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

The Real Christmas Workshop

December 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Forget Santa’s workshop at the North Pole: Julia’s workshop at the kitchen table is where the real magic is happening. She’s made amazing presents here for Shannon and Genevieve. I can’t wait to see what she makes for me!

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Jingle Bell Runners (and Bikers)

December 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Last year, the Northfield YMCA asked our local bike club if anyone would like to lead out the annual Jingle Bell Run downtown. Several of us fatbikers were interested, and had fun leading racers over the slick, cold course. This year the Y asked us again, so again a bunch of us showed up, though […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · cycling · diversions · family · girls · Minnesota · Northfield · parenting · photos · sport · 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

Jones Loop Handlebar: A Belated Review

November 19th, 2014 · No Comments

When I sold the Beast in August to upgrade to a titanium Mukluk, I also decided to switch from traditional straight handlebars to the funny-looking but apparently quite comfortable "Loop" H-Bar made by Jones Bikes. I had had problems with my hands going numb on many rides on the Muk with straight bars, but many […]

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Winter Riding Goals

November 16th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Halfway through November, and a week or so into an early winter, I’ve settled on five goals for my winter riding. In descending order: 1. Finish the 200k course of Jay P’s Fat Pursuit in Idaho on January 10 within the time limit – about 36 hours. Last year I made it through 100 miles […]

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Will Time Travel 4 Clothes

November 11th, 2014 · No Comments

I’ve been thinking a little bit about time travel since I read William Gibson’s superb new science fiction novel The Peripheral, which offers a very cool take on the idea of moving back and forth through time. If I could travel through time, though, I wouldn’t bother with bullshit like hunting dinosaurs or assassinating Hitler […]

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Oakland C-A

November 10th, 2014 · No Comments

One of the high points of most summers at work is a conference for other grantwriters at liberal arts colleges. The conference moves around the country each year, and this year was held at Mills College, a beautiful little institution in Oakland, California. Mills is crowded with amazing eucalyptus trees and gorgeous buildings with wonderful […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · Carleton · diversions · photos · traveling · work

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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Four Eyes

November 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

As the girls get older, it’s getting more fun to pass along important knowledge, like the skill of making circled-finger spectacles. Both girls needed quite a bit of practice to do this properly – and apparently few of their classmates knew how to do it. How do kids mock kids with glasses these days?

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · girls · photos · stupidities

Old Cat, New Tricks

November 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Our beloved "grandma cat," Sabine, is nineteen years old. She’s not an active animal, but she does love us – especially Genevieve, who has about a dozen nicknames for her. Sabine in her old age has acquired some funny habits, like expecting treats when I come downstairs after putting the girls to bed around 8 […]

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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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Happy Eighth Birthday, Vivi

August 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Today, Vivi turns eight! What a roller coaster these years have been, and what a marvelous person she is today!

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