Halloween with the family

Ramses and la Chapulina Colorada

I love Halloween. I love my family. And I love parties. (Though not in that order!) Saturday night brought all three together at my cousin Nancy’s Halloween party.

Nancy (the awesome hostess) and Sean

First off, Nancy (as an Adelita) was the perfect hostess. She and her helpers did an awesome job decorating the house, preparing food and snacks, ribbons for the best costume winners, and making sure everyone had a great time.

Lori sad at her grave

My favorite decorations were the white van in the driveway with a label bearing the name of the San Bernardino County coroners office and the family graveyard in a corner of the yard. My siblings and several cousins had headstones, but my cousin Tony didn’t make one for me. I didn’t mind, but Lori was sad to find her headstone.

Costume prize ribbons

I also liked the silly best costume ribbons.

Group shot

The best part — aside from the food, drinks and dancing with friends and family — was checking out everyone’s costumes. It’s always fun to see costumes come together or seeing what someone came up with. More costumes after the jump.

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Halloween on a budget: El Chapulín Colorado redux

Red & yellow!

El Chapulín Colorado was one of the very first costumes I ever blogged about for the Halloween on a Budget series. I’m bringing it back because I decided it’d be the easiest costume for me to put together. I had everything in my closet save for the pair of yellow shorts.

This year's costume: La Chapulina Colorada

Here’s what I recommended for the costume in 2007 along with my 2011 additions or omissions (in italics):

1. Red hoodie sweater (optional: a Chapulín Colorado t-shirt, but you still need to cover your arms)
I used my Chapulín Colorado t-shirt and layered it over a red long-sleeved shirt. I don’t have a red hoodie.

2. Some yellow fabric (felt would work) to make the heart and CH emblem
I didn’t need this since my t-shirt is already printed with the Chapulín Colorado emblem.

3. Bright yellow shorts
I found a cheap pair at one of those mall stores that sell no-name brand basics.

4. Red opaque tights
I bought a pair a couple of years ago at Target. Since I never wear them due to their brightness, they were still in good condition.

5. Antenitas de vinil, or red antennae with a yellow and red ball on the end (I found a pair at the 99 cents store, but they fit tight since they’re made for kids)
I don’t know what happened to my 99 cents store antennae. I made a pair with a $1 headband from the swap meet, yellow pipe cleaners glued to red fuzzy balls. I had the latter materials in my arts & craft box. I’ve been wanting to do this costume for a few years so I had the materials as a backup.

6. Red and yellow sneakers (like these)
I still have my Asics Tigers, but if I didn’t, I would have worn my red Chucks.

7. El chipote chillón (the red and yellow hammer)
Don’t have one. Less to hold while at Halloween parties!

8. Steady stream of famous phrases
The back of my shirt is printed with “no contaban con mi astucia!” That’s all I have.

9. I added a tiny pair of red and yellow earrings with a heart on them.

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Way too many rest days and upcoming race calendar

November 21. 2010

7.5: the total number of miles I’ve run since the Long Beach Marathon on October 9th. Yeah, I know that’s pitiful.

Following the marathon, I took the recommended 2-3 days off. I was pretty sore, but don’t think it was as bad as post-LA Marathon soreness. Still, I took the elevator down a flight of stairs to avoid stairs and sitting hurt. I also started limping due to the bum hamstring prompting co-workers and students to ask what happened. I just shrugged it off. After a couple of days, the soreness subsided and I began to walk normally again.

On Wednesday, I took off for vacation to New York. I’m usually pretty active during my vacations or work trips. I packed my running shoes, clothes and Garmin in hopes of getting in some miles in Central Park like I did last year. However, that was easy since Sean lived in Harlem and the park was a little over a mile away. This time, we stayed at his parents’ in Long Island and I wasn’t motivated to run in the suburbs. All I did was take a short walk around the block. On Sunday, we drove in to Manhattan so Sean could play a game with his former football team. During the game, I ran along the Hudson River for 3.5 miles. It was a good run, free of hamstring pain or cramping. Before the marathon, the hamstring pain kicked in 15-20 minutes in to an easy run.

I returned from NY on the evening of the 16th. The next few days I kept making up excuses not to run. I was tired. I needed to stay at work late to complete reports. It was dark when I got home from work. I was still a little worried about the hamstring.

Mainly? I was just lazy. And a little burned out despite the injury-induced super taper.

My body told me it did not want to run a few “easy” miles. Rather it wanted to lay in bed and keep reading Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot.

I considered showing up for the La Puente Main Street Run on Sunday the 23rd. Late in the week, I nixed the idea. I’d be wasting $30 trying to run a 10K on a hilly course and being reminded that I’m out of shape. I did go to La Puente that morning, but rather than run I had brunch with my family at a Mexican restaurant. Machaca was a better idea than a 10K.

