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Forum: Commuting
11-26-08, 08:26 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

Itsjustb, that SUCKS! I hope you haven't gotten...

Itsjustb, that SUCKS! I hope you haven't gotten another hernia, and your employer can just stuff it. Seriously. I hope you get a tailwind on the way home.

My ride in was cold. I lost my...
Forum: Commuting
11-25-08, 07:38 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

The ride home last night was a stress-induced...

The ride home last night was a stress-induced hammer fest. Get me out of here!!!

As a result, I'm sore this morning. My calves are screaming at me. The ride in this morning wasn't bad, though,...
Forum: Foo
11-24-08, 10:00 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,216
Posted By girljen

Oh noes! Siu, get well soon! This place needs...

Oh noes! Siu, get well soon! This place needs your mellow vibe.
Forum: Commuting
11-24-08, 07:05 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

The bad news is that it was 15 degrees and I...

The bad news is that it was 15 degrees and I chose my clothes wrong.
The good news is that at least I overdressed instead of underdressing.
Forum: Commuting
11-23-08, 08:59 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

The ride home was (also!) cold and clear with...

The ride home was (also!) cold and clear with lots of little stars and not much traffic. It's amazing how similar the rides to and from work are in the winter.
Forum: Commuting
11-23-08, 11:14 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

Another morning, another internal struggle to get...

Another morning, another internal struggle to get my butt out the door. I shouldn't have checked the weather; it was only 25 degrees outside. At 25 degrees, I wear the same clothing as I do at 35...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-08, 08:25 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

Awesome! The weather was nice for November...

Awesome! The weather was nice for November (40F), the sky was clear and all the stars were out, and the riding was just easy. I saw another commuter, too, I was surprised. I tried to catch up to...
Forum: Foo
11-17-08, 09:11 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 16,835
Posted By girljen

Oooh! That sounds good! Ginger is also supposed...

Oooh! That sounds good! Ginger is also supposed to boost the metabolism and make you feel more awake...Evva, maybe you should drink some, too.

Every day I check this thread, and every day I...
Forum: Commuting
11-17-08, 09:08 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

I never have time to update from home anymore! ...

I never have time to update from home anymore! Just use your imagination for my evening commutes.

This morning, I actually left early...but only so I could get an energy drink. I still don't...
Forum: Commuting
11-16-08, 07:32 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

I bought a new balaclava over the weekend. For...

I bought a new balaclava over the weekend. For what I paid for it, I was expecting it to be awesome. It is not awesome, but it is satisfactory. I can layer my old fleece turtle fur over it.
...
Forum: Commuting
11-12-08, 07:37 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

Positively balmy compared to yesterday (37F! had...

Positively balmy compared to yesterday (37F! had to unzip my jacket!). The sky was absolutely gorgeous, too, that great big full moon was peeking out from thin, wispy clouds. I wish I would have...
Forum: Foo
11-11-08, 08:15 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,466
Posted By girljen

OH SNAP :roflmao2:

OH SNAP :roflmao2:
Forum: Commuting
11-11-08, 08:12 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

It was one of those days. Everything was just...

It was one of those days. Everything was just weird. I'm convinced that there is a cosmic switch somewhere labeled "Weird / Not Weird." Someone had flipped it to Weird.

That made me frazzled,...
Forum: Foo
11-11-08, 12:19 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,294
Posted By girljen

My votes: UnsafeAlpine Siu Blue Wind ...

My votes:
UnsafeAlpine
Siu Blue Wind

:love:
Forum: Foo
11-11-08, 07:06 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 16,835
Posted By girljen

Evva, I'm so glad you got some sleep! You're a...

Evva, I'm so glad you got some sleep! You're a strong woman, but everyone needs rest. I hope these 7-hour nights become the norm.
Forum: Commuting
11-11-08, 07:04 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

Started out too cold, ended up too hot. I'm...

Started out too cold, ended up too hot. I'm still in the process of figuring out how many layers to wear and when.

Other than that, it was a pretty good ride. Uneventful in the good way.
Forum: Commuting
11-10-08, 01:41 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

I forgot to update about yesterday's ride home. ...

I forgot to update about yesterday's ride home. I waved at three ambulances (my coworkers) and got three waves back. I guess that means I'm visible enough.

