#24 of 33 Paint Some Pottery

Before Christmas this year I got an email from Ceramics in the City for some discounted paint your own pottery. Since this was on my list of 33 things, and since I was looking for some Christmas presents, I decided to hit it up. I thought some mugs for Troys parents would make a nice gift…if they turned out okay!

I went after I dropped Annie at school and I painted for like 3 or 4 hours. It was so calming and I figured if they didn’t turn out, then no skin off my back. I’m not very original. I just like the tedium and monotony. I did it alone, which I realize looks kinda sad and pathetic, but hey, I don’t have any siblings so I actually crave my alone time every once in awhile.

You want to have plenty of time when you go to one of these places, the last thing you want is to be rushed. I worked on Rogers first. I kinda just went with a striped theme, trying to pick some manly colors that would be happy and vibrant, that someone who wakes up at 4am most days would like to drink from.

I wanted Marlas to be calming and soothing. I liked the greens, but I’ll be honest, I almost like how the colors are muted before it got fired. I think it’s prettier before!!

I signed the bottom with Merry Christmas and laughed as I had visions of them turning out horrible and Troy and I drinking out of cups that had Marla and Roger on them for the rest of our lives.

Here they are after they have been fired. They dip them in a shiny glaze so they come out all glossy looking. I think they turned out pretty good, a little amateurish, but hey, I can’t claim to be anything else. Roger and Marla said that they liked them, but we did make sure to include a pound of really nice Kona coffee, just in case.



33 things before 33

I stole this idea from Erin at Just Run With It. Every year after her birthday she posts a list of things she wants to do before her next birthday. I have followed her blog for several years and I always love seeing the lists and then seeing what she gets done, what doesn’t get done, and how much fun she has along the way. So, I’m stealing it this birth-year. Next year is the big 33…an AWESOME YEAR because it’s 3×11..and 11 is a wicked rad prime.

33 Things Before 33 (in no particular order)

  1. Break 10 hours for 140.6 miles of swim bike run.
  2. Swim a mile in the pool faster than 24:00
  3. Go kayaking in the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge
  4. Go to the top of the Sun sphere
  5. Attend Engine2 Immersion or something similar with Troy
  6. Qualify for Kona
  7. Go camping with Annie and Troy
  8. Run a winter Ultramarathon
  9. Plant a garden in the backyard
  10. Make Annies Halloween costume from scratch
  11. Write a cookbook
  12. Run the Boston Marathon
  13. See Cirque Du Soleil
  14. Decorate my triathlon cave room
  15. Learn about bike fitting
  16. Swim 100×100
  17. Learn to glue on tubeless tires
  18. Hike a 14er
  19. Do something on my own that I didn’t think I could
  20. Learn to make a really good Veggie Terrine
  21. Go down an alpine slide
  22. Get Annie reading
  23. Start a monthly group call with my athletes
  24. Paint something at one of those paint your own ceramic places
  25. Run a race with Troy
  26. Paint some walls in the house
  27. Learn how to make Risotto
  28. Get some stamps in my passport
  29. See all the movies nominated for 2011 Best Picture
  30. Be an Ironsherpa for an Ironman this year
  31. Take Ukulele I at Swallow Hill Music
  32. Read 10 of the 100 Best Novels
  33. Buy a real camera

Whew, I’m getting old, that’s a lot of things! Should be oodles of fun.


Cord Monster

I’ve really been laying low recently. I’ve been home from Hawaii for almost 2 weeks and not too much has happened. I came home to late fall/winter like conditions here in Denver. In fact we had a nice big snow in the middle of last week.

This week was my first bigger one back into training. I am racing Ironman Cozumel at the end of November. After booking all of our airplane tickets and renting a cute little two bedroom bungalow for the trip I’m getting fairly excited. I still have some solid weeks of training ahead of me, but I’m jazzed that we get to visit warm weather yet again this year.

After Cozumel it’s a nice long December full of rest for me.

