Friday, December 2, 2016

I ran a 10K and I survived!!

Still thinking about the 10K makes my legs ache BUT I LIVED TO TELL THE TALE!!! Back in Jauary I participated in my first 5K - the Star Wars Light Side - and I made it to the finish line. I got some awesome pictures and I got a nifty rubber Luke medal.

This time around when registration opened for the Super Heroes Half Marathon aka Avengers Run I signed up for the 10K because I wanted the shiny metal medal. And I am insane.

This year the 10k was theme around the release of the Doctor Strange film which happened a week before the race. The medal would be the Eye of Agamotto which I'm so happy they went with that because that would of been one missed opportunity.

The 10K was Saturday morning. 530 in the morning. Yes, insane person over here and this time I managed to tangled Jaime into this insane-ness. We woke up at 3am, got ready, and then headed over to the parking lot they had set up for the pre-show. They had a DJ, hosts, showed clips from Doctor Strange, a water station, and brought out the Avengers to say hi including Doctor Strange. After that, they made the announcement to head over to the corrals to start the race. They are lettered and I was placed in B. Jaime was placed in F but we wanted to run together-ish so I stood back there with him. We waited for a good while and I started to complain about the cold. Eventually it was our turn and off we went!

We started the 10K by running through the streets of Anaheim. It was long and I am so thankful for my music. Every mile they had a marker with the time and me being the scrapbooker, I just had to stop at each one and get a photo! This adds to the time and the farther along you got, the longer the lines got. You have to keep a 16min/mile or you get sweeped. That just means they pick you up and you don't finish the race. We were doing pretty well considering the lack of training we both did.

Finally we got off the streets and into the parks! We entered through the back and ran right into Cars Land. We stopped for a couple of selfie's because I just had too. Getting to see off limit areas of the park is a pretty neat thing. Then we ran through DCA! Some where by Goofy's Sky School in DCA was the 5K mark and I didn't even notice we had gotten there. I was hurting a bit on mile 4 but I was too pumped up to care!! I can't remember where that marker was... I think it was backstage between DCA and Disneyland.

We made a circle around and ended up in a back area of the park which had some of the original ride seats!! I had to take pictures which again ate up my pacing time BUT I DIDN'T CARE.

Oh! And at DCA there were photo ops with Captain America, Spider-man, and Thor. I skipped them all because I have a ton of Thor and Cap & Spidy are in the parks!

And we finally made it into Disneyland. Last race I did we entered through Small World. This time it was Toon Town!!! By now, I had given myself a cramp and I was trying to remember desperately how to get rid of it. But OMG I saw BLACK WIDOW ACROSS FROM SMALL WORLD AND RAN.

I made the cramp worse but I didn't care. Her line was okay.. it took about 5 mins because the photographers were moving everyone along like me. I didn't even get the chance to look at my camera before I was kicked off. Disney takes photos of you throughout the race and at character ops so I at least have that!

Running down passed the Matterhorn we came across Hawkeye! His line was a bit longer but I didn't care. I needed my picture with him. After a few moments of chatting, he finally noticed the shirt was wearing. He was a flirt!

We ran back out through Tomorrowland towards Fantasyland and saw Doctor Strange. HIS LINE WAS CRAZY LONG but we got in. I also took this chance to use the bathrooms in the park because all the port a potty's had long lines. We waited long enough to lose our buffer of time and we were no where near the front. Disney folks were coming by saying we need to move now or we could stay, get our photo but not finish the race. If I wasn't getting my medal this whole thing would of been for nothing.

Off we ran and that was the end of the character photo ops. We ran through the castle, out onto downtown Disney and finally made it to the finish line, tired, in pain but we got our medals.

And because I am insane I made reservation at Chip n Dale's Story Teller cafe for breakfast right after the race. We were both hungry that we took advantage of the All You Can Eat!!

This was such a fun race and I got to run it with someone this time. Of course Disney would be the thing to get me off my couch and start running. I was tired but not in too much pain. I don't remember my official time but it wasn't that great due to stopping for photos AND the lack of proper training but I will do this again in a heartbeat!

And I am. I signed up for next years 5 and 10k!!

Right now, I'm running again getting ready for the Star Wars 10K in January! The medal is BB-8 and it's a spinning one. I'm also going back and forth on attempting the half marathon for that Han and Leia medal!!!

Guys, I ran a 10k and lived.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Unearthed From My Closet: BB-8!!

