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Winter Blues

I am sick! I hate being sick, it literally is the worst. My nose is runny, I have a dry cough, my head is all woozy. I still rode my bike today, but that took a lot out of me. You see we made a New Years goal and it is to ride 5000 miles. 365 days, 5000 miles, it averages to about 14 miles a day, 96 miles a week. Give or take a few miles here and there.

The thing about goals is you always want to  make them achievable. When we set this one it seemed achievable at first. Maybe it was the champagne running through my body after the midnight toast. Then January 1st happened, and I did not feel too good, so I did not ride my bike.  I woke up today and again did not feel so good, but I did ride. So far this new year I am 9 miles in. Is that a good thing? Well yes, there are still 363 days left of the year and I only have 4991 miles to go. When I woke up this morning I thought.

“5000 is a lot, maybe we should cut it down”

After my ride this afternoon I have a new perspective, and new feelings. 5000 is just a goal. If I don’t hit 5000 it isn’t the end of the world. It will be a learning experience. I can use the information on how to adjust my lifestyle to fit this goal, or adjust the goal to better fit my lifestyle. A goal is something you set to achieve and after you have achieved it exceed it, and if you don’t make it, you learn from it. And then you evaluate, maybe extend the time on that goal, maybe set a new goal, and you keep moving forward. It reminds me of this great People Under the Stairs (The rap duo) song. It is called Yes I can and it is on the album 12 step program. YouTube it, after you listen to it you can check out the PUTS website.

It’s worth it, I think. I have been a fan for like 15 years now. One of my goals is to see them live in concert, living in the bay area I SHOULD be able to. 2018 goals: Ride 5000 miles and see PUTS in concert.

There ya have it folks. My 2018 New Years Goals…way better than a resolution.

Update: I rode again today, another 8 miles down so only 4983 miles to go! woo-hoo! Also I am feeling better, still on not 100%, but better.

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Where did we leave off? Oh the CF ride, 40 miles of up the hills and down the hills.  I was worried that I might not make it, but once we got halfway through it I realized what I was capable of. 39.0 miles, 2,732 feet of climbing all completed in 4ish hours. I say 4ish because strava tells me 3 hours and 16 minutes, but

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Break time

that is just moving time, we took a couple of breaks. The climbing, that’s what really gets to you. At first it looks very daunting, you start the climb and its easy, halfway through you think your legs might fall off,. When you can see the end you get an invincible feeling,  like you can do anything! Except ride a bike the next day. I tried that, well I actually rode my bike to the corner where I got a flat.  I decided that was the universe telling me to cool it, I walked my bike back to my house and took the car.  After this realization that I can do almost anything we went tumbling into summer.

 

I got a job with a company contracted by Google, yeah Google. IMG_5676.jpg So I got to work at the Mountain View campus for the summer. I kept my event services job part-time, I like that job and it was nice to have the cash flow.

We did another CF ride, this one in August in Rochester NY. That was great, we got to see family and friends. I

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CF ride pt 2!

went shopping in my moms closet, and we ate a TON of pizza. Why tho?? California pizza is not as good as Western NY pizza. Sorry Californians, I just can’t get behind it.

 

After that we came home and I started school to get my Business Administration degree, ditched my fancy M-F

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Hittin those books!

job and went back full-time to the Event Services gig. Now the first semester is done, and I know I received at least one A. I have 1 week between finals and the start of intersession. Lets see how much blogging I can do!

 

 

 

via Daily Prompt: Almost

Bike Ride

I grew up in Rochester, New York.21802-rochester-locator-map I used to ride a bike every now and then if it wasn’t snowing.

A couple of years ago Missy asked me if I would be help her. I would have to leave Rochester and move to San Jose, CA.

Two years ago I left Rochester for San Jose, to help Missy. In just three months we had more adventures in SJ then we ever did in Rochester. We had ups and downs, but no matter what we were always there for each other.

