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Five on Friday: Week Eight

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I found myself a calendar with the weeks numbered, so I officially know what it is Week Eight of 2010. I know I could have counted this on a calendar myself (jeez, manually?) but it is just so much easier to read it off a chart.

Right.. Week Eight. Good times. I guess this is lucky week according to Chinese people. They sure love the number eight. Of course, we don’t pay any attention to this stuff in our house, but just thought I would randomly mention it.

1. Fancypants outing
This Monday, I got myself invited to an Exclusive Event at a Fancypants Venue in Palo Alto so I brought along my friend N as my +1. Not only were the drinks free, but so was the food and my oh my was the food tasty. They had this one seared scallop with creamy leeks dish that was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Yeah. That good. We also met a random guy that we kept running into all night; we talked about the food a lot. There were also two random white girls who kept showing up at super weird moments; I think they were trying to hit on N, but they were doing a terrible job at it and we were just confused by the whole thing.

2. Toffee time
This weekend I hit up the Campbell Farmers Market and perused the ridiculous bevy of fresh produce (really Californians, you are spoiled like crazy). I bought a bunch of random stuff, trying to mimic what a CSA would send us in a weekly share. I find this method to be much more economical than actually joining a CSA that chooses the produce for me. Plus, I like shopping for food (there I said it!).

The best part of the market was when I discovered the R&J Toffees stall. Oh. My. God. So let me preface this with the fact that I do not like candies in general, but I have an unending weakness for toffee. And not just any old toffee… it has to have as little chocolate on it as possible and be crunchy and not too chewy.

Let’s just say that the toffee sold by R&J Toffees is exactly what I like. Yes. I will be riding my bike down to the Campbell market more often to get myself some nice Sunday coffee and toffee. Miam miam!

3. A wonderful ride home
Since I decided that I would ride all the way home at least once a week (I’m aiming for twice a week by the time summer starts), it’s been pretty exciting finding out that I can ride the entire way without discomfort. I was worried about muscle soreness, but it turns out that I am sufficiently fit to get myself home. I suppose that when I start riding home 2-3 times a week, I may start to really feel it, but this is why I need to slowly ramp up to it and not just go to it right away. Time, baby, time.

4. For the love of capitalism
I have to say that these days, I love to shop. My current size combined with the current fashion, I seem to fit into a wide array of clothes that I adore! Every time I go shopping, I can find at least 2-3 items that fit me well. I totally blame this on the fact that there are a lot of romantic, floaty clothes in stores now. I typically buy these floaty clothes and then cinch the waist with a belt to show off the hourglass figure. So yes, I have been enjoying the capitalist circus lately.

5. Public transit
I ride public transit just about everyday to get to work. It saves me the headache of driving and having to deal with traffic in my car. Besides that, I get to ride my bike on either end and that’s always a good thing in my mind.

This week, Caltrain had a rough day (I know, understatement). In the morning, a train hit an abandoned car, causing system-wide delays throughout rush hour. That same evening, a train hit a pedestrian, causing delays once again. Bad times for Caltrain.

Regardless of the occasional delays and frustrations, I still appreciate having a train that pretty much takes me right where I need to go. It’s not perfect, but it gets the job done.

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February 26, 2010 at 11:05 am

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Five on Friday: Extra Bikey and Romanticky Edition

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I’ve got a great week recap for you today. It’s extra bikey and extra romanticky. Yeah……. Good times living the WinLife.

1. Lovey dovey times
This past Sunday was Valentine’s Day and Mister went all out for us! We were headed up to SF for a fancypants dinner, so he decided to book a hotel for the night. Seriously. I felt whisked away and it was super romantic and awesome. Yeah. *gag*

2. Holiday bikey life
I oraganised a little holiday bike ride on Monday since I had the day off work (it was President’s Day here). We met at Millbrae and rode part of the Bay Trail down, which was super scenic. It started out really foggy, but it soon burned off and we had a really nice ride down. The weather was pretty perfect and we hit a good social pace with plenty of rest stops and photo ops. Fun times! The best part was that I invited two new bikey friends (uh, hotties) along and I’m hoping we can go on more bike rides soon. Always nice to meet new people!

3. A random day off work
There was a city-wide power outage where I work, so we were all sent home on Wednesday. What I should have done was ride all the way home (see #4 below), but since I was unprepared and didn’t have the directions printed out, I wasn’t sure I could figure it out on my own. It was super nice, however, to take a daytime train home, get home by noon, and manage to see a friend for coffee. I spent the rest of the day split between randomly tooling around downtown and sitting at home petting the cat.

4. You friend junkie, you!
Oh, this is just about my favourite part of the list, the friend part! I am such a friend junkie that I always get excited for meeting up with people.

It was really nice to ride with L, I, and C on Monday. I’m trying to get to know L and I better, so it’s really cool that we have biking in common and I haven’t seen C in ages so it was great to catch up with him.

Last Friday, I got to see good friend N for dinner and then also again randomly on my day off. It has been a while since we’ve hung out, so it was nice to have the chance to see him twice in one week. Yes. Awesome.

And finally the best part of this week’s friend activities… I got to see my very favourite person J before he took off for a three-week business trip! On Sunday, before heading back home, we met up with him for lunch (well, we actually just watched him eat lunch since we foolishly ate the free breakfast buffet at the hotel). I was so glad to see him since he had technical difficulties and couldn’t make it to our bike ride on Monday.

