Friday, October 31, 2008
Turns out defrosting with warm water can lead to some kind of crazy bacteria that can cause serious illness and even death especially for the young and elderly. Glad I asked!
Have any meat or poultry questions?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Mark your calendars!
November 18, 2008 @ 11pm
Julie Parker of ABC News is covering a story on bike commuting in DC. Today she stopped by the EPA bike locker room for a quick interview. Jenn and I did our best to show off our beloved bike haven. At 4 months pregnant, Jenn is one of the most dedicated bike commuters I know. Look for us in November!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday night we went around the corner to the Weinberg Center to see the Capitol Steps ….I believe we were the only people in the audience who did not belong to the AARP. Bitter political satire set to a collection of Broadway tunes made for an entertaining evening. Equally as entertaining, Maggie and Dave examined Matt's 32 stitches that are soon to come out. Jeff refused to look. Nasty Gash! Get well soon Matt!
(photo: don't f@#! with this gate)
Division I Cross Country Results
4) Teal Stetson Lee - Fort Lewis College
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
This is a particularly pesky species in the Frederick County Watershed. As the name implies, it is a native species of China and was introduced to these United States in 1784 through the handy work of a gardener in Philadelphia (way to go buddy). It is a rapidly growing deciduous tree that can quickly out compete native species, creating a dense thicket, further impeding native species from surviving in the understory (kind of a microcosm of our current economic situation).
As if this wasn't bad enough, the sap of the Chinese Sumac is highly toxic. Should you decide to manually eradicate this bothersome botanical be sure to wear gloves so as not to absorb the sap. This lesson was learned the hard way by a 24 year old tree surgeon who suffered three days of fevers and chills after working with this loathsome shrub. According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, "this toxin may have miticondrial mechanisms of action consistent with the pathophysiologice characteristics of transient myocarditis." (Frederick County Forestry Board, 2007).
So, the take home message is ...don't bring back plants from China and take more photos on long mtb rides in the fall.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
It is also not by coincidence that marriages are usually followed by wedding cake. Jeff and I looked forward to this part with eager anticipation. We were not disappointed ….that was until the remaining cake carcass was snatched away before Jeff could have seconds. Boooo! (photo: wedding cake & Miami skyline)
Due to the high cost of traveling with a bike, Jeff and I decided to try out the Broward County Velodrome which cost us a grand total of $8.00. Now that’s value!!! Normally it would have cost $18; however, they did not charge us for the bike rental as their bikes were in a sad state of disrepair. But how bad can things really go with one speed and no brakes? (photo: WTF?)
Considering my options, I decided to rock the flat pedal on the right side and the Speedplay on the left. Like the Royal Palm, I too bend in the winds of adversity.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
This morning I set off for DC on my trusty Soma Double Cross at roughly 6:30am. Although I was fairly well lit, the ride to the C&O trail in the pitch dark was a little on the sketchy side, but it didn’t take long before I hit the river and began heading south into the city.
What a beautiful commute! The sunrise was amazing, the river was breathtaking, the trail was alive with wildlife and cute old people out for their morning bird watch (I love cute old people). Somewhere along the way I burned through my breakfast …by the time I arrived at work (a little on the late side) I had already devoured my lunch …I even ate my veggie burger raw. My new Crumpler backpack worked out pretty well. Lots of clearance for head movement; however the shoulder straps are a bit wide for female shoulders, resulting in some armpit chafing.
Yup, I think it’s gonna work …I just need to leave a little earlier, ride a little faster, pack a little lighter and eat a bigger breakfast and I think I can easily incorporate this into my collection of commuting adventure options. Yay!
Tonight I think I’ll take the train home.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
She is truly a living legacy and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to hear her speak. (photos taken from wikipedia)
Monday, October 6, 2008
Hard to believe it was just last year that Lorena and I went head to head at the Miss Maryland Beauty pageant ...unfortunately, Miss Montgomery County took the title. But that wasn't enough to keep Lorena and I down. Together as Miss Frederick and Washington County, we make guest appearances at bike races, birthday parties, and fundraisers as well as our own respective county fairs ....I usually bring in a much bigger crowd than Lorena. (photo: Lorena, Chris, and I)
left: Me, Jennette, and Lorena
left: Roger strikes a pose
Lorena's photo shoot
left: more awesome boots!
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