this holiday weekend is all about growing, haha.
the weather was so changeable the day before we left home that i was a little concerned we’d run into problems, but apparently all the snow fell the week before in the areas we were traveling through on tuesday.
but we ended having a glorious day for travel—beautiful late fall skies from start to middle
traveling east, it gets dark now by 4:30 or so even on a nice day like this, so we got to see a clear moonrise before arriving at our destination.
so pretty . . .
i drove the first half and then worked on my red snow tire fundraiser scarf until it got dark.
i didn’t get as many repeats knit as i thought i would—because i also also dozed off a couple of times, having gone to bed only a few hours before getting up to leave home. napping is one of the little luxuries of travel, hehe.
i’m so glad we planned ahead and took that extra day before thanksgiving to travel because we had no idea what was in store for us the next day . . .
the first big east coast snow storm of the year hit midday with a vengeance and did not let up until early the next morning. in fact my mom and i were out when it started and within minutes it was a white-out storm.
we finished up our errands quickly and headed home to watch it snow while we started the cooking for thursday. i opted for the gym that afternoon instead of outdoor running, hehe.
we watched movies and knitted all evening; it was wonderfully relaxing. my mom is working on a secret project which i hope to show you in january.
by midnight, we began to worry that my thursday morning race might be called off, but no—that hardly ever happens (last year we ran in the snow at home, too).
sure enough, the race was on—thursday morning david and i got up and headed out in the dark for troy, where the 67th troy turkey trot was scheduled to begin at 8 am.
the scene outside was a holiday card come to life!
all the way over to troy i took pictures out the car window—one of my favorite passenger seat pastimes, haha.
the scene was spectacular with heavy snow clinging to each and every branchlet and blade of grass
the sun was just getting ready to rise as we descended toward downtown.
i think this one was actually taken on the way home, but you can’t really tell the difference in the sky.
overnight work crews made a miracle happen in terms of clearing the snow for the start of the event, which annually draws a crowd of about 8,000 runners and walkers
this was david’s first visit to downtown troy, so i was grateful the streets of old troy were looking so pretty and were so easy to navigate that morning.
one reason i opted to run the longer—and earlier—10K event was that i figured it would draw less people, so we’d be able to navigate it more easily, getting in and out ahead of the 5k surge.
and i was right—while there certainly was a big enough crowd at the 8 am start
it’s really nice that they open the atrium mall building to shield the runners from the weather as we prepare for the race.
david hung out to take pictures during the race and managed to catch me as i ran by him at the start line—now you see me
now you don’t.
we ran down to the green island bridge and across to a turnaround, then back again, before up heading along river street. dear david started snapping photos when those first couple of groups got back to the foot of the bridge—as though i had a prayer of pacing with them, haha!
no, i was well back with my own age group, heh.
despite the cold and snow and my slow pace, this event was a lot of fun and if we’re back in albany for future thanksgivings, i’ll run it again.
runners also donated cash and food items to contribute to the capital area food bank.
afterward it was back into the warm car as quickly as possible and to home for a hot shower. brrr, the temperatures have been chilly here this weekend.
once i was home and into dry clothes again, it was time to start working on dinner.
my mom had a rotisserie turkey breast for herself, but wanted lots of vegetables, which is always our favorite part of the meal.
it was just the three of us, but we made all our favorites and then some.
even gluten-free bread stuffing (which was good and almost no extra trouble to make).
after the dishes were washed and put away, i worked some more on my red scarf while we watched another movie (we tend to watch a lot of films while we’re together)
another thing we’ve worked on while we’re here is getting my mom on an iPhone to replace her tracfone (it’s been quite the project, haha).
anyway thanks to david, we are finally all squared away; she has the phone, some accessories, and is looking forward to using it, especially since her car lacks GPS. this will be a good all-in-one tool for her.
while i was packing for this trip, i decided i needed a change of pace for my neckwear and since i was packing a new, dark teal dress to wear to a retirement party last night, i decided to bring my personal copy of the pine and ivy shawlette. this one in size medium is knit from a cashmere/silk lace yarn that i spun by hand—in fact, i designed this shawl to use that yarn, knitting a prototype first in alpaca lace to test my pattern and make sure i had enough in my two-ounce skein.
i don’t know why i haven’t worn this more often! it feels so wonderful and looks great with both my hair color and the gray colors i favor for coats and jackets. i think i thought it was “too nice” to use.
silly me . . .
alright now, it’s dinner time and i need to rustle up some grub for dinner; we are heading home tomorrow and will be back at our desks for our cyber monday event. wow, the holiday went by so fast. i hope it was really, REALLY good for all of you; safe travels and see you back at home.