Wednesday, December 31, 2008
At least I made use of my time today. I finished another project. I made mud flaps for my bike fenders out of scraps from the ski boot base thing. They just didn't cover far enough down. The front one will keep more dirt and grime out of the drive train. The rear one is more for Jasmine when she's in the trailer behind me...or any bikers behind me. All the examples I saw online had to have holes drilled in their fenders. I lucked out. My fenders have little stubby mud flaps that were pointless. However, the did serve one purpose. The were a good platform to attach my new mud flaps to using just my utility knife. It is basically the same material I made the flaps out of. To give it a nice finished look, I rounded out the corners at the bottom.
My new flaps. See how close to the ground they are. They have enough clerance to miss the ground in a turn.
I also made an emergency tire boot for my bike tire. I'm keeping the rest of the scraps of this material. This is useful stuff.
Look at that, it actually works!
Monday, December 29, 2008
The solution I have come up with is cross-country skiing. I went to all the different thrift stores in the area to see if it was even possible to find them. I found 5-6 pairs. I then went to REI and got a little bit of knowledge about cross country boots. Basically, none of the newer style of boots will fit the older skis. But to buy the newer style of skis to fit the boots would be way more money than I'm willing to spend for a couple of months worth of runs.
So what I've decided to do was to buy a cheap pair from Goodwill and figure some way to connect my snow boots to them. I got the skis for $15 and the poles for $5. The poles are a bit bent but I don't really care. I have an idea of how to connect the shoes but it will definitely take some work on my part so my goal is to have that finished by the time Adam comes home.
There is actually a sport called skijouring. It's where a person is on skis and they have one or more dogs attached to them by a line. Basically what I want to do. While I don't plan on going as fast as the woman below, I think it is a good example picture.
I'm kind of nervous about this since I've never skiied before in any form. I have good balance but no skills. I don't want to mow down my dogs! Hopefully the 20-30 ft leash (can't remember exactly) will keep them far enough in front that I'll have room to stop, or fall if I have to. I'm not too worried about falling on snow under normal conditions but with the sensetive knot on my thigh from the bike accident, I'm worried that I'll hurt that. Also, just like when I run my dogs with the bike, I will do it one at a time so I have more control (hopefully).
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Adam videoed their reactions. If you would like to see them, you can go to youtube and look up smileyguyq to find the videos or you can follow the links below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNIZrWsqRys Bear's peanut butter balls
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNIZrWsqRys Squeaky Toys
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgj70AFTeWk Bear's ball on a rope
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an_YFrYjgdw Bear & Jack
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiKGSOJhb6k More peanut butter balls
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmETXzchjNE Jasmine's squeaky toy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aWQ8Yg-5nA Jasmine's water bowl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMGkooIR9us Jack's bone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhN1GZ7RizM Jack's rope toy
Bear and Jasmine aslo got new pulling harnesses. After trying them out, I have banned them from being used on a walk...they can only be used on runs. There is way too much pulling power in those things!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
He leaves the week after Christmas for two weeks. The first week will be spent in GA with his family and the second week will be training in North Carolina.
And I think I'm over the cold/stomach troubles that I came home from
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I made the drive home yesterday in snowy weather. The worst was from Lehi to Ogden and Mountain Home to Boise. It took me 8 hours to make the whole drive. I did make two stops in the warmer parts to walk around and get out of the car but they weren't long stops. I wanted to get home before it got too late and to get off the road before the sun went down and the water froze to ice.
I made it to Mountain Home around the time the sun went down and the traffic got worse. Closer to Boise, there was a bad accident on the other side of the interstate. They were completely stopped. I think rubber neckers on my side spent too much time looking over as there were 6-8 cars that were involoved in various accidents.
I made it home safely though. I was exhausted so I pretty much vegged out on the couch all evening.