Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday In The Park with Cha-Cha
Lovely, lovely weekend. I went on a bike ride both mornings - neither for longer than I usually do, but fabulous all the same. Sunday's ride was especially nice. I stuck really close to home and just rode this awesome loop in the park five or six times. I got a much later start and was worried about being out in the heat, but a good part of this particular loop is through the trees and is completely shaded. It's also a bit of downhill, twisty, and over a couple of bridges. While the wind was wicked when I was on the open part of the loop, when it was washing over me while I was in the trees, it was a cool breeze. Pretty awesome. I spent some time out of the saddle doing sprints which was great fun, as well.
Slater and Pebbles came over for a Costco run on Saturday and brought me some of Pebbles' bacon, sun-dried tomato and leek quiche, complete with homemade crust - also complete with accidental home-churned butter. She tells me that homemade butter is what happens when you ask your husband to whip some cream for some berries! While Slater was over, he brought his floor pump and aired up Cha-Cha's tires.
I've decided to to try and ride more during the week. With the discovery of this loop that is at least half in the shade, I can ride in the evenings even when the temp is up if I don't have to spend the entire time out in the blazing sun. Clementine "Cha-Cha" Peddleford is normally garaged on the off-side of the bed. Given the size of The Closet, for Cha-Cha to go to bed, I have to lift her up and put her tires on the footboard and roll her across the bed. And because I'm so lazy, I'd die if drawing a breath didn't come naturally, leaving Cha-Cha out in the living room unless there is company makes it easier for my just to take an evening ride.
Had a wonderful evening on Saturday night. Bick and I went out to the Poolville Pagans for a wonderful gathering and cookout. It was really our first outing in a larger group social setting and I cannot say how much I enjoyed just being able to relax and not worry when/if things would go off the rails. And it was nice on Sunday morning not to wake up and cringe.
I also made a quick trip out to Reata South to see my Mom and sister yesterday. It is still very important to me to have a good relationship with my family. I was doing some program reading yesterday about willingness. I don't have to have all the answers today, I just have to be willing. So yesterday, I was willing. I'd picked up a small gift for my sister - something she's mentioned she wanted - and so I called and went out there. There is a part of this whole deal that is has an element of comedy to it. Some months ago, I was asked to finance the "farm truck" - which I've since learned is a 3/4 ton diesel dually - and I declined stating that I didn't want our finances entangled any more than they already were. Shitstorm ensued. Other methods were found to get said farm truck. But neither have admitted to me that she actually bought the truck and so they park it at the neighbors whenever I come around. I don't have any real clarity on how to let them know that my sister's boss (my dentist) spilled the beans by asking me if my sister had let me drive the "monster truck". Oh well.
Workman and chaos are reigning at the workplace today. I'm sure it's only a matter of time until the power gets cut!
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Find some shade.