Business Unusual

Rants from a working stay-at-home dad

Carrying stuff by bike: kids

August 18th, 2014 by Justin

There are several ways to carry kids on a bicycle, and many can be combined if you’re portaging 17 children and Vito your helper monkey. I’d like to focus on one of the less expensive options which should work on many bikes: the Topeak BabySeat.

Carrying stuff by bike: canoe

August 4th, 2014 by Justin

I had an opportunity to acquire a canoe from my parents. All I had to do was pick it up. Everyone else owns a boat in Minnesota, right? Why shouldn’t I?

A friend insisted that if I have (1) an opportunity to purchase a quality canoe for a song, and have (2) easy access to water, that I must seize the opportunity. She also suggested that since this is Minnesota, I should give it the “when in Rome” treatment and portage it via bicycle. And the trailer she recommended is the Wike brand, “woody wagon” bike canoe trailer. Not sure why it’s called “woody,” it’s made of aluminum (like my canoe), not wood.

For anyone interested in canoeing and/or bicycling, here’s what I’ve learned…

Marlo at 14 Months

July 31st, 2014 by jessi

Oooh boy. You are tons of fun right now. We’ve had to bring the baby-gate out from storage since you are very mobile now. You scoot into Jules’ room and since he doesn’t clean up all the little things (re: Legos) we have to shut his door. You are into everything right now too. You’ll […]

2nd Annual Fridley Bike Tour

July 21st, 2014 by Justin

Skip to the ride racap

The June 5th ride was postponed due to impending weather. It never really manifested itself as bad as it looked on radar, but the ride had already been postponed.

We’ve rescheduled the ride to a new date!

Marlo at 13 Months

July 17th, 2014 by jessi

At thirteen months you started growing 3 top teeth at the same time! You’ve been a bit crabbier than normal but that’s probably the reason. You like to feed yourself and slap the spoon away when I aim it toward your mouth. So I give it to you and you’re excited to try it yourself. […]

Cabin 2014

July 10th, 2014 by jessi

We had a couple of firsts at the cabin this year. First, Marlo sat in sand and decided you must eat what you sit on. She ate sand and loved it. Next, since I was with the previous generation (re: my in-laws and their friends) they were making manhattans. And since I’m on a Mad […]

How to watch the Tour de France

July 7th, 2014 by Justin

While July is a great month for long bike rides in Minnesota, I find myself dedicated to much more “couch time” than usual. My July obsession: Le Tour, the Tour de France, the big old race around France (or whatever you’d like to call it). While I consider myself the very opposite of the lycra clad, weight obsessed (both in body and machine), Skittle-colored hard-core roadie – I find the tour fascinating. The team dynamic, the strategies, and the torturous rides, climbs and descents. And then there’s the gloomy overshadow of drug use, hushed amongst the announcers, hoping they won’t alienate their audience. Drama, speed, egos, color. So how do follow it?

Changing Things Up

June 24th, 2014 by jessi

After Marlo was born, the idea of me being home with the kids kept creeping into my head. I enjoy making money and supporting my family and to make a decision like that wasn’t something I took lightly. “Could I deal with kids 24/7?” I’d constantly ask. But the real question I was asking myself […]