First, our furniture from Chicago finally arrived. We had hoped to sell the house and then move it out but with the market the way it is our house has not sold. While Andy and I both think it probably shows better full of furniture we got sick of not having a dining room table, guest room furniture and a couch in the living room. Plus, when I moved out to California in March I packed 2 bags of clothes that I brought on the plane so my wardrobe was becoming somewhat limited---especially with the change of seasons. I am happy to have a few sweaters, etc. out in California now. However, I am very happy that I don’t exactly need super warm clothes for the “winter.” I am not trying to rub it in to those readers who are still enduring winter in the east and midwest, but, I cannot tell you how ecstatic I am about the absence of snow, ice and frigid temperatures. I do have a visit back to Chicago in 10 days and I am glad I dug my winter coat out of the boxes because it seems the bitter cold has descended on Chicago.
Second, we had a wonderful thanksgiving dinner at my friend John’s house with his family---32 people! Being an only child with a small family in the midwest (ie, mom and dad) it was definitely the largest Thanksgiving I have ever been to. I cannot be more thankful to have meant such a great training partner. His family is wonderful and have adopted the 2 midwesterners who live at the top of the hill.
Third, Andy’s mom made a trip out to Napa to check out our digs. We took her to some of our favorite restaurants and she was here for the arrival of the furniture. She loves to decorate so she helped organize the furniture for a few days. Also, it was wonderful that once the furniture arrived she was able to sleep on a real bed and not two air mattresses stacked on top of each other. She said the air mattresses were very comfortable but once the bed came she admitted it was much better. We deflated those air mattresses and put them away! Perhaps we will use them if we camp next year at Wildflower.
Last, I am still doing A LOT of biking. Now, let me tell you, every time I get on the bike I am so excited to be on the road. I do a lot of saying (to myself) “I can’t believe it is
Currently, I am on my way to Victoria for some time with Coach and a couple of bike and run tests to see where we are; and how far we have to go.
No blog would be complete without a couple random pictures so here they are (in no particular order):