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WIP Wednesday- Feeling a little ADHD

I have a fair amount of projects going on around here!

A month ago, I spent a week painting our mudroom and basement steps, kitchen and dining room, and living room and hallway. I still have all of the supplies in my Crap er Craft room since I need to do the second coat on one wall in the living room and the whole hallway.

I am finishing up a second (maybe fourth, but this will be my second on hand) Island Play Mat.

I have the Wonder Woman Shawl in progress… but am worried I will run out of yarn and not be able to match dye lots. I also decided this one will be a birthday gift for A. With those two things in mind, I think I’m going to rip back and restart in the slightly smaller size.

I also have all of my fabric washed and supplies on hand for a Weighted Blanket I’ve been commissioned to make as a birthday gift for one of N’s gymnastics friends. I don’t think this will take me long, I just need to finish some other stuff and find my room back!

What projects do you have lingering?

Life

Weekend Wrap Up

A weekend with no crafting- this is so odd for me!  I was able to take the kids from their last day of school and go camping with friends from college. We all had a blast playing in the water, sitting around a fire, and enjoying the company of great friends! I even got a nice 5k run in with one of the crew as a replacement to the fun run we were going to do the year before, medals included.

When we got home on Sunday, yardwork and unpacking ruled the roost. While I was weeding, Hubby pulled a honey bee from my hair, and a while later I was stung by a bumble bee on my inner thigh. I think it somehow got stuck to my pants and stung me. I immediately iced, took Benadryl and Zantac to help stop my body from going into overdrive. While attempting to ice outside, a ground wasp decided to start flying around me, I headed inside right away.

Now to finish all the laundry from the weekend, plot the summer with the kids, and work on some crocheting or knitting 🙂 I’m hoping my bee swelling stays lower today so I can get another run in- Ragnar Great River and Northwoods Trail are in my horizon.

What are you planning on doing this summer? What do your kids want to do? Any races you have plans to run.

Life

Ragnar Chicago 2018

Yesterday I talked about my why.

Today- I’m going to GUSH about Ragnar! If you have never heard of this, it is a 200ish mile relay race.  I ran this with my husband and 10 other people. Team Sprinting Turtles was underway! We had 2 15 person vans, 3 drivers, coolers, duffle bags, blankets, pillows, running shoes, and great times!

I am VERY type A and was team captain- we had our shirts MONTHS before the race, and it turns out the couple people who had to sub in for backed out runners, were the same size- IT WAS MEANT TO BE! I had 31Totes filled with first aid kids, Girl Scout cookies, glow sticks, deodorant, and almost anything else someone else on the internet said we might need. Hubby melted my heart when he brought his own 31 tote with jumper cables, battery packs, duct tape, and tools (For real! He is a keeper! and these items are now on my list too 🙂 )

This year the race ran from Chicago to Madison (opposite of past years). We stayed in a hotel 10 min from the race, most of us arriving around 9pm on Thursday night. Our Van was unable to fit in the parking garage of the hotel, so one of our runners (also hubby’s cousin) walked with a local man and found a parking spot for us on the road. The other van arrived closer to midnight. Thursday morning, we met up at the start line to check in, decorate vans, and get the party started! We spent the next day and a half cheering on runners, trying to stay dry in a light rain, trying to sleep in a van or on a gym floor, and having the most amazing time! About half of us stayed the night in Madison with the intent to WHoop it up and celebrate our race and Hubby’s birthday (that was the next day). We enjoyed our showers, walked to dinner, had a couple of drinks, and were in bead by 10.

For Ragnar you have 12 runners, split evenly into 2 vans (or you can run as an ultra team with just 6 runners doing twice as much work). Each runner is assigned a runner number and you rotate 1-12, then start again. Each runner runs 3 legs. Due to the change in direction of the race, there where quite a few last minute changes in run lengths. We had runners with as few as 11.5 miles and lucky me who somehow ended up with 21 miles!

