No More Winter Slacking

Remember how I said that I don’t run in the dark and Micah doesn’t run in the cold? Well, I take that back. At least a little bit. Because, you see, Micah has run in the cold. Last week he ran home from work twice. And because of my day of indecision, I ended up having no choice but to run in the dark of night. And it wasn’t so bad. A little slower than normal, but not bad. We’ve discovered these abilities partially because Micah made a goal and he is holding us accountable via our Garmin. “No Winter Slacking” is the goal, and to accomplish it we’ll need to run an average of 3 times a week for 4 weeks. We’ve managed 7 runs in the first 2 weeks, so things are looking good for us. I imagine we’ll keep it going in February, because we have places to go and people to see and marathons to train for.

But aside from getting myself to go running in the cold and dark, I feel like I’ve been doing a miserable job at overcoming the urge to let the winter get the best of me. Every night I find myself thinking, “You know what sounds good right now? Sipping hot chocolate, nibbling cookies, and watching shows on Hulu.” No matter that I have a mess of sewing projects out on the sewing table. Or that we’ve been talking adding counter space to our kitchen for months. Or that there are still boxes from our move cluttering our bedroom. Or that we have established a bedtime routine that allows us at least 2 hours of uninterrupted time each night to work on these projects. I just want to sit under a blanket until bedtime. And then I want to lie under the blanket until noon. It’s winter. It’s cold and it’s dark. I can’t be expected to do anything but wait it out, right?

I had almost decided that I would embrace the hankering to hibernate, but after last week ended and I realized that we were still in the beginning of January, I though maybe that wasn’t such a good idea. I need activity, stimulation, projects to complete. And if they can be done while I sip hot chocolate and watch tv on the internet, so much the better. Winter needs to be embraced for its own special qualities which include, but are not limited to, an excuse to stay inside and work on projects that you haven’t been able to fit in during the other 9 months of the year.

So, Lotta, you will soon be able to join Charlie, Lola, and Marv in the boys’ toy collection. T-shirt scraps, you may yet be able to enjoy the summer as a colorful picnic blanket. Windowsill, you may be pressed into service as a bit of counterspace a little less often by the time the trees start to bud.

What projects are you working on this winter?

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you notes.
    That crayon roll won in a certain Easter contest.
    Felt dolls for my daughter (I’m with you on that one Lizzie)
    Teaching my daughter’s little preschool
    Printing and putting in books photos from my kids’ respective first years.

    Hopefully these will all be accomplished with the help of internet-less naptime on Wednesdays. Wish me luck!

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    lizzie Reply:

    Oh, yes. The thank you notes. Maybe I’ll do those at the library tomorrow while Manchild is at school. And don’t get me started on the photo situation over here . . . I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to dig myself out. 🙂

    Good luck! Internet-less Wednesday sounds like a great idea.

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  2. Ah! Thank you for saying thank you notes! I did Christmas, but need to do my birthday and absolutely forgot! (besides that, finishing piecing a quilt that has been sitting around forever, coming up with some plan for the nursery, and doing the detail work in the basement [hole-filling, staining, paint touch ups])

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    lizzie Reply:

    I’m so impressed with anyone who is able to piece a quilt. And finish a basement. I hope it all goes well and you get it all taken care of before the baby arrives!

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  3. Stephanie Bassett

    January 11th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Christmas decorations I started but didn’t finish in time for this past holiday, a doll for my son, a baby blanket for son on the way.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Baby blankets! I also aspire to make one someday. But then I would have to back track and make them for the children I already have . . . good luck!

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  4. Thank you notes…Blind Hem Stitch on husbands dress pants…Food Blog updating…Finding a 5K on a Saturday to truly train for (I know sad to have to train for a 5K) I am an aspiring Mother Runner.

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    lizzie Reply:

    It is not one bit sad to have to train for a 5K! That’s how you get started. I’ll see if I can dig through my Runner’s World magazines for some 5K training tips for newbies. 🙂

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