home not so sweet home...

I'm back in Reno. 

It's smokey....but sunny at least! 


Green Eggs and Ham with purple potato's on the side

On top of the fire tower, totally scared to move.
Sarah found this piece of corn, it had a growth on it. WEIRD! 
1st grade class. Please note my outfit: Plaid/jean dress with leggings and cowboy boots. A little west coast a little more east coast. 

Interesting things I learned about myself today: 
  1. In 1st grade my favorite book to read was the magic school bus, I was the head of the reading club. NERD.
  2. My favorite thing about school was that we had recess. (I spelled it: resas) 
  3. Phonetically my mothers name was: Base or Besty (because she is the BESTy) 
  4. My favorite movie was Home alone 2, I am surprised I didn't put bay watch, or maybe the teacher wouldn't let me since that qualify as a TV show. 
My report cards were even better:

1st grade: Elizabeth has such a good attitude and has adjusted quite well. (I had just moved). Elizabeth gets frustrated with herself if she makes a mistake and at times is hard on herself. Very eager to succeed and takes pride in her work. (well, I like things perfect...duh!) 

2nd grade: I like your stories, study your spelling words. ( I think it is funny that I have always had a problem with spelling, but I always get my best grades in writing classes and science...hmmmmm?)

3rd: (this is the best) Elizabeth is a unique and delightful individual. She is working to improve spelling. (me and this teacher had a major problem, I changed schools soon after this grade card went out. But I give her major props on her word choices for me) 

4th-8th: It was probably something around the lines of Elizabeth needs to pay attention and work independently....sorry I was a social kid. 

In my weekly citizenship reports I has a lot of 4, 5, and 3s....that would be I will be a polite and attentive listener, I will raise my hand to speak and give other a chance to talk and I will work independently. 
I am pretty sure this is about the time they gave us dividers for our desks so you couldn't peek and see your neighbours answers.....pssshhhh.....
9th grade: before I went to the academy was a hard one...needs to pay attention in class...blah blah blah...
My highest marks thru school: science class and writing...weird....
Lowest: math, is that a real surprise? NO! 

Anyways, I had a great time looking back through all my old stuff from my elementary educations. I am really glad that my mom held on to it. 

I went on one last ride today with my mom. I HAD A BLAST! We road the Blue Ribbon trail (why don't they just call it the PBR or the Pibber trail that would be a lot easier..blue ribbon... honestly who the heck calls it that.. "hey get me a blue ribbon?"...no that doesn't work for me...sorry you say "hey fetch me a PBR")backwards. The downhill was EPIC! I honestly didn't think that kind of riding existed out here in the east...ohhhh but it does. I am looking forward to riding it next year. Ohhhh ya! we climbed the fire tower, I almost peed my riding shorts because we were so high up in the air, it was to a point where my body didn't want to move anymore. There must have been at least 100+ steps. 

If you are ever at Dan and Witt's looking for a good ice cream sandwich I highly suggest the Chesster frozen custard one...SO GOOD! and made in VT! 2 soft chocolate chip cookies surrounding frozen vanilla custard! (They are in the Ben and Jerry's cooler near the front, clear wrapper with cows and cookies in a field)

I am 1/2 packed, 1/2 not. 

I had a purple potato for dinner tonight. Yes, purple...it comes naturally like that. It reminded me of Dr. Suess's Green Eggs and Ham. It was really good, my mom said she googled it and they are high in antioxidants so they are better for you then normal 'tots. I am going to try and find them when I get home. 

I am hunting, if you know of anything good lemme know (Reno or Tahoe.. 2 or 3 rooms.. house or town home/condo)

I am almost done with Major by Todd Balf! Its an amazing book, I really love all the history that the story holds. What an amazing individual! 

Well I think I am going to hit the hay! 
Remember: pay attention in class because I didn't....I probably still don't! ha 


I'll never let you down even if I could.

A little Sunday morning Croquet action. (I won)
A little Sunday afternoon spin with my mom...Banx wanted to join obviously.

