Monday, February 24, 2014

If this is what bad weeks lead to, maybe I don't mind them so much...Operation Sparkle Update 3

This past weekend was the Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. Which means there is one year until we can do this thing we have undertaken.

You may recall that last week after my Monday run I was less than convinced I had it in me. But then my Friday run became a Saturday run and with the help of my friend Lauren, managed to run 3 miles at 13:30 min/mi. Which is a new personal best for me and 2 minutes off of what I ran 3 miles at 3 weeks ago. And I actually managed to finish all 3 this time.

And then this morning I ran 2.3 miles and managed to maintain that 13:30 pace (or thereabouts).

So needless to say, I'm doing much better with this whole thing...I don't know what I changed or what changed in me, but being able to do this has given me a renewed confidence.

I can do this. I will do this.

We will Sparkle.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

"And then I was saved by a flying man in a loin cloth!" - Week 14

Good afternoon stitchers!

This week in the RDPSAL we have another non-princess. But I find her hilarious and I think this movie is entirely underrated.


Next week we have another non-Princess from an underrated movie. You'll never guess so I'll just leave you with some videos.

Stitch on!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Operation Sparkle Update 2: Kicking butt...or having my butt kicked, I haven't decided.

There are 366 days until Operation Sparkle. That seems wrong, but it is what it is. Some days it seems totally plausible that in 366 days I'm going to be able to run 13 miles.

 But then there are days like today, where I could barely make it through the runs on my run/walks. And I think "What the hell have I gotten myself into?"

I know that I'm doing good for myself. I feel healthier. I look fit. But the length I still have to go seems more than 366 days long.

In other news, I should get to start running outside again soon. Today, my windows are open, I'm in short sleeves and my chacos and it feels glorious outside.

Too bad I'm stuck inside.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

"Then maybe I don't want to be a princess anymore..." - RDP SAL Week 13

Good morning Stitchers!

Sorry I didn't get this up yesterday...I meant to, but had to go buy food and then got caught up working on a baby gift for a friend. But I'm here now. And I only have one more pattern in the reserve so I'm going to have to get stitching this week!

So, the 13th princess in our stitch along is not one of my favorites, but I like her movie enough. It's Princess Jasmine!

I love the music in Aladdin, but growing up it wasn't among my favorite favorites because it was a little more of a "boy's" movie. But I'm really looking forward to hearing how the Broadway show is! It opens next month!

From my first trip to Disneyland
Have a great week stitchers!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Do you swim? - RDP SAL Week 12

Good Evening stitchers!!!

Week 12 is here and it's a lesser known "princess"...Kida from Atlantis!

I always forget how good this movie is until I watch it, so I'm excited to use her in this pattern set. I hope you enjoy stitching her, and don't forget to send me your pics!!!

Next week, we get a little more classic princess...well, new-age classic.

Until then - Stitch on!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

What I did last fall

I made Disney aprons for Christmas. That's one of the reasons the RDP SAL was on hiatus.

I also made some Doctor Who themed ones.

And I made this awesome wall hanging for my big bro.

As promised, this has been me showing off my Christmas crafts. Happy belated Christmas. 

Operation: Sparkle - Update 1

I've decided I want to blog about this thing I've decided to do. My girl friends who are doing it with me and I have decided to name it Operation: Sparkle.

Here's the short of it: We're training (and saving) for the Walt Disney World Princess Half marathon weekend in 2015. 

I'm hoping to blog about it once a week to keep a running update (no pun intended) for myself but also to try and inspire others and just share some general thoughts.

I have never been a runner. I've always thought runners were a bit nuts to be perfectly honest. But then, I started working out last summer because I noticed my pants were getting a little tight from just sitting at my desk all day or working in the lab. So me and a couple friends signed up for aerobics at the university. And it was great for the summer, when my schedule is a little more free.

But then the Fall came and the classes were no longer at a feasible time. But I knew I needed to stay active. So I went to my friend Lauren, who was a college athlete and already ran, and asked if she could help me run. And we began the C25K program. It took us the whole semester to get through it, but I found myself really enjoying it by the time we broke for Christmas. So after Christmas break, we started C210K. But I announced a new goal: to RunDisney...specifically the Princess Half. 

And so we did. And we've pulled our friend Bekah in with us. And it's been great. I find myself looking forward to my run days with great longing and anticipation because of the great release of stress I feel from them.

I hope this continues. And I hope you'll come on this journey with me. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

My Friends call me Meg, at least they would if I had any friends... - RDP SAL Week 11

Good morning stitchers!!!!
Though my computer acted slower than molasses this morning to scan this pattern, I've got it here for you now!

I proudly present, in the return of the Run Disney Princess Stitch Along, MEGARA!

Megara has always been a favorite of mine because, like the entire movie "Hercules," she is a sassy little minx.
And she gets this great song.

See you next week...oh, it's good to be back. 
Happy Stitching!