Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I am also REALLY thankful for my iPhone. And Dramamine. Thank goodness for Dramamine.

This Thankful Thursday is still brought to you fromthe back seat of the G6 rental. Still on the way to Indy.

Thankful Thursday

This Thankful Thursday is brought to you from the backseat of our G6 rental car on the way to Indy.

I am thankful for...
~upgrading to a standard size rental car over a compact...especially as I am the designated backseat driver.
~being out of the office for a few days, even if it is to work long event hours.
~picking up our new puppy on Monday!
~puppy rescues and shelters. Those people have hearts of gold.
~spring time and sunshine.
~the swanky kennel Burton is staying in this weekend while we're gone...I hope they take good care of the little guy.
~national parks and backpacking through them.
~vacation time!
~for great friends and a wonderful boyfriend.

Don't worry, I will have oodles of adorable puppy pictures to share early next week. And I'm sure I'll have stories to share
from Indy. Oh, and I still have to fill y'all in on our worldwind tour of DC. Oh where does the time go...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Pinglespeed!!

Unlike the dishes, the Pinlglespeed is finally DONE!!

Ain't she pretty???

It's been an almost 2-year labor of love. 2 years? Ok, mainly it took that long because I have been lazy...but there's also been some OCS in the mix driving my to have everything just perfect and matching and what not.

The chain tension has been the latest disaster. It's not quite where I want it, but I have been trying to avoid using a chain tensioner or spending more $$ for something like White Industries Eccentric hub. I've tried a few different gear ratio's, and this is the best I could get. But, FYI, for those not in the know, the KMC Half link is a sanity-saver. Oh, and I LOVE Sheldon Brown's website.

I was so excited to have it all together in bike form and ride-able that I decided to temporarily overlook the saggy chain...but if anyone out there in the blog-o-sphere or world wide inter-web has a tried and true method for my droopy-drawers chain let me know!!

And wouldn't you know that right about the time I finish the Pinglespeed I end up with two more bikes to build (more details on that later)?!? I've got a geared 29'er and commuter to get together. Seriously people, I stopped working in a shop because I hated having dirty hands all the time....and yet here I am every night in the poorly lit basement, working on bikes, and living with dirty hands. Grrr!

All for hte love of bikes.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday

ON a day like today, in a week like this week has been so far, it is so important to stop, breath and remember the things you are happy and thankful for.

I'm thankful for...

~new puppies (and hopefully picking ours up tonight)!!!
~Burton, my current doggy and friend 4 1/2 years
~bedtime stories
~melting snow and SPRING TIME
~my last minute, impromptu, whirlwind tour of DC with my bff
~my friends and boyfriend
~planning this years vacations
~new camping gear
~chicken wings (yep, still thankful for chicken wings)
~bad reality tv (it's my not-so-secret guilty pleasure)
~did I mention new puppies?!?!

I was hoping to tell you all about the fabulous Conte's expo and my adventures in DC....but it has been a whooper of a week! The story is so worth telling tho, so hopefully tonight or tomorrow night I can share my adventure.

Oh, and of course, I'm thankful it's Thursday!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for...

~good friends
~my puppy
~chicken wings!
~springtime and sunny days
~Wyatt coming home today!!
~girl's night out
~clean laundry

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On a different note....I'll be out in the DC area this weekend for Conte's Tri Expo. Come check it out and say hi. :)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Girls night out!

So what do you do when your boyfriend is out of town...again? Girls night!

I have to admit I am the worst at keeping in touch with my friends. I love my friends. I have great friends. I just don't always talk to my friends on a regular basis. Sad but true.

This past weekend I took the opportunity to catch up with a super awesome girlfriend of mine. We'd been trying to get together for MONTHS now and it just hadn't happened. My fault, I'm sure. Well I finally got my butt in gear, in the car and on my way for a long over due girl's night. It was not lacking secrets, stories, gossip of giggles. It was wonderful. I'd tell you all about it, but then I'd have to kill you.

I will pass on some censored tidbits tho.

We decided to head into the "heart of the Latin quarter" for so delicious Mexican food. Chile Rellenos, margaritas and guacamole how I love thee. What I didn't love was that our table was literally located in the waiter station. Granted we could refill our own water glasses, but seriously. It started the night off with a lot of laughter, that's for sure. And the fact the waiter was so...well...baked he couldn't keep his eyes open? Sweeeeeet. All of that aside, it was the start of a great night.

So my pal's crib is located right in the midst of a college campus which means college bars. Ewwww. Not usually either of our first choice but we took our chances with the local watering hole. We should've known we were in trouble when the bouncer seemed confused by our real, of age, legitimate ids, but as it was 10'ish or so it was relatively quiet and seemed worth a chance. Then there were the bartenders. Young and very concerned with lip gloss application, service was iffy. At best. But suprisingly she made a pretty darn tasty Hendricks and tonic. Slowly the place filled up with underage coeds and frat boys. And did you know that you can still smoke in public in places? WTF? Strange. Highlight of the night? When the frat boy bartender proceeded to BEND OVER in front of his brotha's to show off his tight new pants that were going to score him the tips. Woot! Woot! Shake that money maker.

What else, what else what else...

We capped the weekend off with brunch with some of her gal pals. Not only is brunch my favorite meal of the day, but to do it with the ladies is fantastic! More stories, gossip, giggling, and food. Perfection.

Well there's not a whole lot more I can say.

If I can leave you with one steadfast law of online shipping: Never EVER ever buy shoes on ebay. Don't ask for details, just don't do it.

I'm serious.

If I told you more you would be horrified, traumatized, disturbed and disgusted.

**Thank you friend for a wonderful weekend! xoxo**