Tuesday, February 28, 2012

This Makes Me Smile

Kitten discovering Bristle the Betta

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Running Log

All in all it was a pretty quiet week for me, and I was surprised to see my mileage as high as it is. I took 5 days off running to rest after the half marathon and to let my ankle continue to recover (it hasn't hurt at all, but I'm a bit paranoid). I did manage to get back in the pool and on the bike (if only for a short distance to warm up before strength training). I'm back to singles tennis this week. Keeping my fingers crossed that the ankle tolerates it. I'm also officially in training for my marathon. Still wavering on which training program to use. Starting with the toughest one and will back off if it proves to be too much. Have lots of exciting things coming up this spring, and I'm a bit nervous about increasing my mileage while having all kinds of fun.

Running Miles: 15
Tennis Hours: 1.5
Swimming Miles: 1
Biking Miles: 3
Hiking Miles: 2 (felt like more with kids!)

This Week's Total Mileage: 19
YTD Mileage: 170.5

Friday, February 24, 2012

Hourly Photos

I've been wanting to do this on my blog for years. Literally years. But that means I have to remember to start taking photos as soon as I wake up, and I usually don't think about it until mid-morning. Yesterday I took a photo on the hour, every hour, to document my day. Funny how the snapshops miss much of my day... so much happened in between. It was a fun experiment, and I think I'll try it again soon.

8am - Usually I get up much earlier than this, but I took advantage of school being delayed because of snow. This is the view from Kate's bed. Both kids crawled into my bed in the wee hours of the morning, so I crawled into Kate's bed for a little space!

9am - reading/writing email and drinking a chai tea

10am - leaving for school in the snow. Even with the delay, we were late!

11am - all my morning plans got cancelled because of the snow, so I decided to sew

12pm - still sewing! Blocks are off the design board and being pieced

1pm - lunch break - hashbrowns, scrambled eggs and green chiles

2pm - Getting a feel for what my big quilt will look like. I should really be folding the laundry at the end of my bed instead of playing with my fabric.

3pm - after school snack - hot chocolate with valentine Peeps.

4pm - chatting with my friend Michelle on the phone

5pm - cleaning up sweet potato peelings after our early dinner

6pm - changing in the locker room after swimming. This photo was taken a little late since at 6pm sharp I was finishing up my mile swim and starting a rousing game of Marco Polo

7pm - Shower! Finally!

8pm - loading dishwasher after kids are in bed

9pm - folding laundry (that I should have been doing earlier) while watching Downton Abby on my iPad

10pm - watching the kitten play with Oscar and Nina

 11pm Lights out after a little reading

Monday, February 20, 2012

Running Log

Half marathon is done. Back home today and marathon training has officially started... with a rest day! Actually I need to sit down and figure out my running schedule for this week. And I want to focus on stretching. I'm also watching my ankle again this week. I had no pain while I was running, but after I crossed the finish line, it started bothering me a bit. Fortunately it is pretty much better today.

Running Miles: 21
Tennis Hours: 2.5

This Week's Total Mileage: 21
YTD Mileage: 151.5

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Before & After

Ashlee & I about to start...

And at the finish!

I beat my last Austin Half time (and PR) by 3 minutes. A bit slower than I wanted, but with all the ankle stuff the last couple weeks, I'm pretty satisfied. Yea, Me!

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Right Now

Look who we added to our brood today.

Calling him Buddy right now. Thinking that name will stick.

He's 8 weeks old.

Can't get enough of him!

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Daybook 2.13.12

Outside my window... sunny and lovely and just begging me to go do something outside. Today is why we live in Colorado.

I am thinking... about nothing. Totally blank mind!

I am thankful for...

From the kitchen... easy black bean soup for lunch, minestrone for dinner, heart shaped pancakes for breakfast tomorrow, and that is as far as I've gotten.

I am wearing...
 brownish-army greenish yoga pants, red marled hoodie (I love this top!), and slippers. For once I'm not in PJs or tennis clothes! 

I am creating... we made our valentines this weekend. Everything turned out super cute! Still have to make little heart shaped notes for my valentines.

I am going... to do a short run, go to the grocery store, to the post office, maybe the fabric store, maybe Costco and maybe the map store.

I am reading... I'm always reading so many books that I can hardly keep track! Listening to Skippy Dies. Still technically reading Raising Happiness and Quiet, but I didn't have much reading time this week.

I am hoping... that my ankle pain doesn't return after today's run

I am hearing... the dryer and the heater and the cat batting at a toy

Around the house... just plugging away at little projects. I wish Matt had 2 weeks off with no plans so we could just go room to room getting things done.

One of my favorite things... hearts!

A few plans for the rest of the week: tennis doubles (going to try!), dentist appt, hair cut, Valentine's Day parties at school, Texas trip

Here is a picture I am sharing: nada

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Running Log

I really did not want to post this week's log... ugh...

Running Miles: ZERO
Hiking Miles: 0
Swimming Miles: aqua jogging for 30 min (well, maybe only 20 min with all the fuss I made with the belt!)
Biking Miles: 0
Tennis Hours: 6

Skiing Days: 0

This Week's Total Mileage: 2 (I'm giving myself some credit for the aqua jogging!)

