Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Surfing Safari - Lake Superior Style

Firstly, this is the third time that this video has been blogged about. Secondly, it is so cool I just had to post on it!

This video features my amazing boyfriend (look for the cold, cute one with icicles and no facial hair) surfing Lake Superior.

I was first introduced to surfing on Lake Superior when I met Luke approximately five years ago. Since then, I have learn more about surfing that I ever would have thought. I have really enjoyed being exposed to this sport while staying land locked and dry!

Check out this great video!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Must See Bill Dance bloopers....

If you are in need a good bellly laugh watch these fishing bloopers taken from Bill Dance Outdoors.

Warning: Be prepared to laugh!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cover Shots

{This is Mesa's seductive cover shot for GQ}

{This is the shot we will use for the cover of his Autobiography}

{This is the embarrassing family photo that has now been leaked}

Thursday, December 3, 2009

My Camper love affair.....

I can still remember the moment as if it happened yesterday. I was browsing the narrow streets of London and just happened to walk past the unassuming storefront for the Camper shoe store. I was not in the market for new shoes (I had just splurged and bought a brown Northface vest for 100 pounds = $200! - it was worth every single penny by the way) but thought I would check it out regardless.
I immediately fell in love with the Camper shoes and boots. Their shoes have such clean, crisp lines and appear so simple yet are intricate and complex in their own unique ways. Up to this point in my life I had not met shoes like Campers. I tried on some killer shoes and boots and was trying to determine which pair to buy. I purposely avoided the shocking price tags (upfront the prices seem fine but wait until you convert them to the American dollar) but my conservative fiscal self won the battle. Needless to say, I did not return home with a pair of Campers. I have been kicking myself every since.

I am seriously considering buying a pair of Camper shoes or boots to fulfill my newly-formed New Year's resolution.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone that reads my blog (few at best I think if any?) and those who randomly happen to stumble upon it have a nice Thanksgiving with loved ones, family, and/or friends. I am down in Golden Valley at my brother's house currently playing with Tux and Ginger, his two kitties.

Here are some non-Thanksgiving related tidbits.

If you are pro cold cereal check this out.

Yee and I are going here to score some designer deals at a killer discount.

Listening to some bluegrass on turkey day.

Cannot wait to see Wes Anderson's new movie.

Have a great food-filled Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009

  • Some of the information in this book has completely rocked my running world as I have always known it! McDougall describes, in nice detail, why we should not look to those ultra-expensive, technologically advanced, flashy running shoes. Barefoot running is the natural way to run and the way humans have done it for 1000s of years. He explains that there has been absolutely no studies that show that wearing such running shoes provides positive benefits to the wearer/runner. Surprisingly, McDougall writes that, ever since the advent of the traditional running shoe, the number of running-related injuries has increased dramatically!
  • I am currently trying to process all of the information provided in this book. I plan to do my own researching and plan to read ChiRunning next. Due to the running pains that plague me, I am planning to use this winter season to revamp my mindset when it comes to running. I want to instill positive, life-long changes in the way I run. I already find running to one of the most pleasurable activities there is and love it to the core. I don't love the cracking and popping in my knees.
  • Runners and non runners alike should read this book. It tells a great story that would be of interest to anyone and includes bonus running-related topics for those runners who read it.
  • Enjoy this hardcover.
  • Cheers and happy running.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

November Doldrums

I am currently experiencing what I like to refer to as the end of fall to beginning of winter transitional doldrums. I think most Duluthians understand what I am referring to here. Mother nature appears to be edging away from fall but is not quite ready to give us winter quite yet. I find myself having a harder and harder time getting out of bed when my alarm, a.k.a Mesa (our yellow lab pup), yelps for us to get up already! I have to work a little harder to put on the running gear and head out for early morning runs now. And finally, the telltale skin has nearly fully returned to its pale pale natural state.

It is because of this that I decided to take a look at some of the fishing highlights from this past spring and summer. Browsing through my pictures always gets me revved up for another season of monster bass fishing in Canada, hunting down the elusive muskie at Vermilion, and drifting the moving waters for the river trout. Before I can do that though I need to focus on shreddin' the gnar up at Spirit! hahaha....

{The Brule in fall}

{A float down the Gunnison with Rob}

{A beauty of a brown}

{Mesa slept his way down the Brule}

{It's a tough life guiding...}

{Cast # 10,001 and still no fish}

{A perfect evening to hunt muskies}

{The best fishing I have ever experienced}

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Who's your favorite director?

