It’s the Most Horrific Time of the Year

Freddy

I really love thinking about Halloween, but the actual follow through… not so much. It’s a holiday tailored for skinny ladies, sluts, and/or creative people. I do not fall into any of these categories. For years, I got away with just wearing whatever I felt like, then splattering it with homemade blood. But how long can you really get away with calling yourself a zombie (fill in the blank)?

In 2012 I finally moved away from the blood and bought my first real costume ever – sexy Freddy Kruger… which on me was more like the world’s friendliest, not-at-all-sexy Freddy Kruger. (See above.) It was quick and easy, fairly comfortable, and virtually stress free. Plus I found the costume on clearance, so it only set me back about $20. Oh, and I got to be Freddy Freakin’ Kruger – my favorite horror icon. 2012 was an all around Halloween win.
2013, meh. I threw on some black and my friend loaned me his ginormous butterfly wings.

With 2014’s party just a couple weeks away, the search is on once again for a suitable costume. It should also be noted that my annual Halloween party is thrown by one of the most artistically gifted people I’ve ever met and he hand makes his costumes every year. So no pressure.

Here are a few options I’m considering:

Chucky

This costume is far too slutty for me, but with some changes, I could definitely make this work. Overalls, a striped shirt, red shoes, a wig, and an axe. Not too difficult. Plus I could do some stellar makeup and use blood splatter without being a zombie. I really like blood splatter.

Wednesday Addams

Nothing too creative here, but with a few alterations to a black dress I already own, I could be Wednesday – a character that I absolutely love. The question is, do I possess the skills to alter my black dress? 50/50 chance. Actually, 30/70 probably. I doubt it. But maybe I could enlist some help.

Daenerys 

Is this going to happen? No. Do I want to happen? Heck yes! Who wouldn’t want to be the Mother of Dragons? Unfortunately buying it is out of my price range and making it is too difficult/costly. But look how comfortable it would be!

Jem

I look at this costume every year because Jem is my childhood hero. It’s just SO pink! And while that was cool with childhood Rachael, adult Rachael isn’t too keen on dressing head to toe in hot pink. Still, one day I will pull the trigger on this because Jem is awesome.Remember that in 2016 when they release that abomination of a movie.

Orange is the New Black Inmate

Easiest, most comfortable costume ever. It seems like a cop out though. I’d also have to decide if I’m Morello or Alex… or more realistic for my figure, Big Boo. Life is full of hard decisions.

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Yogging…

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I’d like to dedicate today’s entry to running – and by “running,” I mean short bursts of jogging (or yogging… It might be a soft “j”) followed by longer lulls of speed walking. I’m not trying to kid anyone. I am not a runner… but I want to be. That should count for something.

I love the idea of running – getting out in nature and away from the distractions of work, relationships, etc. Letting your legs create some distance between you and your stresses. However, what running is for people like me who aren’t born natural athletes, is something totally different. It’s exhausting. It hurts. It’s really not all that enjoyable of an experience.

One of my goals for 2013 was to run a 5K (again, using the term “running” loosely). I signed up for Color Me Rad months ago, and I have to admit, I’m terrified by it. Not because I can’t make it 3.11 miles, but because I don’t want to drag my team of thin, fit people down. The first step, to me, is training.

I started on Easter by running at Lake Hefner. When I hit the halfway point, I couldn’t believe how far I had come. The buildings where I left my car looked itty bitty… Then I realized that I had no choice to get all the way back over there. I was alone. No one was going to carry me or pick me up. It was just me and my legs.

af2ea5aa9a4411e2a8b922000a1f8ac2_7You know what? I made it. My legs and I were fine, albeit a little sore. I finished in 43:30. It’s not an impressive time, but I did it, which proved one thing to me – I could do it. The first run was a measuring stick… a place to start. And when it comes to exercise, the most important thing is usually the toughest – starting.

Since then, I’ve completed two more 5K trial runs (in the same week even! Whoa!) – Here are the pictures to prove it:
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For those of you paying attention, you’ll notice my last run was both my fastest and longest. Yeah, okay. It was my fastest by :32 seconds, but it was still faster and I earned those :32. Don’t rain on my parade, haters. I’ll eventually cut 13 minutes off and be running at a decent pace. Just you wait.