This was the first run/race where I have ever had problems with stomach issues before a run. My supper the night before is the same as I’ve had at other races. Breakfast was scrambled eggs. I don’t think much stayed in. Each of my 3 legs started with me not feeling well and not being able to add calories to my system. Luckily I was able to eat/drink shortly after my runs and let everything settle in.

Under-fueling made my last leg of 9ish miles miserable! I was supposed to have an 8.6 mile run, which should have been fine. The last half of my leg was hills… nasty nasty hills. By 7.8 miles I became unable to maintain anything resembling a straight line while running and was light headed. I pushed through because I thought I was almost done and the “ONE MILE LEFT” sign had been stolen or misplaced. My Garmin watch showed 8.5 miles when I finally saw that sign and I really had a mile to go. I attempted to run, but mostly walked at a turtles pace for the last 3/4 of a mile. (This worried my husband as he watched me slow further and further down on our tracking app.) I finished, and crumbled in a heap, cried, and was mad, but I finished.

What I learned from this race-

  1. Running with a team can be amazing! – New running friends
  2. Ragnarians are amazing!
    • Other team captains stepped up to offer  rooms from their block of rooms, tracking ideas, and sharing pace calculators.
    • Everyone cheers everyone one and offers to help out.
  3. Following directions is important! – We were late to 2 exchanges because the wrong locations were entered or directions weren’t listened to.
  4. 6 sweaty runners in a van can get stale, but ZIPLOCKs and baby wipes held much of that in check.
  5. Running in the rain and dark is daunting to many people, but a phone call to your husband, reassuring friends, and a spare set of shoes makes it all a little easier to take on.
  6. Turtles really do go slow and steady, but don’t lose the race (we came in right in the middle of the pack!)
  7. Stepping away from technology is great!-
    • I pulled out my ear buds and just ran.
    • Hubby and I have been trying to experience things without a camera/screen in front of our faces… which explains why I don’t have a single selfie with him… and we were in a van together for hundreds and hundreds of miles.
  8. Make sure hotel rooms are not all under your own credit card
    • When others cancel at the 23rd hour, you have to pay for them
  9. Adults, especially sleep deprived adults, LOVE bubbles!
  10. I can do anything I set my mind to do! (Especially with Hubby at the finish line!)
    1. YOU CAN TOO

I do apologize for the scattered jumping around I did today! Only a little though! This may have been my first Ragnar, but I’m already signed up for two more! Great River runs along the Mississippi river in August- Hills and Heat will be what I conquer next! Then in September, I’m trying a trail run for Ragnar Trail Northwoods- three trails run by 8 team members in a relay. Northwoods will be an extension of the Sprinting Turtles as half of us were on the Chicago team!

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Cheer them on

It’s been quite some time since my last post. Much happened since then, most has been unimportant and everyday, but fills up the time nonetheless.

One factor to the long break was a rant from the hubby as to how “EVERYONE HAS A BLOG THESE DAYS” and it somehow makes them an expert.  I have to admit right here, that I haven’t told him about this little page, and it has forced me to sit and figure out my why. REALLY figure it out! I write to help figure things out, and to let my customers and followers have a better idea of who I am, and maybe, what makes me tick.

Someday, I would love to have so many orders, things that people think of, then think of me, and say- “Hey, could you make this for me?” and I’d jump in and save the day and figure it out! All of these orders have to come from people trusting my work, and me enjoying what I am making. These are reasons why there is a smattering of different items in my Etsy Shop and why i sometimes feel like I am jumping around from thing to thing.  Just sewing stuffed animals, or knitting scarves, or crocheting afghans, and only doing one thing, would squish my creativity in a quick hurry.

