Sunday, May 2, 2010

This 'n that, and again with the Blazer, Sorry . . .

Thank you so much for all the positive comments on my Half Marathon! I'm still buzzing with endorphins today and not hobbling too much, although my muscles are definitely feeling the result of pushing to achieve the time I wanted.

I had intended to go back to the island today, but little Nola is too sick to go to her caregiver's, and her Mom and Dad both have work commitments today that are tough to get out of, so I'm happy to fill in. Poor wee thing has been alternating between stalwart and sobbing, but she's having an early nap now, having brought out her bunny and asked for bed. So I have a few minutes to catch up with you.

First, a few quick movie recommendations:
Friday night we saw Date Night -- while we can see why most critics gave it only 2 stars (a bit thin in spots, rather like a pastiche of SNL skits), it's nonetheless fun -- Tina Fey? Steve Carrell? what's not to like?
Saturday night -- rented Pirate Radio -- this adds a great soundtrack to the laugh factor for even more fun. We watched it with youngest daughter, and her enjoyment proved it's not just aimed at the generation who lived the experience. Fabulous cameo by Emma Thompson -- that woman can play anything, really!
and last night, rented It's Complicated -- which wasn't, really, but it was satisfying for what it was. Again, the actors were all very watchable -- Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin (perfect, so great for that role!) -- and there was some great food porn as well, if you like that sort of thing. . .

Here's a second styling of my new Smythe jacket, again making me wonder why I hesitated about letting its Lurex threads see the light of day. Perfect lady-like, isn't it, paired with some Gap linen/cotton wide-leg pants with a surprisingly compatible weave . . .

I wasn't sure if I could get away with putting them together, but it seemed to work. . .

And I think this new scarf, which I love for its paisley, tones nicely into the grey I picked up a few new Lucite bangles/cuffs that work well -- the one below brings in gold, riffing off the gold Lurex subtly, which I like.

And I like this set, light enough to wear all summer, and easy to match with almost anything.
I also tried this with another scarf, and was pleased to see how easily I could get a different, bolder look -- and obviously I could change up even more by varying the shoes. Endless possibilities . . . fun!

A Different Look For Me -- Half Marathon!!

Most of the photos I post of myself here concern my efforts to look my best, to develop a style of my own. Much as I want to contribute to the diversity of images we women compare ourselves to, I generally try to look my best in those photos.

But today, I don't care about anything other than that smile on my face. I don't mind that my hair is rain-and-sweat-plastered to my head nor does it bother me that I'm makeup-free and my shirt is looking a bit wonky. All I care about is that I finished my Half Marathon in 2:02:18, guntime or 2:01:08 Net (adjusted)time -- 15th in my age/gender division and 6 minutes faster than my best time three years ago, the last time I ran a Half. I'm not getting older; I'm getting better!!

And as Pater and I were working our way through the crowds, trying to get home, we heard the announcer cheering in Betty Jean McHugh, the 83-year old runner I've mentioned here before, setting another record for her age/gender category. So I've got inspiration for the next few decades!

Can you spot me in the photo below (courtesy of Pater)?

Go, ME! Love those endorphins! Now for some yummy breakfast, some tea, the weekend papers, and perhaps later a very satisfying nap.