds. The Live Oak trees keep all of their leaves through the seasons, and their huge branches swoop and drape, creating the perfect canopy under which 100+ guests can sit. Magic.

The Dress: As a Fashion Designer by trade – of course, the dress is my most prized creation! After trying on a handful of options and spending hours brainstorming on Pinterest, both my Mother and my Maid of Honor offered up their dresses for redesign. I took these very special offerings to heart – utilizing and maintaining some of their original elements, I designed a dream wedding gown that could incorporate both dresses – a repurposed dress for a Sustainable Bride. I then found an amazing wedding dress tailor & designer, Lilia Balli, who ran with my idea!

And of course, Josh’s suit wasn’t far behind on the list of most important wedding details. After meeting the oh, so talented, married duo behind Dandy’s at Austin Fashion Week – we worked with them to alter one of their classic designs into a custom suit, built for Josh.

The Ceremony: A boom box lead processional guided our guests from pre-cocktail hour to ceremony site. Images of our grandparents and great grandparents who are no longer with us, hung from the trees to bless us in spirit. My father and I enjoyed a lengthy, graceful walk down the aisle to Nina Simone’s Feeling Good – in which my father improvised a perfectly timed twirl. A blissful, laughter-filled walk down the aisle to cherish!

Josh’s eldest sister served as our Master Officiant. She spoke of us, honestly and lovingly as she knows us – then Josh and I shared our own personal vows with one another. Once that hardest (and BEST) part was over, we turned towards our guests while a shawl ceremony was performed.

the Shawl Ceremony & Apache Wedding Prayer Blessing

My Maid of Honor then read the following Apache Wedding Prayer, to bless us…

Now you will feel no storms,
For each of you will be shelter to the other –
Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be warmth to the other –
Now there is no loneliness,
For each of you is companion to the other.
You are two persons,
But there is one life before you, and one home –
Turn together to look at the road you traveled to reach this –
The hour of your happiness,
It stretches behind you into the past.
Look to the future that lies ahead,
A long and winding adventure filled road –
Whose every turn means discovery.
New hopes, new joys, new laughter,
And a few shared tears –
May happiness be your companion,
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead,
And through all the years to come.
Go this day to your dwelling place,
And enter into your days together –
May your days be good and long upon the earth,
Your adventure has just begun.

Three Point's Ranch Eleven Oaks Ceremony Site

This moment of turning to look at our guests was so overwhelming! How grand it was to feel such love and support from so many of our cherished ones, all at once. In this intimate, canopied space, having just pronounced our deep love for one another – turning to look at our guests, to directly take in all of the joyous energy they were beaming at us – it was insane! I now recommend for every couple to take a quiet moment during their ceremony, to turn and look into the eyes, smiles, and open hearts of your guests – it’s truly an unexplainable feeling.

Man & Wife

Recessional

From there, we recited some more uniform vows to one another… and “I now pronounce you, Mr. & Mrs. Green”! We DID it!

The Reception: Post ceremony we shared a candlelit, Southern meets Cajun-style dinner in the barn – reveled in our delicious, organic, non-dairy cake (seriously, the best cake we’ve ever eaten) – and we danced the remainder of the night away! Fire-pit S’mores entertained the kids and satiated the late evening crowd. It was bliss!

When all was said and done – we truly felt complete! We had remained as present as possible throughout every element of the day, our memories of it’s entirety are strong, our guests were happy – everyone got along beautifully, the food was wonderful, we danced until our feet hurt, AND WE WERE MARRIED!!! It was our dream wedding.

the Kiss

Upon returning to the hotel and stepping into our room – as we walked by the full length mirror together, we realized we had literally not seen ourselves in full lengths once that day – in these beautiful outfits that we had spent so much time planning! Wedding prep in an Airstream might get ya there – needless to say, in the moment, a full length mirror was the least we were concerned with. The after party rocked on into the early am, and with thanks we weren’t too hungover to enjoy brunch the next morning.

First Married Selfie

It was the best Winter Solstice ever – and now, two months into marriage, we couldn’t remain happier…

Being in love was the explosion that started it all.

