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U Turn Advice
Monday, December 06, 2010      5 comments

I try to go to studio cycling classes 3 times a week during my noon hour. Sometimes I go even more. Monday's class is taught by Wendy who is known for her haphazard music selections (she puts her iPod on shuffle) and her hard workouts (lots of h... Read more
GiveNGobble Run
Thursday, December 02, 2010      6 comments

OK, these photos are goofy, but I thought I'd share them anyway. Last Thursday morning I ran in a 10k race in my hometown. A Thanksgiving race with nearly 400 mostly local folks out for a run on a nippy, icy morning. We all got our gob... Read more
Friday Reflections
Friday, November 19, 2010      5 comments

This week has been full of challenges: the weather has been pretty miserable, I've not slept well, gotten up at early hours, travelled, gotten cold, wet, and a bit tired. As a consequence, I didn't always make good food choices. Wednesday was th... Read more
Brazil Travel and Memories
Friday, November 12, 2010      3 comments

In the past two months I have travelled 4 weeks: 10 days in Brazil, a week in Reno, and 6 days in San Francisco. I've attended 5 conferences, given 5 talks, presented (or co-presented) 5 tutorials, led one writers' group, participated in 1 skit,... Read more
Heading out once again
Sunday, October 31, 2010      6 comments

I'm sitting here in the Portland airport terminal waiting to board my plane that leaves at 4:45 for Oakland. I'm spending the week in San Francisco at yet another conference. This time, however, I plan on getting plenty of exercise and taking br... Read more
Today I Reached My Goal Weight
Tuesday, October 05, 2010      36 comments

It's official. This morning I stepped on the scale: 134.6 pounds. I'm officially under my target goal weight. It has been a long, slow journey. 36 pounds in 10 months. Slow, steady... less than a pound a week. Needless to say, I'm really ha... Read more
Sao Paulo, Part 2
Thursday, September 23, 2010      4 comments

Today (in a half hour, actually) I'll get in a taxi and head toward the airport en route to Salvador, Brazil. I will miss Sao Paulo. Yesterday was another great but very long day. We started out with breakfast in the hotel. I'm eating generally ... Read more day at a time
Wednesday, September 22, 2010      9 comments

Yesterday I arrived in Sao Paulo at 9:30 a.m. after flying for 10 hours from Chicago. After getting picked up at the airport by a graduate student, Marie, we drove through crazy traffic (the moto boys--crazy motorcyclists who move in and out and... Read more
Monday, September 13, 2010      5 comments

Yesterday (Sunday) I got my dh to go on an adventure with me. We headed out to locate a hike in my 60 hikes within 60 miles of Portland. It sounded like an "easy" hike...5 miles of relatively flat walking on the top of a ridge in the Gifford Pin... Read more
Running towards my goals...
Saturday, September 11, 2010      7 comments

Well today I did it! I ran 10 miles. In fact, if mapmyrun is right, I ran about 10.6 miles---in 113 minutes. My goal has been to run at least 10 miles at a stretch before summer's over. I didn't exactly plan to run this day out a long time ... Read more
Saying Goodbye to Bud and Old Habits
Friday, September 10, 2010      9 comments

Three days ago I went into our solarium and found my parakeet, dead in his cage. I named him Bud 'cause he was a budgerie. Not very creative. But still... Bud and I had an interesting relationship. I must say that he wasn't a friendly bird.... Read more
The Women in My Family
Wednesday, September 08, 2010      9 comments

Today is my Aunt Marg's 92nd birthday. She is a tough cookie, living alone at home. Still taking care of herself. Driving (eeks) even though she has macular degeneration. She has always had strong interests and passions. She gardens (with help n... Read more
Reflections on My Visit to Santa Fe
Tuesday, August 24, 2010      7 comments

Last week I spent 5 days in Santa Fe, visiting new friends with my dh. When I went, I had no idea what to expect. It was a journey and an adventure. We stayed in Jenny and Charles' casita, which is a little house they had made out of their ... Read more
Summer Bliss
Wednesday, July 28, 2010      10 comments

OK, I am really enjoying summer. Tonight I grilled mushrooms, yellow peppers and onions and a cranberry turkey sausage for dinner and ate it outside, along with a glass of Sirah. ... Read more
Rethinking Normal...
Tuesday, July 27, 2010      11 comments

Today I hit two milestones. First, I weighed in the "normal" body mass index range. 24.8! Squeaking in at the top of the range. Woo hoo!!! The second milestone is weighing less than 140. 139.8! The first time I've weighed that since I lost ... Read more

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