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I hope to write some posts soon, but in the meantime, here is some photographic proof of what I’ve been up to…

Opera Under the Stars (Clouds is more like it.) Shattuck was the perfect setting for this!

Opera Under the Stars (Clouds is more like it.) Shattuck was the perfect setting for an outdoor performance of La Boheme!

My first (hopefully only) accident...

My first (hopefully only) accident that resulted in a two-week stay at the shop for my Giant.

A lot of game playing, including this favorite: Puerto Rico.

A lot of game playing, including this favorite: Puerto Rico.

Enjoying time on my "front porch," here with lemonade (yes, I made it!) and some good books.

Enjoying time on my “front porch,” here with lemonade (yes, I made it!) and some good books.

My first soccer match! My 12-year-old cousin and her team were in town for a game.

My 12-year-old cousin and her team were in town for a soccer match!

Picking strawberries on the 4th of July!

Picking strawberries on the 4th of July!

Enjoying an outdoor lunch at the bagel shop/

Enjoying an outdoor lunch at the bagel shop.

Cheery cherries from my very own trees!

Cheery cherries from my very own trees!

I ate some good desserts...

I ate some good desserts…

The Piper Warrior that I flew!!!

Early one Sunday morning I flew this plane…

Enjoying the lovely blooming trees, like this gigantic Dogwood.

Enjoying the lovely blooming trees, like this gigantic Catalpa. (That’s a two-story Victorian home in the background for comparison.)

I saw the Oh Hellos at First Ave with some friends. So much fun!

I saw the Oh Hellos at First Ave with some friends. So much fun! (This is a photo I took when my cousins played here in 2010.)

Enjoyed an annual birthday tea party with a couple of friends. Last year's theme: Alice in Wonderland. This year's: Downton Abbey.

Enjoyed an annual birthday tea party with a couple of friends. This year’s theme: Downton Abbey.

Stopped in Mantorville on my way to Whitewater State Park and ended up being talked into attending the afternoon melodrama at the Opera House: Dogsbreath Deveraux the Dastardly Doctor or Nurses Foiled Again! There was plenty of booing, cheering, and sighing.

Stopped in Mantorville on my way to Whitewater State Park and ended up being talked into attending the afternoon melodrama at the Opera House: Dogsbreath Deveraux the Dastardly Doctor or Nurses Foiled Again! There was plenty of booing, cheering, and sighing from the audience. Too fun!

The view from Inspiration Point at Whitewater State Park. (At least I think it was...)

I did make it to Whitewater and went on a short, but scenic, hike to Inspiration Point.

I welcomed a few new paintings by my artist friend Jennifer. The one on the left, Wild Blue Yonder, is the most recent addition to my home gallery. I love it oh so much!

I welcomed a few new paintings by my artist friend Jennifer. The one on the left, Wild Blue Yonder, is the most recent addition to my home gallery. I love it oh so much!

I also attended at local showing of Jesus Christ Superstar with a friend. Her son’s doctor played Jesus and her friend played Judas. I didn’t have any close ties to the cast, but they did a wonderful job!

I’ve added some things to my list of things to do, such as see Pride and Prejudice at the Guthrie. Did you know that this year is the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice? Definitely a great reason to see the play! (Who wants to go with me? Mom?) Also, thanks to Audrey’s post over at Minnesota Prairie Roots this morning, I would love to go to Walnut Grove to take in the Little House celebration.

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I’ve put around 100 miles on my bike in the last month. Here’s some scenery from my routes, and routes I hope to take soon. (I wasn’t biking when I took these.)

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A few weeks ago I stopped by Straight River Sports and Fitness. I was looking to replace my 16-year-old Cannondale hybrid, the bike that’s been to the Montana and Canadian Rockies and served as my main mode of transportation in college.

Team Terrrrrific takes on the Rockies in 1997.

Team Terrrrrific takes on the Rockies in 1997.
[Thanks to my Uncle Rol and Aunt Lori for this unforgettable experience!]

Since college, my riding has mainly been on city trails. There’s nothing wrong with city trails, and when I stepped into the bike shop on that Monday evening, that’s the kind of riding I had in mind. I was instantly recognized in the shop as the owner of the white Electra Amsterdam that I bought five years ago. Ann, the co-owner, said that she just mentioned my bike during a presentation she gave at the high school earlier that day, and was wondering if I was still riding it.

Electra Amsterdam with all its bells and whistles

The Electra Amsterdam with all its bells and whistles! This bike is a lot of fun, and has gotten many compliments, however, I may be selling it soon. A girl only needs so many bikes… [And this girl has a small garage.]

When I told her that I was looking for a new bike, she asked me what my goals were. Or, as Donald Miller might ask, “What story do you want to tell with this bike?” Good question! And one I hadn’t properly considered. Ann took me out to test drive a couple of fitness bikes. When we returned, she asked if I had any other questions, which gave me the perfect opportunity to ask about the road bikes on display in the front of the shop. We took a couple out for a test drive, and immediately I could tell the difference. It became apparent that, if I were to purchase a road bike, it would be more of a commitment–think bike shorts, shoes, jerseys, gloves, and computers. Plus, road bikes aren’t exactly an ideal for city trails–they beg to be taken out on county roads. I also learned about the bike club, which would give me the opportunity to ride with others. I had a lot to think about when I left the shop that night. After some consideration, prayer, and one more test drive, I made my final decision.

My new yet-to-be-named Giant

My new yet-to-be-named Giant!

I have entered the world of road biking! A couple of nights ago, I participated in my first ladies’ ride. There were five of us total–two mother/daughter pairs and me. We went for a “leisure ride” on county roads and I ended up biking nearly 24 miles! For a seasoned cycler, that really is a leisure ride, but it’s my longest ride since high school. I was the slowest of the group, but everyone’s got to start somewhere, right?! I’m looking forward to miles of new adventures, and to the tales this Giant will tell.

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