Thinking Out Loud #20

+ Sometimes the easiest knitting pattern (simple garter stitch) bring out this color gradient yarn the best. If you know me (and if you look at my card designs), I am all for elegant simplicity and this is also true for my knitting projects.

+ You know, I really don’t mind when people are friendly at the gym. In fact, if you see the same people in the morning, it’s nice to give somebody a smile and wish a good morning. However, I really don’t appreciate when someone stands in front of my treadmill to make small talk (for longer than 1 minute) when I am doing a hard workout and just try to get through it AT 6 AM IN THE MORNING, thankyouverymuch.

+ If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I baked granola again last weekend. I switched up the ingredients a little bit and added almond butter and omitted the maple syrup and it’s so good. I love it best with plain yogurt. Do you have a favorite granola recipe? Share with me in the comments.

+ I am running a (virtual) progressive marathon this month with some German friends from one of the few Facebook groups I belong to. In a ‘progressive marathon” you run (or walk) 26.2 miles over a period of several weeks and the end results are based on cumulative time. Apparently, some runners find “progressive races” ridiculous, because well, you haven’t really run a marathon (in one swoop), so what’s the point? But I beg to differ. I think it can be hugely motivating to get people (as a group) moving on a regular basis. We’re all runners of different levels, so we all do the best we can, but it’s so cool to cheer each other on and make sure we all get out there more often. Have you ever done a (virtual) progressive race?

+ Today is Father‘s Day in Germany, but Father‘s Day in the US is not until June 17, which means it wasn’t really on my radar until now. At least I’ll get to talk to my Dad today. On a side note, Mother‘s Day is on the same day in Germany as it is here, in case you were wondering. (You probably weren’t, but that’s okay. I thought I’d tell you anyway.) What I want to know is: when is “Favorite Aunt’s Day”?

What’s one thing in your mind today?

I am linking up with Amanda from Running with Spoons for Thinking out Loud again.

  1. Homemade granola is SO good. I haven’t had it in a long time, but I have always enjoyed it! And yes, I would so not appreciate someone trying to talk to me at 6 in the morning when I’m on a treadmill either! We always recognize Ollie’s auntie on Mother’s Day , so I say it should be Favorite Aunt Day too!

    1. I don’t know what’s wrong with people who do small talk at the gym at 6 a.m. LOL

      Oh, I love that you also recognize Ollie’s Aunt on Mother’s Day… that is supersweet of you :)

  2. Oh gosh, yeah, don’t talk to me for that long at the gym…probably at any time really, but definitely not that early in the morning. LOL I’ve never heard of a progressive race, but I love that! It’s probably really motivating for those that don’t normally do races, you know? That’s interesting Father’s Day is different in Germany but Mother’s Day is the same…! Thanks for sharing that! :)
    And I would totally take a Favorite Aunt Day; well, I have my sister too, so it should probably be Favorite AUNTS but still! We deserve some love.


    1. I totally agree – I find this progressive race rather motivating! Highly recommend!

  3. Hmmm I wonder why Mother’s Day is the same but not Father’s Day?

    1. I have no freakin’ clue LOL

  4. I’ve never heard of a progressive race, but I am SO into that idea. I would find that super motivating. It’s been ages since I’ve made granola, but my old favorite had loads of dried cherries and almonds, one of my favorite combos :)

    1. Oh, dried cherries and almonds sounds divine! I have to try that :)

  5. Hahaha, don’t talk to me AT ALL when I try to run…… :)

    I actually like the idea of a progressive marathon. I’m trying to get back into a habit of regular running/jogging so why not trying to get 26.2 miles in in a month?

    1. Yes! I love that you’re trying to get back into running… when are we running a race together? :)

  6. Oh gosh people talking to me in the gym is not cool. It is my time to exercise/de-stress/tone up and be left alone!

    I’d love to go before work – it is just an amazing start to the day.

    1. I used to be an evening runner but ever since I switched to working out in the morning, I LOVE IT!

  7. Oh man, I am not a ‘talk to strangers’ person at all. So I don’t want to be talked to at the gym, grocery store, etc etc. And definitely DON’T talk to me while I’m running!

    Something on my mind today is my visit with Paul to mine and Phil’s offices tomorrow. I hope he does ok. We are going to be out and about for a long stretch of time and he’ll see lots of new faces. But our offices are blocks apart so it made sense to visit both on the same day.

    1. How did the visit to Phil’s office go?

  8. As far as I’m concerned anything that gets people running is a good thing. I get that it’s not a “real” marathon, but the running is real, the miles are real and that’s what matters.

    1. Amen, friend. That’s how I see it.

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