hello again

October 15, 2011

Hello out there! Did you miss me?

It’s taken me a while, but I think I’m up to the herculean task of blogging again. My life has changed in some pretty major ways since I posted my last update here on HUFFMANIA, so I’ve decided to start a new one to document what happens next. Come visit me at years of jubilee. See you there!


going forward

July 18, 2011

My family and I received some devastating news today so while we face the future together, I will be taking time away from sharing my life online. Thanks for reading my blog – I have so enjoyed writing about my adventures and happenings, and maybe someday I will come back to share more.

I am also remembering this quote from Helen Keller, which I just found the other day:

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.


two quick points

July 16, 2011

1. So this?

This had no leaves when I looked in on the garden this morning. I pulled it, and the early girls, up and tossed them in the corner of our yard where weeds and failed plants lie in repose.

2. I have a ton of saltwater taffy to eat. It’s cold comfort now that our beach vacation is over, but it sure is delicious.


to done

July 8, 2011

1. Two four-mile runs, a three-mile run and a nine-mile long run.

Done! The nine-mile run isn’t happening because we’re headed to the beach unexpectedly early tomorrow, but I did get in all my other runs. Waking up early was NOT my thing this week so I did Thursday’s run after work. I’m also really resenting that giant hill on my local route so two of my three runs happened on the treadmill this week. I guess it’s just cyclical – some weeks I’ll prefer the road, some weeks the treadmill, and some weeks it’ll be really easy to bounce out of bed ready to run, while other weeks I’ll hit the snooze button for 45 minutes and promise myself I’ll run after work instead.

But see how happy I was after my run on Thursday? One of my speed intervals was 9:00. I can run a 9:00 mile outside without much problem, but on the treadmill? For whatever reason that’s way harder. This is my victory glow.

2. Finish Wesley’s hat.

I’m really happy with it. My knitting powers have returned. The clapotis is hitting the road with us tomorrow!

3. Keep the kitchen reasonably clean.

I didn’t take any pictures, so you’ll have to take my word for it, but my kitchen is totally going to be reasonably clean. For as tolerant as I am of clutter in my everyday life, I actually hate coming home to a messy house, so the House of Huffman is looking pretty good tonight. I like it. I think I’ll keep it this way.

And now our bags are packed, my high-maintenance food (feta cheese, babybel cheese, Newman’s Own salad dressing, and Greek yogurt – I feel like a total diva) is ready to go into the cooler, the Teak is at my parents’, and my toenails are painted. I’m ready to jump in the car!


hurry up and wait!

July 6, 2011

We leave for the beach on Saturday!

We are going to Ocean Sands which is between Duck and Corolla. HUFFMANIA 2011 is coming up soon!

I have not been able to attend HUFFMANIA (FYI, I’m the only one who calls it that) since 2008 when Steve and I were still dating! It feels like forever ago. In 2009 I was getting ready for our wedding, and last year I had just started my job and wasn’t able to use any leave. So I am really excited to finally get to go again! I am going to eat my weight in saltwater taffy and sit on the beach reading House Beautiful.

Of course, we’re not leaving just yet. But we did decide to leave Saturday morning instead of Saturday afternoon (early check-in!), so my planned nine-mile run won’t be happening. I seriously can’t remember the last time I didn’t run on Saturday morning. I think I’m getting an upgrade this weekend, though.

Hurry up, Friday. My vacation starts at noon! To do before then: pack; paint toenails; amass reading materials; deposit Teaker at my parents’.

PS. Today is Leah and Chad’s 9th wedding anniversary. I can’t believe 2002 was so long ago! We watched their wedding video over cake tonight. Next year, for their 10th, I think they should have a destination vow renewal and invite us all to recreate their wedding. I’ll squeeze back into that bridesmaid dress.

PPS. Am I the last person on earth to set up a google reader? It’s totally changing my life. Or, at least my internet reading habits.


to do

July 3, 2011

It’s a new week!

