mizarchivist: (Bike wheel)

Did I mention I have been doing a lot of walking lately? Primarily the morning commute-- that it's not that hard to take the bus, drop off the kid, and walk to Alewife. It gives me a bit of time to really move. My average is about 20-25 min. to get the mile+, which is just as good if not markedly better than waiting for and then sitting on a slow bus. If nothing else, I'm in charge of my pace rather than being trapped and waiting to go.
But bike! [livejournal.com profile] asciikitty's mom fixed up my bike, which was thrashed to hell and back. This was the first week I had a chance to use it for the commute. It's.... OK? Nice not to be beholden to the to-the-school bus, and it only takes about 10-15 to do the return to Alewife, but I genuinely missed the walking bit, so today I chose that instead of the bike and was quite happy.

Did I mention, I'm walking to Mordor and back with [livejournal.com profile] asciikitty's D&D friends? There's a spreadsheet (of course there is) and the company's cumulative daily miles walked go towards the goal. A. said that bike counts, too, and by extension if that's true, then skating counts. Turns out leaving your phone in your pocket triggers the pedometer when skating. Mwahhahahaaa!!!  I mean, I'd already made a commitment to walk 4 miles minimum most days, and adding bike miles puts me over 6. It's all quite fun. I am taking a ridiculous amount of pride in being the top walker of the company. Turns out I am a bit competitive. I sort of forgot about that.

OH, and [livejournal.com profile] samuraizergling and I went skating last Friday out at Rollerworld (hence me finding out about the pedometer). Some skaters had GROUND LIGHT EFFECTS. I inquired. I got some of my own. The problem is, I'm not entirely certain how to accomplish the effect on my own. Getting Jaime to do that may work? Maybe. I need to implicitly ask if she can get on that today/tomorrow so when A. and I go skating THIS Saturday it'll be working. (Also, skating! Yay!) They were so effing cool.
So funny to be at the rink when it's not a private party I'm ostensibly throwing. So many teens, so many small humans falling down left and right. I have (knock wood) just sailed through, serenely. But also so odd to feel so young and know that all but maybe 3 people out on the rink are of an age to be my own kid. Not just my own kid, but my kid had whilst married. I ridiculously hope that if I am observed at all, I am considered a cool old person by the whippersnappers.
Skate skate skate!

mizarchivist: (Strong)
BOOYAH. The classic mom workout routine: totally working today. That being the regular lifting of 30+ of wiggly preschooler.

I was 2.5 hours later coming into Alewife than I normally am, and with the usual trailer + bike rig. Except c'mon. No way no how an awkward set up like that will find space in one of the most popular bike commuting destinations in the area.  I took the trailer off, and stowed that along the perimeter of the cage. The bike had to get put on the top tier, a thing I'd not ever considered given my height limitations. But by gum, I got that sucker not just up but back down with zero assitance.

Score one for inventive chick who refused to be flapped by a middling but unrelenting challenge!!
mizarchivist: (Bike wheel)
I do not get to keep my vacation days. If I have any by Dec. 31, they evaporate. So, this means I need to take random days off (I know, we weep for humanity)
Thanks to not being rushed, the morning routine didn't feel like a race. I got to talk to D's teacher for more than 30 seconds. He's been going to play group, which allows the school district to observe him over a longer period of time than one random instance. There's some frustration for his teachers because my child doesn't like to stay focused. Again, please contain your surprise. The teachers are hoping that the school system professionals could provide some extra tips/tools to meet this goal. At this point I am feeling like "He's 3. What do you want?"  After a few months of the playgroup, I haven't been convinced that it's making any difference whatsoever. Eh? Anyway. Nice to talk to the teachers and confirm the "let's figure it out one way or another" sentiment.

One of my favorite mom friends was dropping off her kid as I was leaving, so we ended up having a walk, coffee, and a chat for an hour or so. That was awesome. I was hoping that would work out, and there you go.

The big goal for today was to go see Avengers Age of Ultron. Which I did! I decided that if it was going to be a nice day (and it is!), that I'd figure a bike route. Which I did. I even found a path along the Mystic River for a bit. I'd not been in the Arsenal Sq area since it got its facelift. So, I left early so I could wander. The movie was worth seeing, but I'm not a huge fan of movies based on the premise "and now we destroy all things." There were some definite good moments. I'm definitely on team Romanov and Barton, so having their storylines feature moreso than not: win.

It's now 3:30 and I have another hour and a half before my kid comes home. Luxury.
mizarchivist: (TigerFamily)
Back in May 2012, Radioactive Rich (rest in peace) and Alex were clearing old kid stuff. We took their bike trailer off their hands.

