Thursday, December 25, 2008

Snow Dayz….

This morning I woke up to almost a foot of snow in my yard, Merry Christmas to me! Nick and I quickly threw on our snow boots grabbed a shovel and started digging. Yes I said digging. We had to dig our way through the snow to the car. I cleared off the deck as Nick cleared all the snow from around my car. We actually woke up early just to shovel snow, we knew it was coming. Sierra cement is what we call it here and it’s just was we needed to fill in all the places we like to ride. Tahoe had a bit of delay this year, but now it’s snowing and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up for awhile, well let’s hope not!

Nick shoveling the walkway.

Snow level in the back yard at the end of the storm.

The storm in full force.

Monday, December 15, 2008

My House

For those of you who have yet to visit me in Tahoe I thought I would publish a few pictures so you could at least see where I live! It has a real cabin feel to it. :)

Shot of the front of the house.

Dinning room

Living room (orange chair and couch are now gone)


It's Dumping Snow !!!

After months waiting, praying, and dancing for snow it has finally paid off. It's been long awaited, but Mother Nature has been in full force since Saturday, already dropping a foot of snow! According to the 10 day forecast it looks like it's not going to stop for a while.This means all the resorts should be open by the end of the week! Welcome to my winter wonderland/ playground. I'll be bringing you updates about snow and our winter shenanigans all season long. Get ready for a Epic Winter!!!

The fence in my backyard, you can see how much it snowed last night.  

A Tree out in front of the house. (My year round Christmas tree).

View of our house from the street, Nick's car is covered!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Thanksgiving Gathering

This year for Thanksgiving we had a little Thanksgiving feast/party  at our house. We made all the sides and had 2 Birds, cheesecake, apple pie, and brownies with dulce de leche.

Of course the camera didn't come out until later, so I don't have any picture's of all the yummy food, but below are a few shots from later in the night. 

Jenny and Shaneen
Erin and I with Buddy

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tag, You're it!!

Ms. Emily in Italy at Ciao Down! has tagged Me!

Ok here we go....The instructions:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

And we're off...
1. I'm a simple girl
2. I can't ski
3. I hike because Nick likes to, but I've learned to like it too.
4. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
5. I haven't gone to the gym in two years since last monday night.
6. I've eaten gluten free for about the last two months.

Now, tag! You're it!

Jenn and Nick: North Meets South

Agent Moose: Vaca Del Mar


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Wood Splitting Time

As Winter is right down the road obtaining wood may be something on your mind, well if you decide to actually collect wood free of charge instead of buying a few cords of wood, you’ll have to split it yourself.

Last week on a random Tuesday, which I had off, Nick and I went to work splitting all the wood I had collected weeks prior. Eight hours and a wounded pinky later we were finally finished. And no it’s not like we were splitting wood with an axe; boy wouldn’t that be a sight! We actually rented a splitter from a woman in my neighborhood for only $50 bucks.

Nick Working hard....

We’re now in phase 3 of wood…the drying phase. All the wood is really green/wet and not ready to burn. While splitting the wood we made sure to spread it all out and for the past few nights I've hosed it down in hopes it will help the wood dry quicker. We would like to burn it this year. Every night I water my wood knowing it will not grow; however, I wish it would simply multiply.

All split and ready to be stacked.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Me, a wood thief ?!

The time has come to start to preparing for winter; well actually if I was really thinking I would have collected and split wood say in May so come October the wood would have been seasoned, but no I didn’t do that.

So last Monday I decided it was time to start collecting wood. Truck check… permits check… someone to help collect wood double check… With our permit from the CTC we are able to collect two cords of wood, perfect right? Well only if there’s wood on the lot they give you a map for.

This is how our week has gone so far:
Monday night half a truck load
Tuesday night nothing
Wednesday night two truck loads!
Thursday night one truck load followed by being pulled over by three SLT sheriffs

Ok so why were we pulled over? It’s a funny story. Erin and I rallied and decided to collect wood; so we went back to the lot were Nick and I had collected wood the pervious night. We showed up packed the truck with wood and headed home. I wish I had pictures of us actually collecting wood as it was pretty comical.

