I had a blast. The weather was perfect, my friends were there, and I was feeling really good.
Weeks later, I found out exactly how good:
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You can see how the scales of each stitch worked out – or kind of didn’t. The main stitches were a full square, but the words I had to estimate halfsies. They are not pretty. If someone (who is better at this kind of thing than me) had patience, I’m betting they could actually make these words look pretty good.
My advice here is: Use only a strand or two of the 6-stranded floss. Anything thicker is just going to muddy the words up, and you won’t be able to see what you’re doing.
And: Don’t sweat it too much. The words are tiny. People will probably not be coming within inches of your humorous artwork and criticizing the details. Unless they’re serious cross-stitchers, in which case they might be able to help you with a better pattern. Most people will be agreeing with you, and asking if you happen to have any Cold Ones.
Keep those friends. Have Cold Ones with them.
I used a baby blue, 10 stitches/inch (?) cross stitch canvas (the color of the “wall” behind the bottles).
The floss colors (cross stitch thread is called floss) are:
This is a .pdf of the “pattern” I used to make my “Property of Ones” cross stitch. It’s not a complicated pattern, but you have to pay attention to a few of things.
Good luck! I hope this helps!
I have completed my first Ragnar race! My team finished in about 32 hours, covering about 197 miles, from Mount Charleston to Lake Las Vegas.
We had some issues from the start – One runner never showed. Never let us know she wasn’t coming, never responded to us, unfriended people on the facebooks. She was in Van 1, and they covered her legs. But, weird, ya know?
Race day didn’t start off the best. I borrowed a van from a friend. In the early hours of the morning I got outside into the cloudy, cold morning. (Cold is not my best atmosphere, by a long shot). I start loading the van, then get ready to move. Nothing. No electrical components functioning at all. CRAP. At least we had hours to go until we met up with Van 1 at Exchange 6.
Well, it wasn’t all doom. The friend I borrowed it from came and replaced the battery. Turns out, an interior light had been left on and drained it.
Tony and I piled in and went to pick up the rest of our team. We made it to Exchange 6, did the safety dance and got our bibs. We decided to hang out in an Einstein’s Bagels while we waited. We got to know each other a bit. We seem to have come to the team in pairs, generally. Michelle knew people from Van 1, Cyndi and Hector came together, Tony got suckered into it by me, and Laura and her (non-runner) boyfriend rounded out the group.
I was Runner 7, the first runner from Van 2 to go out on a leg. That meant that I had to be ready first, and get out to be ready to take the slap bracelet from Runner 6. It felt SO GOOD to finally be on the running part of the race! There’s a lot of stress of being in charge of the van and getting first aid kits and coolers and stuff, getting people where they had to be, and making sure everyone had a chance to get whatever they needed, not to mention all the training that went into getting ready to go. As soon as I was running though, I didn’t have to care. The running was the easiest part of the race.
Ragnar considers legs that start after 3:45 pm or before 6:30 am to be nighttime legs, complete with flashy lights and reflective dork vests. I didn’t start my leg until about 4 pm, so I was decked out and ready to go. I also had an earbud in. All my legs I spent using the Zombies, Run app. While running, I was saving kids from zombies, distracting zombies from people in trouble, and collecting supplies. SO MUCH FUN. Especially on the legs in the middle of the night. I ran better than expected for my first and last leg, despite them adding an unexpected mile on me.
We slept when we could, at the major exchanges mostly, since we were running legs otherwise. It wasn’t easy. And some teams were grafitti-ing vans. Piles of poo (we think) and tramp stamps (boobies) were drawn on vans, we think while we were sleeping.
In general I think people ran really well, and had a lot of fun with the challenge. I’m so doing another one of these! Besides, lots of the views were gorgeous.
The next morning I had another race to do, Elann’s Run Mob. I even convinced Kelly, from Van 1, to run this with me. She’s a really cool person, and I’m glad I got to spend this time with her.
Tomorrow I pack up the van, pick up some strangers who will soon be closest companions for two days, and run almost 200 miles around the Las Vegas valley.
It’s been kind of crazy for me lately. I hadn’t expected to have so much responsibility for this race. I’m in charge of a whole van full of people, instead of just having to show up. This is kind of new for me. I’ve also (very sadly) slowed down A LOT in my training in order to prevent (heal?) an injury to my ankle. Disappointing, but not undo-able. I’m really looking forward to this.
