Blowing & Drifting

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Strep Day

December 15th, 2014 · No Comments

The Tassava family has not fared well during Northfield’s current epidemic of strep, pneumonia, influenza, and the stomach flu. Today, Vivi is home with strep. Sick Vivi is lethargic, quiet, and bored – pretty much the opposite of Normal Vivi. At least she has a friend who’s supplying some good purring medicine.

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · family · girls · nature · parenting · photos · winter

A Darkness Ride

November 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

The gang of gravel cyclists here in Northfield have, under the leadership of the indefatigable Bruce A., made a custom of rides on (or nearly on) nights with full moons. These “Full Moon Howl” rides are pretty great. This month, another of the gang’s leaders, Joe P., proposed the opposite – a “Darkness Ride” on […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · photos · sport · winter

Not a Great Ride

November 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Today’s ride did not live up to expectations, and yet the magic of bike riding ensured that it still didn’t suck. I fell short on both saddle time and total distance, crashed twice on the ice, experienced no lovely falling-snow moments, fought a heavy headwind, damaged various bits and pieces, and had to call for […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · cycling · nature · Northfield · photos · sport · stupidities · winter

Into the Woods

November 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Though I’ve been living on the plains for ten years now, I still think of the woods as Nature. Like my affinity for winter and snow, my love for the woods is rooted in the experience of growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Some of my earliest memories are of walking with my dad and […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · borrowed content · cycling · nature · Northfield · photos · recollections · skiing · sport · winter

Borrowed Blackborow

November 6th, 2014 · No Comments

I was lucky enough in October to borrow a friend’s new fatbike: a Salsa Blackborow, a long-awaited machine that can run 5" tires. I was able to keep the bike for two weeks, which allowed me to enjoy plenty of riding: daily commutes, a few 20-mile sessions in the Carleton Arboretum, and even two extended […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · cycling · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · photos · sport

Tired From Just Knowing Her

September 13th, 2014 · No Comments

I just don’t know how Vivi does it. She was up past midnight at a sleepover, then awake at seven. After a mammoth post-lunch meltdown, we went for a three-hour hike slash creek stomp at a cool little park south of town. I have been basically catatonic since dinner, but she somehow had the energy […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · diversions · family · girls · nature · Northfield · parenting · photos

Fabulous Poetry by Genevieve

September 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Tree branches swaying slightly Leaves whispering to one another Cornfield already asleep Clouds have painted the sky a deep blue Grass admiring the masterpiece Nature made Everything ignoring the headlights From cars slicing through the Kind evening Everything ushering everything else To fall asleep Life It passes quickly But you experience every minute of it […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · autumn · borrowed content · family · girls · nature

Jock-omplishments

August 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Friday, August 1, turned out to be unusually athletic. I set a deadlift PR at the gym at noon, learned how to dive at the pool in the afternoon (thanks to the girls, who enjoyed teaching me, and who laffed and laffed when I belly-flopped off the diving board), and then went on a long […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · Carleton · Minnesota · narcissism · nature · Northfield · photos · sport · summer

Firewood 4 Sale

July 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Even though our vacation came at the start of summer, we saw lots of firewood for sale in the UP. Every other rural house or small-town gas station seemed to be selling camp wood for sale, always on the honor system. $4 a bundle was the normal rate, but I did see some priced to […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · borrowed content · miscellany · nature · photos · summer · traveling · Upper Peninsula · winter

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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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · photos · spring

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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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · diversions · family · girls · Minnesota · narcissism · nature · Northfield · parenting · school · spring

Royal Ride

May 18th, 2014 · No 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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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · photos · sport · spring

Bad Rides

May 1st, 2014 · No Comments

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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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · photos · sport · spring

Spring Poems by Vivi

April 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Genevieve wrote these two poems the other night, right before bed. (Both are untitled. Long story.) 1. Soft tapping on the green grass and sidewalk, cars slowly rolling down the wet street Birds chirping kindly Gray but beautiful Raindrops clinging to branches on the trees Still and quiet The rain silently offering a spring-time breeze […]

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

Spring Riding

March 30th, 2014 · No Comments

I went out for my first real springtime ride this afternoon. I chose an easy route over some of my favorite roads south of town, and true to the season, I wound up fighting a headwind for the first half of the outing. But after I turned around, the tailwind blasted me home, letting me […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · 365for40 · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · photos · sport · spring