The Sassy Pear

Finding my way through my forties

The Force was sooooo with me — October 31, 2008

The Force was sooooo with me

I finished it!! I finished the Jedi costume last night about 9:30 and I have to admit, it turned out much better than I had anticipated.  It all came together pretty easy and the only trouble I had was trying to sew the shoulder armor and belt which was made of some polyester blend.  That stuff is slippery!!  But I got it all done and the boy is very happy, so that makes it all worth it. 


Here are the pics:


Help me Matthew-Wan Kenobi, you're our only hope




Apparently Jedi Knights don’t smile and I’m pretty sure they don’t wear Superman pj pants, but it was bedtime and I wouldn’t let him change out of his pjs, so just ignore that part.  And for some reason, the red-eye reduction doesn’t seem to be working on my camera.  He’s really not a demon child; he just looks like one in these photos.


After I finished the Jedi costume, next came the arduous task of combing out the Hannah Montana wig my daughter wanted to wear.  This poor wig looked like a matted dog, but with a hair pick and a spray bottle of watered-down conditioner, I managed to make it straight and shiny – worthy of Miss Montana. That little task took about an hour so I didn’t get to bed until after 11:00, and I KNEW I would not be up for a run this morning, so I slept in…well until 5:30 when I had to get up and get ready for work. 


Tonight of course is Trick or Treating, but tomorrow after I clean Tornado Alley my house (I haven’t done any cleaning this week, and it shows!), the rest of the day is going to be all about me!!!  I’ve been doing things for the kids A LOT lately, so I’ve decided that I need a little spoiling – nothing big, just me kicking back on the couch reading a book and if I feel like it, maybe a little shopping, and definitely a run. I’m ready for a break!!


Oh I almost forgot!  I went to see the Nurse Nazi yesterday after being MIA for a month and weighed in.  I lost a pound so I’m down to 153 – woohoo!!  One pound in a month is not great, but I had to fight for that one pound, so I’m happy!! 


Hope you all have a great weekend and remember to eat a couple of pieces of your favorite candy! (I said a couple of PIECES, not a couple of bags!!)  J

The Day After — November 1, 2007

The Day After

Last night I did not do 15 minutes on the treadmill.  I did 15 miles of trick or treat treasure hunting instead! Okay, maybe not 15 miles, but good merciful heavens we walked. A LOT!!  Add to that the 30 pound toddler I carried who refused to walk for half the time and I believe I got in a pretty good work out.  We were with a bunch of friends, and it was not too cold, so all in all we had a pretty good time.  I was surprised at the number of houses that did not have porch lights on.  When I was a wee little munchkin, every house in the neighborhood had lights on and was ready and willing to give out candy, but this year there was just a smattering of houses with goodies to give away.  Of course the price of candy now is getting extreme, so I really can’t blame people for not wanting to devote half of their paycheck to giving candy to kids who probably don’t need it anyway.  I know of one family who spent $70 on candy to give out.  SEVENTY DOLLARS!!! That to me is unreal.  But hey, whatever floats your boat I guess.   I ordered a couple of things from Amazon yesterday.  I should mention right here that I LOVE  Sort of a junior high crush kinda love really, but love nonetheless.  Anyway, I ordered the DVD Just My Size Yoga and the book When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies.   The former, because watching the skinnyminnies on Namaste Yoga makes me feel fat and clumsy, and also I’ve heard this DVD is really good for clueless yogis such as myself; and the latter because I have heard only good things about this book.  I do want to stop hating my body for the way it looks and I think I’ve come far, but I need some more inspiration.   Just one food mention here:  my son dutifully donated his unwanted M&Ms and a couple packs of Whoppers (how do I love thee? Let me count the Whoppers), and he gave me a pack of M&M’s Dark.  I was especially looking forward to these because I love dark chocolate.  So I popped about 3 m’s in my mouth and started crunching away.  I have to say, I was disappointed.  Something about the candy coating did not go well with the dark chocolate.  I don’t know exactly, but it wasn’t pleasant, so I put the pack away and will most likely end up throwing it in the trash.  And I did not raid the kids’ candy buckets last night – I had one tiny pack of peanut M&Ms and one small Butterfinger and that was it – I promise.  Not because I was restricting myself, I just didn’t want anything else last night.  I applaud myself for listening to my body and not forcing it to eat just because it was Halloween and that’s what you do.   Highly unusual for me, but I’m doing a happy dance to celebrate, and I kinda like the idea of applauding myself – I may do it more often!  Wow this post turned out longer than I intended, so I had better wrap it up here.  Happy All Saints Day!! 

BOO! — October 31, 2007


Yesterday I did another 15 minutes on the treadmill – I think I’m on a hot streak!  I really wanted to go faster and longer, but more than that, I really don’t want to go ALL OUT!! and then fizzle after a few days like I have in the past. So I forced myself to do only 15 minutes and go sorta slow.  After the treadmill, my newfound inertia led me to clean my kitchen and pick up a little around the house.  So I guess it’s true what they say, “a body in motion” and all.  I have heard that exercise gives you more energy, which to me seems kind of backward.  Exerting energy gives you more energy? Huh?  Anyway, I’m not going to question it, I’m just going to accept it for what it is.  I’m so tired of being tired all the time, so I hope working out will help.  That is the main reason I want to get fit – I need more energy.  I probably won’t get any treadmill time today but I figure all that trick or treating that I my kids will be doing tonight will give me plenty of walking time!  And speaking of Halloween, I’m strangely calm about it.  Usually I freak out about the flood of candy that spills onto my living room floor about 8 pm.  Typically I am on a diet at this time of year and have to battle the angel and devil on my shoulders – the angel telling me to be a “good girl” and not partake of the creamy milk chocolatey goodness, but then the devil usually wins out and I dive head first into my kids trick or treat bags.  This year, though, I’m not dieting and so I’m not freaking out.  I’ll probably pick the M&M’s out of my son’s bag (he doesn’t like M&M’s – he’s a freak of nature), and I’ll eat a couple and be done with it.  At least that’s what I’m hoping will happen…we’ll see.

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