September 25, 2011
Thank you for all the lovely comments on my crocheted blanket! I tried responding but kept having issues where my reply would reply on my blog and not to your emails. Oy, sometimes technology fails me. So, if you didn’t get an email reply I apologize!
I’m running around this morning, gathering up odds and ends to visit my parents for a couple of days in NY. Here are some lovely photos from a recent trip I took with a friend to go apple picking. We took the train, with our bikes, and rode from the station to the farm. Sadly, it seemed as though the rest of the city had picked the apples before us, but we made the best of it. Next picking trip, we’re going to grab a couple more of our friends and ride out to a different farm. Until then, these apples will have to do…
Are you doing any picking this fall?
September 9, 2011
Thought it was time for another Looking Up post.
Things that make me happy right now:
Hope you are looking to the positives, on this Friday.
(And on a sad note. The hurricane kitty has passed away in the loving hands of his foster. He was doing well for the first few days and then took a nosedive. I’m thankful for the amazing help my friends provided as I was trying to save him from a life on the streets of South Philly and am sad that he was unable to make it to a long cat life. So it is, sadly, the circle of life.)
June 28, 2011
All intentions to post yesterday, but the day got away from me as Mondays tend to.
I woke up with the grumps, as Mondays sometimes bring, and did not want to get on my bike and ride part of Kasy’s commute (as mentioned earlier). But I did it and boy, am I glad I did. It really cured the grumps, got my blood flowing, and woke me up. I stopped off at home, grabbed my bag, and headed to the grocery store with one word on repeat in my brain: WATERMELON!
After consuming one fourth of the watermelon, with glee, I got started with my work tasks. An email popped up in my inbox, telling me to check the Daily News as the article I was interviewed for and Kasy and I were photographed for had hit the press. The article is good press for alternative transportation in Philadelphia, and totally makes me sound way cooler than I really am. I think that there is some information, in the print edition, that perpetuates the belief that to be a bicycle person you have to be some sort of young urban hipster. That part makes me a little sad, since bicycles are the mode of transportation for the masses. It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid, an adult, in a suit, in cutoffs, rich or poor. It’s here for everyone and should be celebrated as such.
Kasy brought home the paper copy and we were stunned to see HOW LARGE the photo of us is. You can read the article here.
And, just to add a few more bicycle photos to the mix — here we are moving my stuff from West Philly to South Philly (crappy cell phone pic) and a few shots of things we’ve carried by bike. I’m going to have Kasy guest post soon about bicycle trailers, so stay tuned for that.
June 8, 2011
The temperatures have risen again, making Philadelphia a hot hot place for the next few days. Summer is always a weird time for me. It’s my least favorite season and it usually makes me feel restless and unfocused.
For the next month, I’ll be combating that with working towards better health, physically and mentally, through bicycle riding. Working from home has made it easier and easier to ride my bike less and less. Even though, when working at Penn, my commute was only 5 miles (roundtrip) a day, getting on the saddle every morning makes it easier to get on the saddle more often and for longer stretches of time. Kasy rides to and from work, a total of 22 miles a day, with most of the ride being on the river trail. Today was day 2 of me riding partway with him, down the river trail and up a big hill in East Falls before turning around and heading home. Each ride is ~15 miles and it feels good to get up and get going, and get home before 7:15am. It’s so nice to ride through city streets before many people are out and about. Morning emptiness in Philly streets is my favorite time in the city.
Over the weekend, when the temperatures were still lovely, breezy, and low 80s at the hottest part of the day, Kasy and I took our scooter out for a morning ride to Penn’s Landing.
I love the waterfront and think it is such a shame that I-95 cuts the city off from easy access to it. Terrible planning. Penn’s Landing has such potential but a serious lack of community. It’s nice to head over there every now and then, and watch the boats. I need to remember to go there more often.
Kasy and I both love being in quiet places, near water, so this was a sweet way to start our Saturday morning. Now, if only we were watching the clouds and the water from the cockpit of our own sailboat, in a small town far from here. One day…
February 16, 2011
I always love the blogs that detail works-in-progress on Wednesdays, or any day of the week in regularity, for that matter. I’m thinking of starting to do a similar thing. Unfortunately for you knitters out there, this WIP might not be that interesting to you.
Our Kitchen Renovation in Progress. A WIP of huge proportions.
November 1, 2010
I can’t believe it’s November! For all the time I spent this summer wishing autumn would arrive, this one has gone by particularly fast. I blame the weirdo weeks of 85F temps we had in there in September. Regardless, Kasy and I have managed to pack a pretty full season so far.
I have such a backlog of photos to post on Flickr and share with you. But I’m going to start with a clean slate, tell you all that I went camping, worked on the house, went to Boston for work, went to Rhinebeck, and then had the first Philly Bike Expo this past weekend. I’ll do a better Rhinebeck round up soon, but for now…how about some bike love!
Kasy works for Bilenky Cycle Works, here in Philly. I’ve mentioned it before, when telling you about the Junkyard Cyclocross race and random other things that they’ve organized. This is by far the biggest and best. Over this past weekend, Philadelphia was the host to bicyclists, frame builders, bag makers, clothing printers, and enthusiasts of all kinds in the bike world. Bilenky has been in cahoots with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia putting this event together and it was a rousing success.
The bulk of the Expo took place in the Armory on 23rd and Chestnut. Vendor booths filled the space, both locals and businesses from as far as Texas and California. Seminars and demos were on the docket, and the Bike Snob guy signed some books and gave a talk. There was a fashion show Saturday night, followed by an after party with goldsprints at Bonner’s pub. Sunday I worked at Rosie’s, so I didn’t get a chance to hang around as much as on Saturday, but we closed the weekend with a fun party at North Bowl, with costumes and bowling and beer. Oh, the beers that were dranken this weekend. Re-entry into real life is hard after a fun weekend. Why not let some photos do the talking?
I’m still going through the few hundred photos I took, but if you want to see the whole set you can find it HERE ON FLICKR. And if you want to see other peoples’ photos, I created the Philadelphia Bike Expo! flickr group.
(I’m toying with the idea of Nanoblomo this year, so you might see lots more of me this month…)