Thursday, July 28, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 28

I love musical theatre.
And, you know that there is always that one song
that gets the audience moving...

In "Grease" I think this is the one...

And when I'm riding my bike, it gets me moving too...!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 27

This is another one of those songs that I like to have on my cycling playlist
simply for inspiration.

When you're on a long ride you need it,
and who better than Sara Bareilles to sing it to you..!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 26

Seriously, how can you not ride fast while listening to this...?
How can you not find the inspiration to push yourself further and faster...?

Ok, if anything, it's a great wake-up song...


Monday, July 25, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 25

I've said before how I get a lot of my music
from TV and movies.
Like this song.

I first heard it on SYTYCD
So You Think You Can Dance...

It's upbeat
It's peppy
It's a great riding song...

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 24

You know those songs from your college days
that made you feel as though life was the best ever
and dancing would go on all night until
you thought your legs would fall off...?

That kind of song... 
that's the kind of song I love
on my cycling playlist.
Because it reminds me of being young
and full of energy
and being able to dance until the morning came
and sometimes you need that
when you have been riding all morning
and you need to find that little bit of something
to just make it all over that next hill...

That's why this song is on my playlist.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 22

I can't tell you how much I love this song for cycling.  It's got it all:  fast-paced music, inspirational lyrics, and just an overall great feel.  When friends ask for music for running, cycling or working out, I am quick to recommend this song. 

I like this song to come on in the middle of my ride so that I can keep on going.  Or, I like it to come on when I am hitting a big hill, because it really inspires me to attack the slope.  Then again, it's great at any time... yeah...!  So get to work, B!^@#...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 21

As I've mentioned before, I find a lot of my music from movies and TV shows.  This one is from the movie "Spy."  It's fresh, it's upbeat, it's fun to ride to... enjoy!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 20

You have to admit it... you see some beautiful things while riding a bike...

And, sometimes you just want to listen to 
good up-lifting music...

Like this song from Jason Gray...

It's so wonderful to just be in the moment...

And enjoying the ride...

I love this song so much I included it in a video
which featured this song as part of the Birthday Shuffle then...

Enjoy that video too...!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 19

This is one of those songs that can be a warm-up song
or a cool-down song.

Either way, it's one of my favorite songs when I ride...


Monday, July 18, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 18

I know this song is all about expectations,
but this is a song I like to hear somewhere
around the middle of a long ride...
when I am starting to feel Numb.

On short 20 - 30 mile rides,
I know what my body needs to keep functioning
and keep cycling, but I am still learning
what I need to do to keep my knees from freezing
and locking up,
and what I need to do so I don't feel
like my lungs are going to explode
on those longer rides.

Or especially in the middle of a long incline...
I hate long inclines.

Are you watching the Tour de France...?
I have watched it the last 2 years.
It's inspirational even though I know
I will never be at their level.
I kinda wish I had watched it as a kid
because it definitely would have been
inspiring then, and maybe I would have
trained more and done more when I was younger...

Anyway, this was their stage profile from yesterday... yikes!

And this was their final climb... eek!

We have some hills nearby which are similar,
and I am med control for a local race

This is not something I would want to do on a bike...

Talk about feeling numb...

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 17

I have a lot of music on my "Spinning Wheels" playlist
that I like to call traveling music;
it's there for nothing more than something
pleasurable to listen to while riding,
and this song on today's shuffle
is probably the quintessential traveling song...

Feel free to sing along...!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 16

the first one...
It's amazing how easy it is to feel as if you can't do something.
It's also amazing how many people will make you feel bad 
about something as you're doing it.

Like Meghan Trainor says,
"Yeah it's pretty clear I ain't no size 2..."
And, I can pretty much say you start to feel
very vulnerable when you put on those
cycling clothes for the first time. 


Which is why I like songs like today's shuffle pick
"Titanium" by David Guetta & Sia
Just when you're starting to feel frustrated
and as if you aren't really accomplishing anything
this song will come on...

