Here are some of my favorite most recent Instagram moments.
I went mountain biking Saturday and decided to throw a classic Emily hissyfit. These are sparked when I a) think I should be really good at something, and b), am not really good at said something. Thus, after only mountain biking once recently (see previous post) since the good old days in 2004, and believing I've still got skills, I tried to fly up a very steep, rocky hill without falling and puttered to an anticlimactic stop halfway through, just managing to unclip. Commence hissyfit. Lay bike on ground. Peel off extra layers and throw them to the ground too. Blame loose leg warmers. Curse. Then proceed to walk uphill only after trying unsuccessfully to start from an incline.
The good news is once I got that out of the way I had a great ride! We found some swoopy fast trails and ended with the most delicious scones and easy speedy trails like this!
After that I went to a wedding of two of my good biking friends, drank a fair amount, danced in heels with mushy feeling legs from riding all week, ate lots of yummy vegetarian food and topped it off with a cupcake. The next morning I was not feeling super hot so I slept til 10 and Bonnie snuggled all wonderfully and healed me right up. So, I headed to the hills with my road bike. Up Salmon Falls Road to climb almost 1,500 feet in 9.5 miles at a snail's pace. Great idea! I cut this ride short after about 20 miles and felt really proud of myself.
Sunday marked the return to a sport I love - mountain biking. Man I forgot how much I loved it, which was easy to do because I hadn't hopped on trails since probably 2005. And now I can't wait to get back out there! The speed, the dirt, the views and feeling of being back in nature. I walked the rocky sections since I broke my elbow by crashing in a bike race in August and I'm tryin to protect it. But too much safety's just no fun. So now I want to add in more time on the dirt, and I have to say it's really refreshing from all the road biking I've been doing the last year.
I hung some of my photos around the house and thought I'd share to show what they look like in real-world settings, via Instagram iphone photos. See, I broke my elbow in a bike race last week so now I can't use my camera for a few weeks. These two are both for sale in print and on canvas in various sizes on my Etsy shop.
Well, the last half of 2011 was a whirlwind. And I've been awfully absent from this whole blog thing. So what's shakin? Well, to start, I moved back to California. As in California knows how to party, as in the Sierra Nevadas, as in Big Sur and the whole amazing coast line, as in Lake Tahoe, as in great wines and beers, as in granite and sandstone, madrone and manzanita. Yep, that one. It seems like ever since I moved away every vacation I've had has brought me back here. So now maybe I'm here for good. Still waiting for some snow... my snowboard is patiently waiting as well. In the meantime I've been road biking and spending more time outside exploring with the Bon. I promise more photos to come. Soon. In the meantime, we'll start off with some road trips.
This is from Wyoming, where it was amazing fall weather with patches of golden leaves in early October.
And another road trip down the eastern side of the Sierras. This one's of Bishop, one of my all-time favorite places on earth.
And Malibu, home of the rich and famous, and lots of egrets.
One of my best friends got married last weekend in Lake Tahoe, and it was the first time all four of my college roommates have been together in close to seven years. I don't think I've ever been to a wedding where the bride, the groom and the minister were all busting out laughing for about half the ceremony. It's safe to say we had a blast. Although we didn't stay nearly long enough, we managed to fit in some quality beach time, an awesome hike along Rubicon Bay and plenty of wedding festivities. And the bride looked gorgeous, as always, but especially with her makeup done by our awesome friend Brittany. Check out Britt's really entertaining (but also informative!) blog if you want some tips on makeup, hair and fashion.
After way too much time I finally opened up my Etsy shop - Spruce by Emily Setzer. It's small now but more sweet goods are on the way. So if you're into nature decor, check back every so often.
I have a bazillion photos of adorable Baby Anna, but here are a couple appetizers (isn't she delicious?) My friends Lauren and Brendan were troopers, bringing armfuls of gear and blankets and toys and clothes to the park on a deceivingly warm day for our photo shoot. We were all sweating, including Anna. But it's good practice for her. That girl's model material so she'd better start perfecting that tiger face now. And models must brave all the elements.
My parents' gorgeous three-year-old pit bull, Mara, aka Mars Bar, is putting up a good fight against mast cell cancer. Known at the vet's as "Miss Happiness," they can stick her with needles, isolate her in a crate and do surgery on her and she's still the happiest and friendliest dog anyone's ever seen. Every single dog and cat is her new play pal. Each human is her new best friend. She's gone through two surgeries and when it's all over we're going to celebrate with some Mara-garitas!
You get me every time. I can't walk by without stopping to take a closer look. This beauty didn't have a name tag, but it was in the National Botanic Garden, one of my favorite spots in D.C. The horticulturalists there bring in the most amazing plants each summer and plant them in bright blue pots, dispersed around the gardens. If you sit around the pool, surrounded by succulents, you can easily imagine yourself in some cliff-side Mediterranean locale with cobalt waters, where you can ride around on donkeys, eat olives and drink wine. Well, a girl can dream.