Thursday, March 30, 2017

Errandonnee 2017

...is completed! For folks unfamiliar with the Errandonnee Challenge, check it out here.  Basically, you have 12 days to complete 12 errands by riding/running a minimum of 30 miles.

I'm actually pretty chuffed that I managed to complete this challenge. It has been awhile since I've done any sort of regular biking. I like that this challenge didn't require a daily commitment (that's next month, with 30 Days of Biking). I could do everything in one day or spread it out (I spread it out). Plus, it gave me the chance to finally try shopping & doing other useful activities by bike now that I live here.

Without further ado, here's the recap:

Location: Kent Island, MD.
Total Miles: 40

Errand 1: To The Playground! I put the kiddo in the Yepp seat on my beach cruiser, and we rode to the local playground for an afternoon of enjoying spring weather.
Category: You carried What on your bike?

Off we go!

Playground

Errand 2: Dropping the Kiddo off at the Baby Sitter's. Now that the weather is warmer, I will probably do this more often since its less than 2 miles away and way more fun than the car.
Category: Non-Store Errand

Diaper Bag in the Basket

Errand 3: Coffee Pitstop at Waterman Joe's.
Category: Personal Care (caffeine is self-care).
Waterman Joe's is a little drive-up trailer on the local main street. Funny story: the first time my husband got coffee there, he parked his car and walked up to the window. Everyone looked at him like a nutcase. He didn't realize you could drive your car up to the window, he was so used to walking to places. The lady working the window was a little startled to see my on my bike, heh. She asked where I was going to put the coffee--in my holder of course!

I really should have brought my own mug. 

Drive up/Bike up Window

Errand 4: Spa Day. I got my hair cut, brows waxed and nails painted at a local spa/salon. It was probably the fanciest salon I've ever been to, and I stood out a bit with my bike clothes. But it was so worth it.
Category: Personal Care

Fancy! This place was huge.

No bike racks, so I had front porch parking.

Errand 5: Stopped by the local bike shop. They were having their spring tent sale, so I stopped by to see what they had. I picked up some socks and a new multitool (I can't find my other one).
Category: Personal Business

Lots of Bikes. Especially Beach Cruisers.

Errand 6: Off to Kmart to pick up some prescriptions and other personal items.
Category: Personal Business

Shopping

Errand 7: Rita's was finally open for the season, so of course I had to stop for a cone!
Category: Wild Card

Delicious

Errand 8: Crab Shack for Lunch. The local crab shack is finally open for the season, so I stopped for lunch. I had the crab cake sandwich. It was overly salted. Oh well. They have teens that work there, so I'm sure its just a matter of time before they get the recipe right.
Category: Non-Store Errand.




Crab cake sandwich

Errand 9: K-Mart (again). Needed some supplies plus a new coffee mug for the bike.
Category: Store

Good thing I was on my bike, otherwise I might have bought the grand piano for me, the kiddo

Errand 10: Antique Store. I needed some home decor items, and luckily my town has a bunch of antique and art stores. I managed to pick up a pretty sailboat here, and carried it on my bike without it breaking.
Category: You carried What on your bike?!


Antique-ing by bike.

Errand 11: The Art Studio. I still needed something pretty for the house, so I stopped here. A small painting of red strawberries against a blue background caught my eye. The employee told me that it was painted by a local artist that recently had a stroke, and could no longer paint. He told me she would be so happy to hear that someone bought her painting. I'm definitely going back for another--she painted a beautiful heron that would look good hanging up on the wall.
Category: Arts and Entertainment

perfect.

Errand 12: Lunch Date with Kiddo. I want to do this more often, but he's still a little young. He's at the age where he just wants to throw everything, so it can be a bit of an ordeal eating a meal in public. There's a restaurant nearby that is open for lunch, and usually empty or with a few senior citizens that don't mind a boisterous toddler. We rode there and had a nice, but quick, meal. He had the hotdog and fries (he preferred the fries) and I tried the oysters Florentine. I've never had oysters before and I wanted to give them a shot. Not bad. I might try them again.
Category: Social Call

He still prefers eating crayons rather than drawing with them.

Oysters Florentine. Next time, I will try them raw.

And that brings Errandonnee 2017 to a close. I am so glad I participated. I don't think I would have ridden my bike at all otherwise. I signed up for 30 Days of Biking for April, so we'll see how that goes.

In other news, I am doing so much better than before. I took 8 weeks of family leave from work so I could concentrate on taking care of my mom & son without worrying about scheduling everything around work. I go back to work in 2 weeks, and I'm already in a much better state of mind. I'm still sad about the pregnancy loss, but its no longer a raw, angry, pain. And now that Spring has sprung and I've been able to get outside more, I feel mentally and physically refreshed. Getting outside in the fresh air is essential. Today is the first day in 2 weeks that I haven't hit my step goal with my fitbit (I actually forgot to take my walk today). I'm a little miffed that I'm breaking my streak, but that's ok. Back at it tomorrow.


















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  1. شركة تسليك مجارى بخميس مشيطشركة مميزة عن غيرها من الشركات فهي أفضل شركة والتميز في شركتنا وذلك لان شركتنا لديها القدرة القوية علي التعامل وأيضا التغلب علي جميع مشاكل انسداد المجاري حيث جميعا نعلم أن مشكلة انسداد المجاري أو المصارف الصحية تعمل علي الكثير من الأضرار مما تسبب في تلوث المياه وبالتأكيد تأثر علي صحة جميع الأفراد فشركتنا شركة تسليك مجارى بابها تعمل علي تسليك البالوعات وأيضا علي تسليك أحواض المطبخ والبيارات فشركتنا هي أفضل شركة في مجال تسليك المجاري بابها حيث أن الشركة تقوم بتقديم الكثير من الخدمات المميزة التي تكون ذات جودة عالية فشركتنا تعمل بكل الجهد حتى توفر لكل عملائها المال والجهد كما شركة الشرق الاوسط شركة تنظيف خزانات بالطائف أن الشركة تعمل علي توفير أفضل الخدمات المنزلية التي تتطلب وذلك من خلال تقديم كل الاحتياجات بمهارة عالية وذلك سوف تلاحظ كل هذه الخدمات والمميزات من خلال التعامل مع شركتنا شركة تسليك مجارى بنجرانفشركتنا تعمل علي تقديم كافة الخدمات دائما وذلك بهدف راحة العملاء وحتى يعيشوا العملاء في جو وبيئة نظيفة خالية من التلوث وخاليه من الأمراض حيث نعلم جميعا أن المياه مصدر الحياة وتستخدم في كل متطلبات المنزل من شرب وطعام وتنظيف وغيره ومما يتم استخدام الإنسان له وعند أن تكون ملوث فالتلوث يوصل الإنسان بسرعة ومما يسبب له الكثير من المشاكل مع شركة تسليك مجارى بحائل حياه افضل

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