Thursday, November 28, 2013

Review: Frozen

When I saw the first trailer to Frozen, I was worried.  I was worried because the trailer was heavy on Olaf and I just did not find his character amusing.  Thankfully there were other parts of that first trailer that got my attention, so I wasn't just going to say, oh maybe I'll see that movie, and then not see it (like Wreck-It-Ralph).  As the other trailers were released, they dove into the story more so after seeing all the trailers, I was ready to see the movie.  I'm happy to say Olaf fits with the story, and I didn't find him annoying at all.

Anna is definitely relatable.  I don't think Disney could have gotten anyone better than Kristen Bell to bring Anna to life.  She quirky and spunky with great intentions.  I also really like how the storyline is very sympathetic towards Elsa.  She's not the evil older sister; she was born with powers and even though she had good intentions as a child, she was forced to hide them after she accidentally harmed Anna.  Anna's memory of her sister's powers is erased after the accident (but she's allowed to keep all other memories), and when the sisters are forced apart, it was a little painful to see Anna not understand what created the divide.

Soundtrack Cover

The visuals are stunning with this animation.  Of course I would love it if the movie was hand drawn animation, but there are some things you just need a computer to animate, like Elsa building her ice castle.  That sequence was amazing.  It also happened during the strongest song of the movie, "Let It Go."  I mean, it's sung by Idina Menzel, 'nuff said.  I was disappointed with some of the other songs though.  The three I liked the most are "Let It Go" and then the beginning song "Frozen Heart" and "For the First Time in Forever."  A pleasant surprise was I didn't know Kristen Bell could sing, but she can and does for Anna.

The movie is listed at 108 minutes, and it honestly didn't feel like it lasted that long.  Once the story takes off, the movie moves pretty quickly.  There are some witty one-liners and funny characters, but ultimately the story comes down to the bond between Elsa and Anna.  I'd give this 4 stars out of 5.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

WDW Half Marathon Costume

What a weekend!  What an absolutely cold weekend!  I don't care that I spent 12 years of my life in Boston... and it was pretty frigid in the northeast this weekend too... Texas just should not get weather like that.  The cold weather always seems colder down here for whatever reason.  I did my 5 miles on the treadmill, and I spent most of the weekend feeling like I was in my own version of Frozen, without the snow.

Speaking of which, guess who's going to an early showing of Frozen... :-)  The Cinemark near my home is showing the movie twice tonight before the movie is released tomorrow.  Since I'm hoping work will be calm tomorrow, I went ahead and bought a ticket for the 8pm showing.  With that said, I have everything I need for my Anna costume for the WDW half.


I opted for no braids because there's not enough shellack in the world to keep my hair together like that over 13.1 miles.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 11/24

Today's post was inspired by Danielle, and it's about Hudson's anniversary, which is today.  Hudson is the family's Hemingway cat, who started life out in an abandoned car in a junkyard and a dead mommy.  Luckily, a great rescue shelter in Boston was called in when the kittens were discovered, and that's how we got him.


He picked us - yes, he picked us - 7 years ago, which in 2006, was the day after Thanksgiving.  He weighed in at 1.2 pounds the next day, the vet thought he was about 6 weeks old, and he earned his name because of his orange-ish fur and he was exploring everything in the vet's examination room.  Orange = Dutch, Dutch explorer = Henry Hudson.

What do y'all think?  Is he spoiled?



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Sunday: yoga --> picked up a great quad stretch because it hurt so good

Monday: PT, rest

Tuesday: 2 miles --> IT band flared up at 1.5

Wednesday: Jillian Michaels' Killer Buns and Thighs, level 1 + some additional core work

Thursday: Holy soreness Batman!  Inner and outer thighs, hamstrings, buns, lower back and back obliques.  Walked 1.75 miles, jogged .25 miles, knee was OK during the jogging

Friday: rest

Saturday: 5 miles... the distance I should've done last weekend but I was sick.  My knee held up

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Rock Tape

Sooo.... yeah, I've started training again after a two week break between Disneyland and being sick.  I did yoga on Sunday, and saw my PT Monday so he could finish making adjustments on my spine and neck since my neck was so tense after being sick.  He said everything was feeling good and when I mentioned I was going to do 2 miles the next day (Tuesday), he did not disagree with me.  That being said, my stupid IT band flared up at 1.5 miles.  REALLY?!  I finished the 2 miles, but of course I was walking it.  ARRRGH!


