Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sunday Dinner

IMGP3148, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

So the late afternoon storms delayed the weeding of the garden (which it desperately needs- although not many VEGETABLES are growing), but I was able to cook up some of the veggies from the market(where, someone bumped my bike & scratched it).
Zucchini, red onions, and eggplant grilled with lime pickle. Scallions and cabbage made into kimchee.
Equal parts maskal teff & amaranth to about half as much broccoli & cabbage. Rolled into balls, and broiled for a bit to hold the shape. American wheat ale with coriander.


Chain ring in the leg

Mountain Biking, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

Mountain biking is much more fun and easier (in terms of physical strength) than I ever anticipated.
Things on my end went on as expected- flew over the bars in the first ten minutes and fell off of a bridge.
I totally want a mountain bike. Anyone wanna trade?

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Next time, bring gears.

Bike Ride Portrait IMGP3051 Route Holder

Due to a little error on my part, my planned morning activity did not happen in Athens, and I then had the whole day free. Originally, I was going to ride the path to Nelsonville and back in the afternoon, but with the extra time, a quick search lead me to the Quilt Barn Cycling Route in Athens. Now, possibly crazy for deciding to ride rolling hills with only one gear, on a bike that most parts were free or forged from the basement, I figured if it was too grueling I could turn back, or I could just take breaks, as I didn't have plans until the evening.
I rode out on the path to where the country roads start, saw the first first quilt barn and almost cried at the site of the hill after it. I have Cbus biking legs. So I made it up about 10 feet and thought that my heart was going to explode, so I stopped- and that's where the error was. The hill was so steep, I really couldn't get enough momentum to properly start, and when I would a car would whiz by or I would miss the cleat, etc. I made it about half way up when the ol' zigzag technique and my Pgh legs finally came back to me. So I made it to the top, and the view was amazing. I was very excited for my adventure. The route was so fun. Although a few gears, a helmet, water, mace for dogs and not wearing a messenger bag would have been more fun, I'll know for next time. It went through great parts of Athens and Alexander Country, and I had anticipated to see more of Appalachia; this was definitely the opposite. Most of the homes were huge and set with amazing views.
The "quilt barns" themselves were pretty weak and most along the lines of "won't have to tear your shack/barn down if you put this sign on it", but the route was well planned. I was having a bit of trouble finding some of the roads and kept second guessing myself (and the arrows on the ground), but the GPS usually said that if I continued 20 ft, I'd be at the intersection. At about mile 10, I was out of water, and by 12 I had stopped sweating, but then I came over the crest of this large hill, took the downhill around a bend and BAM! There were the Amish! I was sooo happy. If they would have been selling Kombucha and their treats were vegan, this is probably was 'heaven' would look like. I got some cookies, cabbage relish, zucchini bread and a fried apple pie and continued on. Slowly. At this point, the GPS had died, and my little square of hand-written directions was basically unreadable.
I took breaks in the cornfields and stopped to shoot a lot of random photos. It was breezy and perfect.
At the end of the route right before you get back to campus, it takes you past the Ridges. Just when I thought my day couldn't get better, I found the Ridge's cemetary. But of course, anything with the word "Ridge" today has lead to a large, tough climb, and the steps here were no exception. Luckily, I had the World's Best Sugar Cookies from the Amish to refuel with, so I stashed my bike behind some trees and headed up.
The first small set of plots were surprisingly marked, but continuing on revealed a much larger area, all unnamed.
The route was just over 30 miles and I was contemplating still riding the path to Nelsonville after, but the Community pool was open, so I went to a pool for the first time this summer. I had forgotten how much I love baking in the sun, and what a great activity it is. (although sad had I didnt get the extra 30 path miles in THEN go to the pool- next time)

I have a few good product reviews (including good reviews on items I previously was unhappy I was using but didn't want to buy anything different: moustache bars, carbon fiber shoes, the Brooks test-saddle; and review of the iphone that gets worse and worse everyday...) from my trip, but those will come later- but check this out(takes a minute to load map):
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Friday, August 15, 2008

The thought process of a 13yr old boy

IMGP3029, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

So due to the cold spell, not many of the tomatoes are turning red.
These were on this vine that's to the right of the back steps and is crawling everywhere, hardy, dark green and smells really good. I thought that it was a cherry tomato plant, and was a bit sad that the clusters weren't large, but the tomatoes are a bit larger than cherry tomatoes, mild and sweet and have a hard, pointy tip. Of course I bit that part off first.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wish I coulda packed your lunch

Awww look who started law school today.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


IMGP2924, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

It's interesting to go into somewhere and find something you made randomly in use. This was on Shannon's wall in Pgh, and a few months ago we discovered that Surly Girl uses one of my shelves that I had thrown out as their coffee mug holder. The Surly Girl discovery came at an ironic moment- when I was discussing whether to give up making things or not...

