capes, coffee, & the color orange

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May 2013



The highs and lows of the Nike FuelBand.

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FuelBandCAPES [something empowering]  You’re stronger than you think (so stop selling yourself short!).  Push yourself to your breaking point, and than push yourself a little bit more.

COFFEE [latest trend or addiction]  I’m addicted to points.  Nike FuelBand points, that is.

THE COLOR ORANGE [something noteworthy]  I love my Nike FuelBand – I get to compete with friends and crush my goals.  However (surprise, surprise), I do have a complaint.  The FuelBand does not accurately register cycling fuel points.  I can run for one hour and earn 3,500 points, and spin hard for one hour and only earn 500 points.  Hey Nike, I earn more points brushing my teeth!  C’mon!




March 2012



"Justice is what love looks like in public." -Cornel West

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CAPES [something empowering] Love means nothing if there’s no follow through. Show it, don’t just say it.

COFFEE [latest trend or addiction] The evolution of smooth – the best lip balm ever.

THE COLOR ORANGE [something noteworthy] I just got my bike back from a much-needed tune-up. Now I’m ready to be put behind bars. Commuting, Hwy2, and RedSpoke, here I come!



January 2011



Don’t cheat yourself out of the truth.

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CAPES [something empowering] The truth about the truth is that sometimes it hurts. So we lie to ourselves as a cover-up. Don’t do that. Don’t cheat yourself out of the truth.

COFFEE [latest trend or addiction] I went on my first major mountain bike ride this weekend (Stinky Spoke) and now love the sport as well as the game my brother and I invented: wheel-tag.

THE COLOR ORANGE [something noteworthy] My favorite gun to shoot is a magnum 44 desert eagle. This is probably because it’s loudest at the range and the kickback is so strong that it makes my wrists ache the next day.  

[Please note that this is intentionally not in the “CAPES” or “COFFEE” sections because shooting guns does not equate power nor does it represent a hot new trend. Please handle weapons responsibly.]




July 2010



The unveiling.

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CAPES [something empowering] When I got my tattoo done, before the artist began, he asked me if I was sure it was what I wanted. My friend commented, “Does she look like the kind of person that doesn’t know what she wants?” It got me to thinking about decisions. When I make a decision about something, I stick with it. Whether it be a drink order, meal order, or tattoo, go into it with confidence. No one likes the girl that gets to the front of the line at Starbucks and still can’t make up her mind.

COFFEE [latest trend or addiction] Ink is addicting. Beware. My latest says “oranje is de kleur van gekte” which means “orange is the color of insanity”, a quote from Vincent Van Gogh, which is also featured in this Nike ad.

THE COLOR ORANGE [something noteworthy] I have developed a theory about hybrid bicycle riders…they are cyclists that can’t make up their mind between two good things, so settle for something in the middle and think it’s awesome when it’s not. Shame on them. Stay away.



March 2010



behind bars

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CAPES [something empowering] There’s a fine line between not settling and having hollywood-esque expectations. Learn to master that balance.

COFFEE [latest trend or addiction] Cycling season officially kicked off this past Sunday, with 6,000+ riders. I can now be found behind bars.

THE COLOR ORANGE [something noteworthy] I need my mom every now and then. The other day, I had an ear ache, so my mom came down with all her home remedies. I think it’s nice for her to be needed, but to be on the receiving end is priceless. I’ll spare you the details on the outcome of the home remedy…but will tell you that she found it so hilarious she said “this has got to make it in the blog”. I’ve never been one to disappoint.