2/17 Monday- Rest
2/18 Tuesday- 4 mile run. Outside!!! At 40 degrees we are starting to thaw out.
2/20 Thursday- 3 mile run and volleyball league
2/21 Friday- Rest
2/22 Saturday- 7 mile run. 60 degrees feels so nice!
2/23 Sunday- Rest
I didn’t do much other than running this week. Next week I need to get my cross training up. I was loving the weather this week, I even wore shorts on my run on Saturday afternoon! I think I may need a change of scenery for the long runs, I’ve been running the same direction on the trail and got to a big busy intersection at my 3.5 mile turnaround. I’ll have to look at the trail map and see where some other paths link up for my upcoming runs.
In my continued quest to learn “old fashioned” skills and have more hobbies, I signed up for a jam and preserve making class through Living Social.
The class was held at the 918 F Street Living Social building and said that we would learn to make two different things and would take home a jar of each. My friend Shivali was in DC for work this week so I asked if she wanted to take the class with me.
I’d never been to 918 F Street building before, but this was pretty impressive. There are 6 floors each with different set ups for all the types of things Living Social offers there. Our class was on the 6th floor and each workstation was set up for 2 people with ingredients waiting.
The teacher of the class was named Amy and she told us a bit about herself and what we’d be doing. We learned we were going to be making a spiced apple chutney and a ginger vanilla pear jam.
The chutney was first so we got to chopping everything! The chutney is more of a rough texture and Amy said it pairs nicely with a gamey meat or pork. She also suggested using it as a filling for turnovers or mixing into your traditional apple pie filling for a twist.
In between our batches, the Living Social workers took our pots and spoons to be washed so Amy did a demonstration on how to make cordial cherries for mixed drinks. We got to try them at the end of the class if we wanted and they were tasty!
When everything was clean we started on the pear jam. After you simmer the fruit until its soft, you use a stick blender to get the consistency you want. Glad I put one of those on the wedding registry!
I have always admired people who have “old fashioned” skills like sewing and knitting. When I saw an online deal for two knitting classes I jumped at the chance. I took my classes with Teri through knitting101.org.
In my first class, I learned how to cast on and do a basic knit stitch. I used size 8, straight, wooden needles and worsted weight yarn. My first project was a scarf.
In the second class, I learned how to cast off, finish my scarf and do a purl stitch. Since my friend Beverly was pregnant with her first son, I decided my second project would be a baby blanket for him. For this project I used size 10.5, circular, wooded needles and a washable navy yarn.
Next up, I want to continue to work on my circular needle skills and work on knitting in a pattern so I am going to knit a hat for Zac.
Edited to add: The scarf took me about 3 weeks to complete. The blanket took me much longer. I started it the first weekend of December and just finished it last night. I had originally hoped to finish it in early January, but sometimes things just get busy!
Weekday treadmill running again this week due to snow. I had to move my long run to Sunday as well because it was snowing on Saturday morning. This week the treadmill was a bit more manageable because I could watch the Olympics!
2/10 Monday: Rest
2/11 Tuesday- 3 mile run on the treadmill
2/12 Wednesday- Ice Skating
2/13 Thursday- 3 mile run on the treadmill
2/14 Friday- Rest
2/16 Sunday- 6.5 mile run outside
Good thing I didn’t decide to become a food blogger because I’m not very consistent. I forgot to take pictures of stuff on Wednesday so here’s what I ate on Thursday instead.
Breakfast: english muffin, two eggs and some cheddar cheese with coffee
Dinner: burger with sweet potato oven fries and baked beans. This was my first attempt at making oven fries with sweet potatoes! I used this recipe.
There is an ice skating rink that opened recently in Zac’s old neighborhood. The rink is in Canal Park and has a restaurant right near it called Park Tavern. We had been waiting for a good weekend to go but it always seemed like we were busy or when we weren’t the weather was bad (raining, cold, etc).
Watching the Olympics inspired us a bit, so we planned to go Thursday or Friday this week.
With the 8-12 inches of snow projected for the DC area beginning Wednesday night we figured people would be staying in so it would be a good idea to take advantage of that and go to the rink Wednesday night instead. We called them to double check that they would still be open and they said they were!
I hadn’t been ice skating since maybe 4th or 5th grade when I would have gone with Girl Scouts. It took a little while to get the hang of it again and I stayed by the wall in case I needed to catch myself.
The rink was nice because the area was quiet and there were still some lights up. It was also a square in the middle with loops on the sides so there was some variety to skate on. It was snowing lightly while we were there so it was pretty out. We had a great time!
Last night I went to the second week of my Introduction to Pointed Pen Calligraphy class. We learned how to attach the nib to the oblique (this is what the holder is called). Once we had our pens set up, we learned how to load them with ink and moved on to learning to use the pen. We reviewed the different strokes that make up the letters and then went on to combining them to make the letters. We also played around with the thick and thin lines to create patterns. Our assignment for next week is to practice with the pen by doodling patterns.
I can’t believe it is already February!!
2/3 Monday: 3 mile Run
Did this one on the treadmill because it was pouring rain outside.
2/4 Tuesday: Rest
Wanted to do strength training of some sort, but worked late and then needed to get to my calligraphy class.
2/5 Wednesday: 3 mile Run
2/6 Thursday: Volleyball League
2/7 Friday: Rest
2/8 Saturday: Rest
2/9 Sunday: 6 mile run