Instagram moment by the Officiant

Instagram Moment at the start of ceremony

Fun Family Photo

PS: Have your officiant start the ceremony off with an Instagram moment, then tell everyone to put their cell phones AWAY! And when you are moving through those perfectly, posed family photos – don’t forget to have some fun.

Featured Vendors
Venue: Three Points Ranch
Planner: Lindsay Smith of Three Points Ranch
Photographer: Laura Morsman Photography
Hair & Makeup: Lauren Neal, friend of the bride’s
Dress: Mallory C Green, designer; Lilia Balli, seamstress
Suit: Dandy’s
DJ: Toast Entertainment
Caterer: Pink Avocado Catering
Cake: Green Lily Bakery
Flowers: Decofleur

Planning a wedding? Don’t hesitate to shoot me a message, I’ve TONS more ideas & tips to share!

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

Hi friends!

Oh what a busy holiday season it has been! It’s gone by so fast… I can’t believe we haven’t posted anything since October!!! So… today I’ve been sorting through like every photo taken since Halloween to organize the various and most important of post content… but first things first, let’s talk Pumpkin Pie!

As some of you my know, I made my first-from-scratch-pumpkin-pie this Thanksgiving and then I repeated the same recipe for Christmas since this pie was so darn good (and Josh LOVES pumpkin pie)! I had been searching and searching the web for the best recipe… the goal was to find a recipe that has lots of winter-y, Christmas spices in it. Suzanne’s Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie was definitely the winning recipe!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of pumpkin pulp purée from a sugar pumpkin* or from canned pumpkin purée
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream or 1 12 oz. can of evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs plus the yolk of a third egg
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 1 good crust (see pâte brisée recipe)

To make pumpkin purée from a sugar pumpkin: start with a small-medium sugar pumpkin, cut out the stem and scrape out the insides, discard (save the seeds, of course). Cut the pumpkin in half and lay cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet lined with silpat or aluminum foil. Bake at 350°F until fork tender, about an hour to an hour and a half. Remove from oven, let cool, scoop out the pulp. (Alternatively you can cut the pumpkin into sections and steam in a saucepan with a couple inches of water at the bottom, until soft.) If you want the pulp to be extra smooth, put it through a food mill or chinois.
METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Mix sugars, salt, and spices, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Beat the eggs and add to the bowl. Stir in the pumpkin purée. Stir in cream. Whisk all together until well incorporated.
  3. Pour into pie shell and bake at 425°F for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes reduce the temperature to 350°F. Bake 40-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
  4. Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours. Serve with whipped cream.

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I completed all the tasks exactly as the recipe called for (included my own version of roasted pumpkin seeds), BUT I did substitute the heavy cream/evaporated milk for a new Almond and Cashew Creme (see image: the carton in front of blender) that I discovered at Wholefoods. I couldn’t tell any difference dairy versus non-dairy for the life of me, except that I felt MUCH better, as non-dairy goes! Additionally, both times I made the pie filling, I ended up with too much filling to fill one pie crust. At Thanksgiving, my solution involved simply using the filling made from this recipe in two separate pie crusts… It created two slightly thin pumpkin pies. At Christmas, as the mister requested a “thicker pumpkin filling”, I filled one pie crust up as much as I could and saved the remaining pie filling… This is where the real experiment comes into play;

With the remaining pumpkin pie filling (roughly half a cup), I made Pumpkin Spice Cornbread. There are little specifications to this cornbread recipe, as I simply used a ready-made cornbread mix and substituted the necessary one egg and oils for pumpkin pie filling. After mixing the powder cornbread mix and pumpkin pie filling together, I simply added a little water based on how liquified I remembered the regular cornbread mix to be when complete. Despite the chance that I could have ended up with a disaster of bread in the oven… the Pumpkin Spice Cornbread was AWESOME!!! We were eating it for breakfast topped with a little Earth Balance Spread and Maple Syrup… Delish! The only improvement I will make with the next batch of Pumpkin Spice Cornbread is to include MORE of the pumpkin pie filling in the mixture.

Pumpkin Spice Cornbread

So… a Pumpkin treat for all, I hope! There are still fresh sugar pumpkins available in our Vegas grocery stores… if you haven’t had your pumpkin pie for the season take a chance on this recipe. Maybe it could be your new masterpiece for the 2013 holiday season!

