Happy Holidays from Rob and Cindi

It’s the Holiday Season!

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Happy Holidays from Access Bend Concierge!

As the holidays come upon us, many people get nervous about all the things they need to do. Decorating,
parties, gifts, events, putting the Christmas Tree up, etc. You can feel a nervous energy as people get ready for
Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner. Sometimes we can get overwhelmed!
Here are some tips to help you get through the season and all the parties with a smile on your face!

Make lists! They really help.
Exercise whenever you can. Take walks and use the stairs.
Take deep breaths when you feel tense.
Drink water between every alcoholic drink.
Wrap presents ahead of time.
Get help with your Christmas lights and decorations.
Plan meals ahead of time.
Enjoy the moment. The holidays are fun!

Access Bend Concierge can help. We do everything from putting up Christmas lights, to delivering your tree, to
booking hotels and fun activities for the in laws and relatives. We can book your  private or business party, provide tables, chairs and flatware and help you set up. The only job we can’t do is the one you don’t ask us to do!

Rob and Cindi Garvie wish you the best ever Holiday Season.
Check out our new “Pick 3 Adventure Plan” under Vacation Services!
We have winter activity packages for skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Call us at 541-419-5226 today!
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Spring Cleaning

How to attack Spring Cleaning

As winter starts to wind down, we begin to see the sun shining and thoughts of getting out of the house start to cross our minds. After being cooped up inside for several months, our houses may feel cluttered and overcrowded. How does one go about the process of Spring Cleaning with a smile on our face?

First, the fear of beginning is sometimes the biggest hurdle. Realize that all things small and large can be done. If man can get to the moon, certainly man can spring clean, right?

Sitting down at the table and writing up a plan can often start the process on the right foot. Where do you want to begin? How many boxes will you need for Goodwill, for storage, for the dump? What is a good day to begin? Will anyone help you? Then, begin a little at a time! I remember when I was younger, I had what I like  to call “fear of desk.” My desk was insurmountable…paperwork everywhere and no desk in sight. Then my Dad told me to pick up one piece of paper at a time, and deal with it and no more.  After that, I was able to go through the piles on my desk, knowing that I was facing one tree at a time, not a whole forest.

To continue, put your boxes against one wall in the house and label them with a marker. Then start in ONE closet, or on one desk, or in one room. Turn some music on, and pretty soon you will find that the time goes by enjoyably.

For larger projects, please feel free to call us. We will be happy to come and pack up boxes, deliver them to the correct facility, or move things to storage for you. No job is too big for Access Bend Concierge.

In summary, enjoy the beginning of Spring. Clean out the inside and get out to the outside! The mountains await you.

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Cascading Around Bend’s Downtown

The noise was frightening. A buzz or whine that seemed to throb. The wind flapped the yellow tape and blew your hair back. This was not natural but it was as thrilling as it gets. The Peleton for the elite men of the Cascade Cycling Classic was rounding turn two of the Criterium in downtown Bend creating its own wind. The course was just over a mile and lined two, three and in some places four or five deep. Cow bells rang, people clapped and cheered and sometimes you could even hear the announcer, but what caught everyone’s attention was the Peleton.

United Healthcare, true to its name, was a united team out front of that group and protecting its prize, the yellow jersey. A group of four or five teammates took the lead and rotated with clockwork precision out of turn one shifting one to five in front of their man. Just behind was Fly Australia sandwiching their man Darren in the red and white poke-a-dot jersey. The entire string looked so relaxed as if simply out for a Saturday evening roll around the park. At speeds around 30 miles an hour they were making short time revolutions of Bend’s downtown corridor. It was magnificent.

Ahead of the Peleton was a group of four that slowly grew to seven or eight. These were the true leaders of this race. Moving fast as the race built up they inched away from the Peleton and sparked murmurs of last year when the lead group reached a point of almost catching the Peleton from behind when suddenly 6 or so lapses remained and a small group of sprinters not only reeled them in but chewed them up and left them lying in the middle of the pack. Tonight however United and Air had different plans. They controlled the Peleton and let the front runners to sort out victory on their own. At six lapses to go the pattern began to show. There were two Air Australia riders in that front group. First they were out front together and then sitting comfortably in back together. The rest of the group was made up of loners and each looked quickly at the other urging someone else to break the wall of hot air that remained from a long hot summer day. Five lapses signaled the motorcycle guide, then four, then three. One rider was missing from the lead pack and they were down to seven. Air Aussie was working the spinning wheels and sat wheel to wheel. Two lapse to go and the lead group was falling apart. One lapse left as they flew by with screaming gears and tires. I could not see the finish line but as the small group headed down Bond Street the story was clear. Air Australian had a two man team working it to perfection. Bells rang and the crowd noise swelled as the entire downtown roared and crowned the winner for the day. What a great day of cycling in Central Oregon with the crowd and riders mingling in the after party. We headed off to dinner at the appropriately named Typhoon Restaurant for an excellent end to another amazing whirlwind day in Bend.

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