|A wet day in Portland.|
November is here, and winter is either here or on its way, depending on how you look at it. More rainy or cloudy days than sun, high temperatures somewhere between 45 and 55 F (7-13C). We haven't hit freezing (though we've come close a couple nights) so no frost. And no snow, of course. We ain't Edmonton.
|For reference: Edmonton, just the other day. Photo: tuckamoredew|
And the days are short too, so there's not a heck of a lot of daylight after I get out of work (when I work the am shift.) So if I want to ride, I better get used to riding at night.
And the biggest roadblock is looming deadlines. I have Bikecraft to get ready for on December 1-2, and my art show at Bikeasaurus on December 7. Am I ready? Ha! I'm far from that. So when I have free time, I optimistically put it aside for "getting art done". Do I get art done? Ha! I procrastinate more than anything else. I'm sure as the clock ticks on, I'll be pushed into action. But really, what this deadline biz does is I avoid spending time on such frivolities as "a nice bike ride" because I should be spending my time "doing other stuff." And then I don't do "other stuff".
Of course, with the mental state I'm in, I should go on a ride. Maybe that's one reason why I rode the Verboort Populaire a few weeks back, even though I "should" have been drawing. I knew I needed that ride. And it's also why I took a nice little ride last Saturday. Yes, it was under the excuse of "running errands" as I had errands to run. But I'm sure if I really wanted to, I could have pushed those to another time. In my head, I knew I needed it, I just had to find the right justification.
A fun ride will have to wait for another day. Hopefully after all my obligations are taken care of.