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)!

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13 thoughts on “Crash and Be Brilliant

  1. you are so ready for a bike! I’d love to let you get used to riding again on mine, though. think it’ll fit through the computah wires?

  2. Hahaha, you are TOO funny with the biking incident – oh well, practice make perfect, right?!! ;0)

    Oh ho ho ho! That tahini bowl looks delicious!! I love tahini … so I’m pretty sure I’ll like this dish, bookmarking it right now! :0)

  3. Hey! I just found your blog and love it!
    Your pics are so fun!. I am fairly new to blogging, not veganism, and wondering if you would check out my blog if you have a chance and add me to your blog roll that’d be great to keep in touch

    http://veganview.blogspot.com/

    Thanks so much,
    Jessica

  4. Ahhh, that story was so funny! But, of course, I was laughing with you. Definitely not laughing at you. :)

    That tahini bowl looks awesome!

  5. Haha, I’m sorry to hear about your bike experience, but thank you for sharing the story, I smiled, that could have very easily been me. I haven’t ridden a bike in so long. Everyone who knows me, and knows that we don’t own a car, and take the bus or walk everywhere always say something like, “why don’t you get a bike?” This is why! Haha!

    Congrats on the award! You deserve it!

  6. Ha! I bet I would have done the same thing! I recently had to test-drive a motorized bicycle for a story for the newspaper I work for, and I had to ask the guys how to stop it. I’d forgotten how to brake! But don’t give up.

    That Greenie Tahini Bowl looks so wholesome and delicious. I want it!

  7. Ooooohh, that tahini bowl looks SO GOOD! Double sauce – that’s what I’m talking about! Good luck finding your perfect bike! I know you’ll love it once you do.

  8. It’s soooo not you. It’s the bike. My bike “Fritz” is my bestest friend evah, but it took a while to find him.

    I’m so glad I could brighten up your day – and now you’ve brightened mine because I am all over that Tahini bowl! I love Jen’s recipes, she’s one of my heros!

  9. You get a prize just for eating that meal after a hard day…I can only dream of being so good as to put such a meal together.

    Good luck with the biking. I picked up biking, oh, 15 years after I learned, and it’s really true…it’s like riding a bike!

  10. Don’t be embarassed, I’m pretty klutzy on my bike too. Once in college, my pants leg got stuck in the chain while crossing the street. My pants ripped big time and I fell right over in front of too many people heading to class. At least you hit walls and fences, when I lived in Seattle I hit a person (for real-but it wasn’t my fault)

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