Earlier in November Jaime and I headed off to Disneyland to run the Doctor Strange 10K during RunDisney Super Heroes Marathon weekend.

I came out swinging with my love for BB-8! We got in on Thursday and I made it BB-8 day! I have a huge love for the droids in Star Wars and she's one of them. Even though it's fall, Southern California was having some crazy weather and it was really hot. I think it was in the 90s that day. So wearing a dress was perfect! Also, I'm glad it was warm because wearing a dress in the cold would of had me crying. I was determined to rock this outfit no matter the weather.

BB-8 dress: Her Universe
BB-8 socks: Loot Crate
BB-8 headband: Bought at the RunDisney Expo during the Star Wars marathon

I also got to visit Chewie and he loved my outfit and I got a hug. I always say this but he gives the best hugs.

Monday, November 28, 2016

SPOOKTACULAR Soul Borrowing 2016!

Sideshow Collectibles borrowed my soul this year!

I bet you're asking "what is this?" let me tell you! Sideshow Collectibles which makes / sells some amazing highly detailed figures for collectors. I own a few of their releases and I also get my Hot Toys figures from them.

Every Halloween they host SPOOKTACULAR for a week. They have a ton of contests, giveaways, free reward points which is pretty much free money, and new releases. The last two SPOOKS I earned enough Reward Points to buy their Sixth Scale Freddy Krueger!!
So now what is Soul Borrowing. Every day or so they would get on Twitter and ask for souls. You of course would go on, reply, use the hashtag, and try to get picked! On the last day of Spooktacular which happened to be Halloween I got my Galactic Scavenger vest and the call for souls popped up and I post a photo of me wearing my vest. Well, I got their attention and when asked if the vest was a Elhoffer Design ( of course) they gave the soul picking to Catherine and she said YES!

My mission was to get photos around my office handing folks things a la Rey handing Luke his lightsaber at the end of The Force Awakens.

So I did!!

My co-workers were great sports about it even though a few of them did not understand the concept at all but they rolled with it. The receptionist keeps asking if I won and I told her I don't officially know yet. I sent off the photos and an e-mail to the official address but the catch is you HAVE to give them all the requested information correct once or you forfeit the prize.

Free is never easy!

The prize is a Hot Toys Rey figure which OMG when I got officially picked and asked if I wanted to give them my soul for the Rey figure I broke and started crying at my desk. I sometimes get very emotional.

Hot Toys figures are not cheap at all. I own a Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Hawkeye ones. I sold a ton of stuff online to afford the payments! (Thank you payment plans!) I think it warranted a good cry for being picked.

I also don't know which Rey figure I am getting. There's her Jakku outfit, the one with BB-8, and they are taking orders for the Rey island outfit which is actually waitlisted!! Ahhhhh.... I'm good with any of them and I'm good with waiting however long to get my prize because I know they must be swamped something fierce will the shipping!

If you haven't checked out Sideshow Collectibles, you should!! If you are a collector and want some highly detailed figures of your favorite fandoms, they got you covered. Also, they are such a great company and wonderful to their customers!!

Do you own anything from them? Have you ever won one of their giveaways / contests?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Unearthed From My Closet: Tea and Hoth!

I am in love with the Battle of Hoth pin up dress from Her Universe. I actually bought it off Zulily back in April of this year. Sometimes Her Universe items end up there and on sale. I couldn't say no when it did show up and bought it. 

Fast forward to a couple weekends ago, my friend decided she wanted to go to Lovejoy's Tea House and be fancy. I knew this was the opportunity to finally wear this dress. Around this time, a BoxLunch pop store opened up near by and they also have a great selection of Her Universe item including the AT-AT cardigan. It was freaking meant to be. 

I am not a fan of cold weather but for some reason love the AT-ATs and the battle of Hoth. Empire Strikes Back is my favorite Star Wars film ever and Hoth is my favorite part. So I wore my dress, my new cardigan, drank tea, and ate a lot of tea sandwiches as we chatted about things. It was great!!

If you are a tea person and ever visit San Francisco, be sure to check out Lovejoy's Tea Room!

AT-AT Cardigan: BoxLunch (Not online)
Battle of Hoth Dress: Her Universe (Site Currently Down)
Darth Vader Darkside Purse: Lougefly
Shoes: Ebay but from Bodyline

Here's a night time photo of the print on the dress. I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! I did have second thoughts about wearing these tights and shoes but still went with it. Maybe next time I'll pick solid black ones. Like I said above, I hate cold so I need to wear tights. The joys of fashion!

