I did what you told me moms, I envisioned it, I dreamed it, I pictured it real hard, and you know what, it actually worked. Me and McDreamy. Ahhhh sigh.
The day before the Levi Leipheimer Gran Fondo, Mario and I headed into Santa Rosa to pick up his race packet at the Finley Centre and to explore the expo. While Mario had his eyes peeled for cycling deals and cycling treats, I had mine peeled for dreamy cyclists 😀
Found me a team truck, now all I needed was to find me a Levi.
There wasn’t a whole heck of a lot going on for either of us. We were in and out of the registration area in less than an hour. Feeling a little disappointed (more so on my end) we headed for the exits. On the way out, Mario caught a sign telling us that Levi would be back at 3 meeting people and signing whatever they wanted him to sign. The thing is, I’m not so huge on standing in lines, I’d much prefer the meeting of the sexy cyclists to be more happenstance than staged you know, but for my husband I would suffer that line 😉
Back at the Finley Centre a couple hours later, we joined the line. I could see the tip of Levi’s hat and could feel the butterflies in my belly gathering. For six years, I’ve watched this man (along with Lance and my dear sweet Andy, and Mark Cavendish, Oh. My. Mark) climb mountains, pedal across beautiful terrain, speed into the finish, even break limbs. And as many of you know, I’ve grown rather, uhm, fond of a few of them. (See above) And while I’ve watched them for years, and got passed by Mark Cavendish after his pee test at the Giro D’Italia a few years ago, Levi would be the first one I ever got up close and personal with. Hello butterflies.
But before we could even move three steps ahead, Mario started nudging my arm. A blossom of chocolate brown with sprinkles of salt had just filled his eyes. Hey! Hey! Hey! he whisper shouted. I turned my head. Is that Patrick Dempsey? The guy’s back was turned. All we could see were those unmistakable dark, bushy curls sticking out from under his bike helmet and his red and white specialized jersey. A guy and two girls were circling him, no one else. I craned my head, focused my eyes, OH. MY. McDREAMY. And I was off.
Do you see that? His hand, on my back. Heaven!
After my McDreamy drool fest, we were back in the line for Levi. A couple of the people ahead of us had asked him to take his sunglasses off for their pictures, but I was not going to be quite so demanding. Oh no.
See, I find Levi way more sexy with his sunglasses on rather than off. So when I got up to him, and he started taking them off, I said, Oh you don’t need to take those off, you can leave them on, I don’t mind. Well, then he goes on to tell me about how his eyes are soooooo blue and that they’re super sensitive to the light, and so he had to have his sunglasses on earlier when the light was stronger otherwise he’d be squinting for photos, but that it was okay for him to take them off now, and that he would do that just for me. Well crud, what the heck was I supposed to say after that? “Uh, actually Mr. Levi, I think you’re kinda way sexier with them on, so do you mind putting them back on?” Nope, couldn’t do it.
His eyes really are quite a spectacular blue, I got me a close-up view 😀
And wouldn’t you know it, after McDreamy and McBlueeyes, I was so flustered, with shaking hands and a rapidly contracting heart, I almost didn’t even notice I was in the vicinity of even more super celebs: Linus, Snoopy, Lucy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang.
Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz lived the last 30 years of his life in Santa Rosa, where now there’s a Charlie Brown Museum and Research Centre.
YESTERDAY’S TRAINER RIDE:
- 8:30 p.m. BG before: 5.6 (two biscuits, no bolus)
- Temp. basal: -100 per cent (1 hour)
- Time: 45 minutes (episode of Grey’s Anatomy)
- 9:30 p.m. BG after: 6.2
- Temp. basal: +50 per cent (1 hour)
Do you have a favourite Peanuts character? Mine’s Linus … what can I say, I was a major thumb sucker 😀