Running; a new challenge!

I’m one of those people who love to work out, once I get into a routine I can stick with it. I’ve been off the wagon for a long time, a very long time. I’ll use the eliptical or spin or take yoga, the one thing that I shy away from is running. Way back in high school I can  recall the delight I felt every time cross-country running was cancelled due to the rain.

I got a nudge from my sister a few weeks back, she text me telling me that she’d signed us up for the color run. A 5k where they throw coloured pigment at you. Ok, in the back of my head a little voice is questioning this, but the louder voice is telling me it’ll be fun, I think.

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The above is my running outfit of choice, the neon pink ensures that if I collapse into a heap someone will eventually see me. I’ve been using the 10k runner app. I find it really useful in that every time you run it pushes you a little more. I’m currently on week 5 day 1. I’m a very slow ploddy runner, but goal is to run the 5k no matter how slow and not walk.

I’m actually starting to enjoy running, especially when I can do it outside. I can see improvement which is a great motivator.I think my problem was pacing myself, I’d run to fast and then be exhausted. The app helps me that, and I only run 3 days a week and fill in the other days with different cardio.

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20140421-095914.jpgIt’s a beautiful Monday morning in the city, still on the cool side (high of mid 50′s) but its comfortable and gorgeous.

I spent Saturday at the Natural History Museum, if you are planning a trip there DO NOT MISS the IMAX 3D movie Mysteries of the Unseen World. It was soooo cool!  Really well done. I still haven’t spotted Neil Degrasse Tyson, but I’ll keep trying. lol

Flowers are blooming everywhere, and if they haven’t yet bloomed they will soon. Get outside and enjoy the sunshine!  -Marie

 

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20140414-092646.jpgThe first frothy green leaves have finally unfurled. (alliteration, anyone?) New Yorkers are blinking up at the foreign sunshine,  emerging from their apartment buildings and marveling at the warm temperatures. This weekend it was 70 degrees!! SEVENTY DEGREES!  I actually experienced being too warm. That hasn’t happened in a while.

My friend and I went to the American Museum of Natural History on Saturday.  I bought a membership and I can’t wait to go back, there are so many things I love about that place. I have another friend who was drawing his way through all the exhibits… I should find out if he’s still doing that and join him one time. I love a good museum drawing session. I also discovered that you can SLEEP OVER at the museum. What the what?!  I need to find a kid to borrow so I can do that.  I hope wherever you are, that spring is springing for you, too. (unless you’re in the southern hemisphere… then happy autumn!)

-Marie

 

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NYC was teetering on the brink of spring, but this weekend it has tipped and become official.  People are dressing lighter and are out more. I spy more morning joggers running outside on my way in to work each day.

The daffodils and crocus were blooming in my neighborhood. The buds on the trees will be bursting any second now.  I took a little stroll in Central Park and the weather was really beautiful. Still a little overcast and broody, but the weather is certainly warmer and the spring flowers are popping up everywhere.

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We are on April’s doorstep in NYC, and even though its cold and rainy (as early spring should be, in my opinion) the trees are starting to swell with buds. Seriously, take a peek at the trees in the picture above. The tips of every branch are flushed with red and the little leaflets are already beginning to unfurl.  The daffodils along my street have pushed their way out of the ground and they should be opening their blossoms any day now. I’ve seen some pretty purple crocus, and the rosebushes have tentative red leaves sprouting along the greening vines.The lighter evenings have been throwing me off, too.  My internal clock makes me think its 5:30 based on the light, and when I look up at the clock its 7:30… yikes!

Here & There: Quilting Edition

 

This post was meant to have Florrie’s story about her hexagons, too… but temperamental internet has kept her from finishing.  She will post hers as soon as she can.  Trust me, you don’t want to miss her project.  Read on for my story -hex

Down at the Flat I was wandering through some few of my favorite blogs a few weeks back and I read about Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy starting work on some fabric hexagons. It jogged a memory of my mother, an avid quilter, making hexagons when I was a girl and carefully hand stitching them together into a quilt top.  Alicia’s hexagons were so pretty. Shades of pink and cream, green and blue.  The combination of nostalgia and the twitchy fingers of my craft mania meant that it wouldn’t be long before I started some of my own.

I’m an OK seamstress at best, but this seemed easy enough.  I did a little research on construction and Florrie ordered us a few sets of paper hexagons online.  We ended up with 1 1/2 inch and 2 inch paper hexagons.  I was to go up to the Croakery for a long weekend and we were set to get started.  While I was there we took a trip to JoAnn’s (which is extra exciting for me as we don’t have any of them down in the City) and we spent 20 minutes picking out fabrics. Initially I wanted aqua and browns, but the greens kept creeping in and the palette seemed to sort itself out. I bought a quarter of a yard of eight different fabrics, four green and four aqua of varying shades, patterns and intensities.

I knew I wanted to make a small project (a quilt seemed a bit daunting to start in case it turned out making hexagons made my teeth squeak) so I settled on a pillow cover.  Turns out making the hexagons is a quick, easy and pretty fun process. I cut out rough squares (why be fussy and cut a hexagon when you really don’t need to??) with my teeny Ginghers.  You just need to make sure that your fabric squares are big enough to comfortably wrap around the paper pieces. Basting the fabric to the paper was quick and easy, soon I had a decent sized stack and started the work of composing my layout. I settled on diagonal stripes of a dark and light of each color, and laid them out to alternate green/aqua/green and so on. I thought the flower motif might be a bit too twee for what I had in mind.

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Stitching the hexes together turned out to be a breeze. The instructions said to use a whip stitch, but I somehow fell into blanket stitch and it seemed to be fine.  I picked up a 20×13 inch pillow stuffer and got to work making my piece large enough to cover the front. I’m going to make the back with strips of the remaining fabric.

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I haven’t decided if I want to fuss around with a zipper yet, or just make a flap. I do plan to line the inside with muslin to make sure no disasters occur while inserting/removing the pillow. Should I do a layer of thin batting for the cover and do a little bit of quilting, too? Decisions, decisions… Also, would anyone be interested in directions for the hexagon pillow? Let me know and I may be able to take the time to create a PDF.      -Marie