Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club - Downtown

It's been a couple months since I've been on a bike. Had some health stuff that kept me from riding. Today, I rode the 1950s Hercules Churchill DeLuxe 3-speed to coffee on a downtown parking garage rooftop. Not much of a sunrise, but had some ominous looking clouds and a light sprinkling of rain.

Morning ride to coffee with the Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club. Rode the 1950s Hercules 3-speed.

Morning ride to coffee with the Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club. Rode the 1950s Hercules 3-speed.

Morning ride to coffee with the Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club. Rode the 1950s Hercules 3-speed.

Morning ride to coffee with the Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club. Rode the 1950s Hercules 3-speed.

Morning ride to coffee with the Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club. Rode the 1950s Hercules 3-speed.

Morning ride to coffee with the Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club. Rode the 1950s Hercules 3-speed. The three speed needs a lot of work, but is still a blast to ride. Braking is somewhat limited and needs a serious upgrade from the single rear rim brakes, so I slowly single-speeded it 9.5 miles round trip from my house to downtown and back.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Cinco de Appropriation!

Our office does potlocks around holidays or sometimes, just for the heck of it. I work in advertising and marketing, so any excuse to break the day up in a fun way. Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo and in true American tradition, we've appropriated someone else's tradition. Hopefully, not in a completely irresponsible and insensitive way.

I made Enchiladas (not pictured, 'cause they are boring compared to the other stuff that I made), Cafe de Olla (Mexican coffee) and Cochinos/Marranitos (Mexican piggy cookies, kinda like gingerbread).

Cochinos are a cookie made with molasses, vanilla and cinnamon. They have a consistency and similar taste to gingerbread men.

Marranitos/Cochinos

Cafe de Olla is coffee made by making a simple syrup of piloncillo/panela sugar and cinnamon, then adding coffee to it after it's boiled and melted. You turn off the heat and steep for about five minutes with a lid on your pot, strain and drink. Kind of like cowboy coffee, you end up with some grounds in it.

Cafe de Olla

I made these more out of cultural respect and interest, unlike my younger self that would have just gotten stupid drunk on Happy Hour margaritas. I'm still making margaritas this afternoon, but they'll be more traditional, as well. :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Couple of Watercolors from Last Weekend.

I went to Nathanael Greene Park on Saturday to sketch for a few hours. Saw lots of wildlife - blue herons, Canada geese with their chicks, gold finches wallowing in puddles like fluffy little yellow piggies and several trees downed by beavers, oddly enough. That last one confirmed by a news article I read yesterday.

Sketching at Nat. Greene Park.

Sketching at Nat. Greene Park.

Sketching at Nat. Greene Park.

Sketching at Nat. Greene Park.

This guy crept right up on me when I was sketching the lake image. I got to watch him fish for perch a dozen feet away.

This guy crept right up on me when I was sketching Saturday. I got to watch him fish for perch a dozen feet away.