Random thoughts on a Friday night

We went for a ride on Burnaby tonight. It was a good ride.

I’ve extended my contract at work doing the web stuff. It means I’m still doing five day weeks for the next six months. Kind of unfortunate in the sense that I really like the four day workweek, but I didn’t want to give up the communications work I was doing and didn’t have another option to hang on to it. And so I’m a normal five day a week chump. Go me.

Tomorrow I plan to do the CBC trail day pre-hike and then help Anne garden.

Adam’s been sick again lately. He’s been super frustrated about it, and getting really stressed out about it. Extra stress on top of everything else that’s bothering him these days… I don’t know. It’s just challenging or something. I’m tired.

Huffy’s been acting funny lately, and we’re trying to decide how to deal with a car that’s aging and not meeting our actual needs. We’re seriously considering the Car Co-op. The front left tire loosened for no apparent reason and nearly fell off as we were driving down the highway. It was fun, really. Thankfully we had BCAA and they came to help us.

I’m tired. I think it’s bedtime.

Cool, cloudy Saturday Afternoon

Shawn’s playing Lego Star Wars on the ps2. Adam’s at work. I’m lounging around on my computer, trying to decide if I’m going to bike or transit over to Anne’s house for her Stagette. We’re going on a harbour boat cruise! I haven’t really decided if I want to bike… I did yesterday, but now it’s cold and clammy and kind of miserable out, and I’m not really feeling the biking vibe anymore. It’s not like mountain biking – I’d definitely go off and do that in this weather – but riding on the road is just… eh. I don’t feel like it. I guess I’m taking transit.

This means that
a) I must find lunch
b) I must leave shortly because I have to stop along the way to buy some stuff for the party

I guess I should stop lounging around. At least I got the apartment a bit cleaned up today. That’ll hopefully help Adam relax when he gets home from work. He’s kind of stressed lately… messy houses make him feel worse. I’m such a good wifey.

Photos from our biking trip to the south Chilcotins

I’ve been so disconnected lately. I don’t feel like posting anything, but I’m starting to feel weird about not being connected to people anymore – like if I don’t post then I’ll be forgotten. A bit pathetic of me, but hey.

I really do want to write about the mountain bike trip in the chilcotins. It was awesome, and it was incredibly difficult. I took many photos, which are all online of course:

We did 99.5 km over five days of riding in mountainous terrain. We went over three passes and down into three valleys. We gained something like 700 metres of elevation three times or so. And I was the slowest on the uphill, and just generally at the back of the group the whole time, but I was out there and I did it – so I’m rather impressed with myself.

Unfortunately for me, I’ve been back home for two weeks now, and I’ve spent this week back at work, and I feel slow and tired and fat and insecure. Oh yeah and I’m pretty sure no one likes me. Logically speaking I know better. Emotionally I haven’t quite convinced myself.

It’s been nice to be back at work. I have to make a decision by Monday whether I want to keep both jobs I have at work and continue with a five day work week. I don’t really want to give up the Communications work – it’s interesting and makes me feel like I’m more connected to a team, instead of working on my own. The Admin stuff is pretty solitary – I talk to lots of people on the phone, but I don’t work directly with people. I kind of like doing that. But I’m also tired, and I really enjoyed having four day work weeks, and having Friday all to myself to do whatever I wanted, all alone. I miss that. But I make more working the five days, which is helpful, and I like doing the communications job. Yeah. I don’t know. I’ll probably keep the five days, I guess. I do miss my Fridays, though.

Shawn (Adam’s brother) is currently living with us until he finds a place and/or job. Job might turn out to be easier to find than place, as he owns two cats and wants to spend $700/mo. and not in Surrey (or outlying areas, including Coquitlam and Port Moody and so on. North Van okay.)

I am now very sleepy and kind of grumpy. I think I shall go to bed before I get annoyed at things.


Back from the Chilcotins… going to Kelowna for the weekend. Will write an update after I get back.

Happy birthday Jay!

Off to the Southern Chilcotins!

My Big Wild trip begins today! I’m finishing up packing and waiting for the rest of the group (Chris, Sean, Lorne, Jill and Marlene) to arrive so we can head off into the wilderness backcountry with our bikes.

I checked the weather forecast for Lillooet, which is the closest I could find to where we’ll be, and it looks like it’ll be windy with showers for the first few days. That will make things interesting, I’m sure.

Wish me luck! … or something.

Ow… a biking accident in Kitsilano

Biked to and from work again today. I rode down a hill towards the Burrard bridge (1st of two bridges I cross) at a reasonable pace. Was coming up on a light, slowing down, when I noticed a girl on another bike slowly making a left into my lane. She was looking behind her and waving at someone, so she didn’t actually look before she turned, and I didn’t have enough time to get out of the way… tried to swerve, but smashed into her back tire anyway and went over the handlebars, getting tangled up in my bike.

Pavement sucks. I’m bruised and scraped, but otherwise okay I think. My elbow hurts a bit, but I probably just banged it off the road.

The girl I hit was fine, didn’t even get knocked off her bike I don’t think. She let me in to her apartment (we were right across the street from it) where I washed all the bike grease off from getting all tangled up in my bike and gave me her number in case the repairs for my bike are pricey.

The bike itself is mostly okay, I think, except for the front tire. The wheel is no longer true, so it rubs funny and looks a little warped. Might be a spoke problem, or could be a bent rim. The rim itself has a gouge in it and it scraping the brake pad.

As for me, I’ve got some road rash and blooming bruises on my left hip, right thigh, and left elbow and wrist. Oh yeah, and it hurts to bend my left elbow totally. I’ll have to ice it after dinner.