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Asleep on the iBert

The blog’s been somewhat dormant lately. I’ve struggled to keep up with my writing here and elsewhere over the last couple of months. It’s been a very busy time: taking care of C. full time while teaching a course at the university (a new prep for me) while also job hunting and house hunting and deciding what to do with our current home (we’re keeping it and leasing it). A lot of changes and decisions have kept us up at night and most days felt like they were just long enough to get our basics covered. As a result, I’ve spent little time on my freelance work and even less time on this site.

But things are shifting and changing and new plans are emerging as we shed our winter layers and welcome summer’s longer days. We move into our new home at the end of this month. That will be a huge joy and relief. C. started full time daycare this week, which she’s really liking so far, and which allows us time to pack, get our rental in order, and tackle a few more projects this month before the move. No new developments on the job front for me for now but I’m excited about a number of new and interesting projects that have come my way, which I can’t wait to share with you soon!

And as for the direction of this blog and my plans for waking it from its slumber…

I would like to keep writing here because I don’t believe that bicycling advocacy has been exhausted. I don’t think we’ve saturated the blog world with examples of cycling families and mamas on bikes. I still receive many emails from women newly pregnant who find my site and are happy to have found a relatively lone example of advocacy for cycling while pregnant.

And I have a really fun and exciting bicycling-related project that I can’t wait to write more about!

So here’s what you can expect more of this summer:

  • more cycling while pregnant posts
  • more posts on creating a bicycling community in your town
  • more posts on creating a healthy, outdoor routine for yourself and your family
  • posts on gardening and laying the groundwork for a small urban homestead
  • the reveal of an awesome new project that I hope you will love as much as I do!

And now’s your turn: What would you like to read more about? What brings you back to the site and what are your favorite types of posts? I’d love to hear from you, those of you still out there despite the rather infrequent writing as of late, and I’d love to learn more about what it is that makes you a regular reader. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond!

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27 Responses to zzzzzzz

  1. Becky says:

    I like reading about another woman for whom biking isn’t about racing and sport, but is part of everyday life. I enjoy your writing and your photography, and it doesn’t bother me that you don’t post often. Thanks for being you! :-)

    • S. says:

      Thanks so much and thanks for the allowance of an unpredictable posting schedule. With a toddler and a move coming up, I can’t say that I won’t fall off the radar again ;)

  2. Mama Bicycle says:

    Hi Good to hear from you. :) I have been keeping on my Mama Bicycle as usual. Fortunately, I also keep in touch with the family in Prague. Here is the latest post about it. http://mamabicycle.blogspot.jp/2013/05/happy-pictures-from-prague.html
    Yes, you should be an advocacy for pregnant women, and I will ship more Mama Bicycles to new moms :) Haha. Keep in touch.

    • S. says:

      Hi! Always nice to hear from you! I love all of your posts on cycling with your daughters in Japan. And congrats on reaching Prague with your mama bicycle! Hope to see them take over US soon too!

  3. Stephanie says:

    I really have enjoyed the bilingual parenting posts and wouldn’t mind seeing more of them :).

  4. Kim says:

    I enjoy reading your posts on bicycle advocacy, healthy living, and academia, and like reading about all these things in the context of balancing them with a family. I look forward to hearing about your new projects.

    • S. says:

      Ahhh….balance… the ever elusive unicorn. But I do try to find something akin to balance and will continue to write about that as well.

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  5. Dottie says:

    I love your voice, positivity, and intelligence; your photos; your cute kid stories – so really anything you write, I’ll happily read. :) And yes, the world certainly needs more role models of young mothers on bikes!

  6. Laura says:

    I second Dottie. I love how and what you write about, no matter the topic. I appreciate how you turn everyday life into something beautiful, positive, worth of attention and care through words and images. Honestly, I didn’t notice you were posting less. So if writing this blog is still a creative outlet that you enjoy, please, do it at you pace and on whatever topic you find relevant.

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  7. Bryna says:

    I just like checking in on how you’re doing! :) But I look forward to seeing more about your adventures on urban farmsteading/chicken raising. And I’d love to read more about how one goes about raising chickens, the laws in different regions of the country, challenges, unexpected pleasures, etc. And personally as someone whose just starting to jump into the biking thing, I appreciate the biking-101 style guides. There are a lot of biking enthusiasts out there but not so many with posts for new or timid novices in the world of urban cycling.

