Monday, April 15, 2019

In a chatty mood

April 8 - April 14, 2019

Monday (5 + 1) - yeah the numbers get rounded up or down I'm not really keeping track other than the total Strava tells me.  I admit I get a little itchy not keeping track, then again I spend a lot less time lamenting where I was to where I am now.

Funny, I was thinking as I was running about how could I have possibly run three marathons and an ultra?  How in the hell did I do that?  I did it, I have the proof.  Guess that was then and this is now and it does leave me more time for knitting and reading?

This made me chuckle.

I started out walking, that stupid hip. I'm sure it is the elliptical.  I ran a few steps and my hip felt better, I kind wondered if it would. Manage to set intervals on the fly and meandered around for 5 miles running for 5 minutes and walking for 45 seconds.  The weather wasn't anything spectacular, gray and really rather disgusting, but it was nice, in a way, it was warm and the fog was really cool along the water.  I kept repeating the same song on the iPod, I used to know how to set it so it would keep playing the same song.  I was in the mood for Seether's Remedy.

Muddddddddddd - Jax

Dave hadn't taken Jax out and it was after 6 when I got home.  Jax was running around with his pre-dinner antics and his dinner ball and Dave thought we'd take a short hike and then feed him.  HA!  Jax is no dummy, he wasn't having anything of putting on his collar or his vest, Dave gave up, fed him and we had a quick hike.

Tuesday (2) - No elliptical, I snuck out of the gym before Mikey saw me.  As I was walking and looking around I saw a deer on the plant side, stopped to take a picture, took me a while fumbling around with my phone and the deer just stood there and stared at me.  I hope it's not sick.  Probably very used to people living on a research campus?  Far far less skiddish than the ones I see in the woods, they scare me I scare them, we stop, we stare, one of us screams and we all bolt away!

Amy of the Pointy Elbows had 15 minutes for me.  She has such insight.  She has MS so we have lots to talk about with invisible illness and staying active and dealing with a flaring beast.  We talk about how I've been feeling and she asked if I kept track.  I've tried, I got an app, that didn't help, then I'd write stuff down but I kept saying I feel ok.  I asked her if she tracked and she explained how she did her journal, every night.  I groaned.  She suggested a different tact.  Document what pain killers you are taking and where you are in your cycle and if you feel compelled to make more notes (napping, pain, etc).  Don't focus on HOW you feel, because no matter what you always say "I'm fine. Which we both know translates to Fucked up Insecure Neurotic and Emotional."  Got I love this woman!   She can feel when my tissue is inflamed and she said it was so bad two weeks ago, it's better this week, and my affect is better so clearly I am feeling better, but I didn't really get into how bad I felt that week, but when she digs into my muscles she knows.  I had no idea.

Wednesday (5 + 2) -  Ro is back from CO!  Hills with her and Dar nice to catch up with both the retirees back from their winter vacations.  Ro to CO and Dar to FL.  The sweater fit Dar perfectly, although I'm a little not sure on the A-Line shaping.

Gus 2017
Jax is in the same spot from the other side.

I had Jax duty and we went to Grills.  It has been so long since I've been there, I did miss it.  We did the old HS XC trail, got a little sidetracked to a hunting blind?  All in all it was good.  Jax wasn't too full of energy so I didn't feel bad cutting him super short on a hike.

Thursday (Core + 21) - First road ride of the season!!  We stayed on flat ground at a conservative pace.  This felt really good and all the tinkering I did with the cleats on my summer shoes before a core work out served me well.  My knees were much happier than they had been on Barney last weekend when I wore my summer shoes.

I think I can use this for my Tue / Thur lunch ride.  I feel SO. MUCH. BETTER. on the bike, omg.

Friday (7) - Met up with Charlotte to show her Bradford Preserve and Woody Hill.  When we met up she said the 3 mile Cross Country Loop?  I said, well I was thinking I'd take you down into Woody Hill so you can get an idea of how to navigate that if you were going to come back and explore on your own.  She was happy the ride was going to be more than 3 miles, pshew!!  We rode the first 1/2 of the XC loop, then Hansel and Gretel. I hopped off my bike for a log and Charlotte said, 'You do know your wheels roll over stuff?'  yeah I can be a wimp.  When we came up on the big boulder roller, I said, 'let me see you go over this, it's a roller' she up and over like butter.  So I did too!  I really need to ride with more women to gain my confidence, it helps to see someone else tackle the obstacle rather than fear crashing.

Can I eat it? --  Jax

We ventured down Woody Hill Road to Woody Hill, I showed her where the trailhead for that was, and we ventured on to Naughty Nurse, a very easy 2 ish mile trail, which loops!  Who knew?  I get so turned around in there...  I had my courage up and tackled most of the things I usually walk.  One did get me pretty well.  Barney's tire hit on the rock and we stopped dead and I fell to my left on the stone wall.  Ripped my jacket and bruised up my elbow.  Damn it!    We looked at the spot and discovered a rock had been moved!  Charlotte put it back, it fit perfect and she rolled over easy peasy.  I went next, a little nervous.  Falling on rock walks hurts!!  Rolled over easy peasy.

