Month: April 2010 (page 1 of 5)

RunningBlog: Week 17

Week 17
Still NOT SICK. Yeah, I feel crummy occasionally and there’s more than the average amount of mucus, but I’m NOT SICK. My powers of denial are strong. While I was at knitting camp last weekend, Fiona and I went out for a run that instead became more of a hike. We followed a steep and narrow trail up to Robertson’s Lookout at Mount Keira, stopping every ten minutes to pick the leeches off our shoes. (Yes, really.) The view was fantastic though. We ran the rest of the way back down the mountain to camp. On Sunday I got in my long run for the week, a 16km jog through Newtown, Enmore, Marrickville, Tempe, and Sydenham. (It’s really, really weird now that a ten-miler doesn’t feel like that big a deal!) I did 3:1 run/walk and still managed a 7:30/km pace, which is 45s faster than the 19km run I did a few weeks ago. Yay for cooler weather! Yesterday I did a nice easy morning run and then had a session at Spudds in the afternoon. I am BEAT.

April 25: 6.70km
April 26: 16.02km
April 28: 5.35km
Total this week: 28.07km (17.5mi)
Total in 2010: 357.99km (223.7mi)

To meet my goal of running 1000km in 2010, I should be at 327km right now. So I’m maintaining my nice cushion.

We’re only 2.5 weeks out from the Sydney Half Marathon! This week will be the longest run of my training: 22km. Yes, I’ll actually be going slightly farther than the actual race distance. I’m looking forward to it, actually! Then the following weekend will be the Mother’s Day Classic 8K. I’ll be in my taper period here, so I’m not going to push it too hard. I’d just like to run the whole thing comfortably so I can feel confident leading up to the big race.

Petey Head-Butting

Petey Head-Butting
While Snookums was in the shower this morning, Petey and I were playing on the bed. He gets very affectionate always right when we’re getting ready for work. He loves to head-butt your hands and stretch and rub and PURR like a chain saw.

Knitting Letters

Knitting Letters: A to Z. Wow. That is a fantastic blog about a project to knit an abecedarium. It’s going to take me ages to read the whole thing! The designer is on Ravelry and has a couple free patterns available too. Many thanks to my friend Ã…sa for passing on the link!

Birds are Jerks

Birds are Jerks. HA! I totally concur. (Link courtesy of Reecie’s Twitter.)


Matt at Scrubbles has just launched his new “LitKids Original Art” Etsy Shop. Matt is the extremely talented designer who created my blog masthead (above), and I’ve been reading about this project on his site for a while now. He’s done illustrations of some famous characters from children’s literature (Anne Shirley and Jo March) and he’s printing them on actual pages from the books. They look fantastic. I’ve just ordered both of them. They’d be a great gift for anybody who grew up on those books like I did.

Crafty Cakes

Hey Sis: Check out these crafty cakes. I can’t even imagine doing that cross-stitch one…

Knitting Camp 2010

Me at Knitting CampKnitting Camp 2010
This was my second year attending the Wollongong Knitting Camp put on by CR&K Daisy Designs. It’s held at Mount Keira Scout Camp overlooking Wollongong. This year about 30 knitters came together for two days of knitting, food, wine, chatting, and relaxation. My photos and write-up of the weekend are here. Bells, Lyn, Kylie, Miss Fee, Anne, Margarita, and Jody have also posted their accounts. (Bells’s includes a truly HAWT photo of yours truly in a vintage frock with a fake rose in my teeth! And Fiona’s got a nice one of me knitting lace. LACE. I KNOW.)

Smartphone Domino Machine

Smartphone Domino Machine. That’s so cool! Just in case you haven’t had enough Rube Goldbert awesomeness lately.

Sharky Tea Infuser

The Sharky Tea Infuser. So awesome! It would make me drink more tea.


HATETRIS. I played one game. I managed to clear two lines. Yowza.