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High-Five Report: Shirley Sundt


Shirley Sundt is my hero. She came to skiing later in life, but once she started, she never stopped. Now she’s in her 80’s, has battled cancer three times, and most recently she wouldn’t stop for chemo to save her last breast because she’d already bought her season’s pass. Instead, she told the doctor to, “just lop it off.” She didn’t want to miss a season at Crystal Mountain.

I recently wrote a story about Shirley for Powder Magazine. Check it out here, and see if you don’t just feel a little more inspired. I dare you.

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The Book of Awesome: Weekly High-Five Report


This week’s high-five goes out to blogger and author of The Book of Awesome, Neil Pasricha. In his book as well as his blog, 1000 Awesome Things, Pasricha reminds us about the beauty in the everyday. Each page in his book and every blog post highlights something in our lives that’s awesome. These are the little moments that lift our spirits, like when you squeeze through a door as it’s shutting without touching it. We do a little dance in our head, raise our internal fist and bump it in the air, and if we’re really living right, we high-five someone. Here are just a few of my favorites:

  • When the vending machine gives you two things instead of one
  • The shampoo head massage you sometimes get at the hairdresser
  • When you hear someone’s smile over the phone
  • Snow days
  • Pushing those little buttons on the soft drink cup lid
  • Snow falling on Christmas Eve


Now it’s your turn. What little moments in life make you want to give your own bad self a high-five?


Weekly High-Five Report


This week saw plenty of high-fives in my little world. Summer finally arrived in Seattle; and unlike the sweltering rest of the country, it was sunny and medium-warm. Instead of going on an adventure, like climbing Mt. Adams or even going for a big bike ride, John and I decided on a stay-cation, as in stay-at-home-vacation. This is a crazy word, one that I never thought I would have occasion to use, but there you go.

While in the winter we live at Crystal Mountain, summertime we move to our house on Lake Washington. And what a summer weekend it was. Each morning I packed a picnic and we spent both weekend days on the dock, soaking in the sun and watching the dads pull their daughters on inner tubes across the bay. It was glorious.

I also received several high-fives. Of course, I was that lady, just a little too enthusiastic, asking her nephews and step-daughter for constant high-fives. On Saturday night we took the ski boat to Kirkland for dinner. When we arrived I held my hand up for my 3 year-old nephew, after all we’d just arrived to the restaurant by boat. How cool is that? “High-five!” I said. He just shook his head. “No.”

“What?” I couldn’t believe it. Turns out my nephew only gives high-fives for candy or money. So scratch what I said earlier about how when in need a child under 5 will always give you a high-five.

Apparently not.

But I did get a high-five from Mabel, Evelyn’s dog, who has recently learned the trick. She, too, is expecting a treat, so I’m not sure if that counts. But either way, it was such a grand weekend that today as I write this, the rain that’s falling outside my window at Crystal Mountain doesn’t bother me so much.

Every week I like to showcase the high-fiveable in our world. With all of the bad news out there, it’s heartening to see a little something good. I believe that most people, at their heart, are awesome.

Case in point: this video of a family saving a humpback whale that had gotten caught in a fishing net. Check this out. It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.

Pretty cool, huh?

What about you? What awesomeness have you witnessed lately? I’d love to hear from you. And if you like what you see here, please subscribe to this blog.