The ride in today was...nothing but...
Forum: Commuting
11-09-08, 07:29 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

As usual in the mornings, I just could not get my...

As usual in the mornings, I just could not get my butt out of the house. This morning was BAD, though. I left five minutes late, so my commute to work became the Late To Work Time Trial Stage.

I...
Forum: Commuting
11-03-08, 09:08 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

I'm going to sleep well tonight. I decided...

I'm going to sleep well tonight.

I decided to ride as hard as I could on the way home. Not only did I do intervals, I rode up (and then down, whee!) the big hill that I usually avoid. Have I...
Forum: Commuting
11-03-08, 05:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,821
Posted By girljen

Trying to make light of an issue so serious that...

Trying to make light of an issue so serious that hits so close to home is....funny! :lol:
Forum: Commuting
11-03-08, 10:55 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

I am imagining that encounter to look like...

I am imagining that encounter to look like something off Tom & Jerry; a little yappy dog that looks like a tornado, growling and snarling until a *THWACK* with a shoe! :roflmao2: Thx for the...
Forum: Commuting
11-03-08, 07:02 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

While the ride to work is easier, since it's...

While the ride to work is easier, since it's downhill, it's SO hard to get my butt out of the house! I'm always ready to ride home, even uphill in traffic in the dark. So...I guess it's a toss-up....
Forum: Commuting
11-02-08, 09:16 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

Riding to and from work in the dark is going to...

Riding to and from work in the dark is going to take some getting used to (I work 0600-1800, and am used to going to work in the dark and home when it's light). It's very strange that my ride home...
Forum: Foo
11-02-08, 10:39 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 11,163
Posted By girljen

Stacey, I'll be thinking of you and hoping you...

Stacey, I'll be thinking of you and hoping you rest comfortably.
Evva, hang in there. You're going through a hard time, remember to take care of yourself.
Forum: Commuting
11-02-08, 07:38 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

I forgot about the one big bonus of the time...

I forgot about the one big bonus of the time change: For a few weeks, I'll be able to see the sun coming up when I ride to work! The sky is absolutely beautiful just before sunrise.

The ride...
Forum: Commuting
10-29-08, 07:11 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

This cold is NEVER going to go away. I still...

This cold is NEVER going to go away. I still feel just as crappy as I did on the days that I drove. But I didn't have access to a car today, so I loaded up Serious Bike and trucked off to work.
...
Forum: Foo
10-28-08, 08:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 474
Posted By girljen

By the way, have you had a chance to photograph...

By the way, have you had a chance to photograph McCain?
Forum: Foo
10-28-08, 02:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 474
Posted By girljen

Awesome. It's amazing how a single picture can...

Awesome. It's amazing how a single picture can tell a story.
The one in the ice cream shop had me beaming before I even read the caption.
Forum: Commuting
10-28-08, 05:58 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

The ride home was miserable, since I still have...

The ride home was miserable, since I still have my cold.

I drove today. :(
Forum: Foo
10-27-08, 01:15 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 11,163
Posted By girljen

Yay for good friends and good sleep! Tell her I...

Yay for good friends and good sleep!
Tell her I hope she gets a good snooze tonight, too.
Forum: Commuting
10-27-08, 07:09 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

Still sick, but I felt good enough to ride today....

Still sick, but I felt good enough to ride today. Most days, the ride home from work is the major stress-busting commute. Today, it was the ride in. I had family drama last night, so I was glad to...
Forum: Commuting
10-26-08, 11:56 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

I drove today due to a nasty cold. :( The...

I drove today due to a nasty cold. :(
The weather was beautiful on the walk to the car, too, just to add insult to illness.
Forum: Commuting
10-21-08, 06:37 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

Want!!! The ride home taught me that...

Want!!!

The ride home taught me that physical exercise and nature are both very good at fighting off intense stress. Pretty ride, too! I was able to concentrate on the leaves crunching under my...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-08, 08:20 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

Hope the wind will be at your back! Wear lots...

Hope the wind will be at your back!
Wear lots of layers.
And if you're unsure whether you should ride, ride anyway. You won't know what "unacceptable" riding weather is until you try it out.
Forum: Foo
10-21-08, 06:23 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,426
Posted By girljen

Once a month if we're lucky. We have a toddler.

