march happenings: links and updates

Farmers Market bike ride

March brings with it the promise of Spring and the certainty of more bike rides, which makes me welcome this month with open arms. It’s going to be a busy month for us and rather than devote individual posts to each of these things, here’s a brief summary of what’s going on at the Simply Bike household:

IN PERSON:

- Our house is back on the market. We had buyers and a signed contract before we left for our vacation only to return to the news of them having changed their mind and wanting out of the contract. In the end, that’s what had to happen and we’re back to listing and showing our home. Not the most fun but hopefully another family will fall in love with this home like we did when we first moved here.

- We’re still house hunting. Because we have some specific idea about WHERE in town we’d like to live (closer to businesses, coffee shops, the post office, parks, schools, etc, so that everything can be reached by foot, bus, or bike), it’s taking a little while to find that perfect next home. Hopefully more homes will come on the market now that selling season has officially begun. It’s both fun and completely exhausting looking for a house and trying to sell your own. I’m hoping that we can make some progress on all fronts soon.

- A friend of mine and I are starting the first (of many) German language library hours at our local public library. I am so excited to do this! This idea has been floating around for a while and I’ve always made a million excuses why I can’t do it/don’t have the time to do it/shouldn’t commit to doing it. Then my friend’s husband just took charge and talked to the librarians about it, who were more than excited to add German to the already existing Russian and Chinese story hours (also run by community vounteers) and plans were made. We’re going to be holding it once a month as a regularly standing library program. It’s going to be half an hour of German stories, reading, singing, and crafts. We have an amazing public library and the children’s librarians are so enthusiastic and involved (and know all of our kids’ names and make such an effort to bring them great library programs), which makes me happy to be able to contribute and be a part of this community.

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- Visitors! My good friend from Portland is coming to Minneapolis next week and I’m heading up there for a night to see her. I can’t wait to see her and for our little ones to be reunited. The last time they saw each other, they spent much of the week riding along Portland on the front of our bikes. So much fun. We also have good friends from Austria visiting us at the end of the month! I can’t wait to show them around our town and hope that we can do some of that sight-seeing by bike :)

- I applied for a pretty great teaching opportunity in Germany for the month of July. I don’t know whether I’ll get it but if I do, I will be a resident German teacher at an opera and theater program that will allow me to live just outside of Munich in proximity to the archives where I did my dissertation research. A month of intense research and writing funded by this amazing teaching opportunity. Even if it doesn’t work out, at least I gave it a shot, right?

- Spring time means Kidical Mass time! We’ve been hit with some major snow storms this February and the roads have not been fit for biking. I’m hoping that the warmer temperatures predicted for March will melt the snow and allow us to plan the first Kidical Mass ride of 2013! I have met and connected with many more families that have expressed interest in joining the ride. My goal for 2013 is to make our local Kidical Mass rides bigger, better, and more accessible to the community. I want to advertise the rides more so that more families can learn about them, plan diverse and fun routes with appealing and kid-friendly destinations, and to reach out to the local paper and see whether they’ll do a story on them. My ultimate goal is for the rides to become a community staple that everyone knows about looks forward to each month.

September Kidical Mass Ride

ONLINE:

- One of my favorite recent reads has been this post on Revolutions from Home: Three Wise Women: An Interview with Grown Hippie Mamas.  A must read for all of my parent friends.

- My co-editors at Flyover Feminism have been putting together an amazing new series called Practical Feminism. We’ve profiled amazing women making real and practical changes in their communities to better the lives of those around them. You can find all of the profiles here. For my part, I am interviewing German feminist Anne Wizorek about her creation and involvement in the recent #Aufschrei movement on Twitter.

(PS: I now tweet academia/feminism/German lit related things from my recently created @ruxandralooft acount. @simplybike will continue to tweet all things blog and biking related as well as parenting and personal tweets.)

- While discussing the #Aufschrei movement in my German Current Events class, I was confronted with presenting difficult material to my students and the need to figure out how to offer trigger warnings in the classroom setting. I wrote this article about it.

- I am working on an article for Untapped Cities on this amazing Puerto Rican restaurant housed in salvaged airplanes deep in the mountains of the island. I will share the link when it’s published.

Aviones Restaurant in the mountains of Puerto Rico

- I’ve been discussing an article on Cycling While Pregnant with the editors of Momentum Magazine and would love your input! What is it about cycling while pregnant that you want to know about? I’m excited to see this conversation carried on in a nationally-distributed magazine, hopefully empowering many more women to continue bicycling while pregnant.

- I have some great posts lined up for the site, including a fun giveaway courtesy of Eleanor’s Stylish Bicycle Accessories for Ladies coming this March! I can’t wait to share those with you!

- I’m looking to revive the Bike Date Thursdays series as well as the Bilingual Parenting series and the Cycling While Pregnant series! They’ve been mostly dormant over the winter months and it’s time to bring them back. If you’re interested in contributing to any of these, shoot me a line and say hello! I’d love to hear from you!

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Whew, it’s going to be a busy month. Hope March brings sunny days, challenging projects, and enjoyable bike rides to you wherever you are!

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5 Responses to march happenings: links and updates

  1. I really like what you’re doing with the Kidical Mass rides. I’d enjoy getting something like that started here in St. Louis.

    Good luck with the house sale and hunting — we’re currently house-hunting, but without the pressure of having to sell our current place. Looking for many of the same things you are as far as bikeable/walkable, which is hard here, especially b/c my inlaws live in the suburbs. We really can’t be both bikeable to them and to work, favorite places in the city, etc. :-(

    • simplybike says:

      That would be awesome if you do get something going! I have a couple of biking families in mind there that would likely love to join you! Let me know if you do start something and I’d be happy to help spread the word!

      S.

  2. Franca says:

    sorry to hear about your sale falling through, we’ve been through that it ain’t fun. Brilliant news about your german calss, I wish we had that here. There’s a german saturday school but it’s only from three years.

  3. How do you do it all!?! So many cool things :).

  4. Dottie says:

    Wow, sounds like a delightfully packed spring awaits! I look forward to reading about it all here and I’ll save some link to check out the stories you recommended. (I especially need to catch up with Flyover Feminism.)

    Good luck with the house-hunting/selling and the Munich opportunity!

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