Bit short on illustrative photography this post. I didn’t muster the courage to pull my camera out last night while riding in the dark and rain. Thought it was wiser to keep my hands on the handlebars and eyes on the road. I think you will agree.
The Walk Home Yesterday
The children and I walked home from school yesterday. It was pretty drizzly all day, but the forecast was showing 30% chance of showers and it wasn’t raining so Oliver and I took the opportunity to walk up. We were glad we did. We stayed dry till the last block. The rain subsided by the time we were leaving the school and we went to the library for a grade school writing workshop and some book browsing.
We finished our walk home with a few misty moments, but mostly dry skies. It looked like it might rain, the streets were wet, but we were fortunate. After dinner Brent pulled up and London and I rode off to the Beverly Hills Presbyterian church for the viewing of The Last Mountain hosted by the League of Women Voters. This was a new adventure for me altogether. I had never been to a film viewing, been involved with this organization or been to this church. We were going because The Last Mountain involves the state of West Virginia and ultimately the health of everyone and our planet. London was invited by her Girl Scout leader and there were seven other children in attendance with a mostly over 60 crowd.
A Rainy Night Ride
Our ride up was damp and dark, but we sailed over the hills at a fare 9 year old pace, seeing we didn’t have back packs and extra children weighing us down. When we arrived, two folks told us how visible we were on our bikes. They thought our lights were bright and the reflective strip on the tires of the MTB were a great idea. I like hearing we are doing something right and staying seen and safe.
We planned for heavy rain and packed the saddle bag with extra gloves, ball caps, and waterproof jackets with hoods. When the film was over it was pouring rain outside. Everything got put to good use. With the exception of our laps getting soaked and London’s brakes still having trouble when wet, we had a smooth, dar
k and drenching ride home. So far, riding in the rain has been fun, but the air has also remained fairly warm. I might worry a bit more should I have to monitor extra children on bikes or have the little ones with me. I enjoyed just riding with London.
Rain, Rain and a Carpool Call
Last night I got a call from my friend Gretchen. She was going to pick up Alyson and her son and head to Ashland, KY’s Highlands Museum & Discovery Center today and Oliver and I were invited. Since our house was on the way to both the friend and the museum, and her van could hold the three children in car seats and us three mamas, I was game!
It was still raining steadily this morning and I was happy to be going out with friends. We spent a couple hours wondering the floors of the museum and then walked a block to the Pendleton Art Center for lunch. Our family has been members to the Highlands Museum for three years. We appreciate how inexpensive it is to join, and that our membership is reciprocal with other great destinations around the country. We have used our pass at the Clay Center in Charleston, COSI in Columbus, Boonshoft in Dayton, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Arizona Science Center, and several others. For nearly $60 a year (this year was less once we discovered the educator’s discount), this is one unnecessary expense we incur for the educational and entertainment value.
The Pendleton Arts Center was a new destination. I was thumbing through my Entertainment Coupon book for a place to get a cheap and quick bite near the museum and found a buy one/get one for the cafe at the arts center. I had managed to pack a lunch for Oliver, but planned to treat myself. It was disappointing to find Entertainment had made a mistake with printing the coupon. They listed the wrong name for the cafe in the center and then the cafe was not able to honor the discount. Despite this, I order a chicken salad wrap and some Canadian coleslaw. My friends joined me for lunch with salads and sandwiches. We fed our children and took a quick walk through the open artisan studios before we left.
It was Alyson who brought up the Kids Sale. She mentioned some great purchases she had made earlier this week and since we already in Ashland, we all decided to stop by. With most of the under age crew conked out, Alyson and I slipped into the consignment sale for a quick browse and purchase. This sale has yet to disappoint as I still found all these great items.
Checked off my bargain hunting list were, a packable rain jacket for Elliot (new with tags, $6), winter coat with hood for London (Columbia, $5), footed pjs for Avery (Carter, $3), tennis shoes for Oliver ($3), and I threw in an extra pair of mittens and a set of monkey pjs for Oliver at $1 each. That’s right, for less than $20 I was able to get some necessary clothing for all four of my children. Great quality, amazing prices. The sale runs through Saturday with 1/2off discounts beginning on Friday.Not too shabby of a rainy day after all.
Glancing Toward the Weekend
We made it back in time for school pick up. I stayed home with Oliver and Alyson brought the children back. The forecast is looking dry and decent for the rest of the week. We hope to have another wonderful Critical Mass on Friday and see what’s up with Cranksgiving on Saturday.
If you didn’t see it on Facebook or Twitter already, here is the link to the Charleston Daily Mail article that printed in today’s edition. We were so honored to get several hours of Monica’s time last Thursday for the interview and to get to meet Bob, the photographer. She wrote a very sweet peice and Bob took some wonderful shots. I might email the article and photos to my relatives for Christmas in lieu of me never sending out cards and photos, if they haven’t read it through one form of social media or another already.
On the subject of photos, I am frustrated with Picasa. I have been using the system for years and yesterday I was unable to locate the Copy Link to put pictures on the blog. I found a long way around it yesterday, but today it was gone. I think it has something to do with Google integrating everything with G+, yet this means I might have to move to a new photo system or teach this young dog some new tricks. New tricks are never a pleasant experience for the instructor. Brent takes a verbal beating with my frustrations over machines and software not bending to my mere whim. Maybe I will ask Lynda to teach me.
On the Topic of Technology
Social media is an interesting and sometime incredibly wonderful tool. For the past week or so I have been assisting in administering the Huntington Cycle & Sport Facebook page. The owner, Tom, asked if I would like to post things there, and I took him up on the offer. Just another volunteer job I can do from my laptop. When I posted the Daily Mail article this morning I saw someone shared the link. I looked to see who it was and where they posted. That was how I discovered the Ashland Cycling Enthusiasts group. It was great to see they were biking as a group from Ashland to Huntington (35 miles round trip) while we were swapping soup on Sunday. They have other great cycling events, workshops and social gatherings in the works. I hope to check them out, when I have the endurance to bike 35 miles. Oh what the future may hold.
|Miles Walked: 5
||Since August 14, 2011