|I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year's. I had a good time, hanging with some of my girlfriends, drinking too much champagne and eating lots of food that isn't good for me.
I went into Manhattan for New Year's eve. Not to Time Square (never!) and not to the Midnight run in Central Park, but to my friend, Chelly's, place for a girl's night. Stitching was the intention, but very little actually got done. Instead, we stuffed our faces with pizza, munched our way through chips and dip and cheese and bread and killed quite a few bottles of alcohol. An entertaining evening was topped off with a group rendition of 'Paradise by the Dashboard Lights' (what can I say? we drank quite a bit)
New Year's day was fairly quiet. Having only got to bed at about 4 am, my body still woke up at 7 am. Shannon thought that was a fine idea, and would not let me return to bed until she had a walk around the neighborhood and a quick breakfast. I then re-woke up at about 10 am and hung around in my pajamas for a few hours. About 1:30 I roused myself and took a drive over to the local Barnes and Noble, where I spent a quiet few hours perusing the magazines. I bought a few and also had this follow me home I thought it looked like it might be a good basic book to have and I can practise techniques on smaller projects.
Today I didn't have to go to work so I woke up early and managed to get a run in this morning. It felt good to run outside in the sun. My motivation has been pretty low lately since I hate running in the dark and am not crazy about running indoors. But the weather cooperated today and I managed a short 3.5 mile run. I rewarded myself with a stop at the bagel store for a multigrain bagel. I have resolved to do some races this year at the 10k distance. Since that is twice the length of the races I've been running, I figured that I am aiming to double my mileage for this year. This isn't as bad as it sounds. In January 2005 I had never run before, so for the first months of the year I didn't get much mileage. My average was only 6 miles per week for the year - 12 is not a ridiculous goal. I have my eye on a couple of 10k races in May and June. I will decide in a few weeks which one to shoot for.