On the way home while driving to the main road I spotted a cop driving towards us.

Tiara: Oh shit…Erin put on you seat belt.
Erin: It’s already too late
Tiara: oh Shit
(Cop flips a U and is now following us... no lights yet)
We drive out to the main road and still no lights. Turn onto the main road I look in the rearview mirror no lights. Ok maybe we’re in the clear… wait, wait for it lights! Shit!

We pull over and go through the normal stuff then he proceeds to tell us why we were pulled over. Get this we were pulled over for collecting wood. Meanwhile two more SLT sheriffs pull up! Apparently someone complained that there were people collecting wood. Wood gathering is a very serious…I came to learn this quickly. We had all our ducks in a line so the officer apologized for wasting our time and we went on our merry way.

Note to those collecting wood… make sure to have your permit or you’ll get arrested!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Meet the Parents

Nick and I have been together for well over a year now and up until last week I still had never meet his parents. Since we live in California and they live in South Dakota it makes it a little difficult for us to get together. 

Last week Nick’s parents flew to Tahoe all the way from South Dakota to visit. Unfortunately, I had to spend my days working while they were out having fun, but I was able to catch up every evening for the play by play of the day. 

Nick being the good son and tour guide took them on a drive around the lake, on a hike out to Eagle lake, ATVing  in the Carson Valley, to the ghost town of Bodie and even to the wild wild west of Virginia City… all in just five days.  They covered something like 1,500 miles while they were here.

Now it's my turn to visit SD and i don't mean San Diego...

Here’s a nice shot of Nick and I with his folks ready to push off on the MS Dixie II for a night full of dinner and dancing.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

First Win of the Season!

Its Monday night football and the Chargers played the Jets at QUALCOMM Stadium (The Jack Murphy) and boy did they need this win. Tonight I learned while Bret Farve was with Green Bay he never lost a game to the Chargers. Oh how the tables have turned and well Farve isn’t with Green Bay anymore and he lost to the Chargers. It wasn’t just a loss, but a high scoring game, 48-29 Chargers. It’s the first of many games the Super Chargers will win this year. Next game is Sunday, September 28 at 1:05pm vs. the Raiders in Oakland. For the entire Charger schedule click here.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hiking Yosemite :: North Dome

Although I’m 26 years old and a native Californian I had never been to Yosemite National Park prior to this weekend. Given that it was Nick’s birthday we decided to do a little hiking outside of the Tahoe basin; leading us to Yosemite. Saturday morning we packed the car full of food, wood, and all the essentials one needs for “car” camping and in no rush we made our way down Hwy 395, along the Eastern Sierras.

Our plan or mission was to hike North Dome Saturday, camp at one of the sites at the valley floor, and then hike Clouds Rest Sunday before heading home. Well I recommend making reservations for a campsite if you plan on staying over Saturday night. All the campsites were full in the entire park, which forced us to drive home after only hiking North Dome.

North Dome is a pretty moderate hike and is only 8.8 miles round trip. It took Nick and I 4.25 hours to complete the hike, this includes stopping for pictures, water/food breaks, and breaks just to absorb our surroundings. (we hike at a pretty moderate/fast rate). For North Dome Park at the Porcupine Creek Trail head and following the trail in. The hike is semi exposed so make sure to wear sunscreen and bring lots of water.

If you’ve never been to Yosemite it’s a must see before you die type of experience. Once Nick and I reached the peak of North dome I was mesmerized by my surrounding. In one direction was Clouds Rest, another Half Dome, another the Valley floor, and another El Cap. There are so many hikes in Yosemite it's truly hard to decide which ones to do. It's a good thing that Yosemite isn't going anywhere anytime soon! If hiking doesn't interest you there are plenty of other recreational activities to partake in, such as biking, climbing, or kayaking.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Waterfalls of Portland

OK - Actually just outside of Portland there are various waterfalls. Ones you can drive to, ones you can walk to, and well some you just have to hike to. Multnomah Falls is one of the most well known falls around Portland located in the Columbia River Gorge (30-35 minute drive). It's beautiful but can be crowded on the weekends, especially if it’s nice out. Other great options for hiking and waterfall-seeing nearby are Bridal Veil Falls, Wahkeena Falls, Triple Falls, Horsetail Falls, Latourell Falls, Punchbowl Falls, Eagle Crest, and the list goes on and on.

