Monday, May 31, 2010

Back on the Bicycle

My Retort to the BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill:
I'm back on my bicycle.

Today is a special day. The last time I rode my bike, I crashed and broke my jaw (among other injuries). Now almost six months later, I got back on that very bicycle with my new helmet. I walked down my driveway to the Kula Community Center. I rode around the parking lot for about 20 minutes doing a series of figure eights, and going up and down the slight inclines from the lower parking lot up to the middle, and top parking areas.

It felt so natural, easy, and most importantly; it was fun. I remember the feeling of being on the bike, but experiencing it is something totally different. There is a sort of free flowing feeling when you ride on a bicycle. The new helmet is quite comfortable, and is hardly noticeable. This is because the design is a good one, and I think getting used to the full face helmet for the Vespa, also prepared me for this new helmet experience.

I hope to get out on the road soon! The oil spill in the Gulf has got me feeling helpless, and worse; somehow I feel connected to the accident because of my being a consumer of gasoline. By riding the bike today, I feel like I am on my way to lessening my consumption of oil. I am fortunate in that I can walk to substitute at Haleakala Waldorf, and I can bicycle to work out at Fun, 2, 3. I hope to bike out to work before the school year is done in July. I feel great! When I walked up the steps, and on to the front porch, Matt said, "You've been reborn". He's right. My new life is full of more possibilities, a stronger connection to the earth, and a deep appreciation for life itself. 

Saturday, May 29, 2010

40 Days Later

This has been clouding my thoughts more frequently, so I felt it was time for me to post this:

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This is so disheartening, disgusting, and simply makes me feel that the natural environment in which we live is not meshing well with our increasing appetite for oil. The pristine marsh lands in Louisiana (and beyond I'm afraid) will be forever tainted, and changed. Oxygen levels are lessening in the ocean water, and making it hard for life to breathe down there. Not to mention the images I have seen of the birds, and their eggs, the grass, and water covered in oil. BP, and the government are being held accountable for this disaster, and somehow I feel like no one knows what they are doing. It is scary! Even more reason for me to get back on my bicycle!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Teeth Implants Scheduled

Today I saw Dr. Clarke after my 6 week respite. In that time, I accomplished opening my jaw another millimeter and a half. Not too bad indeed.
So, the appointment has been made for my teeth implants!  I am all set for the end of June, the morning of the 28th. This work is in my gums, at the root, so after the implants are in place the mouth has to heal, and will actully take in the titanium, and make it a part of me. Only after I heal can the porcelain teeth be connected. Crazy. We won't be sure if I need any grafting until the procedure is in process. So it could take "embarrassingly short, to 2 hours" as Dr. Clarke put it. Another 4-6 weeks from then, I will finally have my new set of permanent teeth; complete with bridge and crowns. This part of the plan will be completed by my other doctor Dr. Vallejos. Hopefully our plans will come together nicely, in a good time-frame.
So I am pleased! The timing to use the fact I have no front teeth for Halloween, and permanents by my 34th year is right on track!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Back to School

What a welcome! As I walked in the gate, after looking at the new baby ducks, I was greeted with this neat sign. The children, teachers, and parents are all so good to me! I was showered with compliments, and lots of hugs and laughter. I am so fortunate to have such wonderful people around me. After nap, snack and playing on the playground ensued. They call this work?! I love Fun, 2, 3 preschool. It's good to be back.

Monday, May 10, 2010

New Bicycle Helmet

Yes indeed, the time has come! It's called the Deviant II
This is my new bicycle helmet, complete with chin bar. I'm down with that.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Healthy Body, Even Healthier Mind

First off, this is my soundtrack for this blog. This is a great mix! Dig it!
James Zabiela Mix Of Appreciation 2009 by jameszabiela

OK, now that we have that taken care of I wanted to tell you about my latest addition to exercising. No I haven't quite added bicycling back into my routine, but I have gone back to one of the first sports I fell for; running. I have been going to the track once weekly to practice my form, and to get my cardiovascular work-out. It has been a bunch of fun! I started by running around the property where I live, as we have access to about 300 acres. Matt has created a bunch of loops, and I took a stab at one of his 3 mile trails. At first I was in so much oxygen debt by mile one, I didn't think I could make it two more. I started to walk about half way, and was coughing my lungs out. Now, about 4 weeks later I am running for about 30 minutes continuously, working up a sweat, breathing much less labored, and having fun! I feel great. I like being sore the next day; it proves to me that I worked hard. Here's a funny video of me at the track yesterday...

Feels good getting back into shape. I have really made a decision to be healthy and to work on exercise. Now it's just part of my every day routine. Pilates every morning, track work out once weekly, and now I just have to get to that jump roping. I am a bit uncoordinated at the jump rope! Once I get it down though, I know I will get even more toned, and stronger still. Here's to our health!