Ten Resolutions for 2013

I’ve been making New Year’s Resolutions for the last three years. And after last year’s didn’t go so well, I’ve decided I need to make this year’s public. And I need to put them where I’ll see them often. So I’m sharing them with you and posting them on the fridge.

Without further ado, here are my goals and resolutions for 2013:

1.That’s only two books a month—what a sad number. With working full time, freelance editing jobs, blogging, and having a life, it’s tough to fit reading in, but I still want to make sure I’m doing it. Two books I want to get to this year are Don Quixote and Les Miserables. And maybe Mere Christianity, since that was on my list of resolutions last year and I bought it but never read it. Oops. But right now, I’m going back to an old favorite: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

2.With all the dental work I’ve had in the last two months to make up for a childhood of poor dental hygiene, this is a big one for me.

3.Ideally, this will be running on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday or Sunday, and two days of yoga.

4.Not gonna lie—this one scares me. But I really want to get there just because I think I can’t.

5.Jonathan and I read together most nights, but I want to make more of a concentrated effort to spend time in the Word on my own. I haven’t really gotten started yet, but I’m planning to use a reading plan from Canvas Church’s website. If you’re interested in joining me, you can find the reading plan here.

6.Last year, I wanted to journal every day. It didn’t happen. Not even close. So this year, I’m shooting a little lower and broadening the possibilities—it can be journaling, a blog post, or something else. And unless I’m having a bad week, stuff I write for work won’t count.

7.We eat out way too much. Especially when we don’t have leftovers for lunches and we eat out then, too.

8.I made this a goal for myself two years ago, and it was a great challenge. I love finding and trying new recipes. Especially when they turn out great. I think I’ll start with one (or both!) of these . . .
Sun-dried Tomato Spread
Man-Pleasing Chicken

9.I’ve written about this before, but I fell out of the habit. It made life much easier when I didn’t procrastinate in the small things.

10.Earlier would be even better, but as it’s been, I’ve been getting up at 7:45ish, only about 20 minutes before I have to leave for work. No bueno. Things have got to change. And if they do, I might even have time to get my run in or do my quiet time before I go to work. That sounds like a recipe for a much better day.

What are you goals/resolutions for 2013?

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Running? What’s That?

It’s been a long time since I posted about how my running is going. And I have a good reason: I haven’t been running. At all. Probably not since my last running post.

I have a good reason for that too. Remember when I mentioned I thought I had Runner’s Knee? I stopped running altogether because it hurt too much afterward. My knees (and hips, for that matter) would just ache. As it turns out, I was right about the Runner’s Knee (in case you’re wondering, the technical term is “patellofemoral pain syndrome”).

Three weeks of daily exercises and stretches and five physical therapy appointments later, I finally got to run yesterday. For four whole minutes (I didn’t even die!). And the therapist told me to go buy new shoes this week. Apparently I need a motion control shoe because I overpronate. Or something like that. Who knew?

Do you know how much goes into buying the right running shoes? I had no idea. And for the record, most of the “find the right shoe for you” tools out there are wrong when it comes to my feet. Apparently motion control shoes are typically for people with flat feet, but I have high arches. And apparently people with high arches often underpronate, but I overpronate. I just barely know what I’m talking about, so don’t take my word for it. Moral of the story? If you’re spending $100 on running shoes, have someone who knows what they’re talking about analyze your stride and tell you what to look for.

That’s exactly what I did tonight. At the recommendation of my PT, I went to Marathon Sports and bought these lovely new shoes.

Asics Running Shoes

(If you’re in the Minneapolis area looking for shoes, go to Marathon Sports. I was super impressed with the service, how much the employees knew, and the price.) I get to break my shoes in tomorrow when I try running again. For a whole five minutes. Think I can make it?

If nothing else, not being able to run has only made the prospect of starting again that much more exciting. Despite the fact that I theoretically hate running. Who knows? Maybe spending a lot of money on PT and fancy new shoes is the motivation I needed.

Lately . . .

Apparently I took a blogging hiatus for most of October. It was not intentional at all. BUT I have been taking pictures so I could tell you all about it.

At the beginning of the month, we drove to Michigan so I could be in a friend’s wedding and we could spend some time with my family. Major fail of the weekend? I didn’t take any pictures of the wedding! Not even me and Jonathan. I’m still pretty bummed about this. But here are a few other shots from the trip and a wedding photo I stole from Facebook.

This is the only picture from the wedding that was on our camera : (

Sister and her boyfriend.

Campfire picture with Mom and Aunt Renee.

Yep, that’s my husband pretending to hit my little brother with a piece of firewood. I don’t get it either.

The rest of the month has been swallowed up with after-dinner walks, things with friends, and lots of tea drinking. I was never a tea drinker before (except chai, of course), but a friend from church gave me some Good Earth Sweet & Spicy (non-caffeinated), and I am addicted. That stuff is good with nothing in it!

And, of course, I managed to get sick. Gotta love having a scratchy throat (among other things). When it was at it’s worst last weekend, I sacked out on the floor in the living room. I spent my time watching Gilmore Girls and You’ve Got Mail and I crocheted. A lot.

crochet-turquoise-yarnOur church is currently collecting winter wear for an outreach event, so I’ve been making hats like crazy. The blue one in these pictures, though, I’m keeping for myself. Lest I sound like a miser—I made three new ones for the church and found some things from last year to give away.

And my most recent excuse for not posting? My computer cord died : ( So the husband and I have been fighting over sharing his computer for the last week. Since he’s a full-time writer, he gets dibs. Bummer. And I am really missing my own PC. This one doesn’t have any of my log-ins, my files, or my “Pin It” button. And let me tell you, I miss that button. For crying out loud—he didn’t even have Merriam-Webster bookmarked! (Oh, you don’t either? Maybe it’s just me . . . ) He does now : ) Okay, enough whining. If you’re reading this, it means we got a replacement cord and I was able to get my pictures from my computer. So yay for having my own computer again!

And I might as well throw in a little running update . . . It hasn’t been going so well. I ran the day before I got sick (just over a week ago) and haven’t run since. But in my own defense, running has been causing quite a bit of knee pain since I started. After a little research (note that I looked it up on a running site, not WebMD), I think it might be Runner’s Knee. I’d never heard of it before, but I think it means I need some new shoes.

Running Update

Remember when I posted about how much I hate running (and told you I was doing it anyway)?

I’m still working at it. I’ve only done six or seven runs since that post, so I’m definitely not on the three-times-a-week track, but I think that’s okay.

These are my pretty pink running shoes. Or maybe they’re not actually running shoes. I don’t know. But they are the shoes I wear when I run.

In case you were wondering, I still hate running.

But it’s gotten to the point that I need to do it. If I feel tired and lethargic and sore, I want to run. If I’m having a bad day, I want to go home and run.

If I’m feeling great, the last thing I want to do is run—there are so many other things to do!

Running has become like medicine for me—I take it when I feel bad and need a little boost. I hope to get past that point so I can actually do it because I enjoy it, but I figure I’m on the right path.