Monday, June 13, 2011

Neon Daisies

This is one of my wallpaper pics on my computer.  For some reason, whenever I see it come on, it feels as if my heart opens up like one of the daisies.  Maybe it's because of the bright colors and it gives off some color therapy; or because its nature-like and spring.  I just want to sit and stare and it, and thought maybe you would like to as well.

P.S. I was bad this morning.  Yes, I did wake up on time, but then I thought, my in-laws are coming for an overnight and I won't be able to run on Weds, so why not just do Tues-Thurs-Sat.  But now my legs feel restless like they wanted me to take them for a run and now have excess energy.  Sort of like my dog.

Not that I'm saying I'm a dog. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Surprise! New Plan

And once again, I have concocted a plan.  It'll be our little secret, just you and me.  Because you know by the fact that this blog is quiet response-wise, it really is just you and I together here.  So don't say anything awhile, k?

The plan: run a 5k at the end of October.

No, this isn't a repeat post.  I'm going to do it again, though I am starting about 15 days earlier this time.  Plus, I am in better shape and not passing out when I run a minute.  I may want to pass out if I run 5, though.  But we'll cross that line later.

This time, I'm not really going to tell anyone, it's just you that knows.  I think I work better this way, so there isn't the pressure of expectations and I can come from behind like an underdog and say, "hey, I ran 2 miles this morning, I think I'm almost ready for that 5k" and THEN it'll be cool to talk about it.

The plan I wrote up is a 20 week thing (which you know I will be revising as I go) but this is different than the cookie cutter 5k programs.  I took into account the times that I will be out of town.  I took into account how I ran last fall and trained naturally.  And then I took into account the fact that I never stick to a plan, even my own.

I start on Monday, and I will be going outside.  I haven't run outside yet this spring, so I will start very slow and see how it works.  My goal will be to run just 1 minute 3 times during my morning outing.  And I think I may take the dog, which means an extra reason to take it easy.  He isn't quite there yet for healing.  But that also will mean that I need to get up earlier so that it doesn't screw him up with his feeding times.

So, my dear friend, think of me on Monday morning as I roll out of bed thinking, "dang, what did I get myself into," and roll onto the street. 

Let's really hope it's not raining.

You have walked 25 miles.
You have passed Green Hill Country.
It is 2 miles to the next landmark.
You have 433 miles to reach Rivendell.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Wandering Banyan Tree

Last week I scoped the occasional and weekend shops around town to see if there were any that I could sell my handmade things at and/or the crafts from India.  For booth rental, the cheapest I could find was $125 a month.  I don't think I even have that much inventory to last for very long.  But what I stumbled onto was consignment.

I am going to take in my t-shirt necklaces into Urban Violet this week. She loved my necklace before I told her that I made it, and she said she'd take all I had.

I only had one made - and that one was made that morning that I brought my samples in.  I had not intended to market them that day.

sounds of scurrying ensue

Over the weekend, I've made about 25, and then it came to tagging them.  I did want to create a "brand" or image that involved some kind of unique crafting and something to do with India - thus Wandering Banyan Tree was born.  The Banyan Tree is the national tree of India.  Under its shady branches, villages had their merchant fairs, was a gathering to buy and sell things or just a cool place to chat and gather.  The name Banyan in Hindi means merchant.  And since I now wander between here and India, I added that adjective to make the name unique.  Do you know how many businesses are called "Banyan Tree?"  Google it, it's amazing.  But none other has the "wandering" part that I can find.

Anyway, my fundraising for the next India trip has begun.  I am hoping to sell about 10 t-shirt necklaces a month and have another lead at a different shop in town.  I may even try a third shop this week as well. 

You have walked 23 miles.
You have passed Green Hill Country.
It is 4 miles to the next landmark.
You have 435 miles to reach Rivendell.