Life, Running

Kick in the Pants

After attempting to jog last Monday, I ended up with pressure where I received my concussion. The next day I struggled with a headache and fog all day. I spent the remainder of the week moping about for not being able to exercise. It was dumb, I just could not get past it mentally! Tonight is the night I attempt again. Keep your fingers crossed!

Friday I ran the snow-blower without symptoms- which was fantastic since I had a 4 hour drive to go hang out with my besties from college and their families.  Nothing says a great time like 19 people spending a weekend together in a restaurant turned rental home. We had SO MUCH FUN!

While I went south with the younger two kiddos- Hubby went north with the oldest to make sausage with friends and my dad. We are now stocked up for a while 🙂 Our sausage is always yummy, and a hit for the kids! Some is straight pork, while some is mixed with whatever deer or bear meat we were able to harvest that year.

I (think I) can safely say that I maintained the Grocery budget challenge for the month.
I had my $15 trip, Hubby’s estimated $30 trip, a $3 gas station milk purchase, and $90 last week.  15+30+3+90=$138  I do have to say that we had a couple meals out in here as we were traveling to gymnastic meets and to see friends. I did have plenty of food to have filled in those meals if we would have been around.  Our dining out comes from our individual entertainment cash, so I didn’t count those meals out. I honestly don’t feel quite as accomplished this time around. maybe it is in part that I spent 2 weeks in a fog or funk and just didn’t embrace the challenge!

Along with returning to walk/jog/then running, I am hoping to do a couple of days of 30 Day Shred Level 1, and then moving up to the next level so I can pick up where I left off. This may be doubly motivated as I am hoping Florida is warm enough to lay on the beach in 3 short weeks!

How do you motivate yourself after a break? What challenges are you working on? Any fun project ideas?- I’ve been in a funk with those as well!



Crochet, Knitting, Life, Running

Better and busy

Update on a few things:

  • After struggling for a large part of last week to be a mom and work, the concussion fog finally lifted sometime Thursday.  I still had to take it easy or I would get sleepy, foggy, and a headache. I have to say that the worst part of the concussion recovery, was as I was less foggy and realized just how much stuff I “should” be doing, but it would exhaust me or make me feel worse. Today is a Monday, and I feel rested and ready to tackle the world! I’m sure it helps I have Friday off to go visit friends for the weekend with the littles.
  • February Pantry Bail Out
    • Today I need to make it to the grocery store as we are out of fruits, veggies and milk. I have only spent less than $15 on groceries, but darling Hubby came home with some food last week, but won’t give me the receipt. Most of it was snacks for his desk, so I’m going to just say $30 there. That means if I can only spend $100 and make it until mid next week, I will have met my Pantry Challenge.  After I felt better last week, I was able to slowly organize our chest freezer and found sooo much fish, and other food I didn’t realize we still had. Nat is going to be so sad about the fish as she does not like it at all!
  • I have a few WIP’s that I hope to finish up this week:
    • Island Play Set (#2)- I ran out of my “sea” color and now have to go buy some and pray the “no dye lot” is close to what I already had on hand. Other than this purchase, I had all of the yarn/stuffing on hand for both sets I made. I think I might make some separate animals/island parts that people can buy separately, but am not sure I want to make a full set again just yet.
    • I need to finish my Hat by weaving in the ends 🙂 I have to say this is a very easy hat to make, and I tend to fight making hats!  I will probably work on a few more in other colors down the road!
    • I also am working on a Campfire Blanket Scarf– it is coming along nicely and was the first project I could work on as I recovered.  Once I cast on, it is just knit, knit, knit and I don’t really need to count! I am hoping to have 3-4 of these ready for my family by summer and campfire season!
  • In finishing the above projects I will have 5/18 projects done from my 18 in 2018 challenge and have made progress by using mostly yarn I had on hand so the stash is starting to dwindle!
  • My 30 Day Shred challenge was sidelined by my concussion. I was doing so well, and normally would just not go back to finishing it up. Today I will try to do a Level 1 workout, and will stop if any of my concussion symptoms return, but I will finish this time!

I also want to put a big shout out to Nat who finished her second and final gymnastics meet of the season. Unfortunately she did not qualify for the State meet, but she came within one point! After a sever sprain this summer and Achilles Tendonitis at the beginning of the season left her sidelined for half the season, she made amazing improvements. I hope that learning the lessons of listening to her body, not returning too quickly, and also knowing when to push herself will serve her well as she continues to grow up!

Just a little sorry for all the ramblings! Have a great day!


What Just Happened?

After a wonderful meet up with the Sprinting Turtles, Hubby and I sat down with the kids to watch the Opening ceremonies on Friday. I was not overly wowed by the ceremonies, but they are fun to watch with the kids. Before going to bed, Hubby decided to pick me up and accidentally railed my head into a wooden beam separating the two levels of our super low drop ceiling in our basement. Lucky me- I now have a concussion.

This morning I tried a slow ride on the stationary bike. My eyes are tired and my head is fuzzy. Time to find some quiet play for the kiddos and try to keep things low key. My guess is this week will be a quiet on the blog front here.

I am sad that my running and likely my crocheting will be very minimal this week. Rest rest rest so I can get back at it.



Weekend Revelations

Dear Hubby got to take the weekend and ice fish with his friends. I had grand plans of everything I could get done with my weekend. I was going to can chicken stock on Friday,  Saturday I would clean the house and do my taxes while the kids played happily, Sunday we would play and watch the Super Bowl, maybe I’d get paint colors picked out.

This is what really happened- broth got canned on Saturday morning as I fought off the beginnings of a migraine. Couldn’t handle looking at the computer screen so napped with Bean, big girls played with friends. I almost couldn’t get home from returning the friend to her house because the roads were crap, fed the kids ice cream for supper- it was all I could muster. Went to bed early. I did manage to get one Jillian workout in and a split up few miles of running.

