Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Ahh, it's summer! I've taken the bike out of storage and brought it in for a tune-up. It's been a couple years since I've used my beloved green bicycle, I think subconsciously I had compartmentalized it with a different part of my life. However, it was one of my greatest joys in the past and nothing says that fun has to stay in the past. So, yippee! I will soon be whizzing along!

I have to admit, however, the summer was not the motivation for bring out the bike. The first impetus was vanity.

I was slightly horrified (though I shouldn't have been surprised) at how much, um, chunkier I've become in the last year. I guess it's a sign of a happy marriage? Well, I know I am not morbidly obese but I'd still like to be a little less. It's bound to be healthier, anyway, which leads to my second bike-dusting reason.

And my second reason is that I was told I had a vitamin D deficiency! You know, the vitamin you get from the sun? When I told this to my sister she said, "What, you never go outside?" Uh, no. It's been winter, I live in New England and I'm an author/illustrator which means I stay inside staring at a computer or sit in a studio all day. Obviously, I don't go outside...which is why I am vitamin D deficient!

So, I'm counting on my green bike to save me. And even if it doesn't, at least I'll have fun.


Jennifer Morian Frye said...

Have fun! It is a great bike! Vitamin D is my favorite vitamin to being outside. Pretty sure I felt the effects of deficiency myself by the time April came along and we were still having bad weather. What a long winter, and I'm not even in New England! Enjoy the sun-soaking and pedal pushing!

VTgirl101 said...

Grace you are such an amazing writer! Have fun on the bike ride!

Your biggest fan

Bicultural Mama said...

What a cute retro bike. Now you just need a bell and a basket (I admit I have these on my old little bike). Have fun riding it!

Jillian said...

You should put tassels on the handles. That would be cute :D

Grace Lin said...

Thanks, everyone for you support. Hopefully, I'll be vitamin D sufficient soon. I was actually tempted to get another bike but I realized I just wanted to have the same bike in a different color and that seemed a waste.