Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Everything!

From me and all of mine (including those not pictured!), Merry Christmas.  I hope you are warm, safe, happy, and surrounded by your loved ones.  

Waiting patiently for Santa Paws?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter Prep

It snowed here yesterday.  Not our first snowflakes, but the first ones that stuck to the ground.  The dog was SO STOKED!!!  Me, a tiny bit less so, but then I found this, and now I'm psyching up.

Hey, wait a second. Why does this video not contain any snow? What am I trying to tell you?

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Psyching Up For Winter?

So, my super-awesome Dad goes to Rossland for the winters now (he's retired, he can do stuff like that!)

They have skiing in Rossland.  It's pretty super-kick-ass.

But, um, apparently there's also this:

fat bike freeride from Rory Belter on Vimeo

I need one of these, right?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Getaway Bike!

This was during my sixth trip to NS in six months. It was the beginning of June.  I finally cracked.  I rented this from the fantastic folks at Sweet Ride Cycling in Mahone Bay, NS.  It was aluminum and heavy and the canti brakes weren't quite right for some of the mountain bike trails I took it on. It was perfect.

Specialized TriCross in the wild

I spent most of my time on the converted railway tracks that make up a huge (unpaved) cycling network in Nova Scotia.  This was my biggest ride.  Those bike rides weren't about fitness, or training, or going fast or far or even riding well.  They were about finding some tiny part of my normal life, and clinging to it in stress and sadness, getting outside and feeling the sun and rain and fresh air and feeling alive.  It's not the first time a bike has been my getaway vehicle, and it likely won't be the last. 

They were some of the best bike rides I've ever had.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


I escaped Ottawa for 48 hours last weekend, and it was the best thing I've done in months.

Camp fire on an island with amazing wine.  Okay.

I was lucky enough to get the invite from a new friend of my sister's (Newfoundland Chanceys, you'll apparently meet him in September!).  I like cities in general, and Ottawa in specific, but the chance to leave for a few days and be near the water, far from [most] people is always too good to pass up.

This might be heaven.
I had two days of sleeping on an island, in a lake, big open water swims, suntanning on a dock, delicious food and beer and wine, campfires, saunas, naps, boat rides, card games, and laughs.  It was fantastic.

If you ever get the chance, go there.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Hiatus II

I don't have many words, still, mostly.  I've two huge life changes in the past few months, one wonderful, and one utterly heartbreaking but unavoidable.  I'm sitting in a new office, with certain brown dog sulking outside the door.  That dog has eaten a chocolate brownie and a bar of soap in the past 24 hours.  She's still mostly awesome. I haven't ridden nearly enough bikes, I've eaten terrible food (and some absolutely delicious food!) and I've laughed and cried and spent time with the most wonderful people in the world.

I've missed weddings and birthdays and generally sucked at keeping in touch.  I really am sorry for that.  I'm sincerely looking forward to a return to normalcy - or new normal, in my case!  I've also got a big, new bucket list (remember this?) rattling around in my head.  In good time.

At one point, I said, "There is something incredibly comforting about having so many people who love you in one room."  There is.  Go find your people, and tell them you love them.

Then, snuggle up with your bestest napping buddy.

Seriously, who eats soap?!


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