I Am…..

Friday night we were with friends at a restaurant and they were teasing me about all the knitting on my blog.  R. asked me if I can knit with 4 needles in the round, like when knitting socks.  Of course! I answered.  Ah, he said, then you are a real knitter.  Yes.  I am a real knitter.  I am a knitter.

This morning I was a runner.  I am a runner.

That sounds so good to say. Like an unexpected gift.

When I got up this morning it was raining, and the temperature was just above zero.  I looked out and thought, if it’s going to be like this all morning I’m not going running.  (A little voice in my head asked “But what if it’s like this for Egmond?  THEN what will you do?”  The little voice went unanswered.)  I checked http://www.buienradar.nl, the most popular web site in the Netherlands, and saw that I would have a dry window between 10:45 and 12:30.  Damn.  I guess I have to go.

I put on my cold weather running gear and headed out on time.  I actually made it 11.3 km but stopped and walked for a little bit at the 8 km mark.  My joints were just cold and complaining.  They weren’t having fun anymore.  That was just around Spaarndam.  I walked to the end of the village where the road meets the river Spaarn and then the wind hit me.  Wow, was it cold!  I put my hat and gloves back on and started running again, first to keep warm, and second to get past that windy part as soon as possible.  I ran the last 3 km home without a problem.

I did stop to film some geese coming in to land in the polder.  They must be migrating south from Scandinavia.  Even with my headphones on and music playing, they were so loud I just had to try to capture that on film (ok, pixels).  It’s not the best of images, but I think you get the idea here.  Notice the swan at the bottom of the screen?  Holland is also full of swans.


It was a good run, considering the weather.  I was so cold though that stretching afterwards was really difficult.  I have to get some warmer leggings!

Not 15 minutes after coming in from running, it started to snow.  You can always trust buienradar!  By the time we left for J.’s birthday party, it looked like this outside.

DB was of the opinion that we should bike to the train station and take the train and tram to his sister’s house in Amsterdam.  Are you kidding?  We have a car!  The above photographed car.  I’m driving.

One last photo for today.  This was an 8 year old’s birthday party.  At one point all the kids sat in a circle and pulled out their Nintendo SDs, linked them together, and proceeded to play a car racing game together.  That was worth a photo!

And that was my day!

I do have some interesting art/knitting news from the Dutch paper NRC, but that will be for tomorrow.  Time to go make dinner now.  And eat some of that pumpkin pie!  Yummmm. 

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