Is it May Already?
Trip Start Oct 26, 2006
81Trip End Aug 2007
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With the sunny skies during the day and clear skies at night, the snow (that is left) has fully transformed into spring corn. With avy conditions low, we have been free to check out more of our backyard. We have to gain about a thousand feet before the patches of snow connect, but after that the turns are actually not bad.
But enough about skiing, some people have requested to learn more about our daily lives. Here are some questions and answers:
Where do we shop? - Shopping for groceries has been an adjustment for us. In Seattle, with our lives we tend to make hectic, we seem to visit the grocery store every other, if not every, day. There is no grocery store in Les Terrasses. The grocery store in La Grave is pretty minimal and expensive. There is a market that comes to La Grave on Thursdays but this time of year it doesn't offer much. So we have been borrowing a car or sharing a ride every 7 to 10 days to a nearby city with a larger grocery store (Briançon or Bourg D'Oisans)
What do we eat? ¬ Besides Colin giving me a piece of pizza to keep me occupied while I waited for him to finish his lunch before we took a run together, we have not eaten out yet. For one, it is kind of pricey. But the bigger reason has been cooking and eating a nice sit-down meal together has been a big part of this trip
Are we drinking a lot of wine? -Typically, we have a glass of wine at dinner most every night. Except for Christmas Eve where we had a few too many, typically we keep it to just one glass. And yes, for the people who paid close attention to the attached picture of our kitchen we do have boxed wine. Like the bottled wine in France the boxed wine is also better.
Where do you do your laundry? - Well, our washer was down for a little bit. For the first week or so Holly got good at putting up with my smell. After the washer has been up running we have been doing laundry in our apartment. Cleaning the clothes in the washer and hanging them up on a make-shift drying system (clothes line hung from all corners of the room). As you probably know the most French don't use dryers. We should be taking advantage of this sunny weather, and hanging up the clothes outside. Of course as soon as we run a clothes line up outside it will probably start snowing......mmmmm a good project for this week.
Do you do anything else but ski? ¬ Well, we have been skiing a lot, but we do manage to fit in other activities. Holly's has been dedicated in studying her French skills, her cooking skills, keeping up corresponding with friends and family, and helping Colin with some of his business stuff. I have worked on troubleshooting and eventually fixing the washer, gas stove, and kitchen faucet. Plus also have spent some time helping Colin with some business stuff and (hold on to your seats) actually finished a book. It was Barack Obama's first book. A good insight on where he is coming from if you're interested. All and all we have not accomplished a lot, but that is not the point of this trip. We have lived life at a slower pace and learned to pay more attention to the present.