The running has been going great! On second thought, I guess that depends on when you ask me... if it's 2-1/2 miles into a 3-mile run, the answer might not be so cheerful! Nevertheless, I continue to compete in 5K races, and I am continuing to train for a New Year's Day 10K run (the Lowell 1st Run in Lowell, MA).
I did the Millennium Running Fisher Cats 5K on Thanksgiving, and finished in 42:09 - getting faster all the time, even if it's by incremental amounts! Next up is the Reindeer Run 5K in Beverly, MA, this Saturday! Can't wait!
I've been mostly working on a Baby Surprise sweater (an Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern) although there are a couple of other things I'd like to get done before Christmas. Not sure that's going to happen, but I enjoy the knitting anyway. Today I spent part of the day scanning a bunch of individual printed patterns on the printer/scanner, and saving them as PDF files on my computer. I need to make sure they get backed up and copied to several places. I have decided, especially while doing this Baby Surprise sweater, that I love the KnitCompanion app on my iPad, and want to have all of my future knitting patterns accessible in this manner!
One thing that hasn't gone as well - my knitting needles. When KnitPicks came out with their sets of interchangeable circulars several years ago, I bought an entire set. I have enjoyed them for the most part, but today - for the third time - I had a circular needle come apart. The cable came completely separated from the connector, in the middle of a long row on the Baby Surprise sweater. I quickly grabbed a regular circular needle the same size, and transferred all the stitches, but to have it come apart like that (and this is the third one!) speaks poorly of their quality. I don't think I'm going to be using many of these in the future. I'll just keep using my regular non-interchangeable circulars from now on. It's not worth the tension and stress - I've never had one of my Aero or Susan Bates or other circulars come apart in use like that.
We did venture out on Black Friday. The 16 year old got a new phone, which cost us only a contract extension (which we would have done anyway). I got a new Windows laptop - touch-screen, Windows 8. There is certainly a learning curve to Windows 8, but it did allow me to scan in all of those patterns this morning! I have a few other things that either function better on Windows, or don't work at all on Mac (like my quilting software). It's not an expensive laptop, but I don't need it for a lot - my MacBook still works well for most things.
Hopefully I'll have some finish photos soon!