C25k = ouch. 

I’ve been trying to be a runner for a couple of years now. Something always happens to make me stop. Usually it’s summer break for the kids. We get so lazy and by the time I wake up it’s 90 plus degrees outside. 

This year I fell off really badly. My last run was in May. If I remember correctly it was a rough run. A short one, but a rough one. 

Tuesday I ran week one day one of the C25K program. In case you don’t know what that is it means Couch to 5k. Basically you can get up off the couch and in 9 weeks be running 5k without stopping. 

I’ve never made it past week 8. It does work though, in week 8 I was running more than 20 minutes without stopping. It’s a pretty simple program. You start by walking 5 minutes every time. The first week you run a minute then you walk a minute and a half. It repeats for 8 runs and then you walk for 5 minutes to cool down. I usually try to run a little extra because I go out a mile then turn around but it’s too far to run with just the program. 

Every week the amount of time you run goes up and the time you walk adjusts with it but it’s less than you run, not more. At first it’s super simple, then somewhere around week 4 or 5 you go from running 8 minutes to running 20 minutes! No one ever believes they can do it. Then you get out there and you’re running and before you know it, it’s over. 

So back to Tuesday. I ran the first day and then instead of taking a break (you run every other day) I decided to run Wednesday too. Bad idea. I made it about half a mile before I had to turn around. Today, my legs are so sore it’s hard to walk, so I’m putting today’s run off until tomorrow. (It’s also cold and rainy outside today.)

My goal is to finish the program this time then move on to C210K. Someday I want to run the Tinkerbell half marathon at Disney Land. That’s a long ways away but I can dream, right?


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

We had a freezing rain/snow storm today. It started sometime in the early morning (after 1:30) and went until 11 or so. I think there’s a couple of inches out there. There’s a whole lot of ice though. School was cancelled last night in anticipation of it. 

Check it out:

Look how icy the tree out back is. The whole thing is covered. I’m not a fan of snow myself, it’s only nice on Christmas, but it is pretty. I try not to go out in it but we needed groceries today so I ventured out. 

SO went out with a friend of his tonight. He asked me if I wanted to go but 14 was home and I’m not going out in the cold to drink beer. I have wine in the fridge if I want a buzz. I’m a homebody under non-snowy circumstances.

I can’t sleep tonight. My body hurts all over and not even a shower helped it this time. So I’m working on knitting a sock and trying to get to the point where I’m so tired I just can’t stay awake. I can often go all night, heaven help me. 

I finished knitting my first sock today. I’m so proud of it even if it is crazy looking because of the yarn I used. Look 😊

It looks huge but it’s really not. It fits my size 9 foot perfectly. I like the way the yarn sort of self stripes. I think it’s so big because I used worsted weight yarn (not sure what size or color. I had to take all of the labels off when I dried my yarn because of the bedbugs). My next sock is just a matching sock so I don’t have one lonely sock. 

I’m still working on my 10 stitch blanket. Slowly. I’ll get there. 

Time to knit a sock! 

We have a new kitty.

Sometime in late August/early September my cat, Tucker, had to be put to sleep. He was very sick and the vet said she didn’t think he’d do well long term so I had to make a decision. It was hard and it hurt so, so badly. 

9 took it particularly hard. She is so sensitive about people and pets dying. When our cat Doofus passed away in 2015 she was also very upset. She hates the word “died”. 

We were all hurting over poor Tucker. With him gone it felt kind of empty around here. So my SO had an idea. He decided to find us a kitten. Not one to replace Tucker but to fill the hole in our hearts. 

After lots of time scouring the internet he found the perfect little girl on Facebook. Her name is Tippy (14 says her name is Gratuity and Tippy is her nickname 😅.) 

So everyone, meet Tippy. She’s a beautiful Torty with lots of personality and energy. She loves chasing feathers and the monster under the blanket. She enjoys attacking my yarn while I knit/crochet. She’s super cuddly and so, so sweet. She’s made her place in our home and she earned it. Maisy, my other girl cat, never liked Tucker. They fought constantly and Maisy hissed at him every time he came close. She did that at first with Tippy too but Tippy was determined. She wore Maisy down and now they’re buddies. 

Here’s some pictures of Miss Tippy.

Isn’t she beautiful? When we first got her she was very scraggly looking. Her black fur was linger than her orange and white fur. She was a mess. She grew into her fur though and now she’s a super soft, super pretty kitten. She’s about 5 months old now so it’s almost time to get her fixed. I hope she doesn’t get fat and lazy like my other two. 🤞

So, I just wanted to introduce my new baby. Hopefully soon I’ll have a human baby to introduce. Cross your fingers, send baby vibes, and pray for us. 

I can knit!

I’ve always been a crocheter, ever since I was a teenager who only knew one stitch and how to make rows. I love crocheting and have made lots of lovely things. 

