Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Runner's World




In honor of the city in which I live being named the least obese in the country I have decided to participate in another athletic endeavor - I'd like to run a half marathon this year.

I'm going to start small, with a 10K, but work up to a half marathon somewhere around Colorado (hopefully on the relatively flat eastern plains!)

I purchased a pair of running shoes yesterday, and I'm excited to start running (which I haven't done seriously since I've stopped doing tris...) but I'm not going to give up cycling. I haven't had much focus for riding this year, and I admit it has been a crazy year with big plans falling through and other ones taking their place, but nothing beats a long ride through the mountains on a warm sunny day. Either discipline will work my endurance and I could probably use some impact exercise outside of weights.

Stay tuned for running reports!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Cure Progress - a Belated Friday Update!

It was quite a week here in Fort Collins - We had five people come visit us from Wisconsin so it was quite a full house! One of the things that I'm most excited about is that M, one of my house guests, taught me to knit!



Yes, you heard that right...I can knit basic things! I have tried to learn how to knit a few times over the course of my lifetime, but it hasn't ever made much sense. I always used to joke that anything with two needles was just too much. I am starting small, with a scarf, and when I am finished with that I'll start working on some socks or a hat. It's refreshing to work in a new medium because I have been strictly sewing for the last twenty years.

Despite the living room holding steady, we actually made HUGE leaps and bounds in our second bedroom, IE: The gear room. What I really want is for this room to be functional. I don't mind if it's not stored in a stylish way (which will come later...) I just don't want to have to dig a half an hour for something before I go ride or to consider it a successful dig if I've found my climbing gear in under 25 minutes.

We have a TON of money tied up in these things and if I'm never using them because I can't get to them, what point is having them? Obviously some things rotate with the seasons, for example I won't be hanging my hammock up on a 14er any time soon, but that just helps me decide what needs to be out of reach and in reach for that particular season.

We started with this:







Basically, we had somewhat organized bins, but piles of stuff everywhere. We had two kayaks sitting on top of a heater which had the potential to damage them. We had bikes lined up on one of those gravity racks, but still more bikes sitting around places. Jon's closet was a mess with wheels thrown in it and disorganized bins.

I found a gravity rack for our kayaks under 90 bucks cost at the REI outlet site so I ordered it - it came in on my day off on Friday. On my way home I stopped at Home Depot and purchased supplies to make a hanging bike rack. I didn't purchase any hooks because I assumed I had the half dozen or so sitting around from our shed in Michigan - unfortunately I only found three so not everything is hung! M and S, two of my lovely houseguests helped me do a quick redo of the gear room, including hanging the bikes and putting together the kayak rack.

Here's some sneak peaks of the partially organized room - it's still cluttered but it's a lot easier to look for things in it!





We moved a lot of the seasonal or rarely used but still want to keep things like cross country skis, huge suitcases, and bulk office supplies out of the way behind the kayaks. The bikes are being hung, library style. We want to get some storage shelves to hold the tubs at some point but finances are still tight.

This week's list is pretty short, since much of the deep cleaning was done for the guests:

- Continue to try to source old windows or doors for living room art project
- Figure out curtains for the bedroom and living room
- Finish hanging bikes on wall (we need about three more hooks...)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Cure Progress...Friday Update!

Fridays and Sundays are my days off of work, so those are the days that I am probably going to be able to get the most work done around the house. I had a pretty productive day - during the day I cleaned and organized and went through things, and after JR came home from work we moved the living room furniture around.



This is the living room "in transit" with a tired JR...I put his chalk bag up there as a joke to show some solidarity with his decorating style...

We have divergent styles. I like clean, uncluttered spaces with light colors, tones and a hint of fresh modern. He loves LOUD poppy modern style with as much stuff as you can cram into the space. We've been learning to compromise (the modern furniture and splashes of BRIGHT colors are his, the whimsy is mine...)



