Since I rode with John on Saturday, I stayed home the next day to catch up on things at home. Before John went on a training ride with his team, he made us this Beet and Carrot Smoothie (many listed on the page are delicious).
It was too beautiful of a day to remain cooped indoors so I took a walk around our neighborhood to get some fresh air. On my way home the sun started to set and so I couldn't resist stopping to take some photos (you can see a larger image by clicking on the collage above). We live in the row of homes to the right of the golf course which was the route I took back home (you can see the fire damage along the path where I stood). The evening was very quiet as I walked past ponds full of geese that didn't seem to care about the chilly water or my presence.
Full moon over Reno. In front of the city skyline is the dark, burned area from the Caughlin Fire.
When evening came, John didn't feel like cooking so we went downtown to Pho 777 which has been rumored to have the best Vietnamese Noodles in town. The broth was pretty good and for a reasonable price (I didn't take a photo because all the noodle soups look the same, LOL). I would go back to the restaurant again, not for the decor, ambiance, or for the uber friendly staff (I'm joking) but for the deliciously comforting pho. It was a nice way to cap off a nice Sunday.
When I came through the door this evening, John was hanging lights. Finally the strings of white bulbs are off the floor and on the wall. You'll have to forgive the mess. I left my bag and things all around when I got home.
Elgy: Princess on the Pillow
The lights provide just enough illumination for when we watch movies. It was a lot of work. Good work John -- I'm proud of you!!
I'm a visual learner and somtimes need visual cues so I tend to spread those things out...to help remind of the items that need tending to like...projects! Now John is the tidy person in our family and "clutter" bugs him so he HAS to do something about it. I suspect these string of lights will be off the floor and on the wall where they should be. ;) Mission complete (and I can check this project off my list).
John has been doing almost all of the cooking since we moved to Reno so he's in the kitchen quite often (he's actually a pretty good cook!). The other day he mentioned that he discovered a better way to separate the egg whites from the yolk by shaking it and allowing the white to seep through the cracked shell of the egg. I thought he was on to something with his idea so I dared him to compete in an egg white cracking contest!
The rules were to separate the whites of three eggs in 30 seconds and the person who has more egg whites, wins! To be fair, we weighed the eggs and bowls first so we would end up with a net weight to determine who separated the most egg whites within the aloted time.
My bowl is on the left, his is on the right. We were laughing so hard through our competition, I think that's why he had such a tough time keeping the egg yolk from falling in to the separated egg whites.
So the verdict is, the sifting of the yolk between the two cracked shells is probably still the best way to separate egg whites.
I had a GREAT 27-mile bike ride this afternoon with the Procrastinating Pedalers. We rode West of Reno through Mogul to Verdi and back. The route meandered by the Truckee River, skimmed along the California stateline and looped near Boomtown before we back tracked towards our meeting place. Except for our conversations, everything was so quiet around us with very little traffic which I took advantage of to enjoy the scenery. The view is going to be even more beautiful in the spring and fall season!
The day was gorgeous and sunny and everyone I met in the group was so welcoming and a pleasure to ride with. Things could not have been any better!
Afterwards we sat down at Walden's Coffeehouse and chatted. I couldn't resist trying their World's Famous Coffee Cake--it was yum-yum!
Then a few of us took a cool down ride to Downtown Reno. We passed all these beautiful parks, rode down Bike Boulevard and crossed the Truckee River where there were folks kayaking, fishing, and swimming. Yes--swimming!! A couple of shirtless guys dove in yelling, "Happy New Year!".
In 2010 I rode somewhere around 1,600 miles, in 2011 doubled that with just over 2,500 miles, so I am hoping to hit 5,000 miles this year. Hey I can shoot for the moon can't I? I have a good start on 2012 with about 35 miles today. Hope you have a happy and healthy new year!!
My last journal entry for the year was to answer the question, "What was my most cherished memory of the year?". It's tough to single out one particular memory as I look back upon the year.
Starting with the New Year's Day bike ride, dinners with friends, my first road bike race and I went on to compete in two more, watching John cross the finish line first in a road race (he'll never forget), sharing a girls' weekend in Palm Springs (CA), Easter, witnessing two of my friends get married, Lake Havasu, finished my first century in Bike MS (UT), days at Lake Mead, my trip to Portland (OR), my first visit to Bishop and Mammoth Lakes (CA), finishing our fireplace and wallpaper in the living room, leaving Las Vegas and relocating to Reno, surviving a large fire that swept through the neighborhood, and beautiful bike rides and runs. I'll post links to the photo albums later.
It's been a great year! John left his job of 9 years and is pursuing his passion in bike fitting. He plays the role of a small business owner, developing his business (Logical Fit) in the Velo Reno bike shop and takes care of our household as a house Dad. Meanwhile I took up running again and am excited about forging new paths this year. I, too, left a job I love and folks I cherished in Vegas and am enjoying my work at the University in Reno. I'm looking forward to making strides there as well. It has been a year and five months since I gave up drinking. This year I've accomplished my personal bests and am going to shatter my records in the coming year.
Cycling: 2534 miles
One hour 20.96 mi
10 miles 20m:35s
Running: 65 miles
One hour 5.23 mi
1 mile 9m:34s
Burgers burned: 407
So what did we do in the last day of the year? John and I went shopping for a few items, then he started his ride with me. He took me out to a park by the Truckee Meadows River and he continued on and I turned back.
It was a nice ride even though I'm out of shape, I still enjoyed every minute!
Life is always good when I'm outside or on the bike.
We had our own celebration at home and cooked up a storm. Mojitos, lime-tequila shrimp, corn with chipotle butter and beer marinated steak, and dessert (that, we didn't make)!
Today I'm going for a group ride on the Verdi Loop and have to leave in a few minutes. I look forward to meeting the group and checking out a new route.