FUN STUFF at 2014 Summer Nationals with my good friend Isobel…THX for being such a good sport !
Game On – 2014 Junior Olympics April 10, 2014
The kiddo qualified for foil and epee Junior Olympics, and what a tremendous coincidence that they were held locally here in Portland, Oregon this year. This is one of my favorite pics from the weekend. She had broken her arm snowboarding a few weeks earlier, and we were SO happy her doctor cleared her to participate.
Fun Stuff: The Most Interesting Cat in the World October 3, 2013
The Jabberwock is back ! May 15, 2013
Are you wondering what the Jabberwock has been up to lately ?
1. Went to my first fencing competition in about 25 years !
2. Currently attending a college class that is work related. Unfortunately this class has absorbed the free time that I usually use to update my blog.
3. Went on a business trip to Charlotte
Even with all this going on, I have some GREAT new recipes. A few are PERFECT for summer.
The Jabberwock at Mt. Hood Meadows January 27, 2013
The Jabberwock @ Mt. Hood Meadows
On Jan. 16 there was a awesome weather phenomenon here in the Pacific NW…an “Inversion layer”.
While Portland and SW Washington were suffering freezing temps in the low 30’s, Mt. Hood was a balmy 49 degrees F ! Total spring boarding conditions.
As you can see, I didn’t make it into either of the pants listed on my goal page. Did I mention the Jabberwock likes low carb, but has a pretty tough time sticking to it ?
Needless to say, I love the new pants, and managed to get them 50% off since I bought them a couple of weeks after Christmas.
AND….when the 12 year old kiddo tried on her boarding clothes she had totally outgrown her pants from last year. She’s officially taller than me by 2 inches at 5’5″, so was able to get into my “skinny” pants which are a women’s small. All in all an AWESOME day on the mountain
Jabberwock and Fencing…(En Garde)…Part 1. December 30, 2012
Twenty five years ago the Jabberwock was heavily involved in fencing…yes…Errol Flynn, Princess Bride, and so forth. Except the Jabberwock did it collegiately and went to several NCAA’s, Junior Olympics, and all that jazz.
Here’s a fun video of good times from my high school fencing era: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONZMDbPUig8
However in college, the Jabberwock (who was paying her own way, and lived on her own) discovered that fencing is a demanding sport, and there were some choices to be made:
- Pay rent, electricity (expensive in SoCal), pay gas, pay water (also expensive in Cali), and keep the car working (very important in SoCal at that time since public transportation was a joke).
- Pay the school bill (EGADS – no help from Mommy and Daddy on any of this stuff)
- Study (and subsequently get GOOD grades)
- Get a degree in a tough major, so the Jabberwock would never need to worry about finances again
So, after fencing for a couple of years collegiately the Jabberwock had to give it up. She went cold turkey. End result was a degree in a highly technical field, and a great paying job right out of college. But deep in her heart was regret over giving up fencing, which always gave her great pleasure……(to be continued….).
Christmas Kitteh December 23, 2012
Every now and then Sparky the cat gives me a gem of a picture.
All credit to my high school fencing bud James C. Foy for the verbiage, and Stacie Ashe Otis for pointing out that Sparky The Cat looks kind of pissed off…..