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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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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 yesterday at Sharry Miller
I knew you were my kind of woman, Cindy!
Toggle Commented 3 days ago 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 4 days ago at Sharry Miller
I think so, too, Mom.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
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Wow, so sorry! We made it back home from Hawaii today (and trust me, I'm whining), and I haven't posted anything about our trip in over a week. I'd had every intention of being more timely, but our days were so busy that by the time we were "home" for the evening, I was too tired to go through photos and write about the day. There were a couple of days that I really want... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at Sharry Miller
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There has to be a darn good reason to get up at 3:00 in the morning and drive for two hours. I managed to convince my family that no trip to Maui was complete without driving to the top of Haleakala, the island's highest mountain, to see the sunrise. With coffee and snacks in hand, we were all more or less willing. Our bible, Maui Revealed, warned us that it would be cold on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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I actually don't mind a rainy day in Hawaii. Sometimes it's nice to have a break from the sun. This one, however, came a little too early in the trip. I wasn't quite ready for a weather change yet. After breakfast, I made Thane take a walk in the drizzle with me, just for a couple of miles. Walking doesn't bother my knee nearly as much as sitting too long. I did try to speed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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I have a three-inch long scar just behind the toes on my right foot from stepping on a sharp lava rock at a beach on the Big Island about eight years ago. Today I added to my collection again. First things first though. Rather than going for a run this morning, Rowan and I walked the full length of Kama'ole Beaches III, II, and I. I listed in them in reverse order because we're staying... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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I came to the conclusion today that we are well and truly spoiled. We drove the incredibly twisty highway to Hana today, a stretch of road on the north side of the island of Maui, Hawaii, best known for its many waterfalls. We saw a few, but none we were really willing to stop for. Once you've driven through Keystone Canyon on the way to Valdez and gawked at the waterfalls there, nothing else compares.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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The problem with vacationing in a place like Hawaii is that there isn't really much to write about when all you're doing is spending the day hanging out on the beach. I know, I know, I'm getting no sympathy. Trust me, I'm not complaining. Not every trip can be Peru or Bhutan, and that's okay with me. Anyway, we're spending Christmas vacation in Maui, the three of us and Thane's mom, Carol. We have a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at Sharry Miller
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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