Spring, days 50-54

The temperature has climbed into the 80s in Salt Lake City and might hit 90 tomorrow. With that, I'm thinking of winding this spring blogging thing down.

Last year, I declared summer, in blogging terms, to begin about the third week of may, before Memorial Day. I might do the same this year. Honestly, the spring blogging has been sort of a bust, at least from my point of view. I was happy with some of the posts, but I've been so busy that I haven't made writing a priority. At least with summer blogging, I know I won't blow it off.

The past five days have been busy but fun. Michael's team won his baseball game Friday; Ben's team lost on Wednesday and Saturday. Today was Mother's Day, and the boys took Lori to The Leonardo museum and had a lot of fun. I'm at work on the balcony right now watching the sun set over Antelope Island.

My sciatic leg was killing me yesterday -- the worst it's felt after a week in which it was generally not bugging me much. Today, it has felt mostly good. I'm annoyed with this injury more than I can express, but I'm seeing a physical medicine specialist Tuesday and hope to get a path toward healing. I'm ready for some improvement. I want to mow the lawn, get the yard in shape, clean the patio, resume hiking with the dog, start running again, and generally be ready for summer.

My immediate goal is to lose about 5 more pounds by the end of the month. I'm happy to report I am back down to the weight I was before the herniated disc got so bad (and that was 16 pounds lighter than I was at the beginning of the year). I really had hoped to be down to 200 by Memorial day, but I'll settle for around 210 considering how painful the last two months have been.

Injury aside, spring has been great, even if the blogging hasn't. Summer beckons ...


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