The library is up and running again!

Over 8 months ago, we moved from Mountlake Terrace to the Oregon Coast. if you have been following this blog, you have seen some of my cycling and beach walking photos. Here is one from today.

Long time readers will remember that at the old house we had a Little Free Library in the front yard, made by my step dad.

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Rest assured, we made sure to load that puppy up and bring it with us. Where it languished in the garage for most of the last 8 months.. Continue reading “The library is up and running again!”

A true Artist!

Hi all!

I know its been a while since my last post. As we know life gets busy!

But I wanted to sneak on for a quick shout out to a good friend and amazing artist: Renee Hazen!

Renee and I worked closely together for years at the mighty P. As I trained people in person, she used her creative talents to make sure to fully enjoy my classes. She developed all the online training which rescued them from me blathering on and on…

Last summer, Renee took a leap. She left corporate America, and went on her own to embrace her art, which aside from her hubby and son, is her one true love!

She has her site open! Renee Hazen Designs

In addition to her children’s books (I own them all!) which are amazing, she has developed a line of animal pillows. each one has an original piece of Renee art! There all also animal cards for that personal note to a love one!

Would you like a sneak peek? Sure you would!!

My cycling buddy Rob has a 22 year daughter that we love to death. I got her the giraffe pillow for Christmas and she loved it! Not only was the art amazing, but the pillow was soft and comfy! Rumor has it it made “Squeeeeeeee!”

So, for baby showers, Valentines day, or you just love owls, check out her page! And if that is not enough, just think: Anything you purchase helps supports a women with a genuinely amazing heart, continue her escape from cubicle hell!

I am damn proud of her!

Shop like the wind!!

 

Book Review: Cycle of Hope (A journey from paralysis to possibility by Tricia Downing

OK, right of the bat folks, I gotta tell ya this is NOT my normal kind of book. I love books about cycling, cycle travel, and have even fought my way through some books on cycle racing. But, as a rule, I steer away from the “I got hurt and made it back and this would be a great Lifetime network movie” kinda story.

However, I was looking for a good cycling book to read, and my Facebook cycling friends Naomi recommended this one. She told me that it helped her as she recovered from and injury. Well, hell, I once fought my way through a Nicholas Sparks book, why not give this one a chance!

I am glad I did… Continue reading “Book Review: Cycle of Hope (A journey from paralysis to possibility by Tricia Downing”

Book Review: Downhills Don’t Come Free by Jerry Holl

Recently I realized something. Even though I have continued being an avid reader this year, as always, it has been a long time since I have read a cycling book. So, a week ago I went perusing Amazon for a good choice.

After a bit I stumbled upon Downhills Don’t Come Free (One Man’s Bike Ride from Alaska to Mexico) by Jerry Holl. I loved the title! It may honestly be the best bike book title I’ve ever read. Anyone who has ever reveled at a fast long downhill after climbing for hours would understand why.

Yep hit the purchase button as soon read about it… Continue reading “Book Review: Downhills Don’t Come Free by Jerry Holl”

Book Review: The Coyote’s Bicycle by Kimball Taylor

It’s been quite a while since I have done a review on a bike book. A while ago, Michelle and I were walking around Third place Books in Lake Forest park.  I picked it up to take a look and the subtitle grabbed me:

The Untold Story of Seven Thousand Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderline Empire. Reading this I realized this would be different from any other bike book I had read. This wasn’t someone traveling cross-country or around the world for fun. This was using bikes to smuggle people across the border from Mexico to the United States.

I have always said a bike can take you anywhere, but I never thought about this… Continue reading “Book Review: The Coyote’s Bicycle by Kimball Taylor”

The books that stay with you

Finally, after using every trick I know, I got “Larry” Michelle’s MacBook to connect to Starbucks WiFi. I swear if I was 7 years old this would be much simpler!

OK, on to the post. I am here today blogging away, while Michelle is out walk/running 8 miles to get ready for the Seattle Halfmarathon coming up Sunday after Thanksgiving. I hang here at the end, tracking her progress and ready for rapid response, or with an Ice Tea at the end. It’s a hard job!

While coming back from dropping her off, I was listening to NPR. YES there was political news (NO FAIR I ALREADY VOTED) but being NPR it also had real news! Today was a story that reminded me of my, hands down, favorite book ever… Continue reading “The books that stay with you”

Book Review: Full Cycle by Christopher Blunt

Ladies and gents, I love reading cycling books. People travel to places I will never go (but wish I could). A good writer can share the pain, triumph and euphoria of riding a bike.

There are very few cycling fiction books that I have found. However, once I saw a review in Cascade bike clubs newsletter this month, I had to order it… Continue reading “Book Review: Full Cycle by Christopher Blunt”