Translation: I had a really good weekend snowboarding =)
Saturday, Christen and I did our usual Gondola lap to to Casper. We hit up Moran Woods and got deep in the powder... after a few runs we found ourselves sitting on the deck at Nick Wilson's having a tall boy and a sammie. Josh came out to sit with us before his shift started. Somehow, (okay, he told us he would buy us a shot) he convinced us to take a Tram lap.
I have only ridden the tram in the summer, as a total gaper with my dad and step mom and aunt. Christen, had never been on it- as she has an irrational (love you Christen!) fear of heights coupled with claustrophobia. But we suffered through the crowded tram while we swung in the wind atop the mountain. As soon as we stepped out on the tram dock, I felt that I was in a totally different world. The day had been calm and warm mid-mountain- but at the top of Rendezvous Bowl it was windy and arctic... We made it! Rendezvous bowl was nothing harder than other terrain I have previously ridden and the traverses were cake- albeit a little higher up =). We decided to ride the Hobacks- which turned out to be a bad idea at the time of day- but how were we to know? we'd never been up there. So we plowed through the crunchy packing peanuts that some people might have called snow. Bumped over horrible crunchy moguls and fell over a lot. We also laughed a lot. We eventually made it to the Union Pass Traverse, which essentially leads to the condo... flailed up the stairs and plopped on the couch! What a day!!!
Sunday was no less epic. I rode solo for my first gondola-to-thunder-to-base run, then met up with my friend Rusty at the base of the Sublet lift- another first ride for me. From Sublett we took mostly the blue trails down... some switch back traverses which were a bit of a challenge and then took some more familiar terrain to Casper...
At some point along the way to Capser I got a phone call from Josh... (remember, if you will, this is Valentine's Day). Backstory: there is a show at the Knotty Pine, in Victor, ID which is about an hour drive from our house. cut to scene:
(trish) "hey baby!"
(josh) " Abby just called to tell me she has an extra ticket to the show... and a place to stay."
(trish) "well- go if you want babe..." choking back tears.
(josh) "well, come have a beer later"
(trish) 'K, bye"
cut to Casper Restaurant: I'm mess. I'm actually convinced that my boyfriend is going to leave me on a holiday that I pretend to hate but secretly love and if he ditched me I could not pretend to care, because as far as he knows I'm completely not romantic and just want him to be happy....
cut to two hours later at Nick Wilson's
(josh) "I've got reservations for 9:30- I know it's late, but it was the best I could do,"
(trish) "great!" (secret squeal!)
SO I go home, take a nap, take a shower get dolled up and meet him at Nicks at closing. Together, we go to the Village Cafe and have a drink before walking over to Osteria. Let. me. tell. you!
This place was amazing!!!! but before I get to chronologically out of order let me tell you what my darling boyfriend did. He bought me jewelry! JEWELRY! I have never (not counting two times...) gotten jewelry from a man besides my father! And it is absolutely beautiful! Don't believe me? Here!
Isn't it beautiful?!? It's Amber!
We sat down for dinner. First we ordered Pomegranate Mimosas. (delicious) For our appetizer we had mozzarella speck. Which is basically mozzarella cheese wrapped in fancy bacon and baked with some marinara sauce. We had a glass of Pinot Noir with our apps. For our entrees: Josh enjoyed a lobster pasta while I dined on a prime rib and cous cous topped with fried onions! I did not even need a steak knife to cut my meat! (medium rare, as it should be) We had a beer with our entrees, can't remember what the beer was-something Italian- but even it was fantastic! We finished it all off with a chocolate truffle and ice cream.
I just have to say- I love my boyfriend!
So- in conclusion: my weekend was