Up for some air

Wow.  After weeks of lazing about, I had a whirlwind of a weekend.

Here it is in all its glory:

As I’m typing, I have absolutely no idea of the order of the mosaic, so in no particular order:

1. Saturday, I hosted a running club breakfast–members gather at the host’s home, complete a run, and then return for breakfast.  The Mister was helpful as he made onigiri (rice balls) and tamago-yaki (Japanese omelet).  I made a strata, some applesauce/yogurt parfaits, and supplied bagels, coffee, etc.

2. Saturday evening, I sold ducks at a project graduation Shindig (thus the western hat. Finally, someplace to where my western hat).  Project Graduation provides alcohol and drug-free entertainment for seniors after graduation.  It started in the mid 1980s as the number of kids not coming home (because of car accidents) from graduation parties started to climb. I remember mine well. It was dancing and soda with a DJ in a gym.  Thing 1’s PG party is expected to cost over $50,000.  Yeah, 30 years have passed, but here in NJ, it’s either go big or go home, so as parents, we have to raise a lot of money for this. I’m sure I will be writing more of this as we get closer to graduation. One of annual fundraisers is our “duck race.”  People buy numbered rubber ducks which we float down our stream that runs through town.  The first duck to cross the finish line wins a prize.

3. I ran 6 miles (though it should have been 8, more on that later) and I saw a hawk.  Much more magnificent than the rubber duck.  I cut my run short because my heel was starting to bother me.  I’m taking a few days off so this doesn’t escalate.

4. Out of the blue, my friend K called on Sunday and invited me to accompany her into the city to Purl Soho.  I never need a second invitation for that–of course!  There was this amazing frozen water pipe on the way in.  Our snow/ice is going nowhere as the temps don’t seem to want to climb above 25F.

5. At Purl, I bought some Liberty fabric for a new shirt. And an iphone case to embroider. I’m most excited about this sewing pattern from {swoon} Merchant & Mills.  Love this site.  And love the idea of this dress. Except that it could really go oh-so-wrong. It’s not quite the shape that suits my body type, but I fell in love with the idea of making his out of some beautiful linen or chambray, and maybe with a belt? And then wearing it on my sojourn to Copenhagen and cycling around on a red bicycle. But I digress.  It’s been a long winter.

6. I started my olympic knitting project, only I’m not allowed to call it that, for fear of trademark (copyright–always get those two things mixed up) infringement.  So I am quietly doing this in my own home. The idea is that you pick a challenging project that  you cast on for and knit to completion between when the Olympic flame is lit and then extinguished.  I’m a bit behind.   Sometimes it’s hard to knit when the competition is exciting!


  1. I love the fabric, but then I love Liberty. How about a stop in the London en route to Copenhagen for a visit to Libertys it is an amazing store, when I lived in London it was of my favourite places to visit. Am planning my visit to the US around breakfast at your house!

    • You (and Red Hen) are always welcome for breakfast!

      My coworker is leaving for London next week, and we’re racking our brains to figure out how to make my program (volunteer knitting) jive with his (legal aid for seafarers) so I can go too. He’s been to the Liberty store as well (odd, but true) and likes to lord that above me.

  2. I absolutely love hawks. I saw one when I was running the other day and it was about 5 feet away from me on a really low tree branch. It was one of the only times that I wished I had my phone with me to take a picture…it was just gorgeous.

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