When JungleJim and I began dating he went on and on and on about his love for cycling, the small regional races he’d ridden, and the great routes he’d found here in the desert. He said something along the lines of I wouldn’t see him at all during the month of July, which pleased me greatly because we began dating in December, and this meant he thought we’d still be together. On the other hand, punk! I’d never watched Le Tour de France before, only knew that Lance Armstrong had won a billion times, and could not for the life of me understand why anyone would want to watch a bunch of men riding bicycles. So months passed, JungleJim and I continued seeing one another and at some point fell in L-O-V-E. And then July rolled around, and I teased him about what he’d said way back in December, that I wouldn’t see him in July. This was the day before the race, and his expressionless gaze told me that I either had to get on board and become a fanatic, or sit silently beside him and not scoff the race, or really not see him. So I got on board and became a fanatic, and for that I thank my darling JungleJim.
I have an autographed picture of Dave Zabriskie that a sweet, sweet girl named Carrie got for me while DZ was making an appearance at a bookstore in Colorado. I might have kissed it. More than once.
My kids and I will sing snippets of songs from “The Triplets of Bellville” to each other every now and then.
I begin the countdown to Le Tour in May.
I’m still learning a lot about the teams and different stages of the race, of course. Sort of like knitting! Still learning a lot about knitting, but my devotion runs deep. And while that may seem like a pretty random segue (although probably not, given my propensity to babble), it isn’t.
I’ve joined Le Tour de France KAL and I’m SO excited! I’ve had about 900yds of gorgeous, dark chocolate brown alpaca yarn in my stash for quite some time. For this KAL, I’m going to knit a Clementine Shawlette. I figure the –ette makes it somewhat French, and therefore appropriate for this KAL. Check out that super cool button there on the sidebar! Seriously, people, it took me an HOUR pre-coffee to do that thing. I’m no button master, and I’m embarrassed by my lack of skillz. But there it is!
NINE DAYS, people! NINE DAYS! I am so excited!
Vive le Tour! Vive la Clementine Shawlette, or, to be plus francaise, Viva la shawlette Clementine!