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More Cowbell

December 9, 2013

I hope you all had a fun/relaxing/invigorating weekend like I did!  I mostly took it easy, with plenty of time spent in front of the fire and Christmas tree.  I feel the beginnings of a cold coming on, it’s quite cold outside and there are plenty of holiday movies to be watched.  So, this was the perfect place to be.

Christmas tree

I also enjoyed several excellent holiday beverages that you MUST try.  For a morning treat, pour about an inch of eggnog into a coffee mug, heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds, froth it up with one of those cool wands if you’ve got it, then pour brewed coffee on top, stir it up and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg.  Voila – homemade eggnog latte!  I used nonalcoholic eggnog, but I’ve never been one to judge. 😉

Caramel Apple Cider

In case it’s not obvious from the photo above, holiday beverage #2 was even better – we heated up fresh apple cider on the stove top with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon, then poured it into a mug and topped it with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel.  Do NOT skip the caramel. If you want to make this one a little naughtier, I bet a splash of bourbon would be fantastic.

Even Santa likes caramel apple cider!

Even Santa likes caramel apple cider!

Anyway… of my non-couch-related weekend activities, the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup was the highlight.  Every year, Beaver Creek hosts these ski races.  They’re part of the World Cup circuit, where the best ski racers in the world duke it out in a series of races in different locations throughout the winter.  Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey downhill course is known for being one of the toughest on the circuit, and these races are generally a pretty big deal.

Birds of Prey Races

I’m embarrassed to admit that this was my first time attending this annual event.  In the past, I’ve always been busy/out of town/full of excuses.  So I was thrilled to put it on my calendar for the weekend.  From the one ski race I’ve attended in the past, I knew there was one thing that made attending a ski race more fun than a lot of other athletic events: the cowbell.

Cowbell

As skiers zoom down the course, everyone cheers and most importantly rings their cowbells with all they’ve got.  It’s just plain fun.  Luckily, there was a sponsor tent handing out cowbells so that nobody had to go empty-handed.  Thanks Putnam Investments, whoever you are.  I had a blast hanging with my friends, dancing around to keep warm and cheering on the racers, particularly the Americans, of course.

Birds of Prey World Cup

I’m not sure whether you can tell from that photo, but I was wearing more pieces of clothing than I ever have in my life.  I felt a bit like Joey in Friends when he puts on every article of clothing that Chandler owns.

“I’m Chandler.  Could I be wearing any more clothes?”

Seriously though, the high that day was around 15 degrees and I knew that I did NOT want to be cold.  So I did the rational thing and wore 5 layers on the bottom and 7 layers up top, including a lightweight down jacket underneath my ski jacket.  I was nice and toasty!

Audi Birds of Prey Races

Feeling warm and comfy, I had a blast watching the races, cheering for the home team and dancing around to the music played over the loudspeaker.  There was great energy at the event, and the viewing area was packed.

World Cup Viewing Area

There was even a yeti there.

Yeti

After watching the races for about an hour, it was time to go get our ski on.  I took some great runs with a group of friends.  It was way too cold to bother whipping out the iPhone for any photos, but the snow conditions were truly excellent for this early stage of the season.  We zoomed down groomers until it was time to warm up with a hot toddy at The Golden Eagle.

All in all I had a wonderful weekend! How was yours?

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