Sunday after Hubby came home, I struggled with the kids and attitudes. Bean oscillated between whining and needing to be touching me. Gnat was crabby and angry after I instated a no technology time. I began to feel angry and resentful, just wanting a break. I mustered through and snuggled Bean during the Super Bowl, even though she couldn’t sit still or stop talking. Then, at 6:30, she fell asleep in my lap and I was able to remember just how fully blessed I am. I soaked in all the joy that can come from holding a sleeping child. I took a picture with her, so I can look back and remember this fleeting moment. Then I put her in her bed, made silly faces at the big girls, and remembered, I am more blessed than I will ever realize.

My weekend may not have been what I wanted it to be, but I did what really needed to be done- spend time with my kids.

Today I am a mean mom who kept Abs home from school because she has a stomach ache and a headache. Influenza and a stomach bug are going around like wildfire in our community. If I can stop her from spreading it- if that is what’s wrong with her, I will. If it turns out she is fine, she has a day of rest to help her fight off the nastiness. I sure am hoping I can sneak in a little snuggle with her during everyone else’s nap/rest time.

What do you take for granted in life? How do you deal when things just don’t go your way?



February Challenges

February is already here! It feels like it was just Christmas last week!

This February, I am going to do 2 BIG challenges.

  1. I’m going to do Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred – 5+ days a week all month (I started yesterday- and am already feeling it).
    • I’m really hoping this will help with some of my back/glute/hamstring strength as I still get really tight after certain workouts and most runs.
    • I’m HORRIBLE at strength training for my running. Sharing this with you will hopefully help me be more accountable!
  2. I’m going to do a February Pantry Bail Out
    • I did something similar a few years ago in June. That year, my goal was to spend only $100 for our family of 4 for an entire month.  I came in at $98 and some change!
    • This year my goals are a little different as I run daycare and have a family of 5.  This time my goal is to stay under $150 (more realistically it should be $200- but I will see what magic I can muster).
    • This is a great way to use up all the random ingredients in your fridge, freezer and pantry! Last time, we ended up finding shrimp and salmon I forgot we had. We ate like kings!

What do you do to change things up at home or in your fitness quests? Anyone want to join me in either of these challenges?

Crochet, Life, Running

Whirlwind Weekend

I had every intention of writing this weekend.  I’d really like to become more organized about my posts and getting them in consistently… progress, not perfection… I guess!

Friday the hubby and I did our second Friday Happy Hour Date in a row. When we are both done with work, we are letting A watch Bean and we go out for one hour. It is AMAZING! We made the bartenders laugh at our banter about him trying to order a drink for me (which I then ended up ordering anyway, because he really does know what I like 🙂 ) Then the rest of the night was family snuggle time.

Saturday we both ran then the family headed to Deluth to celebrate our nephew’s birthday, tried out a brewery, had Mexican food, and finally made it home. We are super blessed that dear Heath Dog was able to be let out by my MIL or we likely would have found a puddle or two upon our return. What we did find on our return was a small hole in the ceiling of our mud room and when Hubby pushed on a crack near it, we had another hole. We decided to tape it off for the night and address it later- we saw “honey” comb and were fearful the attic area was maybe warm enough for a wasp to be moving around).

Sunday the girls and I ended up cleaning the whole house after a tantrum for being asked to do one chore. I LOVE me a clean house! It is AMAZING! Hubby helped a friend prep for window replacement (A super idea in WI in the winter). When he came home, he investigated the holes and we found a double layer of comb and no eggs/larva/live bees/wasps.  I sure hope it stays that way! It appears the ground wasps we knew were making a nest under our shingles (and have since sealed off) made a nest just above the sheetrock in our mudroom, and eating said sheetrock. Fingers crossed we don’t have any more issues!

Last night we had MIL and SIL+fam over for dairy free lasagna roll ups- mine were gluten free as well. All were delish! I’m sure those that could eat dairy would have enjoyed cheese, but this lady was only making so many variations of the same meal. We attempted to take the kids for ice cream to reward the quick and quality cleaning earlier in the day- but the ice cream shop closed 3 minutes before we got there. Now They have an Ice Cream IOU.

During all of this crazieness… I was able to start and finish Scarf a friend requested. It was really nice to be able to decompress with this easy pattern that looks soo nice 🙂 I ended up using the Grit Stitch Infinity Scarf with Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn in Chicago Charcoal. This was the first yarn I purchased in 2018- I made it 28 days without buying ANY yarn! This is huge for me 🙂B41616EE-3BDC-4E41-93F4-BFF3AE27CAD2


Life, Sewing

Snowday Completions

It’s been a snowy couple of days. Yesterday we got 7-8 inches- best I can tell, it was blowing and drifting some. Due to the weather, the kids had no school. They played together nicely and helped out with my few daycare kiddos that made it.  In between playing with the kids and the two and a half hours of snow-blowing, I was able to finish up these three projects!

Giraffe Re-do
Little fish… well, not so little
Sleepy fox









The Giraffe and Fox are both patterns from Dolls and Daydreams. The Giraffe is a re-do from one I made at Christmas. Unfortunately the first one was made with a different fabric and it began fraying at every seam and started to fall apart- not the kind of product I like to send out!  The fish is from BirchFabrics and was a really fun pattern to work with!

I had high hopes of getting a few other projects wrapped up, but the snow got in the way!  Today the kids started school 2 hours late, and I was planning on going on a field trip with A. The delayed start meant that Bean didn’t have school at all today and I have a free day to work on projects and play with her.  I should probably lower my project expectations and help work on the snow fort we started yesterday.