The KS Wind Had it’s Way With Me

My day was pretty good even though I had to get two cavities filled.  I spent the morning with Oma.  She couldn’t hear something awful and we got to talk more about her knee getting crushed so I left for wash cloths.  It is hard to talk when someone can’t hear and you only talk about how awful life is.  Plus – I helped change my Oma’s diaper.  That was SUPER awful. :( 

I took a ride on my bike.  I went to St. George and that went well. With my confidence high, I got my mom to follow me and I headed to Wamego.  Where it went okay until it didn’t (amazing his fast stuff changes), you see I forgot about counter steering.  The wind was doing the typical Wizard of Oz KS wind thing where it took me and my bike across 2 lanes of traffic and into the shoulder. I had this weird moment where I was petrified of overcorrecting and I didn’t know how to stay in my lane.  I rode in the shoulder for about 20 feet where I stopped and turned.  I was nervous and then killed the bike like 3 times before I got it going again.  The wind had it’s way with me.  My dad explained how to fix that situation for future reference – counter steering (and then I remembered that lesson from class). He makes all of this look so damn easy.

Then all of us had dinner with my Aunt Patti. It was great to see her and get caught up.  She is good people.

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All my love-
Angie

Easy Day

It was a crazy low key day. I woke up for a massage, had breakfast and went back to sleep. Had bacon and tomato sandwiches for lunch (they were amazing) and then off to the pool for a swim. Dad and I took our bikes to the shop for a quick check-up; we picked up the bikes and then headed to dinner with Uncle Bill (so glad he is visiting). There were lovely margaritas at Taco Lucha for dinner. We headed home and I bought plane tickets to Phoenix and Europe. I spent so much money; I am a little sick to my stomach. I am only about 7 weeks away from the job hunt while working my way up the coast of California. Also- feeling a little sick about that. I know it will all work out. Tomorrow I should take my first bike ride into town all alone. Say a prayer for me.

All my love-
Angie

Sweet Dreams

Not much new to report here. I have had a couple of days off from Oma duty which has been really nice. Thank you Uncle Bill for visiting! I want her to get better soon; that place is sad. I spent the evening mowing and I ran over some flags for my mom (flags mark the territory of land lost to new lake). That is my orneriness at work. Plus – we bought WINE today! I like wine.

As I have been learning to ride, apparently I have been the talk of the lake. The biker down the lane heard me practicing and all he thought was shift, shift. And after a long-ish bit; I did! :-)

No yoga today and I miss it.

Talked to my bro and he was on a usual tear. I love you, mister. Hope you and John have a great weekend in Vegas.

All my love-
Angie

Easy Day

It was a relatively quite day. I made okra fritters, jamabala and corn on the cob for dinner.  It was great to see my Uncle Bill and catch-up a little.  He cleaned Oma’s feet – Ugh! I can’t begin to imagine how awful.  I made my Oma cry when I talked about getting the catheter out.   Which made me feel bad. 

I took my bike out for a little ride this evening.  I even went 60 miles an hour.  That felt crazy fast.  My mom and I went out and got me a cool coat for riding.  It makes me feel a little more comfortable.

This is me heading out.

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All my love-
Angie

I passed!! ;-)

Today I completed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Beginner Safety Course! We had a skills test and a KS driver’s license test that allowed you to get a motorcycle endorsement. As a part of the skills test, I had to do 2 consecutive u-turns making a figure 8. I totally CHOKED. I kept getting stuck in the middle of my 8 which caused me to pretty much come to a stand still. Then I got sooo in my head about and couldn’t move.

Here was my attempt to get out of my head:
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It kind of worked. But what worked best was not looking at the other people while they went. After the skills test, we had lunch and finished up the written portion. When I made it home, we swam and had dinner. My Uncle Bill is in town visiting. Can’t wait to see him and catch-up. Got to hit the hay cause tomorrow, I will ride and yoga. :-)

All my love-
Angie

Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Beginner Safety Course Day 2

Day 2 of class was good. We practiced tons – somethings were good and others were sucky. We did swerving and that was interesting because sometimes I did good and other times not. Trying to brake in the shortest stopping distance was hard. We had to get up to speed and then try to stop within so many feet. I need to practice braking with my rear foot pedal cause I found that to be hard. Classroom got to be a little tedious by the end of the day I began to think that I stunk at everything to include driving a car. I was reminded of my high school learn to drive course where we watched videos something like “terror on the train tracks”. Cars vs Trains – cars loose; motorbikes vs cars – motorbikes loose. Here are some pics.

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I passed the first written test. Went to see Oma after class; that was the worst. I need to sleep.
All my love-
Angie

Born to Ride (hopefully)

Just a quick note as I have to get to bed for my class tomorrow. We did 4 hours of book learning today and it was pretty cool. My teacher is really nice – kinda like a giant teddy bear. There are only 8 students. Class starts at 7 am in the morning. Ugh.

Things with Oma weren’t good. My mom and I were told that we were like my Oma’s mom – we were always on her ass telling her she couldn’t do anything right. She is so depressed and we were just trying to make her realize that she was doing a great job so she could work on getting herself out of there. But you can’t cheer up anyone who doesn’t make the decision to be cheered. I thank god that I have some Grandma Faye in me. ;-)

The other old ladies have taken to calling me mamma. It leaves me feeling sad.

I mowed a little today and I got my passport with my Indian Visa!! Yippee!

All my love-
Angie