A few years ago I taught myself to knit but I was really bad at it. I got the needles and yarn all tangled up and kept dropping the needles out of the stitches and dropping stitches altogether. So I gave up. 

Recently, I decided to try again. I got out my knitting needles and some yarn and started a Ten Stitch Blanket. It was easy to do and there was a video that knitted with you while you did it. I’m still working on my Ten Stitch Blanket but I’m proud of it, even if some of it is wonky. You can find the Ten Stitch Blanket on Ravelry. 

Then I made a hat. It used what’s called the fair isle knitting. Basically using more than one color of yarn to make a design. It was easy but the hat came out too small. Ive got to try again but with some looser tension and I may have possibly been twisting my stitches somehow. We’ll see. The pattern is here, at Very Pink Knits. (I can’t find the hat to take a picture.)

That brings me to today. I’m knitting my first sock on double pointed needles, it’s cuff down. It’s a little like juggling but I’m keeping it together. I’m not following a pattern, instead I’m following a tutorial from Silver’s Sock Class. Once I get a sock done and feel like I know what I’m doing I’ll find a pattern I like and make some real socks. 

Next I’m going to knit a sock toe up on circulars. I don’t know if you can tell but I’m really excited about my knitting. I don’t know why it stuck this time or why I like doing it so much but I’m glad it happened because it keeps the boredom away and keeps my mind occupied. 

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back when I get finished with my sock. 

Is this hell?

I’m in bedbug hell. Luckily, it’s not an infestation. We found one though and the poorest control company said there were some so I’m packing up my whole apartment and putting it all in my kitchen.  I’ve been doing laundry for a week straight trying to get it all washed and dried. We even got rid of four small bags and one large one. I can’t believe how much clothing we have. Blankets, too! There’s just so many. 

Meanwhile, I can’t knit or crochet because all of my yarn has to go through the dryer too. I’ve been knitting almost non-stop lately. It feels so weird not to have a hook or needles in my hands. After all of this is over, I’ll post some of my work. 

So, we’re trying to have a baby. So far, no luck. I hope it doesn’t take a long time. The first time it took 3 years, the second time just a couple of months. I want to get it done before I become high risk. I would like a boy, he wants a girl. Hopefully I get what I want this time. We all miss Jackson so much, having another baby boy might make us feel better.  

My cousin, Tasylor, is burning bridges left and right. No one can stand her anymore. She’s gone completely off the deep end. I hate to talk bad about someone after what happened to Amanda but she’s got it coming.  


Later, guys

Why do I always forget my blog?

You would think that talking mindlessness at no one would be something I’d remember to do regularly. 

This post is just going to be about some of my recent projects. 

I’ve got a name afghan in progress for the contest I ran on my Facebook page. 

I started a waffle stitch blanket and I’m about 1/4 of the way finished. I used Caron Cakes in Ocean Waves. 

I’m still out of yarn for the unicorn hooded blanket I’m making for Katelyn. Samantha’s is done. 
Everything is available in my Etsy shop. (Check out Oleg!)

Remember when fun wasn’t painful? 

I went in a field trip with 8’s class today. We went to a local historic site, Locust Grove, and did a tour. It’s a beautiful place and the kids learned quite a bit (so did I) but I’ll tell you what, I’d rather run my two miles than walk/stand around for 3 hours. My back/hips/neck are hurting me so badly right now. 

It’s very aggravating, not being able to do the things you used to be able to do. I’m not at an age where my body should be breaking down but because of the fibromyalgia little things end up meaning big pain now. I used to be able to go to concerts and stand for hours. To go to bars and stand all night in heels. To DANCE in those heels. I haven’t worn a pair of heels in forever. I’m not sure how my body would react to them now. 

I can run for short periods of time (I end up walking more than I run because I’ve only recently switched from smoking to vaping and my breathing still isn’t very great) but anything that requires me standing for more than half an hour or so is going to mean pain. A little while back I went to a concert where I had to stand for two hours because there was no seating and the next day when I woke up I was in the middle of such a bad flair, I ended up in bed for two days. My whole body was on fire. 

It actually caused an argument with an ex of mine. He got angry because I wouldn’t go to a festival type concert with him that had no designated seating but had asked him to go to a regular concert in an arena with me. He didn’t like my music and I didn’t like his. I tried to explain that his concert would actually cause me physical pain and the effects would last for days but I couldn’t make him understand. To him I was just being selfish. 

I need to start doing more yoga. I’ve just been very tired lately. The increase in my medication has done a lot for my mood but it has made me very tired. Hopefully I will adjust soon. 

I wish I had gotten some pictures but it was a little cramped, our groups were big, and I don’t like taking pictures of other people’s kids and posting them. You never know if they’re ok with that. It really is a lovely place.