LILPAT3's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LILPAT3 LILPAT3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ My First Triathlon of the Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376488 For those of you that know me, you know that I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that has been kicking my butt for the last 6 months or so. The medication is finally starting to level the playing field but I dont feel up to par and I was not planning on competing in triathlon this year. <BR> <BR> I have two wonderfully supportive ladies that I officiate with. These gals said they wanted to do a triathlon relay with me someday. I asked and they agreed to do the Howling Coyote ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 09:17:01 EST My Plate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326644 My plate is full right now and not with food. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l190289371.jpg"> I find myself sitting and pondering my next move. I was diagnosed with Hoshiemoto Hypothyroid Disease and started taking medicine for it. I felt a lot better and then had to quit taking the medicine so I could undergo an uptake test. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2001900934.jpg"> <BR> My life has been a roller coaster for the last month. I don't feel well... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:45:52 EST Crossing the Rainbow Bridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311313 Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods. Trees are blooming, life is renewed. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l386373074.jpg"> <BR> Life definitely goes on. <BR> 16 years ago yesterday, on my birthday, I bought a pup for my dad to replace the old dog he had lost. He loved "Ms. T" and she took great care of him for many years. My father became bed ridden and Ms. T rarely left his bedside. When I lost my father, it broke her heart and she has slowly gone down hill for ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 11:03:02 EST Birthday Ink http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302215 My birthday is quickly approaching. I keep trying to ignore that fact but the inevitable will happen. My husband got an appointment with my tattoo artist and here is my new ink. It is done by the same artist that did a lizard playing golf on my left calf. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l190092763.jpg"> <BR> A very talented artist who said he has never put a lizard on a bike. Now he has! <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:49:59 EST The Game Has Changed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258896 When I first joined Spark People, I was in the middle of losing weight, learning how to swim and how to become a triathlete while balancing a job, kids, and elderly parents. Several thing have changed. My kids are now in college, my father passed away, my mother is in an institution with Alzheimer's, I can swim, I am a triathlete, I have lost weight, I am regaining weight, I was diagnosed three days ago with Hoshimoto Thyroiditis and gluten sensitivity...and I have screeched to a halt to re... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:55:31 EST Missile Man Duathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240036 This last weekend White Sands Missile Range in White Sands New Mexico hosted a duathlon. The first run, on a nice dirt road (sandy, rocky in spots) was 7K, the bike was 28K and the last run was a 5K. <BR> The weather was perfect, very little breeze and around 58 degrees for the run portion. The first 7K took me about an hour and although I was "last" I could see the group in front of me. I was relatively pleased with my performance. It is tough mentally to have to walk when the rest of the... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 10:32:21 EST Holidays and School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159195 If you know me you know that I work at an alternative high school. The group of kids we currently have are some of the most challenging individuals I have ever worked with. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1118015279.jpg"> <BR> Many arrive to school regardless of the day of the week, hungover and a little worse for the wear. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l781127487.jpg"> <BR> They spend a great deal of time fighting and strutting around with t... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 10:49:08 EST Hell's Half Acre hike and pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151482 Last Sunday, my cycling buddy Maggie took me on this hike. It took about seven hours and it was absolutely breathtaking. Despite the bear sign and mountain lion tracks, the day was carefree and perfect. Enjoy the pictures. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l232525657.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1564839706.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l207490906.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:01:34 EST Tour de Tucson 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139637 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l867635003.jpg">Here we are the Gila Chicas, just before the start of the 112 mile race. From left to right: myself, Christine Rickman, Ale Neves, Suzanne Thomas and Kimberlee Chase. We all finished (I will post times later), we had a blast, the weather was perfect, and I got the oportunity to meet a fellow spark people person and friend Bill. We all went out for dinner the evening before the race. Bill finished the race in a grand time as we... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 19:35:05 EST Old Friendships Die Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113915 Ten years ago I had the experience of a lifetime. I got up to go to the gym at four in the morning and there was a doe in labor and totally exhausted in my front yard. This doe was so tired that she literally "let" me deliver her beautiful set of twins! The experience was a lot like delivering lambs; find a mouth and they latch on and you pull with one hand and use the other to disentangle legs, shoulders, etc..... <BR> <BR> When I finished, I dried the babies off and it began to spit snow. ... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:03:31 EST Mulecreek New Mexico to Threeway, Arizona Bike Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078471 Recently Maggie Knox and myself road from Aldo Leopold Vista through Mulecreek, New Mexico and into Arizona. The following pictures show some terrain. The ride is mostly "gentle" rolling hills but it is deceivingly tough. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l577171786.jpg"> <BR> Mules---Mulecreek, get the idea? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l634236492.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l464680726.jpg"> <BR> Maggie at res... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:35:21 EST Hillsboro Peak Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074613 Sunday I hiked to Hillsborro Peak with my cycling buddy Maggie. There is a fire lookout on top of the peak complete with cabins, etc. The weather was perfect, views great, and the wildflowers were awesome. Enjoy! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l553346202.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l936723240.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l166570509.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l235217708.jpg"... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:43:04 EST Roadrunner Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033404 This past weekend I participated in the Roadrunner triathlon. It was held at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The weather was beautiful, a little breezy on the bike but overall wonderful. <BR> <BR> I was several minutes behind on the run mostly because I can't run and I race walk. I am not the fastest race-walker but I am a great cyclist. I made up 14 minutes on the bike and lost first place on the swim by less than a minute..so I am a happy camper! <BR> <BR> I stayed with my ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:26:44 EST Cycling Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016953 This summer I spent a great deal of time cycling with my great friend Maggie. She is an excellent cyclist and I am learning a lot. I truly enjoy her company and wisdom. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l585603279.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We have ridden many places and seen many things and we aren't through yet! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l649064577.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l427330492.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:11:41 EST Forest Fires in the Gila Wilderness and Forest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4910821 Almost a month ago I went on a ride to Cliff New Mexico (on mother's day) and took a picture of a tiny smoke trail of a "controlled" burn, or an allowed burn caused by a lightning strike. Little did I know, but this tiny little smoke would lead to the largest forest fire ever in New Mexico. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l41409648.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l310539732.jpg"> <BR> Who would have known that the skimpy smoke seen in thes... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 00:26:45 EST Colored Clouds from Forest Fires http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4894791 Once again the forests here in Southern New Mexico are ablaze. It is already hot, super dry and incredibly windy (sustained 40+ called for today). There are fire crews from all over in Silver City today. <BR> The following are pictures taken in my neighborhood last night. The fire is roughly 70 miles from my house as the crow flies. Enjoy the beauty and pray for rain! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l55375432.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Wed, 23 May 2012 15:02:51 EST A Ride to Cliff New Mexico on Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881122 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l870608880.jpg"> <BR> Maggie and I decided that Mother's Day would be a great day for us to take our final long ride before we taper this next week. The 21st we are riding the Santa Fe Century in Santa Fe New Mexico. Maggie is seen above sporting her new Tour of the Gila Sprinters jersey. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l693758877.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l500521591.jpg"> <BR> I m... Mon, 14 May 2012 15:14:12 EST Tour of The Gila 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870329 The weather for this tour was wonderful It was quite warm and a little breezy but it was not rainy, snowy or windy, a massive improvement over the last couple of three years. <BR> <BR> I raced the downtown sprint race on Saturday. It is a fantastic little sprint and I am a sprinter! I won first place for the women and was third overall. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l645946539.jpg"> <BR> This pictures shows the jersey for the race this year, my first place medal o... Mon, 7 May 2012 11:03:39 EST A New Job! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4842834 My husband finally got a new job today! He has been out of work basically for two years. He is going to be the Superintendent of a mine here in New Mexico. Hopefully this one last a while because we need the money, he needs a job and he is super excited. <BR> I am getting ready for the citizens part of the Tour of the Gila. It is the first part of May. I was going to do the entire race but I would miss four days of school. Instead, I will do the citizens races which are on the weekend. ... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:51:27 EST Tuscon Trip and Tattoo Expo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816540 Hubby and I went to Tuscon this last weekend, partly to celebrate my upcoming birthday and partly to go to the tattoo convention. I have one tattoo that I have had for a number of years..a lizard leaning on a golf club with a ball teed on his tail. <BR> <BR> I have been thinking about a new tattoo for some time. I thought of one of my biggest sources of inspiration and I came up with my little Yorkie, Spanky. This little guy has a porta shunt problem (genetic defect) AND AS A RESULT HE HA... