WSU Gnome Rides Again!

Folks, this has been one hell of a long year. Due to work and a fluke in our planning, Michelle and I have not had more than one day off since our trip to Cannon Beach in April. For the record, that is ENTIRELY too long!!

So, with our Labor Weekend trip to Walla Walla in the offing, she and I have been counting down the days! Finally, Thursday rolled around, and we loaded up the rental vehicle for a trip east! Continue reading “WSU Gnome Rides Again!”

The Egg Run

Like many of y’all, when the weekend rolls around, some of that time becomes errand time. Groceries, gas, drug store, or Costco, each has to be fit into a time we are not at work, hence the weekend.

Generally, Michelle and I make most of these trips together (everyone say “Awwwwww”) as its more fund to errand with someone than alone.  Today, though, I was left to my own devices as she had a class to learn how to weave on her new loom. (Yep kid you not, told you she was amazing).

I decided to pick up the bird food and eggs while she was out… Continue reading “The Egg Run”

As long as I have a book I am happy!

Even though the weather was perfect yesterday, I am heeding the advice of Michelle as well as my biking, blogging buddy Sarah and taking a few days off the bike.  Manchild and I will be going to see the third Avengers movie later tonight, and last night was a date night for Michelle and I. Continue reading “As long as I have a book I am happy!”

Impatient isn’t a BAD thing

From time to time, I know I surprise people from time to time on here.  Today may be one of those times.  Because I have a confession to make.  I am impatient!  I have a hard time waiting for certain things.

For example, I start the count down for the Walking Dead TV show weeks in advance.  Buffet style unit business lunches? I have plate in hand and I am first in line almost every time!  Part of this is because I pay close attention to the speaker.  When it sounds like he or she is about to release us I nonchalantly (ok maybe not so nonchalant) start moseying my way to the table…

Editors note:  In a big enough meeting, if you are first, you can get your food, get back to the table, eat it and go up for seconds just as the last person goes through the first time.  Try it, I’ve done it more than once!  This works for holiday gatherings as well!


Also in said meetings, watching the clock for the last hour willing it to go faster is a common occurrence for me.

More so than any other time of year, though, I get VERY impatient come March Continue reading “Impatient isn’t a BAD thing”

Buying gifts for each other is easy!

In the past, both Michelle and I have had folks in our lives that have said we are hard to buy gifts for.  I think I am prettier easy as a matter of fact, mainly because I really don’t go looking for gifts.  I can easily vouch for Michelle, she is VERY simple to shop for.

Add to it in this day and age of iPads, smart phones and wireless, the searching for, and buying of said gifts can be done in seconds, with the other person being non the wiser.  Which is why one of Michelle’s stocking stuffers was this:

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“So This is Christmas” and “Ruby Grace” Excellent gift ideas!

I’ve mentioned in the past that I am an avid reader.  I’ve been reading damn near every day since at least the 4th grade, and maybe even before.  Getting a book for my birthday or Christmas was the perfect gift.  What else could you get, for the price of a movie, that gives you many many hours of fun.

Nowadays, I carry my iPad or my Kindle everywhere I go, and I read whenever I get the chance.  I usually have 2 or 3 books going at anyone time.

When asked for gift ideas for people, one of the first things I think of is a book!  Those who can write and get a book published are to be admired.  Which is why I am excited to do this post.  Two of my friends, Jim Devitt, and Renee Hazen, have each just published a book that would be perfect for the holidays!

I am lucky enough to have read them both and I can share them with you! Continue reading ““So This is Christmas” and “Ruby Grace” Excellent gift ideas!”

The Great Shoe Shopping Trip of 2013

Ok guys, do NOT run away from this post!  I am not sure what shopping is like with your wives/girlfriends, but with mine its easy!  So lets continue!

Yep, I promised Michelle that one night this week after work we could head downtown (since we work in Seattle) and hit the Nordstrom sale.  The woman needed shoes!  Continue reading “The Great Shoe Shopping Trip of 2013”

Errands and Bikes DO Mix!

It is damn hard to find time to work out!  Work, commute, errands, chores, house cleaning, doctors, parents, kids, yard work, homework, friends, and any number of other things seem to take priority over any chance at working out.  Not to mention that during the Walking Dead season, I lose another hour of opportunity (LOVE that show).  Finding time to ride the bike is no different.  There are just only SO many hours in the day.  If you are lucky enough to live close enough to work to bike commute you won’t have this issue.  Sadly I am entirely too far away!

Hours in the day also vary throughout the year. Ok, I can hear yall now saying “Uh hey pal; there are always 24 hrs in a day.”  Yep, you are right, but how many daylight hours are there?  Here in Seattle the sun goes down EARLY (before 5) in the winter.  (We do make up for it in the summer when I can bike until almost 10 PM with the sun still up.)  This means not only do you have a bucket load of things to accomplish, but sometimes less than 12 hours of light to do so.  And that doesn’t even factor in the weather!   I know I’ve already pointed out how to ride in the house, but that makes bike riding a chore.  Even with movies it isn’t that much fun.  Biking outside is fun AND good for you.

So here it is finally a nice Saturday, but you’ve got a ton of errands to do.  You’ve got to hit the grocery store, drop off dry cleaning, go to the bank, drug store, mail some bills and maybe even hit the mall for one thing or another.  How the heck do you do this AND get a bike ride in?  Well boys and girls, it’s easy, USE the bike instead of the car.  Crazy I know, but suddenly chores and errands become fun!  Remember to buy a GOOD lock and have it with you and use it.  Even for a short run in and run out of a building.  Otherwise you could be walking home.

My bike has a luggage rack and I have panniers (saddle bags), it makes it easier for me.  However a decent sized backpack can work as well.  Trailers to tow kids also work well for groceries.  To run errands on a bike just requires some prior planning.  Stuff the laundry in the panniers (or backpack) and make it one of your first stops even if it is out of your way or would be a waste of gas to go there first.  Remember, these are bike errands/working out.  Extra unnecessary miles are simply a longer and better work out!

After dropping off the laundry get the smaller errands done.  Mailbox/post office, bank, library, drugstore (yes bikes can go through the drive through just like a car) and maybe even the mall usually won’t take up much room in the bags.  Once these are done, make the grocery store the last stop.  It takes some strategic backing to get it all in the bags or backpacks on the bike, but you will get better at it.  Couple tips: Watch the bumps if you buy eggs.  Also, back all the cold stuff together.  Finally, pedal fast if you buy ice cream on a hot day!

In the long run, you get extra miles in, an extra work out, better parking, save gas, and maybe even save money.  With limited space, you are less likely to over spend at the mall or the grocery store.

Two things that don’t work well:  Watermelons do NOT ride well in a backpack, and I have never figured out how to pick up laundry from the dry cleaners.  Just not sure how to get it home with the shirts still cleaned and pressed!  If any of you figure it out, PLEASE let me know!