And just like that, Halloween has come and gone. It is so sad. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays solely because I love making costumes. When I was a kid, my mom instilled in me that home-made costumes were the only way to go. Back then, I don’t think I appreciated it. I wanted the full on cinderella dresses or lion king costume from Party City but my mom always made me a version that, now looking back, was WAY better than anything I could have bought (THANKS MOM!). As I’ve gotten older, I have embraced costume making. Check out some of my favorites from the years past…
This year’s costume was inspired by a video I watched that tugged so hard at my heart strings. It is of an old couple playing a duet of Pixar’s UP theme song. This movie is one of my favorites and makes me cry every time I watch it so naturally, I asked Steven if we could be Russell and Mr Fredrickson and he said yes! He actually had all the fixings for his costume (just innately an old man I guess). All we had to do was get him the bowtie and the cane. My costume on the other hand….was way harder than I had anticipated. Definitely should have started building earlier. Here are some of the more fun details of the costume!
Regardless of all the work, I had an awesome time making the costume and spending time with Mama Ko as she shamelessly out-crafted me but I’m at peace knowing that I’m learning from the best. Steven and I wore our costumes to the Clarendon Bar Crawl and had a great time with friends. We ended our night (as we end every night out in Clarendon) with a slice of Goody’s pizza. And even better than eating that delicious slice of pizza was looking back while I was in line and seeing Steven tirelessly try to untangle his balloons from his cane to give to a small trick-or-treater. I always knew that Mr. Fredrickson had a good heart!
The last few weeks of October definitely brought 2 new “tri”s into my life…and I don’t know how to seamlessly incorporate them into this post so I’m just gonna list them.
- I picked up golfing…well I am tri-ing to attempt to pick up golf.
I’ve always wanted to to be great at the timeless trifecta of sports: skiing, tennis and golf. For me, these are the three athletic activities that I can see myself enjoying, hopefully, into my wiser years. I have played tennis since I was 7, so that has never been a problem. I picked up skiing a few years ago, although I would like to become better at that, but golf has always been something that was never quite in my reach. For one thing, it is expensive. For another thing, it is hard. For another-another thing, I didn’t have anyone to teach me. But I realized that if I wanted to learn, I’d have to make the investment (time and money).
The beginning of my golf push began when Steven went to go re-grip his clubs. Our friend Ben, basicalyJordan Spieth but with a better hairline, helped me to pick out some new grips to re-grip my dad’s old Ping Zings which cost me around $80. I should have just left it there but my dad’s old bag was made circa 1776, so I invested in a new one as well (another $80). As much as it pained me to drop $160 on something I wasn’t even sure I was going to like, I’m glad I did. Just strutting around with the bag makes me happy. If anything, I’ll just walk around the course for some exercise.Steven was sweet and patient enough to take on the daunting task of teaching me and I definitely got better in my first few lessons. i.e. I wasn’t whiffing the ball every time I swung. Self-conscious was definitely the over-arching emotion of my first few trips. But by my third trip onward, I felt at ease noticing that there was always someone sucked worse than I did which really helped my confidence. That is mean, so I’ll send this note out to that sucky person, and hopefully they will receive it…”Dear Sucky-Person,
I can’t wait for you to have a moment where they you get to say “I’m not the suckiest person here. It is only a few lessons away, I assure you…unless you really suck. In which case, you should probably pick up a different hobby.”
- I signed up for my first half-marathon
Yes, in a short 5 months I will be running in the D.C Rock and Roll half. I’m running as a St Jude Hero and have a goal of raising $500 for kids who are battling cancer. Please consider making a donation on my fundraising page for this awesome cause.
What I didn’t take into consideration when I signed up for a March race, was how dark it was going to be while I was training. I’ve never been much of a morning runner but I am going to have to start and try because it is going to be pitch black by the time I get home. If you have any suggestions of your favorite night running gear, please feel free to comment below! My first week of training was this past week and it went pretty well. What I’ve found to be the craziest thing about running is some days I feel amazing, like I could run forever. Other days, a 3 mile run feels like I’m running a marathon. I”m looking forward to seeing how my consistent training changes/doesn’t change that. Updates to come.I’m continuing to map out my race schedule for 2016 so stay tuned!Currently I’m thinking 2 half marathons, 2-4 tris (sprint and olympic distances) and maybe a marathon?! I’m also thinking I want to volunteer at the NYC triathlon.Dream big! Happy Tri-ing!