Monday, August 29, 2011

Saturday's Adventure

As Saturday was incredibly beautiful but also quite hot.  A drive with a hike in the mountains was call for.  So hubby and I headed up to Millcreek Canyon where the temperatures at the top were a good 20 degrees cooler.  It was very pretty but I wore the wrong shoes and paid for it with a blister on the bottom of my right foot. But it was a great trail and it amazed both of us that I had no issues with the climb itself. I can really see how all the time at the gym has paid off in a year. I look forward to hiking all the way to the top next time, while wearing the right shoes.  Little hikes like this one makes me understand how blessed we are in Salt Lake to live 10 to 15 minutes from the mountain trails and camping.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Great GF friends

Today I was given a wonderful cupcake from a wonderful mom and friend from work. Her kids have birthdays back to back and one of them is gluten free like me. This was an awesome treat for me. Thanks Mona
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Camping Success

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Weekend Recap with Photos

Last weekend was a busy weekend with many activities and lots of fun.  Saturday started with shopping with my BFF for a bridal shower gift.  It was fun to have a little time together. 

Later in the day it was off to Summer Jam at the Draper Amphitheater.  The music was great and we met up with our friends but the sun was extremely hot so we only stay for a few hours.
Sunday was full of our normal morning activities.  Praise band rehearsal and then church. There was time for a quick lunch, off to the bridal shower, home again and back to church for Sunday Night Gathering.
Afterwards Mr80grit and I headed up the canyon to fine cooler temps.

Then it was back home to finish up the Monkey Red socks! I liked how they turned out. I hope my friend will enjoy them for her birthday.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Migraine Monday

You know it is going to be on of those Mondays when:
you wake up to the visual migraine going on with the pain already hitting
you have registration for fall classes beginning this week
you spill coffee in your keyboard at work and it takes 4 hours before causing problems
you have to call your husband for IT support and he gets to laugh at you about spilling the coffee
you have book club after work and you realize that you have only read 10 pages - and the book didn't interest you at all and you have no intent to ever finish the book

Based on the above happening it sounds like the perfect day to head directly home, eat dinner, knit a little and then head to bed early. Let's try again tomorrow.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Red monkey socks

I realized that a good friend of mine has a birthday coming up so yesterday I cast on a pair of monkey socks for her. It is a fun pattern.
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Yesterday - memories

Yesterday is more than just a song that the Beatles wrote.  No correlation to what I want to blog about today. Yesterday August 3rd was the 12th anniversary of my open heart surgery to repair my heart valve. I was born with a bad valve and it took until 1999 before it wore out. 

I was surprised this year with the anniversary, usually I have it marked on my calendar and I spend the morning in reflection about how good God is. But yesterday it never crossed my mind until my mom called and reminded me.  I made a comment on facebook about it but that was about it until night time.  Hubby and I were sitting outside in the backyard on the deck reflecting about the day and we started talking about it.  This year it was quite different on the reflection with Dad's open heart surgery in March I got to see it from the other angle.  While my dad will disagree with me, I think it was much easier to be the patient.  Of course my experience was a walk in the park compared with Dad's. 

But what got to me most this year was why wasn't I reflecting on the surgery like I had in the past. I believe it is because for the first time in 12 years I am so much healthier than I have ever been so I have been busy living life.  Since last year I have lost about 50 pounds, I exercise daily, I eat healthier and maintain my gluten free lifestyle, I do more each day than I have in the past (although recovery from the the dental work has slowed me down).  I have a set of amazing friends that we do things with almost every weekend including going back to camping after 10+ year absence. Sometimes we even sneak in some fun during the week.  God has blessed me so much this year and each day is a blessing. 

I still have a lot of goals and dreams to achieve in the coming year. I am looking forward to completing them as much as I complete a knitting project.  Some of the goals are completing the dental work this fall -which won't be fun but I will be happy about it when it is done. I would like to do a 5k, I don't run but I would like to walk one.  I want to take a major trip with the hubby, somewhere we haven't been before together would be awesome.  I want to continue to lose weight as I like the smaller clothes and have started to enjoy clothes shopping.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

More recovery knitting from the weekend

Well I knitted through the weekend again on the road to recovery.  I am so excited to have both wallabys knitted and after a bath tonight, they will be ready for the hand off.  I am a little nervous that the last one might be a little small for my nephew but if it is I will just knit him a different one.

The color really doesn't show up very well. But it is a forest green.  The whole reason I named it Forest Wallaby.  I feel that wallabys are like potato chips, you can't just knit one.

On Monday, after I kitchener the hood of this one. I immediately cast on a Baby Surprise Jacket. Small stuff is so much fun to knit. I decided as I am a little burnt out on socks that I would knit out of my stash and make a stash of baby items for friends and family. Then I will be ready whenever. I do have a special project for a friends grandbaby that I need to go get yarn for that project. Maybe on my day off Friday.

While I can't believe summer is going so fast. I am so ready to go back to my normal work schedule.  I only have a few more weeks of the summer schedule.  Back to my normal schedule on August 22nd.  Then a month later, I have a major dental appointment on September 22nd.  I will be so glad to have the dental stuff done.