And we've been using it at first occasionally, as I briefly got a behind my seat chair for the kid, then when that fell off in the great Halloween bike smooshing of '13, went with me using this trailer exclusively.

May 2012 at 9 months / July 2014 at 2 years and 8 1/2 months
 (current is not my favorite pic, but shows scale best)
These are not the droids you're looking for...

I don't wish to alarm you, but... I think I have a pre-schooler.
mizarchivist: (Calvin- Well adjusted)
+ Half day off yesterday
- But ended up being kind of cranky
- Not enough sleep, primarily due to a 2 year old being very 2. I think I was mostly asleep by 9 last night.
+Took the kid to school via bike path, then walked all the way back to Alewife the last two days. That's round trip 3 miles
- My hips are sore from the sudden surge in activity
+ I'm going to keep doing this as much as I can because the bus makes me crazy and I am not getting enough exercise or vit. D.
- There's a particular person I've not really seen much since August. He's kind of been crazy-busy forever, and I suspect this season was just worse. Mostly I leave it alone, but today I decided to ping and see if I can get an ack. So now I'm compulsively checking my email.
- (Honorary) niece Laura seems to have ratcheted her needy and clingy up a great deal. I worry about her and I'm getting burnt out at the same time.
++++ Minds Eye Yarn is selling my buttons. Like, right now if you were to go to their establishment, you would see my buttons for sale. And you could buy them. I've never had successful interactions with a retail establishment, ever, so I'm somewhat stunned.
+ I'm participating in the Project for Awesome again this year, as I did last year. They request original art as part of the rewards for those who give money, so I'm making watercolors again. I just have to get my act together and do 20 by the end of the month (ahahahahhahaaa)
+ The road rash I acquired last Thursday is healing. I've managed to down-grade my bandaid needs from a big patch to a large strip as of today.
- Relatedly, I've not looked at my bike since it was brought home. It kind of makes me want to cry. I've been told it's not really "that bad." 
mizarchivist: (River/Power)
In the wake of destruction, let's think about not destruction. Tell me something(s) you did today or very recently that you're happy about.

I didn't have to go to work today.
Today it was sunny and felt like spring. The forsythia's out, which means everything will turn green in time for my birthday, as usual.
I got to visit with [livejournal.com profile] buxom_bey and little Roo all morning and up through a delicious lunch. The kids played. Crime Fighter did his best to charm Roo, except when she was using a toy he wanted. It's like they're toddlers.
I took a nap while Crime Fighter napped.
[livejournal.com profile] quiet_elegance insisted I go do... something this afternoon while they went on a really long walk. I chose 8 mile bike ride all the way up to Lexington Center and back. (um, ow? derp)
Dinner was delicious.
There was ice cream after dinner. Ice cream and grade A pestering from [livejournal.com profile] fubar along the way. Bonus, hugs from [livejournal.com profile] asciikitty on her way home.

How about you?
Jun. 19th, 2012 09:51 am


mizarchivist: (Elmo)
- Got a cold, eventually shared it with Crime Fighter and eventually [livejournal.com profile] purple_terror.
+ Attended [livejournal.com profile] barodar's wedding, had a great time
- Kidlet ran out of cope half way back from Mosaic and serenaded the kind ride-giving childless friends with inconsolable howls. 
+ Celebrated Father's Day with QE: a picnic at Spy Pond Park with [livejournal.com profile] entrope and family
- Lost my bike helmet... or it was stolen off my porch
+ QE's letting me borrow his for today. My head felt so unpleasantly exposed without one yesterday.
+ Boss is back from 2 week cruise. We can revisit the stuff put on hold since last month because we weren't going to deal with it pre-vacation.
+ Got to attend [livejournal.com profile] mangosteen's Backbar extravaganza like a real adult last night and was able to buy [livejournal.com profile] doeeyedbunny the promised drink in thanks and apology for the ride with screamy baby. 
-Teething, congested baby had a wholly off night and would not settle or sleep after his final feed of the evening. There was snuggling and nursing, but he was just not convinced this "Sleep in my own bed" plan was the right and true path. 
- None of us really fell asleep before midnight but the usual routine of up at 5 was still on course. I'm more than slightly groggy. 

