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Quaxing is the movement of things by bike, and according to this definition, also by public transit. Following on my last post, it was moving day. Only moving out, not moving in, so entailed getting the rest of my belongings off of the boat and into storage. I have a borrowed trailer that I use for work, and I brought it to the place I am staying, because schedules.
Then on Tuesday, my day off, I began the Great Quaxing. I filled it to the brim, twice.
All of this, including the packing up, took about 2.5 hours. So, now you know just how little I own. There are some things that are already in the storage unit, along with one set of metal shelves. So I own about twice what is on these two bike trips. Nothing like living on a boat to make you whittle down your possessions.
I’m moving into my new apartment on 10/1. It’s only slightly bigger than the boat, but I will have it all to myself, which is both good and bad. As most things are. Right now I am in comfortable limbo, staying at a friend’s empty condo. I know, how lucky am I? Everything has really worked out well for this change. The worst part is waiting for my new life to start.
And I just figured out how to use Google Drive to host my photos!!! That’s pretty exciting.
…bikes? Vacations? Gummy bears?
I know most of my bikey friends are all about the n+1, but after a round of “fix all the things!” and bike shopping and frustration, I decided to upgrade my Surly Pacer and sell Lucille, the Bike Friday Tikit.
Lucille went home with a very nice man from Tacoma, whom I hope will find her quite trustworthy, especially with all her new components. I know that my mechanic will be happy to know she’s moved far away. He always did a wonderful job repairing her, but she was a pain in the ass.
My Surly Pacer–I’m thinking about naming her Dark Star after the Fremont Brewing’s Imperial Oatmeal Stout, which is my favorite winter beer. “Dark Star crashes, pouring its light into ashes, so follow as the Lady of Velvet recedes in the nights of goodbye. This one is too smooth …”–is all fixed up with new wheels, cassette and chain, bar end shifters, brake levers, front deraileur, fairly new chainrings and got herself a nice tune up. The gearing is the major improvement with an 11/30 instead of a 12/25. I was able to ride the way it was, but now I’m not sure why I did for so long. It’s like having a whole new bike.
I also cleaned the frame up and used some rustoleum spray paint to protect it. She is so pretty.
We took a 2 week sail in early July. It was a lot of fun with stops in Victoria Canada, Sidney Island, Jones Island, Friday Harbor, Lopez Island, Sucia, and Port Townsend. Lopez was really great and flat, allowing us to bike all over with the kids, visiting the farmers market, the grocery, and the bird sanctuary with them. Click on the picture to see more sailing photos.
And this last weekend, Chris and I went bike camping. We rode out separately, since I was off on Thursday and he came out on Friday night. We rode back together on Sunday. The rest of my family, whom we met there, drove and I still kick myself for not taking a picture of my bike among all of those cars. Again, click on the photo for more pictures of that adventure.
Right now I’m procrastinating on the final packing for our cruise to Alaska. This is on an actual cruise ship, not on Raven. I’m going to miss our hobbit hole. It might be time for a nap.
This morning I sat down to finally chronicle our two week sailing excursion to Canada and the San Juan Islands. But…my computer was freezing and being annoying. This has been happening a lot over the last few weeks. So, I restarted again and limped online and bought a Toshiba 13″ Chromebook which will be here tomorrow.
And now my computer is working beautifully. It has something to do with Windows Updates, and possibly a bad hard disk. I think I forstalled the problem my manually stopping the updates from processing, but that will only last so long.
I still want to post on sailing, but I’ll do that another day when I’m feeling it a bit more. In the mean time, I’m thinking about saying goodbye to Lucille. I put her on CL today for $900. We’ll see what happens.
Life sometimes gets away from me. Early in April, my grandmother went to the hospital and then passed away, all in the span of 2 weeks. Then there were the arrangements and the memorial. There’s more, but not for me to worry about, since I’m not named in the will. Some will find this odd, but I’m glad I’m not. I loved my grandmother dearly and I don’t really want to be involved in the dismantling of her life and her home.
Since then, I’ve been buried in work, helping plan out trainings for my peers that will pave the way for Teen Service Learning in our library system. It’s ambitious and I’m excited to see how it will work out for us and our teen patrons.
