Monday, September 27, 2010

I'm Baaaack!

Alrighty then! Thirty minutes of running. 10 minute/2 minute run/walk intervals X 3. May not seem like much, but for as long as I've been not running - it feels like a real victory.

Even got new shoes to celebrate. Now it's time to ice the shin splints.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tying Up Loose Ends

I've been packing up my life into neat little piles. Some I can take along with me, but most will take the slow route by ship.

I found it interesting that I've managed to stack what will be my entire household overseas into one side of my bedroom here. (Not counting furniture, of course, which is included with our apartment)

I'd like to say this is because I'm simplifying my life and all that jazz, but the truth is - this happens everytime I move. I just throw alot of stuff away that I haven't even noticed has outgrown it's usefullness until I poke around in drawers and closets that haven't seen the light of day in years.

You'd be surprised how challenging it can be to pack everything you'd need for 6 weeks into this amount of space.

There's three months of personal entertainment contained in my messenger bag.

And, last - but certainly not least - my next three months of knitting.

We're just awaiting the movers.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Slow Start

Happily, I'm back with the running again. I'm not even sure what made me stop, though I'll admit, I always find inactivity easier than physically difficult things. Despite the laws of physics, this object given any break in motion tends to stay square on the couch, with her feet up and some knitting in her lap.

It was a good feeling, though - being fit. My energy level was high. I'd face a new day with square shoulders and enthusiasm. I could run the empty shopping cart all the way back to the store entrance, rather than leaving it crookedly abandoned in the adjacent parking space. And running those half marathons! What a kick that was! In a way, I'd say it sort of changed my view of myself. I realized then that I could do any single thing I set my mind to. I stopped saying "I can't". I stopped even thinking it.

Being the Queen of Denial, and being quite busy these days preparing for a move - it's easy to breeze past my need for exercise, to put it on the back burner to do later. But this time I'm not going to do that. It's past time to start the slow slog of gaining fitness. I'm not saying it's easy. There's lots of sweating, huffing and puffing, and soreness. And there's this sort of akward lost feeling until I find my exercise routine. I weave around the gym machines in indecision. I can't find the abs machine I used to use. There's someone on my usual treadmill - the one beneath the fan. I don't want to lift any weights in front of that young, cute guy. And I forgot my towel. :-/

One of the benefits of blogging is how it keeps your goals right in front of your face. It makes you accountable. In the blog world - you can celebrate your personal victories, you can joke about your fails. You can have some company along the way. So, I'm using my blog for accountability. It's the best running partner ever. I'd rather run than explain why I haven't. Even if it's only explaining to myself - in writing. I'm up to 6 min/2 min run walk intervals x 5.

P.S. : If anyone reading this is interested in starting to run, it's important to start slow. Your bones, muscles, heart and lungs have to build up gradually. The Running 101 program is the one I use.
You'll think you can do more. Don't!
ask me how I know this
Oh, and run slower than you think you should. Even slower than that. You'll get there.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Annis = Satisfaction

I just recently came across an interesting tidbit of information. Did you know that the word Annis is a female name of Greek origin meaning Satisfaction?

Have you heard of the term Synchronicity?

Well, that's what this project is: a meaningful coincidence, startling serendipity! Like a comment from the universe on my move to Greece - I love it when I'm graced with such.

This shawl is one of my favorite things I've ever knitted. It's scarfy crescent shape makes it so much more wearable for me than a triangle shawl. Although it was a labor intensive knit, the result is perfect. My Ravelry Project Page reflects the few modifications I made.

When my Granddaughter Jade modeled for this picture she told me, "Grandma, I feel like a Princess in this shawl!
But it was the shawl that was so lucky to be draped on such beauty, I thought.
I am so lucky.
I am so satisfied.

My eyes brimmed as I framed my amazingly lovely Granddaughters in the viewfinder, making it difficult to get sharp pictures. In every way, they are beyond beautiful.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Beads and Short Rows and Lace, Oh My!

I've admired this Annis pattern like a lovesick middle schooler ever since it came out, but only recently discovered a yarn in my stash that was worthy. On several occasions, I'd dug and dug deep into my stash and then....Oh yes.

The Estelle Cadenza, sent to me by a faraway friend. It's silky, saturated, uh-huh - even sensual. I proclaimed it the one.

Even better - once I brought out the skein, I realized that it matched a pretty silky dress I'd yet to wear. I'd been saving it for a party or a special dinner out. The match - absolute perfection. The dress, the shawl - you can even see the earrings another friend made just for me. The perfect ensemble. I had a plan.

Then came the knitting. Now I know lots of people have written how easy this pattern is and how quickly it knit up. So. many. people.

I can't say I really understand why it's taken me 60 days just to get through 18 rows of lace, but it has.

Lace isn't relaxing knitting for me. It takes me over. I need a stone quiet home, with no interruptions. I knit sitting all bent over my needles, counting furiously and tensely making little notes. I have to take my lace knitting in small doses.

Here's my reward: It's coming around, this lovely little shawl. I've started the short rows - no doubt it will virtually knit itself.