Sunday, June 13, 2010

One is Too Many

I must admit that I am at a loss.  Please bear with me, this is difficult.  I am an extraordinarily fortunate person.  Which is not to say that my life is "Perfect", no one's is.  But I have been blessed with people who love me and who I love without abandon.  My children do not suffer from any serious intellectual or physical handicaps.  We are not worried about where our next meal will come from or if we will be warm next winter.  I do not take these blessings for granted.

However, there is that expression about bad things coming in three's.  And I don't like it.  Not one bit.

For one thing, it means that if you suffer through one bad thing, this means you need to be on the lookout for two more.  It also means that if you have made it through two bad things, you are constantly searching the horizon for the third.  What kind of life is that?

Today I had the good fortune to visit my LYS, but for the worst reason possible.  I needed to buy yarn for a third comfort shawl.   Personally, I believe that yarn shopping should be nothing short of joyous, but today I found myself walking into the shop with a set jaw, and the determination to find the perfect yarn for my sick friend.  This is the point at which joy and passion becomes a chore.  This marks the third comfort shawl I have undertaken.  I don't like these numbers one bit.  Three comfort shawls in two years?? How can that possibly be right?

These are all good, beautiful, smart and funny women.  I love them all.  They have all played an important role in my life.  If not for any of them, I would not be the person I am today.  I would do anything for any one of them; from folding their laundry and grocery shopping to taking care of them in their most dire moment of need.  This is the worst possible reason to knit for someone.  I hope you never, ever have to do it.  And I sincerely hope that it's the last time for me.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Getting on the Crazy Train

While poking around on Ravelry earlier this afternoon, I checked in with group I belong to called Martial Arts Knitters (you must be on Ravelry to access this last link, sorry!), where I found out about the 100 Push-Up Challenge.  And this, my friends, is when I bought two non-refundable tickets to ride the crazy train.

I say two tickets not because I'm going to try and do 200 push-ups in one set, but because I am also signing on to do the two hundred sit-up challenge.  (For those of you more hard core than I, you can also try the 200 Squats Challenge and the 25 Pull-ups Challenge.  All can be found on the link above.)  So, as of next Monday, June 7, I will beginning my quest to do 100 push-ups in a single set and 200 sit-ups also in one set.  The program gives you a day-by-day as well as a week-by-week workout, and you can track your progress on their website.

Why do it, you might ask?  Well, I have never done 100 push-ups all at once, but have come close.  I think I hit around 70 or so right before my 1st Degree Black Belt test, but that was over three years ago.  I know I can get to 70, so 100 will be a new goal.  I have done that many sit-ups at once, but not since I was in college, back when the world was flat.  Also, since I have been on & off crutches between October and March, I have put on a few pounds that need to come off, and these challenges should be a help.  I'm going to try and remember to track my progress on the website and on Twitter & Facebook, if you're interested in following along. 

Wish me luck!  Anyone out there want to join me?  Please??