Friday, October 24, 2014

30 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 5 minutes is DEFINITELY fall season out there! And for me, it means the scarves come out.

I love scarves and the many different ways I can wear them. Below, you'll find 25 ways to wear them in a cool 4 1/2 minute video (no pun intended). And 5 more wears to wear them in photos.

I often wear my scarves these ways. How fun!!

How to tie a scarf in a boho tie

How to tie a scarf in a euro knot

How to tie a scarf in a pretzel knot

How to tie a scarf - the Uptight way

How to tie a scarf in a wrapped neck knot

Monday, October 20, 2014

Beating the Post-Travel Blues

My husband, John and I just returned from vacationing in The Keys. While in Key West we rode the bikes we rented EVERY DAY and went every where across the island! To Duval Street, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, the Southermost Point, Smathers Beach and even to the Key West International Airport to hop on a seaplane to Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas!!

Girl on bike in Key West
Bicycling in Key West
Bikes were everywhere and people on bikes were EVERYWHERE! Can you imagine? I was TRULY IN PARADISE!!
Bicycling in Key West, Bikes in Key West
In front of Kelly's Caribbean Bar Grill and Brewery in Key West.

I cannot wait to share more with you so please check back for the Cuter Commuter's Guide to a Bike-Friendly Vacation in Key West.

Bicycling in Key West
Bicycling in Key West
When we returned home I realized I had the post-travel blues. That's to be expected, right? But it wasn't because I was returning the office. We had a GREAT trip and I was happy to be home! I was eager to see our kitties and get back to work!

So why did I have the case of the doldrums? I realized that it was because the last part of our trip was spent in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, FL. But unlike in Key West, we did not ride bikes. Instead we drove from place to place on miles and miles of freeway and toll roads. And when I am off the bike, for even just ONE day, it makes me a very sad bicycle commuter. o_O Watch out!!

Fortunately, since we've been back in town our life once again started to revolve around bicycles. This past Friday evening, John's cycling team had a social gathering with food and drinks so the team can try on cycling kits. I met his teammates and it's always fun to chat with others about our shared interest in cycling.

Saturday was the Cuter Commuter Women's Bicycling Bar Crawl that I had organized on It didn't take long for that big goofy smile to return to my face after riding bikes all over town with girlfriends. Be sure to join us for the next one this Sunday, October 26th!

Then Sunday afternoon, we rode from home to my colleague's house for dinner. It was a wonderful evening filled with great company and the most amazing food!
Bike to Dinner
All I have to do is ride my bike to lift me up when I am down. How do you get out of the post-travel doldrums?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Conference Call in Real Life

I have to attend a conference call to attend this morning afternoon since it will be Eastern Standard Time. I hope it goes off without a hitch so I can get back to sipping mojitos on the beach! Well...more smoothly than in this video.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Women's Bicycling Meetup Group

I started a Women's Bicycling Group on to unite all women in Reno and Sparks who like to ride in the city. We ride whatever bike we want and wear whatever makes us feel comfortable. Our pace is determined by the group and we ride in town. I think it is good for our city to see every day women ride together.

Today was the maiden ride and the fall weather could not have been more perfect! We met at Java Jungle in downtown Reno and rode down Arlington Avenue.

I often feel like all I could talk about is bicycling and commuting and bikes and, and, and bike stuff!! Well, that and cats. So it was really nice to meetup and chat with other women who are just as passionate about casual city rides and who like cute bicycling apparel and accessories.
Others in the Meetup group had to work so we rolled out soon after 9AM.

Along the way we talked about anything that came to mind. And we got to know each other better.
I can't help the big smile on my face. Being on my bike and riding with friends in the gorgeous weather we are having has to be one of the best things!!

We rode Arlington Avenue to Plumas Street, cutting over on Urban Road. Plumas has bike lanes south of Plumb Lane to Lakeridge Drive.

We looped back on Lakeside Drive to Mount Rose Street to Holcomb Avenue.

Then we rode on the Truckee River Trail all the way to Greg Street and Sparks Boulevard. It was a long way for my friends who rode from Reno so it was time for them to turn back around.
I rode on the bike/ped path between the north and southbound lanes of Sparks Boulevard.

I had a BLAST and cannot wait until we ride together again!!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Week in Photos

The day is getting shorter and my shadow is getting longer. The bright side is that traffic approaching on cross streets will see my shadow pass by first!
shadow of a cyclist, bicycle commuter, shadow of bicycle commuter
No, I don't have big balls, the shadows are from my pannier bags!
With the dwindling daylight, I am always concerned about my visibility. So I picked up these cyclelogical spoke reflectors. They're these small, super-light cylindrical sticks with 3M coating that snap onto the bicycle spokes and reflect like lit up L.E.D. lights! Gear Junkie wrote a great review.
reflective spokes, cyclelogical spoke reflectors
cyclelogical chopspokes in action via
I had several bicycling advocacy meetings to attend. Three throughout the week. And here I am at the Reno Bike Project.
The shop is not far from where I work. That's the beauty of a bicycle is that it's easy to get out and about during the middle of the day. I just hop on my bike and go! No need to walk to the parking structure, drive there and back, then try to find parking in the structure and walk back to the office. With my bike I literally go from door to door!
Instead of carrying my panniers, I use an over-the-shoulder bag to carry my lock, flat tire kit and essentials so I can get on and off the bike quickly.

