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Well, I had planned to do one of these updates monthly, but that hasn’t happened. So I will fill you in on what’s happening here and try not to bore you too much. ;-)

First off, the diet has stalled. I’ve stayed within a five-pound range, but haven’t stuck to it enough to take any more off. As part of our wellness program at work, they are having a weight loss challenge starting May 1st, and I plan to participate as a means of staying accountable at least while at work. Anyone who’s worked in an office knows that people bring in doughnuts and all sorts of stuff I should be avoiding, and I am weak…

I was on four different antibiotics over two months for my sinus infection before it cleared up. I was also diagnosed with TMJ, which was the cause of my ear pain – I thought the infection had moved to my ears. I quit chewing gum and started some exercises for my jaw, and it has made a huge difference. And now that I feel better, I've gotten back into my exercise program, so we'll see what that can do for my diet. ;-)


As of this week, the local PFLAG chapter is official! YAY! Even though we have had no major events here, we participated in other area chapters’ events.

PFLAG Pittsburgh held a fund raiser at a home known as the “Smart House.” It was build to take full advantage of a spectacular view of the city. For a virtual tour of this 12,000 square foot house, watch this:


The event was very successful and we all had a great time!

In mid-March, I manned the PFLAG Pittsburgh table at the Pittsburgh Market, a place where the hipster crowd gathers for local food, beer, and other wares. The energy in this place is great!
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In early April, I flew out to Las Vegas to visit Don and Randy (brother and BIL). That Friday, Don and I had dinner with Kalvin and Dom, friends of mine from L.A. Kalvin was there for a medical convention. We had a great time and great food!
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We went to the Stratosphere and several casinos. It’s fun to see how they are decorated. And we went to Hoover Dam again. The weather is unpredictable in April, but it beats three-digit summer heat.

View from the Stratosphere
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Hoover Dam
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Lord of the Rings machines ;-)
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Callie and Walt:
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Helping me pack!
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This greeted me when I got home. :)
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On April 15th, I participated in an event at Slippery Rock University, “Tackling Homophobia,” featuring LGBT ally and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and out ex-NFL player Esera Tuaolo. They talked about homophobia in sports. Chris talked about why he speaks out for LGBT equality and Esera talked about being closeted in the NFL and how painful that was for him. This was the first of hopefully many more events for them.
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Tomorrow, I am looking forward to a “moot” with the local Pittsburgh Ringers.

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dreamer_98
Apr. 27th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
Best of luck with the fitness challenge. I know it's difficult to resist when people from work bring in donuts or bagels.

Glad that your sinus infection cleared up, and that you were able to treat your TMJ.

Great pictures; the Hoover Dam is beautiful. Glad you had a nice visit with your brother, BIL and friends.
bonnie_halfelvn
Apr. 29th, 2013 11:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm ramping up the diet tomorrow!
dlocke
Apr. 29th, 2013 01:05 pm (UTC)
Love the pictures.. Looks like a busy month..
Good luck with the diet. I'm struggling with my own diet and trying to shed the pounds permanently, and before the beach.. Here's hoping we both reach our goals...
bonnie_halfelvn
Apr. 29th, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
We'd all like to shed them permanently. I feel it's a life-long struggle - or at least has been since I was about 25.
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