I’d be lying if I said I were a little nervous, that the race jitters haven’t been hitting me hard for the past week, that I can’t wait until I get to start my first leg to get some of that sweet, sweet relief of a runner’s high.
Last week I took time off work to spend time with my cousins in California and run in the Run For Your Lives race. Running with family away from zombies is a highly recommended vacation! I wish I had some muddy pictures, and some zombie pictures, but those are on my cousin’s camera and I haven’t gotten them yet.
This was a perfect race. Beautiful site, good obstacles, perfect zombie/human ratio, lots of fun. Only half of our Yooper Anti-Zombie Squad made it out alive, but all of us finished the course. Alive or not, it was one of the best races I’ve ever done. I can’t recommend this one enough, if anyone is waffling on signing up. I do have to say, your time will suck. It took us over an hour to do this 5k together. It’s easy to get separated from your people. You will want to wait, and then be chased by a zombie. These things happen. You will have fun, you will scream as zombies try to get you. DO IT.
Afterwards, we had a relaxing night of Dave and Busters. Glorious games! We had enough tickets in the end for trinkets, and a good time was had by all.
The next day we went to Hollywood! I got us tickets to IRIS by Cirque du Soleil. It was an amazing show, and I would love to see it again.
We also found time to be hangry (so hungry you’re angry), slungry (so hungry you’re sleepy), and slangry (hungry, sleepy, and angry. Don’t get this far!) So we ate a bunch of things and it was good.
We also went to the pumpkin patch, pet the animals at the petting zoo, ate more things, carved pumpkins and roasted the seeds.
I am now very tired from my vacation and recovering by working.
Less than two weeks now until my next races. Again contemplating the return to sanity.
Ragnar, I’m so gonna kick your butt…
I’ve been away for a while. I’ve been pretty busy, just not blogging.
Here’s some of the things I’ve been up to:
Macarons! I’ve been hearing about them, and wanted to know what exactly was so awesome about them. So I decided to make my own. Macarons are NOT macaroons. They are light, meringue and almond cookies with a smear of delicious filling. My first batch – Fiori di Sicilia macarons with buttercream filling – was not so good. Tasty, but not good. This is not a difficult cookie, but technique is important. My second batch was AMAZING. They were Coconut macarons with rum buttercream filling. They’re not perfect by a long shot yet, but I have to say I’m furiously happy with them. These are definitely on my show-off list from now on. My recipe comes from Bravetart, the same amazing person who brought us homemade marshmallows.
I also made sweet potato pie. It was amazeballs. Not a word I use lightly. Aside from using a real rolled crust, this recipe comes from Joy the Baker.
Running. I’ve been trying to keep up a decent volume of running in preparation for the Ragnar Relay / World Run Day weekend coming up in November. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m having serious downs to go with my ups, which by now I realize just means I have to trust the process. I’ll make it through, and these races are about the team, not about the speed.
Speaking of running on teams, next weekend I will be in southern California to run the Run For Your Lives race with my cousins! Cousins and zombies! We’re also going to be seeing IRIS – the Cirque du Soleil show at the Dolby Theatre. I’m really looking forward to this trip.
And MORE speaking of running on teams, I’m now the team manager for the Tough Mudder in Vegas in April of 2013. We are the Savage Jet Apocalypse! (Thank you, random team name generator!) I’m pretty psyched to do this one, and I think we’re going to have a kick-ass team.
I also put together my perfect Adirondack chair. I’ve wanted one forever, but since I live in an apartment it’s hard to find one that can be tucked away in a small space. Well, I found it, and it was on sale, and I got to finish it and put it together myself. It folds! Just in time for cool sitting-on-the-patio weather. I’m very happy with it.
I also got a chance to catch up with a friend of mine from Michigan who I haven’t seen since before I moved. I was so good to see her, you have no idea. It seems that most of our mutual friends have up and left the country and married awesome people. I love hearing that so many of them are happy. And, to just add to the awesome of the day, we took a ride in her uncle’s 1917 and 1938 Cadillacs. And yes, it was that cool. (I don’t have any pictures yet… but once I do I expect to post them.)
Ok.. I think that’s enough for now.