Monday, May 11, 2015

May is Bike Everywhere Month

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Just like in years past, except last year, I joined the May Bike Challenge. As part of the emerging Seattle family bike community I now have people who will join a team with me. It's amazing!! In many ways this is motivating for me. I have been in a bike slump. Getting out of the house with two kids has proven challenging. The ever changing mood of a tween combined with the unpredictable nature of a 1 year old who walks, runs, states opinion, and then goes boneless is very challenging. So, I have limited my rides with both children for the most part.

So, I made a team. Here is our logo. Our motto: Family biking is all about unicorns and rainbows


Yes, it is cut and paste because sitting in front of the computer and cropping the bike, unicorn and rainbow was just too much sitting in front of the computer. I can't!! You can keep tabs and see our progress. I'm just saying, family biking is killing it this year. Out of 1,853 teams we are in the top 10. 
So far I am happy with my biking. I have managed to average my old weekly average of 100 miles a week. This is with both kids aboard, which I love.

What have we done in May? Let me show you:

We kicked of the Month by biking downtown. I used my  Oma bike and the older kid road her bike on the protected bike lane on 2nd Ave.

She looks so cool. This was her second time. We did this before. Her first time is here. She alone and I was biting my nails the whole time. She handled the road like a pro. 

I biked to Wallingford to buy plants because I'm insane and love the Seattle Tilth's plant sale. 


 We biked to the mythical town of Georgetown to  Costco for cheese. Here we are going down a major road. As hard as it is to believe that road actually has a sharrow on it. Seriously, I want to know if cars will actually slow for anyone who is not in a car. We are on the sidewalk. I hate the sidewalk.

Costco has bike parking. It's not horrible but I am the space hog cargo bike. Lots of bikes were locked with cable locks. Stop doing that! You are killing me when I see your nice Rodriguez bike ready to be stolen. 

 We did one day of fifty thousand errands. This one required we eat kosher gourmet cake. YUM!

I got a lot of exercise. What hills behind me?
We biked into a storm with thunder. ACK!! The baby loved it and the older kid thought we were going to die. The guy biking in front of us just told us to bike faster, hahahaha.


We did more too but when I forget to put the camera on the lanyard around my neck I don't take pictures. I need a video camera permanently mounted on my helmet. Soon, I hope. The last trip, so far, was to participate in a group ride for Seattle CycloFemmee 2015. All three willing south Seattle bike families made the trek through Mt. Baker, up to Capitol Hill down to Lake Union. It was nice and slow. My daughter and I went on this ride while the baby stayed at home with Mr. Payos. We had fun. So far we have managed to get out of the house and save me from feeling like I don't bike. 
Pig on wheels
 Stuff we spotted in nature. A metal pig, oooh la la...
Here come those north end riders, all one bazillion of them..
Finally here she comes in all her bikey glory. I wonder who that could be??

Monday, April 6, 2015

Baby Peyos Turns 1. Happy Birthday!

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Remember a year ago when Baby Peyos was born Erev Pesach? You don't? Here is my epic journey to the hospital on the bus!

Our sweet baby has grown into a toddler or a baby Cookie Monster.
Baby Peyos has taken public transportation many times. See, he survived!
We tried taking him in the rental car my mom had while she stayed with us. Does he look happy?


He took lots of naps next to his bike pillow. This pillow has become a favorite and he can't really sleep without it. He likes taking his hands and scratching it with his baby claws.


We took him to the Farmer's Market.
His first taste of baby food, yum yum

Here is is practicing his food charming. Someone was eating a tortilla and he was trying to charm the eater out of it.

He ate and grew more, trying to eat everything that comes with a fork. 

We put him in and in bikes for fun. Here he is sitting in the bike of the Oma. 


More bikes he tried to sit in. 

He  cuts all the Shabbos toilet paper. Look at those clean cuts. 

He joined me on the Errandonnee challenge. 


He indulged me in many bike trips. His farthest trip was to Capitol Hill to eat lunch at the Jewish retirement home. Most likely we will have to go back because he has so many friends there. We even discovered a new park on the way downtown. 

We love you and your baby ways! I can't wait for more biking and more adventures. 


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

#Errandonnee 2015 with a baby

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Looks gross!
Baby Peyos was racking up the miles during this year's #Errandonnee challenge. On Monday he sat nicely for many miles. Okay so they weren't all at once but little errands. The first errand was a quick hello to the mythical Reb Roush. We have yet to meet so my goal is to meet her in real life. It has been one missed connection. Every time I manage to get myself over to where she is located she is either sick or on vacation! AWWWW!

