Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Every once in a while we all need to play catch up.  That is me.  I have been working on crocheting an amazing baby blanket and making other various projects, but neglecting other parts of my life.  Not big things, just little things like taking out the trash and/or recycling, vacuuming, walking the dogs, running and taking time to read.  Oh and preparing material for my class (I am teaching a class on reference for the first time so I am having to develop everything.)  I have been talking a lot about crafting on the blog, but not a lot about the other aspects of my life, well because I have not been doing them a lot.  (I have been doing the mothering thing, can't really neglect that.  D wouldn't let me if I tried.)

Quick update...

Running:  I am actively training for a half-marathon: The Heights Half!!!

This is the first time it is being held so that is something special.  It will be cool, Spring-in-the-Mid-West weather.  I am so excited to run.  I just ran 7 miles the other day in preparation, my longest run of 2012.  I accidentally (yes accidentally, I did not want to run in the rain and other scheduling issues) took a few days off running and I became very. very grouchy and tired.  I ran 7 miles and then felt great.  I learned I have to run to be happy.  No more accidental vacations from it.

I am following Kara Goucher's running plan from her book Kara Goucher's Running for Women.

I am trying to add speed work into my training.  Something I just skipped over for my first half-marathon training.  I trust her training plan as she has had amazing coaches and just made the 2012 Olympic team for the marathon.

Reading:  Um, I am reading a really great textbook...

It really is worth the $70 retail price.  Library Science books are expensive.  Great profession, but the professional materials are never under $50.  Ridiculous!

For fun, I just picked up the new John Green novel The Fault in Our StarsI am about 50 pages in and loving it.  John Green is so amazing.

I am also reading Alexander McCall Smith's The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
I love Precious Ramotswe; she is the best lady detective in all Botswana and number one in our hearts.  I love Alexander McCall Smith and everything he writes.  Highly recommended!  His series are wonderfully addictive. 

I do have a few things on the needles, but they can wait.  Life is about balance and I am trying to acheive a better blance by doing the many things that I love and not knitting on a deadline (although I do have two things I have to finish this month, but I am not thinking about that now, right?).

What do you love to do that you have been neglecting?

What are you reading?

What are you doing March 31, 2012 (What?  What is that?  You're coming to the Heights Half to cheer me on or even run?  Excellent.)


  1. I'm reading "Tempest" by Julie Cross. It started out kinda lame, but I'm enjoying it now. And it sounds dumb, but I've been meaning to paint my nails for the last 2 weeks, and I keep putting it off.

    1. Adding it to my to-read list.

      I also need to paint my nails more.

  2. I am having real trouble finding a book I like lately, which is weird for me. I am about 3/4 through the third book in the "Shiver" trilogy, and find myself putting it off bc the characters have become really annoying. Which is sad bc I liked "Shiver" a lot. I started reading "A Northern Light", which I know you are reading, too. Do not judge all historical fiction by this book, please. I find it stupifyingly (if that is a word) boring for a book based around a famous murder. It is like a poorly done version of "Alias Grace" by Margaret Atwood. I know it won a Printz honor, but as the Printz committee is all of four people, I do not take it terribly seriously.

    1. Do not get me wrong, I see the literary merit of this book. But sometimes literary merit is boring.

  3. I haven't started Northern Light yet. I have so much to read! I heard it was good form several people. I hope to start it soon.

    Shiver is on my to read list.