Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Final Michigan Days...

I am wrapping up my last week here in Michigan - in less than a week now I will be loading my things into a trailer and making the 1,200 mile drive to join my husband in Fort Collins, Colorado.

I have spent about 18 months in the great sinking state of Michigan. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to live in Detroit, to really test my strength and pioneering spirit there. I am thankful I was able to start married life in the little cottage on the lake I am leaving now. (I am going to miss this house...). I have made some amazing, beautiful friends. I have cycled up and down the roads, and been through most of the trail systems in South East Michigan (and one in Canada, too!) I've learned to kayak and have seen some beautiful places. It's been a good run, Michigan.

While I still can't tell the schools apart (which is Michigan state? Which is the other one? I just call them "mgoblue" and "that one with the 's'") and I grumble at the drivers, and the way the politicians and people handle things, I have, overall, really learned a lot and enjoyed my time here...

I am starting a new chapter in life (It seems like I start a new chapter every three months or so, doesn't it? Moving, moving again, marriage, moving again :) and we are happy to finally be doing something we have always dreamed of - living next to the Rocky Mountains.

Also, as an added bonus, I get to participate in my dream job for a little bit - I get to be a stay at home lady :) My Primary Focus is going to be school, but in the interest of finance I will be defering the grad school part of coursework until we have resdency. After that, the program will take two years. I will defenently get a job at some point, but for the month or two until then I get do my favorite thing and...keep house!

Additionally, I have some General Ed Requirements in order to get the Teaching Certificate - Including three semesters of a Foreign Language. While Wisconsin only required 2 years of a high school Foreign Language, Colorado requires three years, or alternatively, three semesters. Right now I'm trying to decide which one to take - the possibilities are endless - I can keep working on french (I would probably need to re-take first semester...), start Spanish, which is a useful language in the United States, or move onto something else like Italian, Thai, Korean, or Chineese. Who knows!

Although I am overwhelmed with moving, I am excited to see JR again and set up house, as well as see what life is like on the Northern Front Range.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Elizabeth By Numbers - 1 through 10

1 - number of times I have been married :)
2 - number of years I have been eating gluten free
3 - number of fully built bikes I currently own: A mountain bike, a road bike, and a commuter bike. I have lots of parts and a frame or two sitting around...but...I'm not counting them :)
4 - number of lipsticks I own: Mac's Russian Red and Ruby Woo, A random Dior Shade, and random smashbox shade. I mostly wear the russian red and the smashbox shade.
5 - number of pairs of cycling shoes I've been through: cannondale tourers (those things sucked!), Adidas mountain biking shoes (those things sucked too!) Sidi road shoes, Sidi Tri shoes, and Sidi mountain biking shoes (those three pairs do not suck and they are currently what I wear!)
6 - number of women in my wedding party, including myself!
7 - number of grandkids on my mom's side of my family - my two siblings and myself, and my four cousins.
8 - number of vitamins I take before I go to bed - 3 vitamin C's, 1 Garlic, 3 physillium husks, 1 multi vitamin. As a bonus, I also take a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses before I go to bed.
9 - number of hours I have ridden my bike this week
10 - number of pushups I can do before I flop over (on a good day...)

Sunday, November 08, 2009

When Peace Like a River Attendeth My Soul

I have had that hymn stuck in my head for the last two days. I really really believe that it's a great hymn and I'm happy it's stuck in my head.

I rode my bike for just over two hours today, at a moderate clip (for the offseason...) with some of the women from my cycling team. The weather is beautiful here - 66 degrees! I was able to ride with only a jersey and shorts - my back pockets (or "back fat" as C calls it...) were chocka full of mittens, legwarmers, armwarmers. We did stop about 45 minutes in to peel off layers!

After the ride we went out for brunch, which was nice and relaxing and felt nice to eat after spending time on the bike with only a smoothie for breakfast! I had a 'mediteranian" Omlette with black beans and fetta cheese (why that is mediteranian, I don't know...but it was good none the less!) I handed my toast over to C and on her coaxing took the hasbrowns home. I'm not sure if I'll ever eat them, but we'll see!

After brunch I went to the Co-op while I was in AA and picked up some things I've been meaning to get and restocked my fridge with veggies. I was down to JUST broccoli!!! How did I let that happen?!?

When I am eating on my own I do pretty well healthwise. It's when I'm with JR and we have to stock up on quantity, not so much quality, I don't do so well. I can actually tell a difference in the week or so he's been gone and I've been cooking to myself. I feel more alert, awake, healthier, and like things are "working" better, biomechanically. I really need to figure out how to up the grocery budget *sigh* that's one thing I miss about my single days! And lets just put it this way: we both eat a TON because we ride a lot. The problem is that he will finish an ENTIRE meal off while I usually can cook something and it'll last at least another day. I don't want to go back though! Healthy feels so good!!

This week was my first of training for 2010, which is good. I've been waiting to start and have just been riding hooptie rides and puttering around town for fun. I can say this past year has not been so great on the bike, I've only done a handful of races, my team pretty much disolved halfway through the season since the person who was running it moved away and there wasn't an existing structure to sustain it (which I guess I later became, but that's a WHOLE 'nother post...) I got married, and I had a minor medical problem towards the end of the season that kept me off my bike for about two weeks as per doctors orders. So, in essence, I feel out of shape and am very excited to be back on the bike in a consistant manner. I'm excited to see how this season in CO shapes up. I feel like the fields will be deeper and know the races will be harder (ie not michigan flat!) so I'll be hanging around at the back of the pack for the year, but I think (know!) work will pay off.

I'm tired from riding today and a stressful week at work, so I'm going to go do what every good cyclist does...take a nap.