To selfie or not to selfie …

My friend Miranda got a selfie stick for her (December) birthday.

Since I don’t live under a rock, I’ve heard of selfie sticks, but she’s the first person I know who actually has one.

That same day I got out of my rock (I had just had baby Bubba, so I was pretty out of the social loop) and went to Downtown Disney for the Christmas lights display.  There were selfie sticks everywhere!

My gut reaction was “lame!!!”

I’m not a huge selfie fan.  I’ve taken my fare share, but some people I know post a selfie a day (even a selfie a week is too much).  Maybe I’m wrong, but a selfie feels like fishing for a compliment.  So to create a product that encourages selfies

… ridiculous!

Before selfie sticks, we used to ask a complete stranger to take a photo of us.  So why buy a stick?  To promote your own self worth?

Then I thought about it some more.  How many strangers have I asked to take a photo of me in front of some landmark?  Numerous time I get some person who has no clue how to use a camera.  Sometimes they don’t speak English, then it’s just awkward.  So if I w

as in control of taking a photo of myself and my surroundings, that might actually be a good idea.

Hmmmmm …

So while I defiantly don’t need any more photos of just my chubby, post-baby mug, I often want to take a group photo and include everybody.  I often want to take a photo of baby Bubba and I.  I also enjoy taking photos of myself in front of famous landmarks.

The stranger thing works out quite a bit, but if I could have control over the photo and get all artsy with my angles and zooming … I just might be sold!

The internal debate grows stronger within …

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Notes from the 2015 Princess Half Marathon

Picture 2I knew this would be a rough one. Normally after reach race I’m tired, but think, “ok – let’s do this again!” After the Princess half all I could think about was a nap.

However, I ALMOST achieved my goal of completing it under 16 min/miles (which is the required pace). If I’ve done the math correctly, I was only 15 seconds behind. I admit, around mile 9 I pretty much gave up on going fast and just cruised to the end. Was I too scared to push myself or was I too weak? I’m not super proud, but I am proud that I came pretty close.

Pre-race: It’s not that cold outside! Awesome.

Mile 1: My giant boobs full of breast milk hurt! How do people with big boobs do this?

Mile 2: There’s a hill! I’m gonna jog for 10 seconds. And I lost Brooke, who I was talking with. It’s ipod time! Also, am I doing a 15 min/mile pace with just power walking?!? Sweet!

Mile 3: I see a big dude wearing a red and dalmatian spotted sparkle shirt. He looks ridiculous. But he’s holding hands with a woman (who is struggling). Awwwww. I make the decision to walk until around mile 10. Then I’ll sprinkle in some jogging if I can. I don’t want to get too tired.

Mile 4: I see somebody with a “I’m proud of you complete stranger” note pinned to her back. Awwwww. Side cramp! Sweet Jesus, side cramp! Somebody’s got a sign that says, “admit it, you just peed a little”. How did they know?!? (or is it just the post-pregnancy pee just coming out?)

Mile 5: I see John. I know his name is John because he’s got his dating profile on the back of his Prince Charming shirt. He’s an attorney from Atlanta. This guy is a genius! I hope he scores a few dates. I also see 2 people with “I’m proud of you complete stranger” signs. Awwwwww.

Mile 6: I see Ellen at the Magic Kingdom! I can’t believe I spotted her out of the massive crowd. I’m also impressed she spotted me out of the mass of runners.

Mile 7: I’m really struggling. My back hurts. Somebody in front of me has a running belt that says, “there will be a day I cannot do this. Today is not that day.” Now I’m pumped up. Let’s do this!!!

Mile 8: (I must have mentally passed out, because I never saw the mile 8 marker. I kept thinking, “man, this is the longest mile ever .. where the heck is it?!?” And then I came up to mile 9. Spooky)

Mile 9: Oh no, I hear jingling. I can’t handing any more jingling Jasmine costumes or jingling gypsy costumes. Thankfully I’m going so slow that she passes me right away.

Mile 10: I see a guy dresses as Ariel. He’s wearing green sweatpants. My gosh, he must be soooooo hot! And there is no way in hell I’m doing any jogging. My body is just too weak.

Mile 11: I’ve been keeping pace with a girl dressed as a candy corn Princess. Her tutu has candy corn felt on it, she’s got a candy corn crown, and I think a candy corn necklace. I ask her about the amazing getup and she explained that her sister insisted that she HAD to dress as a Princess. Kudos weirdo, kudos! I also see some dude dressed as Elvis. He’s got the hair and the strut. He’s amazing!

Picture 1Mile 12: Time for “all I do is win, win, win no matter what!” on the ipod. I’m looking around Epcot for a friend with a “no time for Walken” (as in Christopher Walken). I don’t see it. But I did see Ellen inside Epcot! I must admit, it’s actually really amazing to know that somebody is waiting for you. It was really motivating to know what somebody cares.

Mile 13: I manage to ‘sprint’ to the finish line. However, the girls next to me decided to hold hands, skip and flail their arms all around, so I basically had to just duck out of the way.

Whew! Another 1/2 marathon in the books. I can’t wait to shed this 30 lbs and attempt to get under 3 hours. Bring on the Wine & Dine half in November!
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Working from home

I’m applying for a job where I can work from home.  A few years ago I would’ve probably hated this idea.  Leaving the house for work is sometimes (let’s face it – always) the only interaction with people I get!

However, now that I’ve got Bubba and a new house, working from home sounds absolutely amazing!  I’m actually really pumped for the opportunity.

I’ve thought about it this way:

It takes me about 30 minutes to get ready for work.

I leave the house 45 minutes before work starts (to park my car, walk into the building, etc …)

I work for 8 hours.

It takes me 25 minutes to get home (walking to my car plus drive time)

Besides the 8 hours of work, that other stuff adds up to a whopping 100 minutes!

(I realize I’ll still have to ‘get ready’ for work if I’m working from home, but that should be about 5 minutes of brushing my teeth and putting on clean sweatpants!)

100 minutes A DAY I’ll be saving.

That’s 500 minutes per week.  That’s over 8 hours a week I’ll get back.

Can you imagine what you can do with an extra 8 hours a week?!?  I can tidy up the house or do some crafts or plan fun activities for little Bubba.  I can do more blogging and more pintrest-making!

Also, I’ll be at home for my 30 minute break and my 30 minute lunch.  I can toss in a load of laundry during break and clean the toilet during my lunch.  Each are 5 minute activities, so I can do mini housework items each day, my “weekends” will be free and clear of chores!  Heck, I can go for a quick 1 mile jog on my lunch break (takes about 20 minutes to dress, jog, then cool down).  I can maybe get rid of this extra baby weight.

PLUS (can you tell I’m super duper excited?) I’ll save money on gas, on car maintenance and I’ll never have to buy clothes ever again!  I do enjoy clothes shopping, but I’m also cutting back on spending and I have a closet FULL of stuff.  So I’m ok cutting that part out of my social life.  Sorry Old Navy credit card; I won’t be needing you anymore.

So wish me luck!

It’s Princess 1/2 marathon time again!

Well, it’s time of year again.  It’s Princess half marathon weekend.

My least favorite thing in the world is Princesses, but I do enjoy the thrill and challenge of a ½ marathon.  And I do enjoy hanging out with my running friends.  So I’ll be out at Epcot bright and early on Sunday!

(by ‘bright and early’ I mean around 4am – ouch!)

Normally, for runDisney events, I’m trying to finish in a 14+minute per mile pace.  I  keep trying to get my ½ marathon time under 3 hours.  I came close last year with 3 hours and 3 minutes.

However, this year will be 100% different.  Being pregnant was pretty horrible, and I got 0 exercise.  I still have 30+lbs on me, and my muscles just don’t seem to be responding to anything I try.

My new goal – just to finish!  And I’d really, really, REALY like to finish with a 16 minute/mile (not 16 min 50 seconds, but 16 min and a few seconds).  Disney requires everybody to maintain a 16 min/mile pace.  However, I’ve found that they are pretty lax with this requirement sometimes (especially for the Princess ½ marathon).  Also, I’m in corral J (based on my numerous runDisney marathon and ½ marathons I assume), so that gives me about a 10 or 12 minute head start over the official timer.  So I can actually finish with about 17 min/miles and be just fine.

But for my own pride, I want to finish with in the stated rules.

Wish me luck!

DIY race belt

*diy race beltFor the past couple runDisney events I’ve borrowed my roommates spi-belt (I think that’s what it’s called).

Well, I got married, had a baby, and moved out of the apartment. So no more roommate to borrow stuff from. We’re still friends obviously, but she can’t find her 2nd belt for me to borrow!

Option 1 – go to the runDisney expo and buy one for myself
Option 2 – make one!

If you know me, the only option is always ‘make one!’

WARNING – this was not easy!  I found some directions online, but they really didn’t make any sense.  So I just fumbled my way thru this.  If you give it a try, be patient!  🙂

You’ll need:
*  fabric (I suggest cutting up an old race shirt). All I had lying around the house was an old polo shirt. Not the worlds greatest fabric, but I was too lazy to run to Joann.
*  8″ zipper
*  elastic
*  a clippy thing (I cut this one off of a suitcase!
ALL FREE! (well, I had all this stuff lying around the house)
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Step 1:
Cut 2 squares of fabric. One square 8X8″ and the other 6X6″.
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Step 2:
Sew the zipper on the 8″ square. My favorite zipper tutorial is from Dana Made It.
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Step 3: Take that 6″ square and hem 2 of he sides.
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Step 4: Put your elastic thru the 6″ square. Just a tiny tip should be sticking out of one side. Fold one side on to the elastic, then fold the other side over. You’ve made an elastic sandwich!
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Step 5: Sew the side where the elastic tip is sticking out.
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Step 6: Here’s the tricky part. We need to put these 2 pieces together.
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Step 7: I almost want to say, “figure it out on your own!” because this wasn’t easy of obvious.  I turned everything inside out.  I put the elastic piece inside the zipper piece.
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Step 8: Then I smooshed it all together! I laid the sides down, then smooshed down the bubble. You’ll see it come together in the next step (I hope!)
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Step 9: Ta da! The little flappy 6″ square is connected to the 8″ square.
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Step 10: Once you’re 100% sure you’ve done it right (I had to seam rip this apart 2 times before I got it right!), trip the excess.
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Step 11: Deal with the other end. Here’s where I was pretty stumped.  I just made a tiny, super ghetto hem.  “Pin and pray!”  That’s always my theory.  You can see how I folded each side to make it look small, but it will expand when you put stuff inside.
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Step 12: Ghetto sew on the clips you ripped off some luggage and you’re done! (normally you’d want these pieces to be expandable. However, the elastic I had just slid right out of the clips, so I measured my waist and just sewed. As I lose some baby weight, I can undo it and sew it up again).
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Ta-da!
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Famous People Friday – Tommy Kirk

Who: Tommy Kirk

What’s he/she famous for: Famous child actor in pretty much every single Disney movie back in the day! He was the middle kid in Swiss Family Robinson as well as the Shaggy Dog!

Where: D23 expo in California

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