Roadtrippin’: Denver to Vegas

An Autumn roadtrip to refresh our dulled, dried desert senses! Joshua bought his dream car on eBay… a 1964 El Camino Chevelle! This also being the first car he’s ever owned; he’s ecstatic. We figured why not make a roadtrip of it… Had to fly to Denver to pick up the car anyways. And oh, what fun we had! Denver is such a cool town, we didn’t want to leave… and the drive back through Utah is absolutely breathe taking. Haven’t made it out this way? Enjoy the journey from Denver to Vegas through our lens…

  • The sunset leaving Denver. The sunset leaving Denver.
  • Just as we left Denver the snow began coming down! SNOW!!! Just as we left Denver the snow began coming down! SNOW!!!
  • Me in my snow bunny gear! Me in my snow bunny gear!
  • Greeted at the Denver Airport by this fabulous stone Yogi. Greeted at the Denver Airport by this fabulous stone Yogi.
  • And so we meet Waylon... our NEW 1964 El Camino Chevelle. And so we meet Waylon... our NEW 1964 El Camino Chevelle.
  • Wynkoop Brewery is now brewing Chile Beer... we got a Growler! It was amazing!!! Wynkoop Brewery is now brewing Chile Beer... we got a Growler! It was amazing!!!
  • Homemade Sausages and gourmet cheeses at Wynkoop... SO delicious! (Our first meat and cheese since the detox!) Homemade Sausages and gourmet cheeses at Wynkoop... SO delicious! (Our first meat and cheese since the detox!)
  • Downtown Denver. Downtown Denver.
  • Another favorite beer I discovered at Lucky Pie... their pizza is outta this world too. Another favorite beer I discovered at Lucky Pie... their pizza is outta this world too.
  • Chilly morning. Wake up, Waylon! Chilly morning. Wake up, Waylon!
  • We stopped over in Green River, Utah. We stopped over in Green River, Utah.
  • The drive through Utah is gorgeous! The drive through Utah is gorgeous!
  • Baby Pinyons! Baby Pinyons!
  • I think he's in LOVE... I think he's in LOVE...
  • Entering Vegas from the East... the glow of the Strip from the FAR reaches of the desert! Entering Vegas from the East... the glow of the Strip from the FAR reaches of the desert!
  • We even got in a little quality time with Grandma Iris! We even got in a little quality time with Grandma Iris!
  • Winter stockings and boots. Winter stockings and boots.
  • Beaver, Utah. Beaver, Utah.
  • Stop at Arshel's Cafe in Beaver, Utah... Can't beat homemade hamburgers and pie! Stop at Arshel's Cafe in Beaver, Utah... Can't beat homemade hamburgers and pie!
  • REAL Utah cowboys tie their horses to the fence. REAL Utah cowboys tie their horses to the fence.
  • Someone before us left an array of snacks for the birds at this roadside stop. Someone before us left an array of snacks for the birds at this roadside stop.
  • Green River, Utah. Green River, Utah.
  • Waylon even has a sunroof! 80's after-market edition. Ha! Waylon even has a sunroof! 80's after-market edition. Ha!
     

A Day at Xel-Ha or Relaxation Therapy through Movement

It is possible to relax in Cancun.  Our Cancun trip was like boxing training: ducking & weaving, floating & stinging;  my ears were filled with fluid for the majority of the trip — didn’t slow us down one bit!  There is an undo amount of folks hustling to sellsellsell, wheel deals, blahblahblah.  Your time can be used as currency there; VALUE IT!  And stay on your toes!  I had never been to Cancun & didn’t know that the city itself was this tiny one-block long tropical version of the Las Vegas strip.  It’s comical, really.  I liked it best when we went walking a few miles along the boulevard in the rain to catch a  ferry to Isla Mujeres.  Just us and the day-time grey rain.  No salesfolk.  There are a variety of highlights in this area: Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, our Hotel, the sea itself; none of these are Cancun per se, they’re peripheries.  So in order to enjoy all, you’ve got to move.  I love being in motion; sitting still is not easy, nor my preferred activity.  Moving soothes me.  So here’s a brief video mosaic of Our Day at Xel-Ha, a water park for us grown-ups.  Xel-Ha is Yucatec Maya for mixed water — where chilly fresh water meets a salty lagoon.  You’ll like the pictures, even though you’re not in any of them…

Me, You and Cancun

In May we went to CANCUN!!! (Yes, this post is WAYlaid.)

