There has simply been no time for blogging lately. Here’s what’s happening in my little part of the world, for those of you who might care:
100 Push Ups. I’m now on week 4. I thought about repeating week 3 because it was kind of hard, but I ended up doing okay on the last day of week 3, so I pushed ahead. Let me just tell you. Week 4 = owie. But I can now do at least 25 push ups in one go, whereas when I started, I could do only about 10. How are you doing on your 100 push ups challenge?
Gardening. My mom and Chef suggested a couple of spots in our yard where we could actually have a vegetable garden. That’s very exciting! But now the work begins. One spot has flowers that need to be dug up and/or moved. And the soil underneath has a lot of rocks in it. I think the previous owners must have dumped gravel there, or something. It’s going to be a task to work up the ground. The other spot is where our shed used to be before we tore down the dilapidated old thing. But it’s also where we’re temporarily storing our canoe. So I need to clean out the garage so I can put the canoe in there, then pull up the soggy plywood that pretended to be a subfloor in the shed… then get rid of the weeds and the extra siding and guttering and paving bricks that are in that corner of the yard. Then I need to till it up. Oh my. I honestly don’t know if we’ll have a garden this year. It might be next year before I get all this stuff done.
Volunteering. In addition to running on the NF Endurance Team (I’m doing terribly at raising funds, by the way, so if you would pretty please click that link and donate, I would be ever so grateful), I’ve signed up to volunteer for Minnetrista in their Farmers’ Market and the Cardinal Greenways for their events.
Knitting. I’m still plugging away on Christmas gifts for 2010. I have about four gifts almost finished (they just need some sewing, but all the knitting is done on them) and one about half way complete. I’m really hoping I’ll get everything done in time for Christmas. After that, I told my mom I’d try to knit her a sweater if she’d look through my pattern books and consult with me on what she likes and I’m able to do. And at some point, I’d like to maybe knit baby blankets for the crisis pregnancy center in town.
Job hunting. Let’s face it: I’m always looking for a job. I just applied for two today, and one of them sounds especially great. I would love to get that one. It would utilize more of my skills than my current job does, and I think I would enjoy it much more than shuffling papers around.
New Business Idea? About a week ago, I sent out some postcards to friends. They were Indiana postcards that we’d gotten free at the State Fair last year. I used my last one, so I searched the town for postcards of our little burg. I’m sure that if I go to the bigger city next door, I’d find postcards, but they wouldn’t be of my little town. I couldn’t find postcards anywhere that featured my little town. So I’m thinking of taking photos and making my own postcards, and then perhaps selling them. I don’t have all the logistics worked out yet, but the idea is percolating in my brain.
Running. Good golly, it’s hard to fit running in when I’m doing all this other stuff. I still get in five miles every Wednesday, and usually three on Saturdays. I try to run at least two miles two other days during the week, but it’s not always easy. I went to visit my parents last week, and it’s very hilly around their home. I ran hills like we in central Indiana have never seen. Yowza.
Writing. I haven’t been doing a lot of blogging lately (obviously), nor much work for Demand Studios. I have, however, been trying to be better at letter writing. It really is a lost art, and I know I like getting letters in the mail, so I want to be better at that. It’s just more enjoyable to me than email. I’m also trying to work on a book, but my motivation waxes and wanes. I really do want to get the book finished by the end of this year — even better would be the end of the summer — but finding the time to do it at the same time that I’m feeling motivated is a definite challenge.
General fitness. I’ve noticed an increasing amount of jiggle in my tummy area lately, so I’m trying to work that off. I’ve lost 2.5 pounds in 2 weeks. Yay for me! I would love to do some form of exercise every day. Mondays are tough because I work 10 hours and then we have Monday Night Dinner. But sometimes I can squeeze in a walk in between. I want to be riding my bike more, but I need to change a tire, which my father-in-law was going to help me do this last Monday, but then we discovered that our garage is almost completely void of tools. The tools all migrated to the shop when Chef moved his studio out of our home. So I need to get a hold of a wrench, at the very least, before we make a second attempt. I’m also attempting to curb my eating, which is tough to do when you’re married to a chef who makes amazing meals all the time. I just have to remind myself that the meal I’m currently eating is not the last delicious meal I will ever eat.
Bunions. They are still there. They still hurt sometimes. I’m trying to wear my more sensible shoes more often and lace my running shoes very loosely. I’m still nervous about surgery, but still determined to get it done. And still doing those push ups so that I will be able to get around on crutches.
So I haven’t forgotten about this blog. I just have been a little too busy to spend much time on it. Please don’t hate me. Instead, come running with me! Or help me dig up my soil for a garden, or write me a letter, or just come over for a visit.