Just Life

Five on Friday.

…whoa, I can’t believe it’s Friday already. I’m still playing catchup with my life, and feeling oddly disconnected from myself. But I didn’t want to let too much time pass without even a brief visit here. And Five on Friday seems like just the thing!

The days are getting noticeably shorter. Sunrise is now closer to 7am than to 6. But it made for a stunning view at the park when Katie and I walked this morning.
That was our second walk of the week and my third workout at the park; Lauren and I ran a good four miles there on Tuesday. Holly and I also made a “forced march” (that’s what my friends have taken to calling the long walks I take with Holly; she makes it about a mile on her own and then I carry her the rest of the way) yesterday. And there was a five-plus mile hill run on Monday with my running group. Feeling good about all the fresh air and the time that’s allowed for catching up with my friends. My fitbit has had a good week!
My bingo card is filling up; three bingo’s so far! I’m midway through two more books that will give me two more, and then I only have four books left to fill my card. Details coming next week, I promise. But in the meantime, one of the four remaining is a “Re-read” and I’m stuck on what to choose. Any recommendations?
I have yet to visit the classroom for the Phone Photography 2 class that began last week. Margene is also taking the class and – unlike me! – has done several of the lessons. Her photographs are amazing! I can’t wait to get started.
But first, I’ve got two knitting projects to start. First up, the new KAL at the shop starts this afternoon. We’re knitting Shallows and I’m using Shibui Cima+Silk Cloud… sounds like heaven to knit. And shortly thereafter (as in I hope to swatch this evening), I’m finally succombing to one of the shop newsletter projects. I feel pretty good that I’ve written half a dozen newsletters and this is the first one I’m unable to resist (or maybe that just means I’m not that good at the newsletter?!) In any event, the pattern is Julie Hoover’s Insouciant and I’m completely smitten. Seams and all. I’m going to use the pattern suggested Habu Tsumugi Silk, color still TBD. There’s also one more thing in the wings, am I’m excited to tell y’all about it…but it needs a post of its own. Stay tuned.
So there you have it. Reading over what I’ve just written it seems like there is a bit of normal starting to peek through. That feels good. And it’s Friday. Happy Weekend!


  • margene

    Insouciant is a great choice for you! Julie was just here in SLC and I saw many of her designs in multiple yarn choices. You'll love the top and it will fit right into your lifestyle. It's good to see you back on the blog again. You've been missed.

  • Bonny

    Glad to hear you're alive and well; I've missed you! For some re-read suggestions, maybe Memoirs of a Geisha, Snow Falling on Cedars, or The Housekeeper and the Professor? I loved all of them and might even re-read one of them myself. I was going to suggest Gone Girl, but it doesn't look like your first read was very enjoyable; the second time might be downright painful!

  • HonorĂ©

    Superbly stunning photo! Worth many walks just to see/capture that view. Hooray for fitbit!
    On re-reads: I second Bonny's suggestion about Snow Falling on Cedars – in fact, I am adding to *my * reread! One of the best books I've ever read!
    As always, looking fwd to your new knitting projects and the one in the wings!
    Glad normal is returning for ya! Enjoy your weekend!

  • Lydia

    5 on Friday-great blog topic. I LOVE the photo, images like this is why I like to walk or cycle outdoors-makes me feel so rejuvenated. Now that my knitting bag is emptying out, I'm looking forward to a few more warm weather knits before the fall knitting takes over. Happy Monday.

  • Patty

    What a wonderful photo Mary! And I completely agree with Bonny's suggestion of Snow Falling on Cedars. Nice job on the exercise too!