Beard

I had such a relaxing morning today--it felt great! First, I worked on a fun knitting project for my brother--a beard. He saw a picture of a beard hat, and asked if I could make it for him; but instead of doing the whole hat, I figured I'd just do the beard part and he could wear it with any hat he wanted. I'm pretty good at making up my own patterns, but since my brother isn't here to try it on as I knit, I figured I'd better find a pattern for it.

I found one I really liked, but unfortunately, it wasn't free--bummer! But it was only $2, so I bought it anyway. (Here is a link to the pattern).  It ended up being a pretty quick and easy project, and I was happy with it when I was done:
I made it a little big on me, so I think it should fit my brother. Jerry saw it and wanted one too, so I made him one in brown:

After I finished that, I played Guess Who and Sorry with the boys. I loved the game Guess Who when I was kid! It's not much fun as an adult, however ;)  But Sorry was a fun one--the boys were really into the game.

This afternoon, I decided that since today is a rest day, I would try out the Jillian Michaels' yoga DVD that I bought. So many people swear by yoga, and I really want to like it. I like Jillian, so I thought maybe she could get me into it.
I started the DVD, got just six minutes into it, and then called it quits, hahaha. Besides the fact that I just don't enjoy it, it was killing my knees. I'm just not cut out for yoga!

Instead, I got some activity by shoveling the snow from the driveway--twice. I could have left it for Jerry, but the snow was really light and fluffy today, so I figured I'd surprise him and do it so he wouldn't have to. It's amazing how much easier it is to shovel snow when I'm not obese! I remember feeling like I was going to have a heart attack when I shoveled it a few years ago. Today, I didn't even feel like I was working (but don't tell Jerry that, because then he'll always want me to do it!) 

I also worked a little bit on my blog today--just updating things like my FAQ's, race reports, etc. I know most everyone knows this already, but just in case you don't--there is a search bar on the right hand side of my blog, so if you're looking for something specific, you can just type in a few keywords there. It works really well--when I get e-mails from people asking questions about things I know I've written in the blog, I use the search bar to find it, and then pass along the link.

Speaking of my blog, quite a few people have told me that one of my posts never showed up in their Google Reader. I have no idea why that happened, but it was the Virtual 5K results post--so if you haven't seen it, you can check it out here. It's a list of everyone who completed the Virtual 5K, as well as the winners of the prizes. 

Well, I've got to get ready to go meet my high school friends for dinner! I'm really excited to see everyone :)

18 comments:

  1. Okay, I HAVE that DVD... Jillian's version of yoga is not regular yoga. LOL

    Here's some short ones that you could try: http://plumtv.com/videos/search/?query=yoga

    Also, I really like Element's "Yoga for Stress Relief & Flexibility", it's like ten bucks at Walmart.

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  2. that's funny, that post never showed up in my google reader either. I wonder why! I did check it out on my own but I figured it was something I did!

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  3. I thought about getting that DVD~Thanks for letting me know what it's like! I have her 6 week 6 pack and 30 day shred. I was kind of thinking she'd have a hard time with something more mellow like Yoga!

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  5. Those beards are so cute! I bet that would keep your face warm when you're running, alhough it might look a little funny ;)

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  6. That is so funny about the yoga. I got this dvd acouple weeks ago from a placed called Movie Stop, and it was used. My husband trades stuff in there all the time, so I got it free with his credit. I felt like the beginner one was pretty hard. She has you down on your arms a lot and I was a little sore after the first time I tried it. The beards look awesome!

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  7. I love that beard! I will be making them for my brothers and dad. They will love them!
    I agree with yoga being hard on the knees. I found a class where she does a lot more stretching so it really helps. Jillian might have a little more of a hard core yoga. :)

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  8. I've given yoga several chances, and it's just not my thing either.

    The beards are cute!

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  9. The beard thing is awesome! When I saw your post on the Blogger preview page, I thought the beard in the first picture was supposed to be big lips - because they were that shape and kinda red - like a collagen injection gone awry. The bigger pic and the brown one look more like a beard. Would be fun to run with. :)

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  10. Thanks for linking to the results page. It didnt show up in my feed either. Love the beards. They are too cute!

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  11. Love your beard and mustache. I was thinking about getting back into crocheting, my niece made me a beautiful scarf for my birthday, and she just started. I used to crochet some, but I would have to re-learn. I don't know how to knit--it looks harder.
    I wrote a blog about shoveling snow. I hadn't shoveled snow is so many years, and Wed., while hubby was at work, I went out and shoveled for about 30 minutes. It wasn't bad at all. Later I realized that part of the reason for that was probably because it wasn't super cold and there was not much wind. But I know I couldn't have done any shoveling at all a few years ago.

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  12. I came across your blog while doing a google search on making sparkle running skirts! I've been searching for some motivation,I am signed up to do the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon in 3 weeks,and your blog seems like just what I needed! Keep up the great work! :)

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  13. Haha, love the beards! What a fun project :)

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  14. Haha! I love the pictures of you with the beards! I tried a few different yoga videos in the past, and hated them, but when they started offering a yoga class at my work, I fell in love with it! I've been doing it every week for going on two years, and it helps with my anxiety issues. I also have gotten a lot stronger in my arms and core.

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  15. Katie- you are such an inspiration for me. I started running in October while trying to lose weight. I am down 20# now. But today it was 30 degrees out and I decided to go for a run before dinner. Me, outside in 30 degrees running. Blew my mind. When igot back I told my husband that I did three runs around a loop that we have walked together. He smiled at me and said "you are now a RUNNER". Thanks for the inspritaion. Your virtual 5k. Was the. First I ever did on a treadmill and I just registered for a 5k in March. Thanks sooooooooo much!

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  16. I like yoga, but I just can't do it as my workout. It has to be in addition to my run or whatever.

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  17. I only like yoga in a studio being lead by an instructor I like....and then I LOVE YOGA! I have no desire to do it at home alone. Have you tried a class? Oh and not at a gym, at a yoga studio it makes a difference!

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