Life

Working on it

So many things in life I’m working on. Being a better wife, mother, friend, keeping on tope of cleaning, keeping on top of my crafting projects, listing my completed projects, being a better runner, consistently posting here.

Somehow there is always more to do than there is time in the day. Or maybe I’m just distracted by something else and forget… Look something shiny/dirt/crabby/cute/electronic!

For the month of March, I am hoping to set a timer and work on one thing at a time. Maybe it will be five minutes of tidying, or one hour of crafting, thirty minutes on my resume, the list could go on and on. during a different season of my life, when my older children were young, I followed FlyLady.net. She was great at reminding everyone that baby steps make progress, messes bring chaos and more mess, a little is better than nothing, and working for small chunks of time can make a really big difference.

I really hope that resuming focused time will bring me less anxiety and more peace.

What do you do to stay focused and feel accomplished?

Life

Weekend Warrior

Another weekend with long runs and lots of snow removal!

Friday I purchased new running shoes… I’ve never tried Mizunos, but I couldn’t find my go to Brooks or Adidas in my size and in a color that wasn’t horrible (all white… ummmm- Nope!). I’m hoping to try them out soon 🙂

Saturday I demolished my 13 mile training run! Without purposefully pushing hard, I finished only a few minutes slower than my half marathon goal time… I sure hope this sticks!

After my run, I brought my oldest and her friend to a gymnastics sectionals meet at our local high school, then brought the other daughters to How to Train a Dragon 3. It was an amazing day, and an amazing movie.

Saturday night into Sunday brought freezing mix and a foot of snow. Sunday was hours of snow removal, a one mile recovery run in 27 mph winds and whipping snow. I’m very much over the snow. It can be done any time now! Today we have another snow day (number 9 this month/all school year) since the plows couldn’t keep up with the drifting yesterday.

What did your weekend hold for you?

Life, Random Thoughts, Running

Random Thoughts

I am sooooo very over winter. We didn’t even have snow until the very end of January, and now it just won’t stop. I can barely see cars parked in front of my house because the snowbanks are so high.

Projects, Projects, Projects! I have soo many in progress projects, and will likely be starting another. Hopefully, this weekend, I can get my Poly-Fil and start wrapping them up.

Run Streaks are for me. I know they aren’t for everyone, but I am a better trainer and feel so much stronger when I stick to a run streak. After walking away from my last one, I skipped a few training runs, and felt guilty. Back at it, yesterday was day 3!

Training- I am very excited to travel to St. Louis with the family for our Half Marathon Runcation/visiting friends! This is lots of motivation for sticking with the run streak and hopefully getting a PR!

Ragnar- I love these relay races and am signed up for two this year. Ragnar Road Minnesota in August and Ragnar Trail Wisconsin in September. Yesterday I was driving my teams crazy as I planned a few things for these races. If only they were less expensive, I could run more of them!

What is on your mind this week?

Life

WIP Wednesday- The Pile is Growing

On Snow Day #8 today. Enough already. 5-8″ of snow today, freezing rain and another dumping on Saturday. I’m over it, and it hasn’t even been a month of snow yet. Snow Day #1 was January 28!

Due to the weather, AND our busy schedules, I have been unable to replace the Poly-Fil I am out of… for quite some time. The WIP pile keeps growing as I keep working on projects and setting them aside to be finished when I finally get some stuffing. We will see if I can finish everything before the craft show I am doing in March.

I currently have a couple hedgehogs, many sea creatures and owls, 6 T-rex and 6 fish stuffies in progress. I took a little time out over the weekend to make myself some new washcloths while we were out of town… mine were in great need of replacement!

6 T-rex, 6 fish, 11 owls, many sea creatures, and 2 hedgehogs. Not pictured- 2 donut pillows

To top off the craft show WIPs, I got my box for the first communion dresses I am making for a friend’s twins. I made the dress for their big sister using her wedding dress, and now it is time for their custom dresses. I need to spend some time this afternoon reading over my notes from last time, and cleaning the sewing room so I am ready to tackle that project.

Fitness, Life, Running

Fit Friday

Another week of amazing runs…and crazy weather. I managed to keep my run streak going… until yesterday.

Weekend– A short run to keep the streak on Saturday, then a day at the Ice Castles with the kids and friends. Sunday Runday 11 mile run- including a PR 5 miles on the treadmill before accidentally hitting the emergency off button!
Monday– the kids were home because of icy roads. I ran inside at the YMCA
Tuesday– a huge snowstorm arrived. At 6 am the weather said 2-4 inches of snow, we ended up with 12! The neighbors were kind enough to let me use their treadmill, where I ran my fastest 2 consecutive miles ever! DAY 40 of Run Streak
Wednesday– The kids had late start to help clear up the roads from the day before. I ran outside while the Middlest was at piano. Oh how I love a good, crisp, outside run!
Thursday– Kids had no school… again… as their had been freezing rain/mix overnight and we were predicted to get another 8 inches of snow… I think we got 6. I was up plenty early and didn’t go to the Y, worked a 9 hour day, and went out to eat with my family. It was amazing, and at the time, I was content with ending my run streak as I spent an hour shoveling while Hubby ran the snow blower. When I crawled into bed, I simmered in guilt and being upset with myself.
Friday– This morning, I got up and ran my run at the Y, and am set for a 12 mile run this weekend and lots of time with extended family!

I really do feel stronger for having done a run streak, and think I’m going to dust myself off and see if I can beat my 41 day streak!

What running accomplishments did you tackle this week? Have you done a run streak before? What was your experience?

Life

WIP Wednesday…. or Thursday

So much procrastination yesterday!

I did spend a chunk of my day working on this “Blueberry” Donut. I was unable to finish it though. For the first time in years, I have absolutely no Poly-Fill left, and the donut is only half stuffed. Due to weather, it will likely be a few days before I get more.

What projects are you working on? What are you procrastinating on?

Crochet, Knitting, Life, Stash Blasting

Stash Blasting

I struggle with buying more and more supplies for projects on my to do list… sometimes far, far, far down my to do list. Last year I made an effort to do more with what I already had on hand. I think I maybe made progress, but switched up my storage solutions so it isn’t as easy to compare.

In order to keep myself accountable, I decided to share, regularly with you, my progress in projects using my stash!

276g of Sea Creatures for Island Play Sets using “scrap” yarn from other projects

So far, this year, I have been working on animals for my Island Play Mats I made last year. They were a big hit as a set, as well as just selling individual animals.

Current stash… “regular-ish” size yarn. (I have a picnic basket of Bukjy and super bulky 😳)

What supplies do you have a plethora of? How do you plan on using them?