Mixed Bag Week

The biggest hurdle of the past two weeks has been the back to school/work/cleaning routines. Both weeks, I’ve been super motivated on Monday, deep cleaning the hall bathroom even! (thinking how clean my house would be if I did one item to this level each day), by Tuesday my enthusiasm for cleaning was over, and Wednesday. Ugh. Wednesday. I just suffer through Wednesdays at this point in a fog of tiredness. Staying up too late Monday and Tuesday I guess.

But this week has been a mixed bag of emotions. Another layer of “fun”, if you will. On Monday, my bone density scan results were in. I somehow knew it wasn’t going to be good. Probably that old stress fracture in my shin, starting to ache last week was tipping me off. I went with much dread to this appointment. And as it turned out, my bones are to the density level of osteoporosis at this point. Already at age 42. Seriously?! I don’t even know if the doctor quite knew how to take it; it’s likely, as a GP, she doesn’t see many ‘young’ ladies with osteoporosis, who have never smoked and have no other markers for it.

If I was post menopause and 65, it’d be an easy answer. Medicine. At only 42 and definitely pre-menopause (although, I’d be happy to be on the other side at this point), there is no easy answer. Especially for a runner. My hubby is an excellent health researcher and was able to determine, given my age there is likely some other cause of the thin bone density and who knows how long it’s been where it is now.  But what to do?

I spent the week not running. If you are a runner or live with a runner, you know this is not a happy situation for anyone in the house. A runner who is not running is a caged tigress; putting it very mildly. After a few outbursts last night and waking up at 3:30am today to start my next organize and purge cycle on the office, it was time to get outside. Nothing was going to solve my bone density in the short term and not running was definitely not the answer!

So here I am, figuring out the next step for my bone density issues. Still running, shorter distances only and walking downhills to minimize impact, until we find out more. It’s very likely I will have to give up running before I am mentally prepared to do so, but I will enjoy it as long as I am able.

As I said earlier, if I must run shorter, I will run fast(er).  I’m typing this post and my mom messages me the air quality index , saying we should stay indoors. oops! That would explain my sore throat.

And as a side note: I finally was able to come up with some design ideas on a project I’ve been struggling with. Yet, another reason to keep running!

Happy Friday!

If you are wondering how/why I even went for the bone density scan in the first place….Back in May, I went to my GP because my stomach was hurting for several weeks, which turned out to be high fructose related hubby and I figured out after my appointment. The doctor had me run a routine blood test and also checked my Vitamin D levels, which came back strangely low. This prompted the bone density scan. Would I have ever checked this otherwise? Never. I go to the doctor maybe once every other year, when I’m seriously ill (or pregnant). I’d encourage other ladies to have their Vitamin D checked – especially if you are of thinner build.

Make it Monday // Double header

Make it Monday features two easy to sew knit tops. I’ve made both in different ways before, so this was a bit of an old friend meets new twist.

As part of a challenge for myself and to fill a void in my Summer wardrobe, I want to make a “rashy” (swim rash guard) for over my bikini. Then I ran across this floral fabric in Joann’s and thought it’d be perfect. Is it just me or is floral having a moment lately? Hubby pointed out that it is a little dark for a swim shirt as it might make me pretty hot in direct sun, wearing black and all. Ugh. I hadn’t thought of that.


But of course, I still NEEDED!! to make something from this delicious fabric. So, I made a shirt version of the Marianne Dress by Christine Haynes. An tried and true pattern. This is my fourth Marianne, but a completely different version. A shirt from View A. I will say this fabric was super slippery and I may have melted a small amount of the shoulder elastic; that’s what I get for distracted sewing. All in all, I think it’s super cute and was such a comfy top to wear to work today. I might even wear it again tomorrow… The sizing of this pattern runs true to measurements for me personally. No alterations needed. 


Marianne Top in slippery knit

Now back to the Rashy. I had the pattern all picked out: Seamwork Astoria in a cropped 3/4 sleeve combination. I made one of these when the pattern was first released, which I’m sorry to say I have yet to wear in the wild. I used too thin of a knit for the pattern; probably another good reason to NOT use the floral fabric. I used a heavier textured knit from my stash, think wetsuit. Weeellll, and there is no way I’m posting a photo of myself in this top, I also decided it would be great to size down a size to make it really swim worthy. Um, ya. That wasn’t a good idea. It is beyond too small. Ha! I think I’ve “grown” since I last made the top. Hubby was not impressed and is still urging me to just buy a rashguard already. If only I could find one that I like and fits well. This sizing of this pattern also runs true to measurements for me; just need to stick to the correct size on the next make. 


What do you think? Should I continue using this pattern for the Rashy? Just make it in the correct size next time? Hmm. Such a debate.

And for a little  weekend update, my sis Elise and I ran the Moonshine Trail 5K this past Friday night. It was straight up hill for 2 miles. They were absolutely not kidding in the description. Lots of walking! The refreshments at the top were self serve and the whole event had a great grass roots type of feel. If you get the chance to do one of the runs put on by Shasta Trail Runs, do it! I’m in the process of talking Hubby into running Clikapudi on New Years. We shall see how that turns out.


Certified Moonshiner – as if the Limoncello and Kombucha didn’t tip anyone off previously…

Also a little shout out to my dear ol’ dad, who turned 63 today! Happy Birthday Daddy!!