This trip was a long awaited one, that Joshua had been planning since just before I came along… boy, is he lucky I DID come along!!! He might’ve had to venture to the land of Cancun all alone had I not appeared in his life. Te-he!

Shortly after we moved to Vegas, this trip served as our first moment of relaxation among all the BIG, busy changes of moving to a new city and settling in… AND we were celebrating One Year from the day we met! You see… we both distinctly remember the day we met, so rather than our anniversary being about our first date, our first kiss, or the day we actually began referring to each other in those terms of coupledom; our anniversary IS the day we first met!

(from left to right) The sister hotel to Sunset Royal with marina-front daybeds; Vines draping the interior of our hotel down to the Italian Restaurant where we celebrated our anniversary; Cancun beer on the Cancun beach!

Cancun was a completely new concept to me. Granted, I’ve been to Mexico and various other Latin countries, but I skipped the party in Cancun to celebrate High School graduation. Somehow, I also skipped the party in Cancun during college Spring Break… and all the other “party in Cancun while you’re underage” opportunities. No complaints here as I was busy living in Costa Rica… the focal point being …Cancun was a completely new concept to me.

Now… mind you, I’m still barely on the brink of Las Vegas… especially as a place to live! As previously mentioned, I was never one to hop any caravan, on any given day to Vegas. Casinos, clubs, and all the various hoop-la surrounding the Strip have never been first on my list of places to travel. And so… we arrive in Cancun. One of my first discoveries is that we have arrived in Mexico’s very own version of a miniature Las Vegas!

A fancy, dessert treat at the Mexican restaurant in Sunset Royal!

So, our reservations were to partake in one of those all-inclusive, week long, package deals at the Sunset Royal. It basically involves you giving a few hours of your time up one morning, while staying at said resort, to be guided through a sort of timeshare sales pitch. Now, without giving too many secrets away… I whole-heartedly recommend the Sunset Royal, sales pitch and all! Everyone in the entirety of the resort was absolutely wonderful… even our little old lady maid, whom we of course made friends with, was an absolute delight!!! Every meal we had in the resort was deliciously perfect; our assigned concierge lady was not only charming and gorgeous… but also extremely helpful. The couples massage we had at their beachside spa, one stormy evening, was so relaxing and rejuvenating! I could go on and on… for such a large resort of this all-inclusive genre the Sunset Royal is so utterly warm, welcoming, and charming! We couldn’t have asked for more.

This little tequila house is a uniquely charming spot that we found just off the beaten path!

Now, when outside of your perfect hotel (or before you even get there), of course there is a Cancun hustling game that comes into play… you see, almost everyone you talk to has some freebie offer to give in return for your time. Remember that last bit, you PAY for these “freebies” With… Your… Time!!! It all begins the moment you get off the airplane, before you’ve even really stepped onto Mexican soil. If I could advise you against it, don’t talk to anyone at the airport… head straight for the hotel van awaiting you. We may have doubted how organized these all-inclusives are and made friends at the airport, becoming “victim” to a true Mexican hustle… but all in good spirits, we eventually found the man holding the sign with our name and off we went to the Sunset Royal!

Bum alert at Senor Frog’s…

And so, ’tis in the heart of Cancun! Of course, I had to see the famed Senor Frog’s AND Carlos n’ Charlie’s. Not much to mention about those… unfortunately, they aren’t what I imagine they used to be. Senor Frog’s seriously felt like Joe’s Crab Shack when I was 13… there might have even been a slew 13 year old girls there?!!?!! When asking for directions to the bathroom (en espanol), the waiter KEPT insisting that I had to climb a latter and slide through a water-slide out into the marina. Mind you, it was our anniversary date night, we had just come from a wonderfully romantic meal at our hotel and I was wearing a little black dress with stilettos… ah, Senor Frogs! To add to the fun there, as I did find the actual restroom, I passed by a literal closet housing an impromptu tattoo studio. You know you’re in Mexico when… Ha! …On the other hand, Carlos n’ Charlie’s was definitely more palpable for a late night drink… you’re typical, loud and entertaining discoteca with great Margaritas!