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 10:48:19 EST My World through the Eyes of Another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4774010 <BR> I &#9829; New Mexico: Silver City to the Very Large Array <BR> <BR> February 17, 2012 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l760353530.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As much as I try and savour each and every moment, it’s inevitable that over this long journey, individual sights, sounds and experiences are sometimes lost in the blur of daily motion and change. They queue up in days so jam packed with stimuli it can be hard to retain all the details. Memories clump together. The bra... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 15:23:57 EST President's Day Duathlon, White Sands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4746354 The duathlon took place on the 18th. I left for Las Cruces on Friday and it was not a great start. It was snowing in Silver and had been for 11 hours. The snow was not sticking but I sure was hoping that the weather would improve as I went South. <BR> <BR> Outside of Las Cruces the air was calm, pretty cool and dry! These pictures show the Organ Mountains and they were being assaulted by the storm blowing through. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l189471862.jpg"> <... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 16:42:12 EST Shattered...Plateau that is! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698899 I was determined not to gain weight over the holidays. I have not lost any weight in several months, like 9 months! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l195269546.jpg"> <BR> Begging, pleading, and exercising has not really helped. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l535522329.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l741717246.jpg"> <BR> But recently I have really started cycling hard. Every morning at the gym, I lift, cycle and ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:19:35 EST LilPat3: Where and What... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4688860 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l340666182.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l346879310.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l258055106.jpg"> <BR> Yes, I purposely skipped any swimming pictures because I have gone months now without swimming. The college pool has been closed since May of last year and the city pool has been closed since August and won't open until the very end of May or the first of June. <BR> Since I ha... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 10:49:45 EST Busy Week, Shopping and Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4635665 This week has been a whirlwind of activity. I got to bake some with my daughter, we went to Las Cruces and I got new glasses, we wrapped presents, and we went to visit my mother in the Alzheimers ward. <BR> <BR> Seeing my mom was not as stressful as it often is. She was having a good day and actually cracked some jokes. I only bawled once and my daughter managed not to get upset at all. My mom thinks she owns the place and works there as well. She believes she brings people to the place... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 22:41:16 EST The End is Near! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4616404 It is almost time for Christmas vacation and a much needed break from school. Those of you that know me, know that I teach at an alternative high school for students not successful at a regular high school. Many of our students are gang members, some are drug users, teen parents, thieves,....all of them need a <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l145459320.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Being teenagers, they are typical...meaning they think mostly about themselves and they are invinc... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 12:49:03 EST Stormy Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4613099 This morning there was definitely a "little frost on the pumpkin". I skipped the gym and chose home instead but I could not resist taking a few "chilly" pictures. The dogs enjoyed me being at home longer than usual. <BR> <BR> Cisco loves to have his belly rubbed and Spanky, well Spanky loves to play ball and he was not too amused with me scratching Cisco, however he did survive. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l84096047.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 10:41:03 EST It Arrived With A Whisper.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4610650 The high Desert does not get too many storms, snow storms at least. When I was a kid growing up here, we used to get three or four really deep snow storms a winter. That trend is long changed but here are pictures from the latest storm. It caused school to release early yesterday. Heavy, wet, appreciated and pretty! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l794773719.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l373211685.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 14:05:58 EST As If I Don't Do Enough..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4604252 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l649019158.jpg"> <BR> I teach Health, General Science, Anatomy and Physiology, P.E., Advisory and next year I have to teach G.R.A.D.S-- a class for teenage parents. I am supposed to help them set goals, become better parents, choose a method of birth control, set up and help them keep their WIC appointments (a program, one of the many I DO NOT believe in), talk to them about relationships, breast feeding, teach them to be "caring" individual... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:06:31 EST Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4583579 The last three and a half weeks at school have been very, VERY difficult. I work/teach at an alternative highschool, which is a major challenge on a good day. The last weeks have seen several gang members getting out of jail and arriving in town with a set vendetta that they are h*ll bent on completing. Unfortunately, I have had seven kids stuck in the middle of the problem. <BR> <BR> First, a student beat almost to death. He is a young father and he felt that he was protecting his girlf... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 10:59:25 EST Tour de Safford http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4565355 On the 29th of October I competed in the Tour de Safford, the 66 mile race. The morning started off a little cool but it warmed up nicely by 9:15, when the 66 miler started. <BR> <BR> I started well but 3 miles in to the race I had a flat. It was a relatively tough field of riders and I am not a great tire changer, but I got the tire changed and with the help of local law enforcement, I soon caught some riders. After passing several riders I was not as embarrassed but I was slightly depre... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 16:52:04 EST Racing, Haircuts, Storm Clouds.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4554108 The weather here in Southwestern New Mexico is wonderful but extremely strange! I still have tomatoes on the vine and the vines are still blooming. It usually snows on Halloween...but I thinking not this year. I am not complaining but..... <BR> <BR> Went on a long ride this last Sunday and there is some fall foliage but my camera on my cell phone (which takes wonderful pics) says the pictures I took...three of them all exceeded the maximum file size so I can't send them to the computer to... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 11:25:47 EST Been Too Long Friends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4510088 It has definitely been a while, too long since I have written a blog. I am so busy that it is a real chore to keep everything organized enough to keep training. I am bike racing this weekend and I can hardly wait! <BR> <BR> A friend called me the other day and we did a little reminiscing and the following is just too cute! Enjoy my friends. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l188690326.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l344232983.jpg"> <BR>... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:28:53 EST Beauty and the Beast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4476363 This morning my world awoke with a grumble. My son is moving to Arizona to start a new career, so I was not in a great mood. Next, I had planned to ride my bike to work but............. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l890989613.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l339077778.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l331910439.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l147183265.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 22:17:36 EST Big Changes and No Swimming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4451282 The outdoor pool is closing today. They have been open for lap swimming but since school has started, I have not been available at the pools open hours. I have resigned to the fact that I can't compete in Triathlon at the moment because the pool at WNMU is also closed for repairs and may be for ever! I have not panicked yet but it is getting close! <BR> <BR> In recent weeks I have turned to riding, my brand of jogging and lifting weights. I have not lost any weight but my clothes for the... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 12:53:31 EST Good Fairy Cloud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4444904 Yup I am a nut about clouds. Take a look at this picture. The face is the upper part of the cloud and the fairy has a wand. Do you see it, or something else? I am tired, hot and cranky so perhaps my imagination is running wild. I hope so..lol. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l897511493.jpg"> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 22:45:45 EST A Walk with the Kids... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4434575 The kids and I went for a walk in the neighborhood. It sure was hot and humid! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l894650650.jpg"> <BR> Weena being dark and Spanky with his bad heart and short, fat me...I think I lost at least a pound in sweat. The scenery was great. The colors wonderful, and my mountains receiving spot showers, along with awesome clouds, made the walk bearable if not cool. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l516560603.jpg"> <BR> ... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 11:27:25 EST My Desert Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426408 It has been raining here in the desert and high desert. The following pictures are of a storm that occurred last week as I was driving home to see my daughter. Enjoy, I did! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l340039081.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l690335365.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l31025983.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l159405971.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 15:55:46 EST IT'S TIME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4423744 It's time to get back on schedule and to become more accountable for eating and exercising. I basically lived on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a month when I was taking classes out of state. I am currently paying much closer to the amount and types of food ingested. <BR> <BR> It's time to start looking for more classes to take as well. They will have to be online courses because the local university offers nothing that I need in the evenings. <BR> <BR> It's time after I go on an... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 22:20:37 EST Reunion........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4396181 I came home this weekend for my 30th high school reunion. I probably should just be studying as next week is finals week and I have three tests in four days, BUT 30 years does not happen that often. <BR> We are going to have a memorabilia table and I was asked to bring my high school letterman's jacket with all of its goodies. Took me a while to work on it and get it ready to go. Here it is in all of its ancient glory. