(Our pretty new bedding flowers - Moss Rose)
Thanks for the ideas and suggestions regarding Wednesday's post - I think commenter Louise hit the nail on the head, with her description of the immediate increase in heart rate when you begin to run. Glad to hear that I'm not the only one who experiences this. I'm sure anxiety is also part of it, and I hope I can at least work on that aspect - anything to lessen the hyperventilating would be nice at this point.
My mom flew home to Oregon on Wednesday morning. We had a great time and pretty much walked off (by shopping!) all of the frozen yogurt we managed to eat - let's just say that the apple didn't fall far from the tree when it comes to froyo. Or shopping. And in the matter of shopping, I just have to reiterate how nice it is to be able to shop in the normal-sized departments of stores - yes, I know it's been a couple years since I left Lane Bryant, but every once in a while I am still surprised to be fitting into regular sizes and that my mom and I can shop side-by-side for clothes. Maybe it's because I don't get to go shopping with her very often (once a year if I'm lucky), so my mind reverts back to the larger-sized me, since that's where I was for so long. Here's a Fashion Friday quickie:
New purple top (Willi Smith from TJ Maxx) paired with last year's white denim capris. Also, I printed this picture to replace an older one that I've had hanging for about 8 years - it was definitely time for an update:
Believe it or not, I was actually on the thinner side when this picture was taken! Circa 2004.
Paco has not been represented on the blog lately, so here he is, in all his glory:
Pitiful, isn't he??? Poor dog has seasonal allergies, and this spring has been especially tough on him with all the rain and pollen. He's been chewing his feet so much that they are raw - he actually whines as he's chewing them because it hurts, but he can't seem to stop. We put medicine on his paws, wrap them up, and then he has to wear the cone of shame so he won't immediately tear off the wrap. It seems to be helping, but he's not very happy with the whole experience. I probably wouldn't be, either!
Sit and Knit diet update: I finished the body of the bulky baby blanket - now I have to figure out how to "pick up" the edges with a deep pink AND knit in the round to finish it off. Needless to say, I'm sure I'll be spending time next week at the knitting shop. I also finished my butterfly washcloth! I used a lighter weight of yarn and while it was harder to knit, I like how it came out:
Terry and I went to Yarnorama? Well, they were in the midst of an anniversary celebration, and we entered their prize drawing while there...long story short, I won a prize! Yarn and a sweater pattern:
I'm not at the point of being able to knit this sweater yet, but hey - I may get there before next winter, and then? How cool would it be to actually wear a sweater that I made?!? The owner also, very nicely, included a different sweater pattern that I might be able to knit sooner - it's short-sleeved and super cute. I'm both scared and excited to try it!
I have a knitting doppelganger, courtesy of my mom:
How did she know my hair is that wild? Oh yeah, she's seen me first thing in the morning!
Tiny knitting needles made out of toothpicks and beads! She knitted that piece, too!
Mom made the doll in a class she took - love the personal details like the jewelry, knitting, and the purple dress. Now I just need to come up with a name for her...any suggestions?
I can't believe that tomorrow is the goal race for our 10 Week/10K program - and yes, nervous would be an understatement when it comes to that race, what with the hills and the distance. But, I'm really going to try and just enjoy the day, and focus on running from point to point (mailbox, lightpost, cow - whatever keeps me moving forward). And afterward? Ice cream! I can do this.
Here's last week's running outfit:
Pink! And with this, I completed my challenge of wearing 10 different outfits for the long runs...you know, some people would challenge themselves with actual RUNNING, but not me...I'm in it for the clothes, baby!
Have a great weekend!