December in A Nutshell, 2012 Edition



December, like most other Decembers, came and went too quickly. The holiday season was a joyous one, spent with family and friends. What happened this Holiday season?

I continued making Martha proud with my projects …


My first ever wreath

While my man decided a kitchen is a better place for bike projects than the basement…

A winter mountain bike

A winter mountain bike

I decided to steer clear of gingerbread sleighs after last years mishaps, and thought St. Nicholas Day would be celebrated by building a gingerbread house instead….Kevin was in charge of character placement.


I was surprised by awesome cycling related gifts.

Trail Love jersey

 IMBA Trail Love jersey



I took part in my second Fats in the Cats Christmas Ride. There were over 36 cyclists riding down the streets of Kingston, stopping traffic, and bringing cheer to those in need. This year, I was a Christmas Tree.




Riding Tree, and Santa

Riding Tree, and Santa

The camera was used for awkward family pictures…



What happens when your crown is too big

What happens when your crown is too big

…And snap shots of loved ones.

Kevin joining in on a Geuss family Christmas.

Kevin joining in on a Geuss family Christmas.

Lucky and the lucky cat mug

Lucky and the lucky cat mug

Lastly, we welcomed Snow, bringing forth opportunities to dabble in cross country skiing…Both in the day time


Ductchess county skiing

Skiing at Springbrook Farm

Skiing at Springbrook Farm

I'm a pro, can't you tell?

I’m a pro, can’t you tell?

…And Night.



It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

What’s been happening this holiday season?

My man ran his second Turkey Trot, and is a Speedy Gonzales. I decided he will start training for a marathon after the first run we did together…He just doesn’t know it yet.


I think my taste in shoes rubbed off on him.

No one can miss two people running in these shoes.

He has been a true sport, indulging in my (perhaps sometimes excessive) love for this season; from dragging him around Rhinebeck to look at store displays and holiday decorations to  watching a Muppet Christmas Carol with me…Okay, he fell asleep five minutes into the movie, but he started watching it with me, and put up with me singing along with the muppets to what might be the best Christmas soundtrack out there. Last weekend, we were able to have a “late” night out on the town, giving me the opportunity to snap a zillion photos, and force Kevin to take photos in front of the Rhinebeck Christmas tree.

All dressed up ready for dessert

All dressed up, ready for dessert


He gives “digging in” a new meaning



It’s his, “What did I get myself into with this crazy girl?” look.

Sinterklaas came!

Sinterklaas came!


Kevin was a little jealous of Santa…

I was able to decorate trees that Martha Stewart would be proud of. From this:


The tree was a little heavier than I thought…And a little larger…

To this:


The best gifts ever, homemade chainring ornaments with spoke hanger-things, had to come out from their hiding place, and hang on Molly crafted garlands.


Even Kevin got in the spirit when decorating his tree with the five ornaments he owns…He was warned of how excited I get in the winter last year when he was greeted at his front door with a strange girl holding a bag of Christmas tree ornaments in one hand, and four foot tree–already put together–in the other. Yes, that girl was me. To be fair, I waited until after Thanksgiving this year to decorate his house for Christmas. All I need is for Silk soymilk to come out with their Chocolate mint milk, and I’ll be all set for the season.



Nurses rock, even snow-woman nurses

Nurses rock, even snowman nurses

My bike is very happy that the weather in December has been amazing as of late. Yes, I miss the time when I didn’t have to worry about losing feeling in my digits, but I could get used to having no snow, even as much as I love white winters.

So long, warm autumns...

So long, warm weather…See you in a couple months

I seem to find new trails–or make my own trails thinking they are actual trails– and come across crazy bike obstacles going down hills. I thought about trying out my skillz on said obstacles, but then decided my arms and legs are much more useful to me when not broken.


Mountain bikes seem to be accumulating in the barn. Watching Kevin play on his new full suspension bike was like watching a little child receiving the toy truck he asked Santa for…So long, rigid Dean…


My man’s got skillz

…Kevin will be found on a bike with a suspension fork from now on.

Kevins full suspension bike

And I leave you with a song straight from a Muppet Christmas Carol.

Happy Holidays!

"Wherever you find love, it feels like Christmas"

“Wherever you find love, it feels like Christmas”

December in a Nutshell part 1

I cannot believe how quickly december flew by, and the fact I did not even write one post during this whole month. And, the New Year is soon approaching. Lots has happened this past month and every time I told myself I’d write, something would happen. So, instead of writing, I’m going to sum up the month in pictures.

I had a glass/glittery/silver themed Christmas Tree that would make Martha proud

I participated in Fats in the Cats Annual Christmas Bike ride, where all the riders wore santa costumes and decorated their bikes with lights and bells, delivering gifts to the children’s shelter and other gifts along the way. Not only was I the only reindeer, I was rudolph.

reindeer bike

tour of the lights of Kingston

trying to have my hands look like hooves

I had my first ever dinner party which, I think, was a success. Even though I might have made a mess. Wonderful Thea from Thea Sphere Sweets brought dessert.

Thea's magical creations

I made gingerbread sleighs, or attempted to.

my sleigh fell apart

I managed to pull off my first surprise congratulations dinner for a friend. And, he was indeed surprised. We ate at Terrapin then ate brownies in S’s van (also known as the mobile party van)–six grown-ups and a dog.

next time ill remember napkins and a knife

I was able to see my whole family for Christmas–the last Christmas we had together was in 2009.

I started training again for triathlons, and think I’ll do a couple road races in the spring if possible.

I realized right now I need to focus on me first, job second. And I need to find a day job. Which, I’ve learned, isn’t a selfish thing to do, but a vital thing for me to do now.

I was in a car accident which totaled my little favorite blue Honda Fit that brought me on my first vacations and road trips to Burlington and Kingdom Trails, drove me to the pool and served as a changing stall at Onteora Lake before OWSs. Both my new bikes- the Scott and the Giant- were brought home in that car, and would travel with the car to races and rides. It carried water bottles, extra goggles, hiking boots, my stethoscope. It will be missed.

Seat belts save lives, trust me on that

I was able to spend time with my sisters and the men in their life, which was fun. Seeing them happy makes me happy.

I realized that life is hard–I’ve known this in the past. But in order to get through those tough times, you  just have to keep going.

Instructions to life are two simple words: inhale and exhale. Breathe. You can climb and conquer mountains, slay dragons, fight your enemies, overcome fears and go full force towards your dreams and be completely at peace with yourself. If. you. simply. breathe. – Molly Geuss

When was the last crazy post written?

May 2023

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