Sunday, June 30, 2013

Enjoying Life on Two Wheels

My old, faithful, old, slightly rusty (did I mention old?) bike.
You know that feeling you get when you're coasting down a hill, the wind whipping your hair into crazy banners behind you, as you speed along faster than you could ever manage to get by just pedaling?

Yeeeaaaahhh, that's the one.  I love that feeling!

Recently James got a new bike, and I dragged out my old one from college.  We've been trying to ride for a least a little bit every day, in an attempt to get more exercise than just walking from the car into work and back out again.  Getting exercise outdoors in the face-melting heat that is the special hell purgatory of a Texas summer can be daunting, especially for people like me, who have lost all of their ability to withstand the heat after years of near-constant exposure to air conditioning.

Friday, June 28, 2013

7 Quick Takes - Vol. 2

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I am going on vacation for the first time in 4 long years this year.  I'm pretty stinkin' excited about that, because I love to see new places and try new foods.  We were considering going to Colorado and Utah, but  unfortunately those states seem to have CAUGHT ON FIRE!!!  At least, the parts we were wanting to go to did.  So, even though the wildfires will likely be out by the time we actually travel, since the fire danger is high for the rest of the year, we are planning on going in the completely opposite direction.  See how smart we are?

Friday, June 14, 2013

My Knotty Little Problem

Definition of a GORDIAN KNOT
1.  an intricate problem; especially : a problem insoluble in its own terms -- often used in the phrase cut the Gordian knot
2.  a knot tied by Gordius, king of Phrygia, held to be capable of being untied only by the future ruler of Asia, and cut by Alexander the Great with his sword

FEAR.  As far back as I can remember, I have been afraid.  Now, I know everybody is afraid at some time or another in their lives.  It's normal, and even good, to experience some fear.  But I have always seemed to take it a notch or 10 beyond normal, and I don't know why.  Being afraid is so deeply ingrained, that it just feels like part of who I am.