A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words, so…

Here are some photos!  I’m just too tired and busy to write a lot these days.  At this moment I have to admit that I hate my job.  I’m working too many hours and I have nothing left at the end of it.  Here’s what I have energy for lately:

work – like I said, too much and too stressful.  And it won’t get any better for another 6 weeks.  Sigh.

running – this morning I ran 7.5km!  I’m really happy about this!  In the last month I’ve been able to increase my distance and speed with every run.  This is a HUGE difference from a couple of months ago when I was about to pack it in and admit defeat.  Next Sunday, the 8th, is my first 10km!  I’m nervous about it, but I figure even if I have to walk part of it, I can finish.

knitting – as if I didn’t have enough pressure from work and running, I put more pressure on myself by giving myself a deadline to finish the black lace shawl.  I have until 6/6 to get the knitting done.  Then on the 7th I’ll block it.  Then on the evening of the 11th I will wear it.   DB has something special planned for that night but I’m not allowed to know what it is.  A surprise! Oh boy!

And that’s about it.  So, instead of writing really interesting things, which takes energy, I’ll show you some photos, which is fun and easy for me to do.  Here we go….. !

Here’s a photo of a Meerkoet and her babies that I saw while walking from the office to get some lunch one day last week.  This was the one day last week that I managed to have enough time to leave my desk for lunch.  I was on my way to Zeedijk where there’s a place called Brood (Bread) that, amazingly enough, makes the most incredible bread and sandwiches.  These Meerkoets are everywhere and they nest just anywhere, even in garbage.  They don’t care.

This last Friday we were at another friend’s wedding.  This one was quite different from the wedding we were at last week.  This one was formal and traditional and lovely of course.  I only managed one phone photo, but you get the idea.  It was held at the West-Indisch Huis just off Haarlemerstraat.  I only wish I had had more energy to really enjoy the party.  M&J are living in London now and I hope we will make it over to visit them soon.

This morning I went running in the Vondelpark.  I ran 7.5km which is my longest run yet and wasn’t so bad really.  I averaged just under 6 minutes/km which is excellent if I want to break an hour in the 10km next week.  I’m not holding my breath on that though since I’ve never in my life run 10km.  I’ll be happy just to finish.  On Wednesday I’ll do some interval training, which really helps to get the speed up, effortlessly really.

After running I stopped to stretch on a bridge between the two main roads through the park.  I took this photo.  You’d think you were in the middle of no where.  It was just lovely.  It was a warm and muggy day – the air was so thick with moisture it was almost foggy.

I also finally managed to get photos of these ducks/geese/? birds.  I have no idea what they are, but this is the first year I’ve seen them around.  I see them more and more as it gets warmer.  I saw them in Haarlem.  I saw them in Terschelling.  Does anyone know what they are called?  Please let me know!  I think they are really beautiful.

On the knitting front, I have no new photos, but trust me, the lace shawl is almost finished.  I only have about 4 more hours of knitting to do on it.  Whew!  I’m half way up the second side of the bottom edging.  I’m so curious what it will look like after it’s blocked!  Lace looks completely different after blocking.  I think I’m hooked on lace knitting.  It’s ain’t just for old ladies you know.

Now, that should hold you over until I get some more energy for blogging. 🙂

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