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Bike To Work Day 2012 was yesterday…

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Things I learned on the commute ride to my BART Station:

  1. My haircut does NOT work well with a bike helmet.  Especially after I went to bed with it still damp. I’ve been wearing a baseball cap all day.  Must come up with a more bike friendly coiffure – that’s still sassy.
  2. It’s still nice and cool at 6am.  If I could only be so lucky at 6pm.
  3. Gnats love swarming round my head – had an unexpected second breakfast.  Blech.
  4. Trail Maintenance cut the weeds recently.  The wind was blowing.  Very bad combination for someone with allergies.  Not looking forward to that on the ride home.  Ack.
  5. Really need to get over my apprehension about wearing spandex compression shorts.  They really are the best thing to wear when riding.  I just hate feeling (and looking) like an overstuffed sausage.  And what if all the seams simultaneously burst?!?
  6. My new bra passed the riding-the-bike-down-a-bumpy-trail-and-not-getting-black-eyes test.  Thank you Playtex.
  7. Not too many Energizer Stations were open at 6:25am.  I decided to wait a few minutes while the nice ladies and gentlemen set up things at the trail crossroads for their 6:30am opening.  I wasn’t the only biker there waiting so didn’t feel so bad about it.  The yummies, bike bell/compass, latest trail maps, and other assorted goodies packed in the free tote were worth the 5 minutes I “rested”.
  8. Clif Bar has a bar aimed at kids – “Kidz Bar”.  It’s just as nasty as the ones for adults. The smiling REI reps at the BART station assured me they tasted better than the adult ones.  They don’t.  Guess it’s just me, I never have liked those energy bar things.
  9. Even though I forgot my lip balm, the smiling REI reps did have some to give away.  They are forgiven for the Clif Bar thing.

Things I learned on the ride home:

  1. Gnats have no time boundaries.  They swarm all day, every day.  Yes, there was also a snack on the way home. Gah.
  2. People want to talk about my bike.  It took me 55 min to make a usually 30 min trip.  I had too much fun socializing.
  3. Little girls under 5 LOVE. MY. BIKE.
  4. The later in the day it gets, the more free stuff you can get.  Yes, Honey, I have a bag each for you and your Mum, and Spencer has lots of snacks and a mini bottle of Gatorade.  I loaded up on “Cuties”, and 100 calorie snacks.
  5. I have my best ideas while riding along.  Going to cut quite a bit of length off an old broomstick skirt I used to wear to dance class and see how it looks over the compression pants.  In my head it looks very cool and bohemian.  In reality, hmmm…  These things don’t usually go very well for me, but I’m always willing to try!
  6. It wasn’t as hot as I thought it would be – but it was still quite toasty.
  7. I need to ride more.  I miss riding my totally awesome bike.  I LOVE my bike.
  8. Allergies suck.
  9. Not enough of a good thing leads to too much of a good thing.  Someday I will find the happy medium where anti-chafing lotion is concerned.
I sure do hope I sleep well tonight.  I worked HARD, and I definitely need some sleep.  Haven’t had a decent night since I ran off to Texas to be with Mom and Sis…

Happy Thursday! ***

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***This post is being re-posted because Blogger LOST the original I wrote yesterday. Thank God I have things setup so that EVERY post is emailed to me because there is no way in Hell I could have redone this and been so damn clever a second time round. 🙂

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Good things today so far:

Bike to Work Day!

It’s like my own personal Halloween. My costume is my biking getup (which needs it’s own blog post) and I go from Energizing Station to Energizing Station holding open my bag and getting loads of free stuff dumped in… Haul this morning, large size of the official Bike to Work tote bag, tangerines, fig newtons, juice, various maps of trails in the Bay Area (very handy!), reflectors, lip balm, reflective ankle thingy to rein in your pants leg, a recyclable pen, a water bottle, Clif bars, and various coupons to local sports shops. Ooh, and this really cool magnetic blinky light which I still haven’t figured out quite how it works. Ms Cow got herself a wee little box of raisins for being a brave bicycle passenger (the trail is rather bumpy lately). All that was only from 2 stations. They LOVE to shower you with stuff – the list of goodies I turned down is even longer.

I hurds it trew da grapesvyn… Kalifornya waisins, nomity nom nom nom…

Paperback Swap

I LOVE this site. I’ve mailed off lots of books to good homes and just ordered 5 more for myself. Another Terry Pratchett book (Tiffany Aching, bk 3) and the first four books of the Stephen King “Dark Tower” series. Can’t wait to get them!

More Energy

This doesn’t really need an explanation, does it? Biking two days in a row and I feel great. Really should have started doing this a lot sooner.

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Can’t wait to see what the “Energizer Station” sponsors have on the ride home. I’m really hoping for a new dingy-ding bell. The East Bay Park folks were giving them out last year, so I hope to get another this year. The poor thing is all worn out. It dingity-dings on it’s own now. Every time I hit a bump. Even a small bump. So I’m pretty much dingity-ding-dinging my way down the trail.