YTD Mileage: 130.5

This week was all about the ankle. I had a lovely 10 mile run last Sunday and felt GREAT. I wasn't planning on much running the beginning of the week due to tennis. Played a singles match on Monday. Felt good. Went to a tennis clinic plus played a (hard!) doubles match on Tuesday. Felt good. Tuesday night I was rubbing my feet when I noticed that I had a little pain around my anterior malleolus (that little bump that sticks out on the side of your ankle). Thought very little of it. Got up Wednesday and noticed it hurt when I put on my shoes for tennis. I thought maybe my shoes were rubbing it funny (although I've been wearing these shoes for months). It bothered me the entire (long!) match, but like a fool, I kept playing. Fortunately I opted out of my planned run that afternoon. By Wednesday night, I could hardly walk. PAINFUL. Both physically and psychologically.

Matt diagnosed me with peroneal tendonitis (and I got a second opinion from Dr. Google!). I cancelled all my tennis and running to just rest. So that is what I've been doing since Wednesday plus icing and taking ibuprofen. I did try some aqua jogging on Thursday while the kids were swimming. Even though it is supposed to be a good running workout, it didn't feel like it. Plus it was boring - worse than the treadmill! I also got a massage yesterday, and the therapist really worked on my feet and calves. The pain is pretty much gone, but now I'm nervous to start running again too soon. I might try one slow mile today just to see.

One week to my half marathon... sigh...

Friday, February 10, 2012


Isn't that what it is called when you start concerning yourself with the "feelings" of old stuffed animals?

I'm on this big clean-out kick yesterday and today. I can't run nor play tennis (the ankle injury... Boo!). Plus I lost my rotary cutter somewhere in the depths of my sewing room so I can't really sew much either. This suddenly leaves me with a bit of time for actually doing some work around the house. I've cleaned out under all the sinks, my bedside table, the book basket, the magazine bucket, my office floor (but not the desk top!) and hit all the random dpots around the house where junk accumulates. I'm being ruthless about getting rid of junk. Or I was being ruthless until I came across this little guy...

I got him in Fernie, Canada when I was much too old to be buying stuffed animals and didn't yet have babies. But I adored his little belly "button!" He looks so pathetic with his one extremity. And he looks at me so sad with those beady eyes. I just can't bring myself to get rid of him even though I probably will never think of him again if I did.

And then I came across this guy...

Kate used to call him her guinea pig even though I think he is a dog. Maybe a bull dog? Shar pei? He gave me the puppy eyes (or "eye" in this case"), and I was mush. All I can think about is the velveteen rabbit.

I thought if I took photos for posterity, I might get them to the trash (you know, so they can become "real" in the dump... But wait... Would that dog thing become a dog or a guinea pig?!?). I don't have it in me. So these guys are sticking around for a bit longer.

Maybe I'll have better luck in my closet where the jeans don't have feelings. They are cruel, heartless beings that insult me by refusing to button.

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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Breakfast Cookies

My kids declared me the "Best Mom in the World" this morning for serving them "cookies" for breakfast. There were guilty giggles all around - the kids because the were eating dessert for breakfast and me because I knew how healthy the cookies are.

I woke up (sans alarm!) at about 6am and was perusing the Internet while icing my ankle (more on that when I come to terms with it). I was on Pinterest and saw a recipe for breakfast cookies pinned by my friend Andrea (the pin doesn't link to a website so I don't know where to give credit for the recipe). I made them immediately with just a few changes including a few mini chocolate chips (I love mini chips because just a few go along way!).

When I woke up Jack and told him what I was making for breakfast, he gave me his best I-don't-believe-you look. Both kids loved them hot out of the oven. I'll be curious how well they save.

Original Breakfast Cookie recipe: 1.5 cups oats, 2-3 super ripe bananas (I used 3), 1 cup applesauce (I used my canned homemade sauce), handful of craisins, and cinnamon to taste. (I used dried cherries instead of craisins, added just a few mini chocolate chips, vanilla, and a scoop of protein powder). Plop on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 35 minutes.


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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I'm really trying to make this list smaller and smaller. And I'm really, really trying to not start anything new, but I'm just dying to get started on a couple of projects. If I can get 2-3 more quilts basted and quilted (my goal over the next 2-3 weeks), I'll let myself start something new.

