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Hey, That’s My Bike!

Sometimes you can get what you want… even when you’re late to the party.

I am slightly bike obsessed. You may have noticed here and here… So ever since I’ve been working at IKEA, I’ve wanted to get a hold of the bike that was given as an Xmas gift (the Christmas right before I started) two years ago.

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IKEA coworker bikes.

During a casual conversation with a coworker I was offered two of the IKEA bikes and I jumped at the chance. So now I have them sitting in the living room. One of the bikes needs air in the tires and they both need more comfortable bikes seats so I’m going to have to do some shopping. 🙂

Razor Adult Helmet, $19.99 @ Target.com

Schwinn Soft & Wide Bike Seat @ Target.com

I’m still hoping to get one of the Schwinn Meridian Adult Tricycles but I’m looking forward to spending some of my days off cruising down a couple of local trails like the BPA and King County Interurban on my new to me IKEA bikes!

Sarah Harmer

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Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer.

I know, I know! This has got to be one of my latest posts ever… but I had to work from the the early am and I only got home an hour or so ago. Plus, everyone is still kinda in holiday mode today so I spaced that it was Monday, a regular posting day.

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You Were Here, I'm A Mountain, All Our Names, Oh Little Fire.

So, normally on a Monday I share my movie or music likes old and new. Today is no exception. I got a gift card for Amazon so I decided to use it on my Kindle and my phone’s mp3. I got a romance novel (hey, don’t judge me!) and I bought You Were Here by Sarah Harmer.

Sarah Harmer is a Canadian singer songwriter whose music is a blend of stripped down folk pop perfection. Her voice is sweet but not twee. She writes songs about love and life that are catchy but not gag inducingly so. I adore her music!

I was first introduced to her through a promo copy of You Were Here while was working at Borders Books. I got to keep the copy from the store (and I still own it, it is just stuck in the purgatory that is my storage unit in Seatown). I play it regularly when I have it physically with me… so when I was surfing Amazon mp3 earlier today and saw that the digital copy was only $4.99, I jumped at the chance to listen to it again. I wasn’t disappointed! My favorite tracks include the tracks Open Window (The Wedding Song), Lodestars, Uniform Grey, Hideout, and Around the Corner. Really the whole album is a wonder, as is the follow up record she made, All Our Names. I find myself humming the first track on that disc, Pendulums, at odd times, like when I’m walking to the grocery or waiting for the bus. Her tunes are that good.

She has two newer releases: I’m A Mountain, which is more in the alt-country vein (I’ve only heard a few tracks) and Oh Little Fire, which came out last year. If you like the kind of music that makes you think of coffeehouses and hanging out with your friends in the den and talking all night then you’ll like her. Plus, $4.99 (apparently the price i got today is through the mobile version of Amazon mp3) is hard to beat.

See you tomorrow!

The Earliest Holiday Ever

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When I showed up at work today (IKEA for those who don’t know) all the Christmas stuff was out on display with ornaments, decorative accessories, and gift wrap ready for the early birds to take home. In all honesty, I liked most of what I saw. Still, before Halloween, y’all? Really? I mean, just how early is too early?

I don’t know if we’ll ever figure that one out! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy a few snaps I took while I looked around. Happy… Thursday! I’ll wait til after Thanksgiving to start doing the holiday well wishing mambo. 🙂

PS. My sis is going to see my favorite band ever, Duran Duran, tomorrow night in WA. I’m so excited for her… especially since I worked behind the scenes to get babysitting for my niece and nephews so she could go. I thank God that it all came together. Don’t you just love real life happy endings? I know I do!