Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Last week, Troy and I enjoyed the lunar eclipse from Sandia Peak. There were some clouds obscuring it, but we did get to see the eclipse for a while and then later the full moon itself. Whenever we meet other telemark skiers around Albuquerque, they always tell us that all the telemarkers hike up Sandia Peak and ski down under the full moon each month. February's full moon happened to be the eclipse as well, so we finally went out there and enjoyed a late Wednesday evening ski... alone. Where were all those people that do this every month?

As a side note, I would have loved to post a picture of our evening skiing, but our camera batteries always die in the cold. Are there batteries that don't die in the cold?

Monday, February 18, 2008

Skull cap

Where, oh where, to find something about the size of a small head, on which to stretch a newly-knitted baby hat....

Friday, February 15, 2008


It is long overdue for me to post this cross-stitch baby sampler that I finished in December for my new nephew. Unfortunately, I forgot to take the picture before putting it in a frame and behind glass. So ignore the reflections. The fish come from a pattern that I bought in Hawaii last summer (and have been unable to find online, so if you like the pattern... go to Hawaii). I made the crab pattern myself with Pattern Maker (the outline of the crab came from an online photo). The overall layout was inspired by other baby samplers that I have seen. It's really more fun to assemble my own pattern than simply follow a pattern :)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Name that hike

Here's a picture of a hike that we took in January. Thanks to Troy and digital photo technology for the cool panoramic shot. Can you name the place? I may try this little hike-trivia game every month because I usually hike more often than once a month.

Someday soon I will post photos of recent cross-stitch and knitting projects. I also would like to spruce up my blog page generally... again it will have to wait until I have more time. Unfortunately, "more time" won't happen for at least 4 weeks. There are about three time-consuming (but good) things converging in the next month: 1) submitting my research for publication, 2) organizing and presenting at our student conference here on campus, and 3) taking a trip to Vegas! Of course, I still find time to do other stuff, just not the time to blog about it.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Run for the Zoo

I am now officially getting ready to run the Run for the Zoo 10k in May. It's a ways off, but I am very badly out of shape and I found a 12-week training program for beginners that looks reasonable. I ran 2 miles on a treadmill this morning. I was hoping to do 3 miles, but I really don't like treadmills (and there's snow & ice outside). Tell me if you'd like to train with me (although most of the people I've talked to about running don't read this blog).

Beginner 10k Training Program
Week Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 (Optional)
1 3 mi run 2 mi run 3 mi run (easy) x (no optional run, must rest)
2 3 mi run 1 mi run 2 mi run (easy) 2 mi
3 3 mi run 2 mi run 3 mi run (easy) 1 mi
4 3 mi run 3 mi run 4 mi run (easy) x (no optional run, must rest)
5 3 mi run 2 mi run 3 mi run (easy) 2 mi run
6 3 mi run 3 mi run 4 mi run (easy) 1 mi run
7 3 mi run 4 mi run 5 mi run (easy) x (no optional run, must rest)
8 3 mi run 3 mi run 4 mi run (easy) 3 mi run
9 3 mi run 4 mi run 5 mi run (easy) 2 mi run
10 3 mi run 5 mi run 6 mi run (easy) 1 mi run
11 3 mi run 4 mi run 6 mi run x (no optional run, must rest)
12 3 mi run 2 mi run Race! x (no optional run, must rest)

This and other 10k training programs from AboutRunning.