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TBT: Bike and Cat Edition

Well, I missed posting yesterday, but I had a good excuse. I was in transit for 12 hours of yesterday, then went immediately to a dojo to train in martial arts, then fell into bed at a friend’s house where we had failed to set up the wifi for me (until today as I had a fairly amusing password error which prevented me from sampling the toothsome wares of the internets).

Since I’m traveling and don’t have the external drive with all my old photos on it (and the even older ones are all in a box in my brother’s basement), I can only go back to 2008 here. I swear, sometime soon I will actually make that other post I keep mentioning. But no time for that today, spring is finally here, and it’s a gorgeous day! I’ve run 13 miles in the warm sun (and given myself a sunburn in the process), was completely overwhelmed at the size and choices in the super large American supermarket, and closed a bank account at a bank in a town that I haven’t lived in for 7 years.

A Trek 520 Touring bike

This is my touring bike. It’s a 1998 Trek 520, so the bike is a throwback, even if the photo of it is from 2008. The cute panniers are no longer being made and work for weekend trips when we stay at hotels and commuting to the office. Since coming to Germany, it has acquired much wider tires and a post office yellow set of Ortlieb panniers.

I actually bought matching bikes for myself and my then boyfriend who later became my husband. I still have the bike. Maybe that should be an advertising slogan. Trek touring bikes, made to last through multiple marriages.

And here is the cat that I had at that time, whose death paved the way for Devil Kitty and Captain Dukie. After she died (and she was a wonderful cat and I still miss her) I started fostering difficult cats for one of the local cat shelters. And eventually they sent me the boys and after I had (partially) rehabilitated them, they informed me that they weren’t leaving.

a black cat

My darling Kudra cat

Until tomorrow, dear readers!

(and no, you did not miss any previous Throwback Thursdays, this is the first one I’ve ever done.)

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Advent Day 22 Excuses, but they’re good ones

We flew to the US on the 17th and silly me, I thought that through all the crazy holiday travel, I’d be able to keep this up. How wrong I was.

Also, this happened…

Here we are on the beach right after getting married, American style. Photo taken by one of my very lovely friends (Hi, Joeschlabotnik!) who could attend our middle of the workday gathering

Here we are on the beach right after getting married, American style. Photo taken by one of my very lovely friends (Hi, Joeschlabotnik!) who could attend our middle of the workday gathering

We have been officially joined in a civil partnership in Germany since 2011, so that is what we generally think of as our wedding day, but until this year (when DOMA was declared unconstitutional), the option of living in the US as a same-sex couple didn’t bring with it the same guarantees of personal safety and freedom from random deportation that it would for an opposite-sex pair so we have been living in Germany together where the civil rights are better, but the actual marriage is still denied to us.

We have remedied this omission. It was a very simple civil marriage ceremony at the town clerk’s office, followed by lunch with about 15 close friends and family. We wore white, felt beautiful, and finally got to be actual brides in the laws of at least one of our lands. I can’t think of a better way to have celebrated the return of the sun in the long, dark nights at the ending of the year.

And yes, in case you were wondering, our wedding day started with a run. My dearest wife, I want to run together with you in the sun (and the rain and snow, and dark) all the days of my life.

This one was taken by another of my very oldest and dearest friends, who also served as our witness, best man, and driver for the day

This one was taken by another of my very oldest and dearest friends, who also served as our witness, best man, provider of a honeymoon, and driver for the day. P – we can’t thank you enough for all that you did to help us through the day!

And so, dear internet, I admit that I don’t have the time to finish Advent out properly, but I have more recipes to post, triathlon tips to share, race reports to write, and I will see you in the new year!

Until then, we will share good food; love ourselves, each other, and our families; and celebrate our joy in the season!

Happy Solstice!

Happy Solstice!

Paris in the Fall

Holiday Road

More Art Nouveau Paris

Art Nouveau Paris

We’ve had a couple of short but memorable trips this year, fewer than usual because training for Ironman kind of got in the way of normal vacation plans. We went to Spain (to visit the in-laws and huzzah for having in-laws living in beautiful little towns on the Med), Virginia Beach in March (where we got to run my favorite half marathon), Crete in July, and Paris in September. There were other, shorter trips in between like lovely Cleopatra exhibits in Bonn, the Zwerg’s christening in Thuringen, and spa days at various saunas in the area.

Here’s a holiday report from Paris as it was the most recent (only last month) and I took about 400 pictures while we were there and this is as good an excuse as any to show some of them. I’ll try to keep some sort of triathlon relevance, but it’s going to be difficult with this one as we only managed a single run the whole time we were there.

Paris and Jimmy Buffett = Best Long Weekend Ever!

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