Apr. 2nd, 2012 08:51 pm


mizarchivist: (Hell's Librarian)
-QE goes back for the same test he had last week. They want to replicate the results before they go making permanent changes. 
-I found a madeleine pan and feel confident I can make these cookies. I ended up eating them all weekend. Probably not the smartest thing I've ever done, but they are best fresh.
-I did see Hunger Games last Monday- I implied it, but then didn't comment on the movie itself. I found it to be a very good adaptation from the book. Next big thing: Avengers
-Friends whose kid is closer to teenage than baby gifted us with a baby bike chariot (trailer). QE installed hardware. Now I need to get a helmet for the baby and make sure the cabin is free from garage debris. It's a sweet little rig. 
-Work is... work. I'm glad I have it. The things that were bothering me last week are still a problem, but when dealing with major institutional shift, contention is one of the few predicable outcomes. My annual review is any second now. I'm hoping there will be a chance to have some real conversation about it. 
-Mad Men is eating my brain. Smash is quickly losing me, but hasn't done anything so spectacularly bad to make me entirely quit. 
-I realize I need to re-discover some evening activities, but nothing's really keeping my interest. I should be working on the Cook's Illustrated index, but quite frankly, it's exactly like work and I haven't found the platform that I actually want to use with the finished product. Mostly, I want to just have a certain number of fields to capture what issue, what recipe, then have the option of as many tags as I want to throw in so I can look for "vegetarian," or "main course" with "poultry." Or whatever. I'm currently using a google spreadsheet. I've considered having a dedicated LJ set up- but that's super-clunky and not what it's built for. Anyway, if anyone's gotten this far down the ramble and has a suggestion, let me know. ... seriously- these magazines are staring at me balefully, wondering why I'm wasting time writing an entirely boring post than just entering the data.   

mizarchivist: (Swan)
While I was offering instruction for those who were so inclined out on the very unfamiliar side of Ohio yesterday, the guys along with Robin, [livejournal.com profile] caulay  and [livejournal.com profile] asciikitty  painted at Swan. As I expected, they were an excellent team and got the majority of things done. The basement in also well on its way to rehabilitation. All new photos are in the Flickr photostream.

The Kitchen-
New Kitchen


Living Room-
Living Room

The fumes were almost non-existent by the time we came back today for round 2. I straightened up in the kitchen and did non-painty things.
We were clever, we were- my bike came along in the car with us, and I rode back- That's about 4 miles or so. I'd not have wanted to do more. I stopped by the bit of wetlands field I consider Bob Wright's (due to the uncanny ability for my ipod to play Pink Floyd on that bit of my treks), sat, talked to my parents, and reveled in the reality....

Mintueman in Springtime
I don't have to give up my path.

I came home to see Mama Bunny chillin' with the violets in the front yard
Mama Bunny and the violets

I do love purple and green together. The last two pictures illustrate why it works so well together. I also LOVE spring. My eyes are overwhelmed with a saturation of color.
mizarchivist: (Coffee)
It's been a good week. Dad's been here since Monday and we've been mostly just moseying. Some highlights include:
  • Bananagrams
  • watched new Star Trek movie
  • group visit to ultra-sound land
  • successful visit to see Sang before he leaves Lexington in favor of Natick.
  • introduced [livejournal.com profile] asciikitty to both Dad and Sang
  • [livejournal.com profile] quiet_elegance  has been taking him to a new breakfast place almost every day, which seems to be amusing.

My cousin Becca's arrived from Arizona as of last night. I'm hoping we can cross paths today. We're woefully understaffed this week, particularly yesterday and today, but I figure post lunch will be OK. And all the interns are elsewhere today, so no need to keep checking in on them. If ever there was a day to leave a few hours early, it's today. 60-what?! OK, fine. Be that way. Melt the snow. :) 

It was so pretty yesterday evening, I had q_e pump up my bike tires and went for a test run down the bike path. Ohhhhh. Right. THAT. There's that thing that makes everything feel better. And the universe agreed with me. It brought up Spring-Allegro from Vivaldi's Four Seasons on the return leg. I'm quite certain there wasn't a more perfect benediction for the first ride. It also reminded me (again, again, again) how much I need that chance. Riding on the path is a meditation and comfort that random fight-traffic-on-streets never ever will be. Sure, there's idiots. There were 2 abreast just yesterday, providing me with the chance to mutter "idiots" under my breath when they ignored my bell. I actually enjoyed being irritated by them.

I came back and wrote the RE agent saying that I was ridiculous for not including Lexington in the search. Originally I'd been dead-set on Arlington when we first started talking, but since then she's been showing me places that are exactly the same commute, or worse. Between everyone's demands plus the state insisting we preserve Crime Fighter from the dangers of lead paint, we don't have the flexibility to cross off a whole town that could work. Besides. If we stay close to the current neighborhood, I'd not have to bid my commuting friends adieu and/or make special arrangements to see them when it was just part of my day pre-move. Also. I rather enjoy the familiar Saturday routine: Diner, Wilsons, Bedford Stop n' Shop, home. Chances are that ritual would not make sense in half the places we've been looking.
It's easy for me to get twitchy about not yet finding a place, even though we haven't been looking for more than 2 weeks yet. My brain's been over-ready for a few months, so there's concern. But I'm trying not to have a wiggins over it all.