I learned this past week that not having any goals in place can make me pretty aimless. It’s not that I lack self-discipline completely; I just like having a purpose in mind to keep me from spending all my time reading blogs and watching Deadliest Catch. And now that I’ve completed my most recent long-term goal, I need a few more ideas to keep in mind, and since I don’t have any long-term ideas right now, I’m going to shift my focus to the shorter term. So here are my goals for this week:

1. Running: two four-mile runs, a three-mile run, and (I’m thinking) a nine-mile long run. I’m including specific shorter runs because this week I found myself cutting my four-miler back to three miles (twice!) because I didn’t need to run four miles. Of course I don’t need to, just like I also didn’t need to run three miles. But I don’t want to get into that mindset, so this way I can hold myself more accountable throughout the week. Tomorrow since it’s supposed to be about a hundred degrees outside and humid, and I don’t feel like setting the alarm for once, I’ll be running these four miles on the treadmill while listening to Lemony Snicket.

2. Finish Wesley’s hat.

As you can see it’s almost done! I haven’t made a bamboo baby hat in several months, and I’ve never used a pattern for these, so I’ve been improvising all the way through. I hope it fits him, but so far I’m pleased with it. (Even though my stripes don’t match up evenly. I learned, though, that this is normal. Whew.) My knitting mojo is on its way back! The clapotis comes next, and Leah has said that she wants me to make some stuffed knitted balls for the girls to play with. I haven’t attempted anything like that before and I’m not sure they’d turn out very well, but I might give it a shot. After all, I have so much extraneous yarn upstairs in my bedroom that’s just searching for a purpose in life.

But anyway: back on topic: this week, I’d like to finish Wesley’s hat.

3. Keep the kitchen reasonably clean. Heh. I need a house elf.

Lastly here are two more pictures. The first is Buddy photo-bombing Wesley’s hat, and the second is Steve teaching himself electronics. I’m so glad I married a man who does higher level math for fun. <3 I’m sure Steve is equally glad he married a woman who has to set a weekly goal to keep her kitchen clean.

Isn’t he handsome?

Tomorrow’s plans, aside from the treadmill four-miler, include sitting by the pool and hunting down some fireworks. I’ve heard of a few good locations to watch them that don’t involve wedging ourselves in with the crowds at the park, so we’re going to go check them out. I wish we could climb out onto the roof to watch like we used to do at our house growing up in Connecticut! (I have been missing Connecticut a lot lately for some reason. For no reason, probably; I just miss getting to see my hometown, you know, ever. Sometimes I just like to know it’s still there.)


pink lightning

July 2, 2011

This morning I crashed a marathon training group bright and early. (I brought my camera to document the occasion, but I forgot to take any pictures! Blogging fail. MS Paint will have to do.)

Here I am in my pink lightning uniform. This is the nickname bestowed upon me by Steve after I bought a pair of hot pink running shorts. And today, pink lightning joined Mary-Kate out in the county to run with the marathon group. It involved getting up at 5 a.m. We told ourselves that this was for the best, since it’s supposed to be about 95 degrees outside today and we would have had to get up unreasonably early anyway.

I had never run with a real group like this, apart from the four miler training program I did years ago (and loved) (and which was quite a different environment!). There were probably 30 or 40 people there, I would guess, although I am really bad at guessing numbers and it’s entirely possible that I misjudged and there were a lot fewer or a lot more. Anyway, it started with a brief talk by the marathon training coach. He advised us not to run too fast (as we were all here for our long runs), and to make sure to hydrate and get in electrolytes early. He reminded us that if you’re thirsty, it’s too late.

Mary-Kate and I then joined the ten-minute pace group and we were off! We were running along Ridge Road, which is a gravel road out in Crozet. I had heard of Ridge Road as a popular and very scenic distance running route, and it was really nice! There were rolling hills, but nothing too bad, and the views when we came out of the trees were really pretty. Central Virginia has such a gorgeous landscape and I never get tired of enjoying the view. I really think it’s one of the most gorgeous parts of the country.

Our run went well – I did 8 miles and Mary-Kate did 11. This was my first long run where my left hip didn’t bother me, maybe because we were running on a gravel road with little to no traffic (so we could run in the middle of the road). There were water stops along the route and clif bars and ice at the end. Our 8 miles were finished in 1:27, which put us just under an 11:00 mile, which was around our goal, so we were happy with that. I sat in the car reading and icing my knees, drinking the chocolate milk I’d brought, while Mary-Kate finished her final 3 miles. Now I’m at home, and Steve and I just had a huge brunch, and we have absolutely no plans for the rest of the day other than to hit the pool at some point.

Happy Saturday!


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