Aloha, loyal blog readers. March has quickly flown by without so much as a peep from this newly revived blogger. I promise to try to blog more often in the next coming weeks. There is much to talk about indeed:
#1: As you may have already heard, this blog will soon be called, "The other Alaska bloggers" or maybe , "I wish I were Alaskaboy" or "A-LASK-A". In any case, K has accepted a job up in Anchorage so we will soon be neighbors with our great friends from the north. I am excited about this move for a number of reasons and terrified for some too, but I will spend many a blog posting on those thoughts another day.
#2: I had a great trip in Telluride last week visiting with my sister and soon-to-be-married cousin, Elaine. Along with brief discussion of wedding details, we hit the slopes for three days mainly on blue cruiser hills, but occasional double black diamond hills when I got up my confidence enough. Here is actually an image of me on the slope, "Confidence":
This photo was taken on the third day, a day that I was really quite terrified to go down anything steep. While I normally have no fear of skiing down big hills, I took quite a spill on the 2nd day of skiing that left me rather rattled. KK, luckily, was above me when I supermanned down the hill, so she could slide my skis down to me. I don't really like falling, but will consider a ski helmet in the future as I age and get weaker on the skis. Especially considering we heard the story of Natasha Richardson when we got back. I am not sure if a helmet would have prevented an epidural hematoma but it probably couldn't hurt, right? This story is also interesting because we have been talking a lot about cerebrovascular accidents in my Neuro class this semester. Locked-in syndrome (like in the movie, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) is probably the most fascinating case. Watch the movie, it's good!
#3: Where was I? Oh yes, it is my favorite time of year. Spring! And currently the month when some of my most wonderful friends were born (yeah, Aries!). In no particular order, Happy birthday to: Melissa, Steph, Carla, Kim, Megan, Megan, Sarah (the 12th, I think!), and I'm sure I'm forgetting someone.
Thank goodness it is finally spring! We got out on the road bikes yesterday. We have a beautiful path that goes alongside the Olentangy River for about 7 miles each way, plus we add a loop through a neighborhood at one end to bring the grand total of the ride to about 17-18 miles. The weather was so nice yesterday but windy. We had a tail wind going up the river, but I was really hurting even with the help of the wind. A winter of sloth has led to very sore muscles today.
The good news is that I get to count my bike ride as part of Denison's Exercise Challenge. Biking for 1 1/2 hours counts the same as a 1/2 hour work (one activity), which I found out the hard way after skiing last week for 4 hours (1 activity). My total activities for the first 6 weeks only totaled 29. Sadness. I just can't work out in the winter. Hence the need for inspiration for running. If you have any more ideas, let me know!
So much waiting here in Ohio. I am waiting to hear about a summer job in Maine. I am waiting to hear about whether we need to change the name of this blog to a different state again. I am waiting for spring. And the biggest thing I am waiting for....