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l565533742.jp... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 16:30:38 EST Well....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4339585 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l248807088.jpg"> <BR> I feel like Spanky. I am nappish. It is hot and I worked all day packing and getting ready to go tomorrow. Yes, I am leaving on the Fourth of July to go take a class in Arizona. I will be gone for a month and I know it is going to be hot but I promise to keep riding and exercising. <BR> <BR> Here's hoping everyone has a great Fourth of July. Ponder for a moment the significance. Sun, 3 Jul 2011 22:30:59 EST Great Show of the Southwest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4336333 Finally, just a tad of moisture has been wrung out of a few passing clouds! We need a lot more but the clouds are at least encouraging. This evening going South from Silver City....Rain was in the air. Enjoy the following pictures. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l387661757.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l694326372.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l507870485.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 23:02:35 EST Peaked In the Mirror and.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4331983 I did something today that I rarely do...look in a mirror unless I am so close to it that all I can see is my face. I was in the restroom right before class. I had on new clothes and I was enjoying the way they felt as well as how I personally felt. I look and...... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l708134681.jpg"> <BR> I was not terribly upset with the way I looked! I could definitely look better but I have lost five pounds and it has been a struggle to do so. <BR>... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 01:35:04 EST Almost Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4328347 I have/am taking Microbiology. Today we did presentations in class. My lab partner and I did Shigella and Shigellosis Dysentery. Fascinating stuff on a rather nasty little bacterium. You only have to ingest ten of the little dudes in order to suffer through some of the most nasty diarrhea imaginable. In fact, this little bacterium is able to pass plasmids to other bacteria, enabling them to produce Shiga toxins which is what is happening in the most recent outbreak of E. Coli in Germany ... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 13:30:50 EST Lazy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4309407 I went on a 15 mile cross country hike. It was nice but it is too hot and way to dry and the wind is absolutely fierce! Actually I did not do mucjh else today. I stretched, studied, washed and waxed and cleaned my truck and took the dogs for a short walk. <BR> <BR> I did manage to make fish tacos for my son and myself and beef tacos for Dad because that was what he wanted. Of course I had to make fresh salsa and beans but...what else is there to do when the wind outside is howling? <BR> ... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 22:47:42 EST Tough to Exercise or Breathe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4299287 This summer is proving to be a real challenge. I am taking some classes so I have had to alter my exercise schedule. The spring was incredibly windy and somehow the weather must still think that it is Spring....the wind has not quit blowing! <BR> <BR> We also have had no moisture and there have been several very serious wild fires. Arizona and New Mexico still have extremely large fires burning and the air quality is beginning to decline severely. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 22:37:08 EST Welcome Sight in the Desert Southwest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4279535 The Southwestern part of Arizona and New Mexico are still suffering from forest fire problems and the hellish smoke and winds. The Wallow Fire in Alpine Arizona has caused a choking haze here in New Mexico for over a week and is so bad that I had to call the vet for Spanky. Spanky is extremely stuffed up and he is taking Benadryl and Vicks on his nose. Amazing stuff for a dog. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l153012420.jpg"> <BR> Here Spanky and Weena, the little bl... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 23:37:18 EST Drought Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4273844 Well...the drought still continues and the area fires have the area pretty smokey. The good news is we are beginning to get a few clouds rolling through and some of them are even getting dark. We might get a little rain one of these days, which might be a little easier than re-routing the Mississippi River..lol. <BR> <BR> Here a three pictures that show some clouds and a red sun, most likely due to the smoke in the atmosphere. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 23:57:47 EST Memorial Day Grave Decorating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4264114 My husband and I visited Ft. Bayard National Cemetery early this morning. My grandparents are buried there and his mother is there as well. Tomorrow there will be a fly over and lots of other excitement , which is another reason I was glad we went this morning. I prefer peace and solitude. The weather this morning as well as the cemetery with all of its' flags was just perfect. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the following pictures keeping in mind this is a very old, very small cemetery. <BR> <img sr... Sun, 29 May 2011 23:24:41 EST TGIF Tomorrow and Ft. Bayard 5K Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4258781 Tomorrow is Friday and it is officially the last day of school. I am giddy with the thought of NOT having to deal with teenagers in a classrooom every day! <BR> <BR> This Saturday is the Ft. Bayard Gila Wilderness Run. This is like the 24 or 25th year. I remember running it when I was about 14 and I ran the 8 mile course again 6 years ago. Of course, since surgery, I really enjoy the 5K walk. Sometimes it is really competitive. I will persevere to finish. My knees are sore and my hips... Thu, 26 May 2011 22:35:00 EST