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Crochet, WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday – Donut you want some more?

I’m a little obsessed with crochet donuts right now! They are so fun to make! My kids might be almost as obsessed as I am… they each want a few! Last week I finished up my first pillow sized one. Yesterday I finished my 6 pack of “regular” ones and now I’m working on another pillow.I had so much fun with these, I decided to order a book on food patterns. Honestly, some of them are adorable, some not so much so.I also finished my Karma Chameleon yesterday!What is your favorite project right now?

Life

Winter… spring? What am I supposed to do?

Last Friday we started with rain, which turned into snow, and continued until today! We have something between 10-12 inches of white stuff. There were bouts of rain and lots of blowing and drifting, so it is really  hard to tell for sure what we ended up with. I’m not going to lie- I’ve been trying to stay positive, but am really REALLY struggling with this! Being stuck at home all weekend, I have no excuse for not accomplishing anything. I just didn’t.

Today the kids are home from school, as the roads were still not very good this morning. The kids have been playing nicely, I am still not productive. My goal is to post some listings on the Etsy site, and to get the house (kind of) picked up before we go sign up for figure skating tonight. I also would like to finish the last 4 donuts I was crocheting!

Anyone else get hit with a pile of snow? How are you staying  motivated with the “ugh” weather? What projects are motivating you?

 

Life, Running

Turtle training

To start out- nothing like logging on to post today’s blog post, feeling good I’ve been consistent the last half of the week, and finding out I somehow didn’t actually post the other days. Oye! Out they went.

I’m (getting) beyond excited about Ragnar Chicago! We are 5 weeks from our start. Our team signed up as the Sprinting Turtles (thanks to a random name generator) way back in December. What wouldn’t be fun about 12 people, 2 vans, 200 miles of relay?! I am team captain, and am hoping to make this fantastic for the team

A few weeks ago, a teammate had to back out for medical reasons. Yesterday, her replacement backed out. Each runner runs 3 legs of the relay. I am now looking for a runner to run 3.4 miles, 3.6 miles, then 4 miles- with 5 weeks of training. Fingers crossed for us!

On my own training- my shins are finally feeling better. I was accidentally running in my wore out running shoes as I switched to outside training, and wearing heeled shoes instead of flats. Ice, less miles, and compression socks worked like a charm.

Hubby is also on the team, and really picking up his game. That was hard when I was purposefully running less to heal my shins, but nice to stay motivated otherwise!

The weather this weekend is supposed to be horrible. I just saw we are in the 10-18″ of snow band. It’s the middle of April! Please make it stop! Of course we no longer have our gym membership, so I’m hoping the snow is less and the plows are able to get out so I can get some miles in this weekend!

What are your training woes? Have you run Ragnar before? Any tips?

CrazyDaycareRunningMom Moment, Life

Daycare doldrums

Oh boy! We sure need the weather to warm up! This week we were able to get outside – in snow pants and sweatshirts. We really need more sunshine and outside time though!

The kids have been a hot mess. Here have been sobbing fits for being having a glass of water placed in front of a couple of children.

I do love that two of my boys made “water guns” out of legos and pretended to have a squirt gun fight! Normally we don’t allow shooting, but they were so creative and explained they wanted it warm and what they were doing, so I allowed it.

Crochet, Knitting, Life, WIP Wednesday

In the Works Wednesday

Ugh- I really wish I would be better about posting every day, or even every other day. I am blaming it on the weather. Snow, cold, and clouds most days is making me “meh” I just can’t seem to get motivated for some things. I’ll keep working on turning it all around!

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my 18 in 2018 so I figured I’d do that today.

  1. Chuck Chick – Lalylala
  2. Buddy Bunny – Lalylala
  3. Rufus Lamb – Lalylala
  4. Funny Bunny – Lilleliis
  5. Campfire Blanket Scarf – Two Of Wands
  6. Nice and Knit Beanie – Nice & Knit
  7. Crochet Island Play Set – Squirrel Picnic
  8. Karma Chameleon- Let’s Knit
  9. Doughnut Pillow-

#5 is the only one made out of all purchased yarn. #9 I bought yarn for the doughnut color. All of the rest I’ve been plugging away with yarn I have on hand! Yay!

I still have to attach the eyes of my Chameleon, they come today.

I also started a scarf with my Alpaca yarn I bought last fall.

And I’m making more doughnuts- they are super fun! I might even try some regular size ones 🙂

Crochet

What to do?

I finished up most of my projects this week! That meant I needed to find something new to work on for the weekend. Before heading to my parents house, I was digging through my yarn, trying to find inspiration and direction. I decided on my beautiful alpaca skein. This is the first “splurge” yarn I’ve ever purchased- therefore I put huge expectations on this yarn.

I picked out a beautiful broomstick lace pattern, rolled my ball o’ yarn, started, and realized it was not the right yarn for the pattern.

I am now away from home, with a lovely yarn, and no clue what to make!

What would you make with 200 yards of 3 ply worsted alpaca yarn? What is your favorite yarn?

Life, Running

TGIF

Friday is here! I am beyond excited about it, although I am feeling a bit grumpy. This was supposed to be the weekend I ran the St Louis 1/2 marathon. Although I wish I would have pushed harder, it was the right decision not to run it. The concussion and stomach bug after that both knocked me back.

This week I was able to run 6 last weekend for my last run with my gym membership. Monday I headed outside, in the start of the snowstorm, ran 2.5 miles to a Hip Hop workout class, and got a ride home from a friend.

Since Monday, my right shin has been bugging me, and I have been too afraid to run. I think it’s a tight calf, but initially I could only feel it in one spot and was worried about a stress fracture (I tend to overthink everything). On top of being afraid to run, we had a multi-day snow event with wind, hubby had a stomach bug, and last night I had an event for the Octoberfest I help plan in our town. (Really, I let my life get in the way of my running as an excuse).

Tonight I’m hoping to plug a few miles in between running kids.

May will be busy now that I’m filling in on a relay team for the Eau Claire Marathon Relay, and Ragnar Chicago.

What do you do to help get past your brain blocks in training? What are your favorite late winter/early spring running tips?