Don’t Mind Me…

It’s been a while, I know, but honestly, no words have jumped into my mind willingly of late! Not that there isn’t anything to report…there is!

I’ve had the most successful start to a skeleton season in my (to this point) short career, earning a spot on the US North American Cup team as part of the development program. In the first half of racing, I earned 4th and 5th place finishes in Park City, my first International races on that track.

My mate Jackie and me after our Park City tour!

My mate Jackie and me after our Park City tour!

Then, during only my third visit to Calgary Olympic Park (and second to race), I achieved two silver medals; my first silver medals with the US team, and my first medal on a Canadian track. I owe the success of those races to many people, but most prominently former teammate and Olympic Silver Medalist, Noelle Pikus-Pace, who passed on years of experience while we were there in 2013. I hope I did her and the US proud. I was certainly pleased with my performance, not only because I have now secured myself a spot in the 2015 US Skeleton Team Trials.

Jackie and me again, with more hardware!

Jackie and me again, with more hardware!

I look forward to the continuation of our tour, which kicks off again in January at my favorite track: Whistler Sliding Centre, and concludes in (again) Calgary. The last time I was in Whistler, I finished 6th and 5th in a field of 7, so I am, of course, anxious to improve on that. I also hold higher expectations for myself in Calgary, and hope to finish on the top of the podium!

As for the rest of my life, not much has changed. I’m still working at Dancing Bears Restaurant in Lake Placid (when I’m in town) and I still live in the tiny, but cozier by the month, studio apartment on Main Street. I think I’ve finally accepted that I’m not moving any time soon, so I’ve begun to make the place home. That being said, I’ve also realized that I’ve accumulated a whole heck of a lot in the last three years I’ve been in Lake Placid. There isn’t much space! Still, it’s “home”.

Speaking of home, I always mean to post updates of what I’ve been doing here and there. I can’t really make it short and sweet, but I’ll give it a go. Cue bullet points and photos!

In June, I was bridesmaid to my best friend, Becky, during her beautiful wedding to Max. It was an incredible few days celebrating with Becky, Cheryl and Brin, and it was certainly a memory I won’t forget in a long time.

The memories from Becky's wedding won't be forgotten anytime soon.

Most of the bridal party, in the hotel pool after the wedding!

Just before Christmas, I had the honor of forerunning the World Cup skeleton race, which was quite an experience. Seeing my teammates and friends racing was a thrill, and it’s always great to slide on World Cup-quality ice.

Forerunning World Cup in December 2014. Photo credit to Ken Childs.

Forerunning World Cup in December 2014. Photo credit to Ken Childs.

For Christmas, I was happy to say that Santa didn’t forget about me. Thanks to the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree that I got for myself, and using  window lighting technique passed on from my grandpa, I was able to add a little holiday cheer to my time in Lake Placid.

As an adult, the novelty of Christmas changes…it’s not longer about the presents, but about who you share the day with. I did, however, receive a few gifts from my family that I adore: a brilliant card game from Andrew that will be used on tour for sure, Hogwarts School sweatpants (which I am currently wearing as I type), faux wolf fur slippers from family friends (which are LOVELY and warm), and, perhaps best of all, from my parents, I got a hand-held electric mixer (YES! Catapulted into the 21st century at last!) and Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

My pride and joy!

My pride and joy!

I’m the first to admit that I know nothing of French cuisine, but even reading the introduction and forward by Mrs Child herself makes me anxious for the day I have the time to tackle a recipe. I have my eye on Reine De Saba (chocolate and almond cake), as well as Julia’s famous boeuf bourguignon.

Anywho, that’s about all for this entry. Short and sweet and to the point. As always, follow me on twitter @lsesalter, and if you have any questions, feel free to comment here!

Have a happy holiday, everyone! See you in 2015!

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