No sweat?

I have a goal of getting to work with no sweat. Actually my goal is a little lower than that. It is getting to work with no stink. I would also like to get more exercise. Fortunately I can buy something to allegedly do both.

I bought a Trek Verve+ Lowstep e-bike. It has an electric motor assist, so my hopes are to get to work with minimal effort (low-stink) and then get the majority of my exercise on my way home. (George will attest to the reality that I don’t care how much I stink at home.) I plan to ride roads to the nearby state trail and then conveniently ride 2-3 blocks to work.

Yesterday was my maiden voyage from home to the state trail. Today I took a slightly different route to meet the trail, which is 5.2 miles one-way. The one-way trip to work is about 15 miles total.

This bike is a pig. It weighs about 50 pounds.

Today’s ride was sunny, about 60 F, with a 10 mph wind. I wore a long sleeve cotton t-shirt covered with a brilliant yellow long sleeve synthetic t-shirt. I wore nylon wind-pants with a cotton liner on my legs. Medium weight socks and run-of-the-mill shoes. I wore my helmet without a liner. My upper body was comfortable to warm. I appreciated the sleeves when I first started out. Once I got heated up my legs were sticky and too warm.

I need to get in shape first. I am still learning the best ways to use the assist and I do get a good workout even with it. I suspect it will be hard to go slowly enough on the way to work not to break a sweat. Not that I’m that fast, but because I usually want to push myself.

Other notes: Saturday George and I walked the Trailbreaker 5k in a celebration of Anne’s walking. The frogs have started to sing. Yesterday the pair of eagles that like to perch on the top of a dead elm were vocalizing. I spotted the first blooming crocus in my flower bed today.

Snow challenges

Plowed road with snow ridge
Snow ridge built by plow and shovel

We’ve had almost all of the weather that winter has to offer from balmy days to rain to freezing rain to dense and chubby snow flakes to dry and fluffy snow flakes to significant wind chills to blizzards. Astoundingly, I’ve been able to keep the driveway clear with a shovel (and a little help from George and the snow blower). It’s a good challenge to keep up with the county snow plow that keeps our road open and a ridge of snow at the end of the driveway. #shovelvsplow #mailcarrierlove #thankslinemen #electricitykeepsourLPburning

Getting to Puerto Rico

This is going to be the worst blog post ever. Because who really wants to know the mechanics of our flights?

You are still reading. Wow. Our airline, United, strongly suggested that we postpone our travel for a day because of the bad weather in Chicago. We did and I added a day to our itinerary. The next day our flight was cancelled because of the bad weather in Chicago. We re-booked our flights again. The United website and app were equally unhelpful in these changes. For example, I re-booked part of our trip through Madison without realizing the process was complete because the app just stopped working. While I was on hold for one-half of eternity, speaking directly with an airline representative was the most useful.

There were lots of phone calls because I had scheduled parking at the airport, a rental car, places to stay, and volunteer work. Each change required a call to each vendor, in part because we were so close to our planned travels.

We traveled from Milwaukee to Houston to San Juan. We arrived at the Milwaukee airport very early because of the weather and federal government shutdown. The shutdown required that TSA employees were required to work, but would not be paid until an unknown date. We didn’t know if this would result in long lines or not. In this case it did not. I very much appreciated TSA employees that came to work. The news was noting that passengers were more patient and kinder, knowing the struggles of the security staff. I think this is awesome. I also think that we can be more patient and kind every day.

I used credit card “points” to pay for the car rental. This was great! Extending the car rental for a day (even though I was giving up a day at the time of the change) required actual money. It still was a good value.

Our volunteer site was in the center of Puerto Rico, about 50 miles and 1.5 hours from San Juan. Because of our early arrival in Milwaukee and long layover in Houston, it took us 24 hours to go from home to the worksite.

Our trip home was more compact, but longer than planned because of several delays in the flight from Chicago to Milwaukee, again attributed to the weather. (Our route was San Juan to Chicago to Milwaukee). We arrived in Milwaukee late at night and thankfully spent the night with family before driving home.

Oh, are you still here? My goodness. Find something good to read now.

Random places

First-grader Nola Mae was clearing toys, games, pencils and more off the coffee table to make room for block building yesterday. “I don’t know where these things belong, so I am just putting them in random places” she declared as she put stuff in boxes and pushed things off the table.

Photo of desk covered with stationary, a stapler, bird house, magazine, books, and other random items.
One of my many random places

Is it nature or nurture that forms our behaviors?