Do you ever have a word that just sticks around in your head for a little while like: simplicity? Desire? Want? Happiness? When that one word is in your head you rack up idea after idea of what that means to you and how to apply it to your life. 
For-instance, take the word desire. We all desire all sorts of material objects because we are human. I can't imagine my life with out the desire to ride a bike or ski in the winter or to accessorize. But, is there a point when we desire things to much? Should one be able to see that all these material objects are not a total necessity for our lives? Could we be able to live without these objects, especially my generation since we have been raised in such a materialistic demanding society...
Other words that popped into my head today were: 
Passion- passion can be applied in so many ways to every part of my life whether it be for cooking, biking, skiing, or creativity.
Simple- simple, enjoying the small things in life, the natural state of objects.
Appreciate- When you appreciate something it changes your entire outlook on everything. When you are able to except something for its own personal being you truly appreciate it. I need to realizing how lucky I am to lead this life more often. 
Thankfulness- The word "thank you" goes so far, it makes others happy because of how seldom it is said. 

Now getting back to normal Bud...

I should probably go pro in croquet. I think if I have green where ever I am living this year I should probably invest in a croquet set just because its such a fun game. Seriously....

I have to start packing tomorrow to head back out West, I am happy and excited to go back home, but at the same time bummed to leave the East.

I had the BEST clam spaghetti for dinner tonight. Holy moly! 

I am thinking about racing at Northstar on Thursday...I guess I'll just have to see how I am feeling. I am getting excited to get back to some big races. 

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my business cards. 

I just randomly remembered the time I randomly got lost trying to leave Denver after our bust of a weekend at CSU with my dangas Trashley and Ava. 

Im going to go and iChat! 

OH! wait, 
I almost forgot... I had some AWESOME ice cream today at Udder Delight. It took an eon to get it...but the mint chocolate chip was pretty darn yummy. 


Another day for you and me in paradise.

Today I had a little fun on the Stingray, I really wanted to improve my bike whips so I look EXTRA cool when I get a townie to ride around school this year. 
Riding to school is ONE of my ways of trying to be environmentally friendly... 
BUT, if i am going to be environmentally friendly I must do it in STYLE!
Honestly, would you expect anything less?

It was pretty nice here today, we accomplished a lot! Banx went shopping again, she got a TON of new toys. We are hoping she chews on these toys instead of us. We went to the Co-op, very exciting. Went and looked at subbies, VERY VERY exciting. I think I am in love with the one I saw today (minus the Prius blue color)premium package, black (or white), impreza 2.5i, 5 door of course, good coffee cup holders, built in iPod cord, most important it was pretty,throw a roof rack on and I am rolling SAFELY! We Went to King Arthur Flour, I was a little disappointed in their stock, but I did make gluten-free gingerbread cake tonight to have with lemon curd since my grandmama says it is so good. To top off the day we made a FABULOUS din-din. Spicy shrimp tacos (cooking light)! one word: AMAZING! plus, I even got some bike time in and it was sunny until later this evening. Talk about a good day. 

Working at the bike wash. 
No matter how many times I clean Sparky..it always seems dirtyyyy

Getting super extreme on the flower power StingRay.
Probably because of my AWESOME shoes.
My mom has some sweet StingRay skills.

I am jamming out to Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight" right now. I have probably listened to it about 8 times today. Obsessed? Yes. 

I am wearing my retainers. 

I thought that this quote totally screams BUD: 

"The real secret to success is enthusiasm" 
-Walter Chrysler


coonskin caps and hunter plaid.

Coonskin caps, and hunter plaid. Sharp Cheddar cheese, Maple syrup.
Putting style into riding, I mean..spandex is sweet and everything...but you have to draw the line somewhere.
I probably own enough exercise bands and wrist braces now to open a small store. 

