If all goes as planned today, I will be continuing my knitting education. I scheduled this post just in case I don’t find the time to put one together. The small piece of the beginnings of a scarf shown above is from Sunday’s knitting lessons. Today I hope to learn how to switch colors, what to do when your stitches don’t add up correctly (because you dropped one or somehow added one too many), and other exciting world of knitting fine points.
M and I had a great time at the Detroit Jazz Festival. It was my first visit to Motown and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’d like to go back and spend some time walking around and taking photos. What little I saw of the city was engaging. And the music at the festival? Incredible!
Note: This is a mega-post, for which I apologize. I am trying to fit in a little about the trip as well as some current stuff. I am pondering “learn brevity” as a New Year’s resolution.
Happy 2011! I wish you joy, love, laughter, and prosperity in the new year. How you apply those wishes is entirely up to you. 🙂
M and I have already celebrated with our traditional pork and sauerkraut dinner that is said to bring luck, prosperity, and other good stuff. Weight loss, obviously, is not part of the “other good stuff.”
It seems like much has changed between the old year and the new year. There aren’t many years when I can honestly say I see such a great contrast. Stepping away from the familiar has a way of changing one’s perspective in a way that allows you to see the contrasts. Even so, the difference between the day M and I left home early Wednesday morning and arrived home yesterday evening is amazing.
(Stepping out of the Christmas holidays. Fogged lens. The U.S. Botanic Garden. Washington, D.C. This looks better large. As with all of the photos in this post, click on the photo to view it larger.)
When we left home we had about 2 feet of snow on the ground and it was cold. Frigid is the word I last used to describe it here on the blog. When we returned, most of the snow had disappeared and the temperature was in the mid-50s.
(Watery sun reflections on a Smithsonian window. Washington, D.C.)
I’m guessing you may have figured out by now where we went. Washington, D.C., of course. For my friends outside of the U.S., I didn’t assume you’d know from my hints but I also didn’t want to assume you wouldn’t know as it seems like people outside of the U.S. are better informed about the world beyond their borders than a lot of folks within the U.S. The building in the pictures posted yesterday is the U.S. Capitol.
Last night I dreamed that I ran a marathon (and managed to complete it!). That was followed by a dream in which I was chain smoking. I’m glad I ran the marathon first. I might not have been able to do it after all that smoking.
Nighttime dreams aside, I have decided to try to fulfill one of my lifetime dreams. I’m going to take surf lessons the next time we go to San Diego. We’ll be going later this year so that gives me plenty of time to get in shape because apparently you need to be in good shape if you want to surf.
I bought a Core Disk (GoFit Core Disk and Training DVD) which is somewhat similar to a wobble board, the idea being that I’ll learn some balance and strengthen my core. I also bought the book Aloha Surf Guide A Beginner’s Guide for the Vacationing Surfer. I was flipping through it last night, mainly interested (for now) in what I need to do to get in shape. It looks like I have a lot of hard work ahead of me. I won’t need to do the stretching exercises from the book since I’m doing yoga on a daily basis, but I really need to do something about my (lack of) upper body strength.
Push-ups are the number one exercise. I’m okay at the girly type of push-ups but they aren’t mentioned at all so I take that to mean I need to man-up and do real push-ups. I managed four very shaky ones this morning. That’s better than none, but the author of the book recommends that you “build up to doing three or four sets of 20 reps three days per week.”
Well, four is better than none and it’s a start.
In other news…
Winter has returned to the Bogs. The rain and warm temperatures have departed. Snow, cold, and wind have returned. No surprises there.