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No School Today…

I used to dread the days when the kids didn’t have school.  Having all four of them home on the same day did not always translate into fun times.  Now that my kids are in different schools, they have different days off.  Today, I was home with my youngest who is in grade 7.  After many failed attempts at planning things with her friends, she ended up with me.

To make it fun, we headed to the mall.  While we were sitting in East Side Mario’s for lunch (that was a huge disappointment) my phone alerted me that I should write a blog post.  Naturally she wanted to know what the noise was about, so I told her.  “Let me write it,” she said.  I passed my phone across the table.  This is what she came up with:

“Today I went to the mall with my mom because we had the day off of school. I was originally going to go with some friends but then I decided not to go with them because it is not very often that I get to hang out with mom alone while my siblings have school. Usually when we go to the mall both of my sisters then we don’t have alot of time to go in the stores that I like to shop in. So when I have a chance to spend time alone with mom I will take it. Today was great, we went out to lunch and to Starbucks and I gota few things. I hope I have more time with her in the future.”

Thanks Adrianna, I LOVE being your Mom!

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Family, General

 

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More yarn projects…

So I’ve been learning to knit. Bless my mother-in-law’s heart, I just can’t remember what she teaches me! So I do what any good librarian would do, I find a knitting book.

Since I’m still fairly new to knitting, I find it slow and I also have to concentrate quite a bit while I do it. I decided that maybe I should break out the crochet hooks again and give my iPad a break from my mindless activities while watching tv.

My lovely, youngest daughter proudly wearing what I made.

This is what I accomplished. It amazed my kids because this only took me a couple of hours to make. It certainly made me realize how much I enjoy crocheting.

These cowls intrigue me. They are like a scarf but without the long ends hanging down. They are also quite easy to make because you just have to go around and around. This one only needed to be 8″ and that was only 16 rows of 37 stitches!

So back to some knitting. I have learned to knit and purl, what more do I need to start a project. After all, I have my new knitting book. I headed over to the

I was pleased with the results and it is really warm. I'm going to like wearing it this winter.

craft store to buy some yarn. I’m a big fan of free patterns, so I found a yarn I liked with a pattern for a cowl that I liked.

I think it turned out pretty good. I received quite a few compliments when I wore it for the first time on Tuesday. I’m really enjoying creating things again.

I went through my box of yarn and found a few incomplete projects. Before I start anything new, I will have to finish what I’ve started.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Crocheting, Family, Knitting

 

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Hurdles…

I started running in January, 2010. That first winter I was just starting out and I was very happy on my treadmill. I never thought I would run outside. I was going to be strictly an inside runner.

Then the first nice day in March came and I went for a run with my husband, outside. That was wonderful, I was definitely doing that again!

All was great, until October and November came, as they always do, cold and rainy.  I was training for a half-marathon, I had to keep running. I even did one of my long runs on the treadmill. I had learned to detest the treadmill.

I made it through the half-marathon in Florida in January, came home and had no pressing reason to run, so I didn’t run.  That was a problem, I missed it.

That's me at about the 3.5k mark of the 10k. There was no smile left by the 8k mark but it came back once I crossed the finish line!!

So here I am once again, the cold rainy weather has returned. Somehow I need to keep running.  In August I signed up for a 10k race in the beginning of November. That got me running. Gave me a reason to continue to train.

Now I stand in front of my running hurdle, cold weather. I don’t like to be cold. I like to sit in front of the fire with a wool blanket. So how am I going to handle this obstacle.

I need to schedule my runs and I have to run regardless of the weather. This means I either have to brave the weather or learn to enjoy my treadmill again. I don’t think it has to be one or the other. If my scheduled run falls on a sunny day, I will enjoy the outdoors; if the weather is bad, I will take advantage of running indoors.  I will remember why I run and will take it any way I can get it.

I just signed up for a 5k race on March 4th.  That should be some good incentive.  Do you need a goal, join me http://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=6690&contentId=20794&vrindex=0

I am determined to run through this winter and I will succeed.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in General, Running

 

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