Ahhhh I can hang my nose and jowls out the window.  -- Jax

After that my poor sense of direction on twisty trails had to be relied on to get us over the dam.  I managed with one OOOPS we went the wrong way.  And we were over and back on to Woody Hill road to go back and do the second half of the XC trail.

Saturday (23 + 3) - Originally I was supposed to run a 5K with Jess in Willimantic, but she's been having some serious foot issues and didn't even want to trust walking the 3.1 miles.  How about our annual Tour de Mansfield, the short loop?  YES!!  I was so happy to load Ruby up in the car again and head out to Storrs.  The only problem was what to wear.  It was cool and rained all night.  the rain was supposed to end by 10 a.m. in-land.  I overdressed, it was up to 70F.  Whoops.  I forget how much warmer it is in-land this time of year.

Jess and Me
Storrs, CT
After the rain
Before the ride

It's a hilly loop and a good test for where I am fitness wise and how I'm dealing with the beast wise.  I felt really good while we were riding, there were a couple moments where I had some doubts, but they passed.  I felt great after we were done, even though I was a little overheated.  Jess brought shorts, she was smart, I did not.  She got to show off her bruised legs from her mountain bike race the weekend before.

I came home to a sad Jax, his peeps left him, he is home alone so rarely.  I quick took a shower and got out his collar and vest and he was all woo hooo spinning around like crazy.  Well, this is a good sign.  The closer I got to the coast the cooler and foggier it got.  That is also a good sign we can have the run of whichever preserve I picked.  I decided on Grills again and wanted to check out the Big Hill and the new White trail and see where that took us.

Hill?  What Hill? - Jax

Jax wasn't too impressed with the Big Hill but he loved the wild turkeys he saw.  We had a nice hike and I still managed to get turned around and miss part of the White trail, how I turned right off a trail and went up and out and back and ended up not where I expected is beyond me.

Sunday (2) - Beautiful day, perfect for a ride either on or off road, while I didn't feel tired, I knew three days of riding was good and I should finish the taxes and do some housewifey stuff.

Jax:  One of these days Cat
Yoko: Neener Neener Foo Foo

Dave and I took Jax to Burlingame late in the afternoon, just as the mist started.  Cooked up a short loop and Jax rewarded us by getting goofy on the slippery ledge downhills.  What is it with him and wanting to play or bash into the back of our legs when its the least little bit dangerous?

I totally forgot to update on Knitting and Reading in my last post...


by: Emily Ruskovick

Status: Finished

I'm not sure what to think about this.  I learned something about dementia, something I hope I never have to know, but it was helpful in understanding what some friends are going through and have gone through with their parents.

The story was told from several points of view and the sequence was not sequential, so it was confusing in that way.  Plus I managed to get two characters confused which is my own fault, so that caused some distress.

I can't recommend the book nor can I not recommend the book.  I didn't love it nor did I hate it.

It simply was, a story, in a story, wrapped in another story and it's hard to know what to say, except I learned something and I always like learning things.

"Rose:  My life in service to Lady Astor"
by: Rosina Harrison

Status:  In progress

I like how the author started the book saying this was her story from her point of view from when she interacted with Lady Astor.  Rose, Lady Astor's Ladies Maid, is as much of a character as Lady Astor.   When Rose started out her goal was to be a ladies maid, she made it happen! A different view of what it is like to be 'in service'.


I started some mitered mittens from Elizabeth Zimmerman, she writes pithy (the work she uses) directions.  I hate the word pithy, but it works in this instance.

I do like how she instructs:  "you need to get this gauge for this pattern to work" "increase however you like to increase" it is very much up to the knitter to make decisions on parts of the pattern, she gives you the numbers for casting on and when to increase or decrease, but the details, those are yours to determine.

These mitten had an 'after thought thumb' so you knitted the mitten as a tube with an end and snipped as stitch "just about where your thumb knuckle is" and "pick out 7 stitches either side of the snip.  On my hand, the mitten tube was a bit snug and the thumb pulled.

Knitted up a few more cloches, and a couple other different hats.  The cloche pattern is still my favorite.

Landed on finishing up the last of my sock yarn and started a pair of socks for Dave with the once sock on one circular method.  I think they might be too big, I knitted about 3 inches of the foot and Dave seemed to think they'd be fine.  I hope the yarn shrinks up a bit, I still think they will be loose.  I should have only cast on 68 stitches instead of 72, I didn't factor in how much looser my knitting gets once I get past knitting the toe, plus I am using a new kind of needle, pointier and smoother, that has to make a difference with gauge.  Ah, a good dunk in boiling water will shrink even the stubbornest of wool, if necessary.

All in all a great week.  By the end of the week I was feeling like my old self.  I think it's the road bike.  I have missed Ruby, we didn't have a great end of biking season last year but we are starting out the season on the right foot or should I say tire?  ha ha ha

Beth, a little long in the tooth, thanks for sticking with me!


  1. Congrats on spinning those wheels!! Keep up the riding and hiking. Also, Jax was sound asleep while his humans were away. He knows you all will get him out eventually. But lets not break the dinner bell routine.

    Thanx For All The Jax Photos!!

    1. Dinner ball and breakfast ball are all part of the routine! :)