Tuesday, November 1, 2016

I Survive a Spartan!

But actually, Dean and Drew went first, and did the Spartan Beast (14+ miles and 30+ obstacles) outside of Fort Worth, TX, on Saturday. Drew appears contemplative after slogging through a lake with fish dying from all the mud being stirred up by thousands of participants. Sad situation.

But he was happy to finish in one piece, 7 hours later. Yes, let me say that again - 7 hours of obstacles and hauling sandbags and buckets of rocks up and down the only mountain in Texas, apparently.

They got back to the hotel at 8 PM, we had a carbalicious dinner, and got up at 6:30 to do it again. Well, Drew caught a plane back to Auburn, but Dean did it again with me in the Spartan Sprint, which was about 4.5 miles and 20+ obstacles. And this would be the only picture they caught of me, in the barbed wire crawl (roll). They did not catch my final leap over the fire at 2 hours and 7 minutes, making me #19 of 48 women in my age group....or as my friend called it, the Top Twenty!

But it's okay they didn't get more pictures, because we took a selfie:

Yeah, just trust me, you're destined to see more bruises and scrapes as they appear. I even have fingerprints on my left forearm where some dude helped haul me over the final edge, after I rope-climbed up the 45-degree wall. So then we came back to Halloween, and I had the creepy mummy lit up in the window again - love this thing!

And my resident and medical student dressed up with the rest of the office....and yes, I forgot my yellow duckbill quacker.

We're all Disney characters, but there wasn't really a theme this year. (Star Wars is Disney, now, right? And the one in the middle is Tinkerbell.)

And now to leave you with my Mardi Gras dress fabric - stretch velvet in Royal Blue from fabric.com - LOVE! Look how rich!

Compare it with the $1 swatch of the stretch velvet from Mood - I'm so happy with the actual fabric being darker and richer, which is a good thing, since I bought 4 yards of it based on the reviews!

So the 4th annual GCGS&KW is set for December 17th, and I hope to have a modifed pattern for this stretch velvet by then. In the meantime, I'm off to Las Vegas for a work meeting - any suggestions for shopping? Las Vegas doesn't strike me as the mecca for home sewers and knitters, honestly, so I'm taking my split-neck sweater to work on. I did get it re-needled, but am working on the marker placement before starting up again - bleh! I need to go get another private sock lesson so I can finish the ones I started...What have you accomplished lately that made you feel great?


Anonymous said...

I am in AWE of your physical prowess!! And I think it is so neat that Dean did it over again just to do it with you! AMAZING

Our pool is supposed to open on Monday, but I've been going to Orange Beach the last few days. It really helps me feel better. I have to keep taking Allegra or I"m a snotty mess.

Love the Mardi Gras fabric! All I've done is replace a broken zipper in a pair of jeans.


Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Ooh, thank you, Robbie! You're fixing to be in AWE of my bruises when I get a pic posted! I'm impressed you replaced a zipper in blue jeans - that's no small feat!

BeckyW said...

You are amazing!! I am so impressed by the Spartan race. Wow!! Love the photo of you under the barb wire. So tough!!

Love your Halloween decor. We get into Halloween bigtime here at Welch Manor. Here are a few photos. My baby boy is the scarecrow in the plaid shirt. He never jumps. He just stalks. My snake wreath turned out pretty well.

Not much sewing going on here. I did make a t-shirt for my dog with one long sleeve to keep him from chewing at the stitches in his leg.

I'm looking forward to ladies sewing/fiber arts weekend. I still have no idea about the project I am bringing. I'm crazy about your Mardi Gras fabric. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

BeckyW said...

I forgot to check the box to email comments.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

HOLY MOLY, Becky, we're coming to your house next year! Do you get a lot of little kids, or is it mostly teens who can handle it? I also love the Psycho cutout in your upper window - you covered ALL your bases!

That's pretty smart about the dog sleeve - I may have to consider that for when Jake won't stop licking his sore leg. I haven't picked up my fabric since I washed it, so there may not be much going on with it next month - still working on a pattern - I'm thinking a hi-lo dress....we'll see.