Hello 2017!

img_9631It’s January 2nd and I don’t know about you but I feel like the year is off to a fast and furious start. I am booked solid on a slew of exciting TV and Digital projects, which as a freelancer is the best start to your year. But I also don’t want to ignore LAS. It will be hard for me for the next month or so, so I hope you’ll hang in there. It means so much that you do!

I thought I’d take this post to highlight my 9-day Christmas/New Years getaway to our Adirondack cabin. It really re-set me…no TV, limited wifi, a focus on the outdoors not the internal. And long walks in the woods (any time of year) are for me the best mid-opening experiences…on every level.

So here’s a little compilation of the waning days of 2016, the first days of 2017. Hope you’ll stay on this journey with me. Let’s see where it takes us!


I don’t now about you but for us the holiday  season is filled with an abundance of food and drink. What’s not to like? Here, Brioche French Toast and Bacon, Sugar Cookies, Cheesy Meaty Lasagna, and of course, Champagne.


I skied for the first time at 50! In the Swiss Alps!! Many years ago!!! And I lived to tell. That being said, I’m not sure if/when I will leave Mixing Bowl on Whiteface for more challenging runs. I leave that to the Black Diamond Hubs & Sons. Bowie stays home and stays cozy. By the way, I love my Himaltec Climbing Pants from the Mountaineer, now ski pants when paired with Uniqlo’s HEATTECH Leggings.

As often happens, the best laid plans go awry. The Hubs did not feel well on New Year’s Eve, so he went to bed before I could get him to take a pic of me in my “sparkly” outfit. I was seriously worried that he was having a heart attack…no kidding. I can report that he’s fine. And that I stayed up drinking a wee bit more wine, doing the NY Times Mega Puzzle, stoking the fire. It was peaceful and fun…once I knew my husband was fast asleep after suffering severe indigestion and not dying.

Deer Top: Two Harts in Lake Placid

Jeans: Paige, old. But nice skinnies here and here.

Ugg Boots: Love love love these. But if you are not a size 6, how about these or these.

We did two amazing winter hikes. One on New Year’s Eve Day to Ausable Lake (and back) on the spectacular grounds of the Ausable Club (that’s me trespassing right on the lake). And on New Year’s Day, we just hiked our driveway (.7 miles of “tobagan” run), walked to town and along one of our favorite roads (Hulls Falls Roads). Day 1: 17, 544 steps, 42 floors, 8.8 miles. Day 2: 10, 492 steps, 25 floors, 4.7 miles. Advil, anyone?

We also threw our first party at the cabin, built a couple of bonfires in our new firepit, put our “shotski” to good use  (note to self: stock up on Tequila and Bourbon), actually went to the movies (Manchester by the Sea…sad but must see), and caught our uber-talented friend Dave Keyes playing live in Lake Placid at the Northwoods. So after all the eating and drinking and napping, I only gained 1.5 pounds. Woo hoo! It was totally worth it!!

2017? Stay tuned!

All Photos by MP & Chris Allegaert on iPhone 6.


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