Trek Women
June 26, 2009

Bike encounter with the DEAF

Apparently DEAF people can be JERK people too.

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I was riding my bike home from work today, and I got into the left hand turn lane.   As I coasted toward the RED light ahead, I heard a car behind me honking like crazy....beep, beep, beep, beeeeeeep!  As I usually do when I am riding my bike, I ignored it and did not look back at the fussy car.  To my surprise, the car comes swerving around me, and almost hits me, all while a lady is waving her crazy arm out the passenger window for me to get over. They stopped right in front of me, and I had to slam on my brakes so I would not rear end them with my front tire. 

I wasn't too upset at this point, but they did make me a little mad.  The light was red, and if I had been a little bolder, I would have pulled up next to them to let them know the laws of the road. I didn't though...I just stood there and stared at the back of their car, giving them the stink eye.  

As I was staring, I realized two things: 1. They were deaf.  2. They were talking about me!  Now I don't know sign language, but I can certainly read body language.  And, I am pretty sure when you take your pointer finger and make small circles around your ear, that means "crazy" or "stupid". It made me more mad that they would talk about me like that...especially since they were the one's who cut me off and apparently don't know all of the rules of the road. 

After the light turned green, they caught another red light, so I had an opportunity to pass them.  I wanted really bad to use the one-finger sign language that I DO know...but I didn't.  Instead, I just smiled at them as I rode past. 

Now that I think about it...it is kind of funny that I ignored their honking...I hope they think their horn is broken.  
May 27, 2009

Dandy....what?

We just bought our first house.  It is a cute little house on a corner lot.  It is one block from a creek and bike trail, and five blocks from a sandy beach on a lake.  Of course, we love it!

Only one bad thing so far...We may have a dandelion problem in our yard.  Take a look at the pictures and see for yourself.

All part of summer I guess.

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April 9, 2009

Living with Friends

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We moved out of our apartment last week, and into our friend's house.  We are waiting to close on a home that we are buying.  So we are going to live with our friends until then. 

Some may say that it is unwise, painful, or damaging to move in with friends...but I disagree. It has been a total blast!  Here are my top five reasons why:

1. Pizza (homemade)

2. Long bike rides to work

3. Staying up late

4. Sharing groceries, and clothes

5. TV (we don't have one, but they do!)

On a side note, Spring is on its way...I am so excited!
February 24, 2009

Sisters

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Sisters are great.  I went to California two weeks ago to visit my family and I haven't posted any of those pictures yet.  This is a picture of me and two of my sisters, Brittany and Breanna.  I have three more sisters as well.  I should post a picture of all six of us...it is quite a sight!  I feel like none of us look a whole lot alike. 

Sisters are great.  I am glad I have so many. Biological sisters, church sisters, running sisters, and of course, biking sisters.  I love all of my sisters out there!
February 10, 2009

"It felt like springtime..."

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"...on this February morning."  I think that is a phrase from a song by Sophie B. Hawkins.  

She is talking about love, but I am talking about real springtime!  It is still winter, but this February has been so gentle to us in Minnesota.  I think it was close to 45 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday.  Absolute bliss!

I went for a run outside and it was amazing.  The birds were all out chirping their beautiful songs.  We (me and the birds) all know that this warm weather won't last.  Winter is not close to being over, but we are sure enjoying the break.

The picture is from this weekend at our friend's cabin.  We had so much fun. Thanks for inviting us!

January 15, 2009

Only in Minnesota

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It has been a cold week for just about everyone in the United States this week.  Up here in Minnesota has been especially cold. With windchill, it has been hitting the       -20s and -30s just about everyday.  

Call me crazy, but I braved the cold this week and road my bike to work. I put on snow pants, snow boots, wool socks, 2 hats, a scarf, 2 layers of mittens, 4 layers of jackets, and thermal underwear. The picture is pretty accurate of what I look like while riding.  Only in Minnesota.

As I was riding to work yesterday, I pulled up to a stop light. A car to my left was also stopped at the light. I glanced over at the passengers in the car and low and behold...I saw something that you would only see in Minnesota!

They were all eating ice-cream cones!  Here I was bundled up as much as you can, and still be able to ride a bike, and they are sitting in their car eating ice-cream! 

Only in Minnesota do people enjoy ice-cream when it is -20 degrees outside.  Only in Minnesota!
December 31, 2008

You could be the next me!

DSC_0067_3 Do you think you have what it takes to be the next Woman Who Rides?

Step right up!  Trek is holding tryouts! 

Do you sing, dance, juggle or maybe you have sexy legs, nice hair, and can run a 4 minute mile. 

Trek is looking for all kinds of women.   

You don't really need to sing and dance, or any of that stuff.  In fact, it requires no special talent at all.   

If you are a female age 21 or older, and ride a bicycle, you're perfect.  Click here for the contest details. 

Don't waste any time...you only have till January 24th.   
December 15, 2008

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from Trek's "Women Who Ride"!
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December 3, 2008

A Photo Shoot

We went out to take some photos with some friends the other day. Thanks Chrissy and Randy, we had fun!  It was really cold and our fingers were freezing, so it didn't last very long.  I think we got a couple of good shots though.  Here they are!

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Fun times.  We are sure enjoying the snow and cold weather here in Minnesota.  Not a lot of biking going on right now...I am such wimp when it comes to the cold. 
November 25, 2008

Ten things I'm Thankful for

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I am Thankful that I...
  1. have such an awesome husband!
  2. live in this wonderful Country and enjoy marvelous freedoms
  3. have such good friends and family
  4. bike like crazy (of course)
  5. love music and dancing but I can't sing or dance worth a dime
  6. don't really like fast food
  7. have had very good health my whole life
  8. can run a marathon
  9. have lived in California, Hawaii, Utah, Idaho, and Minnesota
  10. am happy
I hope everyone remembers some of the things that they are truly thankful for.  Have a very happy Thanksgiving!