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.