And those people making fun of you on your bike
don't matter, because in your head you're thinking,
"Yeah, but can you do this...?"

or this....?

Cause I can...
and I did....
and I do...

"I'm bulletproof, nothing to lose
Fire away, fire away
Ricochet, you take your aim
Fire away, fire away
You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am titanium
You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am titanium..."

Friday, July 15, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 15

I get a lot of music from movies,
and this is one of my favorites from
"Charlie's Angels."

It's by Prodigy,
and it's heart-thumping
legs-pumping fun.

Enjoy this scene as you imagine riding down a hill,
full throttle...!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 14

Well, of course this song came up again...

How can you not feel like you could climb a mountain
when this song comes on..?

So Rock On with me,
are you gonna go my way..?

This is how I remember first hearing this song
in 1993...!

Still have a girl crush on that drummer..!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 13

Today I went for my first bike ride in 2 months.
I knew it was time to get back onto the saddle,
and get back into the habit.
It's time...

As I was pulling out of my driveway,
the first song I wanted to hear was 
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

This is my second favorite start-of-the-ride song:
a nice pleasant intro,
followed by a bit of a build up
for the first 2 minutes then
a great guitar riff leading into 
the piano solo around 3 minutes.

And then around 4 minutes,
bam! Kick-ass electric guitar..!

Usually I am warmed up by that point and
it sets up the right mood for the rest of the ride...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 12

Today's your birthday!! Actually, it's my birthday, and so I am deviating a little and picking out one of my favorite songs on my riding shuffle... Oye Como Va by Celia Cruz...

I was trying to find the version that I have on my shuffle which is the Latin/Trance mix...

I have a lot of Latin and salsa music on my shuffle...
what can I say, they have an awesome beat and really keep
you moving even when you don't want to...

Keep on, movin' on... 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 11

I've mentioned before I have an eclectic taste in music...
The following song I first got as a free song from Starbucks,
and it immediately grew on me,
and it's oh so perfect as a pick me up on a long ride...
Dance on..!
I mean, Ride on..!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 10

Long stretches require a little moving music to keep up a rhythm.

That's why I love this song...

As I've said before, I get a lot of my music from
"So You Think You Can Dance" and
that's where I first heard this song.

Think about this when you hit those long flats,
and see if it doesn't put a little spring in those legs...

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 9

Fun, upbeat, energy-packed...
everything you want in a cycling song...

Boogie on,
Ride on,
Party on...!

I chose this YouTube video
because I will always associate this song
with this movie,
and, I love this movie..!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 8

I first heard this song in a commercial for a car
and it stuck with me.

Now it's one of my favorite riding songs.
 It's edgy, it's upbeat, it makes me want to go fast...


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 7

Sometimes you need a song that's upbeat,
but also kinda mellow
for some of those long flats...

That's why I have some Jason Mraz in my playlist.

I've really enjoyed his music,
but especially moreso after going to his concert
in San Francisco...

Today's song is just one of several I have on the playlist...
We'll see if any of the others come up during the month

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 6

"Runnin' Down a Dream"

You don't need an explanation as to why this is a great cycling song...

Especially when you're doing a long ride...

And then facing a long climb...

That road seemingly headed straight up...

Whew!  I did this...!

I thought I would share a video I made using this song
from a road trip we took 2 years ago... enjoy!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 5

Some rides are just for fun...
Like this song...
Just something upbeat to listen to while
riding around.
During a long ride, it gives just a little bit of extra energy,
and if it weren't for the fear of bugs in my teeth,
I might just sing along...

Monday, July 4, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 4

Given that it's the Fourth of July,
I am going off the shuffle for a day to bring up
one of the other songs in my playlist:

I have a lot of songs on my playlist that are for inspiration.
Especially when I face new challenges.

In comparison to how far I've come,
10 miles doesn't seem very far... 
but it was the climb that was the challenge.
This was one of my first ones...
I call these "lung vomit hills"
because I honestly feel like my lungs are going to burst
up out of my throat...

