In a Movie Theater Far, Far Away…

*Cue the fangirl/fanboy squeals*

The cast has FINALLY been announced for J.J. Abram’s newest installment of the Star Wars saga!

And here they are:

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Look! Even R2D2 is there!

Can’t tell who everyone is? No problem; I’m here to help!

The the original cast members (or as I like to call them: The Jedi Trinity) are BACK! That’s right, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher have all signed on to reprise their roles from the original (and, in this blogger’s opinion, the BEST) 1970’s films! But who are the rest of these young whippersnappers? Glad you asked!

 

Domhnall Gleeson

Neither Dementor nor Storm Trooper scare me.

Neither Dementor nor Storm Trooper scare me.

Dom, AKA Bill Weasley, will be turning in his wand for a lightsaber come December 2015! IMDB doesn’t list his character’s name, but my guess is he is either the spawn of Han and Leia or one of Luke’s littles.

 

Adam Driver

Look out Girls!

Look out Girls!

Best known for his role on HBO’s Girls and Inside Llewyn Davis, its unclear who Driver will be playing as well. Although, he really reminds me of a younger, less crazy-eyed Peter Mayhew. Maybe he’s one of Chewbacca’s pups…?

 

Oscar Isaac

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Another Llewyn Davis alum, Isaac hasn’t been in too many projects. I’m hoping this is a good thing. Although Hayden Christensen was a relative unknown when he was in Star Wars and we all know how THAT turned out…

 

Daisy Ridley

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This cute-as-a-button brunette is just about as adorable as her name. But, I feel as though there’s some fierceness behind those baby brown’s. Maybe she’s a little Leia…? Ridley has only has about 6 or 7 acting projects under her belt, but something tells me that Star Wars is going to catapult her to stardom.

 

What do you think about the casting choices? Like them? Don’t like them? Have any guesses as to who they might be playing? Honestly, I think the actors could stink and this movie would still be awesome. Mostly because J.J. Abram’s is driving this Falcon and that guy knows his way around a galaxy! No disrespect to George Lucas, but I’m still a little bitter about the whole “remastering” thing…and I don’t think I’m alone in this:

My First Marathon (Or, The Most Idiotic Decision I’ve Ever Made)

This weekend was the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. And, as you know, completing a marathon is one of the things on my 30 by 30 list. I’ve been training with my sister for the past 4 1/2 months and the day FINALLY came.

Saturday night, I was super nervous. We picked up our packets the day before and I was sitting in my recliner, looking at the course map. I could not believe it. My stomach started to churn and so many thoughts raced through my head: Can I do this? Can I actually do this? What if I die?!

I went to bed Saturday night confident that I could do the marathon. After all, I had run 20 miles just a few weeks before and I did fine! I was a little sore the next day, but I survived. And on race day, adrenaline kicks in and really takes your endurance to the next level.

The race was set to start at 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning. I got up at 5:00 to pump and get dressed. The news was on and the weatherman was predicting a lot of rain, hail, and possibly a tornado. I still didn’t worry. Two years ago, I did a half marathon in the rain and I did just fine! I’d be okay.

We got to the race and I could feel the excitement. There were so many people! I even met a Biggest Loser!

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As the morning went on, the weather started getting worse and worse. We were forced into a parking garage where we learned we’d be waiting for the next TWO HOURS.

 

When we finally started, my legs were tight (from the lack of fluids and from sitting/standing for TWO HOURS) but I was excited. I was ready to start this journey and check this off my list. Here’s how the race went…

 

Miles 1-3:

Its raining a little. There are A LOT of people running and even more people walking in my way. My inner monologue went a little something like this:

Get out of my way. Seriously, MOVE! Get. Out. Of. My. WAY. 

Oh geez, that was a big puddle. Are my socks wet? No, they’re fine. Whew!

Holy crap, that’s a steep downward hill. I’m going to slip. I’m going to slip. I’m going to twist my ankle and fall. 

You didn’t fall, good job. 

Where is the *&^%$#@ water stop?! 

 

Miles 3-5: 

Okay, first water stop and bathroom break. *Sigh* I feel MUCH better! I can do this! 

Oh, hey! There’s my dad and Huff the Hubs! *waves to them*

Ha! Look at that poster! *Stops to take a picture of the poster and points out Allonsy! on bib*

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Miles 5-8: 

Ugh. Is this “Gorilla Hill” up here? Crap, it is. 

