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Spring Thursday

April 16th, 2015 · No Comments

Today was just one of those days that went right. Perfect weather. Lots, but not too much, to do at work – including doing off a few to-dos that had been to for too long. A hard workout at noon. Some Carleton silliness: free root-beer floats at the library. A task at the end of the day that […]

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Tae Kwon Grow

April 14th, 2015 · No Comments

Tonight, the girls started a new session at tae kwon do by moving up to the advanced class. As green belts, they had been the most advanced students in their beginner class. Now they’re the beginnerest – and youngest and shortest – students in the advanced class. Both girls were a little nervous about the class as we […]

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Cycle for the King

March 20th, 2015 · No Comments

My boss just came home from a long trip to England, and brought me this reproduction of a World War I recruiting poster. Bloody brilliant.

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March 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Like you do, Vivi spent a good half hour the other night writing fortunes for fortune cookies. Her cursive script is excellent, and her sense of cookie fortune absurdity is top notch. Be an advertiser that constantly says, “50% Fewer calories.” Salt and/or pepper will invade your life. Grow up to be like Aunt Jemima. […]

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March 17th, 2015 · No Comments

Vivi’s latest passion is magic tricks. I blame the library, as usual – all those books, full of interesting ideas and projects. A couple of the tricks in the first book she checked out were pretty easy to see through. Surprisingly, she wasn’t disappointed when I could tell how she did them. One trick flabbergasted […]

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Fatbike Aftermath

March 14th, 2015 · No Comments

I took advantage of the perfect weather today and the girls being busy with a friend to clean up the garage. I took down and packed away the Christmas lights on the front tree, passed on to new owners two unneeded kids’ bikes, reorganized the crazy miscellany on the shelves, stowed the snow-removal tools again […]

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Fatbiking Lessons

March 12th, 2015 · No Comments

On the Trail (photo by Chris Gibbs – C5 Adventure Photography) As someone with a middling level of experience in long-distance fatbike riding and racing, I’ve learned a lot from more experienced racers like Danielle Musto, who posted a great list of tips for better fat biking and Jay Petervary, who gave a great presentation […]

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Spring Sunday

March 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Sunday was a true early-spring day: sunny, breezy, and about forty degrees F. Beautiful, in other words. Finally weather that lets me wear the same clothes all day! No need for a jacket; a fleece sweater is fine! The sun motivated me to do a few "spring cleaning" tasks around the house – sweeping leaves […]

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Vivi Quotes

March 7th, 2015 · No Comments

A few of Genevieve’s choice quotes today: "I’m getting on my nerves." (After she herself passes gas) "No offense, Daddy, but you’re kind of the farter of the house." (Of my handwriting) "This looks like it was written by a gorilla using his non-dominant hand." (In Bloomington) "I don’t like big cities. They always smell […]

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Little Geochemist

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Vivi, my little scientist, today received her Scholastic book order: eight rocks and a little book of experiments to do with them. She’s fascinated. We did a few of the experiments, and will do more after getting some supplies (do people really keep Epsom salts on hand?), but the best thing we did tonight was […]

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Iditarod Dreaming

February 28th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Tomorrow, the biggest, baddest fatbike race of them all starts: the Iditarod Trail Invitational, run on the dogsled route from Anchorage, Alaska, north and west to McGrath, the end of the "short" 350 mile race, and Nome, the end of the "long" 1,000 mile race. This year, a bunch of my fatbike-racing friends are doing […]

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Old Cat’s New Tricks

February 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment

This is what I see whenever I sit down to eat something from a bowl. Grandma Cat can tell the difference between the clinking sounds made in bowls or on plates. If she detects food being consumed from a bowl, she comes begging, hoping that it’s cereal, so she can have the leftover milk, or […]

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Trapped in D.C.

February 21st, 2015 · No Comments

My conference trip to Washington went well until this morning. I made it to D.C. without any problems, found the conference itself very useful and interesting, and enjoyed hanging out with friends and colleagues. With a forecast of snow for Saturday, though, I expected delays in getting home, even though the snow wasn’t really very […]

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February 15th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vivi loves loves loves to write and draw little vignettes of various odd characters. She’s currently making a PowerPoint of individual “imaginary friends,” each of whom is distinct and crazy. Until that’s ready to be shared, this illo of made-up people is good:

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Interview with Tracey Petervary, Fatbike Monster

February 12th, 2015 · No Comments

One of the great things about the fatbike community is how back-of-the-pack guys like me can talk to and learn from racers who are way up front – people like Tracey Petervary, an accomplished long-distance cyclist, a really cool person, and a pretty dominant champion. T-Race has enjoyed particularly remarkable success in fatbike racing, which […]

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