Sue and I decided to a little hiking on Saturday before the Wedding and in the mission to find Multnomah Falls (at least the parking for it) we ended up also seeing Horsetail Falls. Once we parked we snapped a few shots at the base and started trekking up the trail to the top of the falls (it was actually paved all the way up).

Portland, Oregon :: Nick and Karli's Wedding

Before jet-setting to Italy I flew up to Portland to see an old friend get married. Here are a few pictures from Nick and Karli's Portland Wedding.
Nick and Karli after the ceremony Cutting the Cake. Ashely Vo, Myself, and Marissa. Sue and Myself at the reception.Everyone stayed at Edgefield and our room in particular was called the Nurses and Doctor's lounge. The Edgefield is an old farm house that was turned into a hotel/brewery/winery/ whatever else you can think of. All the wedding festivities took place here expect for the wedding itself. The wedding was held at Bridal Falls.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Rome, Italy

The day before heading back to the States I jumped on the Big Red bus and saw the sights of Rome (for the second time). Here are a few shots form the day.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The short of it all

I'm back from Italy. The trip only ended up being a month, but it was a good month. I was able to visit with my friends Emily and GC, meet some great people, teach English to little Italian kids, drink good wine and eat great food, all while attempting to learn and speak Italian.

Throughout my travels I have learned sometimes it's best not to have a plan, but to make it up as you go along. (Please note this isn't for everyone). Rather than bore everyone with a million different posts covering my daily routines, I will spare you with only one semi-long post.

Here's my story: I landed in Rome in early June not knowing what my future would hold. I quickly jumped on a train and headed Northeast to a little beach town named Fano (via bologna). Thinking I would only stay there for a few nights before setting out, I quickly changed my plans and decided to stay and live in Fano. At first I was living at Hotel Europa which was a quick 2 minute walk to the beach, but after a week or so I moved in with Frederica. Which then it was only a short 5-10 minute walk to the beach. (Frederica is Milko's girlfriend and Milko is the owner of Hotel Euorpa, son.)

My Room at Hotel Euorpa

My second home

I was even able to teach at a summer camp 20 minutes east of Urbino. Here's a shot of the rolling hills I had a view of everyday.

While I wasn't teaching I spent my time going to the beach, walking up and down the corso, BBQing on the forth of July as the Americans invaded Fano, going to the market on Saturday, and just trying to live like an Italian. The following pictures will describe it all.
The beach changing area in Fano... Lido Due

Emily and I out and about one night

Small shopping carts what's not to love

Just another day at the beach

The Main Square. It was 7am when I took this shot
After spending a month in Fano I said my farewells and headed to Rome before flying back to the states. All in all it was a good trip. until next time...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Fano, Italy

After a night in Bologna    we quickly headed to Fano a Seaside city nestled by hilltops. According to Emily it’s the “Carlsbad” of Italy. Fano is often referred to as the “Adriatic Rivera.” All my plans prior to reaching Fano have be thrown out the window for one reason or another. For the next few weeks I plan on laying on the beach and traveling to hilltop cities all     while emerging myself in the Italian culture. I’m learning Italian slowing. I know how to order food and ask where things are, but I don’t have a clue what they are saying back to me.

Seldom have my travels brought me abroad to just live among the locals, but I feel this experience is just what I’m looking for and need. To the beach!

Fano, Italy the beachThe Corso on a Saturday morning during the weekly market.Just another day at the beach.The girls out drinking. Cara, Julia, Emily, and well me