Trek Women
April 28, 2009

Why you go to Germany...

Switzerland 018The guys and I fly in and out of Munich, Germany - a wonderful place and also notable for being the inaugural city for our annual New Year's Eve trips. I'd like to say that we went to Munich because the airfare was cheapest - it was a pretty good deal. But the real reason is probably in the photo.

Oooooh cheesey, gooey spaetzle with fried onions on top. It's the equivalent of homemade German mac 'n cheese. This is the first bowl full of goodness that we ate at 10:30 am after getting in to the city from the airport. Many more bowls followed over the course of the trip. Add a bier and you're in business!

April 27, 2009

My heart will go on...

Hi everybody, I had a great time in Switzerland with the guys and as usual I have a bad case of post-passport depression that I'm not sitting outside at a little Euro cafe having an afternoon weiss bier and maybe a wurst - instead of sorting thru 300+ emails clogging my inbox.

Switzerland 262But, while I catch up and get organized, I thought I'd share with you possibly one of the best trip photos I've ever taken. Russ, Wayne and I took a boat ride from Rapperswil, Switzerland to Zurich on Lake Zurich one afternoon and this fellow was standing like this on the first class upper deck for ages with his hair blowing in the breeze and contemplating something deep (my theory is his lost lady love). I kept waiting for him to thump his chest like Celine Dion and break into the Titanic theme song. He is the Swiss King of the World (or at the very least, Lake Zurich). Loved him!!!

April 13, 2009

Swiss Miss not instant cocoa...

Swiss miss 9 Here’s the thing… in the two years I’ve done this blog, Trek never updated my bio info. So I could look over to the side-bar and still pretend that I’m 38. But I’m not.  And in fact, in 7 days I’m going to turn a really, really, ugly number >gulp< 40. Agggghhhhhhh. Forty, how the hell did that happen?

Not that I ever need an excuse; but, if there was ever a time to go on a trip to forget the horror of 40 celebrate the next phase in my life – now would be it. On Wednesday, Russ, Wayne and I take off for …drum roll…

Switzerland!!!

It was my pick to be a Swiss Miss for a week since I’ve never actually stopped in Switzerland, just been through it on a train. We’re renting a car and spending a week driving around with a little day detour to Lichtenstein cause it’s right there.  I can just imagine, the cheese, the chocolate, the Alps, the cheese… Switzerland is a little bit German, a little bit French and a little bit Italian – all my favorites in one country. While, I’m dreading my birthday, I can’t wait to get there!

I’ll tell you all about it when we come home on April 23.

***** Tuesday Update *****

Started packing my suitcase last night - still have no clue what to bring (except my favorite red heels, which I probably won't wear). It could be chilly, it could be warm, who knows??? Good thing I just bought a bigger suitcase.

This note is from my sister Becky, who always know the right thing to say...
"I've heard that 40 is the new 30. The women on the talk shows all say they came into their own in their 40s. My friend Kathy had a pig roast on her 40th birthday. I like how you're celebrating. Switzerland will be awesome. Have fun. Don't dwell on the number. It doesn't mean a thing. It's how you feel that counts."
Thanks Bec!

April 8, 2009

Sneeze and you'll miss them...

Cherry1 I snapped this photo of the cherry blossoms Friday morning on my commute to work. The blossoms are almost gone now -- all that's left is pink petal snow on the ground.

I call this path the gauntlet, because I try to get to the other side fast before getting besieged by pollen and sneezing my head off. But it sure is pretty.

April 6, 2009

Hi five...

Hi Roxanne, Caitlin, Rebecca, Amy and Mary - congratulations on being the new five to take over the handlebars as Trek's Women Who Ride!!!

I don't know anything about you... where you're from, what you like to ride, what you do... I don't know when you're going to start blogging or if I'll even get a chance to meet you - but, let me welcome you to the club!! You're in for quite a ride.

If you haven't seen it, here's a link to the announcement press release. To everyone who took the time out their busy lives to apply for this gig, THANK YOU. Since the release says there were four rounds of evaluation, that says to me you all must have sent in some pretty amazing stories.

On the flip side, I guess this means my blog clock is starting to wind down. I'm not sure what the timeline is - but I'll keep posting until I hear differently. :)