Actually, there's a lot of things that had been weighing on me that have shifted-
  • We don't owe money for taxes. This is a big deal since I really wasn't sure. It could have been awful, but we'll get a return and everything.
  • I really like Carol the RE agent. She's been good about taking what I say into consideration. I'm sure she will help us find the new place soon.
  • Sprog has all the required parts and is growing at the expected rate. We have had visual proof of this now.([livejournal.com profile] purple_terror  started the inevitable game of find the worst names ever and laugh hysterically. There are now at least 3-4 options for the boy if he chooses to be a porn star.)
  • We have good news from the spring board meeting, so future archive/work plans can continue apace.
  • Now if only we could get q_e a job that lasts for weeks, nay months on end. That'd kick ass. But with spring next week, chances are getting better this will happen very soon.
Happy Friday, all.
mizarchivist: (Hair-braided)
I finally looked up exactly how far it is from my house to Alewife on the bike path. Not 6, but 6.4 miles. Mwah hah! Today's time: 20-ish minutes. I started off the season at about 35, I think. This is all in that one direction. Coming home--- totally different story.
Someone must have doped my vitamins because I actually went out and ran. Outside. On purpose- at the end of circuit class today. We had some of the old guard attendees who were all pumped up to do one more thing before calling it quits. I really don't recall the last time I ran. We estimate the block's about .25 miles, so a lap on the track, but with more cracks, trash, and pedestrians...and sometimes cars.  But, I did it! Go me.

Do any of the long hairs out there have a solution- other than a haircut- for the rubber band induced headaches? My hair seems to have gained about 2 pounds this week. I think it has a lot to do with the humidity and never drying. But I swear, I have been doing the usual keep-off-neck tactics I have done for the past many months, but now there's always a hint of extra tension to win out over gravity.
mizarchivist: (boston)
- I slept horribly thanks to forgetting to put on the AC or fan before bed. The AC is being... dumb. It didn't actually cool down the room to any noticeable degree til well after midnight.
- I'd like to stop clenching my hands while I sleep. 
? It seems to be a trade-off, as I don't think I'm clenching my teeth so much now.
+ [livejournal.com profile] quiet_elegance  made coffee
+ the bike path was quiet and the temp. quite good for a ride in
+ shuffled playlist gave me the music I needed to get over sleeping fitfully
- forgot a 10am meeting
+ remembered at 10:30 and not too late to go (only 15 min. away)
++++++ FarmerSmarket at Copley! Danish pastry!
+ (many) walking back to the office through the garden/common with yet more really good music
+ sharing one of my doughnuts with a panhander
- not being able to share with the other 3 I saw before I got back to the office
+ very good functioning AC in my office
+ I get to go back outside for lunch in 10 minutes. And eat the Danish pastry! (after my sensible sandwich)
mizarchivist: (Eddie-Squirrel)
After the commentary from Thursday, I decided to extend a bit longer to make sure the reboot works. Not much else worth noting other than I'm not dead- neither is anyone else. I may get mini eclairs at BJ's when we go at the end of the week, though. (Mwah hah)

I was just minding my own business this morning, riding my bike to Alewife as I have been doing rather often when I came to the last 1/4 mile and whoom. Have some downed branches. OK, have some down trees. I was able to duck under the first one, but the other three required major clambering and bike-carrying. Microburst, you say? Yowza.

It seems that once a year near [livejournal.com profile] quiet_elegance 's birthday (observed), that there's the biggest cleaning events that overshadow all other uncluttering moments. Q_E started on Saturday, which sparked me to do many random things yesterday, things that are not apparent to the casual observer. However, my art drawers are now beautifully arranged. The Ikea bookshelves are much more full and hold 90% of card/board games and a large stack of the over sized art/coffee table books. I am most pleased.

I may have mentioned that I really have taken a shine to Chef Sang, the sushi guy at Teppenyaki. We took [livejournal.com profile] lifecollage  a week ago and [livejournal.com profile] purple_terror  this past Friday. That makes 2 converts in 2 weeks. He's really that brilliant. [livejournal.com profile] quiet_elegance  made a box out of rosewood for our chop sticks that we're keeping there and Sang hung out with us after we were done eating, as there was rather significant lull at that moment. Supposedly, they're redoing the menus eventually, but even if they did, I don't think I'd use them. I'm more than a little happy to be a guinea pig for new ideas he has. I have yet to be disappointed with anything, rather it's usually way too brilliant for a middle-of-the-road establishment. I am keen on taking one of his classes at some point.

