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

I am in possession of the worm

You may now refer to me as EB (Early Bird).

 

Yes friends, I did it.  Got myself out of bed at 4:35 this morning and ran because I am awesome and have super powers.  Okay I don’t really have super powers and I’m not all that awesome, but I did get up early and get on the tmill.  How did I do it?  All because of one magical number:  9:30.  Okay that’s three magical numbers, but that’s the time I went to bed last night.  I was folding laundry and noticed I still had lots to fold, and then I remembered the dishes in the sink, and instead of killing myself trying to get it all done I just said “screw it” and went to bed at 9:30 because I was TIRED.  I knew it would all still be there in the morning (and it was), so I finished it all up after my run. 

 

 

When the alarm went off this morning, I actually felt awake but laid in bed for about 5 more minutes before I got up and got my stuff on.  I had time to drink some coffee and then I grabbed my water and my mp3 player and headed to the garage where my old friend Tready awaited me.  I went ahead and did Day 1 of Week 5 of C25k because there was less changing-things-up than in week 4.  I did great though and other than my treadmill’s computer acting kind of wonky (the display kept showing varying rates of speed), it was all good.  I’m planning on another run on Friday (God willing).

 

 

The Costume Update:  the Jedi robe is finished!  Now I just have to sew the tunic and shoulder armor and belts and it will be complete.  I have the pieces already cut out; I just have to sew them together.  It won’t be finished by tonight, but I don’t think the kids are going to go with the neighbors tonight for the Trunk or Treat anyway, so I’ll have tomorrow night to finish it (I can’t work on it tonight because we have church – I’m teaching a class to the 4th-6th graders – scary!).  So I’m satisfied so far with my progress.  I have to admit, as much as I bitched and moaned about having to do this, I have really enjoyed it.  I need to carve out more time for stuff like this – I’m actually thinking  of taking a sewing class at the local VoTech next semester (it’s only a mile from my house – bonus!!). It’s good to have a hobby.

 

 

Hope you all have a good HumpDay – only 2 more days til Friday – yay!!

 

 

 

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.