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Puzzle 81 - Another Effing Vowel Progression

I had like three unnecessary paragraphs typed up about how we ended up with an ebike (short version: March 2020 we planned on trying one month one car instead of two, lol whoopsies COVID, never drove the other car, sister-in-law got a job at an ebike company, she got a bike, holy crap that's fun & practical & when are we getting one). As of a week and a half ago we have the RadWagon 4 and OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE IT. WIFE LOVES IT. THE BOYS LOVE IT. IT IS THE BEST.

Very first day of doing the home -> daycare -> work commute, it's like 40 degrees at 7 am. I'm a little nervous here - how will the almost-3-year-old actually do back there? He's loved the weekend but this is earlier and colder and foggy and we'll go a little faster. Only 3 miles but still - he could be absolutely miserable. Bundled him all up - conveniently cloth masks work pretty well as facewarmers too - and off we went. He was in heaven. Chattering away the whole time. We saw raccoons darting into the bushes and a flock of turkeys on the trail. Little ring of the bell and the turkeys just wobble two feet off to the side. Pretty awesome to slowly roll by that close - they were just outside of arm's reach. And then, just past the turkeys, the trail crests a hill to an overlook of the Spokane River down in a little canyon. Thick, sunrise-pink-tinged fog covering the river, the canyon, and the blight of suburban sprawl - we could just see the tippy-tops of some pine trees poking through. Mount Spokane rising in the distance against a clear blue sky, and we do not hear a single sound. Serene, jaw-droppingly beautiful, and just myself, my son, and some turkeys down the trail. Magical. I regret not taking 30 seconds to get my phone out and take a picture - but part of me is content to just let that incredible moment live on in the memories of the only two people lucky enough to see it. Just perfect.

I could go on and on and on about how amazing it is to have a car replacement that is:

  • more fun
  • safer (very fortunate that we are close to a number of trails)
  • healthier
  • better for the planet
  • better for our community
  • more fun for the kids
  • requires very little maintenance
  • an order of magnitude cheaper
    • seriously, this list is basically all the new cars that cost under $20,000
    • that's just initial price, doesn't even include maintenance and not buying gas
  • did i mention more fun?
In a week and a half we have used the bike for:
  • all the grocery store trips
  • half of the daycare drop-offs & work commutes (Morgan's not comfortable enough with it for that yet - hopefully soon!)
  • weekend morning trail rides + donut pickup
  • lots of neighborhood cruising
  • play date with the cousins
  • donation drop-off
  • hardware store run
  • takeout pickup
Never ever ever ever ever ever going back. As soon as we pick out a model and can swing it, Morgan's getting an ebike too so we can really expand our family hike/picnic/adventure/whatnot range. We also still have the other car for longer trips, some winter travel, etc. - infrastructure is nowhere close to making that feasible, sadly. But for the day-to-day commute, kid drop off, running errands...the bike is paradise. Legitimately life-changing. If you're even thinking about getting one...just do it. You won't regret it.

Other tidbits

  • The almost 3-year-old got to request his birthday dinner...he requested bacon + Brussels sprouts + pasta and that just cracks me up!
  • I had a couple fab collabs lately - w/ Malaika Handa on girlbosswords, and w/ Brooke Husic in Universal (10/21 - don't see a way to link to the exact puz). Have another Universal collab coming out soon so keep your eyes peeled!
  • Saw Dune last week - it's very good. Dune is probably my favorite book and I quite enjoyed the movie (though I do have some nitpicks...but the bar was very low compared to the 80s version though...). Morgan also really liked it and has never read any of the books, which was fun too!
  • Not sure if I mentioned this, but you should get an ebike. They're pretty rad :)

Puzzle 80 - Themeless #63

Back! I missed last time around but shrug, it'll happen again. In the meantime, things have been very busy at the Thomas house:

  • We rebuilt our garage roof! It collapsed a couple winters ago & we hadn't got around to fixing it - don't worry, we don't believe it had seen any maintenance since it was built in the Great Depression. The old roof had...well we liked to call them "natural skylights" :). Lots of sweat but got it done in time for winter!
  • Kindergarten is going just absolutely great for our oldest & our youngest is really blossoming now that he is out from his brother's shadow at preschool. Just absolutely in love with those two & it's the greatest thing in the world - all of it! Even the bedtime struggles.
  • I scooped up an e-bike (the RadWagon 4) and am just absolutely in love. Hauling around the boys in it is an absolute delight, and I can swap the kid seats out for a giant Costco bin in about 2 minutes & head down to the grocery store. Very excited - my goal is to replace most (say 75% year-round or so - more in summer, less in winter) of daily commutes, kid dropoffs, grocery store runs with it + have a lot of fun at the same time.

Onto this puzzle - last year I ran a different Mariners-seeded puzzle on October 8th - had this one lined up for the same day but, well, see above. Despite coming up short to end the...uh...20 year playoff drought, this season was magical & I'm already looking forward to next year. Lots of young talent coming through the system.

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