Have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Small Goals {November 2016}

It's November!! So many things are happening this month! Thanksgiving! My very first 10K! THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION!! Tuesday November 8th is going to go down in history for so many reasons, so many.

But while I spend my Tuesday freaking out, I'm here with a review of my October Small Goals and my  new Small Goals for November!!

October Goals:

 Up the running to three days a week - My 10K is this Saturday and I stopped running. This is going to be interesting. 

Trimming the bangs - Trimmed! I even trimmed the ends of my very long and annoying hair. 

 Clean the kitchen - Not only was the kitchen cleaned but we replaced a lot of stuff like the toaster oven!! Of course, the table is a mess because I turned into a crafting table. 

 Book Tokyo Hotel - We mentioned it but it didn't get done! LMAO!!

November Goals:

 VOTE! - Today is Election day in the United States and I'm going to go out there and VOTE!! 

 Set up my 2017 Planner - Oh yes, it's that time!! I'm am planner obsessed and I need to start setting up my 2017 planner. I bought an Erin Condren Life Planner but I'm chopping it up and adding it into my A5 planner.  

 Book Tokyo Hotel - Lets try this again! But we do need to find something for the 3 days are planning to be there. 

 List Five items on Mercari - I've been lowering the prices on the stuff already on there and it's been selling but I need to get more things on there. Five is my goal!

Thanksgiving is in two week-ishs and my birthday is a week after that. I'm totally not ready for my birthday or the holidays. I think it's worse because of this election. I'm terrified guys of what the outcome could be. 

Either way, here's to an AWESOME November no matter the outcome!

Did you create some goals this month? Are you ready for the Holidays? 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Unearthed From My Closet: If it's the last thing I'll do on Earth... I'll make it something good.

My geek wardrobe is stepping up it's game thanks to Elhoffer Design. I got my Vintage Widow Cardigan in the mail and I wore it the next day.

I felt like such a bad ass even though I lost a fight to coffee earlier in the morning lol

I wore my cardigan and my little black dress to the office and it not only was it "not in your face" and 100% appropriate for my job, it kept me warm. My office has a tendency to freeze us to death and I'm always cold so trust me when I say this cardigan keeps you warm.

Cardigan: Elhoffer Design
Dress: Thrifted
Boots: Ross (similar)

I also have on order the Slytherin inspired cardigan and Galactic Scavenger vest. I can't wait to get those in the mail!!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Sketch Collection Part Two

Earlier I shared my collection of Princess Leia sketches from different artist during my con trips this year. I also took from Barb the idea of having another sketch book for all the other characters I love. I'm here to show off that collection. Again, I have added a watermark just to keep folks from trying to steal my photos. Hope it doesn't take away from the sketches!!

The photo above is of Louise from Bob's Burgers drawn by Franco (Tiny Titans). I love his work on Tiny Titans and every time I see him at a con, he draws my favorite characters in tiny form. He doesn't charge for sketches but I always buy something from them when I do!

This was a sketch of me done in crayon. I asked for purple since it's my favorite color. This cost me a whole dollar and it was the best thing I have ever spent a dollar on!! The artist was Todd Webb. 

I went back to Franco on another day and asked for a Tiny Han to go with my Tiny Leia and he was happy to draw me one. Part of me wants to actually rip them out and frame them but NO ROOM!

Jubilee!!! I love Jubilee so much and feel like Marvel as just shafted her in the last few years. This one was drawn by Art Baltzar. He's the other artist / writer on Tiny Titans. I love that he went with the original outfit.

I was lucky enough to score another comission from Cara McGee and this time I got a punk Jubilee. This idea actually came from Joie during Sherlock Con! Cara McGee was vending and we were all chatting about her Punk Avengers collection when Joie mentioned about Jubilee. I had to do it and with her saying take the idea and Cara loving it, I got it in my book!

On the last day of SDCC (which is where I got all of these sketches) I was cosplaying as Linda from Bob's Burgers when a vendor asked for my photo. He afterwards told me that one of the artists of the comic and series was near by. I stopped by, got my comic sign, and he was nice enough to draw me a quick sketch of Linda! So lucky!!!

So there you have my other sketch book. It's been fun collecting sketches and I can't wait to do it again once con season starts up for me! I won't be at Emerald City Comicon next year but I'm hoping to make it to C2E2!!! I just need to figure out my hotel situation. Maybe Airbnb??

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