"I am going to make is so you never want to come back east to ride again" is what I was told half way thru my ride today. Well, yes...Boston Lake lot made me want to do just that. I am not even sure if it could really be considered a ride really, it was more like: pedal, get off, run 3 steps, walk up a rock, pedal, get off, run 3 steps, walk up a rock, etc. Not really my idea of fun. I do know that this riding is helping me in the long run, I am going to get back out west and hopefully annihilate the riding scene. 

did you know there are over 6 Rihanna songs on 20 on 20 on XM right now, ya... I miss my iPod cord and my radio. The bubble gum music just doesn't go it for me. I am craving some DMB, Cunnin', Traxamillion..you know my norm. 

On the subject of iPods, 
My shuffle bit the dust today. What a long great life it lived and thank goodness they are cheap! ha 

"Bottle it up" by Sara Bareilles is one of my favorite songs right now. Why? I have no clue. (go ahead make fun of me)

I think me and my little sister should open a pizza place. We made some amazing mixtures of pizzas tonight! BBQ chicken, with all the ancillary. One with a mix of cheese, fresh basil, portobello mushies and other goodies. I bet the pizza will be even better for breakfast if there is any left by the time I roll out of bed. 

Warren joined us for lunch today. It was great to catch up with him and learn some interesting theories about feet and global warming. 
I also had a fabulous talk with my wonderful grandmother back in Fairport, NY. 

I am hoping that it is nice again tomorrow (Saturday) so I am able to get a ride in with my mom before Sparky has to get ready to be taken apart and packed up for my jet set on Tuesday. 

Movie time! 
The Prestige (which is one of my favorite movies)?, The good shepherd (I have NO clue what that is about)? Stuart Little (always a good fall back)? or Finding Nemo (I am guessing he is hiding from the puppy, ha ha ha)?
Hard choice. 

The game of musical houses starts next week I hope everyone is ready! 

Night night! Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite! I hear they can be absolutely vicious this time of the year! 


Umm, endurance

Corny cows. 

Could my night get any better? Cruel intentions is on!!!! That Sebastian! oh hot dang, Annette! I'm covering my eyes. 

so anyways. 

I finally bucked up and went on my first ride since the race on Saturday with a kid on the nordic team, Patrick. It was really nice riding with someone that knew the trails around Hanover. I would have never guessed there was so much riding. It was really cool to watch someone who had grown up back east riding do their thing, his technique was completely different from mine. I have found that the riders are much more loose on the riding and do all these crazy little hopy things when they get in a sticky situation. 
Note: I need to learn how to bunny hop better, almost like a real bunny, and maybe eat more carrots too! 
I was in a mood of: if it looked hard walk it. When we started the decent and I felt a little more brave. I swear that if I was up there riding by myself I would of not had a clue that any of those trails existed. 
I was nicely splatter painted with mud again today. I was smart and wore blue this time. 
I am planning on giving Sparky a major scrub down tomorrow before we go out riding again in the afternoon. 

We are expecting a guest for lunch tomorrow: Warren. 

I really want to go to King Arthur flour ASAP. And Olympia for some new lids. 

 Taylor introduced me to the lawn mower racing site tonight, I probably should get a membership so I can race mowers if this biking thing doesn't work out. 

Funny fact: I read in Sports Illustrated today that Georgia Gould tried out for the circus, by juggling and riding a unicycle or something like that. Interesting. 

I am getting really good at online window shopping and craigslist house hunting. 
The only dilemma is Truckee or Reno?

I wish I was at Pub n' Sub with my dangas right now! 

Until next time, 

Ps. 4 days until now here, not nowhere. 


A notion like no other

This is what my orthopedic dr. drives. 
(okay, Im lying I don't really know..... but.... good guess right?) 

Speaking of orthopedic docs I saw my upper body (wrist specialist) today and he redirected me to hand doctor in Reno so that I am able to follow thru easier. I guess I need to get an MRA...not an MRI...so they can tell how silly my wrist have gotten. BUT on the positive side I can still ride I don't really have to take to many precautions unless it is bothering me ( that seems like more common sense to me) 

I am going home next Tuesday. 

I made business cards, I can't wait to see them. 

This is dorky, but, Ushers new song is kinda' catchy. 

I had a great chat with Kate today at Nordica. 

I also got a message from another friend today that I know a million other people got as well, but I think everyone should read it if you have not already....

