Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I'm a Tour Stalker!!

For those of you who don't know (which everyone should know by now) I am addicted to the sport of cycling. Not actually doing it - but watching it! My life basically comes to a complete stop in July when the Tour de France is on. Which is why I was so excited for the Tour of Utah! Not that many big name riders were going to be there, but I was ok with that.
The Tour of Utah was so much fun! I had a blast running around the state, meeting with other bike racing fans, playing paparazzi with my favorite riders, and just overall enjoying the entire experience!
I went up to the U of U to watch a finish up there:
And then to Thanksgiving Point to watch a start there. I got pictures of George Hincapie (who later crashed out of the race on this stage): Pictures of Levi Leipheimer (who went on to win the whole thing): and Bob Roll, one of the best commentators for cycling, and a darn good cyclist himself: Then I convinced my mom, Conner, and Robbie to drag themselves up to the top of Mount Nebo to watch the finish up there. We weren't planning on going up there originally, so we were almost all dressed in shorts and short sleeved shirts! It was in the high 50's, and we were freezing! But it was so much fun and we got a lot of free stuff!
We got to see Levi Leipheimer make a solo ascent up the mountain, which is a really really hard thing to do, and win the whole thing! After, we tracked down the team bus for a team called Team Type 1. They are a team that rides with Type 1 diabetic riders. We used to think that everyone on the team was type 1, but then we found out only a few of them were but they are sponsored by a lot of different companies that help out those with type 1, like my brother. So we talked to one of their diabetic riders who showed us his pump and his meter and let us ask him all kinds of questions. It was really helpful for Conner. We were exhausted when we got home, but I decided to check out http://www.cyclingnews.com/ to see what they had to say about Levi Leipheimer's win, and you'll never guess what I saw! You might have to look close to see it, so to help you out I pointed out with the white arrows me, my mom, and Robbie! We were on the front page! You can't see Conner because my mom's hand is in the way, and Robbie's head is sticking through the rails turned the wrong way because Levi can in too fast for Robbie to see, but there we are! I am a cover model! :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Plus Side to Unemployment

I don't know if anyone actually reads this anymore since I was a major slacker in my postings while I was working. But for those of you who are still reading this, I quit my job! It was kind of long overdue, and now I am just blissfully unemployed! So here are my top reasons why being unemployed is awesome!
  • It is 8:25am, and I am still in bed!
  • When I go to the gym at 9am, there is always a machine open
  • I can dedicate my entire week to the Tour of Utah, a bike race happening around Utah this week
  • I can actually make yummy dinners instead of something just quick and simple
  • Since we are now a one-income family instead of a two-income family, I get to be far more creative in how I shop and how I re-use items
  • I get to read to my hearts content! And I definitely have been!
  • I have more time to dedicate to my calling now, so I don't feel like such a slacker
  • My house is actually clean now! Well, actually, that one is a lie. But in theory, I would have more time to clean my house now. :)

and the best reason for being unemployed is

  • On Sunday night, when I have had such a wonderful day and I am having so much fun with my family laughing, eating, and playing games, and then I think that tomorrow is Monday and I get this little knot in my stomach knowing that all of the fun ends because I have to get up early and go to work tomorrow, and then it usually takes about 3-4 seconds for me to remember that I don't work anymore, and then this sense of euphoria fills me and it's the best feeling ever! This has happened the last two weeks in a row!

So being unemployed definitely isn't the worst thing ever. In fact, I could definitely get used to it!