Monday, April 27, 2009

bicycles and travel

I try my best not to lust after such things like bags, clothes, etc. But every once and awhile, I cannot help myself...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Cancer Sucks week

The gang at Relay for Life...and posing appropriately with our new bikes! Craig and I proudly doned the spandex shorts as we pedaled into the night, along with the rest of the team, on some trainers that we attached to our bikes. And we couldn't have asked for better weather!

I'm going to take this opportunity to solicit the 4K and my urgency to raise mucho dollars in less than TWO WEEKS! If anybody is interested (**every bit helps...$1? $5? $500?) If you'd like, I will drive/ride to your house PERSONALLY and pick up your donation for you. Think about it, door-to-door service, and you get a friendly visit from me as an added bonus. How can you resist?

2. click on "2009 Donation Homepage" link
3. click on "Jacqueline Sofia" on the side bar to the left
4. you'll then come upon my rider bio page (woot!)
5. click the "Donate Here" link in the top left-hand corner
6. Paypal that bad boy and you're set to go!

Big thank yous to all who have already donated, as well :) You know who you are, and I wouldn't be able to make this journey without you.
all the love.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

a little inspiration.

At 12am I went to grab some snacks for my friend, Juhee, and I at the local market that is still open into the wee hours of the morning. When I came back, she had left me a notebook page full of wonderful quotes to help get through what feels like endless hours of studying...I now share them with you.

"Some things have to be believed to be seen." (Ralph Hodgson)

"I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself." (Marlene Dietrich)

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." (Sir Churchill)

"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday." (Don Marquis)

"It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated." (Alec Bourne)

"The great aim of education is not knowledge but action." (Herbert Spencer)

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Jackie, than are dreampt of in your philosophy." (William Shakespeare)

all the love.

Mapping it out!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

box o' Easter

Mommy Sofia is so cute when she gets into the Easter spirit, that she sent me a great little "easter in a box" for my final Easter at college.

...Those jelly bean eggs were so so so addicting. I definitely consumed more than acceptable.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

city cycling gems.

NEW FIND! Okay, it's not really new, and it wasn't my find...I had intended to visit this place a long time ago, last semester when I was first told about it. With school etcetera, I had never gotten the opportunity to venture out. However, a combination of Shar's persuasiveness and the absolutely gorgeous weather got me to ride my bike down to the Arts district (which really just consists of couple blocks located north of the train station) to check out The Velocipede Bike Project! Velocipede is a "collectively run non-profit dedicated to helping people use bicycles as transportation." Cute, right?! It is very cool, actually. Shar was having trouble with her gears, so after getting dinner at Sophi's Crepes, we popped over to the other side of the street. Right on West Lanvale Street, there's a door propped open and you can spot a couple bikes locked to a signpost outside.

The very cool thing about this place is that everybody is helping each other. When you walk inside, there's someone at the door to direct you to a person who will actually teach you how to fix your bike! There are some basic rules to the shop, as follows (from what I could gather...)

A. You can pay a one-time user fee of $5-$10 (depending on the work you need done)

B. You can pay a monthly fee, allotting you as much work on your bike as you need within the month, for $30

C. For every hour you spend getting your bike worked on, you can trade three hours of volunteering at the shop! (This is my favorite option...and if I had the time I'd definitely get on that)

Shar chose to pay a one-time fee, which is really inexpensive if you realize how much another bike shop would cost you (a tune-up usually goes for ~$30. If you need to replace/fix something, it can cost a lot more, though!)

(Shar and Noah (employee) checkin' out her the very literal sense.)

If you want to check out more, you can visit their website:

Monday, April 6, 2009

a beautiful love.

There is a beauty in people who dedicate their lives to much more than "finding the one." There are also those whose passion and fervor exist in their love for humanity, not merely one person.
I hope you can find that love.