A message by George Carlin: 

The paradox of our time in history 
is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. 

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. 

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. 

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things. 

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. 

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are the days of quick tips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. 

say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. 

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent. 

Remember, to say "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. 

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. 

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind. 


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. 


The newest member

The newest member of our family, Banx! 

Today she got to go shopping for toys, treats and a bed. Let me tell you...she was exhausted! She is so well behaved for only being 8 weeks old, plus she is the CUTEST thing on earth! 

I am trying to make business cards. It is hard because I want them to be so cool. I think I might have figured out the template that I like, phhheewwww! 

I had a GREAT cup of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffe today from dirt cowboy cafe in Hanover. It was one of the most amazing brews I have ever had. I am pretty sure I like every cup of coffee I get from there. I wish there was a business like this cafe near me at school, I would probably be there daily x 6. 

I had my Orthopedic dr. appointment for my knees today. I am okay for the most part. I was given some exercises to strengthen the insides of my legs and stretches for my IT bands so the tension is taken off of my knee caps ( which was causing my ouchies). The exercise band I was given smell like chocolate, if I could eat them I probably would. 

I go back to the Ortho tomorrow for the big one: my wrists....dunnn dunnn dunnn! 


ride up banking

In Salt Lake a couple weeks ago Phillipa and I took full advantage of "drive thru" banking. 

Today my mom got a new puppy! It is a black lab. We named it Banx. It is the cutest thing ever, she likes to adventure and is already pretty well potty trained.(Don't worry I will put up pictures soon!)I'll have to admit she is WAY cooler than a panda dog. 

I downloaded some old school Debbie Deb today.... oh ya! I've been re-playing -lookout weekend- for the last half hour. look out weekend because here I come! ha 

The circus came to town, no I am not referring to a person, but really the big apple circus is happening right now in Hanover... I might just have to go and see some carnis and elephants, eat some peanuts and cotton candy, get my face painted, have a clown make me a balloon animal... the norm! 

While I have been back east I have been pretty darn good at containing myself from eating trillion of boston kreme filled donuts from Dunkin' donuts. Go me! I am craving one. Maybe tomorrow? Just up the road a little ways in Ontario they have more donuts stores per captia than any other place in the world. Maybe I should go into the donut business, or better yet.. try to get fueled by dunkin' (like Rachael Ray) I am sure that would really help me with my biking! ha 

Hopefully I will be headed back to the west some time next week, I am going to hit up all the small XC races on Thursday nights at Northstar and get ready for California champs, the NORBA in Brianhead (maybe), Nevada Cup finals! I am trying to decide if I want to give college racing another chance again..... hummmm.....



5th place, a bum wrist and so excited to have a break!

Mt. Snow was a blast! 
The course was a little different this year, the part
 we went up last year we came down this year. 
During my pre-ride on Thursday evening I thought that the course would be cake, I could ride it all....well...
that wasn't the case because of the fabulous storm that rolled in Friday night. 
One word: MUDDY 

Let me elaborate for a second: 
Muddy, humidity, a zillion girls to race against, 8 am. Get the picture? (here let me SHOW you)

The start
(The announcer come on and says "I wonder how long Liz Reeder will stay white" (my riding kit is white)
Up we go... more than half the course was climbing
The feed station, lap 2. We had an oppssyy but my super mom fixed that quickly!
Alive, exhausted, technically in one piece at the finish. 
Polka dotted from the mud
I guess it paid off. 5th place finish, just shy of a podium. 
The next new hot fall fashion. Muddy Legs.
The girls I race against are beasts. I think that my category is probably one of the most
competitive ones out there (for ladies). I really put it together my 2nd lap and made a MAJOR jump in the field catching the top girls, 3rd lap I was starting to get pretty tired. I was bummed when one of the girls got by me because I tipped over and had to re-gain my balance... Oh well. My left wrist was PRETTY swollen by the time I got to the finish, I've been icing it a lot. I see a dr. this week. Silly silly wrists! BUT I did get this super duper cool wrist brace thing that I wore during the race from the drug store. I think it helped a lot while I was out there mobbing down the decent. The announcer at the race was really funny, I think he could have talked for DAYS! If I was around him all the time I would probably have to carry around some duct tape for his mouth or come up with some special word code word to say that means: okay thats enough! 

