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Day 134 Accountability
I saw my physical therapist today. She wants me to take it easy on exercise until I am off the antibiotic. She approved bicycling. I asked about my weight training class, that starts tomorrow. She said OK to that as long as I do... Read more
Day 133 Accountability
Weigh-in day was last Friday. My first official weigh-in since my storm chasing trip I was up 0.6 lb. Not too bad, seeing as I did very little exercise while traveling. Last year, I gained 5 lbs on the trip.
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Day 132 Accountability
My knee is doing better each day. I'm loading up with Shaklee probiotics, so the antiobiotic isn't bothering my stomach as much now. Thank you for your concern.
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Day 131 Accountability
I'm feeling much better today. The redness to the staff infection has gone down tremendously. The doctor said that we caught it early and that it should only take a couple of days to clear up - but, I get to take the nasty ant... Read more
Day 130 Accountability
My physical therapist sent me to my doctor today. Yesterday, she was concerned that my knee was infected, so she marked the red ring around the concrete-burn on my knee with a black permanent marker. When I came back today, the ... Read more
Day 129 Accountability
I'm back from storm chasing and back to my regularly scheduled accountability blog. While I was writing down what I was eating on my trip, I didn't record it daily because it was too hard using the smarter-than-me phone. I ate pre... Read more
Day 9 Storm chasing: saw several tornadoes!
Day 9 Storm chasing: My first tornado!
They say that the last day of storm chasing is magic. But the way Saturday started didn't look good. We started the day in Hays, KS doing meso analysis - mapping pressure, temperature, & winds by hand... Read more
Day 8 Storm chasing: Dust devil
Friday was a positioning day. We started the day at NCAR - National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. We got a tour of the facility & one of their research airplanes. Very cool.
After having lunch in Boulder, we drove to Hays... Read more
Day 7 Storm chasing/sightseeing
Day 7 Storm chasing/sightseeing: Another sunny day with no storms on the horizon. Thursday morning, we returned to Garden of the Gods to do some more hiking. Then we went to the Rockies & Diamondbacks baseball game at Coors Stadium. The Rockies ... Read more
Day 6 Storm chasing/sightseeing
Day 6 Storm chasing/sightseeing: Yesterday, the weatherman said it was going to be a severe sunshine day! So off we went to sightsee again as we continued traveling north toward Colorado Springs.
The first stop was Capulin Volcano National ... Read more
Day 5 Storm chasing/sightseeing: Severe sunshine!
Day 5 Storm chasing: Tuesday was another "getting in position" day. We had severe sunshine in the Del Rio, TX area, so we started driving north toward Amarillo, TX. We stopped late in the afternoon at Palo Duro Canyon to commune with nature for... Read more
Day 4 Storm chasing/sightseeing
Day 4 Storm chasing: Yesterday we tried to chase a weak storm, but it fizzled out before we got there. So we did some sightseeing instead.
We passed through Langtry, TX & stopped at the Judge Roy Bean museum and a cactus garden. Then we to... Read more
11:30pm lightning show
Here's a 2-minute video of the lightning show I referred to in the Day 3 Storm chasing blog. If you can wait out the long seconds of darkness, you'll see some beautiful lightening. Toward the end, our driver reminds me not to steady myself again... Read more
Day 3 Storm chasing: our first severe storm!
Day 3 Storm chasing: Disclaimer - this is my personal experience as a student on this thunderstorm field studies lab class. My apologies to my fellow meteorology students, who really know what they are talking about, if I use incorrect terminolo... Read more
Day 2 Storm chasing
Day 2 Storm chasing: We drove from Overland Park, KS to Lubbock, TX - another 10 hour positioning day in the rolling meteorology lab. We had a delicious dinner at Cagle Steakhouse last night.
The hours in the van are spent watching weather... Read more