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Good day...good day.

If you have to turn 54 (and yes, it is better than the alternative), there are worse ways to spend the day than riding your bike to BikeCraft V, a huge, sunny warehouse full of vendors with cool bike stuff--stuff for bikes, stuff about bikes, stuff made out of bike parts.

There were HUNDREDS of bikes by the time we got there, and they had these portable bike racks so everyone could park and lock. avventura1234 bought a new saddle and a bamboo water bottle holder. Me, I just looked, feeling still a little bit of an outsider in the bike community, and aware that Clyde and I aren't the average configuration. Which is to say we are both larger than average among bikes and cyclists and things don't fit. This is the story of my life and I'm used to it.

We rode to coffee and bagels after that, and I spent at least two hours on the phone with friends and family, near and far.

As the temperature dropped, I made a nest for Dean, the more feral of the two stray cats, who won't come into the house even though it's getting dangerously cold outside (Sam is happy to hang out in the warm and is doing so now). The nest is a big hatbox with an old pillow and some fleece fabric inside. So far, he hasn't tried it out.

While the thousand new words I'd hoped for didn't materialize, I did get some good writing done on Restraint today. Note to kispexi2: new chapter tomorrow night.

And then I edited the last two chapters of my Podbang entry! \o/ Just a little stitching together and music editing to go, and I think I'll make my deadline tomorrow night.

Tomorrow, to round off the birthday fun, I have Chocolate class in the morning with str8ontilmornin! I expect there will be pictures.

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vampirefan
Dec. 6th, 2009 07:49 am (UTC)
omg! happy birthday!!!!

that bike thing sounds awesome!

also, i'd say you are larger than life! :D

lastly, fantastic you are just about done with your podbang and more restraint! woo!!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
Hee! I am larger than life. I like that! Thank you.
sparky77
Dec. 6th, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! I'm glad you had a good day!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was splendid.
lamentables
Dec. 6th, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
wedjateye
Dec. 6th, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! Your posts have made me smile so much lately. It's lovely to hear how much you are enjoying life.
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I've been able to make you smile. Life has been very good lately. Here's to keepin' it that way!
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emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
I'm peering out at the pre-dawn, watching bare branches sway against a pinkish sky, and wondering how many layers of wool I'm going to have to put on to get downtown to the chocolate class without freezing my face off.

Shall report later today.
vchrusch
Dec. 6th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
Happy Belated Birthday!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you, sir. It's not belated. When your birthday falls on a Saturday, it officially lasts through the Sunday.
executrix
Dec. 6th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday: The Extended Edition!

I find that the key to entering into any new culture is longevity. At first, you'll be on the outside looking in, but after the Bike People see you a few times, you'll get the occasional nod of acknowledgment, and as you get up to speed with the Ongoing Sagas, and can say "Hi, Mike--what did the vet find when you took in your cat last week?" or "Have you heard from Jill? Does she like her new job?" then you will move from the periphery to the center.

Mind you, sometimes it's interesting at the center and sometimes it isn't.
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
You're quite right--both that I'll move toward the center with longevity, and that the center probably isn't All That. My main interest is bringing cycling's center more towards me--in that, more products, services and cycle culture in Portland serves my needs.

I'm pleased to report that I've got my lycra-wearing, competitively athletic sister participating in Cycle Chic--she rode to the symphony last night in high heels and a cashmere overcoat and felt very empowered.
serenity_valley
Dec. 6th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
What a delightful day you had! And hopefully are continuing to have today, as you learn the intricacies of the chocolate arts. ;) Looking forward to your reports on the class -- I know str8ontilmornin was excited.

The very best of Happy Birthday wishes, may your year ahead hold many days like these.
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
I meant to take pictures, but my hands were covered with chocolate for most of the morning so that didn't quite work out. It was an excellent class and str8ontilmornin is a great teacher. I brought a pound and a half of various truffles and filled chocolates to the office, where I hope my coworkers will help me eat them up.

I shall be reporting more in a bit.

lyrstzha
Dec. 15th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Damn! I was so caught up in getting my finals done and grades turned in before break that I missed being on time to say happy birthday. But happy belated birthday anyway!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 15th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you, madam. I hope your end-of-term went well and that you're looking at a nice break!
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