Dog Training: Kumah

Kumah was my first dog to graduate to the second level of our training program.

He rocks at tug, drop it, and quiet time. 🙂

Update: Kumah got adopted, but not before becoming a level 2 graduate! (i.e. sit, down, drop it, crate, out, quiet time, and calm greetings with strangers)

I learned so much training him. Miss you Kumah! Good job!

Last, last, last, and last days of the season!

We got one last spell of Winter a few weeks ago in Northern Michigan. Despite the late season, the snow was just like mid-season.

This final treat brought out all the hardcore/diehard skiers and snowboarders. It was almost as much fun being on the lift watching everyone’s turns then laying them down yourself.

It was such a nice closing to the season. Here’s a couple pictures from my two days at Nub’s Nob plus a few bonus pictures of a spring freeze in East Lansing.

Last Day of the Season

I had a great day riding at Boyne Highlands. Quiet, peaceful, windy, cold… almost no one was out there.

Just a few minutes ago, I realized today was probably my last day riding this season. 😢 The temperature are warm, all around, even up to Ontario. I can’t believe it’s over.

Autonomous 360

The weirdest thing happened late Tuesday night as I snowboarded with my friend Vera at Mt. Holly. I was all hopped up after coming home from Steamboat Springs combined with watching a lot of Olympic snowboarding.

As I carved down a run, I saw a roller and took a lot of speed into it. A thought flashed in my mind of doing a spin off it from my heel side. Before I could fully process the thought (i.e. Is that safe? Should I be doing that? What if I wipe out?) my body had already made the decision and spun itself in the air, sticking the landing.

At the bottom of the run, I excitedly told Vera I had done an unexpected 180 off the roller. She told me, “No, you did a 360!”

I’ve never had this experience before where, honestly, my body overrode my brain and sent it into autopilot, forcing me to do something. It was indescribable.

The rest of the night I popped off rollers, taking airs and remembering my freestyle/16-year-old snowboarding self.

Maybe it’s time to let up on the carves and start focusing on the spins. 🙂 🏂

Opening Day 2017

I went to Mt. Holly on Wednesday. We had a huge storm dropping a steady flow of snow. It was a great night on the slopes. Lots of hooting and hollering from everyone who’s been waiting for the snow to return.

Cinnamon and Sugar Soda Bread

I used the same soda bread recipe I made last week and added what the Internet claims is the best ratio of sugar to cinnamon (1/4 cup sugar to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon).

I had to add more buttermilk due to the additional dry ingredients. The dough was a lot softer than last time because of the sugar I assume.

It turned out and smells great! We’ll see how it tastes over coffee tomorrow 🙂

Update:

It turned out really well and was a hit at work!

The sweetness and cinnamon hinted through, making it a nice breakfast loaf. The consistency was kind of between bread and cake which was nice.

I had a lot of people pass my cube with compliments, partially filled mouths, and slices in their hands. It’s a keeper!

Michael’s Cinnamon-Sugar Soda Bread

  • 375g all-purpose flour
  • 125g whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • About 14 oz buttermilk (I haven’t hammered this out yet. The sugar and cinnamon I added need more milk to balance them).
  • Powdered sugar for dusting.

Combine and mix dry ingredients. Mix in 1/2 buttermilk and combine with a spoon. Add remaining buttermilk and combine with hand.  Tip out on a floured surface and knead lightly by folding it over itself (trying to get more air into it). Work quickly. Shape into a dome. Cut into quarters, all the way through.

Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for 40 minutes at 375 Fahrenheit or until internal temperature is 200 Fahrenheit. Remove to a cooling rack. Dust the four edges with powdered sugar.

Soda Bread: First go at it

Here’s my first attempt at a soda bread.


Soda breads use sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) instead of yeast to get their rise. The alkaline in the baking soda reacts with the acids in the buttermilk to create air in the loaf.

I’m tempted to try it, but I think I’ll leave it uncut for work tomorrow. 🙂

Running at Rose Lake State Wildlife Area


Today was a beautiful day for a run. After a year and a half of living in the Lansing area, I finally found Rose Lake Wildlife Area and my new trail running spot :)

The trails are pretty tight and a bit overgrown in some areas. It forces you to dodge and duck all the time, making you feel like a running back in training. 

I’m still learning the area as you might see from the screenshot above. I made a wrong turn and had to run an extra mile (not shown on the screenshot) to get back to my car :)

Highlights:

  • Dragonflies everywhere. I ran through clouds of them, stirring them up in the air around me.
  • One bug inhaled. This could be a lowlight but since it was only one, I’m going to keep this in the highlight section. :)
  • Ran 4 miles instead of my usual 2.5. 
  • Bumped into a lady who was petting a little painted turtle on the trail. :)  

Nice weekend.