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I hate this frakking hill.

I’m walking.

Better wave BB down and let her know I’m walking.

Might as well take a picture. 

 

Miles 8-15:

I want to quit. I want to quit. Tell your sister you want to quit.

Kill me. KILL. ME.

Why is it so $%^# hot?!

I’m dying.

There’s a medical tent. Just stop and tell them to take you to the finish line.

 

Miles 15-18: 

Me (to Bridget): “I don’t want to do this anymore!”

Bridget: “Too bad! Keep moving!”

Me (starting to sob): “Bridget, my legs hurt so bad!”

Bridget: “Then let’s walk.”

Me (crying and thinking): I’m crying but I can’t produce any tears because I’m so dehydrated! I’m like Howard

 

Mile 18-19: 

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Miles 19-21: 

I feel the blisters on my feet. Every step is agony. I’m wielding my arms like a granny power-walking at the mall. The sun is beating down on me and I realize I haven’t put on ANY sunscreen. I actually think: I’d rather give birth, right here, right now on this asphalt than do this! 

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Mile 21-22: 

*&^% @#$% *&^%$ @#$% ^&%$ *&^% *&^%

Get to the finish line so you can use your breast pump!

 

Mile 22: 

We meet a woman we’ve been keeping pace with the whole time. We start talking. She’s 45, from Little Rock, AR, and this is her second full marathon. We talk about our aches, our pains, how we weren’t expecting it to be so hot (88*!) and how ready we are for the finish line. We talk the rest of the way.

 

Mile 25.75:

The finish line is in sight.

Bridget: “Come on! Let’s run across the finish line!”

Me:

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Bridget: “MOVE!”

Me: “UUUGGGGHHHH!!!!” *wills legs to move and crosses the finish line*

 

At the Finish Line: 

*Gets medal and Finisher shirt*

I did it! I freaking did it! I completed a marathon! Thank you, God, for helping me get through this! And I’m sorry for swearing in my head so much. 

I can’t believe I did it!

Wow!

I’m NEVER doing that again. Like, EVER. 

 

Running (who am I kidding–walking) that marathon was the absolute hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Every part of my body hurt. I was starving; I hadn’t eaten in seven hours. SEVEN. FREAKING. HOURS. I was dehydrated, covered in salt and sweat, and burnt to a flippin’ crisp:

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But I did it. I finished it. And, actually, I’d say it was worth it. The months of waking up early every Saturday to do long runs; the solo runs through the neighborhood in temps of 30*; the sore joints and muscles…it was worth it. Why? Because I achieved a goal. Seven months ago, I was giving birth. Seven months ago, I never thought I’d be able to do this. But I did. am a marathoner. am a Finisher.

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(I want to say that there is NO way I’d be able to have done this without the support of my family. My sister was the BEST running partner I could’ve asked for. She was so incredibly supportive the entire time–training and all! My husband, my parents, my friends, my family; they were all so great! But mostly I could NOT have done it without The Lord. He gave me the drive, the dream, and the perseverance to do this. Even though I hated it at times, I am so glad I did this, and that He got me through it!)

 

 

 

Fan Girl Friday

Iiiiits Friday!

I’ve spent the majority of the day carbing up for my marathon on Sunday. And let me tell ya…eating is F-U-N! I think I’m going to list it as one of my favorite hobbies on Facebook after today.

I’ve got gobs of geekery to share with you so let’s dive right in!

First, man-oh-man is there a plethora of movie news out about some highly-anticipated films!

We all know Henry Cavill is Superman and Ben Affleck with be donning the cowl in Zac Snyder’s Superman vs. Batman but it looks as though there’s a third party being thrown into the ring! That would be Cyborg–a character first introduced in the comic book back in 1980–who, after a tragic accident, becomes a mechanized superhero! Fun fact: the actor playing Cyborg has also been rumored to be in the next installment of the Star Wars films!

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Where my 80’s girls at? get ready to squeal with joy, because  Jem and the Holograms are reuniting! EEEEEEEE! That’s right people, our favorite Hubba Bubba-hued rockstar is making it to the big screen with a live-action movie titled–what else?–Jem and the Holograms!

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If the leading lady looks familiar, its probably because you’ve seen her in such gems (pun TOTES intended) as Sharknado and Ace Venture, Pet Detective Jr. Yes. You read that right.

