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Sunday, October 17, 2010

"WOO MEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!"

Hey people.  That was what I was screaming from the top of my lungs after successfully riding the spiral staircase last Friday at the trail (after yelling"OH MY GOD!  HOLY CRAP!  AHHHHH!  I'M DOING IT! AHHHH! OH MY GOD!  I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!" that is.)  There were actually witnesses for once, even a photographer!

This pic was right after.  The stairs are at the top of this hill.  I really have to thank intrepid, tenacious, and all around *awesome* girl racer Sam for this success.  She offered to let me follow her back wheel-- believe it or not super helpful in learning how to ride obstacles.  (And I'm now 3 for 3 on that.  Can you say nailed?)  (Woo me!)  This was something I never had while learning in the beginning, because I didn't know any of the other riders really.  *Thanks Sam!*  (And Jessica for the pic!) 

Some of you may remember WAY back when I first started becoming fascinated with the racers I described some of the women as-- "gorgeous MN blonds we all take for granted up here, but would knock socks off anywhere else in the country" etc etc.  Now I'm happy to say I do actually know some of them.  I've gotten to know a lot of riders now at the trail, and feel like part of the gang, even though I still wish I had more gal pals to ride with.  (My offer to take anyone wanting to try this on a newbie ride is a standing one BTW.)

Sam came in handy in another way last week too.  Remember the vid I posted on facebook of the homeless kitty at the steelyard?  (If you are not on FB, well, You miss stuff is all I can say.  :)  )

Sam wound-up adopting her.  She was NOT happy about being crated-up though.  She'll be so much safer now, being a pet instead of dodging forklifts & trucks, but she didn't of course understand what was happening, only that she was being uprooted.  ~Dislike~
"Go away-- dumb paparazzi!"

So-- thanks Sam!  (And thanks everyone else who offered foster homes etc.)

It's a matter of time now, before I walk out and see my flowers have all withered from frost.  It's the whole seasonal thing.  It's always a mixed bag of feelings when fall/winter comes.  I hate to see summer go.  I rely heavily on my outdoor workspace for almost all the painting I do, and just-- summer is awesome.  (I wound-up really loving my random mix of annuals.  Just a crazy riot of color.  The nasturtiums went nuts.  For sure doing those again next year.)

I'm not sure what these are, but I'm really into them and will for sure seek them out next year too.

Look how gorgeous!  Man.  Pam took the kayaks this weekend to store for the winter, so we're done on the rivers for the season.  I'll miss a lot about summer, but also know the fact that it's so fleeting is one reason I love it.  Where my sister lives it's always like summer, and the bugs get huge, and it's boring.
There are a few things about the cold season I'm NOT psyched about.  One of them is heating the house.  We have a wood-burning furnace, so it's a constant chore to build fires and keep them going.  Usually, when I'm working in the shop a lot it goes out, then seems pointless to light again for my very brief lunch.  It's just a pain always having to think about it and keep the wood supplied etc.  Here's me helping to stack our initial supply.  (We get free pallet scraps from this company that makes them.  Green re-use, plus-- free!)

But there is so much to look forward to:  soup, sweaters, no bugs or ~snakes~ anywhere, cords, my pale doughy flesh being *normal* again-- or at least covered more often, sliding, x-country skiing, winter mountain biking (yep-- going to really learn this this year), and snow boots!  Dan goes the other night, "You have a real problem with boots!" as I was guiltily pawing through a catalog like a porn addict.  Oh well.  I'm totally getting these.  ~boot mania~  ~drool~
Not only all that, but next weekend is me and Dan's anniversary, plus----- IT'S ALMOST HALLOWEEN YOU GUYS!  ~major WOO!~  Me and Dan, and probably Pam are going to ride in the Halloween race at the trail which will be a total crazy blast.  Also, it won't be long until it's clementine and pomegranate season!  Mmmmm!

Meanwhile, I have LOADS of work to get done by Nov 6th (my next show), but I'm determined to have fun and enjoy what's left of fall.  Can't work all the dang time after all.  :)

Tomorrow I'm going to make time to have lunch with my folks at this lobster wagon we've been drooling over for at least a month.  I'll just work extra fast before and after.  ;)


Linda G. said...

Congrats on nailing the Spiral Staircase--you rock! :)

Also, have you tried Nasturtiums in your salad? The leaves add a great peppery zing--yummy.

pseudosu said...

No! I had no idea, and that sounds like something I would really like. I love watercress etc. Cool! Now I wish I'd have known all along. Thanks!

irishk said...

That spiral staircase looks so daunting. I get dizzy just walking down a spiral staircase, so I can't even imagine riding a bike down such terrain. This is definitely a sport that I should be a spectator rather than a participant:-) I love the way you put yourself out there to continually learn new things and challenge yourself. That's a great attitude to wear as you approach the dreaded 'middle-aged-woman' years. Go kicking and screaming all the way! "Do not go gentle into that goodnight." Who said that? Dylan Thomas? I'm not sure, but I like it. Kathleen

pseudosu said...

Have you seen the one over there? Yes-- it's taken me over a year and a half to de-wuss on that. In the last month my riding has suddenly really changed. It makes me realize I've been riding with a rather significant amount of stuffed fear. Now, I suddenly feel more in control, more competent, and many things feel so much easier. The terrain actually looks like it's physically flattened-out more, looks less steep and severe. I'm riding way looser and smoother. ~Progress~ Oh yes-- no worries about me going along quietly. ;)

Maery Rose said...

I love that photo of you coming down the hill! Ride on!