Now that I have a few minutes to sit down with my laptop, I can finally get a new blog post out there into the world. I will share my top 10 of what is going on recently to update anyone still left checking my fruitless blog! Here it goes....
Oh how I love thee...the yarn, the needles, the projects, the relaxation of sitting still and just enjoying the moment. I also love the things I make - the afghan, the shawls (I have two in progress) and the poncho-turned-shawl I am making for my bestie for her birthday (which has already passed, so I better make this project top priority!).
I don't take one step for granted anymore. Not one. I love it when it's hot, cold, windy, rainy, sunny... all weather, all days. I even love that I can get on the treadmill if I want to add a few evening miles to my training. I just love it....and along with my love of the sport is my love for the gear. This fall I found my shopping mojo has left the building. I really have not had the urge to purchase vast amounts of clothing (except for that crazy September day of the Missoni for Target release!) this fall. I believe my shopping mojo was parlayed into an obsessive consumer of athletic wear. I love running shorts, tights, jackets, thermal tops, singlets...oh the list goes on. My recent crushes are Brooks "Epiphany" running shorts. They are cut for my body type completely and are the only running shorts I've ever found that don't fit like a balloon. In true "me" fashion, I had to purchase every XS within 10 miles. I also love Nike Pro Combat apparel, and the Nike Dri-Fit line. Oh, and don't get me started on Mizuno spandex capri tights.... and their warming fabric hat and gloves. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Good thing I get a 10% discount at Sneaker Factory. That place is LETHAL for my ability to save money!
Speaking of running, I ran the Giralda Farms 5K last weekend and won my age group!!! I didn't feel that great that morning, so I wasn't going to do it. But the boy child's girlfriend's mom was running it and I was supposed to drive her there....so I decided to wing it, and I'm so glad I did. I came in 7th overall (women), but won my age group because none of those super-women were my age....at times like that it feels pretty darn good to be north of.....28.
3) Cross Country Season
It's been a long road this season. The boy was poised to have the season of a lifetime when he was injured in a road race in mid-august. It set off a chain of events that really derailed his season. He didn't have to take any prolonged time off, but the training was not what it should have been, and between PT and phoning it in during workouts, he didn't have the times he wanted to this season. He did have a PR in the county championships, and achieved "national elite runner" status by his time, but he has not been able to go to the extremes in training that he thought he would be able to. It was tough emotionally, physically and otherwise. Finally he is up to snuff physically, so he has been training hard for the last 3 weeks, but it's hard to make up all that lost time. This coming weekend is the Meet of Champions, which the team made for only the third time in school history. It is truly an honor and we are really exciting and hoping for a PR.
4) Return to routines....coking, cleaning, driving, etc. During the summer months, I let my routine go. We do what we want to do when we want to do it, which leads me to the difficulty getting my act together making every day a productive one (or at least in part, productive). Here's a pic from September, transitioning back from beach to suburban routine....before Friday night dinner with friends.
5) Diet Schwepps Ginger Ale
Now this doesn't mean I'm cheating on my diet Barqs Root Beer - quite the contrary. Just added another soda to the repetoire!
6. Decor. We are undergoing some big changes from a decorating standpoing. We are doing the family room completely, from the walls on....and also about the pull the trigger on the new headboard I'm considering. Here's a sneak peek...
This one is small, and mine will be a king, giving it the width that it appears to need in this photo. I'm also doing a velvet taupy color, which is a bit richer. We'll see how it goes, but I do want a change of surroundings here...and I"m starting to take some degree of action.
7-10 to appear in next post. I don't want to get hung up on finishing every entry all the time to post. Turkey day is fastly approaching and I want to get my game plan for the holidays by the end of November. It is usually such a whirlwind with work and other commitments, that I don't get to enjoy the small stuff. Maybe to acknowledge the small stuff is a start to enjoying it. I certainly hope so.