I have a new obsession: tiny houses.  I can’t stop looking at them…they are so itty bitty, cute and quaint.   Some even have wheels and can be transported around!  Oh my goodness.  Through my stalking I discovered something called Katrina Cottages (affordable house plans for Hurricane Katrina victims), which eventually led me to the  Cusato Cottages website.  I’d like to think that I could live in a space that small long-term, but let’s be real here, even with my positive experience in the Mini House sometimes you just need a little bit of space.  It would be fun to have a tiny house as an office space or vacation spot.  I can totally picture myself having a mini retreat spot in the mountains or beachside one day, or a tiny writing/art studio in the backyard.  It’s fun to dream about.  Just look at the photos and you will see why!

Last night I pondered some long-term physical goals, and I feel fairly motivated to attempt running a marathon again.  I have my eyes set on the Georgia Marathon on March 17, 2013 which gives me plenty of time to train.  I found a great 6 month training schedule here (which I realize the race is now only 5 1/2 months away) that seems really doable.  I don’t want training to overrun my schedule or make me exhausted, so I was happy to find that this only required four days a week with one being a long run.  I’m going to give myself till the end of the week to fully commit, and if I do then I will start next Monday the 8th.  If my knee does well and I’m able to finish the distance, then I might consider going on to the Florida Half Ironman on May 19th.  The swim is in the bay, so the water should be flat and the saltwater will help me stay buoyant.  Even though I’ve loved participating in the New Orleans Half Ironman in the past, I just want the glory of having a successful swim under my belt, which I’ve never been able to do in NOLA with the rough waters of Lake Pontchartrain.  But as to not overwhelm myself too fast, I am going to take baby steps.  First step: yes or no to marathon.  Second step: start following training schedule and doing stability exercises for my knee.  Third step: decide in January about the Half Ironman depending on how my training is going, and if I’m feeling it.  No pressure, only fun!

If I do decide to take on the marathon, then the first thing I’m going to do is treat myself to a new pair of running shoes.  I’ve worn down my current pair to the bone, which is something that I know better than to do.  Plus a new piece of equipment is always energizing and inspiring.  I will keep you posted on my decision!