Friday, August 23, 2013

Is that all you got?

 Really? Only 100 miles? (Thanks Nancy, Pam, Other Becky, and Jayne!) 100 miles in 2 months is nothing! That's only 16 miles a week. I know you all can do better than that.

  Even Karl is helping, by making it fun to ride. Look what he got for my bike:
 So start digging under the couch cushions and raid the kid's piggy banks - it's for a great cause!

In other news: I got a new e-reader, I judged a bake-off, Karl is still unwell, I bought some yummy sock yarn, and I'm going to make some pickles next week.

Sunday, August 11, 2013


 It is 70 days until the Krempels King of the Road Challenge - where I will get on a bike with a couple hundred other cyclists (who are in WAY better shape than I) and pedal around New Hampshire to raise money for the Krempels Center. I plan on riding 30 miles because, after all, it is still a vacation for me, not a "suffer-fest," and I'd like to be able to move the next day.

 And at this point, merely 2 months before the ride, I have ridden my bike for a total of 8 blocks (I rode to the hardware store yesterday, so it was really 2 chunks of 4 blocks with a stop in the middle). That's not going to do it.

 Let's face it, training hard kind of sucks. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love to ride my bike. I'd give anything to go out and ride for 3 hours any day. But real life has this annoying way of intervening and reminding me of all the stuff that should get done first: dishes, vacuuming, laundry, cooking, grocery shopping, etc. I need some motivation (and a cleaning lady, but that's another story). Real, hard-core motivation.

Money is a great motivator, isn't it? 

I'll make you a deal. 
I set my fundraising goal at $500. For every dollar over that goal, I will ride one mile of training.
Tap in to your masochist side and get out your wallet.
Make me suffer. 
Make me sweat. 
Make me curse your generosity.

I'm even going to make it easy. Here is the link that takes you directly to my fundraising page. It's easy and secure. DO IT!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Photo Essay

It's been busy around Chez Baumeister. Since my last post:
 Karl went to a mountain bike race and won a race!
He got a medal AND Lyme Disease!
 I knit a tiny sweater.
So friggin' cute!

We went to the State Fair.
I ate a grilled cheese sandwich
Katrina helped the racing ducks carbo-load

And she got an awesome duck whistle
Then I ate a Thanksgiving waffle
Katrina did a little archery
We enjoyed an evening concert
Weird Al sings "Bye, bye, this here Annakin guy"
Yes, we saw Weird Al. Live. At the Wisconsin State Fair. And it was awesome. Don't judge me.

Then we went to a bike race.
I ate some of Jeremy's chocolate
Got autographs from my favorite boys in green
Karl made a new friend  - "Hey, there's Bob Roll!"
They roll out
And my boys in green get the win!

It was a good day.
So, that's what I've been up to. How about you?