  8. Aleksandra says:

    I just like to check your blog from time to time to see how you’re doing, and I enjoy whatever you write. Although, I have to admit that for me the academic/parent perspective is especially relevant, and I often read what you recommend. I read Mama, PhD you wrote about, only to find that in comparison to US my country and my University are just made for combining academic and family stuff ;) So, I stopped complaining and started to work more intensively (tried to work less hours, but doing more) , and I’m in a much better place right now. And I’m ready to read more on living a happy life, trying to have both a family and a career :)

    • Zury says:

      Hi Debbie,Great question! Here’s a cpolue of suggestions:Firstly you could force yourself to run faster by running on a treadmill, if you have access to one. Set a speed and stick to it for the duration of your run. If I do a 10k treadmill run, I normally do it at an average of 7.5 or 8mph. That will probably also tell you your running statistics such as your time/mile and a good way of monitoring your progress, perhaps your heart rate as well. Always build up gradually. While you’re on a treadmill, why not try out some of the pre-set training programmes. These might simulate running up and down hills at different speeds and might stretch you a bit.This might also lead you into interval training and I do recommend this. In brief you run short bursts at a faster speed to build up your capacity to pump more blood around. When I’m out running and I’ve warmed up properly, I spot a lamp post and sprint for it and then ease back to a jog to get my breath back. Then I do it again and again.Another way is to go running with someone else. I’ve only done this a few times but it has worked for me. Somehow the pace seems quicker than my normal speed, kind of egging each other on.I’ve also found the atmosphere of a race makes me run faster, which is just as well.Do you have a way of monitoring your progress? While I wouldn’t buy a Garmin, an ordinary watch is fine for timing your runs over a set route.For your first half’ maybe just aim to get around. Endurance is more important than speed. When I did my first half (at Bath), I aimed for a sub 2 hour time but managed 1.42 1.48 each time. Anything under 2 hours is good for anyone I think; really good for a first try.Hope that helps; I’d really like to know how you get on. Best wishes,Doug.

  9. Christina says:

    Definitely keep Simply Bike going in the direction it has been! America is comprised of so many different cultures and interests and I like keeping up with other bilinguals and those with half their heart in other lands. It makes for interesting posts (and also makes me not feel so alone in my torn cultural heart) :)

  10. Ruth says:

    I’m not much of a cyclist specifically but I really enjoy the posts on healthy living, parenting, family life, academia, being a woman, work-life balance.

    • simplybike says:

      Thanks, Ruth! I will keep working on having a well rounded blog since it sounds like readers (like you) enjoy getting the full spectrum of “balancing things” posts.

  11. Jenny says:

    Hi!

    I followed you here from academichic (which I loved and still miss although I know why it was time on the other end of things), and I love your thoughtful and reflective way of writing. I enjoy reading about your adventures in parenting, the work/life/academia balance, yoga, spending time outside, bilingual parenting, and I’m looking forward to your new mini-farming projects. I know you have a lot on your plate, but anytime you want to write I’ll look forward to reading!

    Thanks!

  12. Franca says:

    I think I said this before, I’d love something on at what age you can first go out with a bay on a bike and what equipment would be good. I’m guessing once they can sit up themselves it should be fine, but I haven’t actually looked into it yet!

  13. Petra says:

    I’ve been reading academichic already and loved your voice then. So I followed along. For me it is interesting to see little glimpses into you every day life as well as posts on academia, work-life balance, parenting, …
    Since I live in a really bike friendly city in Europe where almost everybody does everything by bike (we even have a bycicle autobahn here) it is interesting to read about different cities and how biking does or does not work so well there.
    Just keep writing about whatever you enjoy or think it is worth talking about. We’ll follow along.

  14. Hannie says:

    I also followed you from academic chic. I am interested in bicycle related post, but also interested in lifestyle post that relate to fun, healthy and mindfull living including the balance between family, work (academia) and excercise.

    @ Petra, we have a bicycle autobahn as well between the city where I live and the city where I work. Our bicycle autobahn is also great for running ;-).

  15. Raena says:

    Love your photography. That’s what initially reeled me in. Love your beautiful family. Love the fact that you are an academic. Love the fact that you are not only a cyclist, but a runner too. There is also something about you that I can relate to. I appreciate your honesty. And you are interested in many of the things that interest me as well: family, travel, style/fashion, etc. I always come back to see what you are up to and what’s going on in your world. You have a wonderful life. :)

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