Ah Sweet Relief

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I’ll probably keep saying this, but I still can’t believe that the semester is over – but it’s quite a relief.  I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas, that included lots of time with family :-)

My family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, so we went out skiing today!  But, since Chanukah started this past Tuesday, I came home to my one present this year – waiting for me on my desk!

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(I knew what it was, as I asked for it – but was so excited anyway)

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Garmin Forerunner GPS watch! I’m so excited for this, so ready to take my running to the next level.  I actually skied with it today, and it was really cool to see my stats and map.  Ok, now the weather has to get warmer so I can fun outside again.

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And this too was waiting for me at home!  My sister knows me all too well.  I have to be careful with these, and make them last!

I only had about 20 hours at home before I had to unpack everything from school, and re-pack for my ski trip. Along with no sleep from finals week and moving out, all that traveling takes a toll on me.  There isn’t much that goes on at night here, so I’ll definitely be getting some good sleep.

Friday – leave for the ski trip!  Every year, my family spends a week or two in the gorgeous little town of Sun Valley, Idaho.  There’s not much else here except the mountain, lodge, and a little town.  But I wouldn’t have it any other way!

At the airport, we stopped for a little dinner at Rick Bayless’s new to-go Frontera restaurant in the terminal.

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I got the spicy garlic & mushroom ‘torta’, which I guess is the Mexican style sandwich.  Spicy, but fantastic for airport good.  We got on our 3 hour flight to Idaho, and arrived late at night.  Since the drive is 2+ hours, we stayed in a hotel for the night and saved the drive for the morning.

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Gorgeous drive through the mountains!  But a serious lack of snow :-(

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Well, there’s some snow!

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And we have arrived!  This is the ski mountain, and it is rather bare.  Almost all the decent snow on the mountain is man-made.  It’s still great though – SV has one of the best snowmaking systems in the world.

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For our first night, we always eat at Pioneer – they have the most amazing Idaho trout.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture.

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My dad ordered this beer two nights in a row.  Only he initially thought it was pronounced “butt”.  We laughed. (the beer was really good).

One thing I do love about this little town is the multitude of fantastic restaurants.  We end up eating out more than at home!  Our next dinner was at Ketchum Grill, another old favorite.

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I ordered the pepper-crusted ahi tuna, with a fennel/orange slaw.  The tuna was tasty not fantastic, but the slaw was really good.  My mom ordered the classic lemon noodles with rock shrimp in cream sauce – no photo, but I helped her finish a few bites.

But this guy was easily the highlight of my meal:

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Chocolate truffle cake with white chocolate mint ice cream.  This is exactly what I thought it was going to be, and more.  The cake was warm and rich, the ice cream super minty.  I probably ate more than I intended to, but I’m determined not to let it get to me.

I hope winter vacation is going well for all those who have off!

What was the best thing you got for Hanukkah/Christmas?

Are you traveling anywhere for the break? If so, where? I’d love to hear!

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14 thoughts on “Ah Sweet Relief

  1. Tara

    I love my garmin!!! I got mine a few years ago though and I could definitely use a more updated version. It will definitely help your running!! I’ve never thought to bring it anywhere else though. I’d love to bring it next time I go skiing!
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  2. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    Yay for Garmins! I love mine. I don’t really use any of the features but it’s really cool to plug it in after a run and see your route on a map. I’m also really anal about running even numbers, so now I won’t stop running unless I see a “.0” on the end of the mile :)
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