Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pumpkin makes her maiden voyage to school

last Friday, I took my maiden voyage across town to school. I'd gotten the first good night sleep in weeks and woke up ready. I also found Neema to be a good cheerleader getting me on the bike. I was so nervous I paced the house a while before leaving and left an hour and half in case I needed to stop several times along the way. I just have to say Pumpkin was wonderful. that being said, when I got part way down Valencia Street in the bike lane, my legs were already feeling it and my mind started racing, "can I do this? I'll be coming back with child in tow!" i quickly switched gears remembering I ran a 1/2 marathon in June and had learned you can't let your mind race forward and if I can run 13.2 miles I can do this (4.5 miles) and I did without stopping. I got there with 45 minutes to spare. I invited Susan Brandabur to meet Pumpkin and she did all the propper ooohing and ahhhing. the biggest treat was when Eli came out I handed him his helmut and gestured down the sidewalk, her ran to greet her with enthusiasm. Dagmar, his teacher looked over with a big smile asking if this was Eli's birthday present, I said it was an anniversary present for the entire familhy. she came over and kept saying how beautiful and how nice it was and had a grin the likes I've never seen on her face. our ride home was smooth, we walked up the one big hill I prepared Eli we'd do but the rest was coasting along. i've asked the chilren to stay as still as possible while mama is getting used to the bike with passenger. when we got 3/4 of the way home Eli blurted out, "not looking around means I'm watching your butt wiggle the whole time." I nearly fell off the bike with laughter. I'm looking forward to the next jouruney.


  1. Okay, I'm not kidding here. I want to ride your route on Google Street View. Send me an email with the address of the school, and the main streets you travel, and I will take in the sights! I LOVE this stuff! Don't dally-- hurry!