Bike Rides, Bugs, Newsies and Weeds

Last Friday (one of the hottest days of the summer, apparently) Summer, Kristin and I biked to Stillwater, MN from Summer's house in St. Paul. For anybody looking to do that ride, we had a pretty good path: Wheelock Parkway to the Gateway Trail to Stillwater Road. It was about 40 miles round-trip - but with the heat it seemed a little bit longer, even though the trail itself was pretty easy. Oh yeah... easy except for the really ginormous hill at Stillwater. Anyway, we were pretty excited to go on the ride:

We didn't take an at-the-end picture as nobody really wants to see us exhausted, sweaty, and covered in dirt and dead bugs.

On Saturday we had the Ae Arty Garage sale, which was fun and apparently we took no pictures. I assure you much fun-ness was had.

On Sunday Kristin and I hit the Uptown Market to hock Big Funny newspapers. The staff was really welcoming and the market itself was great - lots of artists, crafters, organic foods, etc. I hope they make it a weekly event next year.

Kristin took a picture of me before we got started... not the most flattering picture in the world, but dig my newsie threads!

We didn't sell a whole lot of papers but we talked to a lot of people about the show. People really liked the outfits, and that got the conversation going in most cases. The day was one giant anachronism. Kristin and I dressed like newsies hocking papers in front of a 70's "Magic Bus Cafe" that sold organic foods in a trendy uptown area where folks walked their labradoodles, checking out the "scene."

This pretty much sums up how much fun we had:

Todd stopped by with his wife Sue and took a picture of both of us. Is my fly down? Totally was.

This week=finishing my final paper for my summer class, paperwork for graduate school, Ae trainings, studying for the GRE, working on a new painting and other miscellaneous catchings-up. I really want to post some of the stories and pictures from our epic road trips and will get to that as soon as I can, I promise. This week has been "fun" so far... ragweed is in high effect and I live next to what is several loooong stretches of this: