February 2014

Recap of Smuggler’s Notch, VT

Me & My Boys February 28, 2014
Liam & Dan Snow

I wrote at the beginning of our 5-day trip to Smuggler’s Notch; now for posterity’s sake, a recap. Day 3, we tried one long green run as a family. I finally sent them ahead. It’s too daunting to watch their little statures flying down the mountain. That anxiety nearly knocks me over. Put me on my […]

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Glamour Aside

Guilty Pleasures February 20, 2014
Linda shredder inked

Outdoors is an equalizer.  If you do the outdoors, your body sweats and your hair is a mess.  This is Smuggler’s Notch, not Vail.  These are outdoor families and people that feel real. I like places like this and people who are comfortable being like this.  Dog walkers in Breakheart; bare-boaters sailing independently & living […]

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Skiing Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont

Guilty Pleasures February 19, 2014
Liam sleeping in Smuggs gear

This is February school break week, and we are skiing at Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont.  I booked the trip in early fall, superseding Bill’s trip to China this week.  He will make that trip early March instead. Good material for writing, but everyone in my family is within ten feet of me this Tuesday afternoon, […]

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Hump Day Shorts February 12, 2014

When you were 5 years old, what did you say when someone gave you a sticker book? I loved sticker books: Pulling off stickers and finding the right page where that particular shape needed to be stuck. Stickers as rewards weren’t in fashion yet. Now, the dentist’s office, grocery store, and school have stickers galore […]

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Small Wild Animals

On Gravel Roads February 7, 2014

Growing up as the oldest of four on a dairy farm, I held down the fort in the house while Mom milked cows morning and night.  Dad worked second shift at a meat processing plant so that we could survive on the farm, which usually left Mom with the twice-daily milking of our small Holstein […]

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Burnt Bacon

Guilty Pleasures February 5, 2014
burnt bacon

The last batch in my kitchen has a 50-50 chance of burning. Cookies… pancakes… bacon. I don’t cook bacon on the stovetop, too messy. If I plan well enough in advance, I like to bake it in the oven. Otherwise, I microwave it. I’ve microwaved bacon often enough to usually get that nice, brown, crispy […]

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