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March 25, 2009

U of M

Gopher

It is official.  Bill has decided to attend the University of Minnesota Law School. I am so proud of him. Yeah! Go Bill! And Go Gophers!


This is what attending Minnesota Law School will mean for us:

1) A very good education at a low cost.

2) Bill will have to study all the time.

3) We will have to endure at least 3 more Minnesota winters (it is snowing outside by the way).

4) We are going to ride our bikes across the United States before he starts school in the Fall. 

Did you catch that last one? We just started planning our trip and we are so excited! Starting in Oregon and ending somewhere on the East Coast. 
February 18, 2009

The Good Guys Won...barely

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In one corner...  The ride her bike to work in Minnesota Winter Stephanie!
In the other corner... Wicked, huge, not joking around Minnesota Snow Flakes!

Recap of the fight...Snow Flakes came on strong and dirty in the beginning with multiple shots to the eyeballs.  After the fight, Stephanie tells us "It was brutal out there, flake after flake landing in my eyes. It was painful and I could barely see."  

As the fight went on, Stephanie took the "tuck you chin and push harder approach".  It seemed to have paid off.  She came out winner in the end...only sustaining minor injuries to her eyes and very wet shoes. 

Stephanie 1, Snow Flakes 0

Minnesota Snow Flakes could not be reached for questioning after the fight. 
February 4, 2009

My Masked Crusader!

I'm really tired of the cold.  And I'm really tired of writing all my blogs about the cold.  But I could not resist snapping a shot of Bill as he got home from work last night. Click the picture to enlarge...check out the huge icicles on his eyelashes. My masked crusader!

January 23, 2009

It's Official.

Boston Marathon I have decided to train for the Boston Marathon (April 20th, 2009).  It became official yesterday as I was running 7 miles on the treadmill.  I felt great through the entire run.

Some of you may know that I have been battling a tight IT Band for about 6 months now.  It started when I took my Epic Bike Trip to Madison, WI and back.  I haven't been able to run consistently since that long bike trip. 

In the last month I have been running about 4 days a week with no problems. Six months of patience seems to have done the trick.  I have stretched, rested, rolled, massaged, iced, heated, and stretched again.  My only hope is that it holds out to April 20th. 

I am a little behind schedule for my training, but I am so excited to be running again that it doesn't matter.

Running the Boston Marathon is one of my dreams that I have had my heart set on for many years. It's official, and now all I can do it hope for the best!  

Don't get confused by the picture...I will actually be running the 113th Boston Marathon in 2009.
January 13, 2009

Weekend Full of Snow!

Here are a few things we did this weekend that involved snow:

1) Cross country skiing
2) Sledding
3) Boot Hockey
4) Snow shoeing
5) Built an igloo
6) Spun our car off the road and got it stuck in the snow


There are the things we did this weekend that did not involve snow:

1) Exploded a pie in the oven
2) Bathed in a Sauna (technically it involved snow too since we had to go outside to get to the sauna)

As you can see we had a weekend full of snow.  Thanks to our friends Randy and Chrissy (and Randy's Parents) for inviting us up to their cabin.  We had so much fun!



December 19, 2008

Did you know?

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Did you know that the first official day of Winter is not until the 21st of December?  


That is this Sunday.  

I never knew that...just found out the other day. 

I thought below zero temperatures, icicles, and constant snowfall qualified as being winter. 

Guess not.

Who decided that December 21st would be the first day of Winter?
  

I'd like to sit down and have a little chat with who ever it was. 
December 11, 2008

Merry "Cold"mas

DSC_0167 It is typical for things to get really cold this time of year in Minnesota.  I feel like it was just yesterday that it was zero degrees outside...oh wait, it was zero degrees outside yesterday. 

I have still tried to ride my bike to work everyday.  If it is a really cold day, my fingers get so cold that for the rest of the day the tips of my fingers are sore. Probably not a good sign.  I have warm gloves, but they are no match for the fierce Minnesota winter.  I think I'll get some of those packets of hand warmers.  You know, the little things you open up and they stay warm for a couple hours, and then you throw them away. They should do the trick.

This is a picture from outside my house a couple days ago.  It was about 8:00am and as you can see, the sun has just come up.  The snow is beautiful...and it is not going to melt for another five months or more...YEAH!

I hope you are having a wonderful, and hopefully warmer holiday season.

Keep riding!

November 3, 2008

Five Reasons to Ride this Fall

DSC_0002 It has been unseasonably warm this last week in Minnesota. It does not feel like the typical cold fall that everyone is used to.  That would probably explain the hundreds of people who were circling Lake Harriet yesterday afternoon. 

Truly, I have never seen that many people going around that lake at one time...ever.  It was absolutely wonderful.  There were walkers, joggers, dogs, roller-bladers, and of course bikers galore. 

Fall is really my favorite season to ride in, so I thought I would give five good reasons to get outside and get on that bike of yours!

  • one. It is beautiful! The leaves, the smell, everything!
  • two. You get to wear your warmer riding gear; I love putting on gloves and a nice windbreaker.
  • three. You don't feel guilty eating candy corn on a long bike ride.
  • four. Riding your bike is one of the best ways to prepare for the holidays (physically and mentally).
  • five. The sound of crunching leaves under your wheels.

Fall is my favorite season to ride in.  Too bad it seems to be over so quickly.  Don't miss out. Get out there and ride!
September 12, 2008

Ready to Race!

Dsc_0152_4This is a picture during the Chequamegon 40 last year. I hope I have just as much fun this year! Wish me luck...race is tomorrow at ten o'clock in the morning.

RACE WHEN YOU CAN, WALK WHEN YOU HAVE TO, CRAWL IF YOU MUST; JUST NEVER GIVE UP.
-DEAN KARNAZES

September 3, 2008

Do Not Try This At Home!

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Bill and I drove to Michigan last week to visit family. We had a blast, and took tons of pictures. Nothing topped this one though. We were driving through Wisconsin on the way home to Minneapolis and we couldn't believe our eyes.

This is no stunt. It is not photo-shopped either. It really is a man driving a motorcycle, and a lady reading a novel. We were on Interstate 94...going about 75 miles an hour. They are not even wearing helmets! Yikes!

I have nothing else to say. Share it with your friends...if anyone knows this woman, please loan her a book that does not require riding on the back of a bike in order to be suspenseful.