I ran 5.5 miles yesterday morning. It was cold (10 degrees) and not everyone had shoveled their sidewalk. I sometimes ran in the street, sometimes pretended that I was running over sand or through mud, and always was an Olympic hurdler when leaping over snowbanks. Usually when I run that far without having run recently, I get shin splints, but I only have sore butt muscles today. I consider that a win. The sky was blue and the sun was shining. It was slow and I had to be careful not to slip, but it was a great run.
After knitting the ruffle scarf for L, I knit the same yarn differently and made a shawl for C's doll. You're supposed to use two skeins to make a person-sized thick scarf, but I didn't have any more and I think it fits the doll well. I started a easy bag that required me to cast off and on in the middle of a row. I messed up the first time, so I did it a couple times with my practice yarn and then started my project again. Here's what I have so far:
I'm excited because it actually LOOKS like half of a bag. I think the hard part will be lining it and sewing it up evenly. There are also instructions to knit a little flower for decoration.
After lunch, we drove to a suburb for an ice festival. It was kind of lame, but we met friends there, so that part was fun. We were waiting to watch the crazy people jump into the icy water, but the children were distracted by throwing chunks of snow into the water flowing from the dam. If you ask them, this was probably the highlight.
A couple toddlers wandered over, wanting to be like the big kids, and my kids were so sweet with them - they gave them little chunks of ice and showed them how to toss them into the water.
We left the festival to go to an awesome sledding hill on that side of town. It has a really tall, steep, fast hill on one side and then a double hill on the other. L went over a big bump the first time down (I was in front of her and heard a group of people gasp when she hit) and injured her back. She spent the rest of the time crying, first because of pain and then because of disappointment. When we got home, I have her some ibuprofen and she soaked in the tub for awhile. She emerged in a much better state of mind.
A left to run some errands and brought home delicious burgers from the hole-in-the-wall deli around the corner. After we put the kids to bed, we watched Rachel Getting Married and I started knitting my bag.