Friday, April 30, 2010

Favorite Fridays: Baby Steps & Puppet Giveaway!

I've been thinking lately it's about the baby steps. 
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(cell phone pic of us nearing the top of Mt Sentinel with my little 30 lb weight)

My little gal is almost two, yet I haven't done any adventure races (or any races for that matter!) since her birth.  The half marathon I signed up for in 2009 and trained for ~ I wasn't able to do since I got a nasty flu the day before the race (I was devastated not to be able to participate since I felt so ready). 

The thought of doing an adventure race the length of the last one I did (Primal Quest 2006 - 450 miles) seems daunting.  A race of that length would take me away from home for nearly two weeks.  I'm not sure I'm ready to leave Astrid for that long.  Not to mention the hours and hours of training I would have to do.  (ok, I have to admit, if someone called wanting a teammate later this Summer I think I might actually consider it - because, really, what am I waiting for?  Astrid would be a great training buddy for at least one sport!)

I like having a goal.  I love going out to just do something - but it feels really great to have a goal to work toward.  My friend Sharon must like a goal too, since a few weeks ago she suggested I sign up for the Pengelly Double Dip in June.  I took the evening to think it over, but I almost immediately started going over to Mt Sentinel (instead of my backyard Blue Mountain Rec Area) to start specific training. 

Some descriptions mentioned in the race pamphlet:  "7th Annual Epic Trail Run of Elephantine Proportions".  "A tall half marathon.  2,700 feel of elevation gain.  Very challenging, but always worth it."  (and I'm sure lunch will taste better at the end! ~ I added that part!)

The race is 42 days away, and I might not be as ready as I would like to be (I'm taking an over-two-week trip down to sea level - California and Maine), but it is a half marathon distance on a mountain I love (Mt Sentinel), and sounds like fun!

Last weekend I completed the course minus the dips and it felt great!

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Ok, now onto the fun stuff! ~ For YOU!

I'm giving away one of my "Friendly Dragon" puppets!  I'm so totally into creating these guys.  I have written a pattern for them but they keep getting more and more elaborate (knitted horns, etc), so I have to keep changing the pattern.  I'm getting close though. 

I fall in love with each puppet as they near completion and it is difficult to let go.  We name each one. I finished (a different) one last night that I felted today that might be moving out but he might also be sticking around...I'm just not sure.  FOR THE RECORD:  I haven't knit anything for myself since I started knitting, so maybe I will keep him, I'll have to sleep on it...

Here is the Giveaway Puppet!!:
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(He insisted I take some photos of him outside while Astrid was napping this afternoon!)
Giveaway Details:  This puppet doesn't have a name yet ~ and he needs one!  All you have to do is leave a comment including what you would like to name him/her.  I will be taking comments until next Thursday night before I go to bed.  To make it fair, Astrid will be picking a name out of a hat next Friday and we'll announce it here!!  The puppet (made with love) will arrive at your doorstep with the name you gave him!

Good luck!

25 comments:

Greg said...

Greg thinks he is a Rodney.

Summer Nicklasson said...

For the record I clicked on your site a bunch of times today to enter your GIVEAWAY!! Woot woot!
So I just turned the computer over to Mike and said "what would you call this puppet?". And he immediately said "Biscuit". So that's my name. Hope Astrid picks me!
Great knitting girl!

Kelie Routhier said...

That is an amazing puppet and I think his name should be Clyde!!!

Maia Saltsman said...

Maia likes Drake

Valerie Saltsman said...

He is so cute....dragon like but sweet. I think he is a Henry. :)

Dana said...

Delilah & I like .... Sassafras!!!

Erin and Ro O'Riordain said...

He is a FINBAR !! Most definitely a FINBAR!!

- Erin and Ro

Anonymous said...

I think I might have to secretly root for Erin and Ro, because Finbar would be a great name for this little guy. The name that popped into my head, however, when I first saw this guy was Petey. Have fun with the drawing Astrid. Love, Auntie Lisa

Ebeth said...

I'm loving the names so far!!!!!!!!!!!! I might be stealing the names for future puppets, too.... Some of them go along so well with the rest of the {named} gang!: "Clarence", "Penelope", "Rafael", and "Poppy"!

Anonymous said...

Lauren wants to name your beautiful puppet "Little Do Do," and Leah says "Lilly." I'm not so sure about either. "Little Do Do" might create a few questionable looks. I say "Humphrey!"
Have Fune!
Sarah

Anonymous said...

Oops - Have FUN!

Renee said...

I say Norman. Pick me, pick me!

Art said...

His name is Wart - I met him in the South Java Sea in about 1979.

(If you make a race there, we'll come run it with you)

Tammy Brown said...

They are adorable puppets! You are amazing. He looks very smart!

Ok, I asked Rudi......she said.... "Kitty".

As for the race..... YOU go girl!!
Wanna go do a race? Get your tshirt collection updated!

Take care Dragon Mamma!
Tammy

Genevieve said...

I think his name should be Angus!! heheheh

Gini said...

Felix gets my vote!

Angel said...

I pick Harriet...it could be a she!

Scott said...

I propose you name the sock puppet "Rudy", of course named after the best little music store in Montana! I'm not very up to speed on the whole blog thing but I do check yours out once in a while and enjoy catching up. I hope all is well and I'll see y'all when the weather gets warm.

Marcie said...

My boys agreed that Fireball should be his name:) Very cute Elizabeth!

Marcie

Ian Saltsman said...

Ian votes for Finley

Heather Rater said...

He's definitely a "Doogal". Doogal Dragon sounds right:)

Karen said...

Bella and I just love looking at him through the screen! She says "baby!" and so ..... we came up with "Baby Darius" for his name. He is awesome and you have brought a lot of people joy by doing this Elizabeth and Astrid!!!! He is very very cute!

Anonymous said...

Snookums. By Nixon and Remy Malik

Scooter said...

Wahoooooglesnort!!

Scooter said...

Joe's suggestion:

Earl.