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On a recommendation from Diana Dyer, today I went to check out the newer of the Ypsilanti Farmer's Markets. I checked; it's only about a 7-mile round trip from my house. I *really* want those shopping panniers for my bike now! (They are ordered and I am waiting not-so-patiently for them to arrive late this month.) For <$30, I got two big bags of fruit and veg (A melon, beans, corn, a red onion, a very large sweet potato, Macintosh apples, Bartlett pears, a half gallon of apple cider, some hot peppers) and two packages of frozen bison, one of stew meat and one of ground meat. The bison was about half of my total expenditure.

I think I will change my shopping day to Tuesday from Wednesday, and even change my BookMooch mailing day to Tuesday, since the Ypsi downtown post office is across the street from the Tuesday market. Oh bike panniers nau, please!!
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Apparently this is a product available on the McCain web site:

Also, a teacher mooched a book from me recently. Her bio has an appeal for her project, and she segues with "And now a word from our sponcers..."

Actually, I see a lot of bad spelling on the teacher communities I follow. It worries me.

This is not to say that I am not sometimes guilty of errors and typos. I don't like when I do it either, and can be an obsessive reviser of my own posts and comments both before and after posting them.
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My kids and I took bike errands to the next level today with a 13-mile round trip to the library (returning books lightened the load considerably :), the post office and Bubble Island (snack and rest period, including time for Jenga and Othello), Burns Park, Trader Joe's and back home, total time about five hours. I successfully unhitched and rehitched the tagalong three times in order to lock it up next to my bike at various stops. I had a moment when the bike and tagalong almost went over as I was dismounting, with M still on the trailer. No harm came to M; I banged my own knees up and drew a little blood in the execution of keeping her up, which was my own fault for trying to dismount on non-level pavement. If I keep this up, taking long trips with M in tow, I will definitely be increasing my fitness, because it's the next level of difficult towing and carrying all that extra weight. My thighs especially got a major workout. And I really want panniers or maybe a handlebar basket *now* because I don't like the way in which the backpack affects how I deal with heat. I. e., I was all sweaty when we got home, especially my back. I was especially proud of S for completing the entire 13-mile loop. I guess it's good cross-training for her soccer.
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The awesome [ profile] evalerie, who has google-fu magic of which I know not, pointed me in the right direction for finding some folding basket panniers. I decided after reading a few reviews of wire-frame folding baskets that they are not my first choice, because they can be noisy, and are usually not quickly removable. I have three major candidates for metal frame fabric baskets:

They all seem pretty equivalent. All are cordura nylon or similar. (I found a hemp/cotton one, too, but worry it will not wear well.) All fold when not in use and have wire frames to help them keep their shape when in use. All are easily removable and have a shoulder strap, so they can be used directly as shopping bags. Two of the the three mention or show a bungee attachment to keep the basket from bouncing off the bike, but I bet they all have that. Rain covers are available for each of them, some of which are bright yellow with reflectors for safety. The main difference I can document so far is price, with the Avenir bag as the least expensive at $30 each. The bikemania one has the least expensive rain covers. The Inertia Designs one, which is around $50, has some great reviews, but I haven't found as much information on the others.

Does anybody have experience with any of these or know something about panniers that might help? I plan to get a pair to start, probably will get rain covers soon after, and maybe eventually will get a laptop messenger bag or backpack pannier, so the removability of the baskets is a feature I really like.

I am also concerned that I need to take much better care of my bike from now on, since I plan/hope to be using it much more and it will be getting heavier use. How do I tell when I need new tires because the tread is wearing? What maintenance do I need to do or learn to do regularly?

Thanks in advance!
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Today I finally went to assemble the Trail-A-Bike that came to our door two weeks ago. The box had been sitting in our living room across from my computer for long enough. Upon really looking at the box, I discovered that a tools needed list was printed on the outside of the box. This was a good thing. I am reasonably handy, but at least two of the items listed I had never heard of before. I googled "cone wrenches" for starters, and immediately decided that I should let a professional put it together, as buying new tools just for this one assembly job seemed like a bad idea.
Read the whole saga, including our first tagalong trip, and pannier plans )
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Yesterday I washed the kids' snow gear to put it away for the season. Today it is snowing. Of course.
cherydactyl: (aging gracefully)
I have so many things I would like to do in life, I think I need several lifetimes to do them all. Concurrent ones might be nice, but consecutive is fine too.

It occurs to me that a long-lived male person is easy to conceive of...Lazurus Long, for example. The problem with conceiving a similarly long-lived female is in reproductive timelines. Unlike men who mature sexually and pretty much stay viable and potent, women have a definite reproductive lifecycle defined by a limited number of ova, which are said to be created before she is born. Or, at least the men don't decline because of reproductive schedule, only due to overall health.

