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A Sunday afternoon bike ride to U.S. Joint Base MDL

While Saturday was pretty overcast (and threatened rain), Sunday was beautiful. I made some time for myself, got on the bike, and decided to challenge myself to find out how far I could go. Along the way heading south, I decided to veer southeast, and try to make it to the outskirts of Joint Base MDL (used to be Fort Dix – McGuire AFB – Lakehurst Naval Base.) Now it was far, and I had a single bottle of water. However, I persevered, and 22 miles later, I made it all the way to  the Wrightstown Gate entrance. I couldn’t believe it.

[BTW, the town of Wrightstown ain’t so pretty.]

Before I started my return trip, I stopped at a nearby Wawa for a quick snack, a Diet Coke (naturally), and two large fresh bottles of water. Around mile 24 or 25, I realized how far I really was from home, and started to wonder if I had bitten off more than I could chew. It’s been a long time since I’d ridden 40+ miles in one day. However, I’ve never shied away from a challenge, and besides, what choice did I have at this point? I pedaled around 14 MPH instead, kept it slow and steady, and made it home in slightly under 3 hours total ride time.

Reached a new milestone. Burned over 2200 calories. I’d call that a win.

A 30 mile Saturday afternoon bike ride 

Not bad. Not bad at all. And it was fun too.

Saturday ride to Bordentown

Namita and the kids were away (separately for the weekend, so I had Friday evening to myself, and most Saturday too.  What to do? Friday was pretty quiet — I worked out, watched The Avengers again on cable, and ate some KFC. On Saturday, I tooled around the house, ran some errands, then decided to go biking around NJ. I had planned to try to hit the Joint Base MDL, but saw a sign for Bordentown (and saw a possibility to reach the Delaware River), and I hung a right instead of a left. I ended up seeing Bordentown Historic District, took some pictures, ate some soft serve ice cream, and took a picture of the Delaware River (a small slice of it.)

I ended up riding 34 miles in about 2 hours and 30 minutes (see below, but I forgot to turn on the monitor twice — argh!), and I kept a good speed sprinting where I could. Beautiful day for a ride.

Sunday morning bike ride

I went biking with a neighbor early Sunday morning. I was able to keep up with him. Mostly.

Last Sunday I rode 30+ miles and it was fun again

Years earlier I used to ride 25 mile rides pretty regularly, and I used to ride 50 mile ones at least once a month. But that seems like a long time ago. These past few years, I consider myself lucky if I can get out at all.

I think I’m doing better this year. I feel like I enjoy being on a bike again. I’m not going out because I feel like I should, but because I want to be out there again. I find myself challenging myself again. I find myself exploring new roads just because again.

It’s been a feeling a long time missing.

These past few weeks, I’ve been averaging a minimum of 20 miles. Last Sunday, I rode 30+ miles…. for fun. I explored new routes. I sprinted to challenge myself.

It was great!

Saturday Date Night at Midori Japanese Restaurant in Princeton

After a long day of shuttling the kids around to their various events around NJ, Namita and I enjoyed a little romantic time for ourselves that night. As a gift from my sister Julie and her husband Robbie, we got treated to a dinner for two at Midori Japanese Restaurant in Princeton (though I think it’s really Skillman, NJ.) The restaurant is a little far from us, and it’s BYOB, but the food was absolutely excellent.

Afterwards, we walked over to YoFresh Juices & Smoothie Bar, Frozen Yogurt & Bubble Tea Cafe. It’s been a while since I’ve had frozen yogurt, and it certainly hit the spot.

Have you ever had a vacuum cleaner emergency, and had to run out to buy an emergency vacuum cleaner? Just me?


Dyson Big Ball Animal+Allergy

Have you ever had a vacuum emergency, and had to run out to buy an emergency vacuum cleaner? Because I did one fine Wednesday night. Our amazing handy dandy Electrolux Precision Brushroll vacuum cleaner, purchased less than three years ago, was having issues. The power button was either always stuck in the ON or OFF position. I’ve been fiddling with it, took it somewhat apart, and fixed it temporarily. Now, it was acting up again, and the woman who cleans our house now was really struggling with it.

Now it’s Wednesday, the vacuum cleaner is still misbehaving, and won’t turn on unless you crouch down and hold it in the ON position. After work, I rushed home, and then ran out to our nearby Lowe’s to buy a Dyson Big Ball Animal+Allergy vacuum cleaner before the store closed. We had a Dyson in the past, and it was pretty good, and lasted about eight years.  This one has about 47 different attachments, and 512 mini cyclones, each one dangerously close to escaping and terrorizing the world.

So far, it’s been pretty good. I don’t quite know what happened with the Electrolux. It’s an interesting vacuum cleaner with a cool brushroll cleaner (that easily cleaned the brushroll of hair), but I didn’t think the overall unit was durable. I had two attachment things that hold the actual two attachments on the vacuum break on me. Also, the cord was rather short.

The Dyson seems pretty good so far. And that’s all I’m really gonna expound about regarding a vacuum cleaner.

Lily and I picked up our pottery painting projects from Art Around the Corner

Last month, we all went to Art Around the Corner in Freehold NJ to paint on canvas and pottery. Lily and I had a chance to pick up our pottery projects this weekend, and I think they came out pretty well.


Our pottery from Art Around the Corner in Freehold

Celebrating a belated Valentine’s Day

We celebrated Valentine’s Day a few days later on Saturday night. Filet mignon, roasted potatoes, and asparagus with bacon. Kids played video games in the basement and we enjoyed a candlelight dinner together.

Beautiful weather so we went to hang out the local winery

Beautiful weather today, so hung out in the afternoon at Working Dog Winery.

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