Here are some of my favorite most recent Instagram moments.
I went mountain biking Saturday and decided to throw a classic Emily hissyfit. These are sparked when I a) think I should be really good at something, and b), am not really good at said something. Thus, after only mountain biking once recently (see previous post) since the good old days in 2004, and believing I've still got skills, I tried to fly up a very steep, rocky hill without falling and puttered to an anticlimactic stop halfway through, just managing to unclip. Commence hissyfit. Lay bike on ground. Peel off extra layers and throw them to the ground too. Blame loose leg warmers. Curse. Then proceed to walk uphill only after trying unsuccessfully to start from an incline.
The good news is once I got that out of the way I had a great ride! We found some swoopy fast trails and ended with the most delicious scones and easy speedy trails like this!
After that I went to a wedding of two of my good biking friends, drank a fair amount, danced in heels with mushy feeling legs from riding all week, ate lots of yummy vegetarian food and topped it off with a cupcake. The next morning I was not feeling super hot so I slept til 10 and Bonnie snuggled all wonderfully and healed me right up. So, I headed to the hills with my road bike. Up Salmon Falls Road to climb almost 1,500 feet in 9.5 miles at a snail's pace. Great idea! I cut this ride short after about 20 miles and felt really proud of myself.
Sunday marked the return to a sport I love - mountain biking. Man I forgot how much I loved it, which was easy to do because I hadn't hopped on trails since probably 2005. And now I can't wait to get back out there! The speed, the dirt, the views and feeling of being back in nature. I walked the rocky sections since I broke my elbow by crashing in a bike race in August and I'm tryin to protect it. But too much safety's just no fun. So now I want to add in more time on the dirt, and I have to say it's really refreshing from all the road biking I've been doing the last year.
Check out these super mamma-jamba clouds. Seriously, that is their name. Well, technically they are called mammatocumulus clouds. Imagine my surprise after coming out of a new-to-me Mexican restaurant that delivered the best tamales I've had east of the Mississippi and then I look up and bam!- these clouds! What a night! Although I am a sucker for both clouds and Mexican food. And here's another photo to put it in perspective. I can't decide which I like better.
Nothing screams spring more than green and pink. And who knew chives were so beautiful? These are grown in a tiny, humble garden planted outside the U.S. Department of Agriculture in DC, and are harvested weekly for a local food kitchen.
The handful of sunshiney days have ruined me and I'm ready for sun and warmth and fun days outside. But I've got a lot to do. You may have noticed that I've been reworking the websites (the temporary setzeder blog has been combined with emilysetzer.com), and you may see some other website reorganization and designs in the future. Plus I'm working on starting a textile line and opening an etsy shop. Whew! Stay tuned and enjoy the spring photos as I post them (after all the bare bushes and trees I'm a bit obsessed with the plethora of flowers).