Glass Slipper Challenge training – 3 weeks to go!

I can’t believe that in 3 weeks I’ll be running the Glass Slipper Challenge!  I’m hoping to get in one more long run before that but the weather doesn’t seem to be cooperating.

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Honestly, in terms of running this was a pretty boring week.  It was treadmill all week, about the same pace throughout.  But at least I managed to get some running in!

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Subscription Boxes – January 2015

Ipsy

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Ipsy is a make-up bag subscription with 5 items per month for $10.  You also get a bag every month.

Coastal Scents Liquid Eyeliner ($2.95)- I didn’t open this one yet because I have plenty of eyeliner.  I’d like to try and trade it for something else.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer ($9.70) – I don’t really know exactly what a foundation primer does, but I tried it and it seemed nice enough.
Hey Honey Exfoliating Mask ($7.00)- I haven’t used this yet either, but I look forward to it!
Mojito Lip Balm ($12.00)- I liked this a lot.  It makes lips shiny, had a nice flavor, and felt good on my lips that are all chapped from the cold.
Pacifica Coconut eye shadow ($4.67)- This was a fine, neutral eye shadow.  I just feel like I’ve gotten a neutral eye shadow in every Ipsy bag, so I don’t know that I need more.

All told I’m coming up with a value of $36.32, which is great!  Although I’m not super excited about any of the products in it, but that’s just based on my own preferences.  The mojito lip balm is probably my favorite.

Loot Crate

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The theme for this month’s Loot Crate , a subscription box of geeky goods, was “rewind.”

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Frozen library book display

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In many ways I wish my life could be all about Disney, all the time.  But in “real life,” I don’t work for Disney.  I do, however, have a job that I love, and that’s working in the children’s department of a library.  And every once in awhile, there’s an opportunity to bring a little bit of Disney into my work place.

As we know, kids have been going crazy over Frozen.  We’ve ordered a ton of Frozen books that get checked out all the time.  And with the winter and the snow coming up, we decided the best display we could put up for the month of January would be Frozen themed!  And of course I volunteered to do it 😉

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For the display I first pulled all of the books that we had that were Frozen themed.  This included our Frozen books, but because those go so quickly I tried to pick other books related to Frozen as well.  I got some copies of the Snow Queen, books on Norway, and non-fiction books on ice and snow.

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To decorate I found some resources online.  I cut out paper snowflakes, some of which were Frozen inspired with hidden Olaf or Sven.  And I made a Frozen sign and Olaf banners to hang on the windows.  I also found a paper project to make a little Anna and Elsa.  Finally, I found a picture of Olaf and added the words “Reading is Cool” (because it is!).

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!  It was a really fun display to put together and the kids would get very excited when they came into the library and saw it.

A Personal Film Festival

Another blogger over at The Animation Commendation tagged me in a post to create my own personal film festival – basically, a list of my favorite films from each year that I’ve been alive.  I’ll try to pass along the fun by tagging some other bloggers as well!  You’ll see a lot of Disney movies on this list, but maybe a few others as well.  I did some honorable mentions too since I have such a love of Disney, but enjoy other films too!   I talk about Disney a lot on here (obviously), but this will also give you a glimpse into other things I enjoy.

1988:  Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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1989:  The Little Mermaid

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Honorable Mention:  Dead Poets Society

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Bucket List: Draw 5 different characters at the Magic of Disney Animation

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When I discovered the Magic of Disney Animation at Hollywood Studios, I fell in love with it.  If you’re not familiar, you can go back there and they have drawing classes about every 25 minutes.  An artist will guide you step by step through how to draw your own Disney character.  This is something I now have to do every time I’m at Disney.  I’m not much of an artist myself, but with their guidance my drawings come out pretty good!  It’s a fun experience and it also provides you with a free souvenir that you made yourself!

There are apparently almost 50 different characters available to draw.  The one that you get is dependent upon what the artist feels like doing.  A lot of times they will ask the crowd which ones they’ve done already, to try and get as many new ones as possible.  There’s definitely a chance you will duplicate, but I’m aiming for as many different ones as I can!  I usually get in one drawing per trip.  It was a bucket list item to draw 5 different characters.  And I’ve actually done 6. Now that I’ve achieved it, I’m aiming for 15!

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Glass Slipper Challenge Training – 4 weeks to go!

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We are only one month away from the Glass Slipper Challenge!  I’m excited and pumped, though my (failed) run Friday didn’t exactly get me motivated.  What does have my motivated is my new FitBit Surge – if you didn’t see the review I wrote this week, go check it out!

