Bike, Bike, Baby.

Biking life20141101_163258 started in my grandparent’s driveway on a classic model that had taught all those in my family before me. Its blue frame took me on two wheels for the first time and tasted freedom. My first mountain bike came at Christmas during my 6th grade year. Though I was tentative on anything resembling mountain rocks, dirt, etc., (some things never change) its multiple speeds kept me cruising right through to my 20’s.

Eight years ago, as many know, my love for road biking began. On a borrowed cyclocross bike with skinny knobbed tires and only two big rings up front, I road my first Trek Across Maine. 180 20141101_163502miles from the mountains of Bethel to the sea. The next year I upgraded to a classic seafoam green Bianchi bought off a friend. It was a transforming upgrade. Who knew I had been pedaling so hard. A few years after that I joined up with a local bike group which is when my passion for riding really began. I spent a couple of years as the youngest and the slowest rider, but one sweet upgrade to a Felt later (thanks to one of my besties at the Green Machine) and I was leading the pack.

My Felt and I got asked to be the stars of a video showing off all the great rides around the Bethel area. What a thrill. The best part? I got a car ride all the way to the top of Evan’s Notch and all I had to do wa20141101_163819s enjoy the cruise back down. Yes, you may be asking for my autograph soon. See for yourself:

The season for biking may be coming to a rapid close, but I hold it in my heart all year long. So when you’re thinking of a cool gift for the biking enthusiast in your life, look no further. We’ve got you covered.

Mushroom Mania

IMG_20140401_132559If you know me, you are likely to know that I have a small (okay, large) mushroom obsession. A few years back  I started foraging for wild Trumpets, Chanterelles, you name it. I have added many wild mushrooms to my repertoire, and even had an opportunity last fall to teach some of that knowledge to local middle schoolers.

IMG_20140403_150353Not only do I love hunting for mushrooms, but, surprise, I love all things mushroom related. That is why I had to have these little   mushroom pots for Nabos. In yellow, orange, and red, at first glance, you wouldn’t even realize they are jars, which might make them the perfect hiding spot for top secret stuff. Standing just under 4″ tall, I imagine these jars on the kitchen counter holding sugar or tea bags for guests, or keeping unruly cotton balls and Q-tips in line inthe bathroom. They make a great holder for that spare key or candy stash you don’t want anyone else to dive into. And don’t forget the plethora of office possibilities. Paper clips, elastics, you get the picture. Microwave and dishwasher safe, one of these ceramic beauties will only set you back $12. Let me say it one more time, “I love mushrooms!”