I turned 32 yesterday. It’s a rather uneventful number…not prime or anything, divisible by tons of other numbers….16, 2, 4, 8…but none the less marks the fact that I have kept myself alive for yet another year…no small feat I guarantee you. Facebook’s one redeeming quality is illustrated on your birthday and I smiled all day as my phone continued to beep and buzz at me with people saying Happy Birthday. Thank you!

Troy totally stole the husband of the year award this year. Troy has a really hard time not giving me my presents once he has purchased them. So he usually waits until the day before, and then he insists that I stay up until midnight so he can give them to me. This year was the same, and I admit….I love this! This year he spoiled me with a down mattress topper, and a new down comforter. This girl was in heaven! Thank  you Troy for making my bed like a fancy hotel!

Yesterday I cleaned out my closets and did some organizing. Remember that crazy electronic corner I had going on? I posted a picture of it in one of my past blogs, it looked like this:

I knew there had to be a better solution for this. Troy and I went around to various organization stores (by the way, we are not the shopping kind of people) and we found some products that tried to hint at a solution for this mess, but they were weak. Finally I just decided to do it myself.

So, cord organization for the triathlete. Here we go. Grab yourself a bin, get a kinda big one, because if you are like me, you have Garmin, camera, video camera, underwater video camera, iPod, iPhone, Kindle, and back up Garmin (Timex global). Maybe more?? If you want to store these things under your bed (which is a good place I think) then make sure to measure the height before you procure your bin (I did not and wish I had).

Find yourself a power strip, you should have several extras of these somewhere….go check the garage…you’ll find them. Also you are going to need some little containers (some Tupperware that has lost it’s lid would work pretty darn well here). Oh and also, some duct tape (duh…what project doesn’t require that) and I got some cord clips (but they are optional and not necessary in retrospect).

Okay, cut a hole in your bin in the side and fish the power strip cord through it. Duct tape the power strip to the bottom of the bin. Then duct tape your small containers to the bottom of the bin and fill with your electronics. I stashed those cord clips on the edges to direct the cords and make sure things stayed organized, but you can see they aren’t totally necessary.

Wha-Lah! Now all the electronics are in a bin, I can move the bin to wherever it needs to go and all it requires is one outlet. It’s on the floor in my closet right now. I’m so impressed with myself right now.

So, I hope you might be able to get a little use out of my idea, surely some of you all will come up with much better ideas, but hopefully this gets you thinking.

Thanks again for all the well wishes, cards, and goodies on my birthday yesterday. You all made my day great.


Oh, those are CUTE!

Since Michelle and I got so many comments on our super cute necklaces this weekend I thought I would share with you how you can get one. Lindsay (mama, runner, crafty) from Eight Petals Design emailed me about a month ago and offered to make them. Mine says PIC and SONJA, and well…you can guess what Michelle’s says!

I just love mine, super cute. They are custom, so Lindsay can put whatever you want on there. How cute would IMCDA and 10:21 look? Or BOSTON and 3:05? Eh? What about SWIM BIKE RUN. Or IRONMAN and ROCKS. I could keep going all day. What about WONG and STAR for this super-chick, or HAWAII and KAINOA for this epic-chicka? No really, I could keep going here! HAM and BURGER. COOKIES and MILK. Okay, it must be about bed time, and the kitchen has been closed for almost 3 hours (still going strong with the kitchen thing).

Anywhooo, if you think they are cute, you want your own, or you want to become part of the PIC possee, well, you know where to order now! Thanks Lindsay, you are a sweetie FO’ SHO’!

In other news, I am now a mere 16 days away from Ironman Coeur d’Alene, and thus am starting to become “elusive, crawl in my hole, Sonja”. I don’t know why I get this way, but I kinda dig it. It’s like the calm before the storm. All I WANT (note the want in caps) to do is get in my workouts, take care of Annie, eat the right food, at the right time, get the right amount of sleep, get massages, etc etc. I’m so close I get a little strict with myself. Over the next 10-12 days I really just want to do everything right so that I don’t come down with a cold, or become overly tired. In about 10 days when I am packing I’ll start to get excited and feel like I’m in the clear, but for now, the rabbit is in her hole.

