One Year Later!

Whoa, so many blog posts lined up in my head, so few blog posts that actually make it here.

But today is my one year anniversary since I broke my ankle! And that kind of brought me back to blogging so I figured it deserved a blog post!

I had considered working from home today and locking myself in the house so that nothing bad can happen to me, but instead I rode my bike to work and I will ride my bike home from work. And hopefully no injuries will happen today (or ever again). It’s really nice today (compared to last year when it was really crappy) and I saw a little girl riding on the back of her dad’s bike on my way to work and she waved at me, so I think it will be an ok day.

So my ankle is still ok, not great, but not bad. Still some sort of pain every day, but it’s bearable. I actually started running again this past week. Very lightly, one minute on, one minute off, for only 20 or so minutes. I hope to continue running a little bit, but I will definitely be on the treadmill for a while, my balance is way off and I think I could very easily trip and fall.
And speaking of balance, I have gotten really into yoga lately. I think it’s probably the best thing for my ankle, so I don’t know why I didn’t start this a while ago. It’s combining a lot of flexibility and stability and I have already noticed a huge improvement in things like standing on one leg.

And since who knows when I will make another post so I guess I should just put everything into this one. When I broke my ankle at the end of last year I really thought this year, 2014, was going to be pretty bad. But it somehow turned out to the be the best year ever!!!
Breaking my ankle showed me how great of a support system I have built for myself in Philly. I had so much help from friends and I am really happy that I have such quality people in my life.

And then Eric and I bought a house, which was really awesome, and a super adult thing to do! I love our house and it’s been a really fun project. I got a promotion at work a few months ago which was also really awesome. I love my job and company, which is a drastic change to my previous job that I haaaated. So it was nice to get some recognition and move up a little bit.

And finally, Eric and I recently got engaged! YEAAHH! There is definitely a romantic and the non-romantic version of this story, but either way I am super excited, although a little overwhelmed about the next steps.

Ok to wrap this up, Eric finished our dining table just in time for Thanksgiving. It’s pretty amazing, better than I ever expected. Now we are on the hunt for dining chairs.

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House Progress!

Whoa…I disappeared again. I actually wrote a couple of posts since my last one…wrote them, saved as drafts, meant to add photos and publish later, but I never did anything with them. They are all just still sitting in my drafts folder. Oh well.

I don’t really want to talk about bikes and ankles, both are progressing and coming along. Eric’s been great about documenting our bike adventures. Besides that we have been busy. Busy with work and travel and HOUSE STUFF! Which is why I am writing again today, because I want to document the progress of our house!

So we bought our first house spring of this year. And things have slowly been coming together. I think the first floor, the living, dining, and kitchen, will actually be complete by the end of the year.

It’s definitely taking a while because we are buying things second hand or making them ourselves (err Eric is making them).

So let’s start outside of our house, one of our first projects was painting the front door. We wanted our door to stand out, and we surprisingly came to the decision to paint it yellow quite easily. I like the yellow, but I’m not sure if it’s grown on me as much as I was hoping. It’s bright. And you can see dirt on it easily. So I don’t know, I’m ok with keeping it but I’m not sure if it’s a forever color.

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And one of the first new purchases for the house was a cat doorbell Eric surprised me with! It’s so simple but I love it!!

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And a recent home purchase was buying a new front porch light, ours was broken off when we moved in. Of course we could have gone to Home Depot and bought a new light, but where’s the fun in that? One weekend afternoon we walked over to The Classic Lighting Emporium on Frankford Ave. to look at lights. It actually took us a few visits to finally make it inside  because we kept going when it was closed.
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If you are in Philly I highly recommend going there to check it out, the place is awesome. SOOO many lights everywhere, ranging in cost from >$100 to thousands of dollars. We picked up a new front porch light for around $50, and I can’t remember the exact year but I think it’s from the 1930s? The guy that works there is super knowledgeable on all things lights, so I am glad we found a “light guy”.

