First ride of the 2017 season

Planned on going out with Michael to take the first ride of the season, but his battery was dead so he told me to go ahead and so I did!

 

Pipeline Viewing area in Fox is always popular.

Stopped at the weigh station. It was closed but they had cones out so I practiced my slow turns and maneuvers with them.

And then I took a ride over to the airport just becuase I didn’t want to stop riding yet.

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Denali, Shoulder Season Take 1

It’s shoulder season at Denali National Park and the park road was open to mile 30 at the Teklanika Overlook on Saturday, April 15 when I went to the park with my friend Susan.

 

The Great One in the distance. April 15, 2017

The Great One. April 15, 2017

Bear! – April 15, 2017

Bear! – April 15, 2017

Wolf top left, bear bottom right! – April 15, 2017

Wolf! – April 15, 2017

Wolf and bear and a raven! – April 15, 2017

Wolf! – April 15, 2017

Pretty Greyjay at Telanika Overlook

Two Wolves! – April 15, 2017

Wolf! April 15, 2017

Pretty ice field. April 15, 2017

The Great One under the sun. April 15, 2017

Great landscape in Denali Park. April 15, 2017

Entrance Sign Denali Park. April 15, 2017

The Great One still shows up in the distance on our way out of the park. April 15, 2017

The Great One still shows up in the distance on our way out of the park. April 15, 2017

Willow Ptarmagin. April 15, 2017

Willow Ptarmagin. April 15, 2017

Willow Ptarmagin. April 15, 2017

Willow Ptarmagin. April 15, 2017

Willow Ptarmagin. April 15, 2017

Willow Ptarmagin. April 15, 2017

Denali Park. April 15, 2017

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Moderation works, mostly.

It’s been a week since I decided to try to limit my rice intake. So far I’ve been successful and only once did I have rice two times in one day, yesterday in fact, but it was very small portions both times and I would consider the two to equal one portion. 

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Curry-soup, aka the elimi-rice diet

Monday I had rice with lunch so when Micheal made the curry for dinner I ate it free of rice, like soup, with half a pita and some hummus on the side.  Today i plan to have rice with dinner so my lunch was the curry-soup.  I’m rather liking it this way too. A touch of coconut yogurt cuts the spice just a bit and makes it a bit more creamy.  

I don’t really think of this as a diet, rather as a way of moderation.  It’s doable!

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Half portion with chips. 

Only ate half a portion of rice today with lunch. Well, half of my normal most likely oversized portion that is, but I’m counting it as a win. 

For dinner I had leftover  roasted potatoes with salmon.  I also had a small bowl of tortilla chips, but I had to debug a technical issue that took me three hours of my evening so a small snack is acceptable IMHO.  

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Rice is my enemy, but I love it! 

I’ve decided that I eat way too much rice. Rice for breakfast is common, rice with lunch and frequently more rice with dinner.   Starting today I’ve decided I only get rice with one meal per day.  Let see how long this lasts. …

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This is Bug the cat.

Sometimes he perches up high above my chair and watches me like a weird creepy stalker kitty with an adorable face.

Bug the cat is a bit of a creeper.

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This is Bug the Cat.

Bug frequently sleeps in the bathroom because the hot water pipe runs near the floor and creates a warm floor environment. Some days he is a cute cuddle bug and curls up and sometimes he looks more like a weird horse when he sleeps.

Bug the Cat is a sleepy boy.

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Holiday Sweaters

 

A day trip that started as snowshoeing which turned into walking followed by dinner, drinks and Hot Springs fun. Then we stopped to help get some folks out of the ditch.

Caroline and I wore our matching Holiday Sweaters for this adventure too!

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This is my Holiday Sweater. If you don’t get it, you just don’t get it! Note the snow on my knees from repeatedly kneeling down and trying to help Caroline re-attach booties. And then note the bag of dog treats hanging out of my pocket. It was an adventure for sure.

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Caroline proudly wears her Holiday Sweater out with the Gremlin.

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Zoe tries booties. They stayed on for a little while.

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Timelines of a fluid nature

Nothing like a finicky university instructor who changes his timeline for when things are due to free up ones Friday evening. What was due at 11:59 Friday is now due at 6pm.

So much for using my last Friday night of the term to finish up that take home final. Now I have to fit it in in the next few days instead! In the meantime, sleep, you are overrated and shall be missed.

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