In Which Jenn Reveals Her Upcoming Race Costumes

I am unlikely to ever be one of those really elaborately costumed runDisney people. Don’t get me wrong – more power to those guys! I am very impressed with your work! But the physical and monetary demands are too much for me to pursue such excellence at this time.


However, my Figment-y dip into modest costuming has made me hungry for personalized shout-outs from spectators. My Minnie ears are not enough because half the people on the course are Minnie Mouse. But if I can make it clear I’m channeling a character and put enough distance between me and the next Cheshire cat to know that encouraging cry was meant for me? That’s the business!

And so I give you my costumes for Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge:


Nothing groundbreaking, of course, but I’m pleased with my spread all the same. Bonus: my trip companion Erika might run as Alice for the 10K!

I would never leave you hanging if you want to make any of these items your items:
  • The sequined cat ears are from Forever 21. They don’t have these exact ears anymore but they do have an alternate selection.
  • The Cheshire cat dress is from Hot Topic. Unfortunately it’s no longer available but resellers might have it.
  • The shorts are from Target’s C9 by Champion line. These are similar.
  • The mint green lace mouse ears are from Hot Topic. I pondered getting some more personalized Little Mermaid ears but elected to save the money. I think these are right for the Ariel color scheme, at the very least. Unfortunately they’re no longer available but resellers might have them.
  • The Ariel workout tank is from Hot Topic; note that it runs VERY big – hence the fit-altering knot in the front. Although now that I’ve figured that out I think it’s a cute look. Unfortunately it’s no longer available but resellers might have it.
  • The running pants are from Victoria’s Secret Sport and are my new favorite! They have a waistband key pocket AND side pockets.
I can’t wait to slip these babies on at 2:45am and pound some magical pavement!

Are you running Wine & Dine? Will you be wearing a costume?

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In Which Jenn Shows Off Her Disney Mug Collection

I’ve seen quite a few posts out there about Disney mug collections. I do not have nearly as vast or as varied a cabinet as many, but I’m taking a shot anyway. Prepare for a trip down memory lane, bottoming out in a mid-2000s Disney Store.

In my college and grad school years I worked at a Medieval Times attached to a mall, so I spent a lot of time wandering around it. Luckily this particular mall had a Disney Store, which often offered sale items. They also had a frequent rotation of mugs that looked like these:

PLOT TWIST.

Didn’t see Pan coming, did you? Yeah, I did my undergrad thesis on Lewis Carroll’s Alice books, so for awhile there I was convinced I had to own everything Alice-related. I kinda wish I’d gotten more and varied designs, but what are ya gonna do. Regardless, these are great mugs for tea, as they hold a ton of liquid. I also love the giant teacup design.

Bonus mugs!

The blue mug was one of my souvenirs from my first modern WDW trip in 2008. I wanted something not-too-kitchsy and settled on a Walt quote; it tends to be my go-to for coffee. Not sure where the other Alice mug came from but again: Alice. Teacup. Theme.

I don’t really need more mugs, but I’m tempted to pick up some of those Starbucks location-specific models next time I’m at WDW…

Do you have a Disney mug collection? Any other super awesome mugs I should keep my eye out for?

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: 1/22

Hi guys! Time for another glorious trip report, highlighting our time in the Disneyland Resort. For the sake of flow, this report will be written by Jenn with Moon popping in for notes – don’t worry, these will be clearly delineated. As with my last trip report, a lot of food reviews will be held for a later post, so stay tuned for that. Hope you enjoy! To read all the posts in this report, click here. 

I hadn’t planned on doing a full day’s report for our travel day home. No one likes traveling home. Especially west coast to east coast; you pretty much lose an entire day.

Heck, I can’t even fall back on the always post-worthy tradition of complaining. Everything went fine. No problems driving to the airport. Both flights were on time and landed early. We had plenty of breathing room when it came to making our connection. Moon’s boyfriend picked us up from the airport in his sweet, sweet minivan, dropped me off at my car, and I got to go home. We didn’t even experience weather-related problems, and Maryland had recently been hit by snow, so we could have.

And yet here I am, and it is because of these photos. Let Moon explain.

MOON: On the flight home, I noticed a degradation of Jenn’s posture and mood… This warranted proper photographic documentation.

 Says it all, no?

The trip report proper is over – but we’re not done quite yet! Tune in next week for everyone’s favorite post: the food review.

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us atfairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

Soup of the Evening, Beautiful Soup!

Who for such dainties would not stoop? … Wait, was the Mock Turtle even in the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland? He was, right? Yes? No? I can’t remember. Fail. But whatever; today I’m talking soup.

It is simple. It is so simple, you don’t make it so much as assemble it. It makes a great work lunch and is infinitely customizable. The ingredients could be described as “things you like.” And while it is as delicious as you want it to be, it is also as healthy as you want it to be! I’ll walk you through it.

Here are my ingredients:

A quick trip to Target and you, too, can have an awesome shark lunch pouch.

  • A can of tomato soup
  • Enough spinach for a decently-sized salad
  • White beans
  • Egg whites

And here is what I do:

  1. I mix the egg white with a little salt and nuke it in the microwave; then I chop it up and place it in a bowl.
  2. I top the egg whites with all the spinach. I mean ALL the spinach, because I love spinach so much I consider it a go-to pizza topping.
  3. I add a spoonful or two of beans.
  4. I top the whole thing with the can of tomato soup plus a can full of water per the instructions, then mix and microwave for about four minutes.

This is what I get:

The soup cooks down the spinach and heats the beans and all three additions add a faint infusion of their essence to the tomato base. It is tasty and filling and contains all sorts of nutritious ingredients, no?

But let’s say you don’t like tomato soup and you’re allergic to eggs. No reason why you couldn’t sub butternut squash soup and sliced chicken sausage. Beef broth with sliced carrots and those mini potatoes for something heartier. If you really hate yourself,  you could add celery, but I still don’t understand how people manage to eat celery unless you slap a boatload of peanut butter on top, at which point why bother eating celery? Truly this culinary mystery weighs heavily upon me. (Don’t even get me started on the potential evils of mayonnaise.)

Anyway. I’m always on the hunt for healthy lunches that I can enjoy eating without buying a ton of ingredients I won’t be able to use before they go bad. Anyone have any suggestions? Like my plussed soup idea? What combination would you go for?

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.com. See ya real soon!