One of Those Lists

I haven’t made list-post in a long time, so today I’m going to. My thoughts are far too disorganized to write something coherent, so here’s a list of what’s going on in my life.

1. Hat isn’t finished. I knitted one row last night, then got bored of the Olympics and made nachos. I’m not sure how boredom led to nachos, but it did. For the record, they were delicious.

2. I’ve been working on my 101 things list, and I’m now at 5/101. That tiny number feels laughable. Today is dedicated to 101 things. So far today I’ve sent a letter to someone in another country… Pakistan. A friend I found on the BookCrossing website.

3. I’m going to compete in one more horse show this year, at the very beginning of September. I’m super excited, so I hope that my horse isn’t a crazy psycho again!

4. You thought PMS was bad in women… Try dealing with a horse who has it. Let’s just say it’s exceptionally frustrating.

5. I’ve started writing yet another book. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I have absolutely no ability to maintain something. I think it’s because I have the attention span of a gnat.

6. Half-marathon soreness was gone after yesterday! I guess I must be in better shape than I thought…

7. Family vacation to Florida in 10 days. I can’t wait. I need a break from my job.

That’s all I can really handle at the moment. My thoughts are going every which way, so I need to corral them. I’ll update the bottom of this post as I complete items on the 101 things list!

Update: 11:22 am. Realized that I have already completed #99, window shop at a mall, in Windsor after the half marathon. 6/101!

Update: 12:o1 pm. #43, wrote a letter to myself. To be opened on February 27, 2013, my 20th birthday. 7/101!

Update: 12:25 pm. #90, create an ongoing list of things I want/need for the barn. This wasn’t too tough, and was surprisingly short. I’ll update the list regularly. 8/101

Update: 12:50 pm. #46, re-write my resume. Done, but it will need to be critiqued by someone prior to using it. Looking at you, older brother!

Update: 1:25 pm. #26, write an article about fear. Done. The article is bare bones, stream of consciousness, and in major need of editing and refining. I’m going to add another number on the list for this, then I’ll maybe work on sending it into somewhere to be published.

The Cleaner Side of Life

I have successfully washed the yarn! I had taken all of these lovely photos of it, but then grabbed the wrong memory card on my way to work. I’ll give you some photos next time I post!

The yarn is now clean and smells like clean laundry. It dried beautifully, and now I just have to wind it into a ball. In order to wash it, I attempted to wind it into a hank, but it didn’t really work too well… Luckily, there wasn’t too much of it, so it was relatively easy to get the tangles out (with some patience of course).

I can’t wait to show you the finished product. As I was looping around my drying rack, I noticed that no two pieces are the same. The base colour is purple, but the combinations change every few minutes and you are left with a fabulous mix of colours. I love it!

In other news, tomorrow is the big day of my half-marathon. I haven’t really trained for it so I feel like I’m cheating, but I’m excited none the less. I can’t wait to finish! It’s early in the morning, so I’ll be having a celebratory breakfast afterwards. I’m also excited to be staying in a hotel tonight; I’ll be in the pool for as long as possible.

No promises on a post tomorrow, but wish me luck!

With Difficulty

It seems that everything I have done in the past 24 hours has been difficult. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve achieved some great things in the past day. Still though, everything seems  like it takes twice the effort it usually does. Even typing this blog post; I have to wait for ten minutes for all the words to appear, letter by letter. I really should start using my own computer instead of the ones at work.

Last night, after work, I went for a run with my boyfriend down by the beach. We ran 15 km, and it took us two hours. For those of you who run, you know that this time is awful! I’m not sure if it was the waiting in line at McDonald’s for a glass of water, or the deciding which way to run, but this is a totally ridiculous time for the distance we ran. Regardless, we did it. I think my lack of focus is what made me so slow. When I run my half marathon on July 29, I’m going to have to be a lot more focused if I want to finish it in a reasonable time. I don’t want it to take all day!

This morning I had a riding lesson. My horse wasn’t performing well for the first 45 minutes; everything was difficult. She wasn’t listening to me, and she was jumping awkwardly, hitting poles and everything. Finally, by the end of the lesson, after some hard work, she was jumping great! Still, it wasn’t without difficulty.

Next up: yarn store. I went quickly before work. I wanted to get some green yarn for socks for my boyfriend, as well as some “manly” colours for my Dad and brother. They had a few “manly” colours, but no green. The cashier even got out the catalogues to see if she could order in some dark green – they don’t manufacture it! What?? So, I walked out with nothing. NOTHING. FROM A YARN STORE.

The only thing that isn’t difficult is the actual knitting. The socks are progressing nicely. Tonight I’ll work on them some more, and hopefully be at the heel by the end of the weekend. My next project is just a little one: bookmarks. Do you remember when I blogged about Bookcrossing? If you don’t, it’s a website  who’s mantra is “the whole world is a library”. A group of “Bookcrossers” created something called SGG – Summer Gift Giving.  SGG is great; you post a wishlist of everything you want, and if you’re lucky, someone will send you something from the list. I noticed that a lot of people wanted bookmarks, so I thought  “what a good way to knit something!”. So I’m going to knit bookmarks. I have a few good ideas, but I don’t want to spoil anything yet by giving it away.

Inevitably, I won’t have the right yarn… Difficulty at its finest.