Chris has been working on Raven’s diesel motor for the last month as well. That day that we were supposed to have our second sailing adventure, I had to bail to go tothe hospital. He went out with our friends and the motor stalled. They still got out for a little while, but it was the start of quite a few problems–more going wrong with each thing fixed. It’s ending up being almost a complete overhaul, but hopefully when that’s done we’ll be underway once again. I’m not sure we’re going to make our Mystery Bay plans for Memorial Day weekend.
She did serve as a great place to have a party. Yesterday was completely gorgeous. I couldn’t have planned better for our Bike to Work team BBQ. We combined with the other SPL team and had around 25 people on Raven to celebrate.
This is my third year being team captain and it’s really fun to motivate people to ride. And now I’m looking forward to our next party.
Here’s the bike when I went to pick up swag for my team.
Tonight we’ll be breaking out the bbq things again to celebrate The Boy’s 21st birthday. Hard to believe.
It’s been a little while since I’ve updated. There’s been plenty going on, both with the boat and in life in general and some of it was getting in the way of little things like updating the blog.
One thing we’ve been battling this winter/fall is humidity. We run a dehumidifier that does a great job of sucking water out of the air and clearing the windows.
Water still gets into out of the way places, like the storage space under our bed or under the spaces where we keep our clothes. So far nothing has molded too bad, except the straps on our travel bags.
To battle this, we use a mold and mildew cleaner that’s fairly safe and have added those annoying buckets of pellets that trap water. To keep our mattresses safe, Chris got us some Hypervent to go under the mattresses (prickly side up) and that has the added benefit of holding our sheets in place.
Non-sliding sheets make me happier than you can ever know. I also got us a mattress cover that zips around the mattress and holds the memory foam topper we have in place. We are sooo snug now.
It’s April, time for #30daysofbiking, which some people like and others don’t, both for good reasons. I signed up because I like giving kids free bikes for something I’d be doing anyway. I’ve biked each day so far (3 whole days!), but days off from work are really the test. Here’s a pic from yesterday when I rode through Maple Leaf Park on my way to work.
No water in that picture! Yet…
Since moving to the boat, my bikes have not been stored in a manner befitting their status in my life. My Bike Friday Tikit has been a little better off, folded carefully each evening and stowed in the cockpit under the waterproof travel bag–thank goodness I bought that thing, even if it’s never been used to actually hold the bike.
My Surly was on deck under a bike cover that almost kept the water out. My saddle still became saturated and I bought a brooks cover for it, which for a while just kept the water in, but eventually saddle dried out enough for the cover to keep water out.
I was so embarrassed by these lowly forms of storage that I never took a picture of either one. I ride to work every day and no longer have a car of my own, so biking is my main form of transportation. Beats getting worked up driving and paying for a gym membership. I definitely don’t want my bikes rusting.
I was on a wait list for a bike locker, and the marina staff seemed to be having a hard time contacting people to see if they wanted one of the several available. A few days ago, after almost 4 months, I was offered a spot at the north end of the marina, with the promise that once one came available outside of our dock, they would transfer it. The Surly finally has a dry home.
And if you’ve ever wondered what the inside of one of those bike lockers looks like, now you know.
I don’t think I’ll be able to fit Lucille in there as well, even folded, but we’ll see. I won’t try until I get the closer locker. Chris found a better way to store Lucille for the moment, in our Dock Box. She just fits and stays very dry. I even leave my helmet in there to keep it from cluttering up the boat. So, bike storage managed! Finally.
The freezing weather is over for now and the rain has begun again. I’ll miss the sun and blue skies, but it’s nice not to be cold all the time and have my hands freeze on the way to work. I’ve brought back Lucille as my main bike to ride and I found that I missed her. I was feeling guilty leaving the Surly out in the cold, but Lucille can be folded, put under the dodger and the soft travel bag can be added over the top as a layer of protection. The cold last week inspired me to buy some really heavy duty mittens.
And of course they arrived today when the low is 40° instead of 20°. I’m sure they’ll still come in handy this winter.