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We made chalkboard lists every day.

There were a lot of people who were ready to jump in and help Missy at any given moment. There were friends, family, and total strangers. Doctors, Nurses, Dietitians and Respiratory therapists, the person at the Stanford valet who was always ready to help Missy get into or out of the car if needed.

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A real nice tow truck driver let us take selfies on the way home. (One day I will tell that story)

So many people jumped to help, sometimes without being asked.

That was one of the most wonderful things I have ever seen. Now I am seeing it again in the way of the Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life ride. People have been training, people have been donating, people are volunteering. It gives me chills, in a good way.

“Is there anything you need me to do when I get home?” I asked Missy one day while leaving Stanford.

“Will you ride my bike for me?” she replied

“Of course”

On June 17th I will be riding for Missy. 

Here is a link to the team page, Team Missy-Llaneous,  anything you can give would be appreciated. Not just by our team, by the whole CF community.

 

Baby Party?

Last Sunday was Tony’s Baptism. It was a beautiful ceremony, and afterwards there was a reception.

The day was sunny, the morning air was brisk. White puffy clouds moved through the sky. We woke up around 6am, showered and got dressed in our Sunday best. By 7:35 we were on the road and ready for the baby dunk tank.

I mean literally, he got dunked in a tank.

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Dunk tank

Then he got dressed in a fun  white outfit, then he got communion.

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#overit

The Greek Orthodox do everything in one shot, which is cool..

 

Not the point of todays blog.

Tuesday my sister told me I was in charge of the “gift bags” I was very confused, I don’t remember getting a gift bag at any other baptism. I had not idea what to do.

So I brainstormed, well it technically would be from Tony so we had to put things in there that he liked. It is spring so maybe something spring related. I also decided to go with a baby blue. The baby shower was themed that color and his cake was also going to have baby blue frosting. So it was all coming together! I purchased some seed packets at the Home Depot, then went to target and got some cookies and cream Hershey’s Kisses (they are baby blue) and for the final touch I ordered some Cookies from Leo’s Bakery.

My mother was in charge of picking up the cookies and transporting them to Salem, so the gift bags would have to wait to be assembled. It was alright, she arrived, the cookies arrived.

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Easy print outs thx google!

I made some cute print-outs to stick on the back of the seed packets.

 

$37.16 later and I had 25 gift bags for the baby party.

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Finished product

Also I had extra cookies (yes!) and extra candy. (double yes!)

 

Parents and children alike were impressed. It gave people a great gift some seeds for planting (possible a family activity), a cookie (the kids enjoyed that) and some candy. (Who can say no to a Hershey’s Kiss?) Pretty sure Tony was pleased as well.

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Tony straight chillin after the party

Boston

I went to downtown Boston for a day.  I was busy exploring, and not blogging. When I was not exploring I was hanging with Tony.

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Tony

If I wasn’t with Tony I was with my sister or her husband doing fun adult things. (Mostly beer drinking and pizza eating.) So we left off in Salem on Tuesday. Wednesday I went to Boston. There was much exploring that day. I started out by helping Katie in the office with some TEDX stuff. You see my work just had a TEDX event and now her work is having some TEDX things. From there I went over to Primark and got a tank top for .96!

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Large stairs

Yeeahhhh, heck of a deal. I left shopping, cuz let’s be real I don’t even really enjoy shopping as much as I used to unless it is for food. I walked over to the Quincy Market and got a cold brew coffee and went on my search for a unique Coozie. (I spell koozie with a C, but most of the time it is spelled with a K. I think  C is better, personal preference.) Quincy Market did not have much of anything I wanted so I skipped down to Government Center and hopped on the T to meet up with Katie for lunch. We went to the BU pub,

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Katie at the BU Pub

boy that was great. I had a FRESH CUT beer (one of the BEST) and a chicken salad sammie. BU pub is great, first off the only people who can go in are BU students and Alum, and faculty. So I was signed in as a guest. I felt so super fancy. The walls are all wood and the carpet is a deep burgundy.  Apparently it is closing soon because the building is being renovated.