So, new plan, at least at the moment.  The 4 miles I did before Disneyland was on the treadmill.  I knew when I would be done, it'd be dark out, so, I'm returning to the treadmill to see if that makes a difference, and I'm going to be using Rock Tape.  When my therapist used Rock Tape to keep my knee cap in place during my tendinitis struggles, it felt great and actually stayed on (sorry KT Tape!).  There just may be something about those paved nature trails my knee doesn't like.  Treadmill = no pain, paved trails = pain.  I trained for my first two half marathons solely on the treadmill, so if I have to return to that, then I will.

Also new plan... it may be silly, but I'm refusing to wear heels.  No heels at work anymore!  When I've run after work in the nature preserve, after wearing heels, yes, my knee twinges.  Trust me, this makes sense to me.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Disneyland 2013 Pt. 3

Saturday morning we opted for Disneyland and went straight to Buzz after the rope drop.  I liked this version of Buzz better than WDW because the guns come out of the holsters and you can actually aim at the targets, even ones behind you.  The last time I went on Buzz at WDW, the guns were mounted, which I found made aiming quite difficult.  After Buzz was Nemo's submarine voyage, meeting Merida (she can be found near Small World), rode Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin one more time, and went on the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.


We had a reservation at Blue Bayou for 12:50, and since the park was crowded, we took the train from New Orleans Square to Main Street to do some shopping.  Nothing jumped out at me this trip, but it was fun to walk around and window shop.



We headed over to Blue Bayou around 12:30, where I ordered the Jambalaya, which turned out to be spicier than I thought it would be.  I've never been able to handle spice, but the bread served with the meal made it tolerable and I ate a lot of the meat provided.  Let's just say, if I wasn't a huge fan of carbs, I could be a carnivore with no difficulties.


We took it slow after lunch, leaving DL and heading back over to DCA for one more go on Monster's Inc and Ariel's Undersea Adventure.  It's amazing how I feel like I need quite a few days to tackle everything at WDW, yet only needed 3-ish days to do all of DL and DCA.  I really like the differences in Anaheim and just love that DL is the park Walt built.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 11/17

This past week has been interesting.  I got sick (REALLY sick) and whatever bug I picked up left me with a head cold.  I did 4 miles before heading to Disneyland last week, and then walked who knows how many miles at the parks Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before flying back this past Sunday.  Throw in being sick, I didn't get anything done this week.  I'm actually being good and giving my body the rest it needs.

Tuesday: 4 miles

Wednesday: Jillian Michael's core work

Thursday: Disneyland

Friday: Disneyland

Saturday: Disneyland

Sunday: travel day

Monday: sick

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: PT session, rest

Thursday: rest

Friday: rest

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Disneyland 2013 Pt. 2

Friday was the first full day at Disneyland, and we started our morning in DCA.  There was already a considerable line for the Radiator Springs Racers fast passes, and Carsland definitely took the majority of the crowd after the rope was dropped.  In 2009 line, the black hole was Toy Story Mania; now it's Carsland.  We decided to hit up Toy Story Mania instead, and almost walked right on to the ride.  I got the highest score I've ever gotten, and I don't really aim that much.  I just shoot as fast as I can.


Afterwards, my dad went on California Screamin' while my mom and I went on King Triton's Carousel, then we all went on Ariel's Undersea Adventure, Monster's Inc, met James P Sullivan, went to Muppet Vision 3-D, stopped in Starbucks and rode Soarin'.  I know there was much ado when Disney announced Starbucks was moving in, but neither location is out of place and it was very nice to get some good iced tea.  We were hungry and thirsty after Muppet Vision, and when I saw the Starbucks sign, I made a beeline into the store.  There is a Starbucks location on Main Street for both Disneyland and DCA, and a location is moving into Downtown Disney.


After Soarin', we went into DTD for lunch, where we stopped at Tortilla Joe's Taqueria, then headed back into DCA.  I realize Radiator Springs Racers is the huge hit in the park right now, but I am just not willing to wait in a line for 2 hours for a fastpass, or for the ride itself.  We thankfully got my dad on the ride through the single rider line, and while he waited, my mom and I went to Ghirardelli.  We split this ice cream concoction, and even then we couldn't finish it.


