Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Another Day, New Battery Stories, and Christmas...

Well, if you've been following my blog, you know I do almost everything from my HTC Evo from Sprint. Unfortunately, this phone is totally underpowered, or so I thought.

After making a few simple tweaks, I am back to the life of a 16 hour smartphone! I'm very excited to be back in business and if you want to know my secrets, email me and I will send them your way.

For now, back to writing the fun stuff known as Christmas with Evie and the Evo. Christmas eve was great. Mom and Dad came over from Port Orchard for the day, spent some time at John's with the kids before heading out to Chinese food for dinner. All in all, a very nice day!

Christmas morning, we packed up and headed to the farm. It was the busiest - lazy morning in history. Evie was spoiled rotten, including an impromptu seat on Elska, grandpa's favorite little horse. Weebles, dolls, drums and more were all at her disposal for the day. We almost had to leave some just for the lack of space in the truck.

After that we snuck out to Uncle Klee and Aunt Lou's place for a wonderful dinner. Evie decided it was time to refuel the batteries and took a nice nap in the truck while we watched part of Christmas Vacation on the Evo in the driveway. After she finally woke up, Evie had some fun showing off and then it was time to head home.

Christmas was great, and we really can't wait for next year... Well maybe we can wait a little while...
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Day On The Train

We took the Santa train from the Elbe Station on Saturday. What we thought was going to be a fun day of a short train ride followed by a fun time at the Island of Misfit Toys, turned in to a nice 45 minute ride up through the trees near Mt. Rainier.

While we really enjoyed the ride, the loss of the "real stop" to get out and enjoy the snow and Christmas decor was a bit of a bummer.

Overall, the day was amazing. We had a great time with friends, a fun ride with our big girl on the train and even had some opportunity to push the Evo all the way to its limits with some video and photos!
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Lights!

I love Christmas lights! Here we are driving through our neighborhood, checking out every display from the most basic single strand across the roofline to the yard that appears to be the returns department for Lowes and Wal-Mart.

It amazes me year after year that people take the time to show their cheer by installing these spectacles of holiday cheer for just a week or two. Some day, we will be that crazy family at the end of the cul de sac that installs a very tasteful, yet blazing display of holiday illumination. Until then, we will continue to pay homage to those that pave the way to Christmas with their beautiful displays.
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Monday, December 13, 2010

It Was A Rainy Monday

Well the good news is that the little bike does great on wet roads. We have had about 4 inches of rain and more is on the way.

Riding back and forth to work is really starting to feel good. My knees don't hurt like I thought they would, but I'm not losing as much right off the bat due to not eating as well as when I dieted the last time. Hopefully I can reign that in soon and begin dropping faster.

Now, with the wet weather, I wasn't able to capture much of the trip home, but I did want to share an amazing app.

I started using "SportsTracker" to map my rides last week. This amazing little app keeps records of speed, travel time, routes and more. It's a simple one-touch start, and a quick end at the end of your route to end your session. It then saves your data to upload after you review it.

The program stores your info online where you can track your progress and save a mini workout diary.

I know this style of app has a million more options, but SportsTracker works amazingly well for me. Hopefully, it will work as well for you.
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Biking to Work

I just found my fun Wally World post from the other day so consider this part 2...

This has been a crazy few weeks with Evie being sick with a cough, off and on running noses, and even a green goop eye. A quick trip in to the doctor and the antibiotics took care of most of the symptoms. For now, we just have to wait for the rest to clear.

The other fun fact of the week is that we officially became a one car family. I decided with the 2 mile commute, I could start riding a bike to work. The great thing is, I've already started. I have 2 days under my belt, and the ride will only get better from here.

My goal is to get up to 10-15 miles a day, and feel strong enough to ride the Seattle to Portland bike ride. We will see how this plays out, but it's a great goal to build to.
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A Tale of Two Wal-Marts

So its been a while since my last day was captured on the Evo, but I just felt like sharing this quickly.

We sold our car in an amazing 12 hours this week. This created a need to begin my bike shopping much sooner than expected. This led me to Amazon, then that led to Target, where my overweight issue led me to "cruiser" style bikes instead of a road bike.

So, off we went to Wal-Mart to see this cruiser that I found on the browser from my Evo. The Lynnwood store showed they had them in stock, and sure enough, they did. We checked it out after getting amazing service from Tom in Sporting Goods. They then gave me a discount on it due to the fact it was scratched.

A day later, my wife decided she'd like to ride as well. So we looked online again and found a great deal at Wal-Mart again and headed out to our local Marysville store. The help there was horrible! The first person said the bike area was a mess, and to call back when the bike builder was in tomorrow to see if they had one. The second person to help checked inventory and said they had 6 in stock and told us he'd see what was back there. Unfortunately, he came back a few minutes later and said to call the bike builder back tomorrow because he couldn't find one. Way to lose that $100+ sale Marysville Wal-Mart!

Needless to say, we will still go to Wal-Mart to get the bike when we find one, just not that store!
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Biking to Work

Ok, so its been quite a while since I've done a post, almost 3 weeks now, so let's get updated.

This has been a crazy few weeks with Evie being sick with a cough, off and on running noses, and even a green goop eye. A quick trip in to the doctor and the antibiotics took care of most of the symptoms. For now, we just have to wait for the rest to clear.

The other fun fact of the week is that we officially became a one car family. I decided with the 2 mile commute, I could start riding a bike to work. The great thing is, I've already started. I have 2 days under my belt, and the ride will only get better from here.

My goal is to get up to 10-15 miles a day, and feel strong enough to ride the Seattle to Portland bike ride. We will see how this plays out, but it's a great goal to build to.
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