A look back / A look forward
January 4, 2010
Happy New Year, everyone! 2009 seems to have passed quickly, though there were many moments throughout the year that seemed as though they would never end. It was an up and down 365 days for me, but I feel as though I ended it on an upswing and am confident that 2010 will continue on upwards.
A quick recap, shall we?
January through April was consumed by researching and writing my master’s thesis.
A trip was taken to Western PA and West Virginia, articles and books read, writing, rewriting, editing, etc. All to complete my thesis on abandoned mine remediation in Pennsylvania.
It was surprising to see that I finished, and quite well, since there were many times during my couple of years in graduate school where I seriously contemplated throwing in the towel. But I didn’t, and I graduated in May.
Shortly afterwards, I joined Kasy and a few friends on a weeklong bicycle tour from Pittsburgh to Leesburg, Virginia.
We cycled approximately 50 miles a day, camped each night, and were completely self supported. I learned a lot about myself, my physical capabilities, my emotional and psychological shortfalls and how I can remedy that, and about Kasy and us. It was fun, educational, and quite a feat, and the trip ended in my first bicycle show, the Cirque du Cyclisme.
The summer of ’09 also found us with a brand new toy to play with — a Genuine Stella Scooter:
And I tried to complete a sprint triathlon, that ended up being a pathetic duathon due to flooding rain the morning of the event.
I learned to spin on a spindle.
I turned 27.
Raised $300 and rode the MS 150 from Philadelphia to Ocean City, NJ over 2 days with my best friend, Rebecca.
Fall ’09 found me, and my mom, at Rhinebeck for the second time.
This time, having run in to a few wonderful internet knitterly friends…
On the home front, Philadelphia was dealing with some bicycle/car/pedestrian drama which poses possible threat to my happiness on 2 wheels. But luckily, there is positive movements happening that will, hopefully, prevail and allow us cyclists to be respected on the streets as vehicles, which we legally are.
We had an insane amount of snow in Philly…
…yet still had fun on 2 wheels at the Bilenky Cyclocross race.
and I celebrated my first Christmas in Philadelphia, instead of heading to NY for the 24th-25th.
Of course, lots of knitting was done, but I’ll do a recap in the next blog post.
All in all, the year was alright, but I am expecting more from 2010. More rowhome renovation, more bicycle advcacy, more bicycle touring, more scooter fun, more crafts, more photography, more smiles, and more happiness.
I’m almost complete with my 2nd year of the 365 self-portrait project and I’m not sure if I’ll continue on for a 3rd. I have mentally committed myself to another Year in Pictures on Flickr, but the more relaxed version that some flickr friends are also doing.
Regardless, thanks for the comments and support you’ve all shown through this crazy little space called the internet. Much love to you as we start 2010 off with a bang!