In which I went to Whistler

This quarter system in grad school is fast. As in, you feel like you can’t take a week off of work and ever except to catch up. That’s why I tried to cram as much social life as possible into the beginning this time and by getting to work early and staying late every day these past two weeks, I think I’ve managed to do it and not already fail out.

Last weekend I made a last hour decision to go to Whistler in BC with a bunch of co-ressies. While I don’t know how to ski (that one time in high school I never made it off the ice covered southern-east coast bunny slopes), I did have a wonderful time playing in the snow!

We drove to Vancouver Friday after clinic and stayed at some of our Canadian co-ressie's homes before heading up the Sea-to-Sky road in some early gorgeous pre-dawn light.

We drove to Vancouver Friday after clinic and stayed at some of our Canadian co-ressie’s homes before heading up the Sea-to-Sky road in some earily gorgeous pre-dawn light. We kept reminding ourselves that rain at this level meant snow in the mountains.

Whistler was the site of many of the 2010 Olympic events. I'm in love with all things Olympics (the basic reason we got cable was for the 2012 summer games). So excited that they start up again in a few weeks!

Whistler was the site of many of the 2010 Olympic events. I’m in love with all things Olympics (the basic reason we got cable here was for the 2012 summer games). So excited that they start up again in a few weeks!

Ice skating took place down in Vancouver about 2 hours away, but Bri and I thought we could practice a few moves here.

Ice skating took place down in Vancouver about 2 hours away, but Bri and I thought we could practice a few moves here.

The snow was beautiful. They'd double their snow pack in the day we were were there.

The snow was beautiful. They’d double their snow pack in the day we were were there.

While some of the group hit the slopes, I practiced my apres-ski techniques by eating delicious lobster pad thai, drinking and cheering the Seahawks to the NFC West championship and getting a massage at one of the spas.

While some of the group hit the slopes, I practiced my apres-ski techniques by eating delicious lobster pad thai, drinking and cheering the Seahawks to the NFC West championship, dipping in the snowy outdoor hot tub and getting a massage at one of the spas.

The next day a few of us went snow tubing with all the little kids.

The next day a few of us went snow tubing – we were definitely the oldest kids there.

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Glad for duck boots to keep my toes warm in the snow and slush!

High school Elise and Rachel: the last time I went “skiing” was over a decade ago in West Virginia. Mostly I just slid down the bunny slope and prayed not to die.

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Karin, Christine, Kevin and Bri

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Leslie, Gloria, Karen (our wonderful trip organizer!), Karin, myself and Bri

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Super fun trip! Now to talk Jeff into trying a day out on the slopes..

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