“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”
― Charles Addams

It’s been a while since my last post. There are a couple of reasons for that — a big one being that the holidays during a seasonal job… are outrageously busy. Balancing two jobs while battling flu-like symptoms during the weeks surrounding Christmas and New Years can be kind of draining.  Not to be mistaken for miserable or not fun — I didn’t come all this way to work disheartening jobs, and the atmosphere actually really kept me going.

Working lots of hours in the past weeks also meant little time off to travel around, even on the mini-est of adventures… but I did my best! The nice thing about living in a scenic destination is that you don’t have to go very far to have your breath taken away.

Case in point: the view from Christmas morning — Eagle Rock over-looking Lake Tahoe 🙂

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It’s not my first Christmas away from home, but I was sad to be unable to spend the holidays with my family — and I’ll admit it was hard to fend off the pangs of homesickness for a bit there. Especially with the not-feeling-so-hot and seeing the overabundant smattering of everyone elses’ family holiday photos via the internet. I honestly feel like I made the best of my situation though, with the help of some people around me. We’re all in the same boat, after all… and this is the price of experience-based jobs.

Besides, my jobs have a lot of redeeming qualities. My morning commute, for example:

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Or the job itself.

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That smiling face isn’t implying that there isn’t actual work to be done, it’s just saying that it’s not bad being outside in a beautiful place all day, chatting with some pretty cool people.

 

I had the last two days completely off (finally), and I actually spent some time like you would expect me to spend it out here (finally). I’ve spent most of my days off here doing laundry (still did that this time) and exploring (still so much left), but none really spending quality time on the mountain. My view has been that I spend most (all) of my time there… so on days off I like to make an effort to get away. But these past two days, I really enjoyed leisure time on the slopes… I had some board time today — but I skied for the first time ever yesterday!!

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It was so much easier and so much more fun than I thought it would be! I’m not sure why I never really gave it a second thought before, but working out here gives me a ton of opportunities to try everything — so I figured I’d give it a go! It was awesome. Can’t believe I didn’t try it earlier. Anyone know how I can get my hands on some cheap ski equipment??

I also took some scenic drives, as usual. Apparently, Tahoe gets something like an average of 275 days of sunshine per year… which I can fully back… but I came across one of the 90 cloudy days on the way home the other day!

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And it was glorious.

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I love living here.

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A quick note about the new year. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I think that every day is a good day, and we should all pretty consistently keep up solid efforts to be great and have a great time, all of the time. That being said, if I did have a resolution, it would be to be more like Bill Murray. With that level of charisma, nonchalance, and ill sense of humor, how could you not be successful?

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Murray photo credit… couldn’t find the original source, so here’s a bit of the credit stream.

 

“If you want to be happy, be.” – Leo Tolstoy