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If you’re reading this in the morning, I am probably off in snoozeland right now. I have a day job that sometimes requires overnight shifts instead of the usual daytime shift. The upside of this is that I have some extra daytime to do whatever I want, because everyone else I know is working their “normal” hours. The downside, of course, are the day-after’s spent sleeping, throwing off my circadian rythms, and the copious amounts of caffeine involved.
It is kind of fun to hang out at work at night when (almost) nobody is around to bother you and I usually get to work on something pretty exciting and creative. I feel like a little elf because the next day everyone comes in and everything looks different, and I get to be like “look what we did!” (And, unlike college, I don’t have to do this three times a week.)
I love being in the city at night. Something about all the lights against the dark night excites me. I get the feeling that anything’s possible. It reminds me of nights spent on the beach listening to waves crash, those deep philosophical conversations you only have when it’s late and you’re really tired but don’t want to fall asleep, and the days when it was okay to be silly all the time. I speculate that city-dark is more exciting because it contrasts so sharply with growing up where the only light out at night is the moon…and that just feels dark and scary. I hate going out to clubs and bars so most of the time when I am outside in San Francisco at 1am, it is because I’m working.
Anyways. Yesterday I had some extra daylight hours, so I decided to take the shiny new toy that my dad gave me for a spin.
In my family, you don’t get a shiny new car…you get a shiny used bicycle. It used to be my mom’s but she doesn’t use it much so now it is mine. I haven’t had a bike in ages, so I was pretty excited to try something new out. (True story: when I wanted a car in high school, my dad suggested that I get a scooter. Like vespa status. I think I’d rather have driven a tractor to school, which is to say that I didn’t think this idea was funny or cool AT ALL. Fast forward a few years and I lived in Italy, where vespas are normal and cool. I went on an extremely terrible date with a dude who took me around on his vespa, and I thought I was going to die. Those things are SO DANGEROUS to drive at a speed faster than 10 mph. Now that I live in San Francisco, I sometimes think I wouldn’t mind one. I’d never get up to that speed anyways.)
San Francisco has a lot of bicycling resources, but it is also (in my opinion), one of the scariest places to ride a bicycle because a) there is so much traffic and the streets are so narrow and b) there are soooo many hills! It is also exponentially less enjoyable when you haven’t figured out how the gears all work. My dad said that I would figure it all out pretty quickly, and he was sort of right. (We have never had a great relationship when it comes to me actually understanding what he says. Learning how to drive a truck at age 14 was the worst. I don’t think the cogs in our minds spin in the same order…it just doesn’t click for me…but I still love him. Anyways I opted to skip the gear-changing lesson.)
I figured out how to change gears.
I also figured out that when your chain makes a loud noise, you should probably switch gears.
And I figured out that I was not going to be riding fifteen blocks to the local ice cream shop just yet.
All said and done, I rode 10 blocks today. And I did not get maimed by a car, nor did I run over a pedestrian. These are things to celebrate, people. Because after I got off the bicycle in front of my apartment at the end of those 10 blocks, I almost passed out right on my doorstep.
I was sooooooooooo dizzy and everything was really bright and then it started to turn dark….apparently I pedaled a little bit too fast for my tiny little lungs. I sat down on the steps for a few minutes and stared down a couple of people who walked by with quizzical looks on their faces. Eventually I got myself back up and lugged the bike upstairs (so glad there was no camera involved with this, because I looked like a huge idiot…the door kind of opens the wrong way for me to be able to do this kind of thing with any amount of grace.)
I then unceremoniously flung myself onto my bed, gasped for more air, drank some water, and waited for color to come back to my vision.
This was obviously not my best moment, and the idea of a generally healthy 24 year-old woman gasping for air after getting on a bike is really embarassing. But I am hoping that in a few weeks I will be laughing at this and strolling along on my bicycle with no problems. (Or maybe this will motivate me to really get back into running!) I think it’s also a great example of me rushing to do something with a whole bunch of enthusiasm, but little forethought, which is actually not very characteristic of me. Oh wells.
You live. You learn. (Youtube taught me that I was cross-gearing or something like that, and it means you suck at riding bikes.)
Thanks for the bike, Dad. One day I’ll learn how to ride it.
On Saturday I went to a Warriors vs Kings game at Oracle Arena with some of my friends. It was a pretty heated game in that we were pretty evenly divided between Warriors fans and Kings fans. And the game was pretty close at the end there. Warriors won, so the home crowd was pretty excited!
