Snowiest December on Record

163_6304.jpgIt appears Colorado has set a new record for December snow fall.   I don’t know the exact numbers, but I will post it, as soon as I locate the information.   We have at least a foot in our front yard and as much as three feet in areas where the snow has drifted.   The snow from yesterday is the consistency of sand, not good snowball making material, but great ice making material.   The roads have been slick as glass for the last 48 hours.  

My car’s outside temp monitor read -11  degrees  at 7:50  a.m.    

I am looking forward to strapping on my snowshoes later today and trekking around the two lakes near my house.  

It looks like the snow will be sticking around for awhile.   Today’s high is 20 degrees and  it’s staying  in the 30’s for the next several days.

Winter in Colorado… it’s  beautiful, especially when the sun is  shining, making the  snow  sparkle like a million diamonds.  

Dog Owners Beware

An interesting  court case is going on in Arvada, CO.   If people are allowed to sue over being scared by a big dog, we’re all going to be in big trouble.   If cities start putting dogs down for scaring people, we’re in even bigger trouble.

My personal opinion, after reading the info on the website and listening to the dog owner on Peter Boyles’ radio show, I’ve concluded 1. this is an extreme case of breed discrimination (had this been a small dog that “attacked” this woman, nothing would have come of it) and 2. the woman who claims to have been “attacked” is simply looking for  a pay day through insurance or another route and after several years of working for insurance defense attorneys in Denver, I have absolutely zero tolerance for these types of people – they are the worst kind of people.  

Please visit:

In everything I’ve read and heard about this case, this incident was not an “attack” – if it had been someone probably would have ended up severely injured or dead.   It appears by all the documentation, no actual skin was broken in the so-called “attack.”

This could set some pretty nasty precedent if the dog is put down.   Please  read the  details  as laid out on the website  and sign the petition linked on the  website above.   Please pass this information on to as many people as possible (especially dog owners).

Three new reviews posted!

This weekend…  

Should you waste your money on I am Legend?

Where should you go out for a nice dinner?

These questions will be answered by taking a peek at my reviews on I am Legend, Max Gill & Grill and Wynkoops.  

Also, if you’re looking for something good on television – check out my post from yesterday where I recommend several of my favorite reality television shows.

Writers Strike? Reality Television to the Rescue

Despite the writers strike, we’ve been enjoying great television lately.   There are a few shows we genuinely miss, especially “The Office.”   However, I have no problem with the writers wanting more money – if it weren’t for writers there would be no stories and without stories all television would be bad reality t.v.!!!

But not all reality t.v. will rot your brain.   Here are two programs  I watch religiously; not only are they entertaining, I usually learn a little something as well.

The first is Amazing Race, Sunday evenings on CBS.   Ryan and I have been hooked on this show for several years.   If you haven’t seen the show, it involves teams of two  in a race around  the globe.   The winners walk away with  One Million Dollars.    Teams are comprised of married couples,  siblings, friends, etc.    In each country they compete against the other teams in competitions such as  milking camels (they did this in Africa) or  pole jumping dikes in Holland.    

Ryan and I  regularly discuss sending in an audition video, however, we’re a little worried our relationship would run into severe difficulties if we attempted this stressful race.    I can just imagine how stressed I get  everytime  I have to fly anywhere -lost luggage, rude  security people and long lines.   If I were doing that every other day I’d turn into a raging bitch!    Ryan and I are both extremely competitive and if  he could put up with  one or two mental meltdowns (by me), we  would be a force to be reckoned with.

The second  reality show  we found this season is called  Last  One Standing (Thursday evenings on the Discovery Channel).   The premise of the show is six athletes from the US and Great Britain, competing in real sporting events around the world.   For instance,  this  last week they competed in  a local Peruvian race,  which is  ran in honor of the gods.   The race  involves carrying a piece of glacier ice while participating in a one-mile run at 17,000 feet above sea level.    Other events have included stick fighting in Africa, Sumi Kick Fighting in Asia, canoe racing in South America and many more.

The group gets one week to train with the locals and then must compete in the event.    In all events they are  also competing against the locals, but whomever  comes in first among the six, gets a win.   At the end of the season the overall winner is the  athlete with the most wins.    The  producers of this show did a  great job finding likable guys to participate.     It wouldn’t be as fun to watch if they were just a bunch of arrogant bastards, but  each  one seems genuinely nice,  and they all get along fairly well and even though they  are competing against each other, they are  all good sports.   There are only two episodes of Last One Standing left, but since this is a Discovery show, I’m sure  it will be re-run several times.      

So there you have it.   When scripted t.v. is on indefinate hold, watch reality television.



