Friday, March 13, 2015

30 Days of Biking - I can't help it!

I just signed up for yet another round of 30 Days of Biking. I honestly have lost track of how many of these I've done. Thankfully, other people are keeping track - according to this Pioneer Press story by Molly Guthrey, 30 Days of Biking started six years ago. So, if we're in the 6th year and there were a few bonus rounds in September a few years, this will make my 8th 30 Days of Biking - or something like that.

I guess the number of challenges I've done doesn't matter as much as the fact that each April I get out and I ride my bike every day and doing so makes me feel good. If this lovely spring weather we've been having sticks around into April (please! please! please!) then this 30 Days of Biking will be a piece of cake compared to other years when we've had snow, cold, sleet and rain to ride in.

I do have a busy schedule this April because I'm in a musical, Oliver! It's likely my rehearsal and show schedule will be more of an issue for me than the weather.  I've been wondering if, because of my schedule,  it would actually be a good idea to skip doing 30 Days this year. But, well, I just signed up - so here I go again!

It's not even mid-March and 2,261 joyful cyclists have already registered to ride this year. You can sign up, too, just go to:

Just for fun, here's a link to a story Molly Guthrey wrote about me and 30 Days of Biking back in 2012. Click to read Turning Point: Northfield mom discovers pedal power during 30-day bike challenge

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


My copy of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - just £1.99!
I've been super busy lately helping out with a Northfield Arts Guild production of August: Osage County as well as getting my daughter, Rose, to and from rehearsals and performances of Northfield High School's Rock 'n' Roll Revival XI. To top things off, I decided to audition for the upcoming NAG production of the musical Oliver!

Well, I got in the show and I'm really excited that I'll be playing Widow Corney. We've already started rehearsals and things are going well.

Just for fun, I decided to pull out my copy of Oliver Twist and start reading through the Dickens story that inspired the musical. I found my paperback copy of Oliver Twist that I purchased when I was in England for a January Term class through University of St. Thomas back in 1996. That visit was life-changing! (click HERE to read my previous post about my host parent, Bob). When I opened Oliver Twist, I found inside a British Rail ticket to Canterbury, England. Oh the memories! I took a day trip to Canterbury on my own one day during my J-Term. It was one of my favorite, certainly one of the most memorable!, days in my month-long trip. I toured the Canterbury Cathedral, had lunch with some lovely ladies who were on the cathedral tour, and purchased a handmade teddy bear from Canterbury Bears. Then I hopped back on the train so I could attend an evening show with the rest of my class. Except the train broke down and was late back into London. I had to run quite a bit but I made it to the theater just on time!

Here's my British Rail Ticket. A perfect bookmark for Oliver Twist!
Earlier in my England trip, I had the fun of seeing Oliver! at the Palladium Theater. Wow! I've wanted to be in Oliver!, and have wanted to be silly Widow Corney, ever since. Dreams do come true.

My Oliver! program from the Palladium Theatre in London
Interested in seeing the Northfield Arts Guild production of Oliver!? We open April 17, 2015 and run through May 2nd. You can find ticket information at this link: