Friday, September 6, 2019

Happy Friday: I Am Offended On Behalf Of Bullseye

Since I've been posting with less frequency, I've tried to make sure that the quality of post has been at the very least personal. You know, something very much in my voice. If not necessarily hard-hitting journalism, at least something only I could write.

But I couldn't help but dust off the ol' Happy Friday format for this gem. It just feels like important information, you know?


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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

In Which Jenn Wants POCKETS (& No Chafing)

Okay. Okay. I shouldn't even be telling you about this. I'm only ruining it for myself. But I just can't help myself - they're so goooood!*

* And, to be clear, totally unsponsored. 

I've historically been a capris girl, even in the summer. I have Thighs and a Butt and I don't like Chafing. But it's so freaking hot in the Puerto Rico summer that I just had to break down and buy some running shorts.

I had an old pair from Target's C9 line, but they were sort of flimsy and didn't have any pockets. I needed to call in reinforcements. I snooped around on some potential models and brands, both luxury and cheap, before settling on an Old Navy pair. They were cheap, had a reasonable 5 inch inseam, and had side pockets, so what the hell, right? I took a shot.

AND FELL RIGHT INTO HEAVEN.

How have a gone so long without side pockets in ALL my running gear??? Side pockets are the BUSINESS, my friends! Key pockets are so yesterday; I want to shove my keys in my left pocket and my whole goddamn cell phone in the right and CHAAAAAARGE! (aka slowly shuffle)

I feel I should explain: the Amazon box under my bed is full of race medals.

The 5" inseam? Perfection! Long enough to prevent the dreaded chub rub without being so long as to feel frumpy. Plus the shorts don't ride up and the high waist doesn't slip? SIGN ME UP.

And finally: the price. They retail at $20. But it's Old Navy so there's a sale, like, every other day.


To review: hella economical. Beautiful fit. POCKETS. Where's the catch?

Oh, I found it: their popularity. My research has not been exhaustive but I've ducked into several physical Old Navys Old Navies Old Navii and haven't found a single pair in stock. And if you want to catch 'em online, you've got to be quick - on more than one occasion I've turned my nose up waiting for a better sale and lived to regret it.

And now I'm telling you people and making it worse. I see the problem now: I'm an idiot. But that's not your fault, so buy a pair! You won't regret it.

Who makes your favorite running shorts? POCKETS ONLY.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

In Which Jenn Likes Yoga Because Of Disney, Obviously


Since I moved to Puerto Rico I don't have as many cross-training opportunities as I once did. Well, I say that - all I ever used to do was ballet. I've actually been doing some weight training and resistance exercises in addition to running, so you could argue that I'm doing more cross-training, maybe? But I miss ballet.

Not to say there isn't ballet in PR. Obviously there totally is. But we're sharing a car now and there are no dance studios in easy distance of me. Boo.

Yet when we first arrived and lived in temporary quarters, for a lovely 7 weeks, I was a 4 minute walk from a yoga studio. I'd never really been a yogi but it had a lot of the same flexibility demands as ballet so I gave it a shot. I can't say it made me feel like I'd been through a workout but I definitely streeeetched and even a little sore from that stretching sometimes.

So I liked it! Especially savasana, which is the part at the very end where you lie there and unwind from your practice. Not for the obvious reasons - I mean, sure, I like chilling as much as the next person, but I can do that at home. No, what I really liked was the music. Was it bangin'? Hell no. But it sure reminded me of Serka Zong.

Yup, I have the sort of mind that can bring anything back around to Walt Disney World. During savasana you're supposed to clear your mind of thought. But I've never been much good at that, so instead I did my version of meditation: as the drums and chimes and flutes washed over me, I imagined being in Disney's Animal Kingdom, wandering past Expedition Everest, watching the Tibetan prayer flags flap in the breeze. Good times, good times.

Alas, we ultimately settled in a different part of the city, and there's nary a yoga studio in safe walking distance anymore. I've been challenging myself to do a yoga video from YouTube every week, but you know how these things go. Still, this week I finally got around to pulling up the archived livestream Disney did a couple months ago for National Yoga Day. It take a loooong time to get started but once it does it's a simple practice anyone can do. Heck, I think the female instructor might even be the same one from the Yoga for Runners class I did at the 2018 WDW Marathon Expo. Now, if only they'd done it in DAK...


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Thursday, August 8, 2019

How To Add On A runDisney Challenge After You've Already Registered


I've seen the question pop up many a time in the runDisney fan Facebook groups: "I'm registered for just the half marathon, but I want to go Goofy! I'm registered for Goofy, but I want to be Dopey! Can I upgrade to a race challenge?"

Well, I lived that very tale, and I'm here to tell you that it's both doable and doable easily - for a price.

My first step was to email rundisney@disneysports.com. I laid out my dilemma - I was registered for the full but wanted to switch to Goofy - and requested information as to how I could make that switch.

A couple days later I received a very nice response telling me that it wouldn't be a problem provided that I took the following steps:

First, I was to register for Goofy outright. You do this like you would if you were starting fresh. Don't dilly-dally as if the race you want to transfer to sells out they can no longer help you.

