When one takes a rest day from exercise, one doesn't have much to add to the fitness-related conversation.
Mr. Shrinking Knitter and I went to the nearest large city with a Sam's Club yesterday and bought a shredder. Yes, we're finally taking responsibility for preventing identity theft. I just wonder if his sudden desire to get one – he's always thought it wasn't necessary – is related to the recent rash of home burglaries in the neighborhood. At any rate, he made a lovely mess last night and thoroughly enjoyed himself.
Before I show you the new knitting project, I will say a few words about yesterday's food. We have a couple of gift cards for the Outback Steakhouse, but didn't realize they weren't open for lunch. I had checked for nutrition information online before we went and was prepared to spend the calories. Well, we went to Ryan's instead. Because Mr. SK likes Ryan's.
For those of you not familiar with Ryan's, it is an Evil Buffet. Oh, they try to provide healthful choices, with their sugar-free cherry pie and grilled chicken and steamed vegetables. But seriously. It's a buffet. They're not in the eat-this-because-it's-good-for-you business.
And you know what? I thought I did really well. I made what I thought were sensible choices and reasonable portions, but when I added everything up in CalorieKing, I had eaten 948 calories.
My Outback lunch would have been fewer than 600.
A thousand-calorie lunch on a rest day is not a good combination. On the plus side – that would be me! The plus side! – I wasn't hungry the rest of the day, and we decided unbuttered popcorn would be a good snack during the shredfest.
Okay, here's the knitting. I've started a red gansey for my daughter's friend's adopted Chinese son. I'm using the excellent instructions for the "Snakes and Ladders Gansey" in Beth Brown-Reinsel's Knitting Ganseys, a book I frequently recommend to new knitters. You can't see the "snake" cables yet, because I've only made one twist so far. I'm nearly ready to begin the underarm gussets.
The yarn – Toledo by Neveda – is something I probably picked up on eBay eons ago, and is a superwash wool. I'm enjoying working with it very much … too bad it's discontinued! It's a DK weight, so not too heavy. I don't much care for chunky sweaters on babies.
So that's today's photo. Heh.
Yesterday I was watching the birds fighting for food at the birdfeeder. I thought I was snapping a shot of a woodpecker. Really, there was a woodpecker at the feeder when I framed the picture. But by the time I snapped the picture it had turned into this sweet little guy! [I'm not very fond of woodpeckers, as they have done a lot of damage to the walls of our garage. But they are photogenic. Just not this time!]
Today is supposed to be a cross-training day, for only 20 minutes. That means the rowing machine, and from the looks of the sky that seems like a good plan. I'll also lift weights and do the crunches.
I'm so psyched that someone else who reads the blog will be in Nashville for the half-marathon! I hope we get to meet. Thanks for contacting me, and thanks to everyone else who took a minute to comment yesterday. I'm glad you're here.