Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Win and a Finish.

Exciting news this week, I have been lucky enough to win a place to compete in Sydney in the 100km. trail ultra marathon.
I must add that this is not because I am any good but rather the Parks and Wildlife Service will only allow a limited number of competitors. Quite rightly they have concerns regarding the impact a tribe of lunatic ultra marathoners could have on the fragile environment. So selection is by ballot only.

My initial excitement was closely followed by OMG , what have I done..... well that's the sanitized version of the vitriol that poured from my mouth. I've had two previous attempts to complete a 100km. event. On both occasions the temperature has been over 38c and this fat Labrador does not like extreme heat. So instead of an endorphin charged sprint across the finish line, I have ended up in the medical tent semi conscious or half dead (is there a difference) and gasping like a bloated Cod Fish out of water. But Sydney in August, well that's Winter, so no excuses Fatso.
This is a team event, all four members must run the full distance together, finish together and have a well organised support team.(husbands can be useful here.)
So this weekend just gone saw most of us out training hard. The hamstrings are now screaming bloody murder and the calves are requesting a separation package. DH came out to support us this weekend; less said about this the better! He tripped on a rock, ended up horizontal on the track and now has a MAN cut under his chin.
So last night saw him requiring almost Code Blue emergency care from Moi! Six bandaides later I reminded him that Anne Boleyn had her whole bloody head cut off, and that did we see her whimping around after a bandaide? I DONT THINK SO!

So what's happened to the stitching this week you might ask?
Has the WIP(works in progress) pile of death been buried in the trenches? Has the happy, stitchy chair been cut up for crutches for DH? No....
I've finished my first block of Shores Of Hawk run Hollow by carriage House sampling and loved every stitch. I've started the next block: goal is one block per month.
The quilting has taken a position at the back of the pack just lately as I'm enjoying the cross stitch so much. But I have a couple of pictures of a recent quilting effort.

"Love is " by Rosalie Quinlan

Cheers Karen.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

First Blog Post.

Woo hoo! My first ever blog post.
If someone had told me a year ago that I would begin blogging I would have roared with laughter.
This is because I have been dragged kicking and screaming into the world of computers and cyberspace by my sister Helen.
Whilst she loves anything to do with computing and its technology, I steadfastly refused to even learn where the on/off button was. However when my stitchy friend Leeanne introduced me to her Blog a whole new world opened up. I now love reading other people's blogs! Prior to this I would look at the computer and think BORING!! However through Blog touring and dare I admit it, Face Book I have now befriended my lap top and no longer want to pour boiling water over it.
So I hope to post at least weekly and hope you will enjoy keeping up to date with my stitching, quilting and running exploits and laugh at my somewhat warped and humorous view of life.

Me on the left with my friend Evelyn at the 35km checkpoint in the 61km ultra marathon last week.

Cheers Karen.