Earlier this week, I made more excuses and put more 0s on my training log. Yesterday, I finally went out for a run. I’ve only taken a 10 day break before, and that was because I had thrown out my back. It was a tough run. I tried to keep the pace easy, but it still felt hard and I took short water breaks at the playground. As I finished up, I was glad I hadn’t done the 10K. I’m not sure I would have been able to run it without walking the water stops (at least).

I’m upset with how my fitness level has dropped off so dramatically in less than 6 weeks. I can only blame myself and hope that with smarter training I’ll get back to where I was or even surpass it.

I have a few races coming up. I’ll likely run the local YMCA’s Turkey Trot (10K) on Sunday November 20th. The course is pretty easy and my sister wants to run it too. Last year, she pushed me to a PR and also won herself a turkey. On December 11th, I’ll be running the Holiday Half Marathon in Pomona. I signed up at the LA Marathon expo in March. I took advantage of the temporary $30 deal offered to runners who had already signed up for Long Beach. I couldn’t resist the price. This week, I added the Carlsbad Half Marathon on January 22nd to my calendar thanks to some peer pressure. [This is a whole other post.]

While I enjoy running, I don’t enter races for fun. I’d like to improve my current PRs in the half and 10K distance. I know it’s doable, I just need to quit slacking off.

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Halloween on a budget: Hairdresser on Fire (Morrissey inspired)

Hairdresser on fire

I’ve mentioned this costume before. Here’s the snippet from my A Very Moz Halloween post:

A few years ago, I created a costume inspired by a Morrissey song. I was a “Hairdresser on Fire”. It was way too conceptual — and warm — to wear on the crowded dance floor in a club.

I didn’t include any photos in that post. I don’t know why, but I’m correcting that now.

Hairdresser on fire - Morrissey inspired costume

Hairdresser on fire:

1. Stylists’ smock with scissors, combs and other stylists’ tools. As you can see, I didn’t wear a typical stylist smock. My mom made this jacket out of some scrap material.

2. Decorate the smock with flames. I used red, orange and yellow felt. I’m not a crafty person and my hand sewing is horrible. Thus, this took me a little while. If I was going to do this again, I might use shinier material to make it more flashy.

3. Make up a salon name and add it to the smock. I used fabric safe letters.

4. Modern and stylish haircut. Most stylists I’ve known don’t do anything crazy with their hair, but it is often colored and styled. Makeup can be simple, but spend some time on the hair.

5. Wear whatever you want underneath your smock, but you should definitely be “remarkably dressed.”

6. Act very busy, so busy!

Edited to add: If anyone in LA wants to borrow this costume, I’d be happy to share it. You might have to remove the letter C from the front of the jacket, but that shouldn’t be difficult.

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Halloween on a budget: La Dama from Lotería

La Dama (from Lotería) Costume

LA DAMA: La dama puliendo el paso, por todo la calle real.
The Lady: The lady, taking an elegant walk along the main street.

It’s a shame that I’ve been doing the costume series since 2007, but this is the first time I’ve bothered to put together a Lotería inspired costume. It’s not for lack of trying. Some of the cards featuring people have been on my idea list for a while, but it was easier to write about other costumes.

I found this teal dress last month when I went shopping for my birthday party dress. Although I thought it might be too fancy for the party, I bought it anyway because it was on sale and I liked the flattering cut. As I checked it out in the dressing room mirror, it also reminded me of La Dama (#3) from Lotería, the sophisticated and elegant lady in her tailored blue/teal suit, pink accessories and perfectly coifed hair.

I tried my best to recreate it.

La Dama costume

La Dama:

1. Teal or light blue suit or dress. If you wear a suit, wear a pink blouse and small white scarf/bow at the neck. Since I wore a dress instead, I added pink up top with a scarf.

2. Pink hat. La Dama’s hat looks sort of like a beret, but I went with what I could find in Forever 21, a simple knit cap.

3. White gloves. I found a nylon pair for $7.

4. Pink shoes and clutch. I didn’t have a clutch, so I used what I had available. I bought it at Ross years ago.

5. A small bunch of flowers

6. Conservative makeup and curled up hair. Obviously, I didn’t do the latter. I don’t even own a curling iron.

dama catrin

If you would like to make a Lotería couples costume, get your significant other or a friend to dress up as El Catrín. I’m sure few people keep long coat tuxedos hanging around in their closet, so that will probably need to be rented. Don’t forget the monocle and cigarette — in a cigarette holder, of course.

Thanks to Sean for the Photoshop help.

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