But overall the game was kind of a snoozer. It’s not because I don’t like basketball. It’s probably my favorite professional sport. I’m just not interested in watching teams work to score a basket against a shoddy defense, only to turn around and give another one away to the other team. What’s the point in that?!
However, this isn’t to say that the entire experience was boring! First off, there was beer involved. It gave me an opportunity to stop drinking wine for a while, ha ha! Then there was a guy who won $10,o00 for making a shot from half court between quarters. This was SUPER exciting and I think everyone cheered harder for that than the actual game. And a guy proposed to his girlfriend on the jumbotron, so that was pretty sweet.
But I think the highlight of the game was the halftime show:
No, wait…this is a clip from 30 Rock. My bad. (In case you didn’t know, Liz Lemon is my hero and I am obsessed with 30 Rock. I’m into a lot of TV shows but nothing beats a good Liz moment.)
Oh hey, I found the halftime photo that I took:
I nearly died on the spot because I was laughing so hard. A whole bunch of jazzercise instructors did like a 20 minute routine during halftime. Just imagine all those middle-aged women – this even was probably the highlight of their month! This is quite possibly EVEN BETTER than 30 Rock because I saw it in REAL LIFE. And then I got to shout “I’m lizzing!”
Of course, none of the silly boys I went with had any idea why I was possibly dying/spazzing like I usually do. They were just wondering when the Warriors Girls were gonna do their number.
The Warriors game was totally worth the money!
Now that I have some major time-bound personal goals in my life (aka starting up an embossed paper biz) I’m finding myself even more list-crazy than usual. Today I bring you a list of all the things that I am looking forward to in the month of March:
- March Madness and the ensuing brackets
- St. Patrick’s Day: specifically, corned beef and cabbage
- Hitting up a Warriors vs Kings game with my friends
- My parents visiting me at the end of the month
- Little miss Mio’s first birthday party
- Finding a new digital camera (mine is kaput) so that I can post photos on my blog…that aren’t from 2008! (Along the same lines, if you have one you are looking to sell please let me know. My budget is small so I’m hoping to find a good deal on a used one.)
- More impromptu adventures with friends in San Francisco
What are you looking forward to this month?
I can’t believe it’s already the end of February….leap day! I’m taking this extra day of the year to get a run in and get some extra crafting in. I don’t work till the evening, so I should have plenty of time for both! Are you planning to do anything special? Wear blue & yellow like the characters in 30 Rock perhaps?
Well now that this month is winding down, I thought I’d share photos I’ve taken over the month to give you an idea about some of the things I’ve been up to (both business and non-business related). All photos are taken on Instagram with my iPhone 3GS.
At the beginning of the month, I ran in the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco 5K. It was my first race of 2012! My goal is to run a 10K in the spring and hopefully a half marathon in October. I am very injury-prone due to some old injuries and the general composition of my body, but I have come to enjoy running. No courts or balls needed, just some shoes and some sidewalk, fields, open roads, etc…
The 5K ended down at Ocean beach, and it was actually a really warm and sunny morning. (Did I mention I PR’d?) I got a chance to snap a photo of these windmills…it reminds me of this Danish village near where I grew up.
I spent a lot of time cutting up paper this month. I finally did invest in a paper trimmer last week, but for a lot of things I don’t really like the quality of the cuts it makes.
Oh hey it looks like I painted my nails at some point as well!
I drank a ton of coffee this month…as I do every month. I love this little cup from Crate & Barrel – the typography is so fun!
In my quest to nail down how I am going to deliver all my handmade goods to paying customers, I decided to locate the nearest post office to both my house and my workplace. There’s a U.S. Post Office a block from where I work…in the basement…of a Macy’s. I almost didn’t find it, and once I did I was totally distracted by all the Martha Stewart housewares.
I met up with a friend in North Berkeley last week, but she was running wait so I had to wait for her at the BART station for a few minutes. I saw these delicate little flowers growing all over the place and was intrigued by the tiny-cute factor as well as the clean lines that framed them (aka the stair railing).
Some of the paper that I cut up actually turned into cards…this is a sneak peek of what I’m going to have in my shop!
On my last day off of work, I spent most of the day making cards…but I just had to get outside for a little run. I thought I was pretty fierce, so I wore my customized nike running shirt. SWAGGY!
I hope that you had a productive and enjoyable February like I did! I’m looking forward to March as well!