Once this was done, I was to fill out a transfer form. This was a PDF attached to the initial email I received. It wasn't too complicated - it asked for my basic information plus the registration numbers of my former marathon registration and my new Goofy registration.

I sent this back in an email response and voila! Well, not entirely voila. I was assured that once the form was processed I would receive a refund on my original marathon registration, which I did - minus a $45 transfer fee. This strikes me as a little steep but I think we've all accepted by now that when it comes to pricing, Disney does what Disney wants.

And that's it! As far as I'm aware you can follow this process for transfers in any runDisney race weekend. There are a couple of things to keep in mind, however.

You can only transfer up, not down. The form I received (which I can only assume is customized per race weekend) offered the opportunity to transfer from the 10K to the half, half to full, full to Goofy, and Goofy to Dopey (with any combination leapfrogging to a higher distance permissible). There's no option to go backwards - if you're in the marathon, you can't get any money back dropping down to the half.

The other thing to note is that there is a transfer deadline. For this year's marathon weekend it's October 8, but it's going to be different every race weekend and year. If this is something you're pondering, make sure you check that deadline now so that you don't miss out.

runDisney mentions the ability to make transfers in your account, which may be a new feature. You can check that out on their race policies page. The above was my experience in April 2019 but things do change. The good news is you can always start by emailing that rundisney@disneysports.com email address - it's a pretty low risk way to start.

Hope this helps somebody! See ya at the Goofy races - I'll be the one who's just relieved she woke up on time. >D

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

In Which Jenn Thinks The Mulan Remake Isn't


Okay, I've taken some time to think about it, and I believe I'm ready to weigh in on this whole Mulan remake controversy.* Basically: yes, I have a problem with it. No, it's not exactly what you think.

* Because you've doubtless all been waiting to hear what an obscure white girl blogger has to say on the matter.

So if you don't know (but you're reading this blog then you totally do, but all the same) Disney's live action Mulan remake has met with some mixed reactions in the fandom. As details have been slowly released, the negative camp has been horrified by Disney's sins of omission: no songs! No Li Shang! NO MUSHU!

It's enough to make a Disney purist burst into exquisitely rendered tears. But not so fast, say the woke among us. This remake is working hard to be more culturally accurate! The original played a little too fast and loose with some details of Chinese culture and Disney is working to correct that!

None of which is news to me; my dad, who has a bachelor's degree in East Asian history for some unknown reason, informed my innocent 12 year old self from jump: "You know this isn't a very Chinese movie, right?" I did not know. I was 12 and I loved it. He just likes to ruin things. But he's not wrong.

Did I mention I love the 1998 Mulan? I freaking LOVE it. Mulan is my favorite princess! But I'm happy to recognize that it's not the most culturally accurate representation of the tale. Mulan is not Disney's invention; she has a looooong history and is a huge part of Chinese folklore. Disney wasn't even the first to adapt the story, not by a long shot, and probably won't be the last.

And there, my friends, is where I start to have a problem. If Disney wants to make a new Mulan that better follows the source material, great! If they're going to work harder to make sure that they represent Chinese culture with improved accuracy and sensitivity, magnificent! That all sounds very forward-thinking to me!

BUT STOP CALLING IT A REMAKE.

This is not a remake. I repeat: THIS IS NOT A REMAKE. It is extra not a remake because Disney didn't even make up the dang story themselves in the first place. They weren't even the first to create an adaptation. This is a just new interpretation of the Mulan tale.

The absence of songs and characters does not invalidate the new movie's worth in any way shape, or form. But it does pull the plot too far removed from the "original" to earn the title "remake." It'd be liked calling Disney's Beauty & The Beast a remake of the '80s television show "Beauty & The Beast" because they share a title and source material. And do we do that? No we do not! And from where I'm standing this is no different.

So why is Disney calling it a remake? Simple: to capitalize on our nostalgia. Those of us who grew up during the Disney Renaissance love hard. I'd be willing to bet that 70% of the people dropping money on all these live action remakes are millennials looking to recapture that precious portion of their childhood, many of whom are sharing it with their own kids. The nostalgia is essential for Disney to tap into if they want to continue using these remakes as a license to print money.

That's why they're calling it a Mulan remake. They must know they're starting their story from just this side of square one. But they're hoping you won't notice if they don't change the title.

P.S. While I'm actively putting my foot in it: there's no reason Ariel can't be black. Hell, if we do in fact get Terry Crews as Triton out of it I consider it an upgrade! Andre Braugher for Sebastian, anyone?

Saturday, June 29, 2019

In Which Jenn Makes A New WDW To-Eat List

Waaaay back in 2014, when this blog was a mere baby blog - a blaby? A blogby? - I did a post about all the foods I wanted to eat at Walt Disney World. Since then, I have made a small dent in that list... and since then, five years' worth of NEW foods have popped up.