Good Afternoon

We’ve been out of town again, so I’ve been negligent in getting reviews and posts up.   However, over the last couple days I’ve managed a review of the movie breaking box office records, I am Legend, and my favorite Denver eatery, Max Gill & Grill.  

I am working on several more reviews and will have them posted shortly.  

I hope you’re all surviving the holidays!

Winter is here!

Snowshoeing near Fairplay,  ColoradoSnowshoeing in Colorado.

Photo taken in 2006 near Fairplay, Colorado.

I know it’s not officially winter, but it sure looks like it outside my window.   Earlier today, we took Xena and walked over to the coffee shop.   It’s a winter wonderland and it’s cold!   The  sun is not shining and it looks like it might dump more snow on us at any time.   I say, LET IT SNOW!   I’m ready to strap on the snowshoes and go on a hike!

I’ve gotten two new movie reviews posted, American Gangster and Enchanted.   These two movies couldn’t be more different!   I still have a couple more to work on and I’ll try to get them posted  before the weekend’s over.

If you’ve seen any of the movies I’ve reviewed, I’d love to hear your opinions.   Feel free to post your comments.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!

Dec. 7,  2007  Loveland, Colorado

The snow is falling today and I’m feeling a bit more festive. I guess since it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, I’m  going to have to face that it ’tis the season. Colorado’s northern mountains (this includes resorts such as Vail, Steamboat Springs and A-Basin) are getting approx. 2 feet of snow through the weekend – our southern mountains (places such as Telluride and Durango) are suppose to get 4 feet.  I think they’ve been sacrificing small children to the snow gods at the ski resorts.

We are headed to the  Silverthorne/Dillon area next weekend and thankfully there will be some snow on which to snowshoe – the rest of our group will be skiing and snowboarding, but I find snowshoeing to be a fun and fulfilling sport (and not nearly as dangerous or scary as throwing myself down a mountain).   Click here (Snowshoeing) to read an article I wrote last year on snowshoeing.   A similar article was published on

The movie, The Golden Compass, started today. So far the reviews aren’t too thrilling, so I’m not sure I’ll spend the money to see it in the theater. I do have a lot of reviews to catch up on and I’m hoping to get several of them posted this weekend. Last weekend, we saw Enchanted, and it was enchanting; sort of forgettable, but a great date movie.

For the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor  I’m writing an article about pets and the holidays. Yesterday, I visited the Larimer Humane Society  to get some information for the article. I was stunned to see dozens of kittens and puppies there. This doesn’t seem the right time of year, but the LHS informed me “there is no particular season” for  baby animals anymore – they received kittens and puppies year round. Unfortunately, they have taken in a record  number of animals over the last several months.

I discovered a  pure-bred, six year old,  female German Shepherd  at LHS; she’s been there since November 26.  She’s very sweet and loving – you can tell she doesn’t want to be there – GSD’s don’t really do well in shelters – they are high stress dogs and being in a shelter is very hard on them. I wish I could take her, but we don’t have the room for another big dog.  I have posted her on, hopefully the added publicity will help her find a good GSD-fanatic home. If you know anyone who may be interested in her or any other animal from LHS, please direct them to their website:

I hope you all are keeping warm and safe.

Give your pets an extra hug today – they don’t know how good they have it.

The Holidays Blahs

I can’t seem to get into the spirit this year.   Early today, for a brief moment, I felt somewhat spirited when NPR played a medley of Christmas songs performed by a brass band.   It was very festive and I found myself happily humming along, but when the songs were over, my Christmas spirit swirled away like smoke in a stiff breeze.

 I’ve watched several Christmas movies, hoping that would do it.   First up was Fred Claus (which I reviewed on this site).   Quite frankly, it wasn’t quite good enough to get me in the holiday spirit and secondly, we watched it before Thanksgiving.   I refuse  think about  Christmas until after Turkey Day is over (by at least a week or two).    This past weekend, I watched  Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.   This is Ryan’s all-time favorite Christmas movie and I am forced to watch it around this time every year.   Last night, we watched Elf (a much better movie than Fred Claus).   Even though it was funny watching Will Ferrell run around in tights, it  didn’t do a whole lot for my attitude.

Still, I am feeling a little like Scrooge.   I don’t feel like putting up decorations, I certainly don’t feel like putting up a tree (what a bother) and I really, really don’t like the idea of going to the mall to compete with the mobs over made-in-China junk!!  

I guess I’m going to have to pull out my favorite Christmas movie, The Christmas Story.   Perhaps if I remind myself of the real reason  for the season –  obtaining a  Red Ryder BB gun – I will dig myself out of this shroud of gloom and begin to enjoy this season of giving.

If that doesn’t work, there’s always eggnog (and rum).  

 Happy Holidays.



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