Alright, so usually I do a Friend Making Monday that is posted by another blogger, however, the last 3 weeks she has posted no Friend Making Monday posts at all. Also, I had submitted this list of questions that I’m going to answer here today for her to post for Friend Making Monday on her blog. However, she responded and said something to the tune of she’s super busy and was thinking of taking a break from doing it anyway. Ugh. Then why the heck did you take it over from All The Weigh when she “retired” from doing these Friend Making Monday posts?!?!?! Anyway, I have decided that I really like doing these Friend Making Monday posts, so I’m going to start doing my own every week. For next week’s, I’ll have made a new header picture for it.
OH! Speaking of new header pictures…what do you think of my new banner? Isn’t it faaaaaabulous? I think it is. I discovered a “new-to-me” program called paint.net, maybe you’ve heard of it? Maybe you’re already using it yourself. You probably are because I am super late to the party with this program. And let me tell you, just in case you’re not already using it, it is AWESOME! It is also super easy to use, once you find a couple well-made videos to show you how it works…haha. So, I will use paint.net to make my new Friend Making Monday logo.
Let me catch you up on things since the last couple of things I’ve posted have been only my What’s Cookin’ Sunday posts. Last weekend (8th & 9th), I started having muscle spasms in my lower back. Super painful. Put me off running for a few days the first part of last week. But, before the spasms really kicked in, I ran the Karaoke 5K Saturday morning. That was sooooo much fun!!! It wasn’t SUPER organized, but it wasn’t too bad, really. Not a lot of people showed up (I’d say around 100?). This was the first year for it, however it was supposed to happen last year but got canceled due to the weather and apparently also due to management issues. I dressed up…I wore this green and blue tutu, some green and blue capri tights, a light blue tank and then these fantastic cat shaped goggles I picked up the renaissance festival the weekend before. The announcer guy kept saying that I was going to win the costume contest (that I wasn’t even aware that they were having…I just wanted to dress up and have fun with this). Yet, when it was all said and done, the costume contest categories were “family” and “coworker,” no “individual” category. Harrumph. Anyway, loved this race and would TOTALLY do it again next year. I’m going to make the suggestion to the race director that they include an “individual” category to the costume contest, though.
So, Sunday through Tuesday, no running thanks to spasms. I ran a great 10 miles on Wednesday. It was my first cold weather run of the year/season. It would have been fine except the wind was really kickin’! I also couldn’t get warm the rest of the day, even though I took a nice, hot shower. Oh well. Friday, I ran 17 miles! GEEZ!!! You’d think I was training for a marathon or something. Heh. At around mile 5 of this run, I took in a gel and while I was trying to make sure I got everything out of the gel packet, I wasn’t paying attention to the sidewalk and apparently missed seeing probably just a quarter inch elevation from one sidewalk square to the next and the next thing I knew, I was being propelled toward the ground. I landed on my left elbow and my left knee. The next day my shoulder was super sore (it still kind of is) and I have a bruise on my knee (that doesn’t hurt, by the way).
Saturday, I went back to the renaissance festival with my friend Amanda. We had a great time, but it was chilly, so we didn’t stay all day. Just like 5 hours. I got another fantasy portrait done. Oh! And since I forgot to post about the first weekend that we went to festival, here’s both of my fantasy portraits I got done:
I got some photos done at Glamour Shots the afternoon after the Karaoke 5K. The package my Groupon was for had 3 wardrobe changes. So, I did a casual, a dressy, and a running outfit. I’m just going to share my running outfit photos with you here. I’m very happy with them, and honestly, the running outfit photos are my favorites!
Now that I have these professional pictures of me in running gear, I went and got me a 3-photo frame and picked my 3 favorites of me in the running outfit, printed them out and framed them and added them to my running wall.
Okay, I think that pretty much catches everyone up on what’s been going on with me over the last week+. Now onto Friend Making Monday. Let me tell you how it works. You copy the questions, answer them and post them to your own blog. Then you come back here and in the comments, post the link to your blog post with your answers to this week’s questions. If you don’t have a blog of your own, just post your answers in the comments.
1. We just passed Halloween…do you celebrate Halloween? If so, what do you do?
Yes I do. Sort of. I don’t decorate, but if I have a party to go to, I do dress up.
2. If you dressed up for Halloween, what did you dress up as? (share pics)
I didn’t go to any parties this year. The one I was going to go to was canceled. But, I did do a Halloween themed half marathon and dressed up for that
3. Did you go to any Halloween parties? (share pics)
Nope. Not this year, unfortunately.
4. October was Breast Cancer Awareness month, did you do anything to raise awareness?
At my job, we wear a uniform (we’re a law enforcement agency) and, if you buy one, you can wear a pink badge on your uniform. Also, you can wear a pink undershirt instead of the standard black or white undershirt. I also signed up for a 100 miles in a month challenge called Rocktober and bought a shirt from them that says “Stronger by the Mile” and, once I sewed it to make it smaller, I love it.
5. November is also known as Movember…do/will you participate in any activities that are Movember-related?
My agency allows the men, as long as they pay a $25 fee that is mostly donated to a men’s health charity, to grow facial hair beyond the standard mustache. I obviously cannot participate in that. BUT! There is the Mustache Dache 5K that happens this coming Saturday here in Austin, TX that I will be doing. I’m going to have loads of fun with it too!
6. Thanksgiving is right around the corner…what are your plans?
I have to work…crime doesn’t stop just because it’s a holiday, unfortunately. This coming Sunday, I’ll be making my own turkey (watch for my recipe in What’s Cookin’ Sunday next week). But, I live alone so I won’t be sharing. Haha! Also, since I have to work ON thanksgiving, we’re doing a potluck spread at work. I’ll be making sugar-free cranberry sauce and my family’s marshmallow yams recipe to bring into work. Also, before work, I’ll be participating in a 5-mile Turkey Trot.
7. Next month is Christmas, do you celebrate? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, do you celebrate something else?
Yes, I celebrate Christmas…again, sort of. I’m not religious, so I don’t go to mass or any church functions. I also do not decorate for this holiday either. I have cats and they would get up in a tree if I put one up and make a mess. So I just don’t. but, I do a gift exchange with a couple/few people every year.
8. If you celebrate Christmas, do you decorate?
Oops…answered this question already. Nope. I don’t decorate. Maybe when I buy a house, I’ll do lights and some lawn décor.
9. Do you do gift exchanges?
Dang it, I keep getting ahead of myself. Yes, I do gift exchanges with a couple/few people and I love it!
10. What is your favorite gift you have ever received?