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Much in the Mundane

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  last night I decided to crown myself Miss Productivity which is really just a fancy way of saying that I crossed off a lot of items on my To-Do list over the weekend.  As a result, you’re in for an off-the-cuff post with a few photos thrown in which will hopefully hold your attention.  (that was your warning in case you want to hop past this blog and on to another, but if you stay, you’ll learn something new about me…….nice bribe, eh?)


On New Year’s Eve Craig and I went out with our friends Mel and John to a NYE Bash at a local pub where we ate like it was 1999, had a few drinks and danced to a pretty decent band. Did you know that songs by artists like Billy Joel and Duran Duran are now considered oldies?  Seriously. 

(Attention grabbing photo number one):


I started imagining myself at the nursing home trying to get the attention of the man on stage at the weekly sing-along: ‘Hey there, Sonny – sing, ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ by Prince!’ 

We had a great time and rang in the New Year celebrating some news I’d received earlier in the day.  The owner of an artisan market down in Indianapolis contacted me via my Etsy shop and mentioned that she liked my work.  She wanted to know if I’d be interested in selling there.  I returned her email and we discussed commission, what pieces she wanted, etc. I quickly realized what an incredible opportunity this will be for me.  Since New Year’s Day I’ve been creating as much as possible for my upcoming trip down there next weekend.



I am still on Week 5 of C25K because I’ve made painting my priority over the last few days and haven’t had much energy to do anything else.  My friend Laurie emailed me a couple of weeks ago (I promise I will write soon, Laurie!) who is an avid runner and running coach.  When she read in my post that I was doing C25K she asked what/when was my target race.  I wanted to reply with a grown-up, sophisticated answer but honestly, I have absolutely no idea what that means.  The app I’m using is so basic it gives no additional information, so here is my extremely unsophisticated, very green answer to that question: 

When I hear the ‘DING’ sound, I run.  When it dings again, I walk. (hands over eyes)


Today I took a break from creating note cards and went down to do my last run for Week 5 and I took note of what rolls across my treadmill screen after each workout.  Including my walking intervals I’m averaging a 14 minute mile.  I have no idea if this is good or bad but I do know this: I am running at 5 mph for 7 minutes straight and that’s better than what I was averaging before my surgery. 


(Attention grabbing photo number two):


I am showing that treadmill who’s boss! Well, maybe not yet – but it’s coming; I can feel it!



So, this last photo has nothing to do with anything really, but since you’ve read this far I decided to reward you with a piece of information that I’ve never shared on my blog before – EVER: 

I’d like you to meet Gustav: 

(Attention grabbing photo number three):


Pardon the water stains on the aquarium glass and please marvel at his sweet self, instead. Didn’t know I had another male in my life, did you?  We’ve been together for about a year and a half, now.  He’s looking pretty excited because he’s getting a bigger home soon.  He’s completely outgrown his little tank and is more than ready to move up to the East Side.  (See?  Sometimes even mundane posts can unveil magical pieces of information!)  lol

Oh, and for those of you who wonder ‘why the name Gustav?’  he’s named after one of my favorite artists, Gustav Klimt.  You might recognize one of his more famous paintings:


The Kiss


That’s about it for today.  I’m going to be painting for the rest of the week with a couple of much needed yoga classes tucked in there somewhere to help keep me centered.  I’ll look forward to meeting you back here on Thursday for our first Group Therapy Day of the HL Challenge.