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That's a Wrap

Sundance is officially over.  Wednesday's movie was such a great experience, I didn't want to push my luck and decided to take a couple days off.  On Friday evening, Rob arrived after 12hrs on the road, put on his Sundance coat (puffy, fur on the collar, long, black North Face), and we went to the brewery for some people watching.  Neither he nor Terry had the energy to waitlist for a late movie, so we ate and then stopped by the theater to see my parents in action as they scanned tickets into the computer and counted money.  Then us youngsters went home to bed, while they carried on until midnight.

On Saturday, we woke up to single digit temps.  Quite a change for Rob who had cycled in balmy (80F) Palm Desert the past week.  It was the first time all 5 of us were in the house together, so we had a chatty breakfast and then Rob left for home, my parents headed out for one last Sundance movie and Main Street stroll, and we were off to the bike shop to scope out 29er deals.

That…

Understanding Dyslexia

Last night, Sundance became something different for me than the entertainment craziness I've been describing in previous posts. Until then it was an activity, something to do before or after a workout or during lunch.  An event to witness and participate in similar to a concert or basketball game.  I was (and am) so moved by the films I watched last night and particularly by the crowd that spoke up, cried, and cheered during the discussion.  The previous films I saw were fantastic and they serve a purpose, but these 2 documentaries are going to change lives for years to come.  I hope to use this post to continue the movement, share what I learned, and provide some links.  If it hits a nerve or you know someone that could benefit, please forward it on to friends, family, parents, teachers, coworkers.

The Sundance listing for these 2 films was "The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia" with a small notation that the movie would be preceded by "The Movement: One Man Joins An…

Random Thoughts on Sundance

I've had some time this week to do a little "Sundancing".  If you've never experienced it before then here's a taste from a local's perspective.  I am not an expert by any means but am thankful it is in my backyard and am trying to make the most of it.

We decided to stay clear of Park City the first few nights since typically this is when the majority of celebrities arrive which brings everyone else out of the woodwork like media, film types looking for work, and obsessed fans.  Whatever they did on Thursday and Friday worked, because the strange Sundance/Snow connection took affect and we woke up Saturday to a raging storm!  It consistently dumped an inch per hour until early Sunday morning.  I didn't keep track of the totals, but Deer Valley reported 28" in 24hrs so we were likely around 2ft at the house.  We ended up snowblowing three times during the day and again Sunday morning.  We've had a smaller storm since, so as far as I'm concerne…

Sundance featuring Mom & Dad

The worms aren't the only inhabitants of the basement and I again have my husband to thank for his understanding and patience.  It all started 2 years ago when we finally got tickets to a couple Sundance movies and participated in the madness that consumes Park City every January.  Although we've lived here 9 years, we had only roamed Main Street a few times in the past to witness the chaos.  One outing that was memorable involved walking behind 2 tall men and finally realizing that the crowd behind us was growing.  We overheard that we were following an actor from the WB, and I still can't remember his name.  We aren't against the festival, we just don't know many people in the movie industry and we would rather avoid the crowds.  We had no idea that actually going to the movies and standing in line provided fantastic people-watching and the discussions afterward were priceless.  In addition, the logistics were impressive and as I watched the volunteers, realized …

Hoop Dreams

The move to the Pac-12 Conference was a big deal for the University of Utah.  The media focus was on the football program, but the entire school transitioned which meant changes to academics and all sports.  My interest was in the women's basketball program and their upcoming schedule.  I grew up idolizing the female athletes in the Pac-10 conference and still root for the famous California schools of Stanford, UCLA, USC, and Cal.  Sure it will be great if the football team benefits, but hosting high-caliber women's hoops in SLC is what gets me excited about the Pac-12 announcement.  As of last season, we also know one of the Utah players in a round-about way.  Ciera's mom worked with Terry in Nevada so we cheer extra hard for her, even if she doesn't know who we are or why we are such big fans.

Of course, reliving my days on the court is also fun.  I always leave the games wishing I still played on a regular basis.  We only have one facility within 20 minutes that ha…

Still Waiting for Snow

It is January 12th and as I gaze across to the sunny side of the street, I can see mud and piles of leaves around the naked trees.  Yes, there is a small layer of crusty snow in all the shady areas and the road is slushy, but we live at 7000ft and are usually buried in snow this time of year.  The sky is clear and a perfect blue compared to the inversion in SLC, so no complaints from me about my home office.  Looking out I would guess the temps were in the 40s, but it was cold last night and has just climbed to 15F.  We are approaching mid-January and are officially in recreation limbo.  We don't have enough snow for typical "Greatest Snow on Earth" powder shots and since we didn't buy season passes, we've been weighing the cost and drive against anticipated quality and have only hit the slopes once this year.  I've even noticed that our backcountry die-hard friends are choosing other activities these days.  So, when you live in Park City and the snow is medi…

California Dreaming

We have been home for a week but it took at least 5 days for reality to set in and dreams of quitting our jobs and moving to California to subside.  Although we've been to NoCal and SoCal in the past for cycling vacations, this trip was perfect and we extended our stay to the last possible moment.  We hadn't taken more than a couple days off since last year's xmas trip to Tuscany and with work schedules, we couldn't confirm our plans for the Santa Ynez valley until  a week out, but it all came together like a dream.


To catch you up from my last post, we had a fast & fun early xmas weekend with my parents.  They drove into town and we immediately headed to Park City for Joe & Kelly's annual party.  My Mom and I are fierce competitors when it comes to Scrabble, so we snuck in a game before bed.  She's is playing on FB daily and has stepped up her game, so the pressure was on.  On Saturday, we did a pre-Sundance tour (they are volunteering again this yea…