I went to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland with some friends back in October. Since I didn’t have a proper Halloween costume I decided to just wear my Rapunzel running shirt with a flowered headband and my hair in a braid. It was barely an homage to a costume, but it was the best I could do on short notice. The shirt is purple and says “Rapunzel” on the front, with a long strand of blond hair printed on the back. The first group of friends I ran into that evening was a family with an adorable three year old daughter. They were all dressed as Monster’s Inc. characters which was awesome. My t-shirt-as-a-costume was lame in comparison, but it was far too warm for me to wear my Emperor Palpatine robe (pictured above at last year’s Halloween party – it was still too warm to wear it then as well). When the mom saw my shirt, here’s what she said to her daughter:
Mom: “Who is she dressed up as? What does her shirt say?”
Mom: “Oh wait, you can’t read.”
This made me laugh so hard! It took mom a few seconds to remember that her daughter was only three years old and had no idea what my shirt said. Luckily the blonde hair printed on the back was enough for her to recognize that my “costume” was Rapunzel-inspired. Then she insisted that I accompany her on a roller coaster (child-friendly Gadget’s Go Coaster in Toon Town). It was the beginning of a great Halloween-themed evening at Disneyland with friends and their kids.
This time last year I was ramping up my running again after suffering from IT band problems in January and February. The Coaster Run 5K at Knott’s Berry Farm was my second race after about a month of rest. I actually dropped down from the 10K to the 5K because I knew I wasn’t ready for the 6.2 mile distance yet. I was so happy to be running without pain again, but I had a long way to go to get back to my previous fitness level. Running a few miles through Knott’s Berry Farm was a lovely way to work on that goal, at least! Fast forward to today and the 2016 Coaster Run is this Sunday. Once again I’m registered for the 10K, but as of this morning I realized that it was going to be too much for me to handle. After sustaining an injury four weeks ago and then coming down with some cold/flu combination at the tail end of my Orlando/Bahamas vacation I am not in the greatest shape right now. This is really frustrating since I’d been really consistent and fairly successful with my running since the beginning of the year. But when I had to leave work early today because I was feeling so rotten (I guess working a full day yesterday was a mistake) I knew I needed to lower my expectations for the race this weekend. Not only have I not run in almost a month, but my head and chest congestion aren’t going to make the endeavor any easier. (Not to mention the fact that it’s supposed to rain cats and dogs on Sunday.) One way or another this weekend is going to be interesting. Hopefully, like last year, the Coaster Run is my first step on the road back to regular and pain-free running. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Today I started the process of changing my name on my passport so that I will be prepared for my cruise to the Bahamas in February. (I probably should have sent it in before now, but as usual hindsight is 20/20.) So I pulled my old passport out of a box this evening and flipped through it. I’ve had three passports in my life (check out some of the stamps from my old passports here), and I got the latest one back in 2008 before I went to New Zealand with my ex-husband for Christmas. I’d renewed my passport for our honeymoon in 2007 when my last name was still Gleason, but a year later I needed a new one with my married name on it. It’s a shame this passport was only used to leave the country once. (I’ve used it for several trips within the United States when I accidentally booked plane tickets under my married name…after I reverted back to my maiden name last year. Oops.) Not that New Zealand is anything other than a sensational destination, but I’d like to see more of the world! The good news is that the new passport that I’m applying for now will be used to visit the Bahamas in just over two months. I can’t wait!