Sleep Well Beast

Gay and I had dinner at Mamnoon and then walked to The Paramount to see The National’s show on their Sleep Well Beast tour. This is the third time we’ve seen The National, I think Belle & Sebastian and maybe Modest Mouse are the only bands I’ve seen live that many times.

The finale:

One year of Peloton

One year ago today I got my Peloton bike. 231 rides in the year, or 4 days/week on average. My personal record for 45-minute rides is 1,009 kilojoules, but I mostly get around 920. It’ll be interesting to see if I can do better this next year.

I thought I’d ride mostly scenic rides, which I do like, but I prefer the spin classes despite being told what to do all the time. 😏

It’s been a lot of fun, plus I rode with George Hincapie and Christian Vandevelde as instructors several times.

Thanksgiving 2017

I began the day being one of 11,000 people to ride the Turkey Burn Ride on Peloton helping them to set a Guinness World Record.

The Carders (Justin, Kristin, Bowie and Iris) and Kristin’s mom came over for Thanksgiving dinner. They brought pheasant, sweet potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, rolls, pumpkin pie and Mezcal 😬. Gay made the turkey, stuffing, gravy and pecan pie. I made nothing. 😲

Vikings won, Cowboys lost, Redskins won. Good football outcomes!

Bowie spent the night with us and Eva went to their house for a sleepover with Iris.

iPhone X

My iPhone X arrived tonight. In classic Apple fashion, it copied all my info from my current iPhone, switched the cellular phone service over and I was up and running in a few minutes with more or less the same experience.

It’s been 2 years since getting a new iPhone as I’ve been on an every-other-year schedule on iPhone upgrades. I was skeptical about the X but it’s a very nice phone. It even charges wirelessly in our new Mini!

Port Angeles

For our last Basecamp trip of the year we went to Port Angeles. We camped at the KOA there which is 15 minutes from Port Angeles.

For the first time all 5 of us plus Barley slept inside the Basecamp. Gay thought it was cramped but I slept fine. And the heater is amazing, it really keeps the thing warm.

We had dinner both nights at Next Door Gastropub where we caught the Eagles/Cowboys (yay) game the first night and the Seahawks/Falcons (boo) the next. Good food and good beer selection.

We drove to Lake Crescent and flew the drone:



On the way home we stopped for coffee and a bathroom break (not just for Barley) in the adorable tiny town of Port Gamble before riding the Bainbridge Island ferry, for $60!, back to Seattle.

Hudson’s bike lost & found

We were heading off to school last Thursday, Hudson went out the front door to get his bike off the porch, where he should not leave it, and I went downstairs to get my bike. He came downstairs and said his bike isn’t on the porch. Sure enough, it wasn’t. Must’ve been stolen.

Today, we took the drone to Miller Field and met Justin there with his drone. He said he had just seen a bike that looked just like Hudson’s while he was walking there. Sure enough, it was his bike!

It was found just a couple blocks away from the house on a street we’d never had gone down if we hadn’t decided to go fly the drone that day. Amazing luck.

Poor Justin, Hudson was not offering a reward. I hope Hudson has learned to appreciate his stuff more and takes better care of it.

2018 Mini Countryman SE

We got a new car, a 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman SE All4 (the E is for electric) to replace our 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman S All4 (no E). This is Mini’s first hybrid and the only 4-wheel drive hybrid on the market.

We’ve had our 2013 Countryman for 4.5 years and it’s been a great car and super practical for our lifestyle: small enough to be easy to park in the city yet big enough for all 5 of us to fit comfortably and still have room in the trunk (err, “boot”).

Using BMW’s ReachNow service I’ve driven a lot of Minis (and the BMW i3, which I love!) and really liked the interiors of the newer models. I was very interested in a new Countryman when I learned that Mini would have a hybrid for 2018. They are just starting to come to the US now but it takes 3-4 months for them to arrive. We configured one on the Mini web site to send to our local dealer to order one. They were going to look into it but I never heard anything and was just too busy so I never bothered to pursue it.

When I woke up today I had no idea I’d have a new car by the end of the day. This morning I got email out of the blue from the dealer telling me that one was just delivered today that was ordered for someone who backed out of the deal because their house remodel went over their budget. He sent me the specs and some photos and it had exactly the options we wanted and it is all black — our current Countryman is the only non-black car we’ve had since the early 1990s. So we left work a little early to go to the dealer and  we bought it!