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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).
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There's just something special about the first time I do something each season, even if they're firsts I have every year. First bike ride in the spring when the highway is just barely dry enough to ride safely. First hike of summer when the trails aren't yet overgrown with nettles and cow parsnip. First blueberry picking trip to Thompson Pass in the fall when the tundra is crimson and smells of autumn. Today, it was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Lisa.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2014 on Salmon as Public Art at Sharry Miller
You'll have to be sure to go see it when you come this way next. There are several beautiful art pieces in the school.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2014 on Salmon as Public Art at Sharry Miller
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I promised a few months ago that I'd write a post to share my first public art project - sorry for the wait. I was lucky enough to be chosen last February to create one of the public art installations for the new Gilson Middle School in Valdez. As wonderful as I may think I am, I suspect the main reason my project was chosen was because I proposed to work with the middle school... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Sharry Miller
I love you, too, Mandy.
You're right, of course, Tammy, and most of the time I'm good about giving myself lots of kudos - probably too many, but that's okay. As you say, it's a journey, and there's no point in journeying (is that a word?) if you don't enjoy the steps along the way, not just the destination.
Thanks, Magdalena. I do remember to give myself credit most days, and I'm confident when I have my usual upswing in energy and enthusiasm after New Years I'll continue my downward trend. It's always hard for me to keep moving in the fall.
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This post has been wandering around in the back of my mind for months, but I was really hoping to wait until the end of my weight-loss journey to write it. Alas, that end seems to be a distant pinprick of light that never comes closer. I decided I'd go ahead and write it now before I lose all of those precious thoughts. By the end of August this year, I'd lost 45 pounds. I'd... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Sharry Miller
You speak the truth!
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2014 on Endorphin Joy at Sharry Miller
I don't know Cindy, I think when your whole day improves you may be feeling the positive effects of an "endorphin glow" as I called it. I guess it doesn't matter what it is as long as we enjoy it.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2014 on Endorphin Joy at Sharry Miller
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"You need to go for a bike ride." "Get outside. Go for a run." "Go. Now." This is how my family speaks to me on a regular basis. Just a couple of days ago, I commented to Thane that while I'd heard of endorphins, I never thought I'd exercised hard enough while running or cycling to actually get the "high" athletes speak of. "Oh, yes you have," he stated without hesitation. "I've witnessed it." Wikipedia.com:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Sharry Miller
Hmm, now I'm intrigued.
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2014 on Longest Cycling Season at Sharry Miller
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Wow! 2014 has been my most amazing cycling season ever. That's quite a statement given that any season which includes cycling is amazing. This one has been even more so, however, and I thought it would be fun to recap it. I realize this is primarily for my own amusement, but I appreciate your willingness to come along for the ride (pun intended). First, in 2014 I went on my earliest-in-the-year ride ever: March 1.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Sharry Miller
That would have been good - although maybe not showy enough to make a statement in that crowd.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2014 on Austin City Limits Music Festival at Sharry Miller
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In a rare display of spontaneity, Thane and I bought tickets to the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. He'll tell you that it was a matter of him expressing mild interest and me running with it, but the truth is, he was fully on board. Honestly, all I was doing was trying to satisfy my curiosity about how to get tickets to the ACL TV show tapings. When I saw there... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Sharry Miller
Hi Ginny - glad you found me and that you're enjoying my blog. I'm still writing (as of September 2014, anyway), although not as often as I intend to. I assume your bum is sore and numb from excessive sitting? I ended up sleeping in a recliner for over four weeks, and even then my bed wasn't that comfortable. I was just desperate to get out of that chair! I went back to work two weeks after surgery, though, so at least I wasn't stuck at home unable to really do much. Driving was challenging, however - mostly because it was hard to close my door with my left arm in a sling. I don't know if you've found them, but I did write a few more blog posts about surgery. I particularly remember a short ode in honor of my pain meds. You should be able to find them if you click "shoulder surgery" in the topic cloud to the right. I hope you heal and recover quickly. Good luck!
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2014 on Shoulder Surgery Survived! at Sharry Miller
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The day started out so innocently. Oatmeal for breakfast. Blue skies. An easy roll out of the Apgar campground. You know how sometimes "fun" is best assessed after an activity is over? The second real day of our Montana dirt tour was definitely one of those times. (If you missed them, I wrote about the previous days here and here.) I'd planned to continue riding with Mandy as we made our way to Polebridge. We... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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Last time, I let you know I was excited to meet BOB - I'd always wanted to try him out. On the second day of our trip, I was totally smitten. But I don't want to get ahead of myself. It wasn't all about BOB. Finally, it was the real first day of our tour. The plan was to ride about 40 miles from Whitefish Bike Retreat to Apgar Campground in Glacier National Park. My... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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I can't believe it's been two weeks already since I got back from my trip to Montana. I am a failure as a blogger. Ah, well, better late than never. I can guarantee that Montana is not flat. Now, I didn't really head there thinking it was, but now I have definite proof: bigger, stronger quads. Thane and I drove through Montana once nearly 20 years ago, but my memory is short. I really had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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It's been a week since the 2014 Fireweed 400, a series of 50-400 mile races and one non-race 2Day300K ride. Earlier this spring I'd decided to challenge myself by riding the last of those, what I keep calling the "tourist class" of the Fireweed: ~200 miles in two days. The first day is 110 miles from Sheep Mountain Lodge on the Glenn Highway to Tonsina Lodge on the Richardson Highway. The second day is about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Sharry Miller
You are absolutely correct, Cindy, and I can manage to remember that when I'm not grinding up a hill into a headwind or worse, DOWN a hill into a headwind!
It was, indeed, Cindy. It was especially great to have Rowan back home, even if only for a couple of days before she went out fishing.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2014 on Hatcher Pass Love at Sharry Miller
I know, Wendy. I just have to figure out how to shut up that little negative voice in my head. I appreciate that you'll be there to support me.
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The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Such experiences are not necessarily pleasant at the time they occur. ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in Flow I'm having a crisis of faith...in myself. Yesterday I drove 160 miles round trip to ride Madeleine somewhere other than on the same stretch of highway out of Valdez. I parked at Squirrel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Sharry Miller
Thanks, Cindy! I was the same way in my teens - could count every rib, but because I had curves I was sure I was fat. Right now, I'm quite confident that my muscle gain has outstripped my fat loss. Whatever, I feel great and seem to be heading the right direction, so I'll just keep on keeping on.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2014 on Tracking Progress at Sharry Miller