Saturday, May 30, 2009

There are not enough adjectives to describe the wonderful day today. The emotions of watching your child graduate and become a young adult is overwhelming. I can't even find the words to tell you about the day but I will let the photos speak for themselves.

My dad and Hooch ---what a photo

Waddling like a proud parent............

Friday, May 29, 2009


This weekend is Hooch's Graduation from high school. I drove to Ohio yesterday and picked up my dad so he could celebrate with us! I hope to share some photos and stories from a great weekend!

Waddling to watch our daughter.............

Monday, May 25, 2009


As I sat outside and drank my morning Diet Mountain Dew, I was thankful for all the freedoms that we share. I had packed up 4 bikes on my Jeep and was waiting for friends to go meet others for a group ride. Where else can you be as luck as us?

This mornings ride was organized by Coach for riders from beginners to mid pack to speed-demons. Snips had never ridden a road bike so she was going to ride Silver. Sniggles (previously Running Ugly) was going to ride Skipper(my hybrid) then try Silver. Kandy had always ridden a hybrid but was going to ride my son Bino's road bike. It was going to be quite a test drive.

Coach gave all the beginners a quick lesson in Biking 101. It was time to mount up and take off with the goal of riding 18 miles. The first 4 miles were cruising. Coach did a great job of going up and down the line checking on everyone. At the first stop, coach asked everyone to take a look at the flag that was straight out because that was the wind we would be riding into on the return.

To the right is Sniggles(yellow) and Snips.

When we were about 7 miles out, I knew where we were headed and the hills that would be coming. Snips, Sniggles and I broke off from the group and headed back. The wind was unbelievable. With 5 miles left to go, Sniggles switched to the road bike unwillingly. There was a fear in her eyes. She overcame this and rode it all the way back to the car. Both Snip and Sniggles did an excellent job on their first group ride. We had alot of laughs and fun today.

Waddling to relax for the rest of the day....................

Sunday, May 24, 2009


My friend (Running Ugly) is getting a bike of her choice for her birthday. She has run several marathons and halves. She is now interested in biking and doing a triathlon next year. This was her question to me (and now to you) :
Should I get a road bike or a hybrid?

She is intimadated by the road bike somewhat because my first year on my road bike I wrecked on 50% of my rides. I was slow to get the hang of clipping in. I know what my advice was but what do you think?

Waddling while waiting for advice..............