Songs like this one, and some others in my playlist
really help.

And of course add to the celebration
when you get to the other side
and race downhill...!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 3

I've known my friend Melinda since college.
Just recently, we've both started riding separately
and earlier this year for the first time together...
50 miles, crazy elevations...

I think about her because of the next song in my shuffle:

"Tainted Love" is one of the soundtracks of my college days.
I love hearing it when it comes on during my ride.
It reminds me of being 20 and carefree.
Dancing all night as though my legs could go on forever...
I need that little inspiration sometimes on a ride.
Especially when faced with a challenge like this one:

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 2

Today's shuffle brought up
The Time (Dirty Bit) by the Black-Eyed Peas

Everyone knows the starting riff is from Dirty Dancing's 
"I've Had the Time of My Life"
but much more techno...

I like that it gets my heart going
and gets my legs pumping.

I also like that it reminds me at the onset
"I've had the time of my life,
and I owe it all to you..."

My husband was initially against my getting a bike.
He argued about how dangerous it was.
He argued about how no one respects cyclists.
He argued, and I bought a bike anyway and started riding.

Now he supports my riding.
He encourages me to get out on the road.
He drives me to locations and drops me off.
He's picked me up when I'm riding home, 
and it's suddenly started raining.
And, now he's driving me to biking events...

And, I keep having the time of my life... 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Birthday Shuffle Sixth Edition - Day 1

I can't believe I've been doing this over the last 5 years.
Wow, time sure flies...

This year, I thought I would blog about the music in my
cycling playlist:
one because it's great music,
but two, as I look ahead to turning 49 this month
I really have to start thinking about taking better
care of this body so that it can last another 49 years.
So, I am hoping that I can be re-inspired
to start riding more regularly again...

And maybe do a 100 mile ride instead of my usual

So let's begin...

The rest of the month I'll be doing a true shuffle,
but this first song is almost always my first song on a ride...

I don't know what it is about this song,
but the opening is ethereal;
those first 20 seconds are like a heart beat.

As I start my ride, it's finding the right position,
making all those fine adjustments for the ride ahead,
and then getting settled in the seat... 

At about the minute mark, the pace of the song changes
which is about the time I start to pick up the pace
stretch out my legs
adjust the gears
find my cadence.

Around 2:35, the rhythm
picks up suddenly.
I'm starting to get warmed up,
all the adjustments have been made
I'm in the zone.

Then there's a sudden lull at 3:19.
Soft piano music
then back to the initial ethereal heartbeat rhythm.
I have a moment to remember to breathe.
Then the singing starts again,
and I continue my ride...

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Stealth Mode

Excuse my absence, but after the April Challenge
I usually need some time to decompress.
And, this Challenge was harder than usual because of my
chosen topic and being on the road at the time.

Now I've had some time to relax,
get back into work mode,
and actually feel like writing again.

And, I made a promise to myself that I would start blogging
more seriously,
more frequently,
even if no one's reading...

or are they too in stealth mode..?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Z is for Z... the Last Letter

I've been writing about my mother this month,
and this is the final one.

I haven't wanted to write this one because it is the last one
for this challenge.
Something just didn't seem right about it.
Because, it's not the end,
my mother's story continues.
We've got Mother's Day coming up in about a week.
A Mother's Day we weren't sure she was going to be alive to see.

We've had ups and down.
We have daily challenges.
I have almost daily frustrations
because I am someone who needs control
who takes control of situations
and this is one I can't control.

I know, I know,
"Let go and let God."
I try.

And, that's all we can do at this point,
keep trying...
until we can't any more.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Y is for Yonder Year

We never know what the future may hold
at the beginning of a new year.

Almost a year ago I wrote about how it might be
the last Mother's Day I spend with my mother.
But, here she is, 
still fighting,
still living,
still going strong.

So one never knows...

