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Friday Mishmash

Posted Apr 12 2013 6:00am
The winners of Jen Larsen's Stranger Here:  How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head are

Congratulations!  Please send me an email ( with your mailing info so I can give it to my contact.  If I don't hear from you within a week, I'll have to choose another winner.


Yesterday Erica and I did our usual early morning run.  What wasn't so usual was how we had to dress for it Why yes, I had my camera all set up on the tripod, ready to document our winter outfits...because who would have believed it otherwise?
Y'all.  This was on April 11th.  In Texas, for crying out loud!  It was cold and windy, and a little over halfway through our run, it even started raining.  I mean, seriously.  Springtime in Texas is short enough - I think this sums it up pretty accurately So to be bitterly cold this week was a shock to the system.  Or WAS it?  Here's another accurate Texas weather graphic  Sadly, this is also true.
Speaking of spring, here's one of our lovely flowers in full bloom already:  OK, it's a weed.  But hey, I can appreciate weeds when they make such pretty flowers!
********************  I'm on the hunt for a new brand of fish oil capsules - the brand I've been using (Norwegian Gold First Omega) must have changed their formulation because where it used to have a pleasant light orange scent, it now reeks of fish.  And I loathe and detest fish.  Quite disappointing, as I've been buying it ever since I did a review two years ago - but  the last bottle I ordered is unusable to me (and unreturnable, since I order from Amazon and opened the bottle).  I like to take fish oil not only for the heart-healthy omega-3s, but also because it's good for the joints, and my runner legs appreciate that!  Anyway, if you take a fish oil that does not smell fishy (nor produces fishy burps), please let me know what kind in the comments - I'd appreciate it!
Sit and Knit update:  I have not been doing nearly enough of this!  I have, however, been doing quite a lot of Sitting and Unknitting...and I'm getting pretty good at it.  In other news, I will be SO GLAD to finish my mystery shawl - this thing will be the death of me...and I've renamed it the "I don't care" shawl - for example, after hours of unknitting to fix a mistake, and reknitting that 268-stitch row plus two more rows, I was short a stitch.  You know what?  I don't care!  I just added one in the next row.  It may end up looking a little wonky, but guess what?  Say it with me now:  I DON'T CARE!  Ahh, it feels good to get that off my chest.  We got the final clue for this project at last night's knitting guild meeting; it should go fairly smoothly as the really difficult stitches are not in this section.  Notice I said "should" - but one way or another, as Bob is my witness (Rugrats), I am going to get this dang thing finished!
No race tomorrow, but we do have a run scheduled to celebrate Julia's birthday month...yes, she gets the entire month of April.  I don't know how she managed to arrange this, but it makes for a fun time to be her friend!
Have a great weekend!
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