Would a long-lived female only be able to live the bulk of her life post-menopausally? Or would it imply she had an extra-big set of eggs, that her 'monthly' cycles only happened once per year, or less frequently? Were of longer duration? Would it mean she violated the rule of being born with all the ova she would ever have? Would menopause after a few hundred years of cycling mean impending death within a few decades?

How annoying it is that men could easily be supposed to be long lived and fully potent for their duration, but to have an immortal woman be believable requires one to consider her reproductive stage. Well, I guess really it requires *me* to consider it. I can't help it that I must critically examine ideas. Truly I can't.

I heard somewhere (I believe it was a Frazz strip, bolstered by Roald Dahl's Matilda, I suppose), that mammals have a certain number of heart beats in their lifetimes and then they are done. Which explains why exercise is so good for longevity, because although heart rates peak during exercise, it also causes a slower heart beat at rest.

To paraphrase George Carlin, these are things I think about when the computer is downloading and my family are asleep (so I can't make too much noise).

p.s. I keep thinking I need to write down some of these ideas in a file and start writing short stories.

p.p.s. I did finally start reading The Ode Less Traveled by Stephen Fry this morning. Maybe poetry first. Then later, I can tackle drawing, painting, photography, sailing, fencing, aikido, tai chi, game design, juggling, calligraphy, paper making, baking, science reporting, essay writing, mountain climbing, and all the other hobbies I would like to pursue but don't have time for.


Dec. 8th, 2007 01:12 pm
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I get the feeling somebody thinks we are perfect victims or something.

A year and a half ago, our house was the target of a drive-by shooting with a BB gun. The only casualty was the picture window in our living room. It was scary at the time, because we were home when it happened. The BB only penetrated the first of the two panes of glass, but it did kind of mess up the insulating properties of the double-paned window. It was rather expensive to replace that window, but we have a much spiffier front window now.

At some later point that I have not been able to identify, it appears that the bay window over our kitchen sink got a similar treatment. (We have not yet replaced or fixed that window.)

Now, some hi-lariously funny asshat has destroyed our extra-large rural-route curbside mailbox. It appears the vandal swung for the fences right through the hinged door from the side, and it looks rather less like a box and more like a shallow cave. I assume the tough Rubbermaid plastic only shattered because of how cold it is around here this week. It’s been below freezing for several days. Today’s high is due to be 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Oh, joy, the weather underground says that tomorrow the high will be 31 and we have a 90% chance of precipitation, in the form of ice pellets. (Eat your heart out, [ profile] thecranewife.)
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A bad marriage or other caustic primary relationship may be linked to a bad heart, i.e., increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Thanks to the lj-friend who cited this on her journal.

Here's the CBS story (watch for pop-ups):
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Awesome truffles from tammylc for Hallowe'en. Go drool after them, or maybe even order some.

Here are some of her wares from a previous sale (Valentine's 2007):
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A quiz about the sustainability of your lifestyle created for American Public Media's 'Weekend America' program.

This was an eye-opener. It says I would need 2.8 earths to sustain the whole population of the earth if they all lived like me, even while praising me for doing more than the average American on the subject of sustainability. The eye-opening part is that our biggest contributor to non-sustainability is our family's food habits. More reason to work on 1)eating more fruits and vegetables, and 2)eating locally.
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Yesterday the Wolverine Gaming Club had its last meeting as a regular student group at The Michigan Union. Some people who hadn't attended in a while showed to say goodbye to the old club. We had to leave before the bitter end due to a family event, but we did go.

WGC has been around in since the early 90s. As these things go, it was very, very long lived for a college games club. I myself will miss the club very much; it's been through a lot. I remember a Space 1889 campaign and a Star Wars campaign whose only certain "member" from session to session was the ship. We've met in Anderson, in Kuenzel, in Pond, and mostly in the Wolverine room. UCon and the WGC parted ways in the later 90s, but originally WGC was the student group that put on UCon. We played Settlers of Catan on a members' home-produced edition cobbled from online descriptions, and we were doing the ports wrong until we got an actual published copy! There were advanced games of Silverton, Road Kill, and lots of Outpost at one time. Magic players have come and gone and come back and gone again. Sometimes we'd even break out an 18XX game, especially if there was a new one. People went off to summer vacation and conventions and came back with new games. I have learned and taught many, many board games at club meetings. We had a few dedicated minis players who would show up, sometimes but not always, and immediately hog two tables at one end of the room. Lately it's been lots of Power Grid, Ticket to Ride in its various versions, To Court the King, and Betrayal at House on the Hill. My older daughter has literally grown up in the club. I am going to miss it even though it has been a shadow of its former self for a while now.

