The Fairest Week in Review: 9/16

Moon can’t make it today, but – IT’S HER BIRTHDAY! WEEEEEE!!! Everybody wish her a happy one! 😀 😀 D

Glorious. Okay. Training last week. It started out well – on Sunday I knocked out a 16 miler at decent speeds. Unfortunately my Tuesday run was rough and my Thursday run was even rougher. I couldn’t figure out what went wrong until after the Thursday run when I realized that my bit of a cough and slight soreness of throat added up to a cold. Not a severe one – I’m already almost over it – but just enough sickness to throw me off my game. Ah well. Better now than when I run my half in two weeks!

I also ran the Color in Motion 5K on Saturday morning, which was unfortunately rendered less enjoyable by the aforementioned cold, among other things. More on that tomorrow!

SPOILERS!

Wanted to give a quick shout-out to sports headphone maker Yurbuds. I bought a new pair a few weeks ago; when I plugged them into my iPod before my run on Thursday, the left ear shorted out (I spent the entire run dejectedly watching bad TV; there is NOTHING GOOD on after The Daily Show. What is up with that?). The instruction booklet asks that you please contact the company before making any returns, so I figured what the heck. I emailed customer service, and within 24 hours I had a response. They’re sending me a new pair in the mail, no problem. ETA is 5 to 7 days, so if you experience a similar problem and need a new pair fast, I recommend you just take your earbuds back to the store regardless of the booklet’s request. If you’ve got the time, though, the Yurbuds people are very nice and helpful. So there you are!

My music was consequently The Daily Show and everything that come on afterward (ehhh).

Okay! Roundup!

– MORE Disneyland Half weekend coverage – Pumpkin to Princess! Prairie Princess Runners! MousePlanet! Live Laugh Eat Run!
My Glass Sneaker shows us how to get into a sold out Disney race, legit.
Margaritas, Miles & the Mouse understands the terror that those nice pacer people can create.
Eating WDW reviews one of my favorite meals at one of my favorite counter service restaurants – the Lighthouse Sandwich at Columbia Harbor House. Take it upstairs and eat by a second story window; wonderful views!
– Speaking of awesome Disney food and drink consumption, Beers and Ears drinks around the World Showcase with beer only. I appreciate the commitment to the theme.

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!

A Tale of Two Tequila Shots

Please join me once again in welcoming the amazing, death-defying Elizabeth as my special guest!

JENN: So, tequila. Walt Disney World. Walt Disney World. Tequila. I think the connection is obvious.

ELIZABETH: And the first time you chickened out!

JENN: This is true. Let the record show that Elizabeth is twice the man I am.

ELIZABETH: It was a good place to have a first tequila shot, though.

JENN: And it was in La Cava del Tequila in Mexico, of course. So that was your first one?

ELIZABETH: Yep! I’d had margaritas, but nothing with straight tequila.

JENN:  I seem to recall we were at one of the hightop tables in the middle of the bar. Which means it must have been early afternoon, because one does not simply walk into La Cava del Tequila in the evening.

ELIZABETH: Hmmm, yes, it definitely wasn’t crowded when we were there.

We must savor the memory of this table;
we may never get one again.

JENN: I believe a waitress helped you pick your tequila?

ELIZABETH:
Yeah – if I remember correctly she was FROM Tequila. I remember because i hadn’t realized it was a place.

JENN: Ha, nice! I didn’t remember that! You went for the half shot, yes?

ELIZABETH: Yeah, which was probably good. They had to show me how to do everything in the right order.

JENN: Ummmm… salt, tequila, lime wedge?

ELIZABETH: I think that’s right. (I don’t do those shots very often…)

JENN: And then they also gave you a shot of tomato juice or something for after that.

ELIZABETH: Yeah! It was the chaser. It was tomato juice with I think something else in it. It tasted like V8. They brought it all out on a little board.

JENN: And you took it like a champ!

ELIZABETH: Luckily I had splurged on a mid-range tequila, which meant it was pretty smooth. And I normally hate V8, but I remember it didn’t taste bad after the shot.

Liz Lime!

JENN: Elizabeth never let me forget the fact that I chickened out of my first tequila shot. When we went again together a year or two later it was our mission to go back and do it right! And by “do it right” I mean “do it with me participating.”

ELIZABETH: Yes! Much more fun when you can take a shot with someone else! Though it was really crowded that time.

JENN: Yeah, we ended up kinda smooshed on the far end of the bar. Despite our rather out-of-the-way location, the bartender was rather interested when we asked for advice.

ELIZABETH: Yeah, the bartenders were extremely good about explaining what shots we should have that wouldn’t make us feel like we’d just drunk gasoline. They all seemed to enjoy telling us which were the best tequilas!

JENN: He started explaining what it meant for a tequila to be añejo or… the other two that are older… Reposada?

ELIZABETH: I don’t remember the names… But yeah, I can’t remember what we drank to, but I think we got some pretty decent stuff for the shots.

JENN: No, wait. Añejo IS old. Man, serious high school Spanish fail! Wikipedia is giving me a a bunch of kinds, but I remember the tequila menu being divided into three parts, based on how long it’s been aged.  I want to say the options were blanco, reposado, and añejo, but I could be getting that wrong.

Anyway. The bartender guided us to a mid-price reposado, saying it would be smoother than a blanco without costing us ALL the money. Which meant that it was pretty good! It had a distinctive, almost tangy flavor. Sharp and assertive, I’d say. Which sounds kind of like I’m trying to describe wine, but I’d say the same basic principles apply.

