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May 27, 2016

In Wonderland

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” 
-Lewis Carroll

Today, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland 2 is released in theaters and I am so excited to see it. I absolutely love the story, Alice in Wonderland, the message and the quotes within this beloved classic. My original post was going to be an accumulation of favorite quotes from Lewis Carroll's original novel, but as I started researching this classic, I found a ton of history about it that I didn't know and thought you may be interested in learning about it too.

1865, The original novel of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was written by Lewis Carroll
*The original story fell under the "literary nonsense" genre. 
1903, The first movie adaptation of Lewis Carroll's book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow
1951, Walt Disney Pictures produced their thirteenth animated feature film, Alice in Wonderland
2010, Tim Burton created his take on the classic, Alice in Wonderland
2016, Tim Burton creates his sequel to Alice in Wonderland, Alice looking through the Looking Glass

At this time, there have been 18 adaptations of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and this is sure to not be its last.

Now, let's get back to some of the best quotes from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. To the dreamers like me who will be inspired by these quotes:
“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.” 
“Alice: How long is forever? White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.” 
“My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.” 
“If you don't know where you are going any road can take you there.” 
"I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then."
“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?” 
"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
"Oh, how I long to run away from normal days and run away with my imagination."
"Actually, the best gift you ever could have given her was a lifetime of adventures."

May 12, 2016

There Will Be Rules

Etiquette is a huge deal when it comes to cycling. Partially for safety, mostly for street-cred. As I dive deeper into the sport I am realizing how much really goes into it, aside from straight-up, riding your bike.

Yesterday, I had a long discussion with veteran cyclists about matching saddle and handlebar tape, jersey and bibs and when you can and can’t wear a cycling cap and so much more… woah! I have a lot to learn on the style front, who knew? Following the conversation, I was given the official Rule Book of how to fit in as a cyclist. Reading though the 95 rules of cycling, I realized that I have been an offender of many of these rules. I gotta get my act together here if I want to thrive in the Minneapolis cycling community. 

Take a look at the Velominati of cycling so you can be sure to follow the rules and not be a douche.  

There are also Fashion Rules that we must follow. Be sure to learn and respect these rules too:

Style Rules to Ride By

1. Socks match the kit, match the bike, match the wheels.
2. Bibs always. Shorts never.
3. Keep your junk in your pockets. Nothing looks more disheveled than a tube hanging out the back.
4. Glasses over helmet straps.
5. Six-inch socks, the way the pros do.
6. If you’re wearing arm protection, mind the gap — don’t let the bicep show between jersey sleeve and arm protection.
7. Hats are cool and all, but keep the brim down, unless you in Italy.
8. If you’re not a pro, don’t wear a pro team’s jersey.
9. Boldness equates to speed. The faster you go, the more flare you’re granted.
10. Shave the legs

May 9, 2016

2016 CycloFemme

This year, I was a proud participant in the Annual CycloFemme Ride. If you haven’t heard of CycloFemme yet, you’re not alone, I only recently heard about this event. CycloFemme is a global Women’s Cycling day to celebrate women in the cycling industry and empower the future for women in this sport. Every Mother’s Day, local bike shops and organizations from around the world plan and host these rides in major cities to gather local women and ride. In Minneapolis, the bike brand Surly took the reins and went above and beyond with a bikepacking trip for the women of Minneapolis. Over 35 women gathered together and rode 20+ miles into the woods to celebrate this day and our love of cycling. We had an incredible 24 hours together meeting other women from around our city and community who love to ride. What an awesome experience and thanks again to Surly Bikes for making this happen! 

Tent photo by Lindsay Piper

"Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”
-Susan B. Anthony

May 6, 2016


BikeLife brings out the best in all of us. Take a look at Matthias, for example, who gets so excited about riding that he does high kicks to express his love.

I recently revisited my blog and realized it's been over a month since I've been blogging regularly. When I questioned myself as to why I have been on a blogging hiatus, I realize that I've been spending my nights and weekends riding all over Minneapolis and have become pretty hardcore with BikeLife. The cycling scene here in Minneapolis trumps all, making it a full-time activity for Ken and I.

As I dive deeper into the cycling world, I'm realizing all the little nuances involved in this sport and want to share all of this with you and hopefully open new doors to rides, adventures, ideas, products and more.

Get ready for the BikeLife section of Artisan Happiness!

May 1, 2016

Pop Up Party

It's good to be home! This weekend we kicked off our 2016 van season with a wildly successful van trip to Duluth. This time, we were not alone. Since moving to Minnesota we found the most amazing group of like-minded friends that enjoy a carefree, kid-free, adventurous lifestyle like us; they have vans too! We celebrated our first trip together with some intense mountain biking through Piedmont followed by local restaurants and brews. 

Something tells me we are going to have an amazing summer with these vans and friends.