Hey Obi-Wan, can I borrow that robe?

Okay so here’s the bad news…there are NO Jedi costumes anywhere to be had in the state of Oklahoma.  Oh, sure there were plenty 3 weeks ago, when I told my son I flat-out refuse to pay $40 for a Halloween costume. I even flat-out refused to pay $30 for one because come on – I mean have you seen how cheaply made these costumes are????  “I can make you one cheaper than that AND it will be higher quality” I told him. He just rolled his eyes at me until we couldn’t FIND one to buy off the rack last week. So we headed to the crafts section of Wal-Mart (the only place in my town to buy such things) and with the help of the super nice (really, she was) employee in that department we had everything we needed to make an awesome Jedi Knight Robe and Tunic and headed to the check out.  Imagine my horror when I realized that the pattern, material, thread, and interfacing came to a total of …(wait for it)…$50. FIFTY DOLLARS, PEOPLE!!!  And now, I have to SEW THE THING TOGETHER!!!  I have some sewing ability, as in I can sew a straight seam, but it takes me forever to get kinks knocked out of my old (30 years to be exact) sewing machine before I even sew one stitch. Don’t get me wrong, I like sewing, I do, but I like it when I have lots of time to devote to ripping out seams and re-threading my machine 50 times, but I only have 2 days to get this thing put together because our neighbors have invited our kids to go to Trunk or Treat at their church Wednesday night.  Debby, in case you have any weird sensations over the next couple of days, just know it’s ME channeling your sewing skills so I can get this thing done!   I’ll post some pics later this week – either of my son’s beaming face while he wears his awesome Jedi costume, or of me crying in a heap slumped over my sewing machine while my son wears a disappointed look for Halloween.


Anyway, the good news –I finally got my squishy azz on the treadmill Saturday to walk for a few minutes and was so filled with anxiety over the above costume quandary that I felt like I needed to run in order to get rid of some stress. So I did – FOR TWENTY SOLID MINUTES. Go ahead, read that again.  Yeah I said I RAN for 20 minutes! That may not be a big deal for you marathoners out there, but for this former fatty – it’s huge!!!  Never ever ever before in my life have I ever run for 20 minutes without stopping or slowing down or puking or dying.  And I gotta tell ya, I felt good the whole time. My calves didn’t cramp up into my knees and my thighs barely made a peep the entire time (okay other than the swish swish sound of them rubbing together). Just knowing that I could do it was the most awesome feeling – I half-hoped someone would hand me a trophy when I was done.  I made sure to stretch really well after, and yesterday I wasn’t as sore as I thought I would be.  My hip kinda bothered me, but other than that I didn’t have any problems. Now I’m thinking about starting C25k again, but maybe I could start with week 4 instead of week 1 – what do you runner-types out there think?  Bad idea or not?  I usually get bored and quit at week 4, but if I start at week 4 that might hold my interest more.  Whaddya think? 


My early mornings are not happening quite as early as I had planned, so I’m going to set a goal of getting up early only one day this week and I’m announcing it here so I’ll actually have to do it, because I don’t want to come here and have to admit failure AGAIN.  So this Wednesday is my targeted early morning work out day.  I’m going to get up at 5am or earlier and walk (or run) for 30 minutes before I have to get ready for work that day and I’ll come here and report to you my success or failure.  Of course I may be pulling an all nighter Tuesday night trying to finish the What-the-Hell-Was-I-Thinking Great Costume Project of 2008, in which case I’ll already be awake and won’t need to set my alarm for the ungodly hour of 4:45am. Either way, wish me luck!!  And may the force be with me and my sewing machine.

7 thoughts on “Hey Obi-Wan, can I borrow that robe?

  1. OhMyGosh, Jill is back! This is so funny, I am probably going to have to comment more than once. So, at first when you were talking about the store-bought costumes, I was doing my ‘cranky old man’ imitation in my head “when I was a kid, we made our own costumes, and we sewed them by hand, and our fingers were bloody pulp by the time we finished, and we LIKED it.” But then, when I read what you did–INTERFACING?????? Pattern?? Can you say bathrobe in a thrift store? What were you thinking, oh you-who-can’t-find-a-minute-to-herself????

    Well, I will be channeling my best sewing vibes your way. I am tempted to recommend going back and spending $5 on fusible web so you can ‘glue’ the thing together, but I have never used it for garment construction and I have visions of it falling apart and your son standing there naked in the middle of the halloween festivities. And then I guess we wouldn’t be friends anymore.

    Okay, I’m so psyched about your running! I can’t believe it. I just came back from a run myself! What could be better–a run, a great lunch, and a great blog post by Jill the Magnificent (I don’t know where that came from.)

  2. You are right (sewing vs store bought) it is exactly opposite of what it used to be and it makes no sense what so ever!!!

    My mom used to make prom dresses, all her own clothes, etc because it was a fraction of the cost of store bought – I guess it is the people in china working all day in the dark for pennies – but prices just make NO sense at all these days.

  3. What I wouldn’t give to run 20 minutes straight! Congratulations – that’s awesome!

    and as a side note – I bet your homemade costume will look better than ANY of those trashy cheap costumes you buy off the rack.

  4. heres to your ass on the ‘mill and you GREAT IDEA about setting yourself up for success by not going full tilt and planning to get up seven days a week to start.


    you are SURE you dont want me to call you at 430a?

  5. Hey Jill–20 minutes on the treadmill is NOT paltry. Its a ‘whole nother thing! That time I went on the hotel treadmill it about killed me. I don’t know exactly what it is, but I consider it a completely different form of exercise, and harder, than outdoor walking/running.

    Still, your comment was funny…

  6. Oh holy cow, I missed your 20 minute running debut! That’s what I get for reading posts in reverse. Congrats! As a former fatty turned runner myself, let me say that you have reached a turning point when you’ve run for 20 minutes. As much as anything, running is a mental game. And when you have done what you just did, you know you can do it again, because you’ve done it before.

    Man, I can’t tell you how excited I am that you are a runner girl. Maybe some day we can meet up for a run!

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