Sunday, January 24, 2010

Keepin' The Date Up

I'm pretty pleased with my progress on my "goals". I've learned how to crochet the Chain Stitch, to make Single Crochet Stitches in the Chain. Which, I might add, was a huge pain to learn, and took me three days to get it. My hubby's grandma tried to show me how several years ago (key word being "tried"), and as I struggled with this stitch, some of what she showed me started to come back. Once I remembered this, it all came together. Then I leaned the Turning Chain, Single Crochet row 2, the Slip Stitch and finally finishing off my work. Now I have a piece of fabric about 10 1/2 inches long and 1 inch wide. I love it, and I think I'm going to use it as a bookmark in my crochet book. Which is called "The Happy Hooker" LOL! I've decided to continue practicing what I've learned before I move on. If anyone wants a crochet bookmark let me know. ;)

Running has been going well. I've increased the time I run by a minute this week. This slow buildup is agonizing, but necessary if I want to do a Half Marathon, or run any distance for that matter. Even if I don't run in an official race, just getting my mileage up to double digits would be awesome. When I trained for my last HM, gosh that has to have been almost 7 years ago, my training went so well, and I had a blast. I'd love to feel that way again. I joined the social networking/training log site "dailymile". I'm really enjoying reading other runner's thoughts on their workouts and giving them virtual high-fives.

Lastly, I've picked up the guitar this week. And right now, all I can say is "OUCH!" My fingers are currently tingling. Hubby says I'm dong well. Like he can say anything different. ;)

I must say, I'm pleased with myself. As I said in my previous post, I tend not to finish things. But so far, I haven't given up (even with that stupid crochet stitch). I also feel I'm being a good example to my daughter. When she says she can't do something, we always tell her to try. And when she does and still can't do it, we tell her it takes practice. I hope I'm teaching her something that I didn't learn until now. I hope it will serve her well.

Carry On.

Monday, January 18, 2010

I hate the term "resolutions". It makes me think of starting something only to quit it. Which is what I tend to do. Maybe that's why I dislike the term because it makes me face a part of me that I do not like. Ooooo, that was a deeper thought than I intended it to be. Anyway, all that to say I have 3 "goals" for 2010. They are (drum roll)....1. teach myself how to crochet, 2. learn to play the guitar (with the help of my awesome hubby) and 3. to run 3 miles comfortably. A sidebar goal is to run the half of the Pittsburgh Marathon. I don't really like to run races, as I'm not too fast and run at "the back of the pack". Sometimes even further back than that! ;) But the Pittsburgh Marathon has so much energy, and every year that I go to cheer my fellow runners on it motivates and inspires me.

I was thinking today, that I am so happy to be starting this year in a better place emotionally and spiritually than I started 2009. Jesus heals and I think that's pretty cool.

Carry on.