I'm a comic book, video-game and movie geek. Love the outdoors but was not a child of the woods and it often scares me. I get out as much as I can with hubby and kids to appreciate and understand the outdoors. Parent of a 9yo & 14yo. Married 16yrs and working full time in the bicycle industry. Currently living in western, PA, born in Yuma, AZ and lived most of my youth in Ventura, CA.
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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.
Continuing my journey to being tidy in 2016 and minimizing my possessions to what truly brings me joy... This weekend I started with clothes, shoes and bags. I've always said I want to be a minimalist but I love shoes, bags and apparently clothes... I'm one of many people out there, that looks in the closet and just sighs, unable to make decisions, trying on multiple outfits to only go back to that one that I always wear.
Last week I wrote about my 2016 goal and the book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up" by Marie Kondo, the author suggest a certain order to go through your items. Clothes and things that resides in a typical closet is the first task.
Every night after I finished work, taking the kids to their activities, or running errands I would knock out a little time to gather all the clothes, bags and shoes in my room. By Friday I had a pile of stuff growing out of the corner of the room. My closet and "inner storage closet" still un-looked at... …