The next errand required that my transit card get fixed. I loaded money on the card on March 1st and then when I decided to use it some days later it didn't even beep. Turns out the antenna was defective so we stood in line at the Metro office and waited nicely. Babies who just learned to walk LOVE standing in line. We stood for 15 minutes and my card got fixed.



The next errand required that we get from King Street station to Target off of 2nd/Pine. I had to find the beginning o the 2nd Ave. protected bike lane. This would be the first time for me using this lane since Sher Kung was killed by a selfish person paying more attention to their phone. I was nervous also because people driving have still managed to cause accidents. The path starts on 2nd and Yesler.


We spotted another G&O creation at the beginning parked. Everything was easy except for the people who thought the bike path was a nice social area before getting into their cars. Ok fine, I will yeild to you but seriously get out of the bike lane, it's not your private smoking spot.

Target was eventful and Baby Peyos enjoys sitting in the shopping cart. He mutilated my Passover shopping list because, not thinking, I handed it to him and he ate the paper goodness. I managed to recover the words so we could go shopping. Probably the most terrifying part of the bike ride was riding south on the protected bike lane. I don't trust people in their shiny gas machines. How do I know you will not plow into me and my kids. So, despite the dedicate light for anyone on a bike I was paranoid when going across the corner streets. Why does the one on Broadway feel safer?

We made it home in time for lunch.

We took a break because those miles wore me out. Having a baby on a bike is mental challenge. He needs lots of snacks and it requires lots of stops to accommodate my baby Cookie Monster.

The next miles came two days later when I told the older kid I would take her to coffee. She doesn't even drink coffee. This just means I drink coffee, she drinks a juice and Baby Peyos gets Mommy MOOLK. We managed to sneak in another errand for fill our Pesach list. Nobody handed paper to the little guy. Instead he was given a plethora of snacks.

Here are all my pictures as evidence. We managed to rack up 48.2 miles just in this challenge. I have a whole bunch of shopping trips I didn't calculate but not bad considering how hard it is to get out of the house with a baby

Errand #1: You carried WHAT?/Gift Basket deliveries, like his cow tights?


Errand#2: Wild Card/Hello @Reb Roush. Don't you feel special you have your own category?


 Errand#3: Non-Store Errand/Visit to Metro's main office to fix my Orca card. In the meanwhile, eat my errands list.



Errand#4: Store/Target Passover Shopping. Don't buy plastic folks because after a year in storage, EWWW.

Errand#5:Work/Library field trip. The bike was pretty loaded but let's add the weight of books.


Errand#6: Personal Care/Daughter needs Mommy time. Mommy time requires staring at LOTS of toys together



Errand#7: Social Call/Starbucks with kids. I'm just going to say, it was a quick trip and I don't understand what I drank. It was coffee with ice, that's it.


Errand#8: Store/More Passover Shopping. What else could we need?

Errand#9:Personal Care/Mommy Time. Can you see my braces tween right behind me?

Errand#10: Art/Touch all the art at the University of Washington Campus and draw some cherry trees. Oh and eat grass too, EWWW. We did not bike here completely, only very partially the rest was by bus.

Errand#11: Wild Card/Hello @Reb Roush When will we meet???

Errand#12: Personal Business/A not so complicated matter but a visit to exchange bags

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

#Errandonnee and Purim

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This what Purim looks like in my head, dizzy
I decided to buckle down and get things done. I hesitate sometimes because the baby and his schedule. Riding a bike with a baby is a new experience for me. The older kid started cargo biking with me when she was 3. Having a 10 year baby gap makes you forget about naps, diapers, nursing and overall making sure baby stays on a regular schedule, OR ELSE.

Baby Peyos is now 11 months. Erev Pesach will be his 1 year birthday. He does a lot now. He talks, walks, eats sushi and generally makes us dizzy with how demanding a small person can be. Okay, so I buckled down and set myself out to complete this years #Errandonnee Challenge. I've got goals and this is one of them. The first day happened to be Purim. I know everyone loves Purim but I don't love it because it is a day where rushing is the theme. Just because I am Jewish doesn't mean I have to love every mitzvah. Some of them are hard and this one is hard for me. This year I designed the day so that I wouldn't feel like my head would explode. I did not make elaborate mishloach manot, I didn't stress about a costume, and I make sure that if I was going to have a seudah/party at my house and super loud!

