Posts Tagged ‘mi’

Running, it’s still ugly

I complain, I bitch, I moan, and yes, there are tears, but here I am again, running.

Snotty, Deborah, and Dan

We all learned from Zombieland that rule 1 is Cardio.  Sadly, that skinny little zombie apocalypse survivor started out with taller, and shall we call them, more athletic genes.  I spent Saturday internally hating genetics.  I mentioned to Deborah my newly fueled hate was toward my short genetics and she said, “ah, the hate that lasts a lifetime.”

This conversation happened during a 1/2 mile span.  It’s difficult to hate, talk, breath and run.

After the running, I got a massage!  My massage school buddies were out fulfilling part of their Specialty Massage Class requirements!  You should have seen the look of shock on their faces when they saw me.  Oh, not because I was there, I’m always showing up unexpectedly.  No, they were shocked because they thought I was running the full Kalamazoo Marathon.

Yeah, uh, no.  2 miles of sort of running is enough to make me cry, no marathon for me.  As it turns out, without a shovel, I am zombie fodder.

As for knitting, I continue to do what I call knitting.  You know, start something, work diligently on it for a week, then chuck it behind the chair.

Currently behind the chair is a baby sweater with no arms, a really short afghan (like a blanket, not a short person from Afghanistan) plus a super small start to the Chaos Swirls knit along shawl that the ZPDK have embarked on.  I embarked too, but I’m currently using a life boat.


Running, with Runners. It hurts.

Yesterday I was in Florida.  Now, I’m back in MI.

That’s Deborah on the left, and me, messing with my snot rag on the right.

I’ve decided I’d rather eat less food than run.  Oh, I’m not just saying run in the snow, I’m saying run. (that . has been bolded for em-pha-sis)

Now, back to starving myself…Until next week, when I run, again.

Pancakes and Fish Hats! You know you want it!

I just finished knitting the Fish Hat [Dead or Alive.]

Of course I went with dead!  See, it’s cool because when you wear it, it looks like a zombie fish is eating your brains.  Oh, those crazy zombie fish!

It’s from Knitty Winter 2008.  I know, I’m always late to jump on the knitting band wagon.  Honestly, I had tried making one of these before, but I was confused by the w & t.  That’s wrap and turn, I know because I normally ignore patterns that have w & t in it.

This time though, I was knitting for the Cub Scouts Silent Auction and I really wanted to make something fun and awesome that kids would whine for their parents to bid on. So I sucked up my pride, and check out how to w & t on youtube.

Now, if you’d like a delightful pancake breakfast, served up by Cub Scouts AND a chance to bid on this great hat…Come on out to the

Cub Scout Pack 251
invites you to our Third Annual…
Pancake Breakfast
a fund raising event to benefit Cub Scout Pack 251 activities
Sunday, February 13th
at Vicksburg United Methodist Churchk
8 am to 1 pm
Tickets available from Pack 251 Cub Scouts
Adults $5.00  Youth(5-10): $3.00
Kids under 5: FREE  “Family Pass” Tickets: $15.00
Serving Pancakes, Sausage, Coffee, Juice & Milk
Silent Auction featuring Great Items from local businesses

Chili, it brings out the Zombies

Saturday, was the Vicksburg…

Ice Festival and Chili Cook-off

This event has also been referred to as the “People in Vicksburg are standing WAAAY too close to guys with chainsaws.  Oh, and they are standing in the middle of the road” annual event*.

Of course we were there!

Pig 1 was totally representing his Scout Pride.  Or duty to the scouts.  I’m new to this whole boy scout thing, but I’m pretty positive he wasn’t being reverent.

Pig 2 was enjoying the cocoa, while Pig 3 was hanging out in front of the Village Hideaway.

I love the Hideaway.  It’s so not hidden, and it’s on the main drag.  Ah, the Hideaway.

Back to the event-why are there no photos of me?  I had just raided a zombie nest behind Apple Knockers, our local ice cream joint.  I was a horrible mess of chili, zombie parts, and well, a chocolate malted.  Yes, even covered in parts and bits I still had to have a malted.  They’re that good.

Oh, yeah, they also serve chili. So with that, did I talk you into visiting the Chili cook off next year?
*Actually Vicksburg has at least 2 annual “standing in the middle of the road” events.  But, this has the distinction of being the winter one.