5. An extra bikey commute
Last night I decided to ride my bike all the way home from work. That’s about 20 miles, assuming I don’t get lost ( I printed out my turn-by-turn directions and studied the map a bit before I left and I still got a bit lost when I made a turn one street early and couldn’t quite figure out what happened).

It took me 1hr 45min, but I’m planning to shave it down to 1hr 30min once I find the best route. When summer rolls around, I’m planning to do this ride 2-3 times a week since there will be more than enough daylight to get home. There were some dark sketch bits near Santa Clara University, so I just need to find a better-lit road to ride on. But yes, definitely something to look forward to this summer!

If anyone out there wants to join me for the ride down one of these days, please let me know!

Written by Reese

February 19, 2010 at 10:13 am

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Five on Friday: still getting better edition

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I have not been up to much at all lately, especially because I managed to catch a cold (from Frank of course) last Saturday and decidedly stopped doing much except rest and try to get better. It’s working, but it’s slow. I think I am almost over the bug today, but it has taken a while!

1. In sickness and in health
As I explained above, I caught a cold and have been fighting it all week.

2. An amazing lunch date
Jason and I had a pretty amazingly WIN hot lunch date this week! Our lunch dates are usually pretty awesome, but this was really spectacular! It makes me sad because he’s leaving for a 3-week-long business trip next week and I will definitely miss our hot lunch dates while he’s gone.

3. These boots are made for… biking?
A few months ago, I’d bought a pair of Ecco goretex-lined boots (dorky, I know). I got them specifically for rain riding since I have no other waterproof footwear that is fit for work. A few weeks ago, one of the teeth on the right foot’s zipper deformed and it made it hard to open and close the boot. I called Zappos and they said I could exchange them for another pair, which I did. I finally wore the new pair yesterday and they are as amazingly comfortable and wonderful as the first pair.

On my way to work, I was thinking that I probably put in more "biking steps" than walking steps in these boots on any average day. On most days, I have a pretty sedentary desk job, so I mainly walk around my building, but I do bike to work a lot, so I probably have more "bike steps" put in. Funny thought.

4. On devouring books and other things
A friend lent me her copy of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and I have been diligently reading it on the way to and from work each day. If has really made me think about where my food comes from and how big of a role the food industry plays. I like to think of myself as a simple person who doesn’t eat much processed food compared to the average American, but I don’t really think too much about the differences between Big Organic and Small Organic and all the fine nuances of what free-range vs pasture-raised vs all-natural even mean. Definitely interesting and stimulating reading.

5. Get strong, like the strong man
I’ve been slowly adding in random strength exercises into my normal day. I get to work my lower body everyday when I bike to work, but my upper body doesn’t get too much. My upper arms have always been a bit slack, so I really want to get them tightened up, hence the immediate addition of upper body strength exercises. For example, at work when I am waiting for water to heat up in the microwave, I will do chair dips in the breakroom (and yes, people have walked in and caught me doing them!).

I need to actually start an actual full-body strength routine that will work my core more and tuck in my tummy, but I’ve been happy so far with the results on my upper arms and shoulders. I’ve gotten much stronger and definitely slimmer. Oh the body is a magical machine! Input, output… how nerdy.

Written by Reese

February 12, 2010 at 11:10 am

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Five on Friday: Get better edition

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Good old Five on Friday… or was it Five for Friday? No matter… for this week, let’s call it Five on Friday since that seems to make a lot more sense to me today. Maybe that’ll change next week.

1. Reading – O Pioneers!

What can I say, I like to read classics and I will often read and re-read the same book over and over again if I like it. I can’t even tell how many times I’ve read Franny and Zooey (the best Salinger book in my opinion). Yeah, I liked it that much. Anyway, the re-read of the month is O Pioneers! by Willa Cather. I really love how real her characters feel, how heavy they seem to me.

2. Wellness, or rather, unwellness

I got some kind of horrid food poisoning earlier this week, which was so bad that I actually stayed home from work. Something you should know about me is that I typically refuse to stay home from work unless I am really and truly sick (can barely stand or sit upright for more than 10 minutes or am puking just about everywhere). Yes, I was that sick, so I stayed home from work one day. I’m still not feeling so great, but I’m taking it easy and not riding to work since I can’t really eat much and Not Eating + Bike Riding = Fainting and Feeling Crappy.

3. Bikeylife + friends

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This past weekend, I got to have two days of bikey goodness! Saturday I went on one of the SJ Bike Party test rides and met some cool people (and had beers with them afterwards). Sunday I took my bike up to the city and got to ride Blue all over the place, from coffee with my bikey ladyfriend to brunch with the gays and back home again.

4. Bike polo with the SJF kids

Wednesday was the very first bike polo game for the SJ Fixed kids and boy was it fun! I spectated only since I wasn’t feeling well enough for any activity. It was the first time most people had ever played, so it was pretty amusing watching people get the hang of it. By the time I took off though, everyone was getting pretty good! I can’t wait for next week’s games.

5. Oh my Mister

Mister has been an absolutely doll while I’ve been sick, and has worried and fretted over me all week while I lay helplessly pinned down by the 7 lb cat. I love that guy, I swear.

Written by Reese

February 5, 2010 at 11:06 am

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