Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Wave of Things to Come

As the school year begins, it's like a big wave of students suddenly appears on the scene, washing over the quiet and isolation that might have prevailed over the summer months as teachers pursued their own individual studies, working at their scholarly ambitions.  But teaching is where it's at, and like the surfers in the video below, the teachers take on the challenge with a hope that the wave will take them all to the shore.  

Sunday, August 21, 2011

He Cooks! He Makes Zucchini Disappear!

Yes, he can cook.  How about a little Italian Zucchini Pie?  Right out of South Dakota Magazine, this little number dispatched several of the garden club-sized vegetables that seem so abundant these days, and it fed us both with plenty left over for round two.  Yummy!

The recipe is in the July/August issue of SD Magazine, print version.  Enjoy!

Monday, August 08, 2011

What I Learned on My Ride to Rutland

I got on my Trek road bike this morning and put in some miles in the cloudy hours, although today was such a good day, pleasant weather, that a ride any time of the day would have been pleasant.  No wind, no killer heat, no killer humidity.  I didn't learn much, but I'll count these things.

  • It's much nicer to ride when there are no dogs to knock you into the road.
  • A little sprinkle on the back end of a long ride can be a good thing.
  • You can't see much of the Carper corn empire from the road.
  • The row of junker cars up by the Rutland turn (including the old Cadillac hearse) is still awaiting rescue. 
  • Getting to the Rutland turn off County Hwy 20 is satisfying enough  without going into Rutland.
  • Filling the water bottle with ice cubes and then topping off with water is a good idea.  
  • It's good to have a nice road bike.
  • Keeping a 20mph pace is not easy.  
  • The downhill run to our house in the last quarter mile is a nice way to end a ride.