Blowing & Drifting

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Throwback Thursday

August 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Vivi and I spent quite a bit of the second half of July working on this 500-piece puzzle. She was a good partner. Working on this monster took me back to working on giant puzzles with my great aunts Mayme Leppanen and Selma Palojarvi in Ironwood Township, Michigan, when I was about Julia’s age.

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Girls Crush Gravel

August 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Last summer, the girls were almost always up for a bike ride – around the block, through the neighborhood, down to campus, over to downtown. This summer, I’ve had less luck. Julia has been enthusiastic about riding near and far, but Vivi has been reluctant, for whatever reason (prime suspect: Julia’s enthusiasm). So when Julia proposed to […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · diversions · girls · photos · summer

The Barkley Marathons

June 24th, 2014 · No Comments

“The Immortal Horizon,” a gorgeous article in The Believer by Leslie Jamison about the fabled, almost impossible Barkley Marathons trail race. That the hardship facilitates a shared solitude, an utter isolation that has been experienced before by others and will be experienced again, that these others are present in spirit even if the wilds have tamed […]

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Tri-County Fatbike Tour and Eating Contest

June 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment

With the Lutsen 99er mountain bike race just over two weeks away, I needed to get in one more big ride before the window for “training effects” closed. Home and work calendars lined up to make today the best option, and though I would have gone out even if it was 40 and raining, I […]

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Four square: A Crazy Game

June 9th, 2014 · No Comments

This spring, the girls got very interested in the playground game four square. I never played the game growing up, so I had no idea how to play, and in fact at first I confused four square with tetherball, another game I never played.* Now, the girls love this game, and want to play it almost […]

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Track and Field, Fourth Grade Style

May 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Yesterday, Julia’s school put on its annual "track and field day" for the fourth and fifth grades. I enjoyed volunteering (the kids ego did the 4×100 relay were intense!), but I also loved seeing Julia run! She did the 100 meter dash and then -despite saying she was exhausted – also did the 400, after […]

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Field-Trip Thank Yous

May 28th, 2014 · No Comments

I had fun a couple weeks ago chaperoning Genevieve and two of her classmates through the wonderful field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The teachers do an amazing job of preparing their students for the trip, and the kids really enjoying seeing up close the art they’ve been learning about in class for […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · borrowed content · diversions · girls · Minnesota · parenting · politics · spring

Bipedaling, But Not Pedaling

May 26th, 2014 · No Comments

My friend Rob Hardy is this summer attempting to walk every street in Northfield. I would say this is quixotic, but the guy is really going to do it. He has already walked 500 miles since March! Why he only started walking seriously in March, I have no idea. Today I decided to see what […]

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A Morning with the Girls

May 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Pretty much a classic morning chez Tassava, in the best sense. The girls played a long, innocent, adorable game of "village" for more than an hour after breakfast: Mostly, the game entailed pretending that the zookeepers from their Little People zoo needed to rescue some zoo animals that had been kidnapped by Curious George. Later, […]

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Dadlife

May 24th, 2014 · No Comments

What a week: Recovering from Saturday’s race. Dealing with more bizarro situations at work than usual. Eating everything in sight but losing weight. Accidentally returning an LL Bean shirt to Eddie Bauer. Hanging out with the guys (and a gal) at the pub, talking about the races. Troubleshooting the home computer network. Setting PRs at […]

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Royal Ride

May 18th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Saturday’s Royal 162 gravel race was exactly the race I needed to have. In the weeks leading up to the event – my longest-ever, at least in terms of distance – I felt that I hadn’t done nearly enough riding to prepare but that I needed to do well to rebuild my sense of confidence […]

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Tae Kwon Doing It

May 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Shannon had to attend a work-related training session tonight, so I went home early to get the girls through the homework-and-dinner routine before tae kwon do. Since she needed the car to get to her training, she had arranged for some friends to pick the girls up and take them to class. After they scarfed […]

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Yellow-Belted Kick Punchers

May 6th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Julia and Genevieve have been taking tae kwon do lessons through our community education program for a while now. They’ve enjoyed it, and they have worked increasingly hard at honing their skills as white belts. We’ve enjoyed seeing their progress on the physical side of tae kwon do, and we’ve been impressed too by its […]

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Kwik Trip Cover Bands

May 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

I took a break during Wednesday’s ride to stuff my face at a Kwik Trip convenience store near downtown Red Wing, Minnesota. I kinda like mid-ride breaks at gas stations, which are functional, cheap, and usually peaceful. I sat at the short counter near the door, listening to a toothless but cheerful associate offer samples […]

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Bad Rides

May 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment

Wednesday, I took a mental-health day and went for a long training ride on one of my favorite routes, a simple out-and-back over the gravel roads between here and Red Wing. Part of my training for a long race in mid-May, I had wanted to do this ride the previous week, but the lingering effects […]

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