All About Food

Day’s Verse:
Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.
Colossians 3:3-4

When I don’t have much to say, I post pictures. Like this:
Our Strawberry Crop
This is the entirety of our strawberry crop this year. We would’ve had more, but the strawberry growing instruction sheet I got from Molbak’s said that it was better in the first year to remove flowers and berry buds to let the strawberries get established. These three are ones I missed, and I’m glad I did. What they lacked in size, they made up for in flavor. Continue Reading >>

Better Late than Never: Father’s Day

Day’s Verse:
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.

1 Cor. 13:4

It’s three days late, but I want to devote this post to my dad, Joe Sullivan. The reason I’ve waited to write this post is that I’m having a hard time knowing what to write: Not because I’m low on ideas, but because I have so many things I want to say.

Now, let me preface this by saying that Dad and I don’t have a touchy-feely, emotion-sharing type of relationship. We like to exercise hard together, not have conversations about feelings. But I’m going to go out on a limb for this Father’s Day post. Here goes. Continue Reading >>

Remembering Life in Corporate America

Day’s Verse:
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living…
Ephesians 1:11-12ish

Partway through my tenure at my old job, my company moved into a large, empty building. We only ever occupied about half the building; they had grand plans for the other half that never came to fruition. But for me, one perk of all the empty space was that I got an entire room for my bike. Previously I’d parked and locked my bike in a stairwell, but came down several times to find that people had played with my lights, leaving them on (a potential safety hazard, if the batteries then died on my commute home), or stolen something out of my bag, and so eventually I got the Bike Room. Only Security and I had the key. This is what it looked like.
Bike Room
I assume it was some manager’s office for the previous tenants, but it had been empty so long a thick layer of dust covered the carpet where I didn’t walk. Eventually I borrowed a vacuum and cleaned it up myself. I swiped a couple of folding chairs to hang my clothes on, and voila: instant secure bike parking. It was nice. Continue Reading >>

The Science of Annoying

Day’s Verse:
Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.
Matthew 5:38-40 Continue Reading >>

“Ambitious” Is One Word For It

Day’s Verse:
It’s better to have a partner than go it alone.
Share the work, share the wealth.
And if one falls down, the other helps,
But if there’s no one to help, tough!

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

In Massachusetts, Ian and I made a goal of riding all of the paved bike paths. This was an achievable goal because Massachusetts has a finite number of paved multi-use trails (as they’re more accurately called). Last year, we were talking about how much fun that was — how it got us out to different parts of the state, built our relationship, and got us exercise all in one — and we ambitiously agreed to attempt the same feat in Washington. Continue Reading >>

Flying Wheels Century Ride Report

Day’s Verse:
If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?
Matthew 6:30

Another week, another bike ride. Except that this wasn’t just any bike ride. This was Cascade’s Flying Wheels Summer Century, which I originally only did because all my friends were doing it. I don’t like big rides with lots of people, and most of the time, Cascade rides are that exact thing. However, I duly registered because, as I said, I succumbed to peer pressure. Happily, the weather cooperated and stayed cloudy, dry, and right around 60°F. Continue Reading >>

Bicycling Zen and Irate Motorist Syndrome

Day’s Verse:
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Matthew 6:34

The Trail BehindI started writing a blog a couple days ago about the wonderful 102-mile bike ride I did on Saturday. I wanted to attempt to verbalize the feeling of joy, of peace, of living-in-the-moment-ness that I get when I’m on the road.

A hundred-mile ride sounds inconceivably long to most people, and when I think about it rationally, it seems impossible. But when I get out there, I don’t watch my odometer and spend the whole time calculating miles left (that leads to madness). Instead, I find myself in this quiet place where I’m just focused on hanging on to the wheel in front of me, the feel of the wind and sun on my skin, the air in my lungs, the next pedal rotation. Eating. Drinking. Shifting. The next hill. Simple things. Continue Reading >>