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    Truth is after all a moving target, Hairs to split and pieces that don't fit. How can anybody be enlightened? Truth is after all so poorly lit.
    - Neil Peart

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    Try to imagine….

    “Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. an alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”
    ― Mitch AlbomThe Time Keeper

    Easter Chocolate

    IMG_0440Like most fathers and daughters, when my daughter J’Neil was small she and I had a number of “special“ activities together. One of those occurred at Easter time every year, when we had our favorite chocolate candy eggs. They were called Li’l Scoops: egg shaped chocolate with a “crack” at the top that allowed you to open the egg and then scoop the filling out with a little spoon that came with them in the egg carton package. They were pretty good but I think J’Neil liked the scooping part as much as she liked the candy.
    We’ve looked for them for the past several years but had been unable to find them. So this year, I stopped into Chocolate Necessities and told them my story and wondered if they could try to recreate them. They not only were willing to try, but seemed quite excited at the prospect. I took them a Lindt truffle that was very similar in flavor (milk chocolate with a white cream center) and they went to work on it.
    IMG_0444chocolate necessities logoThis past week they called to let me know that they had some for me to try out. So I went by to check them out. Shu was VERY excited, and jumped up and down when she saw I was there. They brought me out the “proto-type” and had me try it. Holy smokes it was good! Way better than the little scoops had been! They had put them in a cracked shell mold, and the filling was even scoop-able if J’Neil would like to enjoy them that way. So I bought what they had there, and told them to make me a dozen more.
    When I gave J’Neil one, she was so excited; she jumped up and down just like Shu had. She knew immediately what they were and also thought they were incredibly good.
    Thanks to Chocolate Necessities, especially Shu and Ruthie, for creating such a nostalgic moment for us with way better chocolate than we had in the old days!


    Candy Bowl Results

    Here they are, the Candy Bowl results! Click HERE to download a pdf of all the results of our 2013 Candy Bowl!

    Results picture

    Candy Bowl 2013 Results

    2013 Candy Bowl!

    Are you ready?

    Welcome to the Cottle Candy Bowl

    The grid has been filled in, the numbers have been drawn.  Now we just await the game and superbowl / candybowl excitement!

    Below are the grids — they are all the same except that different files have different names highlighted, with the goal of making it easier for everyone to find their own name.  So look for the title that would best describe you, and hopefully your name will be highlighted within.  But any grid will do.

    So click on the link, download the file (pdf), print it out and have it ready to go for kickoff on Sunday!  Go Team!
    9th candy bowl

    Team Cardston

    Texas vs Colorado

    The Happy Heretics

    The Curtis-Larkin Collaborative

    Class of 1983

    Team Arizona

    The Miller Clan

    Washingtonians Unite!

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here, to send an email, or post on FB.

    Kristin  – yeah, sorry, I hijacked Craig’s blog for this.  🙂

    If I missed highlighting you somehow, please forgive me.  After awhile all the names just start swimming together in a big blur…

    Over 2000 Miles

    Several weeks ago I decided that a good objective for this summer’s bike rides would be 2000 miles. I had somewhat of a setback when I hurt my ankle a the first of September, but I’ve gotten back on track, and this morning I made it! Today I rode the Kitsap Color Classic and after that ride I’ve done 2034.6 miles this summer. That’s like riding my bike from our house in Bellingham to Nephi, Utah; and then back again. Or from Bellingham to Chicago. Or from SLC to Washington, DC.

    Recently I also discovered what I thought was a pretty cool feature of the MapMyRide site: a 3D flyover of my routes. Here’s one from a couple of weeks ago:

    And a photo from a ride through the raspberry fields:

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