Sorry about the lack of a post last week. I had family in town and we spent Sunday in the mountains, and I just didn't have the energy at bed time to try to put out a post. I also only got one bike ride in, so I didn't have a lot to say. This weekend is much less busy, and includes an extra Monday because of the Labor Day holiday, so I am chillaxing at the local coffee shop for the afternoon.
There's a phrase I use pretty often, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall." I know the phrase means something else, but to me, it means because I'm big, and because I'm tall, when I fall, I fall hard. And I fall quite a bit, and always have. I blame it on my big feet, my lack of a decent sense of balance, but mostly, because I'm big. There's that whole gravity thing going on.
After lunch yesterday, I rode my bike to downtown, about 9 blocks or so, to drop off some knitted dollies my mother had made to the Yarn Store. On Thursday nights, a small group gets together and knits dollies for kids in oncology wards, and while my mom was in town, she went to help. She didn't finish her projects, so she took them with her, and when she finished them, she mailed them to me. So I rode down to drop them off, and stop at the Bulk Store to pick up some Basmati Rice, which I can't seem to find anywhere else. It is actually quicker to bike downtown than it is to drive and find a parking place, so it is really a no-brainer when I just need to make a quick trip downtown. On these short trips, I sometimes wear my helmet and sometimes not. I know, bad girl.
And I was reminded on the way back how important it is for me to wear my helmet. Every single time. I had to stop at a stop sign and wait for cross traffic, and ended up being a bit too close to the curb on my left. When I tried to move my foot over to get better balance, I and my bike fell over. No, I wasn't hurt, I'm pretty well padded, but there was quite a bit of traffic and therefore witnesses. And after I got up and dusted myself off and got back on the bike, I realized I should really be wearing my helmet. You just never really know, and I'd rather be safe than sorry.
So today, as I rode to the cafe about seven blocks from the house, you can bet I was wearing my helmet.