Thursday, November 19, 2020

Three Random Thoughts on Thursday

It's Thursday, which means I just have to get through today and tomorrow and then I have 10 days in a row off. I am excited about that break, but I'm also a little scatterbrained, so today I'm linking up with Carole and friends with three random thoughts.

1. An unintended running break
I've been running a lot more since this whole pandemic started and in the past couple of months had gotten into a pretty regular schedule of alternating two days of running with one day of walking (my knees appreciate the break). But I haven't been able to run in a week after doing something to my hip, I think pulling a muscle, last Thursday. It happened early on in the workout, and I stupidly kept going, even though I should know better. When I got home, I was in a fair amount of pain. Thankfully it was better the next day and has been improving ever since, and I think today I might try running again (though I'll likely do a shorter distance than usual so I don't overdo it again). I suppose if I had to take a break, it came at a good time, because I donated blood on Monday and wasn't allowed to do any vigorous exercise for a day or two afterwards. And I've been walking every day, so I'm still getting my steps in. But all the same it will be good to get back to it.

2. Thanksgiving planning
I can't believe we're only a week away from Thanksgiving! It's definitely going to be very different this year. Usually my parents host and we have a big crowd of extended family. This year my parents are in Florida and dinner will be just the three of us, though we'll be splitting the cooking (and the food) with my brother and sister-in-law, who live about two blocks away. I am making a turkey for the first time ever (my mother assures me it's very easy!) and making my great-grandmother's stuffing and Ina Garten's cranberry sauce. Rainbow and I will also be baking pumpkin muffins, as we do every year, and she's requested that we make an apple pie for dessert. I know it'll be a bit sad and lonely to be just the three of us at the table, but I think we have a lot to be thankful for.

3. Unexpected knitting
Rainbow's school had already planned to be off all next week, but last night we received an email letting us know that they've decided to go online for at least the week after Thanksgiving (whether they'll be back in person or remain online for the rest of December will be decided at the end of that week). She has been slowly knitting a cowl for her fourth grade teacher for while now, but now that there's a possibility she won't be back in school before the winter break, she is desperate to get it finished so she can take it in and deliver it tomorrow. Which means, of course, that I am the one knitting it.

This cowl is using some of my handspun (some BFL that I spun a number of years ago) and is just stockinette with some ribbing at the ends. The full skein had something like 137 yards in it, so I'm hoping it's realistic to finish this up by the end of the day, but obviously this is not knitting I had planned to do today. Oh well!

I hope you have a calm end to your week, and I promise to be more focused the next time I post!


  1. What a sweet Team Cowl effort! We got an email yesterday that after conferring with the dept. of pub health, our school will be off from tomorrow until Jan dodge holiday spread, then give everyone time to quarantine between New Years and MLK Day. It really does make the most sense, despite not being our first choice. It's a realistic decision. So be it. I do love that you guys are splitting the T-giving cooking! How fun! That makes for some feeling of 'togetherness,' sort of. Hope your hip improves. Joint? Hip flexor? Good luck. xo

    1. I have a feeling that they're going to stay online once they make the switch, which I know kiddo will be sad about but is probably the safest option. We're now under a stay at home advisory in our county anyway.

      No idea what I did to my hip -- it's tender all around the joint. Clearly it's just telling me to take it easy!

  2. Ugh - I hope you can grub pain free. I have pretty much given up my running reboot for a couple of reasons. The school where my daughter works is going online the week after Thanksgiving as a precaution - too many people not following safe practices outside of school hours. Sadly she and her family won’t be with us ☹️

  3. So sorry about your hip! I used to run (decades ago), but my legs bothered me too much. I love walking though. I do like the team effort cowl - very pretty yarn too. OUr Thanksgiving this year will be just the two of us which has NEVER happened. Even when Colin spent a year in South Korea teaching, my Dad was still alive and joined us. So, it will be weird, but it will also be ok.

  4. Aw, that cowl will be treasured, I'm sure. I love that.

  5. So sorry to read about your unintended running break! I went on one of them two years ago and it was terrible for my mental health. At that time, gyms were open and I compensated by learning to pool run. It was Ok, but not the same as hitting the roads, or even better - the trails! Here's hoping for a speedy recovery.

  6. Here's hoping the rest was all you needed to move along with your running! Your sentence about finishing the cowl made me will be a treasured gift for certain.

  7. I hope you and your hip recover with rest. I have been thinking about Thanksgiving and it will be a little sad here with just two (maybe three) of us, but I'm hoping that this will give everyone in the extended family a much better chance of being alive to celebrate next year. I love the cowl and the joint effort!

  8. Oh ugh! I hope your hip is healed soon! It will be a FaceTime Thanksgiving here.

  9. How sweet that Rainbow wants to knit a cowl for a teacher. I hope your hip heals up soon. It sounds a little painful.