I need you all to say a little prayer for Genevieve today, because homegirl has been struggling for reals. She had to go to the bicycle doctor two days in a row. I'm just hoping there won't be a third...
Yesterday, I woke up bright and early with big plans to get in a 12-15 mile ride before I had to get ready for a meeting. I had set an alarm. I was ready to go on time. I got about a quarter of a mile from home and my pedals seized up and wouldn't turn anymore. I got off the bike and tried turning the pedals and pulling on the chain. I got black grease all over my fingers, but did not manage to fix my bike. Bummer.
I was annoyed with my inability to get in some miles so I took my broken baby to the bike store to consult the bike doctor. He took a look at her and said that her chain had slipped off. He put it back on for me and when I asked if there was anything I could do to "Ashley-proof" the chain, he said no and that sometimes these things just happen. I smiled and wandered off, planning to get some riding done in the morning before devoting one last day to studying for my Family Law exam.
Fast forward to this morning. I did not set an alarm, but I got up on time anyway and was out the door bright and early. The weather was comfortably cool and I pedaled off happily, expecting to make up for yesterday's epic fail. Y'all know where this is going. I got about 3/4 of a mile away from home this time and, once again, my pedals stopped working.
I sulked for a while, and planned to go back to the bike doctor later in the day even though I really didn't want to. It's one thing to break your bike every now and then, but breaking your bike the same way two days in a row is incredibly embarrassing. Fortunately, the bike doctor did not make fun of me. I probably would have deserved it if he did.
This time Genevieve had a bit of surgery. The bike doctor unscrewed her derailleur, did magic on the chain, then put the derailleur back on. I probably won't be able to test ride her tomorrow morning, but I'm hoping Genevieve won't be needing anymore emergency trips to the bike doctor. At least not for a little while.
I spent the rest of my day studying, running errands, and whipping up a couscous salad because I needed brain food to study by. I added baby spinach, mini grape tomatoes, sweet onion, feta, and cooked whole wheat couscous to a bowl and tossed it all with a sweet and spicy pomegranate mustard vinaigrette. My last law school exam ever is tomorrow you guys. Wish me luck!