Thursday, November 12, 2009

Yummy fabric giveaway!

I admit, I am posting this for the 10 additional entries into the giveaway but honestly, I've purchased lots of fabric from Hawthorne Threads when they were on etsy and always had excellent service. Especially with the shipping! My purchases were always packaged and mailed out within 24 hours so I never had to wait and wait and wait for the fabricky goodness to arrive.

Not only do they sell very pretty fabric, their site design is just lovely. The look is simple and clean and easy to navigate through. I'm a stickler for simplicity and will refuse to do business with a company if their site looks unprofessional and cluttered.

So go sign up for the giveaway and then order some fabric! And since my birthday is coming up, order some fabric for me while you're at it. I'm really wanting a fabric bundle of Medallions in Elm and Burnt Henna and Natrue-ology in Brown.

Hawthorne Threads giveaway!

Monday, April 20, 2009

I plum forgot...

I haven't been keeping up with blogging marathon training lately because I haven't felt I needed to post progress reports since I am finished with Team in Training. But here's what I've been up to...

...gym work. Lots of gym work. I joined the boot camp class at my gym so now I get up and head to the gym for a 6am hour-long class three days a week. I look forward to the class before it starts, I hate it while it is going on and I'm euphoric afterward. There is something very satisfying about being done with a workout by 7am. The class really is amazing. The instructor has been a trainer for 13 years and she knows how to push you harder. I am not the fastest person in the class. Then again I am not the slowest person either. This makes me feel good. I am also happy because I feel stronger since I've been attending. Some of the segments are wreaking havoc with various muscles (my hamstrings are very twangy and my triceps are always sore) but at least I now know I have muscles!

I am hoping all this extra gym work will prepare me better for a backpacking trip in June. I've never been backpacking so the thought if carrying 30-40 pounds on my back while hiking up mountains is daunting. Not only that, but I am signed up for the Cleveland Rock & Roll Marathon in May so the stress is never-ending. I worry about not being able to finish either goal.

Cleveland is coming up and fast! The ban on headphones has been lifted so I can use my iPod. Supposedly the course will have live bands every couple miles but I'm still bringing my own music. I only run with one earbud because I like to hear what's coming up behind me. Even then I love the added push my music gives me.

The past week I have been working on my playlist because I find that some songs just aren't working for me and I need to skip them. I don't want to be fiddling with controls during a race (not that I fiddle with them on a long run but there is still the urge). I've watched runners get so distracted by their mp3 players that they run dangerously close to knocking down other individuals. I understand the concern of having mp3 players on a race course. It's a hot topic in any running forum and in the past I have not used them because of the ban but for the length of time it takes for me to finish 26.2 miles the music can be a relief from the sound of shoes slapping on pavement.

Hopefully I will remember to use my Nike+ on this weekend's long run. I am still very slow but my speed looks a bit better than last year's races. My goal is only ever to finish but I wouldn't complain to see a few minutes shaved off last year's times!

Overall, my shins have been hurting at the start and boot camp is making my hamstrings tender. I'm still having the same GI issues and bad me kept putting off seeing a specialist so now I will have to wait until after my June vacation to get things taken care of. Stupid bodily functions. Then again, it could be worse. Sore muscles due to activity are a good feeling and I no longer hurt after a class. Sore is good!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

I has a library card!

One of my New Year's resolutions was to get my library card. We've lived in Evanston for 7.5 years and I've been saying for 7.5 years that I should get my card. So when I woke up I decided today was the day.

So easy! The big disappointment was that the parking meters were only 2 hours. I had hoped to stay longer but parking lot attendants are very thorough here. I went inside and had my card in hand in about 5 minutes. I swear I almost cried. The man helping me told me what was on each of the 3 floors and then I was off!

The first floor was children's books so I was happy to move onward and upward! The third floor was newspapers, periodicals and internet access (I never did make it up there) but I wanted the second floor with fiction and non-fiction. It was serendipitous! I walked down my first row and immediately spotted a book I'd read as a child and had been wanting to read again. I didn't arrive with a book list, I'd just wanted to walk the rows and enjoy being surrounded by books and books and more books. But there it was, A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter. I'd first read it when I was 10 when my grandma gave me her copy. I thought it was such a wonderful story. It always stuck with me, reading about a girl who puts herself through school by catching and selling insects. I wanted to laugh when I passed it on the shelf, it was fate! I picked up a copy and then tried to remember the author of the other book I'd been wanting to reread. Unfortunately while I could remember his books, I couldn't remember the author's name so I had to use the online book search. My second book is The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone which I believe as also first given to me by my grandma.

After I found my two books I wandered around just enjoying the atmosphere. It was more bright and open inside than I'd imagined. Also, less books than I'd imagined considering the building is HUGE! Evanston has two smaller branches besides the main branch where I spent my morning. The two branches are just small storefronts and while I've walked past, I've never gone inside. The main branch has so many desks and benches for reading. I found a padded bench and read A Girl of the Limberlost for 1 1/2 hours. I'd forgotten how "used" library books were. My poor book loans look in worse shape than my books at home that I practically beat up! It's one reason I don't like to borrow books, I don't like possibly doing damage to other people's books. I know how much I love my books, I bet other people love their books too. (Although the only people I've borrowed books from are my mom, my brother-in-law and my niece.)

I really need to keep better track of how many books I read in a year. I started a list in 2008 and didn't keep it up. I bet I read over 100 in 2008. I just can't imagine people who do not enjoy reading. I'd give up all over entertainment before I'd give up my books. and now I have access to even more books! I may have to make the library my Saturday morning tradition.