Apparently we get to keep our mailing address/list and our web site by dropping to a second or third class student group. Now the plan is to meet in the MUG next time and look for a suitable venue to meet. Regular attendance had been down in the teens recently, but maybe we can reinvent ourselves. Any suggestions for a meeting place? Traditionally, Sunday was the meeting day because that was the day parking was free near the Michigan Union. Free parking and nearby or onsite food (or perhaps the ability to order in food) are the major requirements I think. Maybe other people or past members will chime in with other ideas.

Thanks to current and past officers including [ profile] gizelnort, [ profile] sorcycat, [ profile] cpl_hicks, [ profile] illyaa, Mike C., and probably a few others that I am forgetting.

The Wolverine Gaming Club is dead...long live the Wolverine Gaming Club.
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Today is my last day of full liberty for a while. M's last day of school is tomorrow. S's last day of soccer camp is today. Tomorrow [ profile] illyaa and I go to GenCon for two nights, and the girls will be at my mom's. So I am being irresponsible. Sort of.

I went to Value World after dropping S off at camp. I spent two hours, and less than $14. I got a black sweater tank, a red jacket I can wear for a dressy occasion or with jeans and a tee, a cashmere v-neck sweater, a lime green sleeveless jean jacket, two Living Books software titles, and a CD that I will attempt to trade on LaLa. I love Value World.

Then I went to Bombadil's in downtown Ypsi, where I had coffee and pestered my friend who works there until I felt very, very guilty about taking him from work. He's married to my best friend and college roommate, whom he met at my wedding, and whom I haven't seen in far, far too long. Now I'm home and going to get some stuff done around here before I am home with two kids for the next two weeks.

I hope to take us to the zoo, to the Chelsea TreeHouse, to the library, to the waterpark, and several other area parks in the next two weeks. (You are welcome to tag along for many of these outings, [ profile] therck, if you feel like it)


Jul. 21st, 2007 01:33 am
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Went by Meijer's on my way home from a late roleplaying game to see if they had copies of HP&tDH. They do, or did. They said they had four palettes' worth. I held off buying one, since I knew I am on the library list as #122 out of 500+ reserves, and [ profile] illyaa ordered one from Amazon to arrive tomorrow. Patience, patience, I told myself in this time of no job. Save the $21.

I'm glad I did because I just checked the library site. It says they have 200 copies. I will therefore be in the first wave of people to get it. I wonder if it will be ready if I am there when they open tomorrow. }8^)
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I had a bad day yesterday; it was very hard to stay motivated to keep looking for jobs to apply for, read job hunting books, and generally think about how useless I feel at the moment. I started to wonder if it would just be easier to stay home with younger daughter M for a year to regroup and decide what to do with myself, possibly either finally getting around to my yoga certification or perhaps looking into going back to grad school to finish my masters. Then I started to beat myself up over choosing the 'easy' route.

But today two of the jobs that I have sent resumes and letters to apply for, in fact a majority of the jobs I have actually specifically applied for to date, called me back within an hour of each other today to ask me for an interview tomorrow. And therefore I suddenly have two interviews tomorrow. [Yes, I've only gotten three resumes and cover letters out for specific jobs...that's the thing about wanting part time...though I have two more to apply for tomorrow that I have found since.]

I have my interview clothes hanging on the front of my closet. I have the jewelry I am going to wear set out on top of my jewelry box. I have copies of my references sheet and my recommendations from printed out, and ready to go with me, along with a copy of the letter I sent and my resumes for the two different jobs.

Life is weird.
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Get on some charity mailing lists. They will send you address labels to try to get you to send them money. You will never want for return address labels again.

Except that 90% of them will say Mr & Mrs [Guy's Name] [Last Name]. Sigh.

So, make sure you are under your own name or they are enlightened charities that will put two names on their mailing lists.

At least I had the foresight to donate to a couple charities only in my name.
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Yesterday, older daughter S and I went to the library to sign up for the summer reading program. As usual, the call of the vending area hit her and she asked for her allowance to get some snacks. After she got hers, I got some chips as well. She said, "You got the same snack as me." I corrected her, "You have the same snack as I." Then we talked about why the correct form was "I," about subject and object and parallel clauses, why you didn't need to include the verb, and so on. I complimented her, saying I was proud of her for paying attention to the issue, and that this is the kind of grammar taught to middle and high schoolers in plenty of places. Then she ran off to ask the librarian where the graphic novels were so she could look for more Tintins.
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An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. - Carl Jung


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