PIC and I got to go train with Chuckie and Angela yesterday. Just like last time, I can not smile for two days afterwards because my cheeks are so sore from laughing. If every day was this fun I would not survive it! Or I would have super strong, muscular cheeks (not those cheeks…well, maybe those too I guess)!! And since my last blog made Chuckie out to be hidden, well, he does in fact exist!

We rode up to Lake Brainard from Boulder, and it’s just so nice to ride somewhere new. It was a great climb, super steady, so much laughing I hardly felt like I was going up. The town of Ward is cute, and the secret (not really) spring on the side of the road was a highlight. As was the descent which is not scary and is a aerobar cruiser for the most part.

Total hilarity ensued when we were descending and we passed this guy. See, Angela (AKA mighty mouse) was long gone in front, and this dude said “Is that girl on the Orange bike with you guys”. Michelle said “Yes” and he said “Holy SH!T”. The way he said it was hilarious. We all had mental pictures of Angela passing this guy going 60 miles an hour to his 30. We laughed for awhile about that one.

So, as I sit here and write, all is very very good. Life and training is cruising along. I’m on my game, and I’m not going anywhere. I’m enjoying that game, I’m happy. Those of you training for an Ironman will understand when you get there and those that have done one in the past know what I mean. There is that lull, that calm, that you start to get when things are lining up, and the epic day is near.



I’m addicted. Made this little cutie this afternoon. Hoot Hoot.

Check out my little fairy. I take a lot of pictures of Annie and few ever turn out very good, but I really liked this one. She is playing with her best friend Kat tonight and they both dressed up as fairies. Too Cute.


Have a happy and thankful Thanksgiving.

Crafty Bug


Uh-Oh. I got the crafty bug last night! For several weeks I have been wanting to make something called a Wheat Bag. It’s exactly as it sounds, a bag full of wheat. Rather than choosing fabric from the store I got the idea from Eden on Your Balcony to procure used fabric in the form of thrift store skirts. I had a huge pile of clothing from Troy, Annie and I that was headed to the thrift store so we all pulled items from there.

The idea of a wheat bag is to warm yourself rather than your house. Turn down the thermostat and pop your wheat bag in the microwave for five minutes. When I brought this up to Troy, he totally wanted one too. Am I embarrassing him by saying that? He picked out a old fuzzy green Cabelas shirt from the pile and I’m pleased to say his turned out the best. We hung out with ours last night and we are hooked! We even crawled in bed with them after letting the heated bags lay under the covers for a few minutes while we brushed our teeth. I made one out of an old tie-dyed shirt of Annies that was my favorite and I never in my dreams imagined how much she would love it. We heated it up just a tiny bit and sent it to bed with her. Total happy clam!

The wheat I used was from Whole Foods and it was Cracked Red Wheat Berries. It was 57 cents a pound and I bought 16 pounds which filled all three of our bags. I just cut up the fabric and put right sides together and sewed around all sides, leaving a hole to put the wheat in. Then I stitched up the slit. They are that simple! I made all three of them while we watched a movie last night!

Then I woke up this morning, still in the crafty mood. I was hunting around the web and I found these awesome directions from Not Martha on how to make a skirt from an old pair of jeans. I remembered that I had an old pair in the goodwill bin so I pulled it out and threw this totally fun skirt together. Here is the front of it.


Here is the back of the skirt.


I love projects like this because they are quite willy nilly. You don’t really have to follow the directions, if your crafty, you just go at it until your done. These jeans had holes in the knees and I sewed them up all funky as the last step. I completely LOVE LOVE LOVE the back. I used old fabric out of my scrap fabric bin. If you are interested in a shorter skirt, you can wing it for that too!

Usually the crafty bug is like a 24 hour thing with me, so I’m sure it’s almost over! Ha!