05 July 2009

New Bike!!

We purchased an exciting new addition this week. We bought me a great new road bike, my first ever. It has taken a while to decide that I wanted to try this kind of biking and it is fun. So very different from mountain biking. I am not super confident in road biking yet, but I am learning and have only been out on it twice so far. I rode home from work on Thursday, and on Saturday we rode 9 miles to the neighboring town where mom and dad picked me up while T continued on to a much longer ride. It is like learning a whole new way to ride. The bike is so light that at one point I was going down a hill with a cross breeze and I could actually feel the bike being buffeted by the wind. I will admit to a little nervousness about that one, but nothing happened. It definitely does not take as much energy to ride a road bike as to ride a mountain bike, although both are fun. Our only current problem is fitting the four bikes into the apartment. We have found a way that works currently. Anyway, here is to more fun on a new bike!!

Fourth of July

We had a fun 4th of July weekend. We both had most of Friday off and then I had the weekend and T had Saturday. My parent's came up to join us and we took them to Port Townsend to walk around on Friday. We had a picnic out at Fort Worden, which was really nice and some excellent ice cream at the Nifty fifty's diner. We came home and made dinner and just hung out. On the actual 4th, we got together with some friends for a dinner picnic and had fun just hanging out at a local park, grilling bratwurst and chicken and eating mom's wonderful side dishes. We came home and set off our first fireworks ever, this being the wettest place we have ever lived in. It was fun!! My favorite was this sparkling fountain one that was beautiful to watch. Hopefully our neighbors weren't too irritated with us, but we think next year we will do it in a parking lot somewhere. Mom and Dad and I played three rounds of a card game we like called Five Crowns, and we each won a full game. (It has 13 rounds to a game, but they go by really fast.) Dad fixed some problems we were having with our computer connection since upgrading to vista (thanks dad!!) and Mom sewed on a button to T's uniform better than either of us could have done it. (Thanks mom!!) all in all a great weekend, and i am wishing I did not have to go back to work tomorrow. I forgot to get pics from Dad, so they will be posted much later.



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The Beach

A few weekends ago, T and I got ot go out to toleak point again, but this time with his good friend C from CO and his girlfriend B. We had so much fun and really like both of them. We hiked basically the same distance as last time, but camped in a little different place. We attempted to fly a kite but couldn't keep it up, and we had smores over a driftwood campfire. The weather was beautiful and we were camped right near a bald eagle nest somewhere in the trees behind us. We were eating breakfast listening to them talk. It was nice. I am going to try to post a slide show, but I don't have T here to help so it may show up a bit later.

Face of Betrayal by Lis Weihl

A 17 year old girl who is serving as a Senate page goes missing while she is home for Christmas vacation. Three friends, a reporter, a federal prosecutor and an FBI agent, race against time to find the young lady alive, and in the process face their own personal demons and external enemies.

This book was written from the perspective of several of the characters in the story, which is the first time I have come across this style of writing. I have since read other books written in this style and am impressed at the telling of a story smoothly using multiple perspectives. At first it was a little confusing because some of the dates are in the past, but other than that it reads smoothly. This book was easy to read and well written in terms of opening reader's eyes to how investigations affect each aspect of those involved. It was interesting to see how things work from 3 different job aspects in an investigation. Well written and keeps you wondering how it will end. Would recommend this book to others.