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hiked chocorua this weekend!
twas awesome and awesomer. Went with K, who is a great hiking companion. Especially when it comes to the white mountains because he knows them all inside and out.

My back feels fine. I had some tinges of sciatica on the way up the disappeared 1/2 mile into the hike, and twinges in the other foot on the way down, and mild tinglies that evening. Other than that NOTHING. Rock.

I will try to update with pictures in the future. but for now all I can do is post links.

We hiked the liberty trail, it would be in better condition than the brook trail given all the rain, and was closer to where we were driving. Piper was on the north side, and meant another hour of driving.


Twas a good time. Couldn't have lucked out better with weather considering this was planned three weeks in advance. 70's, light wind, and sunny views- water vapor from everything drying made visability dimmer. We could see Washington, but not much beyond. Met many other hikers, who were for the larger part really unprepared for a hike up a real trail, let alone a trail covered in water and snow. We kept our feet mostly dry for the way up, but when the snow made mine wet on the way down I stopped billy-goating on the little rocks and just slogged through. :P

Good times were had. Looking forward to the next hike.
2 1/2 years ago I was barely walking, and was in constant pain from a herniated disc. I've been more or less diagnosed with DDD because all my lumbar are in sad condition. I am happy that I have been able to recover my back health this much. :) Looking forward to many years of my favorite activity ever- hiking.
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Didn't do much this weekend. It snowed, but nearly as much as we were prepared to receive. So on Sunday rather than staying holed up we ventured out.

I bought medium to repot my to Phalanopsis orchids. I hope they will be happy in their slightly larger pots. Both have started new bloom stems about two months ago. I was startled to find that the original medium of one of my orchids was regular potting soil! I'm very surprised it never died over the last year! They're good for another two years or so now though. I hope my spikes do bloom around April!

Rescued a little christmas cactus too, from home depot. Hopefully it survives. My mom has very bad luck with christmas cacti. My single southern window is taken over with my orchids and a sage... but I am hopeful for a shelf to give more plant access to my window!

Anyone with more experience than I on these plants may feel free to advise! I'm newest to the realm of cacti care, but apparently it's very similar to orchid care.
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Fontina chicken, only-not.

Have I talked much about how much I like cooking new recipes? it's not so much for the love of cooking as the love of eating. It's a wonder I'm not bigger around the middle. At the same I have to remember that were I to eat oatmeal every meal every day I would have to remember to be content.

anyhow. back on subject- the new recipe. This is a very doctored recipe from one I found :)

4 chicken breasts
1/2 cup doux de montagne cheese
3/4 cup cranberries- fresh
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 small tart apple

1/3 cup olive oil
3 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp ground mustard
salt + pepper

( i think that's all the bits)

pound out the breasts a bit, cut a pocket into each. put in a bag or bowl with group two (oil-pepper) and fridge for at least one hour. meanwhile cook down the cranberries in the broth until they're popped and soft and the broth is boiled down. Shred or finely chop the cheese. Put cranberries into bowl with cheese. Saute the apple in small pieces, add to cranberries and cheese. Set aside until chicken is ready, then stuff chicken. Fry on med to low heat in a frying pan- your chicken will stay tender and moist.

I added brown sugar and red wine to my left over berries and had some fresh cranberry sauce with the chicken :)
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