Friday, May 31, 2013

May can not get away without an update from me!

Greetings Bloggers!
I could not let my favorite month of May slip by without a post. Here is a review of what has been going. After Hawaii, I went to Barrow, Alaska to supervise a few student teachers (first week of May). The native culture is fascinating (Inupiat).

Of course it is snow and icy in Barrow even in early May. In the distance 
in the picture above is the frozen sea that surrounds Point Barrow.

Traditionally Barrow is a hunter and gathering culture although that has changed significantly in the last 50 years with the finding of local oil reserves. This was my second time to Barrow, besides supporting my students, I went to the  local cultural museum to learn more about the traditional whaling, where they wear clothing such as these.
Spring was very late coming to the Upper Midwest this year. But it finally came. The ice was out of our lake which meant we could get in our canoe. We saw a bald eagle swoop down and catch a small duckling!

Both my hubby and I celebrated our birthdays in May (thus May is my favorite month!). 
My hubby entered a new decade, too, which meant a big dance party at our cabin! 

His brother, partner and their two kids, along with my brother, hubby’s sister and their son, and our son and his wife who live in Port Townsend, WA all joined us. I knew that they were all coming, but my hubby did not. I can not tell you how fun it was to plan for our birthdays knowing that there would be so many loved ones with us on our special days.

One of my best birthday presents was weighing in on my birthday to see the scale at 168 pounds! That is exactly 45 pounds off since I started. It has been a long journey, but slow and steady is working for me. 
I was able to get in a lot of biking in the month of May, too. Including a visit to my favorite water falls, alone

I put over 275 miles on my bike this month, including a 41 mile ride on Tuesday. Tomorrow was supposed to be my first charity ride of the season, the Tour de Cure for Diabetes. But... this happened:

I broke my foot yesterday. I am in a boot and can not bare any weight on my foot for a couple of weeks. Thus, I will not be cycling for a few weeks which is a real bummer... If it heals well, I will not need a cast. But, if it doesn't I will probably get some hardware in my foot. It is not too painful as long as I do not move it.  I remain optimistic that it will heal well on it's on. So, that is the update from me: steady slow weight loss, great family events, travel, cycling, a broken bone and spring is finally here in the Upper Midwest. And the Minnesota Lynx open tomorrow night!