Sunday, August 14, 2011

Long Weekend

Had a nice long weekend.  Mostly relaxing, except for my wife being ill most of the last two days.  She and I went to Rise of the Planet of the Apes on Friday after I got back from extracorporeal therapy at the Red Cross.  As she said, "I felt bad for the apes."  I think you were supposed to be a bit conflicted, so a good movie.  Afterwards, we went over to the MIA to see Eryn show off her art projects from the last week.  There was quite a collection of impressionist works, from her own canvas, to a diorama, and half a dozen works based on impressionist techniques.  I particularly liked her bridge, and I'll try to get a copy out here for the grandparents.

Sunday, Eryn and her mother went to The Help while I got in some bicycling and cooking.  I went a little wild with the chocolate chip cookies and put a golden Oreo, a spring Oreo, and a Girl Scout Thin Mint into one of each.  Damn big cookies.

And today, Eryn and I left my wife to be sick on the couch, and we went up to Ming's place to ride the Gateway Trail.  Eryn managed to bike 15 miles.  Before we took off, I took us to Gateway Cycle and bought her a wireless odometer.  I think having the odometer to look at so she knew how far away the goals I was setting were was a big help.  Kyle and Ming (and family) all went to Randy's Pizza to use our Living Social certificates before they expired, which was a nice dinner.  One thing I learned while heading up there to meet them was that putting the bikes on the back of the convertible doesn't work so well.  With the top down, the wind is hitting them from the front and they shake and wobble alarmingly.  Not to mention the rack is a bit of a pain on the Mustang, although perhaps that's just not quite getting it on there right.  I moved my bike in closer to the car on the way home (with one of Ming's socks over the pedal to protect the car) so that I wasn't getting a lever effect, but that left Eryn's bike even more by itself in the open, and it was bouncing all over the place.  I'm going to have to investigate if there's a better way to strap your bikes down for vehicles with a retracted top.

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