Currently, many of my orders and products available, come because friends or friends of friend, mention something they would like, or share a pattern with me. These ideas spur me like nothing else. Projects like that include First Communion dresses from mom’s wedding dress (it is scary to cut apart another woman’s wedding dress!!!), weighted blankets (next in line), washcloths, Swiffer covers, stuffed giraffe, shawls, giant donuts…

My why is also that I’m not just a #mommymaker, I’m a runner, I love to cook, I also love to read, and camp, and chat with my friends. I keep lots of little people alive day in and day out, getting to play (and clean up poop), while moms and dads have to go to work. Many of my creations are for, tested or inspired by these little people. They help me pick out colors, and yarns. The older ones are asking to learn how to make things like me-It melts my heart every time.

Am I an expert? No! If I keep working, maybe someday I will be!
Do I expect to end up on the Today Show, teaching people how to make it big? No! If this ever happens, will have exceeded my wildest dreams, but I hope to embrace it and everything that brought me to that point.
Do I hope to inspire others to do what makes their hearts soar? YES! If you like to run, do it! If you like to create, do it! If you prefer to buy things other people make, do it! If you love to cook or bake, do it! Just remember, we are all different, and we can all offer support to those around us!

As I look at this, long and rambling, post and see I wrote “I am a runner” I am amazed! Two years ago, I was sitting on the couch, gaining inches, hating my body and needing a change. October 29, 2016 I started a Couch To program and haven’t turned back. Since that day, I ran my first half marathon, full marathon, marathon relay, Ragnar relay. This year, I still have a 5k and a road and a trail Ragnar scheduled. When I ask people to join me, they tell me they can’t. I let them know that they can, but I will never force them. I let them know that I will run with them, at any pace, and I will be there to listen to them. A friend was there for me as I progressed-Cheered me off the couch and onto the road. If you don’t want to run, or lift weights, or crochet a bear- be the person to cheer on your friend who does, but might be afraid to, or is struggling to remain motivated.

 

 

Life

May Mania

Yesterday Started May- and my resolve to be consistent this month on the Blog- guess I failed already. I’m not willing to throw in the towel, so will try again!

This is a busy month with Races, birthdays, end of school, and sports!

The weather has finally been nice and I have been working in the yard, the daycare kids have been helping me take some dirt out of a couple of gardens where we are planning to put rock, lots of leaves to get out of the bushes, and I took out some ferns that spread and spread and suddenly you find one in the middle of the yard!

I have some crocheted sea animals to add to my Etsy listing- but I need to sew them together first., I haven’t made much progress with Wonder Woman, and is 💚LoVe💚 to start some turtles since I’m all in Ragnar right now! Go Sprinting Turtles!

This weekend will be the Eau Claire Marathon and I’m running the marathon relay, then 2 weeks before Ragnar Chicago. My IT Band was fine until I ran 10 miles (2 with Bean on her bike- the stop and go did me in!) the plan is to try a compression sleeve tonight and not run again until the race- unless the sleeve helps just enough, then I’m sure I’ll sneak another run in 🤪

Knitting, Life, Running

Wonderous Weekend

It is hard to believe it was snowing and miserable a week ago! We spent the weekend outside, with almost no snow left! The Sprinting Turtles came over for a fire and a meeting. We were going to make signs to use at Ragnar, but it was soo nice out, we didn’t get to that! Some of the team brought their kids and everyone was able to run and wear themselves out.

I was worried about my run as my IT Band has been complaining as of late. I have 2 weeks until the EC Marathon Relay and 4 until Ragnar- I can’t get hurt or sick! I just can’t! I headed out in the sunshine for my run yesterday and figured I’d hit my short 2 mile route, if I had to walk home, so be it. At .4 miles I was hurting and defeated. I stopped and stretched my calf and hamstrings, and tried again. It felt much better so I kept going. I had to stop and stretch one other time, but managed 6 miles.  I need to run almost 9 for Ragnar, and have run 7.5 so far this training season. I should be good to go.

I did take a little relaxation time and cast on for a fantastic Wonder Woman Wrap. A really is into super heros and was beyond excited to see the pattern. Little does she know, this will probably be her birthday present. I will make it in front of her, and then tell her it was for someone else. So mean, but she already put it on her birthday list, and there is little time I could work on it without her knowing.

Have a great week!

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?