And the lively Carlos n’ Charlie’s!

During the days we ventured out as much as we could: Tulum, Xel-Ha, Playa del Carmen and Isla Mujeres... each and every one of these places was amazing in it’s own way. We were mystified by the Mayan history and the beauty of Tulum. We wished that we could have spent an entire day swimming around Xel-Ha. The food was so delicious there and you know we love playing in the water… this ecological water theme park was made for us!!! Alternatively, our trips to Playa del Carmen and Isla Mujeres were much less organized: leading ourselves on our own adventure. The bus to Playa del Carmen was easy and safe to maneuver… once there we enjoyed plenty of drinks and ceviche right on the beach. In the end, Isla Mujeres truly was our favorite location and the place where we felt most at home in Mexico, away from the touristy hustle. We took a quick ferry ride over and were able bike around the entire island; stopping wherever we were inspired to photograph, biking through neighborhoods and eventually out onto the island’s point where we discovered a beautiful restaurant (and an odd sculpture garden). There were much fewer Americans on Isla Mujeres… you could feel the country’s culture and it’s spirit more prominently there than in Cancun.

Tulum is Magnificent!
Playa del Carmen has a wonderful European flare…
AND Isla Mujeres was so fun, although a bit of a stormy day… This is the Sculpture Garden we discovered (bottom image).

Having jam packed this first venture to Cancun, we eagerly anticipate our return to the Sunset Royal. Next time around we will focus on lounging about the hotel; truly soaking up all the relaxation and aqua blue, ocean front glory this place has to offer! It may be difficult to relax in Mexico’s mini Vegas, but with experience and great intent we DO believe it’s possible!

 

 

 

Life According to Moses…

When this kitten move didn’t stop me from sewing and pattern-making…

He attempted to get my attention in a more direct manner!

“Hey, YOU… Play with ME!!!”

Yet, many a times among my working day in the design studio… this is what I find.

He’s too adorable to rest at some moments and in other moments he’s screaming, scratching and running around like a maniac. Ah, this must resemble what it’s like to have a toddler… except this toddler is uber tiny and furry and doesn’t speak human (thank goodness!).

And so I design on with a new little furry friend attempting to dictate my schedule.

Happy Thursday!

June in July

OH, babes, this heat, this heat, this heat.  I can’t think of much else, aside from this stinkin’ desert heat.  July 2012 has been the hottest weather I’ve yet experienced.  True, we keep tDR Headquarters at a constant balmy 80 degrees, but my Commutes! At 8:26 a.m. it is typically about 90 degrees and by my 7 p.m. return home it is healthily over 105 degrees.  Evening shifts are scarcely different. And now, after 4 months, the Heat is not a novelty anymore; just once did I make the mistake of biking shirtless to work: never again.  Still, we’ve had some moments of reprieve: a handful of flash flood-y rainstorms that dipped us into the high 80s for a few days.  But to beat the heat, truly, we had to flee back to California.  We went to June Lake, CA.  It might actually be a part of Switzerland that is conveniently (for us West Coast folk) located right next to Yosemite.  It has become an annual thing for us, this June Lake camping trip and the June Lake Triathlon.  It’s solar powered, supportive and down home, this race.  I love this race.  I love this little town.  I love the lake.  It’s so beautiful, you can see the Milky Way, the water is Caribbean clear.  Oh, I adore June Lake & I look forward to this trip and this race for months.

 this triumph makes the show go on!  it drives, too…

The lake is cold.  Frigid.  Really really cold.  Get that point.  It’s wetsuit cold, filled up by melting snow packs and glaciers just up the mountain.  Last year there were still snow caps and the run-off was an inspiring rushing waterfall.  This winter wasn’t a one lush for the mountain.  The ski resort closed down; June Lake needs an economic boost, some respectful tourists and some LOVE!  This part of California is wild:  Mono Lake is here,

Mammoth Lakes; the terrain just down from the lakes looks like the South African veldt, and is dotted with hot springs lovingly named, e.g. the Crab Cooker;  bald men that look like John Locke from LOST will be there in Sarongs, be forewarned!

