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!