How does this figure into the #Errandonnee challenge? Let me show you.

Here is baby Han Solo. We had the super "P" family help with sewing the stripe on the pants but oh no, costume error. Turns out Han Solo's pants look like the picture below. At the point we learned this I had already bought the ribbon and wasn't going back to the fabric store.  Who cares, he looks cute anyway! We didn't get him a plushie gun because I was lazy or busy. Pick one of those. 


The older kid wanted to be Princess Leia. She always wants the family to dress up together. We managed to get dressed up. Not only does the family need costumes but so does my bike. Baby Peyos was Han Solo. Every space captain needs a space ship.

Hello Mommy! What's going on?

You know I am going to try to redo this space ship with real lights
So, in the span of two sloppy days we made the Millennium Falcon out of cardboard. Baby Peyos found it exciting, so exciting he took 3 naps Purim day. This just meant that the deliveries of mishloach manot were done alone. Apparently Princess Leia went to help the maker of the most delicious chocolates deliver their mishloach manot. Baby Peyos stayed at home while I (dressed as Chewbacca) schlepped the Millennium Falcon around. I didn't tie it down so it did fall off the bike if I went more than 15 miles an hour. It did a flip at 20mph and I was forced to use the old tubes to secure everything.

oweoooooo, I'm a biking Wookie!
In general I was safe and the errands were short. I got to see my friend dressed in a purple wig. I basically learned, don't bike around with a space ship at 20 miles and hour on Seward Park Ave without securing it. How was my party? It was fun and loud and left us with a disco bulb in the end. I also loved the straggler friends who ran up our hill to visit. From far away I thought they were teenagers but NOPE, they weren't teenagers. Sadly I did not take pictures of our seudah or the food and the lack of food when we were done.
You like our mood lighting. This was even after we cleaned up the first time. This is the mess from the friends ran up the hill. Their was much discussion about the ability to compost in a state of a Purim stupor. The consensus was if you can figure out what goes where you didn't drink enough. I am sure nobody remembers except me because I was the only one drinking water. Hopefully your Purim was just as fun. #Errandonnee!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Baby's First Bike Show

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The baby went to his first bike show. Maybe this isn't the first if you count him in my tummy last year. The plan was for the whole family to bike but we had an unexpected event. Mr. Peyos had to go away on business and so we imported my non-biking mother while he was gone and for when he returned. At first the plan was for me and Baby Peyos to bike to Century Link and meet up with my mom and daughter who were going to drive. I know, shocking. Instead plans got modified and I left the house alone on the bike and everyone else went in the car, including the car hating baby.
Beautiful speed hump ahead. It goes across the street completely
I got a chance to bike on the Beacon Hill Greenway. You know what, it's nice. For some reason it seems that the speed humps were improved and made more frequent. While biking I honestly thought this would be a good place to bring the older kid to bike.
The day was beautiful. I couldn't have asked for a nicer ride. Look at downtown!

I won by a whole bunch!
Guess what, who won that race? I did! I waited a long time for them to show up. I actually regretted not bringing the baby but he got to ride home with me so it wasn't too bad.


How was the Bike Show? I have to admit, it was kinda small but interesting how it was mixed in with the Golf and travel show. I noticed a lot of electric bikes. Here is a fat electric bike. It's so fat, I love it.

Portland was really representing at the show. Of course, Mr. Peyos gravitated to beer. Here he is checking out Hopworks.
 My mother wanted to try the zip line but didn't do it. Awww, I really would have loved that in a picture for my memory wall. Instead she had to be satisfied waving to Madi at her booth.
That was the extent of what was going on inside. Here is the bike parking when I came out. I wasn't blocked in but for fun I picked up the orange bike to see how heavy it was. The Metrofiets was light. I think I drool every time I see one online but seeing it in person is like, "ooooh, me WANT!"
 For the grand finale my mom and kid got to sit in the ELF. I asked to take it for a ride but it needed to be charged. One of these days I will make it up north to take it for a spin. I am sure if these show up all over Seattle we will have a new level of bike commuters. It turns out that now the back luggage area can be fitted to accommodate two kids as long as the passenger load does not exceed 300lbs. This bike is really cool and controversial at the same time.

The baby was upset he wasn't with me so I stuck him on the bike and we raced the car people home. Again, who won? We did!! I am not sure if we will go next year but maybe it will offer more, clowns, balloons, banana grams,