Friends & Fun

I've been lagging on the blog lately, mostly because I've been enjoying our visitors and a little ski travel.  Here's a quick photo update of the recent events!

We stopped in Auburn, CA, to run the Forest Hill Divide Trail on the way to ski at Northstar. 

With Alisyn pre-run in Auburn.

Skiing with friends Jen and Mike at Northstar.

We also went cross country skiing at Northstar & found this Caboose warming hut. 

The cross country day was really warm and sunny!

Our friend Jill came to visit, and we explored Berkeley for a day. 

We visited the new stadium and made friends with the Cal Bear.

 It's SF Beer Week, so we kicked it off at Beta Lounge in Berkeley and scored a fun glass.

The SF Marathon Wog 'n Wag meet up & 5K Fun Run was today. Grabbed a photo with ambassadors Meg, Albert, and Alisyn.

My kitty Akai modeling the SF Marathon bandana. Who says they are just for dogs?

That's the quick recap of the past 10 days or so. I'll make sure to get back to a more normal blogging schedule soon. What to look forward to? A post about Ryan Robert's book 'The Ultimate Beginners Running Guide' and another installment of run gear I'm loving!
  1. Looks like you're having a great February :). I LOVE that orange scarf!!

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    1. Thanks! It's a great Feb, but also looking forward to some R&R this weekend!

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  2. Sounds like you are having a ton of fun!! I haven't been blogging regularly either -- sometimes you just have to enjoy life and catch up on the blog later! :)

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  3. Wow. you sure are having a wonderful month so far. keep it up!

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    1. Haha yes - and heading to some R&R this weekend!

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  4. Love the pics of all the fun stuff you're doing. Makes me dream a little of moving to Cali and being able to run outdoors all year round! Akai looks great - cat fashion at it's finest.

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    1. Thanks! Don't worry, I still miss Michigan sometimes too. :)

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  5. Oh man, Akai, you're going to have to put on some weight if you want that bandana to fit!

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