Only in Montana . . .

. . . can you start the week with a full day of wet and sloppy spring snow . . .

. . . and be sunbathing by Thursday.

To be fair, I only sunbathed for a few minutes between my lunchtime green smoothie and writing. See, my laptop's there on the table -- evidence! Plus a notebook and pen, which is not quite visible, in addition to some tea. The weather folks predict 70*F for tomorrow, which makes me smile.

The dogs are psyched, too. Especially Lio.

In addition to writing (and whipping up the only food that I can truly call orgasmic, coconut cream, and which I polished off this morning), I've been keeping busy . . .
  • Cleaning (the dishes, the yard, the laundry . . .): Not the most exciting update, perhaps, but essential nonetheless.
  • Hooping: I'm pretty fly, wouldn't you say? For a white girl, anyway.
  • Running: I am most excited about this one. Last week (during the brrrrisk weather) I hit the treadmill, and early these week I ran on my rebounder a couple of times. Today, however, I kicked it up a big notch. Jackson and I hit the nearby no-leash-required national forest for a whopping 8.1+ mile jaunt, spanning 1 hour and 35-ish minutes. I did 16 intervals of the following: 5 minutes run, 1 minute walk. Not only was this the farthest I've run in a long time, but we dashed (okay, maybe wobbled, unless you're referring to Jackson) along very steep and rocky bike trails. Some of those inclines were grueling. Good thing the run was totally fun, too. Fun in the sun, which has been a local rarity of late. I'm really proud of myself, and I'm even ignoring the eating disordered urge to squeeze in a quick weight session because, um, I can (but shouldn't). Take that, ED.
How's the weather in your neck of the woods?* Do you find your activity level and/or mood affected by the sun, or lack of it? I sure do, so I'm reveling in this sunshine.

*10 points to the person who can tell me the origin of the phrase "neck of the woods." Please enlighten me.

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