 

I am counting down the days until the final Hobbit movie makes its debut. However, I may have to re-do the screen print t-shirts I’ve made because P.J. (AKA, Peter Jackson) has decided to change the title from The Hobbit: There and Back Again, to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Yeah. I’m serious.

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There’s been a tiny, Daryl-Dixon-shaped hole left in my heart since the season finale of The Walking Dead. And its going to be AT LEAST 6 months until I get to see my favorite crossbow-wielding bad boy crack some zombie skulls. But maybe I can find solace with one of these, and snuggle up to it every night while singing Soft Kitty…

Claimed.

Claimed.

 

As I’ve said (about a gazillion times) I’m running a marathon this Sunday! My first (and ONLY) marathon. I’ve got everything I need: GU, running shoes, trashbag poncho in case it rains, but I’m missing something else. What am I missing? Earbuds shaped like my spirit animal: Grumpy Cat. Thankfully, Hot Topic is there for me in my hour of need:

I hate running.

I hate running.

 

Have a great weekend, peeps! And keep your fingers crossed the marathon isn’t a washout!

 

 

Try It Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

Since I didn’t do a Try It yesterday, I thought I’d make up for it today! And trust me, you are going to LURVE it!

What is the most magical food in the entire world–nay–galaxy? No, not Nutella.

BACON.

We can all agree that everything’s better with bacon.

Salads? Yes!

Burgers? Yes!

Potatoes? Oh yes!

Bacon has always been a breakfast staple, and now its made its way into your favorite breakfast pastry! That’s right: today’s Try It is cinnamon rolls with a bacon-y center!

All you need is:

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Please pardon my toes.

~1 can of cinnamon rolls (make sure they’re the kind that roll out)

~a package of bacon (NOT the microwave kind)

 

Its pretty easy!

All you do is unroll the cinnamon roll:

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Then place the bacon strip inside:

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Then, roll up and bake!

After about 20 minutes, you’ve got this:

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You know how people say that ANYTHING is better with bacon? Umm…well…I don’t think they’ve tried this.

It wasn’t as good as I had hoped. I’m pretty sure the bacon wasn’t all the way cooked. I took one bite and sort of gagged. I was so sad! I really wanted it to be the greatest thing I had ever eaten! But, sadly, it was not.

Sigh…

Oh well. Guess I’ll just add it to the collection of Pinterest Fails.

 

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day, green peeps!

One of my resolutions this year was to be more environmentally conscience. We already use cloth diapers, cloth napkins, and eco-friendly detergent but I wanted to do more. The goals have kind of fallen by the wayside because things have been hectic around here. But, today’s holiday has renewed my fervor!

There are a ton of things you can do to help reduce your carbon footprint. Here’s what I did:

 

Instead of using pointless energy to dry my clothes, I hung up all of my laundry outside (even my socks and unmentionables!)

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I turned off all the lights in the house and opened up the shades and curtains to work by sunlight.

 

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And even Hermione go in on the Earth Day action! Her babysitter (my aunt) lives only a few blocks away, so we commuted by stroller today!

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Did you do anything to help the environment today? Got any good tips?

Egg Hunt!

As I woke up this morning in a sea of Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg wrappers and wiped the Peeps sugar dust from my cheek, I realized I didn’t participate or watch an Easter egg hunt at all this weekend! My kid is only 7 months old, so an actual egg hunt would be more like me trying to balance a baby, a camera, and a basket while simultaneously looking at the ground, making sure I don’t step on any hard-boiled eggs. In other words: it would’ve been a disaster. But still, I was sad I didn’t partake in this Easter tradition.

So I went on a different kind of Easter Egg hunt–a virtual egg hunt!

Thanks to Doctor Whowe know Easter Eggs (hidden messages/symbols) can be found in just about any kind of entertainment.

This first video has all kinds of video games from the 70’s to now!

 

This video is more for the hardcore Marvel comic book lovers, but its still super interesting! (I never caught the fact that Stark is wearing a Black Sabbath tee, seeing as how one of Sabbath’s biggest hits was titled Iron Man.)

 

You know I couldn’t do a blog about Easter Eggs without highlighting the KING of EE’s–Pixar!

(This video is in Spanish, lo siento if you don’t know how to habla Español. I understand enough to know that at the 10-minute mark, the narrator says that the number on the dial on the Monster’s Inc. practice scare room is actually the phone number for Pixar HQ! ¡Que fantastico!)

 

See any eggs you’ve never seen before? Know of any not listed?