Sunday, June 2, 2013

Germany, Portland and lots of trails

My friends,  I apologize for being absent for so long...

2012 was so busy and Facebook has been my mode of communicating what I have been up to.  But I've really missed being able to expound a bit on my adventures.  So let's try a quick summation of 2012 and catch you up on all things Susan.

1.  I started eating healthy and exercising.  Bottom line - I lost 47 lbs.  How did I do it you ask?  I cut out all fast food, most chocolate and I increased my veggie and fruit intake by a like a gazillion.    

2.  My company sent me to Germany in June.  I went to Tubingen (prettiest town ever),  Garmisch, and Munich.  I fell in love with the country and their dedication to the environment.  It is clean everywhere!  They do love their rules and I was yelled at by more than one Frau. LOL!   But the food was great (you can eat very healthy over there)

3.  I traveled to Seattle and Portland in August.   Had a very different trip than 2011.  I was in better shape so I explored a lot on my own.  Portland has changed a great deal since I was there in the early 90s.   Chinatown is very depressed and deserted.   Powell's didn't impress like it did the first time.  But I loved the walking tour and the waterfall tours.  

4.  I started doing 5ks.  I was dead last in my first one but eventually improved my time.  My goal for 2014 is to run one.  My friend Jo thinks I could work up to a 10K or a half marathon.  I dunno..maybe.

2013 was pretty much the same - I'm attempting to hike every trail in Atlanta.   Most of them are on the Chattahoochee River.   Last week someone took a pic of an 8 foot alligator that is hanging out on one of the trails.   Lucy is my constant companion even though her bathroom breaks and sniff breaks add time to the walks, I wouldn't enjoy them half as much without her.

This summer I'm going back to Missouri to see family.  I haven't been back for 10 years and it is time.   I would like to go to Kansas and see my mom's grave and take Amanda.   We shall see.

So that is it.  You will probably see lots of trail pics and some family stuff this year.   So thanks for sticking with me...

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