Sunday, February 15, 2009

Why yes, there is still a blog here...

Thanks to my schnazy new camera, I've had the desire to do a little blogging again. No promises on how long that will last though.

Happy (1 day late) Valentine's Day. We spent the day busily. Hubs worked the majority of the day for Habitat for Humanity. Little man had a birthday party to attend so Oldest boy and I spent some 1x1 time together. We had lunch at Chili's, yum! Went to Hancock Fabric and Petco. Very exciting for him, I'm sure. He did enjoy lunch though. After all the running I spent the evening at the wheel and was able to start and finish a lovely yarn for my Valentine. This is 4 ounces of Corriedale in "Nova Scotia" from my favorite fiber dealer Spunky Eclectic.

My very first true 3 ply and I was able to produce 95 yards at about 9 wpi (worsted weight). This will some day be a hat for my dear Valentine.

We all enjoyed some chocolate chip banana bread (coffee cake) yesterday too. So tasty, must make again.

Recipe (From our Church Cook Book):

1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine
1 cup sugar
1 cup (2 whole) mashed bananas
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour (I used 1 cup white, 1/2 cup wheat)
pinch of salt
1 egg
I added a pinch of cinnamon too and about 3/4 cup of chocolate chips

Melt butter, add remaining ingredients and spoon into prepared pan.

Topping:
2 Tsp. margarine
2 Tsp. sugar
2 Tsp. flour
3/4 tsp. cinnamon

Melt margarine. Mix in remaining ingred, crumble over top. (this is not a crumble, it's very saucy, I spread on top before baking.

Bake at 400F for approximatley 50 minutes. Can be made as muffins, adjust baking time to 25 minutes.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Ode to Gracefulness

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone. We safely returned from our week long trip to Birchwood, WI on Saturday so what better way to enjoy Sunday's 90 degree temps than to work on your tan, right?!?!? That was the plan. Of course I got my suit on, applied my SPF 15 for the day and got comfy in my lounge chair and that's when Jack requested lunch. No prob, I was hungry too so I got up made us sandwiches and took my lunch to the patio to sit on the lounge chair and eat. After polishing off that tasty sandwich I proceeded to adjust myself to tanning position and happily laid, sweating, reading Water For Elephants (good book!). Anywho, after some time Brendon came out and said my leg was bleeding. I thought it was odd since I remember scraping it as I adjusted myself but figured it was just a little scrape. That little scrape got me 5 stitches today! It really didn't bleed much, may have been due to my laying on my stomach so there was pressure on it but it definitely was split enough to require stitches. So much for getting back into a workout schedule this week! I'm on low exertion for 8 days til the stitches come out. It's bandaged now but maybe tomorrow will be a picture of the lovely blue thread!!!

Friday, August 8, 2008

08-08-08! None of us are free until ALL of us are free!

Lucky day? We'll see. The Olympics kick off today so this morning I cast on my project (entry) for the Ravelympics. I chose to enter the Shawl Relay with a cross into the Lace Weight Long Jump as I'll be knitting a shawl with lace weight yarn. I had originally started the Goddess Knits Anniversary Mystery Shawl at least a month ago but due to an error, I ripped it out. This morning I started again in full force! I'm not sure why I sign up for these things other than they are free and there are prizes (I never win!) but it's fun.

In other news, I followed a link from this blog I read which got me here. Again another contest but this one also comes with a message. Pippi of Pippikneesocks, yarn dyer extraordinaire has created a colorway based on the Tibetan Prayer Flags to increase awareness that Tibet is not free. Check out this link too for more information.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Bellin Run Results

We did it again, B and I ran a 10k on Saturday, our second Bellin Run.

B finished with a time of 1 hour 18 minutes 21 seconds - this is about 7 minutes faster than last year!

For me - I wasn't going to do the run since I didn't really train well for it but decided that since I had to drive B there anyway, I may as well just do it. (Heh, Nike!) My time 1 hour 19 minutes 52 seconds - about 10 minutes slower than last year.

It was fun, always very cool to see the crowds line nearly all of the 6.2 miles of the route. I think our next run will be the Thanksgiving Wyld Turkey 5k.

Note for next year's Bellin Run - TRAIN!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Edit

Updated my ticker, instead of running "x" number of miles per week, as I really don't love running, I've decided to track the number of days I workout per week. This week is messed up royally though. I did workout yesterday and planned to workout Thursday and Friday but I now have another commitment Thursday morning so unless I go out and walk or run, I won't get it in as I can't get to the gym. Friday step at 8 am is on though! Any suggestions on your experiences of running/ walking? I'm thinking if I walk 3-4 miles at a decent briskness, I should be good right?? Ever since this stupid cold (which is now gone) hit me 3 weeks ago I've been sedentary and it stinks and it certainly doesn't take long for the body to go kaput! I need to kick it in gear!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Summer months are near

Ok, I've been absent here. Sorry.

A few goals I have for the summer:
* I added a ticker to track running mileage, I'm hoping to run at least 5 miles per week. This is in addition to other workouts, I plan to run on Monday and Wednesday mornings, continue my weight lifting class on Tuesday mornings, Kick box on Thurs mornings and go to Step on Friday's.
* I haven't posted about it but over a month ago I purchased a spinning wheel! I love it, I haven't spent a whole lot of time with it but plan to dedicate a lot of time this summer to perfecting my spinning. It's a whole other avenue of fiber playing!
* Clean the house - this means purge stuff that is just collecting dust.
* Finish some knitting projects and prioritize projects (to possibly include holiday gifts)
* Be a better blogger!

Guess that's good for now. I'm sure I have lots of photos that should be blogged but now just isn't the time.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Marpril Sweater!

I finally finished my March Sweater for March Sweater Madness, only it took me until the end of April.

Project Details:

Pattern: Top-Down Raglan Cardigan from Cosmicpluto Knits aka Laura Chau
Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool in color Cherry Blossom. I used just over 4 skeins.
Needle: US 8 circular and DPN's
Size: 36-38" bust
Start: March 1, 2008
Finish: April 27, 2008
Mods: Followed the pattern as written although I chose to not add button holes. I may add pretty ribbon and snaps down the front though. I also added the cable from the Tangled Yoke Cardigan on the bottom.
Thoughts: This could be a fast knit. I started March 1 with the race on March Sweater Madness. But after someone else finished, I put it down to work on other projects. Glad I was able to finish before Summer though! I have the sweater on as I'm typing this. I think it does need some sort of closure so I'm going to look for ribbon and get some snaps. Other than that, I think this is a beautiful sweater, if I might say so myself. ;o)