All I know is that:
every day has to be treasured
even when she frustrates me to the point of screaming.
every moment has to be enjoyed
even when I get suddenly tearful thinking it might be the last.
every chance I have to tell her I love her has to be used
because I want her always to know that I do.
every second I have to give thanks to God
for just another opportunity to spend with her.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

X is for eXhausted!

I have been switching from nights to days with no sleep as my body adjusts... and I think I might be catching a cold... promise to write more as we finish up the challenge...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W is for World Traveler

Momma and I about to board a plane to Puerto Vallarta...

Like I said before, I can't remember a time we
weren't going somewhere.

We've traveled all over Mexico.
We went to Australia for three weeks
when I graduated from college.
We went to Europe for three weeks
just before I started preparing for med school.
She made it to Alaska on a cruise this last November.
And, recently, we've been exploring the western U.S.
one road trip at a time.

She still has places she wants to go,
but time is running out...

Can I get her on a cruise to the Panama Canal?
Could she make it to Morocco and Greece?
She always wanted to visit Japan.

How do you make time when time is limited?
How do you continue to move forward when almost daily
there are set-backs?
Her wishes have become my wishes,
and I still want to grant them...
But will there be enough time
and can she survive the journey
when her path is almost at an end?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

V is for Varsity

This is a picture of me wearing my mother's 
Varsity Sweater.

You can't see the big "F" for Fullerton Union High School
or the "56" on the sleeve for her graduation year,
but this is her sweater.

She earned it playing Varsity Tennis of all things.
I remembered that she had tennis rackets in the garage.
We never played, and I don't remember her playing.
But she wouldn't get rid of them.

I learned one day that her father had bought them for her;
quite an expensive gift given that my grandfather
was a migrant farm worker with four other kids to feed,
 but he was proud of her accomplishments.

They are vintage wooden racquets with the
wooden racquet frame presses still on them.

Her specialty was women's pairs, and I guess
her and her partner won a lot of matches.

I kind of like to imagine my mom like that,
young and aggressive.
Full of life and verve.
Her father would end up dying just before her graduation.
Maybe she would have gone on to play college tennis.
Maybe she would have had a scholarship.

Maybe I need to talk to her some more,
and hear about her varsity days.
Let her re-live those matches, one more time.

Monday, April 25, 2016

U is for Univision

or Spanish soap operas.
And, I've written about how much Momma
LOVES her soaps.

Even on vacation, she's worried about her shows.
She's only following one right now, 
but still if I can, when I can, 
she wants to keep up on what's happening.
So I pull out the iPad and fire up
Hulu or our satellite network and
stream the latest episode for her.

And, then she tries to drag me into the story...

"Well that one is having an affair with this other
one's wife, but he really loves his own wife
who had an affair, but divorced him because of his affair
and even though she's still in love with him
she tells him she doesn't ever want to see him again."

And, just like that, BAM!  You're sucked in.

Actually, I stopped watching telenovelas because
they were sucking me in... I was spending too much time just trying to keep
up on the stories and missing important things... like gardening or
cleaning the house on my days off.

But, Momma can enjoy them.  It gives her something
to look forward to in the evening, and something
to talk about during the day... 
And, I don't mind listening,
because, really, they can get quite intriguing...

Saturday, April 23, 2016

T is for Travel

As I've stated before,
from an early age Momma always stressed the importance of travel.
 I can remember being 5 and going on my first airplane trip.
I was so excited I threw up all over her new coat.

Since then, I can't think of a year we didn't travel somewhere.

Momma and pre-DH in Puerto Vallarta
(*they were learning how to get along)

Momma in Colima, Mexico

Me and Momma on my honeymoon in Cozumel, Mexico

On a boat in Key West

Miami Beach, FL

Alaska Cruise, in Skagway

Grand Canyon train, AZ

Badlands National Park, in an RV

Momma fulfilling her bucket list item
of seeing Mt. Rushmore.
She told me she never thought she'd live long enough
to see it with her own eyes. 
I'm glad I was able to make that happen.

I hope we still have time
to make a few more trips
because the journey has been great so far.

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