ELIZABETH: It didn’t have much of the horrible aftertaste that i find a lot of liquor has. At least, most cheap liquor. And I tend to get sick from shots, so if i say it’s good, that actually means something!

JENN: I still find it wildly amusing that our very first tequila shots were furnished by Walt Disney World.

ELIZABETH: 😀 Probably the safest place to venture there…

JENN: Frankly, though, I’m not sure how soon I’ll be getting another shot at La Cava, seeing as how there are still a bunch of delicious margarita flavors I have yet to try. Rimmed by chili salt! CHILI SALT.

ELIZABETH: Oooo.

JENN: EXACTLY.

ELIZABETH: Do they have Coronaritas there? I kind of want one…

JENN: Haha, no idea. I know they just introduced a new line of Mexican beers. Who knows what the future might bring?

ELIZABETH: Untold wonders!

Thanks to Elizabeth for once again filling in while Moon is out of commission! You are of the sauce that is awesome.
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!

The Great Margarita Caper

JENN: So today I would like to talk about the Great Cucumber Margarita Caper, Or; Drinking 1/12 of the Way Around the World.

MOON: You mean drinking our way INTO Mexico and then I’m drunk?

JENN: Well, technically we drank IN Mexico, and then out of Mexico. But everywhere we went, we took Mexico with us.

MOON: We drank outside of Mexico?

JENN: Our initial idea, you see, was to engage in the traditional Drinking Around the World. Not too quickly, and sharing drinks, of course. We took our drink with us.

MOON: Well, I know the plan was to drink something in every country, but I just remember Mexico. Was there tequila? Because if we did a shot of tequila first, I totally understand the haze.

JENN: Haha, nope. No excuses. That was Elizabeth. She is twice the man we’ll ever be.

We started our journey with La Cava del Tequila, naturally. The line was, as is so often the case, at La Cava, and we had plenty of time to consider the margarita menu. We briefly toyed with the idea of the pomegranate but eventually settled on cucumber.

 First of all: it came rimmed with chili salt. If I had a binder, I would doodle “Mrs. Chili Salt” all over it.

Mrs. Chili Salt

MOON: …I get jokes.

JENN: I am a very sophisticated comedian.

As for the margarita itself, it was delicious. There were actual chunks of cucumber floating around in the drink. These of course soaked up the liquid and became progressively tastier as time went on.

MOON: See, this is why we have a two-man team. If I had to write this blog on my own, this would be the entry: We had a drink. Annnnd, I’ll see you guys later.

JENN: You would make a great meme.

MOON: I don’t doubt it. I’m assuming my picture is going to pop up sometime during this post, so I must be upfront with the audience: I am a lightweight. Can’t hold my alcohol. My skin turns red, my hands and feet swell and my head will itch.

JENN: Awww. You just look adorably flushed. Like a Jane Austen heroine.

MOON: Don’t get me wrong, I love a drink every now and then (maybe two if it’s a long evening), but I need to drink at the pace of a cactus.

JENN: Also, have you noticed you look kinda like the Korean version of Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl in the pictures?

The rootinist, tootinist cowgirl in the Wild Wild West

MOON: No, I can’t say that I have!

JENN: It’s magnificent.

MOON: Yee-haw?

JENN: I can be Bullseye. There, Halloween done.

MOON: Hahaha, okay!

JENN: How much of the margarita would you say you had before you started going slightly loopy?

MOON: One quarter. No kidding.

JENN:
And so, having completed one quarter of one drink out of twelve, we somehow found ourselves drawn, as if by some unseen force, to the Mitsukoshi department store in the Japan pavilion…

MOON: I know what’s coming up next… And all I have to say about that is: 1. I LOVE cats and 2. It wasn’t that bad! Just a lot of wrapping paper…

JENN: Right, so you know all those adorable dishes they have in the last section of the store? Moon bought ALL THE DISHES.

MOON: My kitty thanks Disney for the dishes. 🙂

JENN: In fairness, I was over in the Shinzi Katoh section squeeling over adorable tote bags I didn’t need but bought anyway because one had a black cat and I have a black cat and EEEEE. If I ever become independently wealthy, I’m hitting up Mitsukoshi first. And I’m having a margarita before I start.

MOON: So, had I made it through the margarita, what would we have had next?

JENN: Something from Norway. Maybe we’d be REALLY brave and try a shot of Aquavit. See if we’re vikings on the inside.

MOON: I can do a shot of anything. Challenge accepted.

JENN: Oh my. I guess it’s happening next time! We’ll just have to start our Drinking Around the World at 11AM.

MOON: Just a suggestion, but perhaps I should give myself the length of our stay in Disney to drink myself around the world. If we’re staying for less than a week’s time then I’ll still be drunk for a large portion of the trip.

JENN: We can just camp in Epcot.

MOON: I would be okay with that. Can you imagine riding Spaceship Earth all night?

JENN: We could fall asleep to the gentle lilting tones of Dame Judi Dench telling us to thank the Phoenicians.

MOON: I’ve always had an affinity for the transcribing monk. You know, the sleepy one.

JENN: There ya go. That can be us!

Yo de lay hee yo de lay hee yo de lay hee

One of these days, we really ARE going to Drink Around the World. MARK OUR WORDS.

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!