I haven't raced in VT yet where I haven't had to walk/push my bike/ run yet.  

East coast mud is SLICK! (as are the roots and rocks, jeezzzz!) 

My mom and Ed got some GREAT pictures and videos of me, I am really excited about them. 

Helmets look weird. 


Its really funny how sounds affect you when you are in the "zone". For the last 2 years at this race there has been a group of drummers that have been set up on one of fire road climbs and totally jam out. You are so in to your zone while racing at that section that you start pedaling to their beat. It is pretty wild I think. Its like listening to music and breathing while racing. ya, weird! 

I got to briefly see my childhood friend Kate at registration, that was cool! I hadn't seen her since we moved to CO. 

My mom's tini linguine is the BEST pre-race food EVER! add a little chicy and broc on it! YUMO! 

Friday (my rest day) we visited our old stomping grounds of Jacksonville/wilmington, VT. That was fun. I didn't remember much about the place except for our house and random little things about friends. I did get a GREAT iced coffee and biscotti from a coffee house in town. 

Note: I basically died without internet and my cell phone this weekend. Next year if I go back we have to stay in the grand summit, even though the condos that we have stayed in the last two races have been wicked legit. 

We went to the Vermont Country Store. I got chocolate babies! I'm really excited! 

Now I am home (well, NH home.) I can't wait to go to bed. 

This is a VERmonster, it is a community project happening around town to raise money. I thought they were pretty cool, this one was made out of an old chair lift. 

When not racing I build castles out of Red Bull products, Why not?

On the funny side quickly before I type on for way to long... we listened to LaughUSA on XM on the drive back up north. Well Ellen Degeneres was on. She was talking about how penguins are monogamous animals. Have you also thought about the fact that they ALL look alike? so they totally can not tell the different between penguins! ha ha ha.....so after all I guess the truth comes out...they don't mate for life! 

did you know that Ft. Collins (out of all places) is ranked 2nd in "Best place to live in 2008". Sounds like fun.... if you like roping cattle and playing buckin' broco! YEEHHHAAAWWWW! 


In one ear and out the other

Today I had the chance to go on an east coast style cross country ride with my fabulous mommy and little big sister. We decided to explore a trail called: Giles Mt. / Blue ribbon trail. And since we are wicked bad ass we started from the lower parking area (Beaver Meadow). We had no clue what we were getting ourselves into. At the car a road biker stopped to see if we had a pump because he had flatted, when we told him where we were going riding he look at us basically like we were crazy.OKAY... It actually wasn't that bad of a ride, it would have been really fun for just me and my mom... but since we had a newbie cross country rider with us it was a little different. Spirits started to run low when we kept heading away from the road,the ride felt as though it had been going a lot longer than stated one the map (we found on Omer and Bob's website) finally I came upon some good news: signs and a PERSON! We spoke with the man ( who was most recently from Durango!) and he sent us in the right direction... I cruised ahead so that I could go and get the car since it was 10 miles away.

Note: I need to grow my hair out STAT because a man my mom inquired for directions said "That was a girl? She was flying?" YES.
.. I AM A GIRL! 

so anyways I got the car. Met my mom and my sis and hit the road to come home for some home made chicken tacos! YUM! (I really love mexican food!) 
I give my little sis MAJOR props for this being her first ever mt. bike ride. I am really looking forward to hopefully getting a chance to ride the trail again with JUST my mom so we can not have the constant stop and go. I have to admit we had some great laughs today! I totally loved spending time with both of them on the trail! 

Headed to Mt. Snow 2mrw. OH BOY!!!! Im really nervous. I want to win really bad. 

Did you know that Thai researchers have succeeded in generating electricity from natural gas made from elephant poo-poo! 


dragonflies are among one of the fastest insects flying 50-60 mph! WAHOO!!!