Saturday, November 28, 2009

My Secret Addiction

Yes, here it is.

The labels look so cute!

However, I'm not alone in my addiction. Gardening while intoxicated says this kind of behavior is perfectly normal. And you have to trust someone whose blog has a title like that, don't you?

I keep buying these bags of bulbs with their pretty pretty labels, and then they sit there sneering at my lack of follow through.

I'm posting this picture because it's not enough to merely look at the pretty bulbs on the labels. Time to get these suckers into the ground before nature gets serious about cold weather.

Exercise du jour:

One problem I have with running is that there is no convenient place to do it around my home. One solution that I'm trying is to run by my work first thing in the morning. I'm lucky enough to work near the Nike headquarters, which has a running trail all around its perimeter. The major, major drawback here is that it means getting up Early in the morning, which is completely against my nature. Nature vs. getting thin-and-fit? We'll see which one wins out.

Couch to 5k week 1 day 3 Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Done! Manuel was ridden hard and put away wet.
Just a note about my progress (for future reference). I remember the last time I tried the C25K on the treadmill, I sluggishly jogged what felt like endless minutes of dreariness. This time, for the first 4 sessions at least, I actually ran on the treadmill, and the time passed as swiftly as the treadmill band beneath my feet. Mind you, after the first 4 sessions, the calves started to cramp up and the quads started to complain and I had to run around the house to loosen up the muscles a bit. Even so, I count as a victory those moments when I was flying.

Also, 30 minutes yoga.


solarity said...

Moan. Don't remind me of the bulbs and perennials I need to move (needed to move last month!) from my old house to my new house. They're not waiting for me in neat packages; they have roots dug into the earth, which is going to be freezing Real Soon Now.

Is there a Couch to SpringGarden program somewhere?

("tortly": not like someone bringing suit in civil court, but rather in the manner of a tortoiseshell cat.)
Mary Anne in Kentucky

The Merry said...

Mary Anne in K, I love the idea of a Couch to Spring Garden program! Let's start one :)

solarity said...

If I could figure it out, I'd be doing it already. How do you work up gradually to digging?

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Anonymous said...

If you don't get them into the ground on time you can put them in the bottom of your fridge for a month and then pot them up inside. A month or so later and you have lovely blooms indoors. We start hyacinths indoors every year (mine are already potted and should be up soon). If you don't put them in the fridge for a month they will not bloom.


The Merry said...

Thank you, Barb! I don't know about Mary Anne, but I could definitely try to follow a couch-to-frig gardening program :)

Tricia said...

I'm pretty much the anti-gardener! I've only managed to keep one plant alive...ever. :) "Oscar" (yes, we named him) the rubber tree managed to live 4 years with me.

Anonymous said...

Planting bulbs is like exercising... it SUCKS but the results are FAb!

Dr. J said...

Sounds like a New Year's resolution is germinating :-)

It was difficult at first, but converting to a morning runner made a huge difference for me on my way to being fit. I hope you can do it, Merry!