Monday, March 4, 2013

FMM: Almost Spring

Ah, Monday, we meet again.

My weekend was low-key and lovely.  We had a dinner party on Friday night that was so much fun.  The two couples did not know each other, but there was so much common ground, and so much laughter.  And so much alcohol! 

That meant that Saturday was spent entirely in our pajamas.  We did truly nothing other than watch tv from the DVR, eat leftovers for lunch, and nap.  We managed to clean up everything from the night before, including putting all the china, silver and serving dishes back in the hutch.  I guess we did spend a couple hours studying Italian together, which was nice.

My favorite new expression -- orchi molti truci.  Very threatening ogres.  Haha.  I NEED to find an occasion to use that when we're in Italy in the fall. 

Sunday was a "long" run.  Now that I'm into speed training for a couple months, my long run was only 7 miles.  It was different from all my other long runs in that this one was in a park and was mostly solo.  Our coach had us warm up for 2 miles together, then we had a fartlek run for 4 miles, then a mile of cool-down.  For the 4 miles of the heart of the workout, we were all running solo, all over the park, up hills, down trails, over roots, never on pavement.  And it was perhaps my first true fartlek workout.  Fartlek is Swedish for speed play, and I've done some of it before, but it is hard to do right unless you're alone.  Basically you choose something you see ahead of you, then you run hard and fast to that point, then you slow down again for as long as you want, then you pick another landmark.  Ideally, the landmark distance varies greatly.  Sometimes you'll be running hard for 5 seconds, sometimes for 2 minutes.  Anyway, it was a fun workout.

The fartlek run was followed by a lazy day of laundry, bill paying, and watching TV. 

What a nice weekend! 

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Almost Spring

1. What do you love most about Spring?  No more difficult decisions about what to wear to workout and it's generally much easier to get out of bed.  The warmer weather just seems to make everything better. 

2. If you’re lucky enough to have a Spring Break, what will you do to enjoy it? No spring break for either of us, but my brother and his wife will be coming to visit for a few days on the weekend of St. Pat's, which I think will be insanely fun. 

3. What is your favorite flower?  Not sure I really have one, I like lots of them.  We had a lot of hydrangeas at our wedding, and I think roses, tulips, pansies, and gerbera daisies are very pretty. 

4. Do you have a garden? If so, what do you grow?  No garden.  We live in a condo, so anything we grow would have to be in a pot on a porch, and I can't really keep anything alive (and Texas summers on sunny porches aren't really conducive to growing much). 

5. Share one thing that you hope to accomplish during Spring.  I really want to finish our wedding scrapbook before our fourth anniversary on April 18. 

6. Do you do Spring cleaning?  Not officially, but yes, it does seem that about twice a year I undertake a thorough cleaning.  Just this past weekend, I tore apart our walk-in pantry and reorganized the entire top shelf to make the 3 things I access most (our crockpot, our Kitchenaid food processor, and a vegetable dicer) to be more accessible. 

7. What is your weather *really* like right now? {Just b/c it’s almost Spring, doesn’t mean that it feels like it for some of you.}   Haha, Dallas in the spring is crazy.  Today, I got up at 5 to workout at 5:30, and it was 57 and windy out at the time.  For the afternoon today, they are saying a high of 85, a few degrees shy of the record of 88 from 1955.  Crazy warm.  But tomorrow's high is only 58, and the low for my workout on Wed. morning will be 33.  See what I mean about liking spring's simple clothing choices when it finally gets warm?!  It's such a pain right now to have to check the weather every morning and wonder about short sleeves, long sleeves, capris, tights, shorts, etc. 

8. Share one photo that you’ve taken during the month of March.   I haven't taken any photos in March, it's only a few days old!  This is the last photo of any interest on my phone -- two dozen red roses from Valentine's Day, combined into a single vase. 

9. What’s your favorite thing to do on a sunny afternoon? Probably going for a walk outside down to a fun bar that is about 2.5 miles away from our house, and sitting outside for a beer.

10. If you could spend the day doing anything in your city, what would you do? There is a new science and nature museum (the Perot Museum), I'd love to go for a walk to check it out, it's about 3.5 miles away, then walk back home and maybe stop in at that beer garden I referenced above.

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  1. That's some crazy temperature changes you've got going on over there Carina!

    Great answers and beautiful roses!

    Janice @ fit foot blog

  2. A museum then beer garden?? Sounds like a great day to me!

    yes, warm weather makes it all better!

    stopping in from FMM - hi!

  3. We got up to about 73* today. Too warm too soon!

  4. Prettttyyy roses. My boyfriend gets a free pass on Valentine's Day because my birthday is the day before. Two back to back days of romance is too much for him. I'm lucky if he manages to get a card, haha.

    Stopping by for a belated FMM. Hope you're having a great week!

    (I answered too over at Delightfully Shrinking: )