It’s like it’s saying:

“Look at the awesome outfit this woman is wearing! Here she comes wearing an awesome outfit! Look at her wearing that awesome outfit! She’s riding a bike! And wearing an awesome outfit while she rides! Make way for the biking chick with the awesome outfit! You want an outfit like hers, you KNOW you do! Cos it’s AWESOME!”

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Update!

I originally wanted to write this update last night, but Blogger has been having some issues, so here it is on Friday. It’s also not going to be so clever and funny as it was last night – in my mind.

Final list of “treats” from Bike to Work Day gathered up along the way home: more maps (I’m pretty sure I’ve got a complete set for the East Bay now), a chocolate chip cookie for Spencer (and yes I did give it to him), Red Vines for Spencer, cheese sticks, various and sundry juice boxes and mini-Gatorade bottles, various and sundry chips and fruit snack bags, mandarin oranges (YUM), Clif bars, Fig Newtons, more raisins for Ms Cow, and lots of bags. About 4 more bags than I really wanted. They were begging us to take extras though, so I did and they will go this weekend to the charity thrift shop with the rest of my donations.

I was very careful this year to only take what Spence and I would use/eat – no need to be greedy. Do I REALLY need more pens when I have a drawerful at home? Didn’t think so. There were quite a few snacks because, well, Spencer is 16, quite tall and has entered his “bottomless pit of a stomach with two hollow legs” stage. Any food brought home is DEFINITELY consumed. So no waste there. The extra bags go away tomorrow and the maps I will keep in my “map box”.

At the last stop before leaving the trail, I decided now would be a good time to have a drink of some refreshing water since it was quite warm and hauling all those snacks was causing me to break out into a pretty good sweat. Well, being the graceful dove I am, I managed to dribble half the bottle down my shirt. It was actually quite refreshing since I was indeed rather toasty.

Indeed.

Not quite so refreshing was the small swarm of gnats I swallowed on the last leg of the trip.

Updated List: Minus one bottle of Gatorade used to wash out my mouth…

I really need to keep my mouth SHUT when I’m riding.

Thursday is a Special Day

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It’s “Bike to Work Day“!!

I’ll be in the saddle bright and early and heading out to the train station.

I’ve been wanting to start riding every day but have been making excuse after excuse.

For inspiration, I’ve started reading “Fatty” again. I love his logo and catch-phrase. A big draft horse and “Heavyweight horsepower”. If you’re into biking – and I mean hardcore long rides – give him a look-see. He also has ride-alongs, give-aways, charity stuff, etc. On top of that he’s a great writer with a good sense of humor.

I’m going to try and get motivated enough to do some charity rides.

And if that all fails to get me motivated and in the saddle more , I just need to go here.

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Happy Mother’s Day!!!

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A great day out on the bikes with the boy.

Damn, I’m getting shorter every year…







(Mother’s Day 2010)

Gee…almost a month between posts!

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Hey, I’m on a roll…

Sorry no postie. I’ve been really busy at work. On a computer and sitting all day equals total aversion to sitting down in front of a computer at night.

I’ve been sitting, but not with the computer.

I’ve done a few rows of knitting here and there. I’ve been reading. I’ve been listening to someone else read (books on CD anyone?). I’ve been playing Xbox (yes, I do). Mostly tho, I’ve been collapsing on the couch after dinner and falling asleep.

I’ve started a Pilates class on Wednesdays at noon. Unfortunately I’ll have to stop that after this month. I just can’t keep up with it financially. I am going to get 2 good months out of it, so hopefully can continue on my own.

Been on the bike a few times.

I voted. Ms Cow wrote in Cow for Parks and Grasses Boss. Wonder what the vote counters thought of that. 🙂

Found a great hairdresser. Got great new color, went bold on a new, shorter cut. Lost a great hairdresser. Went back for great new color and to maintain cut. Color worked, cut, not so much.

Growing out hair…and will most likely go back to coloring my own hair again. I can color my own hair in an hour as opposed to 3 hours at the salon. And will still save money over getting it done at a school. As for cuts, I can go to the corner and get a quick trim for $10 with a coupon. Bim bam, I’m outta there! No more wasting an entire Saturday morning or afternoon sitting in a chair smelling chemicals for 4 hours.

It was good while it lasted. The salon folks were very friendly and really listened to what I wanted to do with my hair. I just can’t do it any more. Sigh.

I really do like my new cut, but it’s a pain. It grows out way too quickly. I can’t pull it back and still look nice – it takes about 8 clips to hold it back cos it’s so thick. I look like I was having something done at the salon and had to leave in a hurry.

If I leave it down, I get hot. Really hot. Especially when riding my bike. It’s like wearing a really really thick woolly hat that dips down over the back of my neck. All the time.

No thanks. I like the option of either putting it up or wearing it down or wearing it half up or whatever.

So I’m going to let it grow back. I miss my biking braids too. 🙂

Went thru an episode of Kitty not sleeping and MEOWING all night long. Is why I’ve been so damn tired. No sleep will do that to you. She’s sleeping again now, but I’m still not. Sigh. I’m getting better but I swear I still hear her MEOWING even tho she’s sound asleep at the end of the bed.

I’ve been trying to organize and get rid of about half of what I’ve got in this place before Honey and Cow arrive. Less than 40 days now and the place is not quite where I’d like it to be. I’ve got lots of things that need to go away and now need to find a way to get them away.