Currently I am having a Doctor Who (Season 5) marathon on Netflix. Chris is working late and won’t be home until late. I’m cozy and enjoying hearing the occasional rain on the deck. I did a little sewing when I got home, just fixing a couple of small things in the sewing projects from earlier in the week. A lee cloth for the middle one’s bunk (to keep her from rolling out) and making the waist on my skirt a bit more snug. I also made a yoga mat bag, but that didn’t need fixing.
Earlier today I was at the “What’s New in Young Adult Literature and How to Use it in Your Program” workshop put on by the Bureau of Education and Research (BER). If you are a YA librarian and you ever have a chance to go to this, do. It is excellent. I’ve heard tons of book talks and this is the most useful program I’ve been to in years. My hold list is now 100 items long and I have many new ideas for volunteer projects.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Brian and Rachel set off on bikes across the country, testing their strength and relationship during the thrilling and grueling days in the saddle. Written from Brian’s point of view, he spends a lot of time being apologetic for his white maleness and inspecting his interactions with Rachel. I loved the descriptions of the ride and both the good and bad feelings (physical and emotional) that went with it. However, Brian’s voice got a little whiny at times and I often wished that Rachel was the voice of the story.
Enough with all that negative stuff. Summer is going great. We’re having a lot of fun giving out books and signing kids up for the Summer of Learning. The teen program is less fulfilling, but I still love giving teens books and for right now we still have some to give, so that is wonderful.
The sign up for two of my teen programs are filling up. We have an Arduino program and a Digital Fabrications showcase planned. The rest of the summer is filled with drop-ins where teens can use our region’s new iPad mini to make digital content for our Tumblr or just make something fun with the supplies I will put out.
In reading news, I just finished the yummy new book by Scott Westerfeld that’s coming out in September, Afterworlds. A longer review will come in the next few days.
I got to see The Boy for dinner and a movie on Sunday. I took him and The Mister to see The Fault in Our Stars and it got all three of us sniffling (sorry to out you guys, but I saw you crying! :) It is a truly wonderful adaptation of the book. The Boy’s been waiting for his new job to start and the date keeps getting pushed back. It was great to see him. I wish he was closer or interested in working in Seattle.
In my biking, I’ve had 2 chains break–on different bikes–in the last month. I guess I’m just hard on them, as they both still showed signs of life when I checked them at the co-op. I’m picking up Lucile (Bike Friday Tikit) tonight after work. I had her looked over to make sure there wasn’t anything else major I was overlooking. I’ve been riding my Surly while she’s been in the shop.
I have to say that bike repairs are much more affordable than car repairs were. I certainly don’t miss that.
Right after getting back from Florida I went to to Wenatchee for a library conference. I had The Boy ride along on the first leg of his journey to Spokane. He’s gone to stay with his grandparents on his father’s side to see if he can find a job over there for a while. Job prospects in Arlington and Darrington were pretty slim before the 530 Slide and they’re even more dismal now. He’s having a tough time over there. He’s lonely and really just wants to go home.
In split family drama, The Boy’s step mother reacted badly to him saying that and sent some messages to him and his grandmother. Some of what she said was negative about me. Usually I let their relationship be their relationship and just try to give The Boy perspective, but I really don’t like the badmouthing and drama that always seems to go with these blow ups, so this time I just blocked her from my life. I don’t need it and now it’s not my problem.
The conference itself was educational. I took a Video making pre-conference where I learned a lot about lighting and sound. My organization gave some really good talks–so much so that I ended up staying at those presentations rather than going to hear others, which was my intention. There was an interesting talk on reimagined spaces–something hot on our list–given by the next county over. I also got to network with a lot of cool folks, some of whom I’ve seen before, but just never got to connect with. Others I didn’t get to talk to enough. Now that I’ve been elected to the CAYAS board, I want to get to know the other key members better.
Tomorrow I’m representing Books on Bikes and the library on Bike to Work day. We’ll be giving away some library swag and have the ability to issue library cards and check out materials. Should be fun!
I’ll get a review up of Half Bad in a day or so. It was quite good.