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 10yo & 15yo. Married 17yrs 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.
Wow. What a heck of year we have had. Although I'm glad this year is almost over I'm fearful of the year ahead like so many other people. A couple weeks ago I finally came out of my mental hiding place. Hurray! Ready to fight the fights I need to.
One thing is for certain we will all need to find our mental escape. A place or an activity that can relax our minds and remind us that life is enjoyable. Outside is that place for me. Fresh air, hiking, biking, geocaching, sitting and enjoying a book (or comic book!). Find your mental escape place. Step away from your social media, websites and cell phone even for a few hours. Enjoy life then step back in and keep fighting for the future and the now.
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.