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Terminal Velocity

My lunch bike ride has some hills1 at its northeast corner. At the top of Cedar Mills Blvd is a 40 mph sign. Challenge accepted!

Yesterday, as I crested the hill, I cranked to 20 mph,2 tucked, and coasted. At the Barnes Road signal, I checked my max speed: 37.2 mph. Close, but this ain’t horseshoes! :-(

For now, I’ll have to be content knowing I can speed3 in 20 mph school zones.


  1. As this route ends where it starts, I earn that downhill. 
  2. That’s about the limit for Sage. She’s not geared for high speeds. 
  3. Though barely… 
Teal pinky

The Things I Don’t Know About Nail Polish

Okay, so I have a teal1 fingernail for ovarian cancer awareness month and to honor someone special. This morning I thought it was time to add a second coat, spiff it up a little for church so it would look real nice.

I painted on the second coat, all by myself,2 waited, put it under cold water. All is good … or so I thought.

At church I rubbed the nail,3 and a blob of the second coat came off and maybe a little of the first that was under it. It’s not supposed to do that! Keeping pretty nails is hard!

Clearly women have some secret knowledge here.4 Anyone care to share?


  1. Yes, I know the picture makes it look blue. It’s teal, I swear
  2. Ashley put on the first coat, but I had her do the right pinky so I could work on it myself later. 
  3. Shiny and smooth! 
  4. Maybe I need to think of this like painting a car: smooth, sand, primer, wait, sand, paint, wait, sand, top coat, buff… 
Breaking in a new donor card

Breaking In Another Donor Card

Beginning my third gallon of blood, I started a new donor card.

I decided it was time to try something different. Instead of following my Wimp’s Guide to Giving Blood, I sat up like everyone else and even looked at my arm after1 the needle was in.

Woo hoo! I didn’t feel faint. Maybe this is my new normal.2

How can I encourage you to join me next time?


  1. No, I didn’t watch them put the needle in. I was being brave, not masochistic. 
  2. After 16 donations, maybe my fear of needles is starting to decrease. :-) 

DIY Panniers

I love panniers. I just don’t like spending $100+ for a pair of ‘em. When Jamie showed up at Starbucks with a DIY pannier on his bike, I knew I had to do some research. Here’s what I found:

Looks like I’ll be making more than one of these. :-)