Key to Awesome

KellyJ of KellyJKnits, developed a very cute hat pattern this fall called All Keyed Up.


After the hat pattern, there was the glove pattern.

Now, I’m not much of a hat pattern person, but so many people were making this hat and every single one was turning out like a work of art.  I wanted in on the fun and easy!  But, alas, I decided I was too busy to worry about trying to make holiday hats for people.  Too busy eating shrimp.

Finally, Kelly J came out with a cowl pattern.  Ah, the lovely Key to Warmth.  Now with this one, I had it in my on line check out cart-click here for on line shopping of The Key to Awesome collection.

But then I thought, “Gee, I could just go to Your Local Yarn Shop, say hey to the Ladies, have a nice afternoon, and pick up the pattern then.”

Uh, I haven’t really gotten around to that.  So, on Christmas Eve, the WonderWhyGal had  a blog contest with my new found love pattern as the prize!!  I knew I would get the luck of the draw!  I just knew it!

Ok, that didn’t pan out for me either.

Little did I know…the WonderWhyGal already got the pattern for me as a gift, along with some other lovelies! It was like a dream come true!  Or at least closure.

Now, to knit it!  The extra cool part-it takes approximately 100 yards of a “contrast” color.  Gee, my spinning is all about 100 yards of contrast!!  Perfect!!



Do the Right Thing-Spike Lee isn’t wrong

Something amazing is going to happen.  Something will be started, worked on and finished.  Why??  Because I want it to.  Because there is a need.  Because I saw there was a need.

I will make it happen.  I have set my mind on it, and it will be accomplished.  I will set the ball rolling, and I will make people’s lives better.  Even if it’s 5 at a time, or only 1 at a time, I CAN, I WILL make a difference.

Do you feel like this?  Do you have ideas and want to help?  Do you see a hatless kid, or someone without a coat, or a lunch?  HELP.

See litter on the ground.  Pick it the hell up.  The change really does start with you.  Yes, Shannon, I do feel shitty about not helping out with the last Zombie Prom Date Knitters of SW MI adopt a highway pick up.  To return the favor, I picked up trash at work.  It’s not the same, but it did make a difference, a small difference.

Our adopt a highway project is a labor of love.  Like a serious labor.  Our section is on I94 mile maker 84-86, east and west bound.  Dude, that’s like 4 miles.

I skipped out, these 2 carried my weight. Yes, I feel like an ass.

NO, it’s 4 grueling miles of litter, piss in bottles, arizona tea cans, possible crime scenes, and meth waste.

If Shannon (Spinsanity) wants to keep up our 4 miles, I am in.  No backing out, no excuses.  It’s the right thing to do.

Why am I on my soap box?  Because I have been slacking.  I need to do more.  There are needs that I see and I can help.  I should help.

Are you in?  Do you see something you can do, something you should do?

DO IT. Don’t wait.  You’ll feel the relief of a job well done.  You’ll feel better, you’ll feel lightness, and you’ll want to do more.

The Zombie Prom Date Knitters recently collected hand knit/crochet hats for The Haven of Rest in Battle Creek.  We have yet to deliver.  This will be done by Oct 22.

I made hats for the Kalamazoo Deacons Conference.  These need to be given to Loongirl for delivery by Oct 22.

Now, what is the need, where is the need?  Possibly at Lincoln Elementary.  I just contacted them.  I will knit, buy supplies, help with reading or whatever.  I want to give back to an area that has given me a job-because I can, and I should.

Fiber Arts Friday!

The other day I showed the Hurricane Hat I had made.  Well, I lied.  I’ve actually turned out 5 hats.

Some of them are prettier than others, but a warm hat makes a warm noggin!

This batch is going to be given to my kind hearted friend, Loongirl.  She’s going to take them to the Kalamazoo Deacons Conference to share with people in need.

Kidneys, hearts, lungs, and noggins, you need help with any of those, we’ll make a cozy for it.  We of the Zombie Prom Date Knitters are always trying to do a good turn.  Wait, that’s the boy scouts.  Ok, us too.

This was a part of Fiber Arts Friday!  Check out what other people are doing over at our Fiber Arts Friday Host’s Blog  Wonder Why Alpaca Farm!!  Hey!  Add your blog to the fun!!