for March, 2009

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Surprise Meeting

Today I met a woman who I’ve heard so much about. You don’t expect to walk into a coffee shop on a Saturday morning and meet one of your dearest friend’s best friends. It was a surprise too for M, that she’d be spending the weekend with her beautiful Joy.

I had a wonderful day which started having breakfast with some of my oldest friends in Moscow. Alexa and Aubrey picked me up for our walk downtown. It was a sunny morning, which has been scarce these days, and surprisingly warm. There we met Mauri, Marcus and Miles and to our surprise Mr. Blue walked in. We had a nice breakfast followed by a walk to take the kids to the little downtown play gym at Friendship Square. I still wanted a coffee, so I skipped, ok not really, down to Bucer’s where I see M’s Nethaniel having coffee with a face a feel I know but know I’ve never met.

I’ve heard many stories of M’s first trip to Africa (Ghana) where she met another American girl I believe on the beach, and had bonded quickly. Fast forward a few years later and they are really close friends and Joy was someone that I assumed I’d meet a wedding or something of the like.

Not sure I have all the facts straight, but Joy flew in for the weekend and surprised M. On a simple coffee run before heading to Lewiston with the 3Ms I run into her and Nethaniel. A few exchanges started but needed continuation, after I had to answer Ruby the Pathfinder’s honk. I had to run, but hoped I’d get to spend more time putting a face with all the stories.

I had a really nice time in Costco with the dual entertainment that Miles and I provided for one another. Somehow we got stuck in a black hole and drifted out 2.5 hours later after Mr. Miles finally hit his wall. It’s tough being 2 and waking up the last few nights, in the middle of the night, and then spending your nap time in a shelved conglomerate. Actually I’m pretty amazed at the little guy’s temperament when he’s tired. He’s squirrelly and doesn’t want to be messed with, but he’s still pretty mello.

We hit Joann’s fabric on the way out of town and Mauri was happy to get some stuff to make Miles an Easter Basket. It’s amazing how one woman can be sorting through rope looking stuff to figure out which size is needed for her basket weaving, as another stands behind looking above at the finished baskets thinking, those look good. You can guess which one was standing behind looking at the finished baskets :)

We headed home deprived of McDonald’s fries, honestly, thank you Marcus where Miles finally decided to give in to sleepyness.

Disappointed I wasn’t going to get to spend the evening with Aubrey and Alexa I was happy to have been invited to the S-man household for a friendly dinner. It’s not everyday a friend’s friend comes rolling through town. To top it off, M’s other great friend and partner we’re in town so we had a nice dinner for 6. Food was scrumptious and wine smooth.

In a short time I was able to see how M had so easily connected with Joy in Africa. She is headed to Guide hikes on a Volcano in Guatemala for 6 months and is a bit nervous but entirely excited for this experience. It was a tasty dinner with joyful conversation with people loving and living life.

I’m so blessed and grateful that every time I leave the S-man house I always feel so loved and encouraged. I can’t explain it, nor do I want to, but it’s a bit magical. Thank you M for bringing that into my life.

I had a really wonderful Saturday and I’m thankful for the day spent with most of my favorite people in Moscow. I’m glad to have met a new face that I could so easily become friends with myself.

Ahhhh, it must be spring :)

Posted on March 22, 2009 by Keli · 0 comments Read More
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Me – In a nutshell

For those that helped compile this list of “me” thank you! I thought I’d share with you and the world what I’ve discovered or confirmed about me.


  • Family
  • Puppas
  • Being a Good Friend
  • Friends
  • Depth
  • Tolerance & Peace
  • Music
  • Dancing
  • Human Rights – Equality
  • Professionally doing a good job
  • Honesty
  • Kindness
  • Helping those less fortunate than me
  • Life Itself
  • Hard Work – good work ethic
  • New Experiences
  • Love
  • Spirituality
  • Memories
  • Spontaneity
  • Diversity
  • Generosity
  • Acceptance
  • Justice
  • Mutual Understanding
  • Gators


  • Conversation
  • Debates
  • Spiritual growth
  • Travel
  • Live Music
  • Dancing
  • Outdoor Activities – especially with my puppas
    • Hiking
    • Walking
    • Boating
    • Sunsets
    • Mountains
    • Rivers
    • Forests
  • Personal Growth
  • Trees
  • Being in Nature
  • Hanging with Friends or Family
  • Photography
  • Hanging with young kids
  • Computers
  • People Watching – love to watch people enjoying themselves
  • Reading
  • Researching
  • Movies
  • Simplicity
  • Technology
  • Learning new things
  • Experiencing different cultures
  • Justice/Human rights
  • Relaxing


  • Self-Assessing and Improving
  • Hard Working
  • Listens Well
  • Technical
  • Accepts Input
  • Open Minded
  • Good with Computers
  • Helpful to Others
  • Organized
  • Critical Thinker
  • Multi-faceted approach
  • Thinks outside the box
  • Problem Solver
  • Strong
  • Calming when a situation needs a mediator
  • Determined and Ambitious
  • Leadership
  • Compassionate
  • Loyal
  • Dependable
  • Courageous
  • A Doer
  • Attention to Detail
  • Eager to find change that is beneficial to others
  • Very Analytical
  • Ability to see many sides of an issue
  • Adventurous
  • Ability to understand and interpret human behavior
  • Efficient in accomplishing tasks
  • Multi-tasker
  • Generous
  • Accepting