The morning air has been clear and on those days I ride in to work. So matter how many times I pass these old-timey motel signs, I can't help but look at them in awe.
But when the air quality has been rated unhealthy by the afternoon, John would pick me up from work.

When it is not smoky it is cloudy and now it has been raining for the past couple of days. Our summer season has been so dry, I know we need it but I can't help but yearn to go somewhere warm.

The Truckee River water level is still very low.
I never really noticed this monument before. "The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past but through us." --John Champion
Some days before I am home I stop to look at the view. Mother nature always paints us a beautiful picture!

Looking back down the hill I ride up.
In downtown Reno, Virginia Street is closed for a huge annual motorcycle rally called Street Vibrations.
On another day, while riding in to the office I ended up behind someone I know! She was also riding in to the office on a cute bike wearing slacks, a hot pink blouse with matching trouser straps to keep them from getting soiled with chain grease or caught in the chain rings.
Instead of carpooling I rode my scooter one day so that at least I wouldn't have to exert myself in the smoky air. I met a friend who was in town for lunch and after work I met our Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee group offline at Pigeon Head Brewery.
When Friday came, the smoke appeared to be gone. But there was certainly some dark clouds looming in the sky.
 But I don't care. As long as it is not pouring when I start my ride, I am getting on my bike darnit!!
And so I rode to work and spotted this rainbow while on Keitzke Lane near the DMV. Riding a bike means I can pull over and take a photo. Often times when we're driving, moments like these pass by way too fast for us to enjoy as long as we would have liked to.

Then I got on the Truckee River Trail. There's an interesting sign about the Truckee River. You might be able to read it if you click on the image for a larger size.
 It started to sprinkle during my ride. I don't mind. It is refreshing and keeps me cool which is nice.
For the most part, I like riding on the Truckee River Trail. It is quiet. Free from cars and free from exhaust fumes. The sound of the water rushing ... uh, trickling over the smooth rocks in the river is soothing.
On my way home, I decided to bypass getting off the trail at Fisherman's Park to Kietzke Lane and Victorian Avenue which is my usual route. Instead I continued along the Truckee River Trail.
 There was hardly a soul in sight. It felt like I was the only person in this town, LOL!
 I love this barn across the river.
So from about 1.25 mile to mile 10, I rode along paved bike/ped path towards home. It was SO nice!! Even though it was Friday and I wanted to get home, I am glad that I decided to keep riding on the trail for as long as I could. It was a nice end to my week!
Then John and I went out for Mexican food.
That being said, I am bummed that today is raining. The forecast is not looking good for the Women's Bike to Linner at Mayberry Landing is CANCELLED.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Come Ride for R.A.V.E. October 18, 2014

Northern Nevada RAVE Family Foundation logo
The 4th Annual Ride for R.A.V.E. is Saturday, October 18, 2014. You get to choose your method of participation: a 5K fun run, 10-mile bike ride, 50-mile bike ride or lunch only. Registration benefits the Northern Nevada R.A.V.E Family Foundation and includes an event t-shirt, swag bag, buffet lunch, beer and wine bar (for 21 years or older).

Visit this link for registration and information about the 4th Annual Ride 4 RAVE. Hope to see you there!!

You can still join the Women's Bike to Linner at Mayberry Landing tomorrow afternoon at 4PM! We'll be taking a casual group ride from Wingfield Park to eat, drink and chat at Mayberry Landing. Come join us!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Just Do It .. Later.

If I listened to this little guy, I would never get on my bike and ride to work! Sometimes I do listen to him and that's why I continue to bike to work. And if you also ride your bike to work, you'd get the 16 Things Only People Who Ride a bike to Work Will Understand. Seriously funny. Except I don't do #7.

I ride my bike to work so I can procrastinate and have a snack instead. And so I can eat the WHOLE CAKE ...the whole goddamned thing. No. Not really.

That's why you should join to the Women's Bike to Linner this Sunday!! To eat pizza or calzones and drink without feeling not one bit GUILTY!!

Today, the little fat fucker wins. I hope you don't mind my use of profanity so I can make my point. I really do not have a potty mouth in person. My husband says it doesn't look right when I cuss. And so I wonder, what should it look like when people shoot off at the mouth?

Sorry back to my point.

I didn't ride my bike today. Because I have ridden more days than not in this smoky mess. It feels like sucking the tailpipe of a diesel truck. Although Riding in Reno says riding in unhealthy times shouldn't harm active people and I believe him. My throat, on the other hand curses the King Fire and the guy who started it.

Descending into a blanket of smoke.
I rode my scooter so at least I wouldn't be exerting myself in the smoky mess. Note to self: dress to accomodate for the wind chill. THAT, I did not do because I usually get warm a few minutes into my ride but not on my scooter. My teeth was chattering well into an hour after arriving at the office.

Just me and my scooter today!
And for the rest of the day, I'll try to ignore the little guy. Except maybe for the 'take a nap' part.

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