Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We Still Love Bob Anyway

There are no sheets on my bed because both sets are in the wash. We've had a run of days when Bob's diaper has either fallen off, or overflowed - always on the bed of course. It's probably my fault. The diaper has worked so well, I may not be checking on it as often as I should be. We've certainly been extra busy lately and not home as much. (You know, because homeschoolers are anti-social recluses.) I'm also going to be paying closer attention to how I put the diapers on him in case I'm being sloppy there too. Staying up late tonight to doing laundry so I can put clean sheets on the bed -so that'll teach me I guess.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Slow Recovery

I'm back up and around and functional after getting sick last week. I'm doing just about everything normally again, except running. I still have a deep, moderately painful cough that's lingering. You probably know the type. I don't think my lungs can handle a run right now since they could barely handle it healthy. I am back to walking though, and each day gets a little better so I plan to start up the C25K very soon.

I've reads that if the C25K program is interrupted for illness or injury, or anything really, you need to back up the same amount of time you were out for. So if you're sick a week, you back up a week in the program from where you left off and start up again there. I was 2/3 of the way through week 2 when I got sick and that was 11 days ago. By my math, I should start the program over again from the beginning. Part of me thinks, "Darn it! I'm tired of starting over.", but another part thing, "Phew. I didn't feel good this round. I probably need more time in the early weeks anyway."

I also started doing more of an isometric exercise for my abs when both my doctor and a very fitness knowledgeable co-worker recommended the same thing to me in the same day. The hope is it will do a better job of strengthening my abused abs more safely than what I was trying before. Haven't been doing it long enough to have any results to report, but it does hurt much less, so there's that.

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Blocks Completed for the Mystery Quilt of Valor

Mystery Quilt Blocks by Kara Hartz

These are the last of the specialty blocks (focus blocks? I'm not sure of the terminology) for the Mystery Quilt I'm working on for a Quilt of Valor quilt. To shorten that name, I like what I have in the title - 'The Mystery Quilt of Valor'. Has a fun ring to it. 

That means I only have setting blocks still to make (and the borders, and the actual quilting, and the binding, but you know.) There will be a total of 25 setting blocks and I already have 11 made, so I have 14 more to do. If you need a reminder what the settings blocks looked like, I wrote about them here

My next update on the quilt will have a couple rows at least put together so you can see the general way it will all go together and how the setting blocks will make a kinda Irish chain type look. For a quilt I felt a little bla about going in, I'm really happy with how it's looking. I think the finished quilt will be great.

Friday, March 17, 2017

I'm Sick

I was so sure that this week I'd manage to get a story posted today. Then I caught the germs my kids and husband have been trading around the past couple weeks. I've been in a useless brain fog and pile of phlegmy exhaustion. Tonight I might be turning a corner, but I've seen my family relapse, so I am proceeding cautiously.

Our dryer also decided to die and we keep playing phone tag with the repair tech and I thought I could help haul wet laundry to the laundromat to dry, and boy howdy, did that make me rethink how much I'm recovering.

I am at least, thinking more clearly tonight than I have for several days, so even if I must continue to rest, I think I can type and grow my stories at the same time.

One further disappointment with this illness is that I couldn't do my Thursday run, and I don't know if I'll be able to do Sunday either. So that means starting week 2 over when I have the strength to start back up again. I was having enough difficulty with the program, I know I'd need to repeat a week eventually, I just didn't think it would happen so soon. Ack.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What I'm Making

This blog was created to share the things I'm creating.

While trying to come up with a topic for today's post, I was thinking that I haven't been making anything that I can share. Then I realized that's not entirely true, I just don't have anything super exciting, or much progress made on it.

I'm keeping this list to physical things I'm making. I also realized there are several other things taking up more of my time at the moment, but I'm not going to get into those here. I just want to focus on my creating right now.
Mini scarf crochet

Here what is in the works:

Still working on the Quilt of Valor Mystery Quilt. Hopefully have enough blocks to make it worth a post soon.

I have a short story that I will probably finish the first draft of tonight. It passed the 'flash' length, but I will probably still be sharing it here - hopefully Friday.

I've been teaching the kids to crochet. My project to use for an example is a little scarf for a plush friend.

The novel is theoretically still in process, but I haven't really be putting any time in. This needs to change.

I'm writing blog posts for work occasionally. This is both more stressful, and more rewarding than I thought it would be, and I'd like to do more of it - which they have given me the freedom to do, it's just a matter of my finding time.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Couch to 5 K Week 2 Day 1

I almost didn't advance myself to week 2, since week 1 was so much harder than I had expected it to be. Yet by the time I talked myself into getting out there at all, I felt like I might as well go all the way and go on to the next scheduled run. As usual with these things, I'm glad I did.

The week 2 run was still harder than I feel like it should have been considering how many times I've done this program before. I'm still disappointed how much strength and stamina I've lost. I try to be kind to myself, remembering that it isn't as though I just stopped working out for a year and am getting back into it. I was incredibly ill that year. In the not too distant past, I could have died from what I went through last year. It's really a statement to the wonder of modern medicine that, while last year was crappy, and I went through some non-enjoyable stuff, I was never really worried that my life was in danger. Maybe I should have been.

Still, starting from scratch to get in shape, when I did all this work before is frustrating. But what else is there to do? Not get  back in shape? That's the other option, right? That won't work for me, so here we go. Again.

I had my annual check up with my doctor today. I was surprised that he said he'd like to see me lose 10 to 20 pounds. I'd like to see me lose 50 to 60 pounds, so his advice feels like a piece of cake. Maybe that's a bad simile for weight loss. It feels do-able. I can handle that.

So tonight it's a walk and ab work (going to do ab work every day to deal with the lumpy tummy problem) and tomorrow C2 5K week 2 day 2!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy International Women's Day

I feel a little silly that I've considered myself a feminist a good long while, but I'd never heard of this day before. I'm still learning. Not ashamed to admit it.

So I read up a little, and learned International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900's!

I know so many amazing, interesting, kind, brilliant, funny women. Nice to have a day to appreciate them all a little more. Love you all!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Couch to 5K Time Again.

I started up the Couch to 5K running program yet again. This time I'm starting nowhere near NaNoWriMo! Not that it matters.

It was both harder, and not as bad as I thought it might be to get started again. So far, after the first two runs, I am much more winded after the running segments than I thought I'd be. On day 1, the minute of running felt so long. Too long. But today, only the second run, the minute was very do-able. Still I was breathing hard after even that short bit of running. All I can do is keep going, and trust that I'll get better. If I need to, I'll do each week twice, but I'll keep going.

I maybe started a little too soon after being sick, as I've fallen into bad coughing attacks at the end of the runs, although today wasn't as bad as last Thursday. One has to start somewhere though.

The part that was better than I'd hoped was my pace. That's something that has improved very slowly, over many circuits through this running program. I always think that when I start the program over, I'll have to start as slow as I did the previous time, but that's something that seems to carry forward for me even through periods of not running. Unless this app isn't accurate, which is possible, I don't think I've ever managed a 10:28 pace so early in the program. I suspect as I do longer running intervals that will slow down since it will be harder to maintain lover longer periods. I remember, not all that long ago, thinking how if I could only get up to 12 min/mile, I would feel like I was doing well. 

I guess that's part of the fun of this process. It's always a little different, but I always get better.