The Week in Motion

Last week I was able to run 14 miles, for a 2014 personal record. Twenty per week is my general fitness magic number, so I am building back up. Here is the plan for this week, with strength training and yoga sprinkled throughout:

Monday – rest

Tuesday – 3 easy

Wednesday – 3 miles with 400 meter repeats, walk to recover

Thursday – Bike for 30-40 minutes

Friday – rest

Saturday – 5K or 10K to benefit St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital

Sunday – depends on Saturday, wither 3 or 6 easy

Happy week in motion!



Musing Monday – Fan Girl Edition

As I attempt to navigate the Common Core State Standards with my fourth grade students, I have found a teacher, author, writer, and blogger who makes the challenge a little easier. I first heard about Emily Kissner on the Choice Literacy Podcast when she spoke about her book, The Forest and The Trees. I liked what she had to say so much, I bought the book and subscribed to her blog. Then I found her Teachers Pay Teachers store and have been so pleased with her products on summarizing, main idea, and poetry. Her thoroughness and attention to detail make her teaching products very helpful to me (and based on the results in my classroom so far) and my students. Soon, I hope to have time to finish her book and learn even more.

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Sewing Saturday – Plantain T-shirt by Deer and Doe

Here is my tunic length version of the Plantain T-shirt from Deer and Doe. I have decided that tunics and leggings are my new uniform. They are so comfy and feminine. I want to make some with thermal knits for pajamas. However, I keep having an issue with the underarm area of my T-shirts. I had the same problem with the Renfrew T-shirt from Sewaholic. I know that my underarms are higher on my body than average and that I am short from the shoulder to the bust. My question to you is will a full bust adjustment fix this, or should I just raise the armscyes or cut a larger size?  Any suggestions would be welcomed and appreciated.


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Finished Friday – Boot Socks for the boy

Our climate is pretty mild here, but we do have some cold days when boot socks would be appreciated. So, in the spirit of #sockswithsarah and my Year of Handknit Socks, I took some Cascade 220 Superwash that I had lying around and cast on Rye, the sock pattern from Tin Can Knits Simple Collection. These socks only took 5 days to knit. I was blown away. I have enough yarn left to make a reverse color pair for him, too. The pattern was very well written and perfect for beginners. It even includes links to online tutorials for all of the sock techniques included. I am going to give this pattern to a friend who is knitting slippers now, but may want to try socks one day. Happy knitting!knitting 002

The Week in Motion

I am finally getting some fitness back after taking some time off, but every effort has been hard-won. Last week I was able to run 9 miles, and this week I plan on running 12 or 13.  I am using the Kindle Fire for fitness, too. The Sworkit app lets me customize circuit training workouts to fit my needs for the day. The Quick Logger app lets me quickly record my running mileage, and the Simple Yoga app has customizable yoga routines with video guidance.

Now, if I could only fit in some bike rides. My sister and I are planning on a duathlon in a few weeks and my bike is rather dusty. It has only been ridden indoors for the last few months. Happy week in motion!

Craft Day

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We had the day off school today for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so we had some friends over to craft. My friend Stacie is a triple threat; she can knit, crochet, sew, sing, and act. Wait, that’s a pentuple threat. Anyway, she is very talented.

I have been wanting to learn to crochet for awhile, so we scoured Ravelry for a suitable pattern and she gave me a quick lesson. Also, she lent me her hook as I didn’t have any big enough. I am using my ‘precious skein’ of Merino Bulky from String Theory Yarn in the Poseidon colorway. It was the last one  they had and they are not dyeing this colorway anymore, hence the preciousness.

The pattern we picked is Helen by Michelle Mooney. This neckwarmer was similar to something I had chosen to knit with this yarn, and it looked like a good beginner’s pattern. So far, I have only done the first two rows, but as there are only 17 rows to the whole pattern, I think I can finish it up pretty quickly. Not by this Friday, but by some future Friday for sure. Happy crafting!

Oh, and Michelle Mooney is also on wordpress, so give her a visit as well.

Sewing Saturday – Another Airelle Top by Deer and Doe

I have an obsession with using up leftover fabric. This Airelle blouse by Deer and Doe was made using scraps from the skeleton dragon wings from my son’s Halloween costume. The collar was left over from Espresso Leggings by Cake. When I bought the fabric for the costume I just wanted something black, but when I started to work with it I noticed that it was really nice fabric. So, it also became a blouse for me.


Speaking of Deer and Doe, have you heard about their new English blog and FREE sewing pattern? This is on my sewing horizon for the near future. I think I will extend it to tunic length to wear with those Espresso Leggings! Happy Sewing.


Image from Deer and Doe. Plantain T-shirt pattern.

Thankful Thursday – Reflection

Today I am thankful for the human ability to look back and reflect. This gives me the chance to become a better follower of Jesus, a better teacher, a better wife and mother. I took some video of my teaching today and while it is painful to listen to my deep southern accent, watching it gives me a chance to objectively assess my weaknesses as a teacher and to listen in on some of my kids’ conversations that I missed when working with other groups. With the busy pace of modern life, there is not as much time for reflection as I would like, but I am grateful for the opportunities that do come my way.

Snow Queen Socks

The Year of Handknit Socks is well underway! The first pair off the needles for 2014, Snow Queen Socks by Emmy Coplea, feature a Dutch heel which is a first for me.  The yarn for these came from The Quarter Stitch in New Orleans, LA.  It is Colinette Jitterbug in the Pharaoh colorway. My husband liked it so much  that he asked for fingerless gloves in this colorway.  Which means that our son can have a pair of socks out of his leftovers! We will be a matchy- matchy family.  Happy knitting.

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