Afterwards, we made our way back across the gates to Disneyland, where we went to the Tiki Room, Indiana Jones Adventure, and the Haunted Mansion (for the third time this trip).  We wanted to go to Tomorrowland after the Haunted Mansion, but we got caught in the Christmas parade traffic.  We weren't the only ones, poor Tiana was trying to get to her meeting spot in Fantasyland and couldn't get through either.  As the traffic was clearing, my dad and I decided to go on the Matterhorn, just in time too.  When we were about to get on our bobsled, the line behind us was quite spectacular.

That turned out to be the last ride we did Friday because after dinner, Buzz Lightyear was down due to technical difficulties.  We all decided to try Buzz in the morning.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Disneyland 2013, Pt. 1

While a lot of runners were making their way to Walt Disney World, my family headed west to Disneyland.  I got there first since I live halfway between Anaheim and Boston, so I checked into the Candy Cane Inn and walked over to Disneyland.  (I absolutely LOVE!! that I can walk to Disneyland).


I showed great restraint and didn't just barge into the park.  One, I have to get my park hopper and two, I was hungry.  That's what happens when I'm in the Pacific Time Zone and am two hours behind my normal eating schedule.  I walked over to Earl of Sandwich, then parked myself in front of the ESPN Zone TV since it was showing soccer.  Then I went back to the hotel to try to nap since I had been up at 4:10am central time, but a nap was not happening.  It did give my parents' flight a chance to land and for them to make their way from John Wayne Airport to the hotel.  Then it was time to take Disneyland and DCA by storm.  In that one afternoon, we did:


*Disneyland*
Scoped out the Sherman Bros. window and saw Tony Baxter's window
the Haunted Mansion - Nightmare Before Christmas
Pirates of the Caribbean
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Alice in Wonderland
Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin
Dinner
the Haunted Mansion - Nightmare Before Christmas
*DCA*
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
Soarin'


One thing I have to say about this trip, and please don't call me a Scrooge or Grinch, but all they were playing was Christmas music.  It's November!  I'm not ready to partake in the Christmas cheer yet, and I had to listen to Christmas music over and over and over and over... Nightmare doesn't count :-p

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Must Do Yoga

I've discovered over the past month that my muscles need yoga.  I mean, really need yoga.  I missed it two weeks in a row due to stuff going on, and when I went back, not only did I find some tight spots, but my IT band twinged that week while I was doing 3.5 miles.  I will miss yoga this Sunday too, so I have to figure something out to help my muscles.


Mostly I use yoga to keep my hips loose.  Tight hips mean tight IT bands, and for the love of chocolate, I do not want that.  If only I took yoga more seriously when I was younger.  If I did happen to be at a yoga class, I would go through the motions, but I wasn't really focused on it.  Mostly I wasn't focused because I couldn't hit the poses.  I wouldn't admit that I needed to modify so I'd struggle at poses and get very frustrated.  My muscles are not flexible, and I'll "blame" soccer and lacrosse for that.


I really like yoga on Sundays.  I do my long runs on Saturday so yoga the day after is great.  My gym also has yoga at night during the week, but at that point, I'm in my PJs, on the couch.  I have two DVDs for yoga, and I do want to get more so I have choices I can do between each Sunday.  Any suggestions?

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Due to fun stuff happening, there will be no posts Thursday and Sunday.  Next Tuesday's post will explain why :)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 11/3

Good morning runners!  I'm looking for advice to try to beat running headaches.  I drink Powerade after I run, but what else can I do?  Sometimes these headaches are brutal, and I don't want to have to nurse one throughout a full day :-/

I'll be DVR'ing the NYC Marathon today!  I know a few people running the race and though I probably won't see them on the broadcast, it'll still be exciting.  I will have to wait until after yoga and other things, so I may not be able to actually watch it until this afternoon.  Good luck to everyone!

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Weekly workouts:

Sunday: yoga

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 3.5 miles - IT band twinged slightly, just in time for PT.  I was good too and walk the last bit of distance

Wednesday: PT; 20 minutes leg Pilates; 20 minutes flowing yoga for lower body

Thursday: 2 miles - if you're going to work out, remember to pack the iPod armband and headphones!

Friday: rest

Saturday: 3.5 miles, twinge free