30 October 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from your local Fred Meyer =)

28 October 2011

Not-so-muddy Mud Run - In Costume of course!

Over the summer I got together with my dirtiest friends to participate in The Dirty Dash, one of the many, many 'mud runs' that are becoming all of the rage these days.  As is standard, we had to go in costume!  This time the theme was Goodwill Prom, as mentioned in a previous post!  The theme was of course a hit, and we even WON (well sort of....tied) for best costumes in our heat!  Go team! 
Here are my favourite shots!
The ladies, getting their strut on
Group excellence. 
Notice Brian in the camo dress.  He wins best costume.  And let me tell you, not easy to run in a dress when it gets muddy and heavy! Although, I have to say, this course was not nearly as muddy as it could have been, nor was it the 10k advertised, instead they cut it down to a measly 5k with no notice given to participants.  Good thing we bought it on Groupon!
Our first obstacle - note the lack of mud
Posing middway.  We caked that mud on ourselves.

3/4 of the way through, up and over (again....no mud)

Dirty Girls
Wheeeeeeee!  That's a good way to end a run!
Cheers for giant swamp pits
Victorious Finishers =)
Overall this expereicne was very fun.  How often do you get to drink a beer as part of a running obstacle course?!?!  I'd definitely try it next year, but with MORE MUD!

26 October 2011

More Themed Events and Costume Ideas!

Soooo...it's nearly Halloween and I thought it prudent to finally post my additional theme party ideas!  You can read my previous musings on the topic here.  I've got my pink wig for my super-secret Halloween costume...but here are some other ideas for you:

I dont' have photos for all, but use your imagination:
  • Masquerade 
  • Stashes and Lashes
  • Hipsters in Hats

Also (with photographic evidence).....
RED! (or any colour of your choosing)
Spandex! Skates optional.
Saran Wrap (man, I'm like...twelve.... in this pic!  What a babyface!)
Saucy Work Uniforms (Saucy can be figurative or literal)
Head to Toe Denim!
Or, I must say I like the idea of any combination of the above!  Denim with tutus, moustaches, and hipster hats anyone?

And finally, the best idea ever (to do randomly in like, March, or something)

*drum roll please*


Zombies in Lederhosen!

05 October 2011

20 Days!...and a quote...

Twenty days ago I took a break from Facebook.  I just went in and disabled my account - cold turkey. Why?  Mostly becuase I needed less distraction in my life, but also just to prove I could.  People were starting to say, "Oh Kristina, she's always on Facebook."  While I disagree with that statement, I was spending a lot of time on there.  With all of the time I spent 'Facebooking' I felt a bit empty on the inside.  I realised I was missing out on things in my life like making real human connections.

Do I miss being in touch with everyone in one easy, turn-key way?  Sure.  Am I bummed to miss baby announcements, wedding pictures, and event planning?  Definitely.  However, I do not miss the drama, the anxiety of being 'caught up' with everyone's life, the pressure to be a certain way in my online life.  And frankly, everyone who's really important to me is in touch - Facebook or no.

Originally my plan was to take 40 days off.  That makes today the halfway point.  In thinking about it though, I might just make this a permanent change.  Things feel quieter and calmer without Facebook in my FACE all the time.

At the very least I will have a completely new perspective if and when I do decide to go back.  In the meantime I'm enjoying my time connecting with friends and enjoying the great outdoors.  Which brings me to this - my new favourite quote.

Beauty comes from the inside out, but body and soul are nourished from the outdoors in.” 
 Isis for Women