Trek Women
December 31, 2007

"Happy New Year"

This has been my best year in a long, long time.  I am grateful for every aspect of my life and find it amazing that no matter how darkDscn0713 an existance you are a part of, it can be turned around. 

Do you know how that happens?  Not by waiting around to find a winning lottery ticket, and waiting for a miracle to happen.  We make our own miracles, but don't forget it is certainly alright to enlist your friends and family for assistance.  Just be willing to do the work and look to them for encouragement.      

My suggestion for a great  new year would be  to make a list of all the great things that happed during the year. It doesn't even matter if you were directly affected just focus, focus, focus on the positive.  You don't have to sit down and make a list of all the work you have to do about bad habits etc.  They very rarely get accomplished and then we end up feeling remorse for not accomplishing all the unrealistic goals.  Promise yourself to take baby steps and just do the best you can...one day at a time.It's a lot easier to stay on track and feel good about yourself at the end of the day. 

Happy New Year to you all, I wish you the best of everything and the best you can be.  Love you Molly.

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December 28, 2007

"The Possibilities Are Endless"

Alaine_on_the_bike_009 Well, here we are in my neighborhood JAX Bicycle Shop to look at all the possibilities of a new bike for my sister Alaine.  Mike Whetham, the General Manager was so nice to take the time to personally help us.  We discussed my sisters riding abilities and restrictions and he made several suggestions that would fit in with her lifestyle.  Alaine_on_the_bike_008_2 Alaine is pictured here on the "Lime" and this would be her first choice, that is until we saw the "Pure" Low Step, another new design that is perfect for a casual ride application.  The point I am making here is that there is a bike out there in the Trek line, to fit everyone; all body types and all ages.  Stop by a Trek dealer when you are out and about and take a look.

I want one of those "Pure" bikes to peddle over to the coffee shop on.  Well, that would be my fourth bike, but I really have my eye on a pime Road bike to entice me to my all time goal of a Metric Centuy ride that Coach Mary has been talking to me about.  I might as well raise the bar right now because what could be more fabulous than to see a 60 year old woman progress to that level in one year. 

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December 27, 2007

"The Santa Ana Winds"

Alaine_on_the_bike_004 My sister and I completed another bicycle ride together.  We also experienced another first, the effect of the Santa Ana winds.  Keep in mind that we completed 5 miles, and because my sister is having major back surgery next week, we decided to turn around before she hit a wall.  It was then that the winds came upon us; probably about 25 to 30 mph.  Well, after we had exhasuted all the gears, we would get off the bike, walked, got back on the bikes then rode for a while.  This pattern went on for the better part of a mile before we were able to complete the ride sitting down, if you will.    Next time we need to schedule the wind for the first half of the ride and keep the easy stuff for the return ride. 

All in all I think Alaine and the Barbie Bike made a great team, both troupers.   On the way home, in my new "silver" vehicle (see pciture) we stopped by JAX Bicycle shop to discuss a new ride for my sister, as soon as she recovers from her surgery. 

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December 26, 2007

Tandem - Where is this going?

MBruce_6_16_7_097y bicycle "Guru" Bruce has MANY bicycles, all of which he has created a safe harbor for, in his living room.  I know exactly what you are thinking, and I am so glad you feel the same way as I do,  I have nothing against a preview of a new bicycle in my home, but as far as part of the decor, I am not there yet.  This may be a pivotal issue in our friendship.  I don't mind animals (domesticated of course) in the house but I am not ready to maneuver around bicycles in my small, efficient environment so this remains as the "Elephant in the Room".  Now, the next issue is that Bruce owns a tandem bicycle, and wants me to try it.  Oh my gosh, I cannot believe all these scary opportunities that continue to come my way.  I guess it's good to be scared, because it means I must be afraid that I have something to loose.  There was a time when I didn't care if I lost everything.  Anyway, now that I am open to new experiences, you might see me on a tandem.

Here is what he is telling me, it's about the experience. The tandem is about a relationship, two people working together as a partnership.  No one is left behind and both riders are caring for each other.  So where is this going?  Can anyone share their tandem experience with me?  Is this really what the ride is about or is there something else developing?  This one has me confused and I need to discuss the issue more

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December 25, 2007

"Happy Holidays"

122508_009 I think we all might as well take a deep breath, sigh of relief, or sip of wine.  The time is upon us and so we might as well relax and enjoy the day.  There will be children laughing, children crying.  Boxes and wrapping paper everywhere.  The kitchen will probably be a mess but the house will smell wonderful, even if you are opting for a pine room deodorizer.   I hope it was all good for you.  It's up at 4:30 a.m. tomorrow for me to return back to work and my normal schedule.

Happy Holidays to all my friends, readers and Trek Sisters.