Once a month if we're lucky.
We have a toddler.
Forum: Foo
10-21-08, 06:21 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 11,163
Posted By girljen

Stacey and Evva, I hope today is nothing but...

Stacey and Evva, I hope today is nothing but mellow.
Forum: Commuting
10-21-08, 06:18 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

It was hard to get on the bike this morning. ...

It was hard to get on the bike this morning. There was a car in the driveway taunting me: "Psst. Jen. Drive me. You can stop for coffee! Nobody's using me today...and nobody will ever know." I...
Forum: Commuting
10-20-08, 07:32 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

The ride home was rainy and headwindy, and later...

The ride home was rainy and headwindy, and later than I usually leave work. The rain was just a happy little sprinkle, though, and I got to see firsthand how awesome my new fenders really are.
Forum: Commuting
10-20-08, 06:12 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

I got a surprise: Nice weather! The...

I got a surprise: Nice weather!

The weather report was threatening 30s and showers, but when I got outside, I found 45 degrees and cloud cover. Yes! It was just humid enough for me to feel,...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-08, 08:24 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

It was a K2 T-Nine Crosswind, $400 from REI. ...

It was a K2 T-Nine Crosswind, $400 from REI. Very good entry-level bike...not so good daily commuter and weekend trailer-puller.

The ride home was much more relaxed than the ride in. I was...
Forum: Commuting
10-19-08, 06:20 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

Today was my first commute on my new Long Haul...

Today was my first commute on my new Long Haul Trucker, so I'll have to try very hard to describe it without resorting to 'OMG OMG OMG!! *squeeee!!*'

It was so nice to ride a bike that's fast...
Forum: Commuting
10-17-08, 08:25 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

The ride home was HOT. I'm used to riding to...

The ride home was HOT.

I'm used to riding to work at 0530, when it's 30 degrees outside; then riding home at 1800, when it's about 50 degrees.

Today, I picked up what was supposed to be a half...
Forum: Commuting
10-17-08, 09:34 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,362
Posted By girljen

I work at a job where being late is absolutely...

I work at a job where being late is absolutely unacceptable.
So, if I wake up 10-15 minutes late (or hit the snooze once), I just cut down my morning routine (no makeup, wear something that can go...
Forum: Foo
10-17-08, 06:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 719
Posted By girljen

Oh yeah, it's happened. Back when I was still a...

Oh yeah, it's happened. Back when I was still a newbie dispatcher, one of the paramedic supervisors kept trying to get me fired because I was a newbie dispatcher. Then he got fired, and I stayed...
Forum: Commuting
10-17-08, 06:19 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

Hey, it's an extra protein boost. Besides,...

Hey, it's an extra protein boost. Besides, better to eat one than get it stuck in your eye.

My ride to work was probably the last ride on my current bike. Yesterday, I bought a Surly Long Haul...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-08, 03:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 648
Posted By girljen

Warm weather. 60s in the morning, 80s in the...

Warm weather.
60s in the morning, 80s in the evening, sun both ways...all year long.
Everything else seems so much easier when the weather is good.
Forum: Commuting
10-15-08, 03:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 939
Posted By girljen

Invite her along for a ride from the house to the...

Invite her along for a ride from the house to the daycare. Get the little one all helmeted up and strapped in, and show her how mellow the ride is.
Forum: Commuting
10-15-08, 06:35 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

I was literally whining as I walked out to my...

I was literally whining as I walked out to my bike this morning... "I don't waaaannnnaaa....." It was cold, and all I really wanted to do was curl up in my warm cozy bed.

Still, it wasn't bad,...
Forum: Foo
10-14-08, 03:35 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,020
Posted By girljen

Not if you're trying to get him to change his...

Not if you're trying to get him to change his vote to Siu/hickeydog...
Forum: Commuting
10-14-08, 06:31 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,840
Posted By girljen

I spent the whole ride thinking of ways to...

I spent the whole ride thinking of ways to upgrade my winter commuting gear. I started out way too cold, so I went back in and put on my coat. Then, by the time I got to work, I was way too hot. I...
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