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BU Pub food.

So it was a super treat to be able to go there.

 

 

 

Now after the lunch Katie had to do more work. So I ran down to Newbury street to pretend I was fancy.

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Fancy Brooks saddle on Newbury. 

As it so turns out the higher society did not fall for my tricks and I got a lot of sideways glances. What can I say $100 for a shirt is just too much for me. Maybe a hoodie. Maybe.

 

It took almost an hour to get back to Salem from Boston. That is the kind of traffic I am used to in the bay area. It allowed me time to think about future desserts and how much I like to ride my bike.  We got home and I enjoyed an IPA, and some pizza. That was Boston.

 

I also want to add that no matter what I do with the comments on my pictures they show up all screwy. I will try to fix it after work.

New England

I am taking a trip to Boston. It will not be for a few months, but i will be traveling. I love to travel, even if it is to a place I know well. Or in this instance kind of well.

I love Boston, I love the cobblestone streets and the traffic. The T is an amazing public transportation line. I know there are some flaws, I did “live” there for  few months. I still love the T.

So check it. I wrote that back in February when I found out I was going to Boston. Guess what? I am in Boston.!!!Well really Salem, but I am going to go to Boston with my sister tomorrow. I was 20 hours into my trip and I encountered some cool people. I will tell you  about 2 of them

1-Got to SJC (airport in San Jose) and got right into the security check line. RIGHT IN. Not one person in front of me, I was only an hour early, Phenomenal.  The lady at the security check wished me a happy late birthday! That is SO cool! I was very pleased, she made my airport experience so much better. I should have gotten her name and gave her a great review. I hope she gets a bonus for being so cool.

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Indoor dog “relief” station at the airport

2- Today everybody went to their works and daycare. I was able to sleep some and woke up with a hankering to explore! So I hopped in Katie’s car and to DT Salem I went. I parked, grabbed some change, checked my park job and then readjusted as to not park like an asshole. An older gentleman walked up and asked how long I would be parking. I told him about 2 hours, I was worried he needed the spot, or that I wasnt allowed to park there at a certain time.

“I am going to pay for your parking” He told me.

“What!? No, you don’t have to! Thank you!” I sputtered

“I know I don’t, but cared how you were parked, not many people do that.” He replied

“Thank you so much!!” I said, I wanted to hug him. What a nice man.

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Tetris-Tots

So I wandered around Salem for a couple of hours, got

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This Bianchi…made in China

some coffee, got some “tetris-tots” and played burger time. I found a few bikes at the thrift store. Then I went back to the apartment and chilled out for a bit.

Disclaimer

This weeks blog is going to be about my travels. I will slip some recipes in as much as I can. For the most part it will be about the places I go and the people I meet.  I hope you can enjoy the next few days of adventure stories. For now I will tell you about the dinner I made on my birthday.

Pork Chops: I used a very simple recipe, and it turned out great.

  • 4  boneless pork chops
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (I used the garlic that comes in a jar. It was a birthday short cut)
  • 1 tsp salt (to start, add more as needed/wanted)
  • 2 tsp ground pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp rosemary
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • EVOO

So you just coat them chops in all that stuff, put them in the oven for at 350 for about 30 minutes.

I added some potatoes onto the dish, just added some salt and pepper and a DASH of paprika.

After some birthday polo it was super delish. We also ate some donuts for dessert, along with some candy from my pinata. Yes I got a Pinata for my birthday, and yes it was fabulous.

Alley Cat

I have done plenty of fun things on my birthday. When I was 16 I took my first ever airplane ride to Florida on my birthday. I turned 21 and went to Georgia for my birthday.  The sun shines different in the south, and boy did I get sunburned. When I was 23 I went to Boston (well really I went for my sister’s wedding) At 25 I held a beer pong party and played 25 games of beer pong. (That was the last of those kind of parties)  Two years ago I turned 28 and I moved to San Jose for my birthday. In all reality I moved on the 7th of April, but what started as a birthday trip and transformed into a birthday move.