So I did it again! I went combing through the last year's worth of Disney Food Blog archives, painstakingly searching for reviews of foods that looked simply too delicious not to pursue. Any time I found such a wonderful treat, I compiled it in a spreadsheet. (Where would a WDW planner be without spreadsheets?)

There were some criteria, of course. It had to be something I was legit jazzed about, not just "oh, that looks good." And no seasonal or limited edition items; that's a recipe for heartache. In my research, I didn't go back much more than a year to avoid changed or discontinued items. But other than that, all things delectable were fair game!

And so I present to you: my 2019 WDW To-Eat List. I have a lot of work to do.

(Curious to see how I did on my first list? I've updated it! Check it out.)


LocationItemCheck!
AristoCrepesBubble waffle ice cream
The Polite PigGideon's cookies
MultipleJalapeno & cheese stuffed pretzel
MultipleMarshmallow wand
Nomad LoungeTuna poke bowl
Santu'li CanteenCheeseburger pods
Dawa BarNgumu Jungle Juicex
Thirsty River BarDragon's Breath
All-Star SportsEdible cookie dough
Pop CenturyOatmeal cookie sandwich
Rose & CrownSticky toffee pudding
Woody's LunchboxGrown-up grilled cheese
Woody's LunchboxChocolate hazelnut lunchbox tart
Woody's LunchboxS'mores breakfast sandwich
TerralinaFlourless chocolate cake
Trolley Car CafePeanut butter cupcake (regular or Kylo Ren)
Contempo CafePeanut butter pie
Wine Bar GeorgeCrispy mac 'n cheese bites
MultiplePurple wall slush
Trolley Car CafeCarrot cake cookie in its new iteration
Beaches & CreamChocolate layer cake
Beaches & CreamGrilled banana bread with peanut butter
The GanacheryHomemade s'more
Prime Time CafePeanut butter and jelly milkshake
Cheshire CafeHam and cheese pretzel
Cheshire CafeCheshire cat tail
Adventureland CartCheesburger egg rollsx
Pinocchio Village HausItalian cream cake
The Smiling CrocodilePimento cheese BLT
Jock Lindsey'sAir pirate pretzelsx
MultipleMickey scone
The MaraPeanut butter brownie
Ale & CompassParker House rolls and spreads
Kringla BakeryLefse
Nomad LoungeJenn's Tattoo (MINE!)x
SprinklesFrosting shots
Pop CenturyKing whoopie pie
Plaza Ice Cream ParlorAll-American sundae
House of BluesToffee butter bread pudding
PolynesianShave ice with condensed milk
Yachstman SteakhouseOnion pull-apart rolls
Good's Food To GoBread pudding
BaseLine Tap HouseBeer flight
Territory LoungeCheese fondue
AbracadabarPepper's Ghost
Contempo CafeChocolate chip cookie sandwich
Skipper CanteenCurried vegetable crew stew
GhirardelliCrissy Fields cookie bits sundae
Sunshine SeasonsRed velvet whoopie pie
Pongu PonguLumpiax
Top of the WorldChocolate cake
The MaraKudu cookiesx
Kusafiri BakeryRoast beef & cheddar panini w/ curry chips
AristoCrepesCookie dough flight
African OutpostBrown Elephant
NorwayTroll Kreme Slush
BluezooSeared tuna
Tangaroa TerraceFried Spam Masubi
All-Star MusicPrincess Aurora cupcake
Yorkshire Fish ShopEnglish meat pie

Have you tried any of the above foods? What's on your To-Eat list?

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

In Which Jenn Drinks Liquid Epcot

I come from Maryland, where individual counties set liquor laws, and most of those counties are run by puritans. Most grocery stores can't even sell beer and wine, let alone liquor, and you're sure as hell not going to find it in, say, a fast food place.

So every time I leave Maryland and see alcohol sold in anything less than a dedicated store, I am taken aback. I am so sheltered in this area I am taken aback by the beer in the grab-n-go cases of the MCO airport terminals.

And I certainly wasn't prepared for Puerto Rico. You can get beer and wine and even liquor everywhere. Grocery stores, sure, but also the drug store and the gas station and ALL the restaurants. All of them!

Where was I going with this? Oh, right. I've been pleased to find that the beer selection here has been working very well for me. In addition to having an excellent brewery in walking distance, there's Abita Purple Haze everywhere I could hope to find it. I've loved Purple Haze ever since I tried it during a beer 5K. (Well, roughly a 5K. I THINK we were supposed to run three loops of the course, but by the end it was just a leisurely stroll from beer tent to beer tent in as many loops as we wanted.)

What else do they have on the regular? See if you can spot it:


I'll give you a hint: top toward the left.

That's right. SCHOFFERHOFFER. GRAPEFRUIT. BEER. They have it in bottles. And they have it ON TAP!!!!!

Sure, it's not an all-the-time beer. It's hardly even beer; I think the ABV is like 2.5%. But it's also basically pouring liquid Epcot into a pint glass. And I dig that. I dig that hard.

Epcot, I miss you. Until we meet again, I'll drink you down.

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