All that to say, for you wanna-be runners like me, here are a few tips I’ve found in my three test runs:

1. Location, location, location!
I have yet to run in the same place twice. Part of “the dream” of being a runner for me is seeing new things – that’s a little pointless if you’re running at the same location every time. I did a simple Google search and found several locations in my area that are prime running spots. Plus, each place offers different course lengths, elevations and overall experience.
One last bonus that no one considers, you don’t know your way around. So when you hit that point when you think “Screw this, I’m going back to my car,” you have no idea if turning around or going forward is the fastest way back. Chances are once you figure it out, you’re probably pretty close to achieving your goal anyway. (I’m not kidding. This definitely happened on my second run and, to a lesser degree, my third.)

2. Everything is better with a soundtrack.
I know I keep talking about nature and escaping things, but I cannot run without music. As nice as the sound of birds and such is, hearing my feet hit the pavement just reminds me of how much work I’m really doing. Just as running is a distraction from stress, music is a distraction from running.
Another valuable tip – switch up your music. I have a “Work It Out” playlist, but my first run was set to a random shuffle; the second was two songs on repeat; the third was Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz album. Each offered me what I needed to push through.

3. Chew on that.
Have problems getting parched during a run, but you don’t want to lug around a water bottle? Chew some gum. It helps. Scouts honor.

4. Excuses, expluses. 
Life is busy. As a girl with 4 jobs, trust me, I get it. There are usually a million reasons why you can’t exercise… and sometimes they are actually legitimate. The key though is that if you look for it, there are a few days here and there that there is no good reason not to go for a run. Take advantage of those times! It’s spring – there is going to be some nice weather and a few evenings that you have no obligations for a few hours – at least long enough to run, then shower and get ready to go about your business. Do it then. You’ll feel better after you push past that initial urge to be lazy.

5. Never give up, never surrender!
I admit that 43 minutes to jog 3 miles isn’t good, but that’s not really the point for me. Yes, I want to get faster, but at the end of each run the thing I’ve been most proud of is that I did it. I made the choice to get out and be active instead of sitting on the couch. Even if it took me an hour and a half to get through it, I still would’ve made a choice to be healthier. In the long run (pun intended), that is the most important thing.

5 Things I Love (May 2012 Edition)

I go through phases of obsession with various and assorted things in life.
February was my last update, so here are five things I’m currently in love with, in no particular.

1.The Oklahoma City Thunder

Yeah okay, I’m always in love with the Thunder… but we’re in the post season now! If you thought I was obsessed during the regular season, you have no idea how much worse I get during the playoffs. We’ve had a good run thus far, despite our current struggles with the Spurs in the WCF. Win or lose, I’m proud of these guys. I’ve never seen a group more dedicated to hard work or more resilient. We’re so fortunate to have this organization representing our city.

2. Instagram

Welcome to 2010. In my defense, I’ve had an Instagram account for quite awhile… I just didn’t invest any time into figuring out how to use it or finding people to follow. Now that I have, I’m sort of addicted. My two favorite photo finds thus far are KD shoe shopping with Miss Wanda and Nick Collison getting some investment advice.

3. Blended iced coffees

It makes no difference to me if it from Starbucks, McDonald’s or Dunkin’ Doughnuts – I’m loving blended iced coffees. It’s become a nightly tradition to grab one before heading home to sit on the couch and watch movies.
P.S. Carmel > Mocha

4. Game of Thrones

Rachael loves a fantasy period drama?! I’m as surprised as you. Yet, every week I find myself looking forward to watching it more than any of the other shows we’re currently making our way through. It’s amazing how good a story can be when the writer figures out that the characters are the focus and events are secondary.
Also, props to Peter Dinklage for being so awesome.

5. Dreaming of a vacation

The last time I spent the night across the state line was when my friends and I packed up to see Al Pacino perform in Central Park in 2010. Since then it’s been a series of 2 to 3 hour trips for movie marathons, plays and concerts with the understanding that after arriving home no earlier than 4AM, I’ll have to get up and work by 10 the next morning.
With multiple jobs, I want nothing more for my 29th birthday than a vacation. Even if it’s only overnight in a surrounding state and I have to pay for it myself, I just want a break. So, I’ve begun planning. Mark my words, I’ll be out of here by the end of July.