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Sharry Miller
Valdez, Alaska
I'm a creative soul living life in Alaska.
Interests: I love trying new things and have played with fiber arts, quilting, fused glass, stained glass, lampworking, and a variety of other art forms. I'm also a budding adult athlete (after a childhood of inactivity) and indulge in bicycling, triathlon, hiking, skiing, and occaisonal attempts at running. I also enjoy reading nearly anything and writing about my experiences (hence this blog).
Recent Activity
Thanks, Cindy. It's always good to know I'm not alone. A joint first ride sounds like a good plan for next year. It's been too long since I've seen you! It was great to see Mike and Sarah, though. I'm glad my little tale was useful for Mike, too. I always hope I can put into words something that others feel but can't express.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Chasing Winter at Sharry Miller
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This weekend officially ushered in Spring, and with temperatures in the 40s and low 50s, Valdez was primed to play along. What did the Miller family do? Headed north. After two days of finally getting to ride my bicycle, I kept saying, “It’s just wrong to leave this fabulous weather and go chasing winter.” Thane and his snowmobiling buddies had no sympathy for me. They were set on heading to Summit (the one on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Sharry Miller
I don't know, Jen. The pressure, the pressure....
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2015 on Flash Fiction at Sharry Miller
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One of the most satisfying things about writing fiction is that you get the chance to put yourself into a situation you might not normally ever encounter. You might be a superhero or an alien android or a psychotic serial killer. You might be in New York City or on a space station or in a rabbit warren. The possibilities are endless, and you are in complete creative control. Sort of. I find when I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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A big cheesy grin is required on the first ride of spring. My first ride of spring. After over four years of posting to this blog, I could just about plagiarize myself and copy a previous year's first ride of spring post because I know they all say the same thing: I have a ridiculous grin on my face as I pedal by the snowbanks and get passed by trucks pulling snowmobiles. This year, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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All hail Ra! All hail Ra! BOB* is great! I love BOB! Ah, spring is in the air and I can't help but indulge in a wee bit of sun worship. If there isn't a Native Alaskan sun god or spirit or something, there should be. It's always seemed to me that the ones who should most worship the sun are those who get to see it the least, but as a result appreciate it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Sharry Miller
I don't think I have any photos of it, Mandy. Thanks, though. It's one of my favorites, too, and I should take some pics.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2015 on Ego Bashing at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Carol, although envy is totally unwarranted.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2015 on Ego Bashing at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Cindy, both for your advice and your enthusiasm for my blog. Happily, that annoying little voice doesn't get it's way very often. I've gotten better about just putting myself out there and going for it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, and all that.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2015 on Ego Bashing at Sharry Miller
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I took Scout on her longest walk yet - 3 miles. She did just fine, although she didn't think much of having to be on a leash the whole way after I'd let her have free romps through the woods the last few days. I think I worked a lot harder than she did since we were walking on rotten snow. Think of how hard it is to walk in soft sand. I'm quite confident... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Sharry Miller
I knew you were my kind of woman, Cindy!
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2015 on Commitment Issues at Sharry Miller
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I promise, this isn't another post about my new puppy, Scout. Well, maybe just a little bit because she really is just so darn cute, and because her nickname seems to be Li'l Bit. Okay, that's all. I promise. For now. No, what I really wanted to write about was baking bread. You know, the fresh-baked, hot-out-of-the-oven, completely-from-scratch kind. Like this: Doesn't it look yummy? This photo is actually from a couple of weeks ago.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Sharry Miller
I think so, too, Mom.
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2015 on Trail Buddy at Sharry Miller
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No doubt about it, I'm an introvert. I can happily spend hours and hours entertaining myself. Given a choice of communicating by writing versus talking, I'll almost always choose to write a text, an email, a blog post. I'm quite content to go on long hikes or bike rides all by my lonesome. Well, no, not by my lonesome because I'm not lonely, I'm just alone. I'm not trying to say that I never want... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Mandy. Thane wanted to name Rowan Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. I wasn't so much in favor of that idea. I like it much better for a dog.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2015 on Welcome to the Family, Scout! at Sharry Miller
She's already wormed her way into my heart. I look forward to lots of fun with her. Not so much looking forward to potty training.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2015 on Welcome to the Family, Scout! at Sharry Miller
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Thane and I got our first dog, Shuvik, a year before we got married. We had just started living together after several years of a very tumultuous relationship, so perhaps she was the first real sign of our commitment to each other, not that we saw her that way then. To our 23-year-old selves, she was simply the perfect little bundle of fur we needed to help fill our cold Fairbanks cabin. She remained the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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It never ceases to amaze me the ways in which I can contrive to crush my own spirit. I'm sure I've written about this before, so forgive me if I'm being redundant. There's been a lot of press over the years about how we need to ensure our children's self-esteem is kept high, how the little things we say to other people inadvertently tear them down, how, essentially, we're all responsible for creating a kinder,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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Thane found a link on BBC this morning to an article about myopia, nearsightedness. It's been traditionally thought that myopia is inherited as well as exacerbated by excessive reading or other close work - a description that certainly seemed to explain my extreme nearsightedness as a child. This article focused (ha, ha) on another theory: myopia may be impacted by genetics and habits, but the primary cause seems to be too much time spent indoors.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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Where is this year going already? This is day 7 of the Sgraffito Challenge which means it's January 7th. In my little pea-brain, I'm still supposed to be in Hawaii and the new year isn't supposed to have even started. Slow it down already! Today's assignment finally allowed us to use a tool, anything we chose or made, to manipulate our powder into a drawing. The only restriction was that it couldn't be a paintbrush.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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Yes, yes, I know. There was no Day 5. I admit it, I drank malbec and played on the computer instead. Today I probably should have done the same. Yesterday, as part of her description of Day 5's assignment, Kelly Crosser Alge defined "comparalysis." I'm going to be bad and steal the image right off her website: Isn't that just the truth? I'm suffering a bad case of comparalysis as I look at the photos... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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I'm putting my time turner to use again to tell you about one more of our adventures in Hawaii. Tuesday, December 30, 2014, ended up being one of our favorite days on Maui, and that's saying a lot since I haven't told you about snorkeling at the Dumps, kayaking in rough water, SCUBA diving on a wrecked fishing vessel.... Even though it wasn't our favorite road, we drove the Hana Highway again, this time in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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Because I don't already have enough to do, and because I'm always looking for ways to improve my glass-working skills, and because it was there, I decided to participate in a 30-day challenge Kelly Crosser Alge is hosting called the 30-Day Sgraffito Challenge. Of course, I started out behind since we just got back from Hawaii, but I managed to get caught up yesterday and today. If you didn't already know, sgraffito is a technique... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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In the spirit of living in the present (and giving into the inevitable), I did my best to embrace being back home from Maui today, even if I was suffering from a 65 degree drop in temperature. It was 17 F and the sun hadn't quite made it over the mountains when I forced myself out of the hot tub and left the house just before noon this morning to go snowshoeing. It really was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Sharry Miller
You're welcome, Cindy. Whichever island you're going to, I highly recommend the Revealed guidebook series (Maui Revealed, Big Island Revealed, etc.). They're very informative and written in a very tongue-in-cheek, humorous manner. Have fun!
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2015 on Better than the Road to Hana at Sharry Miller