For my birthday Olaf said I could get a bike. When I was starting to look I showed him a few Electra bikes that I thought were really cute. That's when he made the statement "I don't know what your budget for a bike is. . ."
I didn't realize until then that I had to find money for it in the budget. So then I was kind of bummed. I was determined to get a Cruiser bike with a few speeds and fenders. I needed at least three speeds so I could go up hills easier because I hate hills with a passion. I should rephrase that, I actually love hills, I just hate going up them under my own power. I think all that hill running I did in High School for track really messed up my love for running and biking hills. I love to look at hills and truly miss hills since there aren't many out here, but that's a story for another day.
I looked online a bunch for different cruiser bikes. Like I said I wanted one with several speeds and fenders. I looked and looked and looked some more. I spent days searching the internet for what I considered a "cool" bike. And I found a few. I did some more soul searching because I really had to love this bike. It was going to be mine for as long as it would last. I don't destroy bikes like my boys and I don't outgrow them either. So I had to find just the right one.
And after much deliberation I decided on this cute bike. I ordered it and patiently waited for it to arrive via UPS.
This last Sunday I got a computerized message from UPS: "You will receive a package tomorrow that needs to be signed for. If you are not there. . .blah blah blah. . .It will arrive between 8am and 7pm"
I got all excited and told Olaf my bike was coming tomorrow but I had to sign for it. I was hoping against all hope that it would come in the afternoon.
"What time is it coming? I'll be home if you're at work," he offered.
"Between 8am and 7pm" I told him. Then I had a brilliant idea to have my friend who is usually home sign for it. So I called her up and begged her to take my bike for me. And she agreed. Yeah! I went to work Monday morning in my windowless basement office where I have no cell phone reception. I really didn't expect it to come very early. But when I left work and was finally in Cell Phone Zone again a text came through. "Your package has arrived. It appears that 'some assembly is required.'"
So then I hopped on the phone and begged Olaf to come home early and put it together for me. When he got home he promptly set to getting it rigged up for me and a little while later I was riding around the neighborhood!
Since then the kids and I have been going for bike rides. Got to get them in before it snows again!