Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Quarantine Continues and Marathon Update

Well, life continues in our new normal in KC; these days, the weather is more beautiful than not, the birds are chirping and so many more bunnies are out and about in the backyard. I'm still loving my new routines during the day, including our spin bike classes and being able to work from home, which I feel very lucky to be able to do. Yuan's cooking blows me away everyday with each new meal he creates, and eating out has gone from a necessity, to something to do only for a special occasion, and I love that. Google hangouts and Zoom meetings have become the new social-normal, and doing those most weeks at least makes me feel a LITTLE bit more social.

Last weekend we decided to get some Tex Mex take out from a place called Margarita's, and it was so delicious! I think we've found our new go-to for Tex Mex in the KC area. Our micheladas were so-so, and I will definitely be ordering more Belizian mix, since that has been the BEST michelada I've ever had (thanks, Matt & Hanni for that one!). Unfortunately, Matt & Hanni's destination Germany wedding/Oktoberfest had to be pushed back a year, but that gives me more time to save anyway. I normally HATE going to weddings, but they are two awesome people, so I'm sure it will be amazing.

Margarita's near downtown KC (source)

A week or two ago, we received an email from the Big Sur race organizers. We were given the option to run it this November or receive 60% off a guaranteed entrance to either 2021 or 2022. We decided to run it this November, which works much better training-wise for the Midwest. I don't think either of us are a fan of having to run outside in negative, or close to negative, degree weather. 30's is about the lowest this girl likes to go, and even that is stretching it lol!

We can't wait to be back on the west coast! (source)
Along with the quarantine comes the great blog hunt! LOL. I LOVE reading others' blogs, and recently I've been trying to find some new ones. Like movies or books, there are some blogs I just can't get into no matter how hard I try, especially blogs written by runners who either don't work or work part time. While I still like them and reading about their day, they're harder for me to identify with. Their wide open schedules to run and workout during the day aren't the same as needing to fit in runs during a 40 hour plus workweek, and constant plugging of products sent to them from companies show me more of what I don't need. I have enough I want to buy, thank you very much. 😋 The hunt for new and exciting blogs to read is on, so if anyone had a suggestion I would love it! 😍😊

I hope you all are doing alright, and that you all are having a good week. 💙💚💛💜

Monday, April 20, 2020

Quarantined in KC

Happy Monday everyone! We are officially on our...what?, 4th week (maybe) of quarantine. I hope you all are doing okay. I know this is affecting everyone differently, and everyone has different circumstances, but if we keep this up, and keep being mindful, hopefully we can squash this thing and prevent some needless hospitalizations and possible deaths.

Since my job can be 99% remote, I, and the rest of my coworkers, have been working from home, and enjoying a Zoom meeting here or there. I always wondered what working from home might entail. Would I love it at first but get bored? Would I hate it? Would I never get any work done? My adult-life-long question has finally been force-answered thanks to COVID-19. I discovered that I LOVE working from home. Not being able to travel to hang out with friends is a bummer, but the simple act of sitting in front of my computer from a home office has been delightful. When this is over, which it will be, I fully plan on asking my boss for permission to work from home one or two days a week. I find that I can concentrate more fully and get more work done. Also, who doesn't like the (WAY) more relaxed dress code at Casa Trabajo?!?!

Social media is something I have been limiting these days. I'm still on it a lot, and I enjoy talking to my friends and family. One thing I've noticed, especially with the stress and fear the Coronavirus can bring on, is that so many people want to use their social media as an outlet for their every thought. False information begins floating around. People who could barely pass science in high school are suddenly internet doctors and accomplished researchers, estimating for us all how long we will be staying at home. There's a very selfish mentality out there; the sentiment of "I'm not personally affected by this virus, nor are my family or friends, so let me get back to my life, this is all BS" is strewn around social media like hay in a barn. I have never had any tolerance for stupidity, and with each new refresh and scroll down my social feed, my feelings on this grow stronger by the day. That said, I prefer to stay off social sometimes, because there's also a lot of good happening in the world and I don't want to be jaded by some ignoramus who can't stop complaining that their kid's not on the track. I get it, Karen. Sheesh already.

On the other hand, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Prime video and Plex have become my besties. I can sit down after a long tiring day, and completely immerse myself in the problems of the Byrd family in the Ozarks, or watch Claire Saffitz make skittles from scratch on her Gourmet Makes show through the Bon Appetit channel on Netflix. Finding new shows has always been easy, but my willingness to give them a shot versus scrolling on by has had a large uptake. I have been loving trying new shows, as well as re-watching old ones.

Check out Claire's creations HERE
Running-wise, my subdivision will have to do. The parks around here have been known to be crowded, so I have been getting my mileage done on the peaceful streets around my own home. The good that's come out of this is that I am finally taking the time to explore my own surroundings, instead of traveling half an hour or more for a running trail, and it's been really nice! There aren't many people out and about here on a daily basis, and if has been affording me the opportunity to get outside on these mostly amazing spring days and take in the beauty that is my own backyard. I am looking forward to getting in my higher mileage in the parks, but until then this has been a nice alternative.
This is a picture of downtown in my city before COVID-19, a few blocks from our place. (Obviously, since there are cars everywhere). Source
So far I've learned that taking an adapt-or-die approach and keeping a positive and hopeful outlook has helped me tremendously. As I, like so many of us, learn to adapt to our new 2020 realities, there are some things I want to hold tightly to when we all get back to our regularly scheduled lives. One of those things is cooking at home more. We have always cooked at home, but have been cooking at home 99% versus the 80% we were before, and it's been so much healthier and felt more rewarding. I also want to bring with me the renewed value of the little things and attention to detail I've developed, most likely in an attempt to not be bored. My bike had never been cleaner, my clothes are put away right after folding, and the kitchen is spic and span.

I hope you are all having a good week so far. Until next time!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

My New Ride

Just in time for spring and Easter, I got my new bike together! It's light gray, pink, white and oil slick, and I'll be bunny hopping all over on my "Easter Bunny". Yes, I named my bike. 💓😀 The other day, Jon Van Pelt with BMX Custom Builds featured it on his Facebook page, along with photos and specs, and I'll be sharing it here as well.

Also, a really BIG thank you to John Williams, who built my bike from the ground up and to Brent Sterriker with Striker Wheels out of Austin, TX for building my wheel set. This is by far my favorite wheel set I have ever owned, and I couldn't be happier to get to use this on another build.

With all the bunnies hopping about our yard recently, this seemed like the perfect photo!

Okay, let's get to the deets: 

  • SSquared CEO V2 Pro XL 
  • Answer Dagger forks
  • TNT oil slick finish hubs with oil slick themed spokes laced to Sun Ringle hoops by Striker Wheels
  • Shimano DXR cranks
  • Supercross pro stem
  • Elevn bars
  • Box braks
  • Answer brake cable
  • Vans grips
  • Tangent seatpost
  • Stay Strong seat
  • Box seat post clamp
  • Chris King headset
  • carbon spacers
  • Power Block tires
  • Shimano DXR pedals are some pictures of the Easter Bunny 😎💪 heehee! 

I hope you enjoyed checking out my new ride. I've been loving it lately and will be having lots of fun on it! If you have a custom build, let me know and I'd love to check yours out as well. 😀