Last week I watched Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs for the first time. I am a huge fan of his work and enjoyed watching his first film. As was expected, I was forced to put mute on and overt my eyes from the screen once or twice. Setting the violence aside I love his character development, use of music, and the his integration of spaghetti western themes into his films. Death Proof remains one of my favorite films. This film is a must see.

I have also really enjoyed films directed by Guillermo del Toro. Both Hellboy films were surprisingly good and Pan's Labyrinth was unique and amazing.

I am also a huge Stanley Kubrick fan. The Shining is one of my favorite movies of all time! The visions for his movies are unlike that of any other director, at least in my opinion. Lolita, Spartacus, and 2001: A Space Odyssey are all classics that have stood the test of time.

So, those are a few of my favorite directors. Who are your favorites?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

"You know I could as soon forget you, as my own existence"

That is one of my favorite lines from Wuthering Heights. Healthcliff says this to his love, Catherine.

In my opinion Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights is the greatest love story ever written. The tragic and ruthless love that unites Catherine and Heathcliff becomes alive and tangible in the words chosen by Bronte. I love love love this story with every cell of my body.

I just finished watching Masterpiece Theater's adaptation of the classic story of Wuthering Heights. Once again they have created a unique and compelling movie based on a well-known and loved story.

If you yourself have not read this book I would highly recommend it. No, I would demand it of you actually. I demand it knowing that this story will resonate with you as it has with me. Perhaps in a different way but it will, regardless, make some lasting impression on you too. So, go to your library or a locally owned book store and pick up this timeless story of love, tragedy, and loss.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Etsy Find

I just happened to see these wonderful little handmade terraniums on Etsy. I think that the "green tea with lichen" is so original and beautiful. I love the idea of make a terranium as though it were a little world all its' own!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Colorado Fly Fishing

Luke and I recently took a road trip to the Crested Butte and Gunnison, Colorado. We had some fabulous fly fishing. Weather was great and the mountains were as beautiful as ever. All in all, it was another sweet trip to the mountains of Colorado.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New recipe to share

Today I had the desire to try out a new low-fat cookie recipe. I wanted to try a recipe which called for part applesauce and part butter. I searched online and found what appeared to be a good recipe for low-fat chocolate chip cookies. I whipped up the batter and then discovered that the recipe called for no butter! I wondered how cookies without butter ( I love it ) could truly satisfy my desire for the sweets. I decided to venture forward and to at least give them a fighting chance.

The cookies were baked and both Luke and I tried them out. The verdict: surprisingly good cookies for ones that contain no oil or butter. So, I wanted to share this recipe for anyone who wishes to try them out for themselves.

These cookies are actually good. This is coming from someone who knows her full-fat sweets like no one else.

Low-Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (I made some quick, homemade applesauce by boiling one cut up apple in some water until softened)
1/2 cup fat free sour cream
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 egg whites
1 12-ounce package dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup chopped pecans (I left both nuts out but they would be great in the cookies and would add some protein!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix the applesauce, sour cream, sugars, vanilla, and egg whites until blended. In another bowl mix the four, salt, and baking soda. Mix the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients. Add the nuts and chocolate chips.

Place the cookies onto a cooking sheet (lined with parchment paper) in tablespoons about 2 inches apart (the cookies do not spread out much at all). Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are just golden brown. Remove from pan and cool on a cooling rack.


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Floating the Gunnison

Yesterday Rob was nice enough to take Luke and I on a fly fishing trip down the Gunnison River in Colorado. We floated the river on an AIRE Cataraft. Rob has taken us on a float trip down the Gunnison River once before. In all honesty, this is one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had. The experience of floating down a river while fly fishing is so unlike anything I have ever done before. It is exhilarating, challenging, and awesome!! This year's float trip brought with it some ever-changing weather along with frequent changes in what the fish were eating. 

I now need to get my hands on a Cataraft, pronto.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Anna & Jesse

Anna and Jesse's wedding was so beautiful. I had not seen my dear friend Anna in too long so it was a very meaningful reunion for me. The wedding itself was picture perfect. They got married on lush, green land which overlooked Lake Superior. It was just perfect. My night ended by helping Anna's sister Mary wash the many dishes which had accumulated throughout the celebration. It is needless to say that I had a wonderful time up until the very end....

{Nicholas preparing to walk Anna down the isle}

{The walk down the isle}


{Groom and Bride}

{The cutting of the delicious carrot cake}

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Bay Days Triathlon - Ashland, WI

{the men's swim}
{Laddie on the bike}

{Luke on the bike}





{the guys after the tri}