Ok moving inside, the first floor isn’t that big and is completely open. This past weekend we finally made it up to Lambertville to check out the Golden Nugget Antique Market…flea markets and antique markets are our new hobby. That market is a pretty crazy one, there are some vendors that are super niche in what they sale. So we were walking around and then I spot a cool looking lamp…I’ve been looking for one to put next to the couch. The guy gives us some whole spiel on the lamp, one of the first portable lamps, from the 1920s, used in gas stations, he could easily sell it on eBay for $750, yadda, yadda. We of course know nothing about lamps so we walk away and then frantically start googling this lamp on our phones. He wasn’t BSing us so after a few minutes we go back over and start haggling and walk away with this rad lamp! When we got home Eric re-wired and plugged it in and WE HAVE LIGHT!
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Another new addition is the TV stand, we picked this up from Jinxed. Definitely  hit or miss stuff, but their instagram and stores are worth checking out. It looks wood but it’s actually metal with fake wood over it, it’s pretty crazy, but holds our TV as well as other odds and ends so works for us! We also picked up ametal drawer unit from Jinxed, it’s eventually going to go in the basement, but it’s super heavy so it’s just been sitting on the first floor since we bought it (not shown).

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Our biggest ongoing project right now is the kitchen table. We both wanted a farmhouse style table, but they are expensive and huge, we do not have lots of money and live in a small house. So of course the most logical thing to do is make our own table! Eric got the wood from the abandoned coal shipping piers along the Delaware River. So we have reclaimed wood, and then he picked up some cast iron legs when we were in Rhode Island a few weeks ago. Right now he’s in the process of getting the table set up and I gave him a deadline of Thanksgiving so that we can eat at the table. It’s going to be really cool!! I can’t wait for it to be finished. I will post photos once it actually looks like a table!

Ok this is getting long so I will finish with the newest complete project, my commuter bike stand! I had a general idea of what I wanted, something industrial looking to hold my bike, but also provide some storage to hold my helmet and other commuting items (gloves, hats, etc.).

We put the rack part up a while back, it’s some plumbing pipes, and have been on the hunt for a perfect sized box to add to the rack. We finally found one at the Golden Nugget Flea Market and Eric attached the box to the pipes.

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And then finally, I sewed some curtains for above the sink. Nothing special but I haven’t sewn in forever so that was fun!

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So there are some house updates…there’s a pretty common theme, I think of what I want and Eric executes. But he also has some pretty awesome ideas so I can’t take all the credit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s Ok

A lot has happened and I don’t even feel like attempting to recap, so I will just jump right into now.

I kept meaning to make an update on my ankle so here goes. I never know how to answer when someone asks “how’s the ankle?” I am sure they are expecting an enthusiastic “oh great! I am back to X, Y, and Z.” but usually all I can muster is “it’s ok. Not great, but ok.”

I’m never not aware of it. Always feeling, or not feeling, something. There’s still a lot of nerve damage. I can’t bend my big toe. It hurts if I walk or stand for a while. I can’t run. I still have a small fracture along one of the screws. I have to wear a bone stimulator everyday for half an hour.

I think what’s surprised most people, and I guess myself, is I am riding my bike again. A lot. I commute everyday and have been trying to get back into race shape.

I recently rode the furthest I have ever ridden, 105 miles. Riding feels good. It doesn’t really bother my ankle, especially low-impact riding, it stretches it out, and I really only start to feel it if I am climbing a lot.

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I spent most of the year telling myself I would take this year easy to get back into the swing of things. I wouldn’t pressure myself and racing cyclocross this year was off the table. And then I don’t know, FOMO (fear of missing out), happened and I have spent most of August trying to get myself into some sort of shape so that I can race.

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But I am having a hard time getting out of the mindset of racing, and just riding for fun. Racing myself. That’s what I should do, but instead I find myself stressing out about the whole thing. I don’t want to be just ok. I want to be at the front. I want to be racing.

I know it’s going to be hard. It’s going to be tough when girls I beat last year beat me this year. I feel like my racing this year needs an asterisk. *broke ankle and spent four months not walking. That’s why I suck, I’m slow because while you were riding all year I was sitting on the couch with a cast on.

No one but myself really cares about my results. And I’m not planning on racing to “prove” myself. I like it because it’s fun. I like the community. I’d be going to the races any way to watch Eric.

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It’s just tough knowing that last year I was at the front and this year I’ll be hanging at the back, not up to my best ability.

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