Gah. I spent 5 hours in meetings today.
When my last one ended at 2:30, I said to myself, “Fuck it, I’m leaving.”
Since it was very windy, and I’m a wind weenie – stated earlier– I went to the gym. At 3pm on a Thursday, I had my choice of treadmills, oh so many treadmills. My plan called for a 5 mile tempo run. After a 1/4 mile warm up, I jacked that thing up to 6.4 mph, covered the console with my towel so I didn’t have to look at distance or time or pace, and just ran.
My last mile or so, I put this song on repeat, sped up … and just ran.
This was my fortune tonight.
Determined to not stay annoyed at work today. The only remedy I could think for that was to leave work early to enjoy the warm, sunny afternoon. And by enjoy, I mean run. Outside. In shorts and a tshirt. (Well, it was really in a skort and tshirt)
I managed to run 5 miles, exactly. In 50 minutes, exactly. And comparing today’s run with my previous 5 mile runs, I’ve dropped my average pace – 23 seconds from my last 5 miler. Not too bad, I think.
I’m not there yet. There being pre-baby, pre-broken-kankle running shape. But I’m determined to get there.
…On this bag anyway.
There was really no easy way to topstitch this thing. I had to push and smush the fabric around to get it through the presser foot.
Looks great though! (The topstitching, I mean)
Seriously though, I did learn a few things.
- Go slow. Seriously.
- To ease the curved bottom, clip the fabric along the curve of one piece. First pin the ends, then ease the fabric around the curve. Lots of pins don’t hurt either.
- Walking foot.
Gift shop at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
My friend and I made a ‘craft date’ and we each brought something to work on. We opted for coffee at the Denver Botanic Gardens and some knitting. She’s working on a curly-q scarf, and I started the Springtime Bandit Most of my time was spent winding the hank of yarn into a ball-this time without it ending up in a tangled mess.