It is finals season, and the weather's warming up which means I am in full procrastination mode and I'm finding all kinds of new hobbies!
My first new hobby is knitting. A few weeks ago I attended a retreat and one of the attorneys was knitting a beautiful sweater and had a magazine full of great looking knitting patterns and I was inspired! I have since taken up knitting and I AM LOVING IT! Due to my hectic schedule the weekly classes don't work out out for me right now, but thanks to the miracle that is YouTube, my knitting books and a new friend, I have mastered the two basic stitches: the knit stitch and the purl stitch! Calhoun and I are expecting our first niece to arrive some time in May and I'm hoping that by the time she's ready to be wearing something more than a onesie I'll have the skills to knit some cute baby booties and hats! Here is what I've managed so far:
My second new hobby is running. Now, I'm not sure that it can be categorized as "new" - every spring I think I'm going to be a runner and I mysteriously fail to really pick it up - but I have adopted a new incentive structure this spring. I love to shop and I don't really love to run, so I have decided that I will be giving myself a dollar to spend on running clothes for every mile I put on my shoes.
And, there's some healthy social pressure happening here. As the years progress, the women around me increasingly become runners. Not only are the ladies casual runners, there are a few of them who are actually marathon runners! The fact is, I'm interested in keeping up. Uptown writes her blog about her triathlon training, Cedar ran a Boston qualifying marathon last summer in Duluth and Snelling is training for her first marathon this summer in Minneapolis. And they're not the only ones, they're just the ones that write about it! Keeping up with these ladies is a primary goal of mine!
My Minnesota Mile Count: 4