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.