Tomorrow: I go to my first salsa class in years. Should be fun, though. I am curious to see what they're working on, how much I remember and how much Bollywood improved my ability to pick up moves faster. After all, I know all the basic moves already, so that's an advantage. It will be a sadness not go go with q_e.

Motorcycle: Still in the shop. The latest theory is that there wasn't enough compression in the ...uh, tubes (?), which threw off the vacuum and so fuel wasn't going through the petcock like it was supposed to. The mechanic almost certainly experienced the bad when he was testing it out and he saw this with another bike earlier this season. This is apparently a gradual deterioration, so it makes sense that last fall it could limp along, but by 2 weeks ago, I was doomed. I'm hopeful that I can pick it up on Friday. Fingers crossed!

I haven't seen Richie around in quite a while. Last time I saw him was when he was having issues with a cop hassling him, so it's possible that he's had to set up shop elsewhere. But I worry enough to him in random dream cameos.
mizarchivist: (Coffee)
This gets a bit long.
Trip to Ohio )

Paging Dr. iPod )

Observations on books and reading )

bike and bike )
work )

craft fair and art )

... right. work. things. Hi.
mizarchivist: (Drink)
Hokay. I'm still entirely exhausted, but I haven't posted in many days and... you know, stuff.

Friday- actually low-key. Got the massage so I can be ready for a massage from [livejournal.com profile] barodar . Note to self: Don't wait 3 months between massages, really.
Saturday- usual shopping/food acquirement- then... OMG- the first bike ride of the season! It was fantastic and a lot harder than the boring old stationary bike crap I've been doing for months now. It's just not the same.
I don't think I'd mentioned in this format that I have been entranced by The Big Bang Theory since last weekend. I ended up killing off yet another disk while doing kitcheny stuff.
Then- birthday party (not mine) with drinks, more drinks, music, lots of fun people, dancing, people, drinks, .... I think we were home by 2:30. It's very rare that I can recapture that college/ O'Hooley's [the bar where we went out for 80s dance night] experience. Which meant...
Today- Urk. Definitely underslept. But I had a few moments doing some clean up in the garden before going to a friend's (different one) birthday photo shoot. We steampunked it up. Now- Oscar's. Thanks, Mr. Gaiman (via K) for reminding me.
mizarchivist: (Bike wheel)
This is the first season I've taken to bicycling at least once a week to Alewife. It's been glorious. I know I'm going to chafe at the notion of pedaling/rowing/jogging in place once it gets too cold for me. This is why I'm very much hoping that I can find a dance class (esp. if it's Bollywood!) at my CCAE dance instructor's new studio. Every day I bike out I leave at the same time, and every time, the light is dimmer than it was before. The leaves are showing more red, and more often than not, there's a thick mist in the fields hovering over the grass and shrubberies. I had been able to wear shorts until very recently, but today I was glad for a fleece, gloves, and long pants. I hope I get another month to ride because I kind of like this cooler ride thing, plus the obvious outside is almost better than inside moving.
mizarchivist: (boston)
This should definitely be filed under really obvious:
If you arrive around 9:30 on a really gorgeous day, there are chances you won't find a legit* space to lock up your bike. Sort of like parking upstairs in their garage, really. But I did.

*they don't want you to lock up on the railings, you see.

mizarchivist: (Bike wheel)
When I went out for a ride in the rain two days ago, I went past the field / marsh on the Minuteman towards Bedford and it had bloomed with those awesome purple weeds I love so much. They were glowing in the overcast oppressive sort of light. Today they were still pretty magnificent, but the quality of cloudy over not so cloudy reduced the eye-popping color, in my opinion.
field of flowers
There are several more images in my nature gallery.

Also I'm getting to the point of wanting a bigger motorcycle. I am hoping to acquire one next season. I've been looking at Craigslist, though, to at least get an idea of how much I should spend. Bwah. Wanna have it NOW /veruca.
mizarchivist: (Bike wheel)
Ok, I should not feel compelled to yell to the 2 rollerbladers, "Red Rover, Red Rover, I'm gonna bowl you over." I've determined the 2 are very co-dependent in that they can't bear to not hold hands even while on a Very Busy Bike Path. Seriously. Hordes and hordes. I will remember this for next time and avoid Sunday afternoon in favor of any other point ever, except for possibly Saturday. Wow.
mizarchivist: (Bike wheel)
There's nothing quite like getting passed at twice your speed by someone only using one foot. Effortless. Obviously not going at speed. Before she was out of eyesight, she switched over to the other foot for a while. I bow to your skill, madame.


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