A Big Pedal Forward

Three cheers!! I remembered how to ride a bike tonight!! If you read my previous post, you know that I experienced a bit of trauma a few days ago attempting to test ride a bike. I convinced myself after that incident that perhaps I was inept at spinning wheels and cruising freely down the street on a bike. But, after walking home from work and watching people happily pedaling past me, I decided to try again with a different bike at a different bike store. It worked! I pedaled circles and corners and small hills. And you know what? I loved it! Indeed I did. I am going back to take the bike out for a longer test ride tomorrow… Maybe long enough to take it home with me?!

Crash and Be Brilliant

I experienced extreme embarrassment this evening. For the last several months, I have been considering buying a bicycle (and trying to save up money to buy one). I admit some hesitancy because I have not been on a bicycle in nearly twelve years. Somehow my mental powers convinced me that I had forgotten the necessary skills in maneuvering a bicycle; yet I researched and looked at many different two-wheeled wonders. This evening, after a long and boring day in my cave-of-an-office, I decided it was time to at least test-ride the bicycle I had developed a wee crush on. Big mistake. The nice bikeman at the store said the frame was a bit too big, but that I should at least take it for a ride to see if I liked the bicycle. I put on a helmet and went out on the sidewalk with the bicycle. I pedaled off, hit a brick wall, regained balance, and hit a fence… I continued to pedal, realizing I had no clue how to stop. I mean really, who is so stupid? Breaks! I stop the bike, awkwardly straddle off, and walk it back to the store. Sigh… All on a busy street! Goodness. Perhaps I am not ready for a bicycle?! I will try again…

And when one nearly scrapes up her knees trying to relearn how to ride a bike, one deserves a tasty dinner, right? Pictured below is one of my almost-weekly staples, the Greenie Tahini Bowl (recipe from VegTriathlete-Thank you!). This bowl has red cabbage, spinach, broccoli, brown rice, tofu, and a delicious tahini sauce. I always add extra garlic and double the sauce! So good, you should try it (especially when watching four back-to-back episodes of Arrested Development)!

Who Loves PB & J? I do, I do!

What?! Another post on sammies? Well, not exactly… This is more of a sammie-inspired post. The hot weather continues to hold me in a state of vegan gooness, and frozen treats are the only thing keeping me sane. After making two varieties of popsicles, I decided it was time for ice cream. Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream (recipe from the June 2008 Vegetarian Times) and Creamy Peanut Butter Ice Cream (recipe made up by me, but not written down, therefore forgotten). See? PB & J in a bowl! A certain somebody who lives with me suggested that I photograph the ice creams between slices of bread… I have a nonsense filter for such flim flammy ideas.

Over the weekend, Tim and I hiked up Silver Star Mountain in Washington state. It was a gorgeous day, clear enough that four of the Cascade peaks were visible from start to finish (Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Adams). We packed a tasty lunch consisting of hummus sammies, black plums, carrot and celery sticks, roasted nuts, and some wee cookies. I love hikes where you walk along ridges in the open. The wildflowers were at their peak, making the hillsides colorful (not to mention a haven for bees-yay for the bees!).

Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Adams and some pretty flowers

Keep on Let Living

First off, I have been a lazy poster. But, I have been super busy too! This past weekend was a whirlwind of awesome. The Let Live Animal Rights Conference kicked off on Friday evening and lasted through Sunday. This was an amazing event, and I really, really enjoyed myself. There is something about being surrounded by like-minded people that puts one at ease. So, Friday night was a small turnout of people, but there was delicious food from Los Gorditos, and several of the organizers for the conference spoke.

Saturday was a long day. There were lots of speakers and workshops to choose from throughout the day. Here is what I did:

1. Conference Orientation and Opening Plenary Address (with Lauren Ornelas and Elsbeth Seymour)

2. Exposing Institutionalized Cruelty (with Nathan Runkle and others)

3. Striking at the Roots (with Mark Hawthorne)

4. How To: Solo Activism (with Mark Hawthorne and Veda Stram)

5. How To: Dealing with Law Enforcement (with Shannon Keith)

6. How To: Becoming the Media and Getting Creative (with Josh Hooten {check the link for some of Josh’s photos from the event! DO IT!!!} and others)

7. How To: Researching Animal Abuse (with Peter Young and others)

Phew! Long day huh?

Sunday was shorter for me because I had brunch with a friend and also met Hannah of My Sweet Vegan! Yeah! She is so kind! I sampled a few of the treats she brought along (whoopie pies and wee muffins). They were the perfect dessert after brunch at Sweetpea!

Next, I headed back to the conference to see Isa speak about Culinary Activism. Fun, and definitely worth the 3-mile walk in the 90+ degree weather I took to get there! Everybody loves talking about food, especially vegan food, so this was a great way to end the conference. Go bake a treat for some friends, it’s a great form of activism.

Lastly, was the conference closing with Lauren Ornelas. If you click on the link for Josh Hooten above, you can view a photo of a bunch of the attendees smiling for the camera. The photos will be sent to the SHAC 7 folks.

Overall, I am so very happy that I was able to be a part of such an awesome event. I cannot wait for next year!