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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hey there Spark Friends -

Let's open with something cute. Rascal - aka "Boing" - sat still long enough for a photo.



The trip to China and Japan was amazing. I don't know when (or if) we'll go again, so we really did it up big. Now that the credit card bill has arrived, I just need to keep reminding myself that we had a ton of fun.



The Hubster will undoubtedly put some photos up on our website, but I wanted to give you a preview.

Right on the heels of that trip, I went into heavy training mode for the MS-150. Between traveling, jet lag and the extended winter, I was really behind in my goals. Fortunately I had been going to the YMCA, else I would have been in big trouble.

The event was a lot of fun; really! We got up to Duluth the day before, brought a friend along and made a day of bar-hopping and lake watching. It was a beautiful day. We woke up Saturday to pouring rain; ah, well. It rained the entire time that I was on my bike. That means 75 miles of wet, sandy/muddy, coldness for my trouble. But it was fun. Everyone was super friendly and courteous, likely because of the danger that wet cycling can pose. Sunday, by contrast, was sunny and became warm quickly. The event became much more crowded, which is not my idea of a good time. That said, I still managed to see my friends along the course, which is hard to believe in that sea of people.

Here's a shot from the end of the event. See? I'm still smiling!


And if THAT isn't enough fun for ya... The first draft of my conference paper was due two weeks after the ride. I went from spending the day on a bike seat to spending the day in a desk chair, reading and writing about corn stover. Trust me, it was more grueling than 150 miles on the bike! It's done and on its way to the review group.

Today I'm trying to figure out what to do. I suppose it's time to get back to my knitting... or clean the house. It seems a number of things have been on the back burner!

Make it a great day, Spark Friends!
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  • LIBBYFITZ
    I am exhausted! Well done on the bike ride, sounds very gruelling, not sure if my butt would handle it.


    2309 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    150 miles on bike?! Are you crazy emoticon - my poor butt is sore from just thinking about that!

    Where is the link to your blog with the trip photos? I like the idea of seeing the world while I sit here with a dog on my lap emoticon

    Glad you have your paper done....or at least the first draft. And how in the world can you knit two projects at once? I haven't picked up a pair of needles in a few years but even when I was knitting on a semi-regular routine I couldn't even watch tv because I'd mess up emoticon

    I really need to write the blog about icebergs because I know certain friends, like yourself, would enjoy seeing the pictures.
    2397 days ago
  • BIGMAMAT
    Sounds like a magical time!! I would love to be on my bike. going to dig it out soon! emoticon
    2397 days ago
  • F8CONE8
    Wow you have been one busy lady. Congrads and glad the paper is done. I'm sure you were right on!
    2404 days ago
  • BELLACUDDLES
    Amazing!!
    2405 days ago
  • STRONGDAWG
    Busy girl! Two 75 mile days sounds rough on the tush. Yowie!
    2406 days ago
  • WISLNDR
    I now know more about corn stover than I ever intended!! emoticon
    Knitting is way more interesting to me!!

    It sounds like you had a great Spring (how can the first day of Summer be upon us already?) The photos are great (but no corn stover??) emoticon

    Have a great day!

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    2407 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/19/2014 4:55:51 AM
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    Boing is really cute!!!

    I have not had a vacation since I was 38 and now I'm 62. Hubby is so cheap he would have a heart attack at the cost. LOL.

    Wow!! 75 miles!! I have problem forcing myself to walk across the yard in the rain. LOL. emoticon

    I need to get some things off the back burner too. I hate paper work and house cleaning find them easy to shove on the back burner.
    2408 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Great job on the ride! I was in Duluth last week and had to make my stop to say "Hi" to the lake. It was chilly but still beautiful.

    Best of luck with the paper review. I am sure you rocked it!
    2408 days ago
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