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I kind of “reversed” the week this time around to get my long run in at the beginning of the week when it was a little warmer.  I did this run the day after last week’s last run, so I still got the “Glass Slipper Challenge” effect of running 4 miles one day and 13 the next.  Even though the schedule said 12.5 I wasn’t going to stop there where I was so close to doing the whole distance!  I toughed it out, but I have to say that after mile 10 I really started feeling it.  I slowed down a lot, and had a ton of pain in my hips.  The things that usually bother me, like my ankles or my knees, didn’t.  I guess it’s just going to take more practice at going over the 10 mile distance.

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The mid-week runs were the typical 36 minutes.  Tuesday I was actually fortunate enough to get outside again, as it was about 40 degrees – I’ve found that anything under 40 is usually really bad for me, so if I see that 4 in the temperature I jump on the chance!

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Thursday was colder so it was in on the treadmill.

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This past Friday I tried to do the scheduled 4 mile run outside.  It was about 36 degrees.  Unfortunately, a combination of things had me stopping early.  My lungs were hurting, I guess from the cold.  And I ate a lot of fruit and veggies before I ran –  I think I need something a little more substantial and to throw some carbs in there.  It’s really discouraging when just a week ago I did 13.1 miles, and then I couldn’t even get past 1.5.

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This week the word is that we’re going to be getting a pretty terrible snowstorm, so there’s no chance of me running outside – or even being able to get to the gym to do a treadmill run.  My fingers are crossed that things will get better as the week goes on.

FitBit Surge Review

 

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While not directly Disney related, I know I have a lot of runners that read this blog and I recently got the FitBit Surge, so I wanted to share some of my thoughts on it.  I’ve never had a running watch before, though I’ve been wearing a FitBit for over a year.

Here’s my history with FitBit:  I got the Force for Christmas last year and was completely in love with it.  Then, as you might have heard, it got recalled for giving people a rash.  A few weeks after they announced the recall I got the rash, so I sadly sent it back and got the Flex instead.  That was okay, but nowhere near as good as the Force.  Then I had been thinking about buying a running watch in addition to my Flex when they announced the Surge.  I figured it would be perfect to replace my Flex and get a running watch!

Appearance/Fit

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  • I want something I can wear every single day.  The nice thing about the Force/Flex was that they were really unobtrusive – they were small and sleek and cool looking.  The Surge is understandably bigger, but I’m slowly getting used to wearing it every day.
  • The band itself is very comfortable.  Mind you, I am used to wearing something on my wrist every day.  I got the small size, and I go in between notches depending on if I’m sweating and how swollen my wrist is!
  • The screen display itself is really nice.  It’s touch screen, and you can easily swipe to get the different stats.  Numbers are big, easy to read, and clear.
  • It comes in three different colors: black, blue, and orange.

Displayed Stats

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  • Clock: Shows what time it is, which is nice because unlike the Flex it can double as a watch.  You can choose if you want the time displayed in 12 hour mode or 24 hour (military) mode.
  • Step count: Shows how many steps you’ve taken, and a bar displaying how much of your daily goal you’ve achieved.
  • Heart rate:  One of the new things to FitBit is the heart rate monitor.  This setting will show you what your current BPM is.
  • Miles:  Displays how many miles you’ve gone that day.
  • Calories:  calories burned.
  • Flights:  How many flights of stairs you’ve climbed that day (sometimes if you go uphill it will count it, even if it’s not stairs, like if you’re running).

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Thoughts on Cinderella

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Highlights:  I like this move because it makes me happy.  There is some action and some suspense (will she get locked up in her room after the ball or will the mice be able to free her?).  But ultimately it’s all about the cheesy romance, and good overcoming evil.  People now may complain that Cinderella is a softie, and a bad role model for females because she always does what she is told.  But I’m not sure I completely agree.  I like the fact that kindness and good heartedness is rewarded, rather than rebelliousness (though that has its own place too).

Low points:  My husband really doesn’t like this film.  His argument is that “nothing happens.”  As he says, it’s just a bunch of mice running around for the majority of the movie… which is somewhat true.  The actual events really concerning Cinderella and the ball and all of that take place relatively quickly, and if you cut out all of the fuss with the mice and the cat and the dog and whatnot, the movie would probably only be about half an hour.  But they’re cute little mice!  And they wear clothes!

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