Last year a herd of cows got impatient waiting for us the vacate one spring and came up en masse to sluuurpsluurrrrppp spring water from the tubs whilst we marinated.  Magical.  There’s random night fireworks, farms with produce, so much beef jerky, ghost towns and shooting stars.  It is a great place — take care in choosing your travel companion, as you will surely fall in love.

We raced between camping days up there.  It was great.  Mallory loped along, gazelle style, more full of finishing energy than she anticipated.  I had a solid race: it was my second triathlon, my first being June Lake 2011.  I hacked 8 minutes off my time, took 8th overall and won my age group.  Best of all I had the fastest run split: 15 seconds ahead of the winner.  A-hey!  It’s worth mentioning that June Lake is 7700 feet above sea level.  That’s some thin air, friends; I passed out the night prior after I spent too long huffing and puffing at the fire and abruptly stood up to go cut onions; lucky I fell away from the fire!  Ack.  Race-wise, between that air and the lake water, it’s difficult to get your breath and find a rhythm.  I basically lost the race in the swim and spent the whole rest of it trying to catch back up, even thought I swam… okay.

& 54 minutes later ….

After the lake you cycle 8 miles of hills and finish by running a STEEP 5k in sand.  Let me say again, it’s short, it’s wicked, but I.love.this.race.   Allow me to nerd out a bit:  I trained for the race for about 8 weeks; i based my training plans on a few publications: Training for the Time-Crunched Triathlete, Running by Feel, and the triathlon Bible by Joel Friedman.  I work 50 hours/week and try to spend as much time loving on my little Vegas family as I can, so while the training is important, it can’t be paramount.  Mallory didn’t really train too much!  We got her pretty little bike together a few days before the race.  We trained mostly indoors, running on tracks, cycling stationary at midday instead of rising at 6 am to make the brief 85-degree window…   so there you go:  you win these lovely ceramic handmade medals for finishing, little plates for winning and so on… the charm of the race, the very positive community and the climate know no bounds!  I’m already looking forward to next June in July!

It was July

Well, it’s been about a month since we last posted… So much and so little is happening all at the same time. Let’s see…

I competed in my very first triathlon at June Lake… Go me!!! It was a wonderful long weekend back in the land of CALIFORN-I-A :: The cool, fresh mountain air, the trees, the COLD lake, the greenery, the deer, the camping, the hot springs… We did all we could in a few short days.

AND I actually competed in a triathlon (did ya catch that?)… I rode SUPER fast down that winding, steep hill on my new (vintage) Guerciotti! Yes, and of course I made my triathlon suit!!! Well, I combined Josh’s old tri suit with one of my old competition swimsuits… reduce, reuse, recycle BABY!

Photo: RP Studio

What else… I’ve been searching for the next greatest day job in Vegas; it’s time to supplement CurleeBikini with something. We’ve been battling the art of keeping a clean pool in the desert (long story). I’ve taken on the great potential of a new project, Creative Consulting for a fabulous dance troupe, the LA Follies!!!

Photo: Paul Gilmore

Hmmm, It’s definitely HOT here in Vegas!!! We’re finally filling this big casa up with some furniture… and, and… We got a new kitten! Introducing Mr. Moses Zale (Za-lay) — He’s currently being nursed back to great health, as we delivered him home from the Animal Foundation with a bit of a sneezer! I’m putting my self-taught, holistic veterinarian skills to use again…

A book for all Cat lovers and mothers to read: the Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier.

So… what else have we been up to, babes??!? What did I leave out???

PS :: For the latest in my fashion world check out my fashion-centric blog on Tumblr, msCurleeBikini!!! From my general life inspirations to designing CurleeBikini 2013 to the LA Follies Costumes and Events to Jigsaw-London’s occasional stuffs and ALL the Instagram images I can muster… it’s all there. Fashion there, Lifestyle here. 

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