Monday, June 9

My arm has been twisted


So here I am. Posting.

To commemorate the occasion I actually did something crafty...but still related to my recent obsession (the one that has been keeping me from crafting like I used to).

As you can see I've made a liner for my bike's basket. Yes, I'm a total dork and I use a basket. It may be dorky but it's also very handy. So now my stuff will stay organized on long rides.



I even made a little pouch that just ties on. I figured it would be handy for holding my mp3 player or my snack. I bring almonds with my sometimes and it will definitely be easier to get them from the pouch rather than having to dig them out of the basket.

I ride my bike on the Katy Trail, which is absolutely gorgeous. My sister-in-law and I are planning a trail-trip this fall. A 3-day, 2-night trip. We're planning to take the train from St. Louis to Jefferson City. Then we'll hop off the train and onto the trail (supposedly the train station is only a mile from the trail). Then we'll ride to Hermann (just across the river from McKittrick (the bridge has a bike lane) and stay in a bed and breakfast in Hermann (a wine town). The next day we'll ride to Augusta (another wine town) and stay in a B&B there. The next day we'll ride home to St. Charles.

I'm so totally psyched about this trip and am officially "in training" for the event. I want to be in good enough shape that it's a fun adventure rather than a torturous ordeal.



Oh! And while I've been off playing I reached my big weight loss goal of losing 100lbs. I could still stand to lose a bit more so I'm not finished yet. In celebration of reaching the big goal I went out and got my nose pierced (be warned...if you click for a closer look, the picture is huge!). It's something I've always wanted to do. And something my husband has always been against.

But a little over a year ago I asked him, "if I lose 100lbs can I get my nose pierced?". He snorted, rolled his eyes, and said, "yeah, sure, like that will happen". Now that the time has come he totally supports my doing it. :-)

So that's what I've been up to.

27 comments:

Gwen said...

Wow, welcome back to blog land! I miss reading your posts. Congrats on reaching your goal. You look fabulous and I know you feel pretty good too. I wish I had a bike, I could ride with you.

Leah S said...

Man, your neck looks freaking skinny (in a good way!). From your face alone, you've totally lost the overweight look.

Have fun with the nose piercing, do you think you'll eventually be making nose jewelry? :)

Thimbleanna said...

What a fabulous story! That should be required reading for hubbies everywhere LOL. BIG HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on your weight loss!!!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh, and p.s. that bike trip sounds awesome -- I'd LOVE to do something like that!!!

Gill - That British Woman said...

Well done on the weight loss, that's fantastic!!!

I'm glad someone decided to "nag" you into posting!!!!

Donna said...

Wow, congratulations on reaching your goal! The nose piercing looks very nice on you.

Journeying said...

Whew!!! It's good to see you back!!!
I'm happy for you reaching your weight loss goal (and jealous of your self-control in so doing) and AMEN that you look great. The bike riding sounds wonderful especially on such a beautiful trail as you showed us, but I hope you haven't totally given up on crafting - you're so talented.
Welcome back! And even if you don't do much crafting, please keep blogging.

Sandy Kisses said...

Congrats!!!! I LOVE the nose ring! I really wish there was a way to combine crafting and exercise LOL!

BarbaraG said...

I only recently discovered your site and love love love it. I thank you so much for sharing patterns and instructions, and send my best congratulations on your amazing loss, biking, and doing all good things for your health. Good for you! I'm so glad you're back to blogging too.
Smiles, Barbara

Em said...

Wow... a nose peircing! Way to go on the weight loss... that's a major accomplishment. The trip really sounds wonderful - I would love to make a trip like that someday! Welcome back to blog-land too!

Renee said...

Holy moly woman, you look freaking awesome! Absolutely gorgeous, way to go!!!

Allison said...

You look great! Congrats on the weight loss. The bike trip sounds like fun.

Amy said...

You are so beautiful!!! You deserve to have your nose pierced....great job!

Hope everything works out with your Dr's appt on Friday - I will keep you in my prayers!

mary said...

What an accomplishment! I have never met you, but I am soooooo proud of you! I made your sweet tea cozy several months ago for a swap. It is now living in Australia! Thank you for the wonderful patterns and tutorials.

Muddling Through said...

You look great! It's good to hear from you again. Enjoy your bike trail ride!
~Elaine~

Kristi said...

My grandparents lived in Hermann! It's a great little town with an Oktoberfest that can't be beat! Maifest is fun too. If you get a chance - go to the Stone Hill Winery or a meal.

Brandy said...

Your trip sounds like fun!!! The pierced nose however does not sound like fun LOL.

Tiarnna said...

Man I missed this post. LOL Love the nose ring! I miss mine. Harumph. You look awesome ! Whats your secret? Aside from exercise. And eating right. I've thought about all that and it just doesn't appeal. ;)

Knot Garden said...

I used to ride a bike when I was younger and would love to take it up again. Well done on the weight loss and the piercing looks so cool.

Lisa said...

You look completely wonderful. You have such a healthy glow to your skin and hair too. Congrats, I know that losing weight can be very difficult and frustrating. WTG. Your bike trip sounds wonderful!!

Angela said...

Major congrats! That is amazing and totally inspiring!!!!!! Way to go honey.

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

How exciting to be going on a bike trip.
Congrats on your weight loss! Now the piercing, ouch, I'm sure it will look great but I just don't like pain.

Irma :)

Sabine said...

I really have to admire you! You look more than 10 years younger, really... What an achievement!

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

I just wanted to drop by and say how much I like your little dolls and to add that I have some of the same books you mentioned here. I do not read very much but love pictures and picture books about decorating and crafting, etc.

Lydia

Andy and Ana said...

Danielle, I had to look twice! Wow, Girl you've done a wonderful job with your weight lost. I've followed you in the past, and been distracted with polyvore. I'm back to see your creative designs that I missed. Congratulation on your life endeavor.You give me hope & inspiration to start trying again...Thanks, Ana...our front porch.

Khris said...

Well done on the 100lb weight loss. What a huge achievement....hugs Khris in Oz

Patti said...

congratulations! What a goal to achieve and still have time to craft...you are an inspiration.