30 July 2010

Why Couldn't This Have Happened on My Subway Line?

Awesome. That is all.

(Happened on the 6 train, starting at 23rd street, btw).

17 July 2010

ABC's of Me

A- My AIR CONDITIONER is set on: between 68-70 at night on low. We only have one in the bedroom.
B- My BEDROOM theme is: aqua, white and black.
C- The CAR in the driveway is: more like the bikes are in the bedroom and on the wall. Car? Me? Heck, The Aussie says he would rather get a Cervelo bike before a car. Parking is hell in our neck of the woods.
D- My DESK looks: like organized chaos.
E- The EXACT time I wake up daily is: Now around 7:30. I'm going to try for 6 next week so I have time to get to the gym before I go teach.
F- The FIRST thing I wash in the shower is: my hair.
G- My GARAGE is filled with: Nope, no garage.
H- My HOUSE is: actually a 1-bedroom pre-war apartment in Queens.
I- If you peeked INSIDE my bedroom you'd see: Bed, side table, dresser, my two towers of yarn, 2 desks and 2 bookcases. It's a pretty big bedroom.
J- My favorite JUICE is: pomegranate blueberry.
K- The best part of my KITCHEN is: our chrome storage rack. It's open air storage, but we set it up so we have more counter space by putting two $10 IKEA cutting boards on it.
L- The LAST person who visited my home was: my sister
M- The last piece of MAIL for me was: my August issue of Real Simple magazine, and some knitting stuff.
N- My NEIGHBORS think I'm: a pretty cool professor. The girl across the hall from me was a student in my class last semester. She got an A.
O- If you OPENED my fridge you'd see: hummus, carrots, nashi pears, manchego cheese, feta cheese, lemonade and milk. We are going to go grocery shopping tomorrow.
P- My last house PARTY was: I think our New Year's shindig.
Q- A QUICK meal I like to fix is: scrambled eggs and feta cheese with red peppers. Nom.
R- My favorite ROOM of the house is: bedroom.
S- The SHAMPOO brand I use is: Herbal Essences - the give more volume one.
T- My largest TELEVISION is: 46" and way too big for our living room.
U- UNDER my bed you will find: a flat plastic box with all of my bags and a folding chair.
V- The last time I VACUUMED was: this morning.
W- Looking out my WINDOW I see: the back concrete courtyard of our building. Snooze.
X- I wish I had X-TRA: cash. Definitely.
Y- My YARD is: at my parent's house. I think I am going to go there every day until Italy once classes are done to do a bit of tanning.
Z- ZZZZZZZ My bedtime is: usually between 10-11. I'm boring I know. When I had to teach the 8am class last semester, I went to bed at 9.

16 July 2010

Back on the Bike

This past Sunday, I crossed off another thing on my 26 Before 26 List:

#14 - ride in the Tour de Brooklyn, Tour de Queens or a century ride, since my first century resulted with me in the ER.

Ever since my cycling accident in September 2008, I have been terrified of riding my bike - my road bike that is. Put me on my hybrid and I can zip through Astoria quite nicely, and I even ride it out all the way to Long Island City for free yoga on the pier (mostly on the bike paths of course). Add the prospect of clipless pedals and I am even more freaked out.

Or was, actually. Through my job, I was able to register for the Tour de Queens for free and even at the last minute - the whole thing slipped my mind (I really should keep my list on my iPhone). The Aussie went with me.

I even insisted that I ride with my clipless pedals (I use the Keo Pedals by Look for now, if anyone is curious. I was having problems with the Speedplays so my bike mechanic - aka The Aussie - swapped them until I get the hang of the clipless pedals, but I like these alot).

The Aussie insisted that I use the regular pedals, but I needed this ride to put me back on the bike and get over my fear of a) riding in crowds b) riding my road bike in NYC and c) riding with my clipless pedals.

All in all the Tour de Queens as a ride in and of itself, was....ok. I wouldn't do it again. It's billed as a "family friendly" ride but there were still some speedster show-offs, alot of bottlenecking because at some points, the Tour took us through narrow residential streets and there were alot of stopping and starting. But with all of that I did not crash once or trip over my bike. That was The Aussie's biggest concern with me going on my clipless pedals for only the second time. Granted, I still can't really push off on an angle and then go into the crowd (I need to push off straight into the flow of traffic), I still need a little bit of room to push off and I can't push off on an incline but I am still figuring it out. And want to ride again, and again.

The bones in my derriere were sore all this week and my shoulder blades were all achy (I couldn't ride in the proper road bike position because I constantly needed to keep my head up due to the crowds), but I realized how much I missed right proper going at 30mph road cycling. Next year, I'll aim for the NYC Century or the Five Boro Bike Tour.

I also got something else out of the Tour - a cycling pants/jersey/glove tan.

10 July 2010

Playing Catch Up

Teaching from 10:30 to 12:45 for 4 days a week and then tutoring from 1 to 9 (with a break between 3:15 and 4:30) for 3 days really cuts into blogging mojo. Here is a recap of what I've been up to lately:

1. Saw ABT's production of Sleeping Beauty at the Metropolitan Opera. What a beautiful ballet. The costumes were amazing, the music was wonderful (it's the same in the Disney movie I never knew that!) and my mom and I had AMAZING seats.

Little's Sister's coworker's boyfriend is a corps member at ABT and we got comp tickets through him. I also went and saw the All-American Repertory Program. Contemporary choreography is not exactly my cup of tea, but the second act (done to the music of The Andrews Sisters) was alot of fun.

Here is this Spring's Met Opera/ABT ticket haul (and I didn't pay a thing. The Don Quixote ticket was through my mom's school and thanks to Little Sister, we ended up in the private boxes for the third act):2. Got tickets for museums/sites in Italy! We are going to see the Palace of the Doges in Venice, Gallerie d'Academia and Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Vatican Museums + Sistine Chapel, the Coloseum, Pantheon and a bunch of other places in Rome. The last thing I need to figure out is how to get to the Apnean Way so The Aussie and I can go cycling there - Little Sister did it when she lived in Rome and had a blast.

3. Speaking of Italy, I got my suitcase. It's actually the 25" one (need a bit of room for goodies from Italy!) bright fuschia pink on the inside, and comes with both a laundry and toiletries bag.

4. Knitting: started my sweater, finishing up a shawl, have a pair of mittens, a cowl and a baby onesie on the needles. Have to be extra careful with my wrists. Once I finish all of thes projects, I plan to block them all at once using the wool-wash (so that I can conserve it) and then do a mass knitting post.

5. Tomorrow, I am going to cross off another item on the 26 to 26 List: Go on a century ride, Tour de Brooklyn or Tour de Queens. Through my job, I was able to register The Aussie, Little Sister and myself for free for the Tour de Queens. It's a 20 mile ride and luckily, the weather will not be as hot as it has been. Our electric bill doubled this past month.

6. Went to see Eclipse with my knitting group the day before it opened (one of the girls got tickets to a special screening). Much like how it was at Maryland Sheep & Wool, the usual shenanigans ensued - though some of the women on the line waiting for the movie were downright psychotic in their Devotion to Edward (I like Jasper myself).

Cupcakes and unicorns are our mascots (inside joke) so I brought along my unicorn beanie baby, Mystic for the ride (in my defense, my mom got her for me at the height of Beanie Baby Mania in 1996 and I kept her out of all the Beanie Babies my sister and I collected). She got sloshed between the beer, wine, and sangria. We went to Lillie's after the movie, which is a great bar. Talk to you soon.

08 July 2010

Anybody Out There?

Lost my blogging mojo for a bit. Will be back soon.