my goal and the giveaway winner!

Thank you all so much for your sweet birthday comments. They really, truly made my day about 58% lovelier than it would have been otherwise. Even just knowing that someone bothers to pop by here and read all of my blathering on - it makes me all warm and fuzzy. (I had three in-person "I read your blog!" encounters this week. LOVE it!) Thank you!

Some of the suggestions offered for things to tackle in my 30th year were to take up the banjo, or dive into fibre arts of some kind. Hide tanning was one of the more notable suggestions, and Teresa, I'll let you know when I find a safe way to do it. Tanya, I hope that your forsythia branches are cut and sitting in water. In no time, they will be gorgeous! Amber, if a banjo fell from the sky, I would jump right in there with you guys. I want to see a video of you playing! Al, I think there is much exploring to be done, and I already have plans for later this month. Lauren, a year of relaxing does sound kind of appealing, too. I might last for a week or two, but then I think I would get antsy. All of these are wonderful suggestions! I can't do everything at once. I would love to try all of these things (and more!) tomorrow, but that's just not going to happen. I need to pace myself, and hopefully I'll have a lovely, long life to tackle all of the new things there are to learn. Joanne, your suggestion of taking up running is going to be the one I tackle. (It's also one that I've been thinking about for awhile and fits perfectly with where I am right now.)

That cute little guy carrying the stool is extremely persistent, and he's my inspiration. He will try, and try, and try again. He's now walking very well and doesn't do this often anymore, but when he was learning, he would slide that stool along in front of him as he walked across the floor. After a lot of practice, when he would run into something, he would pick the stool up, look pleased as punch, carefully put it down again, and keep going. And it took him a lot of practicing to get to that point. He's like that with everything - he will not give up.

Several years ago I ran for awhile, and it felt SO good. I do plenty of things to make our food and home as healthy as possible, but I do very little to exercise this body that's taking me through life. Adam told me the kicker today, as heard on Quirks and Quarks: the jist is that in a study, regular exercise resulted in participants scoring 15 - 20% higher on cognitive functioning tests. That is significant! And of course, there are many other benefits as well. So with a healthy heart and smarter brain as goals, I'm going to start on a walk / run buildup-to-5k. And then we'll see what happens after I reach 5k again.

Who's with me?

Oh, and the winner!

The authoritative random number generator chose number 12, so Genevieve is the birthday giveaway winner! Genevieve, please send me an e-mail (grahamsherrie (at) yahoo (dot) com) with your mailing address, and I'll put some lovelies in the mail this week for you! I'm so glad that you came out of lurkerdom!


  1. Lovely Sherrie. :) Lots of luck with the running. I'm not a runner, but I would love to start exercising or just treating my body a bit better too. Thanks for the inspiration.

    And you can see a video of me playing the banjo when I get a little better at it so I don't totally humiliate myself. ;)

  2. I'm so excited! I'll send my mailing address to you right away!

    You may inspire me to get back to running as well. I've pretty much been a sloth all winter, and I know I would feel much better physically and mentally if I got moving again.

  3. Joanne MD-B4/02/2011

    YAY! This makes me happy :)

  4. Great choice! Running is a lot of fun! I used to run and I do every so often. However, I found that getting motivated in the winter was the hardest. So I opted for the pool. Now that the spring is here I might just have to intersperse running with swimming and yoga!

  5. Congrats to Genevieve!

    T is such a plucky fellow; I wish I had his drive and determination (not to mention his smile)!

    Interesting study on exercise and cognitive tests...you may yet inspire me to get off my butt more. :}

  6. Yay! Good luck with the running. It is very addictive and rewarding from both a physical and mental health perspective. You just have to get over the initial hump, and then it will be all good!

    Happy Belated 30th!

  7. I'm with you on the running. I feel best when I do interval running and sprinting (PACE workout)instead of longer distances but I'm in... so ask me how I'm doing soon to make sure I'm actually following through :) I'm pretty much winded by the time I walk to the mailbox so this should be interesting.

  8. You guys are great!

    Genevieve, I'm a dork - I meant .ca, and I have your e-mail (thanks for being clever!). Your goodies will head out later in the week!

    Lola, I started yesterday, and although I felt like I was huffing and puffing and lumbering along a bit, it was so much better than I had expected! And it felt SO good, especially since it was in the sunshine.

  9. Congratulations Genevieve!!

    Ok, confession time here. I still had not cut my forsythia branches when I read this post. So I sat down the lap top and grabbed the pruners and went right outside. . . I have branches in water as we speak!!! ;0) I appreciate the motivation!!



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