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December 20, 2007

The Best We Can Hope For

Holiday_party_011 Today is December 20th and I was probably the only person that had to look at the calendar this morning to see the actual date.  I have not been feeling well lately so I am trying to take it easy and stay organized.  My sister is here and last night we sat down and drew up a schedule for the duration of the season.  This helps so we don't worry about forgetting something or over scheduling one day to the next; most of our time is spent visiting.  I am finishing up the cards today and they should arrive in time for the holidays.

Over the years our Christmas has evolved since we both lost our husbands.  Last year we spent Christmas in the movie theater.  One of my daughters spends every Christmas in Spain and my other daughter stays in town and has a bustling household with the activities of her two little boys.  I decided a long time ago that I was not going to put any added pressure on my family, so our Christmas is about trying to schedule One meal together, no gift exchange and the presents are all about the children.  It's become the "Best We Can Hope For".    We all get through the holidays with one expectation that everyone is happy, less stressed, and satisfied that we spent part of this season doing something nice for at least one person less fortunate than we are.   Don't think that just because your Holidays are simple, that they are less dynamic than your neighbor.  It's how your heart feels at the end of the day.

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December 19, 2007

"My Favorite Super Hero" Part 2

If Jacks_5th_birthday_001_2you haven't figured out my mystery party by now, here is a glimpse of what it was all about.  The superheroes were all 5 years old.  I decided against dressing up for this particular party because it was all about the children. Although they seem to delight in just about every whimsy, I felt that the day belonged to Jack, not Grand Marie showing up in a costume.  This snapshot has so many children pictured, it's almost like a game of "Where's Waldo".  Although he is hard to spot, you will remember Jack Bove from the story about "My Own Little Moat", where I took his picture sitting in the trunk of my car. 

Fun was the order of the day in the beautiful California sunshine.  We were at William Penn Park in Whittier California, a park that I remember using while attending Brownie Day Camp and where my daughter had wedding photos taken.  Everyone was meeting up in there busy December schedules to celebrate an important five year milestone.  Big brother William helped to keep the festivities going even though he was shy his first lost tooth.  I rode my bike through this park many times and used the beautiful photo opportunities to take some of my pictures.  It would probably take a year to visit all the local parks in your home town area.  Make a point to do that as soon as your can.  Not only are they beautiful treasures to pass along to future generations, they are peaceful places to visit when you need to get away but just have an hour or two to spare.

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December 18, 2007

"Where's The Treadmill"

Ladies_party_011 If you look real close in this picture, you will find a treadmill, athletic shoes, an exercise ball, a medicine ball, weights and a hula hoop.  The trouble is in order to use them this week I need to get through my stageing area (just a portion of it) 

I hope when I get home tonight my sister has found some free time to wrap all this stuff for me.  Otherwise, I will have to find another method to get in my cardio time scheduled for today.  Oh well, I stick to my program pretty well the other 365 minus "12 days". so I am not going to worry about a thing except, getting the cards done, getting the packages off to UPS, baking those brownies everyone has requested at work, ordering the tamales, and the list goes on and on.  Be good to yourself at this time of year.  Try to find someone to help you, decide, what can wait until next year, call a few friends instead of mailing out a card, and learn to just let one single thing go.

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December 17, 2007

My Sunset Journal

Holiday_mtg_004 I had this great idea about Journaling sometime back and thought it would be a great idea to start a sunset journal.  The idea was to collect sunset pictures of my travels.  Hopefully I could share these moments with someone special, be it a relative, old friend or someone that could fill an empty space in my heart.   Well, I lost track of how many times I started this journal, but found a better way to manage the project.    I didn't worry about writing a journal entry, I just parked the picuture on my computer and named it. 

I'll will then share them with you, and tell you where they were taken; well not taken, but experienced.  I continue to discover or re-discover the small details that are a part of my life.  Remember how I suggested that you take the time to enjoy the moon and the stars, make time in your day to watch the sunset too.  The simple things surrounding us are beautiful and free, so when you are out riding your bike, don't make it all about your performance, save some space in the experience for the earthly gifts that are placed before us every day.  Today's sunset was saved in the city of Laguna Beach, California. If you don't want to miss the beautiful details in your life,

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December 12, 2007

"My Favorite Super Hero" Part 1

Dilemma Alert

King_kong I've been invited to a party on Sunday and the Host has requested that his guests dress for the occasion as their favorite super hero.  Jeeze, I thought I was too old for this.  "I mean, I'm all", I just slipped past Halloween without having to dress up, and so I thought I was off the hook for the next year.  Are there any costume stores even open after October 31st?  I'm up a creek here because I have not seen any of the Spiderman movies, I don't think Shrek qualifies, and to be perfectly honest, the last Superhero movie I can remember watching is Batman on Christmas 1967 at a drive-in movie; "Holy ---- Batman".   

I really need some quick advice here because I would not want to disappoint my "Host".  I am more of the Heroine being rescued type.  I will be busy the next few days, racking my brain over this one so if anyone has any ideas, I would be very grateful.  After I figure this one out,

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