Birthday dinner ride

Birthday dinner ride, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

Thanks everyone. 27 has been great thus far.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Butter Cow!

We headed to the fair last night. I finally got to see the butter cow (and butter presidents from Ohio). Fried pickles, cheese fries and a chocolate/custard elepant ear. Felt like a good gorge at the time, but in retrospect, should have gone for the fried PB&J too. Oh, the midwest.

IMGP2990 Butter Cow! IMGP2965 IMGP2951 IMGP3016 IMGP2995 IMGP3014 IMGP2999

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Please stay warm

IMGP2881, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

It's been in the 50's at night and consequently chilly in the mornings. Noooo. Please Please please stay warm longer. I don't function well under 70.
Also, someone who leaves very soon :-( and I rode downtown to Todd's hotdog cart. Rad Dog is where it's at for gourmet meatless hotdogs (and brats). We had the Rad Dog and the Cowabunga (with Sharon's delicious chili). Check the menu then seek him out.

Oh, and after seeing Alissa's photo, I definitely need to go to the fair.

(plus sharon's fair entry)

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

My parents have had me for 27 years.

The last couple days I've been waiting for 27; that 26 was a hell of a year and I can't wait for it's end. But in retrospect- a lot happened this year, and it's easy to dwell on the few down spots, but there were some really great times, I've learned so much, and am so deeply great full for so many things that have happened.
Here's a short list:
My dad helped me out in ways not many could, but I am so great full for. SF is hard, and gets harder every month, but it opens alot of doors for both of us, and takes care of us in ways we are so privileged to have. I didn't travel to many places, but Seattle was great, camping in wine country was so fun, and having the ability to spend a month in SF was a great way to learn the city- and also to appreciate living in the midwest. I learned how to bake bread, make soda, rode in the front of a train, ate cheese curds. Working at the climbing gym has made me realize that I am better with children than I anticipated and I really like teaching climbing. I found the job I've been searching for, and it's amazing. My commute has shortened to 15 minutes.
Thursdays at ORielly's. Snow storm and riding bikes every night in it. REM, Modest Mouse and X. Dead Sea. Rubbing bellies. Craig, Matt and Jeff in the South Side. Maria at Xmas. Halloween in KY. Buckethead. Family everytime I go home. Sarah, my aunt and Jason getting married. Melissa having a baby. Bubba growing. Brock & Julie, Jeff & Katie, Brad & Bobbie engaged. Finding out that progesterone stalls my stomach. Feeling better, putting on weight. Bangs. Death of Crafts. Bringing Ollie back from being morbidly obese (eliminating monthly vet visits). Starbucks. New friendships. Saturday mornings at the market. Seeing the tendon in my finger (from surgery). Growing a garden from seeds. Canning relish. Ginger beer at 21st Amendment, eggplant fries at TipTop, bread from mom, jgs cupcakes.

And: Not having to go to the ER for my belly, not totaling a car and not getting bitten by a dog made 26 a good year.

Happy faces everywhere IMGP1695 Point Reyes Starbucks Raleigh My buddy aunt molly's ground cherry tomatoes IMGP8537 IMGP1401 Beer Bread & Candied Pecans IMGP9833 IMGP0951 IMGP0926 New life! Dress Fitting IMGP2166 IMGP2055 IMGP1942 IMGP9226 IMGP1583 IMGP1422 IMGP1124 Favorite non-print IMGP9856 Dead Sea IndustryIMGP2896 Manga Wedding Quilt Kiss IMGP2804 IMGP8346 Aunt Carol IMGP1801 IMGP1849 Gooddale park IMGP1798 Grandma on her 89th birthday IMGP9661 IMGP1023 Dave & John IMGP9676 IMGP9726 Oh campus Bike hip/camera bag IMGP2288 IMGP0227 Bike chainrings IMGP0217 Shooting Range

Easter gift! IMGP2454 Aunt Carol's acquired children in her new marriage Post surgery March Snow Storm IMGP9698