Today I turn 30

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Last beer of my 20’s

and am making myself an alley cat race.  What is an Alley Cat race? Well Wikipedia will tell you some stuff about it. I found this article to explain and that was pretty good.

What do I know about an Alley Cat race? Nothing, I have never been to one, or participated in one. I have watched some stuff about them on YouTube, and read some articles and heard people I know talk about them.

Birthday Alley cat consists of me riding all 3 of my bikes, running errands, cleaning my house and of course, polo. All before 10:17pm when the lights go out at the courts.   It’s more like an Alley cat marathon. Really it’s not an Alley Cat at all, it’s my day planned out, but on my birthday I can do whatever I want. That’s what my Dad says anyways.

Lets see how it goes.

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 I made theses cookies and cream cookies. Super good
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Or if you are lazy you can put peanut butter on an oreo. Your call.

Personal

We started going to a personal trainer. Today is personal training day, I like personal training day. I try to go in with an open mind, I also want to push myself to do more reps, be faster, get stronger. Yah Bro.  After PT we drink protein in the sunshine, sometimes we get some lunch at the cafe. It is like a little workout date. So why did we get a personal trainer? Well despite riding bikes all over San Jose, we really are not ready for the CF ride.

You see San Jose is flat,

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San Jose is flat.

and this ride is not. Up the hills, down the hills and back up the hills again.

Enter Cameron, our PT. He is all about making us use the power rope things, do sprinters and spiderman push ups. Kettle bell swings and all the power lifts. (I may have made up some of those names) Today it is raining so we won’t be able to work out outside like normal. I am secretly hoping he just tells us to use the run-punch machine. (Elliptical)

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Me featuring the run punch machine back in Boston time.

and come back Thursday for an outside workout.

Lots of cool things are happening. My polo bike got featured on BIKES OF POLO instagram.  I applied to go back to school, just waiting to sign up for classes. Lots of polo, lots of bike rides. Getting ready for the summer of fun.

Check out BIKES OF POLO on instagram! They rock, also support my CF ride. Here is the link again, I am trying to get to $500.  Now its time to lift some weights.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Spring

Happy Spring! Today is the first day of spring, I think it is the perfect time to tell you about the CF ride that I am doing. The ride is June 17th, and it involves a lot of climbing, and riding the bikes around Half Moon Bay. This is the reason I built up that Trek, as I will need a geared bike to do this ride.

Everybody knows the reason why I am doing the CF ride. I had a very dear friend

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Tiny Girls, Big Tree.

who had the disease, and she showed me how to live. We had a ton of fun doing stuff together and I am super thankful to have had that experience. There we are in the Redwoods with a giant tree.

 

 

So about the Trek. I rode it at bike party this Friday. Let me tell you what a bike party it was. We dance, we ate Lucky Charms treats, we rode the bikes. I was a speed racer on my new bike.

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Speed racer champ right here.

Gears are great! There were even a few small hills that I rode up like a CHAMP. We had a few friends over before the bike party for a little pre-game. Then we had a small wind down after.

Small side story Our friend dropped his phone at the last checkpoint. He was all “Well it is lost forever.” Then we called it and people answered and gave the address where it could be picked up. It was a great success.  The boys went to pick up the phone and we all packed it in for the night.

Good Bike party

Lucky Charms Treats are made like this

1-Package of mini marshmallows

8 cups of Lucky Charms cereal

7-Tablespoons of butter

Melt the butter, add the marshmallows, melt the marshmallows and butter together, add the cereal. Spread that into a greased baking pan. Let cool, put them in the fridge for about an hour. Cut into square and enjoy!

Bam! Now you know

For that you should donate at least something to my ride

Here is the link