Getting a few items from a very generous friend that need new homes and I really could use here, so need to get back to work. They are arriving tomorrow.

Before I forget again…

Happy Biking Anniversary to me and my pretty pretty bike. Three years last month (Oct 16th) and still going strong. Really wish I could get myself in your saddle a lot more often.

Time to sort, organize and pack up give-aways!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Can’t believe it’s already October again! Was going to make some awareness jewelry and accessories and donate the profits (I say this every year), and I’ve gone and missed my opportunity once again…

Sigh.

However….

Today, Trek Bicycle Dealers all over the US and Canada (eh!) sponsored 10-mile Awareness Rides.

There were no rides in my area, so I’ve decided to dedicate my ride with Spencer today as an Awareness Ride in my own way. 🙂

We just got back from riding round trip to downtown Walnut Creek, with a short break for cold refreshments, rest and some window shopping.

It’s just under 10-miles round trip, so there you go. My quasi-10 mile Awareness Ride.

If you have the time, are so inclined, and are feeling charitable, please donate to your favorite Breast Cancer Charity…or ANY charity. I’m sure whatever you give today will be appreciated.

Thanks!!!

…and now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to rest on the couch. (aka “nap”)

Sorting thru the Chaos

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Today Spence and I used a friend’s car to haul a bunch of stuff off to the Thrift Store.

A b.u.n.c.h. of stuff!

We filled up the car…boxes, baskets, little shelves, bags. It felt absolutely wondermos to get rid of it all.

After, we headed off to IKEA to pick up a few things to organize Spencer’s closet. We’re doing a major rearrange and clear out in his room. We actually just walked out of that place with just a few items – and some hot dogs after at the snack bar. 🙂

A quick stop at work to pick up some more boxes (for packing up stuff for donation of course) and then it was home.

Last trip of the day was back to my friend’s place to drop off the car and here we sit. Tired out, but full on artichoke ravioli.

Tomorrow, we’re off on the bikes for a training ride. We’re doing this in a few weekends. I’ve done 5 mile rides and 10 mile rides…I should be able to do this ride. I’ll find out soon enough. If I can’t make the training rides, I won’t push myself to do the full ride. I really want to do it tho and Spence wants to come along too. Maybe even get his riding buddies to come along as well.

It really looks like fun and I hope the weather cooperates. Hope Summer doesn’t decide to settle in the valley on that particular weekend. 🙂

Spencer’s new bikebikebike

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Almost forgot…this needs its own post!

Spencer has finished building his “dream bike”. Except for a smaller sized wheel on the back, he’s got all the bits and pieces he wanted and has them all assembled.

Behold…..

And here he is, Proud Papa with his “baby”….

He says it rides like a DREEEEAMMMMMMM.

So very proud of him and all his hard work. He worked his butt off doing odd jobs to earn the money to buy all this on his own. Along with some gift money, it was all him. And then he used his bike mechanic skills and put it all together – with some final adjustments at the bike shop (for safety reasons).

Girl Crush

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Today is our first anniversary! Happy Anniversary Sgt Puff (Puff for short).

I’ve had my beautiful bike for a year now and I love her! We’ve gone on many adventures and covered many miles together. I’ve been keeping track (sort of) of all our rides and have a sort of mileage tally for you. Keep in mind that I’m about 3 months behind on entering our rides, so the numbers are actually a bit higher*.

Distance Traveled: 429.12 mi.
Carbon Offset: 461.5 lbs. of CO2

Isn’t she gorgeous?

And here’s a photo of the happy couple taken this past Saturday on their way out. It was a great day for riding.

To celebrate, we’re off riding today with Spencer and his bikebikebike when he gets home from school. And the BIG GIFT is a trip to the Bike Kitchen tomorrow for a tune-up. She DEFINITELY deserves a bit of TLC for taking me everywhere I want to go and for getting thru Thorn Season.

This next year, I think we should increase our mileage! I’m not going to set a concrete number, cos then I only get myself in trouble. Just promising to get out and ride more is enough for me. The numbers will tell the story next year!

Oooh, final count for the entire thorn season (incl original tires):

Puff 6 Thorns 2

*I promise to post the final numbers once I’m finished entering in all of our rides…

2 years today!

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It’s been two years since my car stopped working and I couldn’t decide what to do with it. Eventually I donated my “Scooter” and I’ve been car-free since.

I’ve become buddies with the local car rental agency and they give me deals whenever I really need a car – visitors from out of town, KublaCon and so on. Various friends ask me every so often to “babysit” their cars when they are out of town.

All-in-all, I have not missed not having a car but for the few inconvenient times I was in a hurry, or it was HOT out or I had just missed the bus. Not really any occassions that would warrant buying a car.

That being said, I will buy another car eventually…most likely when I get another job. But it will be a small fuel efficient puddle jumper (as my Dad used to call small cars).

In the meantime, we have our awesome bikes, our transit passes and our feet to get us to where we need to go.

Happy 2 years without a car!!!!

Stay tuned – in two weeks, it’s my first anniversary with my Bike. 🙂

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