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, 

Monday, February 16, 2015

18 Biking years of Marriage

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Our Feb. 14, 1997 we got married in Denmark. It was a secular wedding. (We later had the whole Jewish wedding but we don't seem to celebrate that day) It was not spectacular but whatever, it was entertaining. So, Saturday marked 18 years of officially being married on paper, haha. What did we do? Nothing. Both my kids got colds and we stayed up miserable with them. Sunday was a beautiful day and so instead of taking an anniversary ride together Mr. Peyos stayed home with both kids while I bike to Trader Joe's for our 2 month supply of kosher meat. We don't eat meat during the week so the little I buy last that long.

I decided to experiment and record video of me biking. Usually I post pictures but I thought you might like to see what it is like if I mounted the camera on the back of the Yepp seat. I also experimented by finding a spot to mount the camera on the front. My gift to you, two bumpy videos of me biking. I left the audio on so you can hear that I am not huffing and puffing. Occasionally I will sigh, most likely from just thinking about my week.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The indignity of biking

The idea most people have of a bike.
I really don't need a car for a lot of things. In fact, I try really hard to make things work so that we can just live our life without it. I have also given up on using ZipCar for anything. Being in a car with a baby who hates sitting backwards, no thanks.

I can carry this!
This leaves us in situations where I need to haul stuff. For a brief moment in my life I joined the Buy Nothing Group for my side of town. In the beginning it was okay but I saw red flags as I went on my merry way. Their were a couple of post in the beginning where I thought people were rude or snarky. Other than that, I was able to downsize my own belongings. In return I was able to acquire stuff too. In my attempt to get more furniture I would post that I was able and willing to pick up a book shelf NOW. I never told the gifter that I was bringing it home on a bike. Some people think bike=tiny Schwinn. When I arrived the owner was not phased I was going to bike it home on the bike and she had her very sweet daughter help me load it. I made my jolly way along Rainier Ave with a couple of cheers. Someone yelled, "What the hell is that?"

This only padded my ego for more biking hauling glory. I offered to bring a large item I wanted out so I offered to bring it to the lucky recipient. I got lost somewhere on Beacon Hill. I was lost so that picture was the point when I asked the Seattle Family bike people to save me from getting even more lost. Doesn't my phone have a map? Yes? See that hill. Can you see the ice? It was icy and I was not having a repeat of me rolling down a hill with a bike. No thanks. Sounds funny too.

Hauling furniture on a bike doesn't mean people will drive slowly around or even slow down. This just means I suffer the wrath of people in a rush. I wasted 10 seconds of life, the horror! It doesn't matter. You in your car are the most important human being in the world! While you are at it, go ahead and hit more pedestrians. How many more "accidents" have to happen?

I'm lost. Save me!

I carried big stuff on my bike, big deal. I don't know what happens but somehow doing this schelpping makes me visible to everyone but not when people decide to back their SUV into a tiny parking spot in Columbia City. Most recently I had a screaming fit when a woman backed her car up onto the curb of the sidewalk and very close to my bike. What was on my bike, more furniture? NO! My baby. Here is her car. She didn't want to get out because she was more brave in it than out. When she got enough huevos to get out she meekly said, "I'm sorry to scare you". So, my screaming was for nothing. Maybe I forgot to say I was screaming my eyeballs out. I had the baby strapped in his seat and was trying to unlock the bike. I'm not a fan of posting pictures of cars that "scare" me but I am really tired of drivers. Parking that SUV in a tiny spot is not worth running me over on the sidewalk.
This is not going to discourage me from biking. This will only make me take more pictures.

I now have a bookshelf in my list of things I carried on my bike. How exciting. What's next? Maybe a mattress. Remind you of anyone?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Baby on a Bike: Helmet training and beyond

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I have waited 9 arduous months for this day. Actually it was sooner than you think but let's just say nine months.

Baby Peyos is a strong little person. From day one he was on the move, rolling wigglying, exercising his baby legs. He was born to move. So, I haven't been surprised at his physical strength. Of course, my baby is the most special of all but the pediatrician even agrees with me at ever visit. So, it's true or she just says that to take our money.

