Parent, spouse, badass woman, cyclist, outdoor enthusiast, books, diy & proud nerd. I write about adventures of my semi-outdoorsy family of four, when not in the woods we are enjoying Pittsburgh, taking in a movie, or playing board & video games. Bits of my 18yr marriage to a talented artist & my POV of working for an independent publishing outlet in the bike industry. 🚲🏕☕️📚🤓
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The hubby and I had the accidental chance to indulge in a
kid free retreat to Cleveland, OH this weekend, and play around at Ray’s IndoorMountain Bike Park. Cleveland reminds me a lot Pittsburgh, lots
of little fun things to do they are just sprinkled about the city.
I have been to Ray’s once before, last year for the Women’s
Weekend. I did a blog about it; you can check it out here. If you have an indoor mountain bike park near you go scope it out. I only know of a few: The Lumberyard -
Portland, OR; Ray’s – Milwaukee
& Cleveland, WI; and CranX – Syracuse, NY. Hopefully I can add The WheelMill – Pittsburgh, PA to this soon. Did I miss any...?
While there I was able to play on the 2013 Trek Evo Lush and
ride the cross-country course. I wouldn’t shy away if from playing on one of
Trek Evo Lush - Full Suspension Women's Specific bike.
A couple of key highlights for me when I head up to
Cleveland are the West Side Market and Great Lakes Brewery. The Market dates
back to 1840. You can find aisles of cheeses, fresh meats, hand stuffed olives,
homemade Russian pastries, every kinds of bread you can think of, authentic
Mexican food, and a whole other building filled with fruits and veggie’s. We
took a 2-hour lunch break from riding and hit the Market for lunch and snacks.
Dinner for two.
Great Lakes Brewery is the must for dinner and a beer. The food is good, the beer is even better.
Under all my attempts at being outdoors, riding bikes and being a Mom/Wife I have always been (and always will be) a "Geek". Star Wars, comic books, sci-fi, fantasy movies and books. I love it all and I have passed down some of this love onto my hubby and kids. Go me!
At PIX I got to meet Grace Ellis, co creator of the Lumberjanes comic book and very nice individual. And, I meet Caitlin Rose Boyle co-creator or Jonesy. It is always great to meet women in an industry where women are under-represented. Both of these ladies, along with quite a few others, are really setting the tone that women in comic books are here to stay. And as I complimented both of them for creating a comic book that I will let my kids read.
Last weekend I took my Japanese language taking, anime an…
Winter is almost over. We have hustled through these last few months of winter trying to get as much done around the house as possible. Anything we can do to lessen the spring and summer to-do's. Downside of being a home-owner the upkeep and overall maintenance can be daunting.
The hubby successfully converted Darby's bunk-bed into a loft bed for Odin. And he is super stoked. We topped it off with a tent topper for him, since he;s been sleeping in his sleeing bag for almost month. He is prepping for camping season.
We upgraded Darby's room to be a bit more "grown-up" and although Stephen successfully manipulated a bunk-bed I couldn't stop gloating about my impromptu device docking station.
Check out these other hacks for binder clips here.
Looking forward to spring and getting in more outdoor adventures with the kids.
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I did it! I scrubbed the kitchen, its sparkles like a bucket of glitter. One January task done. Yet I am still antsy and unable to sit still. I do not usually talk politics or religion on my social media outlets or my blog. It's not my area of expertise but I do have an opinion and a voice and I need to say a few things. (steps onto soapbox.)
When I get stressed, worried or anxious I clean. There is something therapeutic in it for me. Maybe it has to do with some of my family being pack-rats, or cleaning my Grams house and it resulting in excitement when I found the floor. I spent my summer picking up Grams and my Dads house, hiding from the 101+ heat of southern AZ. Or watching soap operas and watering the garden at 6am with my Grams. My Dad had "bunny ears" on his TV at the property with aluminum foil to get PBS, so Bob Ross was pretty amazing. My last excursion to Yuma was in 2012, need to get back, but I digress. Lately I have been wanting to clean a lot.