Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Mishmash

You guys just CRACKED ME UP with your comments on my Cranky post...I'm so glad I'm not alone, and also?  I'm glad that we can look at ourselves and our situations with a grain of salt.  Thanks so much for playing along with that post!

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This week has been wonderful, because it's Spring Break and the students are gone from my town.  The streets are so empty that I would have gone joy-riding, just to enjoy the lack of traffic, except that gas prices are a bit on the high side to do that.  Oh well, when I did have to go somewhere, it was a real treat.  Jeff and I made sure to go out to dinner as well - empty restaurants are a nice change, too!  Life will be back to normal here by Monday, but each year, this is my favorite week to live here.

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Did I just mention how nice it is in my town this week?  Then the fact that I jumped ship yesterday and hitched a ride with Jeff to Austin would seem crazy, right?  Especially since A) we had to leave at 6:15 am; and B) there's this little thing called SXSW going on, where every musician known to mankind AND all kinds of hipster fans have invaded the town.  But, the lure of a trip to a running store convinced me, so after he gave a speech to some environmental association, we both got new shoes!  Matching shoes at that, although thankfully they come in different colors for men and women.  Now we BOTH can run faster and jump higher!
Newtons - Gravity model.  Purty.  

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SQUIRREL!  Every morning this squirrel jumps onto the roof and looks in the window at me while I'm sitting at my desk.  I don't know if she's checking up on me or what, but it always makes me laugh.  Of course, it makes Paco insane, and he tries to bark her away, but she's got his number...as long as he's on this side of the window, she doesn't move.
She's watching me...
Eventually she moved even closer, to the tree right outside the window, where she leisurely ate her breakfast.  I wonder if I'm like her "television" - hmmm, I should try to be more entertaining for her!

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Sit and Knit diet has resulted in a finished ducky washcloth, a finished cherries washcloth (that is currently drying - no picture yet), nearly half of my "adventurous" scarf completed (I set that one aside to work on some other projects, but I'm back at it now), and also, my purple skort from last summer is fitting looser.  OK, that could be from the running...or a combination.  Either way, I'll take it!
This would be cute paired with some baby wash as part of a shower gift...
And here's my next ambitious project - I'm going to try and make a version of this baby hat (minus the extra bumpy yarn, plus pom poms at each corner) using these chunky double-pointed needles.  I'll be knitting in the round, which I've never done.  Stay tuned...this could get frustrating interesting!
 
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Here's my running outfit for last Saturday - I hope that this is the last time I'll be showing you multiple layers, gloves and long tights!  It was cool and rainy, but tomorrow is supposed to be warm and dry - hurray!
Since I've described everything in detail several times, I'll just tell you about my gloves - they came in a two-pair set from Target that were originally $2, but were on clearance for 60 cents...yes, 30 cents a pair!  Quite nice, since I often start out wearing gloves but take them off after a couple of miles, and it's too easy to drop one without noticing.  This way, I won't feel so bad if I lose one (and yes, I bought several sets).
Remember when I showed you my colorful bands for my Road ID?  Well, Coach Dale brought us some USAFit bands - woohoo, now I have gray, which matched my shirt!  It's the little things that make my day. :)

We have 4.5 miles on tap tomorrow - with warm and DRY weather forecast.  Should be a nice run in our new shoes!  Have a great weekend, and don't forget to wear your green on Saturday for St. Patrick's Day!

24 comments:

  1. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BUMMED I MISSED YOU YESTERDAY.
    as per my post I was cutting and pasting and ripping with a gaggle of 6 year olds.
    6 year olds and their mamas who did not wanna road trip to starbucks.
    they crazy :-)

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    1. Get the girls hopped up on a latte and REALLY watch those scissors fly! ;)

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  2. I live in Columbia, MO so I totally get what you are saying about being in a college town during Spring Break. It is great to have the youthful vibe and amenities of a college town, but it's also nice to have lots of parking and quieter restaurants. Wait a minute, am I being grumpy?

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    1. LOL - maybe it's just a grumpy week? Glad someone else knows the joy of Spring Break. :)

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  3. I love the shoes Shelley, they are both so colorful.

    The squirrel is too cute. Too bad it's in a tree because otherwise I'm sure Paco would have sneaked in the shot too :)

    I love the yarn you picked out for the hat. I think I knitted round when I was a kid at school but can't really remember. I love it how you try new things with the knitting all the time.

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    1. Oh, and last night I discovered that the red Newton symbol on the shoes is glitter sparkly!!!

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  4. You were in Austin and Bruce Springsteen was in Austin. I should have been in Austin to meet one of my favourite blogger friends and my music hero :)

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  5. Glad to hear it's going to be warm and dry for your run tomorrow - wouldn't want to mess up those fancy new shoes!

    So whose baby are you making the washcloths for? Or are you putting them away for a future grandbaby?

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    1. Future grandbaby, lol. That is a long way off, I'm guessing.

      My cousin is having a "geriatric" pregnancy (her words, but they cracked me up), and one of the running coaches is having a baby...plus, let's face it, baby stuff is just cute to make!

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  6. Love the bright colors of your workout gear:)

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  7. That baby hat is too cute! Love that you are still enjoying the knit and sit!

    My step-son went to SXSW yesterday - said it was amazing! Happy Friday!

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    1. I probably saw him on the street. Was he wearing black skinny jeans and white-framed sunglasses? LOL - that was the "uniform" of many.

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  8. LOVE your squirrel shots. Your windows must be a lot cleaner than mine LOL! I really like squirrels. The other day one was hanging upside down to get bird seed out of the 'squirrel proof' bird seeder.

    I am so impressed with your knitting. I think knitting pictures into knitting is one of the hardest things to do. So hard, in fact, that I never did it after trying ONCE. And I love the yarn you've chosen for the baby hat. Yours will be better than the book's.

    I really love that running outfit. Great color combo. Might have to use that for a quilt!

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    1. The pictures were taken from the upper part of the windows - the bottoms are covered in "kitten kisses" (aka wet cat nose marks) and muddy paw prints. WHY do we have pets? LOL

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  9. Oh, and as usual, Newton-envy. Why don't the other shoe people get a clue and make beautiful colored shoes like Newton's?

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    1. I know! Looking down and seeing a colorful pair of shoes on my feet makes me happy. :)

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  10. Love the squirrel photo! Happy St' Patty's Day and have an awesome run :D

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  11. Looove the shoes! They look amazing! Your knitting too btw, you're doing so well :D SQUIRREL! :D

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  12. Those squirrel shots are great - you should photograph wildlife for National Geographic!

    So glad you're still enjoying knitting. It can keep you occupied for a long time!

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  13. Have a great run tomorrow, Shelley!

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  14. Wow, have I been gone a long time or what? You are running again, YAY! Glad you are enjoying the Newtons.

    I was in Austin 2 weeks ago - place envy!

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  15. I'm a little in "aww" of the squirrel and the duck knitting cloth. Have a fantastic weekend Shelley!!!

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  16. Great looking shoes - I've never tried Newtons. How do you like them? I certainly love the colors!

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