Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Simplifying Part 2 - Transitions

Well, since I've been partly outed, I guess it's time to get on with the rest of the life change confessions. I didn't want to come out last week, since it would seem like a copycat post after Lauren's. So, this week is the week.

Librarian Sarah
Yes, it's true. I'm going to become one of those book-worm-ish ladies who wears polyester double-knit skirts and comfortable shoes and my hair in a bun and horn-rimmed glasses. On a more serious note, I've been somewhere inside longing for work that isn't just about enriching shareholders (not that there's anything wrong with that) and building my own wealth (not that there's anything wrong with that - but it can't be the only thing). A great opportunity came up to use my technical skills within an academic library. So, starting next week, I will step away from the tech industry and into something very different. Technically, my title is "Systems Librarian". I will be working on the library web site and web systems, using social networking software to enhance research, doing my own research, and writing web modules to improve "information literacy" for students. I'll also be doing a little of this and a little of that, since it is a small library.

With this new role also comes the opportunity for a different lifestyle - one where there is more vacation and a more predictable work schedule. This will help toward our overall goal of life simplification.

Bella Sarah
Yes, I've decided to join the mischief and mayhem of the Velo Bellas for 2009.

After Rick's crash, I've been really uncertain about my own racing future and what I want to do in that respect. I knew I would not be the kind of fully committed team mate I needed to be for the Girls in Pink. It has been a wonderful 2 years learning to race safely from Lorri and then racing and training with some fabulous women. I am a true believer in the mission of what Lorri has built - to teach recreational cyclists skills and teach competitive women to race safely and with confidence. So, I still plan be involved in the club aspect of the program and clinics, in whatever way I can be helpful.

So, my main goal for 2009 is to just have fun with my own cycling and competition. And, with the Bella focus on fun and free-form structure, it is a perfect fit.

Monday, December 8, 2008

All shook up and "just married" again

Saturday, I got "all shook up" in the morning, during the Bay Area Women's Group ride. Photos by Sarah Bamberger here. My body hadn't seen zone 4 in a while. But, it was great fun to get out and mingle and meet a lot of ladies I hadn't met before. In the big group photo, I'm the amazon in the back row toward the left - pretty much dwarfing everyone else. :)

Then, after ample foodage and nappage, the Rickster and I headed up to the Yahoo Year End Party, where we got "all shook up" again. The theme this year was Las Vegas. So, of course we had to hit the wedding chapel, where Elvis renewed our vows for us. We had to sing our vows into the mike. Good times.