Needs Improvement

  • Fitness
  • Cooking
  • Long Range Goal Setting
  • A little less Stubborn
  • Talking over others
  • Communication – Asking more concise questions
  • Lighten up – Soften Up
  • Brevity –say what you mean in a concise manner (and not twice)
  • Quick to assume a negative motive or outcome
  • Procrastination
  • Compassion for others gets in the way of your own happiness
  • Not accepting of others viewpoints
  • Experience new things/branch out with eyes wide open
  • Reaping lessons learned from stressful situations quicker
  • Externalize negative emotions with more love, grace & patience & it’ll come back to you
  • Re-assess what you ‘need’
  • Asking for help
  • Leave others better than when you found them

Here are some general comments people gave if they were to describe me to a friend. I feel humbled by these, thank you.

  • She is somebody who has a free-spirit, who tries to live life to the fullest with her friends and family, but yet is a hard-worker and makes herself stay grounded at the same time.
  • K brings things to my world that I often don’t see. There is a crazy balance that one can find from speaking with her. Be it if your conversation is about relationships, family, art, work, etc., she always has a perspective I want to see. A perspective I appreciate.
  • She is straight-up, too. This is one of my favorite things about her!
  • She is peacy and mellow; very tolerant and gentle. Yet she seems determined and ambitious, focused on the task at hand.
  • K is a loyal friend who is a blast to hang out with. She is constantly studying and learning new things.
  • K is a strong person who attracts good people.
  • She is adventurous, out going and a planner and a completer. She enjoys living! She is a great listener and problem solver. She is easy going and great to spend time with. She is trustworthy and honest and loves to dance!!
  • That she is fun, smart, loyal, adventure seeking, kind-hearted, passionate about her life and world, loving, and willing to help less fortunate than herself as well as family and friends.
  • Focused, intense, seeking, driven by ?, intelligent, somewhat guarded
  • K is beautiful. She has hopes and dreams for this world and the people in it but casts judgment when merited. She’s a seeker who hopes one day to find what she’s looking for. In the meantime she’s really happy, fun and therapeutic to be around. She has a beautiful smile and when she’s relaxed and in the moment she’s quite magnetic.

So there you have me in a nutshell.

Posted on March 15, 2009 by Keli · 1 comment Read More
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Another Weekend in McCall

Please don’t read the title and think I’m ungrateful. It’s meant to be read as wow, I’m so lucky for another weekend in McCall! Yes, it is true, I’ve been lucky to have had so many weekends in McCall and Brundage this winter. McCall, Idaho with Brundage Mtn. is truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever spent time in. Every time I’m there, something catches my breath and I’m reminded of what a magical little place it is.

Brundage Mtn. has some of the best snow in the country (so I’m told from people all over), and I love that it’s only 3.5 hours from my front door. There are quite a few Mtns within 4 hours of me and I spend all my time there.

Have I mentioned the drive yet? Next time I drive down and back I’ll do a photo journal of the trip. Hopefully it will still be pretty snowy. The topography changes at least 4 different times and there’s a section that rarely gets snow in the winter – crazy!

There’s an area where you are driving through a section of mountains just south of Riggins and the road follows the Little Salmon River. In the winter time this little creek always looks so beautiful with the snow piled on the stones and boulders.I always want to take stop and take photos and this time I did. It’s hard in the winter because the snow plows don’t plow out the pullout areas so there’s normally no where to stop. I found a spot and ran up the road a bit to get a few photos. David was in the car and humored me by getting out and enjoying the sunshine while I ran up the road hoping a truck didn’t drive by and spray me with melted dirty snowy highway water.

Here a few pics for your enjoyment. Needless to say, the area we were able to stop at different have the sun at the right angle, nor were there a lot of snowy boulders. It’s all good though.

From March Storm :)
From March Storm :)
From March Storm :)
From March Storm :)
From March Storm :)
From March Storm :)

I remained splatter free and we got back in the wagon and carried on north. A little while later I decided I wanted to go to Shorts Bar, which is the first beach up on the Salmon River Rd. along the Salmon River. This is typically a put-in for some of the rafting companies running whitewater trips. This is actually the beach my Dad and I launched from few years ago when I took him on his first whitewater rafting ride. Dang, I just looked for a photo of that trip and I don’t have one on this computer :(

Anyhoo, here are a few photos from snowy covered Shorts Bar. This was the first time I stepped foot of a snowy beach before. Oh, and at this point, I think David is starting to enjoy my little detours, although I don’t think he’d admit it :)

From March Storm :)
From March Storm :)
From March Storm :)
From March Storm :)
From March Storm :)

I had a great time on the mountain and really enjoyed my drives joking around with David. Thanks Blue for being a good co-pilot! I promise I’ll do a little photo journal of the drive from McCall to Moscow since its usually light when I drive back versus heading down on Friday nights.
“Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything – even mountains, rivers, plants and trees – should be your teacher.”
~Morihei Ueshiba

Posted on March 13, 2009 by Keli · 1 comment Read More