Sunday, March 23, 2014

Wonky blocks and wonky training

I am trying something way out of my comfort level with sewing.  These wonky blocks are a great way to use scraps, but they are so random, I wasn't sure if I could do it.  I cut out my center pieces and then began randomly sewing the "straws" (that is apparently what they call the skinny strips) around the centers and then you square up the block to whatever size you wish.  I decided 6.5" since that is the template I have. 

I am loving these!!  Even though it is random, which I don't normally like, these are fun.  And I am going to do a border around each block that will add some uniform and cohesiveness to the project.  I am glad I stepped outside of my comfort level with these.  Plus it is a great way to use scraps of my favorite fabrics.

Now onto wonky training... I am not currently in training (about ten days until it starts).  I have, however been trying to do cardio and strength at least five days per week.  It has been going well. I also am stepping outside of my comfort zone with offering a group class each week.  Last week only one person showed, but it was a blast!  we did a killer circuit and three days later my lats still feel it!  

I think it is important to try new things, get a bit uncomfortable.  You may discover/unlock some new potential!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A sewing and running challenge? where do i sign?

Check this out!!  On the Coletterie sewing blog today they featured Fehr Trade sewing and this lady looks AMAZING!!!  She is training for the London Marathon and believes everyone should exercise more so she has created a sweat and sew challenge.  How cool is this?!

<p><strong>I’m in taking part in…</strong><br /> <br /> <a href=''><img src='' alt='Spring Race Challenge' width='255' height='300' border='0' /></a></p>

Not sure if the link is working... hmmmm... here is the link to her blog if you are interested in more deets:

She is a very talented sewist (? i never know the term to use!!) and i am so glad she was featured on the Coletterie blog today!  i am now following her on Twitter and her blog.  I am intrigued to sew my own workout articles...  i have made a hot yoga ensemble, but never something for running.

Anyone else in?

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Hawaii Handled!

The in-laws invited all the "kids" to meet in Hawaii (Ko'Olina, Oahu) for a vacation.  We left Montana in the middle of a snow storm, and missed all sorts of horrible weather.  Phew! 

While Montana was having arctic cold temps, and receiving feet of snow, we were having fun frolicking in the ocean, watching sun sets, eating delicious fish, poke, pineapple, enjoying fruity cocktails, admiring phenomenal scenery.  Our friends from Helena, Mike and Erin were also in Oahu, staying about 20 minutes away from our resort.  It was so fun to have them there.  They are surrogate family members.
Adios Bozeman!
 I made these cover ups!

 Fire dancers 

 Dinner at Roy's (i want that painting)
 the server brought this drink over--not what any of us wanted but it was festive!

 Luau Fun!
 can you find waldo?

We went to Pearl Harbor. 

 These trees were so cool!  Dole plantation

 At Sunset Beach north shore watching the surfers
 On the pineapple express at dole!
 North Shore sunset

This was north of Ko'Olina, on west side of island

 lana kai beach--gorgeous!!
 On the H3

 doin cool stuff like drinking out of a coconut...

 Last dinner at Chuck's.
 Fedora Club

 One of the coolest moments for me!

 Hanging with my friends...

 Pier 38 

Old bug/new bug
Nico's--a great restaurant!! 

We saw a lot and did a lot on this trip.  I also only missed one day of working out and ran some of my fastest miles.  We are pretty fortunate that we all get along the way we do, and can embark on these travels.  jaclyn and i created a hashtag for instagram for our trips: #teamrehmerhowardtravels  hopefully there will be more of these! :)