I'm not really happy with some of my WIPs and unsure why I'm proceeding with any project I don't like. I'm so happy with my decision to switch up the Facade Quilt into something different and so excited about the new project that I'm thinking I might do the same with a few other quilt tops. Going to do some soul searching about that this week.
BB=Back Burner
     = Priority

Completed Projects To Be Blogged
(Maybe if I just do one a week...)
  • Crazy Clown Colors Quilt
  • Modern Houses Quilt
  • Teacher going away quilt
  • Minky Baby Quilt (new finish!)
Quilts Needing Binding
(And I need a movie/TV night to bind!)
  • Halloween Quilt
  • Halloween Table Runner
  • Camper's Quilt (pieced and quilted over the weekend!)
  • Valentine's Day table runner (new project started this weekend!)
Quilts Needing Basting/Quilting
  • Pinwheel Quilt
  • Wonky Pinky Quilt (BB)
  • M's Quilt
  • Sorta Stacked Coins Quilt (BB)
  • Miss D's Quilt (BB)
  • Habitat Challenge Quilt #1
  • Habitat Challenge Quilt #2
Quilts Being Cut and/or Pieced
  • Ticker Tape Quilt (BB)
  • Green Squares Quilts x2
  • Sew-In Quilt (BB)
  • Repro Quilt #1
  • Repro Quilt #2
  • Unnamed BIG quilt (formally known as the Facade Quilt)
Non-Quilt Sewing Projects
  • Bath wraps for Kate and American Girl Doll
  • Fleecy PJs for Kate
  • Bike Bag for Jack
  • Kids' Xmas gifts for 2012 (making progress)

Monday, February 06, 2012

Daybook 2.6.12

Outside my window... cool and overcast. Clouds covered the mountains earlier, but it looks like they are breaking up now.

I am thinking... about all the tasks on my to-do list that I am currently ignoring

I am thankful for...
 hot tubs!

From the kitchen... not sure yet. Something with potatoes!

I am wearing...
 blue jeans, my tennis top and new slippers (I had to give up my favorite slippers and switch to a pair with a harder, more supportive sole)

I am creating... trying to get a few valentine decorations done. I also want to pull out my yarn for some new crochet projects. We are going to be doing some traveling in the upcoming months, and I need projects that are more portable than quilts.

I am going... to take the kids to open bank accounts after school today.

I am reading... got a few going on right now... almost done with The Memory of Running. I didn't really like it all that much at first, but the story is growing on me. I also got the newly released Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Really enjoying this one. Probably because it is just reinforcing what I already believe about introverts (I am a proud, card-carrying introvert!). Also slogging through Raising Happiness. Eh.

I am hoping... that a foot masseuse will magically appear at my front door this afternoon...

I am hearing... the vacuum cleaner and classical music on the radio. My housekeeper is responsible for both. And, yes, I feel a bit guilty that I am blogging while she is cleaning my house, but this is the only quiet time I'll get today.

Around the house... Matt was off work last week and we really made some progress on Jack's room. Hemmed the curtains, hung some shelves and artwork, ordered some accessories. I'll take some photos and share details soon.

One of my favorite things... no school snow days

A few plans for the rest of the week: tennis almost everyday, sewing with Miss D, art night with some neighborhood pals (gotta remember to make an appetizer for this!), 

Here is a picture I am sharing: we did a bit of sewing during our snow day on Friday. Kate made a dog bed for Nina out of some fleece she picked out a few weeks ago (remind me to tell that story!). Nina LOVES her new bed!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Running Log

I got a bit lazy at the end of this week. Can I use the "blizzard" and the whole inch of snow we got as an excuse? I will use the no school/snow day on Friday as an excuse! I actually intended to run on the treadmill Friday, but I got busy with the kids and just forgot. I am happy with the runs I remembered. I felt great on my tempo run and really good on my long run today. Two weeks until my half marathon. Just need to stay healthy.

Running Miles: 19
Hiking Miles: 0
Swimming Miles: 0
Biking Miles: 0
Tennis Hours: 5 

Skiing Hours: 0 (Boys' weekend... I stayed home with the kids)

This Week's Total Mileage: 19

YTD Mileage: 128.5

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

40 for 40 Update #1

I think I'm making good progress...

1. Ski a mogul run - DONE!
2. Attempt to donate blood
3. Join the bone marrow donation registry - DONE!
4. Sponsor a child
5. Go cross country skiing
6. Go snowshoeing
7. Make cinnamon rolls
8. Make 40 new recipes (I need to keep better track of this! I know I've tried at least 2 so far.)
9. Complete a quilt each for Kate & Jack (in progress)
10. Complete a quilt for my bed
11. Learn to play 4 Christmas carols on the piano
12. Get chickens
13. Learn to fold 40 origami projects
14. Document a day-in-our life 40 times (that's 3-4 /month) - done 1
15. Run 1000 miles (joining Tall Mom's club) - on schedule!
16. Say "I Love You" to 40 people
17. Go camping
18. Visit a National Park
19. Complete a half marathon (registered for Feb)
20. Complete a marathon (registered for June)
21. Complete a triathlon (registered for Aug)
22. Plant a garden
23. Go to a drive-in movie
24. Climb a 14er
25. Leave the country
26. Go water skiing
27. Host a party
28. Buy an RV - DONE! (Details this week!)
29. Secret Plan
30. Start a new, benevolent family tradition
31. Do a back flip off a diving board
32. Ride a motorcycle
33. Run 5K in less than 30min
34. Do the incline
35. Have a full day spa day
36. Fast for a day
37. Fly a kite
38. Go horseback riding
39. Take kids to a college sporting event
40. Go rock climbing