On Hobbies

So this post is a bit of a conglomerate of ideas, but it’s stuff I feel is blog worthy and I just want to put together in one post. They’re all sort of “hobby” related, so there you go.

Firstly, you might know that I really enjoy crocheting. While I’m still completely a beginner, I have a good time doing it and I know I’ve gotten better. I thought I would pass along a resource that I used to learn how to crochet. I read lots of tutorials and saw lots of pictures but the tool that finally helped me get the hang of it? YouTube videos. These YouTube videos to be specific. This woman’s name is Teresa and she has a blog for every video of stitch that is very specific and very easy to follow. She also does full tutorial videos from start to finish of a project. You can follow along, pause the video, rewind, start over. I found it very helpful and I still pull her channel up when I get confused on a pattern!

Secondly, I’ve told you about my fitness fairy Rachel and she suggested we try to do the 2012 Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak. I’m a complete novice but Rachel is super encouraging and always runs at my pace and walks with me even though she could easily keep going. The idea is to run just one mile everyday, from Thanksgiving day through New Years Day. I think this sounds like a fun, completely achievable challenge. Want to join? Here’s a google spreadsheet where we plan to keep track of our progress. Just add your name and log your activity!

Think that running on Christmas Day sounds bonkers? Take your whole family out! Make it a new tradition!

Lastly, that’s it. I only have two things. I know that you’re supposed to have 3 things or more in a list but I only have two. So.

Danger, Will Robinson!

Bad news bears, guys… First of all, I used two catch phrases in two sentences. Yikes.

Secondly, I’m getting seriously addicted this Game of Thrones novel. I’m worried about it because I’m not even halfway through the first book of the series and I can tell it’s going to start sucking up all my free time. I can’t wait to finish book one and start reading the other four books in the series.

Also, we don’t have HBO so I’m anticipating the desperate things I’ll start doing once I’ve finished the books and I’m ready to start in on the TV show.

The problem is that as I write this, all I want to do is finish this damn post, grab the book and a cup of hot tea, and curl up on the couch. Which is fine, except now I’ve got all this free time that I was hoping to spend doing creative and life affirming things! Not to mention that our house is not quite restored from the wedding hangover.

I promise promise promise that this won’t become a Game of Thrones fangirl site. Promise.

It’s just that it’s been so long since Harry Potter gave me a fantastical, media rich world to pretend I live in and I’m sort of reveling in the newness of it!

Have you guys read or watched Game of Thrones? Turns out I’m kind of a Fantasy lover! Anyone else?