Portland bike fun
Our Portland adventure. The recap is here: Oh Portland!

This does not qualify as a seat
When he was strong enough I put him here for fun. Excuse the mess, we had just moved in at that point. No bikes live here now because he is crawling, standing, attempting to climb. 

Just in case you didn't get a good look. Here he is brushing his teeth. We love that toothbrush. 

The first step in the baby bike journey is introducing them to the idea. On our trip to Portland Baby Peyos got to sit in a trike with his sister. He liked it. So after that we had different variations where we just sit him in something without the bike ever moving.

 Here he is sitting in a Metrofiets at G&O, the experience had him shocked he didn't spit up in it. Yes!

Here he is just hanging out in the basket of my Oma bike. Again, he didn't care because it was exciting when I rang that huge bell. You can see him getting bigger too.

At my last visit to G&O, which was basically to pick up the bike, I bought the baby his own helmet. That is a Lazer Bob helmet. It seems to be what most people use and so we decided to give it a try. When we came home we showed him the helmet. In his tiny face he seemed to understand the significance. I could see him thinking, "when they put something like that on their heads it means bike time!" He was eager and very excited. It also helped that we all put our helmets on as an act of solidarity. Food bribes work too. I know, this is not fitted properly but this is the phase we called helmet training. Their was a lot of broccoli involved.

It worked. This was the beginning of helmet training. We mostly fed him food to keep him distracted from the giant egg on his head. I solicited advice from the Facebook page for Seattle Family Bicyclist. I was given pro-tips. I'm not reinventing the wheel so if I can get help, please help me. Not only will you get help but the group is really positive and I have yet to encounter some snarky people. As my bike twin said, "biking makes people happy!"

Next came the balaclava. Kids need warmth when they are sitting and doing nothing. The best solution is to cover them up. So, because I don't have a sewing machine and some people have way better skills I ordered one from Marni at Rebourne. I have had lots of Twitter conversations with her and her bike wife Dena. After finally being left alone for more than 10 seconds I ordered from her.

Suddenly we had a Yepp Maxi in the house. Here it is:
Then we had to solve the issue of where to put him once he was all helmet trained. Next comes the Yepp Easy fit seat. I know the name of the seat says easy but seriously, is it easy? Let me show you:

Cut holes in your flight deck. Xtracycle makes that helpful with the new flight deck. G&O did the cutting and also added the extra bolts. You need those so don't forget them. Once that was done, I put the seat in the hole, slipped the strap through for extra security holes.
 You press the red button and turn the knob. TADA your are done. Just secure the seat with the lock and you're set for the mean streets of passive aggressive Seattle.

This is what it looks like from down under.

Here he is. Ahh but he needed some lifting so I used the pad from the flight deck and inserted into the seat. These were some that Xtracycle  made but then made newer ones. So, like I said, it was nice for the first five seconds when it was available, but now it is just great!
This gave him a little height so that the straps fit him better.
All this experimenting, he wanted to go go.

This was one of those times I was alone and needed to go to the bathroom and had no safe place to put him. This entertained him. He knows how to turn that bell.
The helmet and balaclava. Looks good.
This was his first attempt. I walked the bike to the library just so he go the idea. His face is just tired and probably cold. Put a snow bundting on your kids. They will be happier that way.
I know, fancy Ralph Lauren but really I bought this for $15 new at Macy's in January last year when everything was on sale. So instead of paying $125 for it, I got the super discount. Yeah and squoosh!

What does the whole set up look like?

The baby liked his first ride, second ride, third ride.... You get the picture. He loves the bike. Yeah bikes!

For most of the rides he remains awake. So, I didn't have to worry until the last ride where he did his whole baby grunting because he wanted to sleep and couldn't get comfortable. Taking tips from many people and my bike twin we got the perfect nap set up

In the end, it looks like a lot of steps. I guess it was but now that my baby has the physical and head strength of a 12 month year old I feel more confident on longer rides. Can't wait for us to make it farther than the Goodwill.