Monday, November 26, 2012

Winter Regression: Weeks 30 & 31


How many times did I cycle during the last two weeks?  Zero.  How many times did I commute by foot rather than by car?  Zero

Excuse number 1:  week 30, we went on a pilgrimage to the southwest.

White House ruin, Canyon DeChelly, built around 1200 AD


Penasco Blanco, Chaco Canyon, built around 950 AD

Thinking about people who built cities, roads, waterways, grew crops, left piles of trash, lived in this area for generation after generation, and then walked away.  It does put the 2012 elections in perspective.
Pictograms, believed to represent the super nova visible on earth in 1054
Excuse number 2: Thanksgiving.  Lots of cooking and eating. Outside, lots of rain. Hunkered down, drove myself around, stored up calories for, I don't know, maybe an apocalypse.  Did you know there are a lot of people who believe that the world is going to fall apart and we'd better Get Ready?  



Well, it's pretty quiet around here, but just in case, I'm rested up and got enough fuel to get through a blizzard naked.  Next week:  back outside, rain or shine.  Right.  

Update on the quest to bicycle commute, powered by muscle, 104 times in 52 weeks.  Week 30:  walked and bicycled zero times (taking a walk while on vacation doesn't count). Week 31:  walked and bicycled zero times. Grand total:   75 (17 - 2 = 15 in the bank).

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Amazing November: Week 29 of 52

Last of the apples from the garden
Since golden October declined into sombre November
And the apples were gathered and stored, and the ground became brown sharp points of death in a waste of water and mud.
                                                      T.S. Eliot

Fall melancholia?  Perhaps a let down from weeks of nonstop election jabber? 


Can't be that.  Don't know about you, but I spent most of this week jabbering about the results of the election.   


No, it's the weather.  


It's a good thing I promised myself to motor by muscle at least twice a week.  Sometimes it's tempting not to go outside at all, for days.
  

Memo to self:  it's never as bad outside as it looks from inside.

Sometimes it is amazing.

  

How are you coping with November?  

Update on the quest to bicycle commute, powered by muscle, 104 times in 52 weeks.  Week 27:  walked twice.  Week 28:  walked twice. Week 29: walked twice, cycled once.  Grand total:   75 (17 in the bank).