Monday, February 26, 2007

Fun Weekend Things

Saturday, Jeff and I spent the day in Connecticut visiting with Debby and Chris. We met up for lunch at Mystic Pizza. It was too cold out for more than a quick look at the ice glazed harbor and the surrounding old homes, but there were plenty of indoor things to do. After lunch, Debby and I went to the Mystic River Yarns shop. I fell in love with the
Rowan Kidsilk Night
in 'Oberon' (named for the King of the Fairies, I guess). I can't get a decent picture of it and this one does it no justice whatsoever. It's a gorgeous, soft slate blue with a silvery metallic thread running through it. I'm planning to use it to make the wrap from the book, Exquisite Little Knits. It's blue, which would be good for Project Spectrum this month, but I won't get to it for awhile. I could still make it for Project Spectrum later this year when 'metallics' is one of the categories!

Worried that the guys might be getting a bit bored, we joined them again and all headed to the Mystic Cycle Center. Jeff bought some new gloves and I treated myself to the Pearl Izumi Barrier Jacket. It's advertised as being wind resistant which is just what I need. I hate to feel the wind chill blowing right through my coat when we go +/-30mph downhill! BRRRR!!!

I was pleased that it matches the skully I bought a couple of weeks ago. I already had a black one, but I think the blue one looks a little less 'gangster style' on me!

We're all crazy for books and went to the Borders for a couple of hours of browsing and had coffee and sugary things at the cafe. Jeff and I bought the
cycle training book
that Debby and Chris are following, so we can try some of the same workouts on our rides this spring. Even though we hadn't biked to work up an appetite, we were still hungry for dinner later and ended our day out with dinner at Ruby Tuesday.

Sunday, Jeff and I did a 24 mile NBW club ride. Finally, the weather was warmer, about 40 degrees, so we weren't frozen by the end of the ride! About 40 people turned out for the ride and we even had the local police helping us to cross the busy roads at the beginning of the ride! After we biked out of the little town, we were on quiet country roads. There were actually still a number of working farms and lots of 19th century buildings. It was a hilly ride and there was even a fire tower at the top of one of the hills. Using my new Garmin GPS, I could see that some of the grades were as steep as 12%! Even with the hills, we managed an average speed of 16.1mph! And, my new jacket was great!

Now you can see why the pics I took today are all a bit dark...we are getting snow! Here is the arbor bench in the backyard. It's certainly not an inviting place to sit this time of year!

Saffy and Silas played like wild dogs this morning.


Kristen said...

Friends, food, yarn, biking - sounds like a perfect weekend!

knitseashore said...

We had a wonderful time with you both! I love that your new jacket matches your new cap.

I'm amazed that you both rode out on Sunday, though I know you had to try out the jacket!!!

suitcaseofcourage said...

Beautiful pictures - it finally looks like winter! Though, thankfully, the warmer weather isn't far away - and with it - bike rides!!