Appreciating snow

El Nino has been a benefactor this year, and I am reveling in the snow. Here are some photos from the last few days.

This is an abstract, an idea I picked up from taking photos with Anne Sandler at Slow Shutter Speed. I had fun with it. These are icicles.

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The sun disappears early at this time of year and makes this lovely glow from the behind the mountain on its way out.Winterscapes-1

The sun makes its appearance behind the opposite mountain the next day.Winterscapes-3

I appreciate that the sun sets and also rises and that snow blankets our mountains this year.

Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!

Skiing at Alpine Meadows March 6th

We have just enough snow and lovely warm weather to make for a lot of fun.

I saved most of the photography for the end of the day.

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But I did get my husband to take this of me so I wouldn’t have to do a selfie.

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I plan to go out and photograph the Truckee River today. What do you plan to do with your Saturday (or Sunday)?

Nicci

Mist over the mountain

This is a very short video to show you the pretty mist yesterday.

Today was snowing and blowing, so it was a good day to finish up some indoor projects.

The news is that California is due for an average or even an above average amount of precipitation over the next three months. I’m told as California goes, so goes Australia, so here’s hoping for a (gentle) end to the drought here, and in Australia.

Good for skiing… New Rules of Lifting for Women by Lou Schuler, book review

This book will take 6 months to a year to thoroughly review. Stay tuned for the results.

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What’s to love?

  1. Learn to cook better.
  2. Eat more!  (And take fish oil pills.)
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  3. New home-fitness toys.
  4. Bigger, stronger muscles… hopefully! (Check back in 6 months.)
  5. Less cardio.

What’s not to love?

  1. More calories do not come from alcohol.
    “I suspect you don’t need me to tell you that Kahlua and cream won’t make you sleeker.”
    You can have some, though. Red wine is best. We’re talking 4 ounces here, folks. 4. Four.
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    Not every day. Remember all those beers you saw in the skiing-lunch photos???? Not on the plan.
    Then again:
    “You’d think that the people who drink the most would weigh the most, but studies haven’t shown a connection between weight and calories from alcohol. One study showed that the most indulgent drinkers are more active than those who drink less…”
    Interesting. BUT
    “My overall goal is to make sure one special evening doesn’t extend into two or three special evenings in a row. Inevitably, I can feel it on my waistline.”
    Oh heck, we know this already.
  2. More calories in the right ratios means more cooking.
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  3. “More calories” doesn’t refer to chocolate-chip cookies.
  4. If you don’t like to work out, you won’t like this book. But if you do, and you’re a woman, and you’re frustrated about working really hard only to get tiny muscles and a slow metabolism, check this out. I am just beginning but a friend of a friend had fabulous results, and she didn’t even do the eating part.
  5. Getting 30% of your calories from protein is challenging (but kind of fun) and pretty much requires whey powder (not too great tasting, kind of expensive, though Costco has it. Cytosport is a pretty good deal there.)

Note: I have used myfitnesspal.com (MFP) (it’s free) for 18 months. It’s a good foundation with this program so you can eat your own stuff and track whether you are “hitting your macros” (macro nutrients, protein, fat and carbs) instead of following the menu (just use it for ideas). You’ll need to modify the default MFP settings a little to 40 percent carbs, 30 percent fat, 30 percent protein.

Link to book: http://www.amazon.com/New-Rules-Lifting-Women-Goddess/dp/1583333398