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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Pinch me...I can hardly believe it!!!!!

Well, the blanket is done, done, done...stick a fork in it - it's DONE!!!!!! I finished the knitting this morning and just couldn't stop so I wove in all the ends and did a single crochet border on all four sides. Here is me, messy Sunday hair and all, and my labor of love...well, labor of something...


I couldn't resist striking a pose. Mark had to bring up the fact that my pants match the blanket. Gee, thanks Mark.

Now it is on to my Sock Wars second sock. I discovered that my assasin is dead so I've earned a bit of a reprieve. I was drinking and knitting out in Winter Park yesterday - feeling all great about working on the sock and stuff - until I finally faced that fact that there were no (zero, zilch, nada) rows ending on the correct pattern stitch. So, I frogged back to the ribbing and put the sock back in it's bag...Sean and his friends I was with thought it for the best as I was already 2 pints, an Irish car bomb, and a margarita into the evening...with another margarita on the way. Good times.

On the TNT front - I ran 6 miles yesterday morning in 58:30 with a negative split (second 3 miles was faster than the first 3). I'm also over half-way to my fundraising minimum. Don't forget to check out the site if you're interested in learning more...or donating...

xoxo

Friday, May 23, 2008

Five WIPs!?!?!

Okay, I try not to have too many projects going on at once but I just looked at my Ravelry project list and I've got FIVE. Ugh.

Must. Finish. Baby. Blanket.

I'm down to 7 days and 18 hours...17 rows, sewing in the ends, and a single crochet around the outside...

It doesn't help that I just received The Happy Hooker in the mail the other day and I'm itching to start crocheting for real, beyond Christmas stockings. Turtlegirl is making an AWESOME skirt. She blogged about some of the colors the other day and when I commented about how much I wanted to crochet but that I had to finish the f-in blanket (it's official name in my household), she said I could always do a couple of quick dishcloths. Temptress is your name!

Soon, soon, I will be DONE. The next time that I appear to think that an entirely garter stitched log cabin afghan is a fabulous idea for a baby gift, please someone slap me upside the head, k?

So, no WIP pictures today. The blanket will not be photographed until it's ready to be wrapped. How about a cute kitty picture instead?

Yes, Gracie is wearing a sombrero. Mark found it at the Mexico pavilion in Epcot. Yes, she was not at all pleased about the fashion statement she was making.

xoxo

Saturday, May 17, 2008

First TNT training run!

Just a quick note as I have to get Mir to the vet for her 3 month check-up...

I ran with Team in Training out in Altamonte Springs this morning. The intermediate group was doing five so I joined in. Now, I run a lot - and I've completed 6 marathons - but I'm definitely not fast. These folks were fast! I kept up for 3 and a little bit but finished up by myself. I want to get faster and I want to train on the intermediate schedule because I've already got the distance but I hate having to drop back. It's my competitive nature, I guess...

After the run, I stopped in at Fleet Feet because I desperately needed new running shoes. I love, love, love getting new running shoes! They just feel so great on my feet. I could tell that my others ones were broken down - I bought them in November before Disney - but I could doubly tell once I was fitted into the new ones and then put the old ones back on. Same style and everything but completely different feel. Love it!

As a reminder, keep checking back here for updates on my TNT exploits and be sure to visit my donation page if you have a mind too. The link is here: Becky's TNT for Dad. I know the economic situation is rough and gas prices are outrageous but if you're thinking of contributing to something this year, please consider me! And feel free to share the link with anyone who might be interested as well!

On the knitting front - cross you fingers, I've lived to see another day in the Sock Wars. Still workng on them though...and the secret gift project is limping along. I have two weeks from today to finish it up. I think I can, I think I can...pictures soon!

Until then...xoxo

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Consistently spaced one month apart...

I have been meaning to post for awhile but I've got so much to say that I kept putting it off! Well, if Amy and Dan with their super busy lives can blog, then so can I!

First off...RUNNING!

I signed up for my seventh marathon with
Team in Training. I'll be running in the Nike Women's Marathon out in San Francisco. My dad has been in remission from mantle cell lymphoma for almost a full five years and I wanted a way to celebrate. I think running with TNT again, and raising money again, is the perfect way - don't you? So, if anyone out there is interested in donating...please go to my site at http://pages.teamintraining.org/cfl/nikesf08/rsforza. If you think that someone might be interested in helping out, please, please, please send them here to my blog or to my fundraising site. Also, if I have your email and/or snail mail address, you'll likely be seeing a note from me soon. I'm really excited to be doing this!!!!!

Next...KNITTING!

Some FOs to peruse...
Jaywalkers in Yarn Nerd Caramel Stout...










Mystic Light Shawl...a bad blocking picture but I'm lucky there wasn't a cat laying on it...










There's also a WIP from Mason-Dixon Knitting but on the slim chance the person who'll be receiving it reads my blog, I shall wait until it's finished and given. That and my Sock Wars socks are my constant companions right now. No pics of SWiii yet.

Finally...the such part of this blog...

I spent Mother Day's with, well, with Mommy. I took her to high tea at the Grand Floridian.










And the girls are doing great. Here are Mir and George trying to get into what they call "heaven" and what Mark and I call the "food storage bin".










I should be off to type more email addresses into my database...and I'm getting sleepy. I'll keep you all updated on my running and knitting progress. And there will always be some "and such" to mix it up. Until then...xoxo (waaaayyyyy too much Gossip Girl)