Life Lately #5

Spring skiing at Bogus Basin, Boise, Idaho — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Last weekend, I went to Bogus Basin, a small ski resort just north of town, with my dad, step mom, and boyfriend to enjoy some spring skiing. I'm normally not one for skiing; I hate being cold, and my legs usually can't handle very many runs before I'm exhausted and ready to sit in the lodge with a mug of hot cocoa. I know how to ski, though, since I was forced to go with the rest of my family growing up. (My dad called it mandatory fun, haha.) One of my brothers is actually a competitive skier in slopestyle (jumps) and sometimes half pipe. 

All that to say, I actually enjoyed skiing this time, even though I hadn't been in over a year! I'm not sure which had the greatest effect on my skiing, and subsequently, my mood: my new helmet, my hairstyle that mimicked the women skiers and snowboarders in the Olympics, or my extremely warm hand-me-down Saga coat from my younger brother (that coat is the GOAT). It was probably a combination of all three if we're being honest. ;) I did eight or nine runs in about three hours, and the evening light was gorgeous! (The photo above was taken near sunset.) I even did one black diamond run! Of course, the highlight of the evening was the basket of French fries I engulfed at the lodge, haha.

My boyfriend, Korri, went skiing on Wednesday and ended up injuring his knee going off of a jump. I've luckily been able to work from home the past two days so I can help him as he is fairly immobile. We went to an orthopedic clinic yesterday and it sounds like he has a probable MCL tear, but we won't know for sure what is wrong or how bad the injury is until he gets an MRI...and his insurance has to approve it before he can get one. Sigh. Fingers crossed he won't need surgery!

Sephora masks, Kiehl's creamy eye treatment, The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I used a Sephora gift card I received at Christmas to order myself some new goodies when the Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum was being offered in a trial size. The full price of that serum is a little rich for my blood, but I wanted to try it out just for fun because I've heard that vitamin C serums are super beneficial. I'm really hoping I don't like it so I'm not tempted to buy the full size. ;)

Sephora is also currently offering one free face mask when you buy three of their in-house brand. I've previously tried the pomegranate eye mask, and while I don't think it was life-changing (or gave me noticeable results), there were no ill-effects, so I decided to order some face masks to try. They have fabulous reviews! (I think Rosie is a fan of the rose face mask I ordered. ;) She is always very helpful when I put together flatlays, haha.)

I rounded out my order with the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment, which I've been eyeing (ha ha) since it was released, and The Ordinary's Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%. I'm a sucker for pretty much anything avocado-related, hence the eye treatment. ;) Plus I figured I should start doing some preventative skincare since I am nearing 30 years old! I was also in the market for a new product to treat acne; I've been breaking out a little more since I discontinued oral BC and got an IUD over a year ago. I had been wanting to try something from The Ordinary because the prices are incredible, so my mom, an esthetician by training, recommended this product. I really hope it works for me!

Boise State vs Sacramento State gymnastics meet results — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed a barrage of tweets about collegiate gymnastics every weekend since the start of January. I've become a bit of a crazy gymnastics fan, haha. It all started in grad school; I attended some meets with grad friends and fell in love with the atmosphere. (They consistently sell out their 15,000+ seat arena each meet and have the highest attendance record of all women's sports in the NCAA!) It definitely helps that they are also consistently ranked among the top five teams in the country.

Since moving back to Boise last year, I decided I was also going to be a fan of the Boise State (BSU) gymnastics team. They have been killing it season after season as well and are currently ranked 15th in the country. We attended their preview "meet" (basically a scrimmage that is held prior to the start of the season) a few days after attending the one at Utah. And, yes, I stayed after each meet to have a poster signed by the gymnasts...hahaha. We attended all of the home BSU meets (there were only four this year, sadly), watched every other meet we could online or on TV, and have tickets to attend the NCAA regional meet being held next weekend in Salt Lake City. There are six regional meets, and the top two teams from each regional will head to nationals in three weeks. Unfortunately, BSU will not be at the regional in SLC due to their ranking, but I am super excited for it regardless! I hope both of my teams make it to nationals!

Now that I'm a fan of two teams and watching a bunch of meets because of it, I've slowly started following a multitude of other gymnasts and teams and now consider myself a general fan of collegiate gymnastics. Of course, I want my teams to do well, but if they aren't in the championship, I'll find another team to root for. ;) It's just fun to watch good gymnastics! One of my new goals in life is to become an assistant coach (funny considering I have zero background in gymnastics nor do I have any flexibility or grace) or some sort of commentator. I think it would be interesting to be a judge, too.

I'm still learning the proper names of all of the elements in each routine, and I'm also still learning how the scoring works (honestly, it's sometimes very obviously crazy in one direction or the other). But it's fun and keeps me occupied, and I got Korri into it too—I love that it's something we enjoy together!