And this is what is in the middle of our living room floor right now, getting glued back together. This is an interesting table because it was only held together by wooden pegs, and when I moved it across the country the wooden pegs all shook loose. It has a marble top that floats around and as it moves, the frame of the table would slowly slide apart. I finally broke down and had JR pick up some wood glue so I'm gluing the darn thing back together!

And lastly, my updated list...(I took out things that have been finished before this post)

The official AT list for week one goes something like this:

- Vacuum and mop the floors.
-Remove one item from your apartment and put it outside. - I overextended myself and gave away both a crockpot that I've never used but have moved to four(!) different houses, and a set of TV trays that my in-laws sent. They pretty much broke in shipping so we've never used them.

My Own Living Room List:

Clean and Toss:
- Magazines
- Dust
- Vaccume
- Interior Desk Drawers
- Printer corner
- Wipe down heating unit

Organize:
- Desk Drawers
- Under Desk
- Magazine box - you wouldn't believe what I found in it - my husband's fleece hat and two samari headbands...how does this stuff end up there?

Repair:
- Coffee Table - I'm in the processess of doing this, it's a multi day project.
- scratches legs of green chair
- scratches on desk

Buy (or make):
- Curtains and Curtain Rod
- Houseplants
- Lighting
- Art for over couch - I used part of my vintage parasol collection for this. I hung them by string to hooks in the ceiling and it looks very much like we're in a twee little fairytale now here. I LOVE it and it makes me smile...

Spring Cure - Week 1 and Week 2- Living Room

I'm doing the spring cure along with a whole bunch of other folks who love (or loath) their houses. The Spring Cure is a 8 week home re-style courtesy of Apartment Therapy.

We live in a small apartment, with four major rooms and a hallway, so I'm going to spend two weeks on each room. We have a lot of creativity, we are short on time and funds at this point, so most of what I think I'll be able to do is work with what I already have, do a deep clean (which in and of itself does wonders!) and maybe add one or two small things.

I've taken a hint from the fabulous Ohana's list style and have decided to work mine in a similar way. I feel overwhelmed when I do a list for the whole house so I'm going to just do one room at a time, every two weeks.

Right now the living room feels very stark.



We don't have much for decor and the room feels cold (to me...at least) because of the two blank walls. I'm hoping that when I put curtains up the space will warm up a bit but I need to find a way to finance said curtains! I have an idea in mind for curtains, I just need to make them work.

One corner of our living room is also the "office corner" which is probably the most used part of the house! It's a pretty small space for how much stuff we have and often feels quite cluttered. I'd like to work on organizing that and maybe wrapping cords.



The official AT list for week one goes something like this:
- Make a complete list of repairs and solutions. - see below!
- Vacuum and mop the floors.
- Remove one item from your apartment and put it outside.
- Buy fresh flowers. - Jon bought me tulips which the cat proceeded to eat!
- Sit for ten minutes in a part of your home that you never sit in. - sat on the bathroom counter just staring at things. That room is one I don't spend a ton of time in.
- Look into earth-friendly cleaning products. - we already do this!

My Own Living Room List:

Clean and Toss:
- Magazines
- Dust
- Vaccume
- Interior Desk Drawers
- Printer corner
- Wipe down heating unit

Organize:
- Desk Drawers
- Under Desk
- Magazine box

Repair:
- Coffee Table
- scratches legs of green chair
- scratches on desk

Buy (or make):
- Curtains and Curtain Rod
- Houseplants
- Lighting
- Art for over couch

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Long Winter

There's been quite the hiatus on this blog but I promise it'll be up soon! Expect a redesigned blog and some new content ASAP!

For now I want to link you to jonsi, who I've been listening to non-stop. He's the lead voice from sigur ros. As soon as I found out he was coming to Denver I shelled out the money for tickets. Every sigur ros show I've ever seen has been incredible, I expect this one to be the same.

Go listen! Your ears will thank you!

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