- Runners World - I wanted to feel inspired to run again. I haven't felt inspired for a long time and haven't had a running goal in a while. I started training for the AFC Half Marathon in April last year but got derailed when I had a panic attack while running in May. Since then I haven't followed a training program or signed up for a race. I've run a marathon before but ironically have never run a half marathon, and I'm thinking 2009 is the year for me to do this. I love picking up this magazine because the articles and ads inspire me to re-commit myself to my running regimen. I also have a tendency to romaticize the idea of running at the beach with the wind in my face, running for a long time with good pace and running pain-free. But sometimes I step outside and my shins hurt, or I don't feel like I have the stamina. So I need a lot of re-invigoration and re-affirmation of why I love to run. So I'm thinking of joining a running group this year to help me with my goals. My friend Anne is part of a group, so I might check that out. I have a few days to research the local training groups before they start out in January.
- Knit 1 - I used to be an avid knitter and made all kinds of scarves and ponchos and purses. But that was a few years ago and I'm so out of it now. I have a collection of yarn just sitting in my craft room. I guess I feel like getting back into it, so I thought picking up this magazine would help with that. But the knits in here are way too complicated for me. Plus, if I had to pick up one other hard-core activity this year (digi-scrapping already being one of them), I would do the running over knitting, since that will go towards my weight-loss goal too. I really need to shed the 12-15 lbs that I've put on over the last two years.
- Shop Smart - well, I love a good bargain and love the read about ways to get a good bargain! I try to never pay full-price and have been pretty successful at saving money. So picking this mag up inspires me to keep it up, plus learn new ways to save money on things.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Ice Skating with an Ocean View
Since this Christmas was just me and Todd, I booked a 4-star hotel for a very reasonable price on Priceline. So on Friday, we were set to check-in to the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. I worked on a scrap page in the morning. Then we went to lunch @ China Fun in Carmel Mountain Ranch. Hmm, I just realized I had Chinese food for lunch two days in a row. But, I AM Chinese, so I guess that's okay. And I like it. Anyways, after China Fun we walked across the parking lot to Borders. Because I needed some life inspiration. I love picking up new magazines at Borders, because invariably, that's where I get some new inspiration for my life. So I picked up the latest issues of Runners World, Knit 1, and Shop Smart (by Consumer Reports, but targeted towards women).