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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In Which Jenn Marvels At PR Movie Theaters

I’m not gonna lie to you guys – I’m not a Marvel person. I respect the franchise – my nerdy little Star Trek-loving, Disney-obsessing heart could hardly do otherwise – but it doesn’t do a ton for me. I don’t mind if someone puts a Marvel movie on, but I only see them in theaters when Pat asks me to go with him.

Which is how I wound up at a showing of Avengers: Endgame last weekend. First of all, can we talk about Puerto Rican movie theater prices? They are shockingly cheap. Admittedly our 12:35pm showing probably qualified for matinee prices, but still. We got two tickets, two sodas, and a candy bar for LESS THAN TWENTY DOLLARS. There are theaters in DC where $20 will barely get you a single ticket.

Anyway. So. There I was in the movie theater, eating my half of a Bueno bar and watching Endgame, a movie which elicited in me great feelings of neutrality and which is, by my conservative estimate, 87,000 years long. To keep myself entertained and continue to practice my Spanish, I took to reading the subtitles. Oh, right, I should mentioned – in Puerto Rico, Hollywood movies are run in English with Spanish subtitles.

So I was reading the subtitles, and I noticed that they didn’t always fully match up with the English dialogue. There were little things, word choices, but bigger things too. For example, at once point someone references visiting the Garden State. How the hell should Spanish-speaking audiences know what that is? The subtitles simply read “Nueva Jersey” instead.

But by far my favorite part of the movie came from just such a miss-match. I can’t remember who said it – Tony Stark, maybe? – but someone referred to the Hulk as Jolly Green. Evidently Green Giant doesn’t have a ton of cache in the Caribbean, because the subtitles instead said – wait for it – Wazowski. WAZOWSKI! Which is of course a reference to everyone’s favorite green star of Monsters Inc.

In conclusion, I made a meme about it for the people of the Caribbean. You’re welcome!

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In Which Jenn Is Back! … Well, Pre-Back

Yooo! I couldn’t let the whole of May go by without a single post. I didn’t mean to take a blog break at all, really. But it was so easy to let slip – we were moving into a new, permanent place in Puerto Rico, and I was settling into teleworking, and also I’m planning a wedding which as it turns out is like half a job in and of itself…

These are all excuses, of course. If you don’t post to the blog for a week, it’s easier not to the next week, etc. But I don’t want to give up! I’m, like, hella behind on posts but starting next week I’m back in. I’m in!

As an apology, here are some photos of our time in Puerto Rico. See you next week!

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In Which Jenn Runs In San Juan

While we apartment-hunt for a permanent place, Pat and I are staying in a little place by the beach in Ocean Park, in the northern part of San Juan on the coast. It’s not a proper hotel and there’s no gym… but like any good addict, I’m not about to let my training just drop, y’know? Mama needs her mileage! … Ew. Why did I say that? I mean, it’s true, but why did I say it like that?

Anyway. So it’s hot here in Puerto Rico (WUT) and humid, and even in the middle of the night it’s 75 degrees. But I’m a warm weather person so that’s okay. The first week I did a series of 3 milers, and then a series of 4, and it’s working out fine.

The routes are a little weird, though. I mean, not weird, just not ideal. The neighborhood we’re in is compact so I do a lot of doubling up around blocks and stuff. A nice feature, though, is a park about a third of a mile away from our place. I mean, can’t hate on that view, can you?

San Juan running

And this sidewalk… embossing? Or whatever. It’s pretty cute.

San Juan running

San Juan running

There’s even a track in the park, although I’m not a huge track fan. I’ve used it once or twice but I prefer the neighborhood streets.

The sidewalks are rough, though, man. There are uneven curbs and potholes and random uneven bits. All throughout my ballet career my teacher has told me to stop looking at the floor, but in running this particular skill has served me well. You gotta keep your eyes on the ground or you’re going down. Hell, I almost broke my ankle this morning while walking. Thank God I have flexible joints.

I’m still hoping to snag an apartment with a treadmill when the time comes, but for now, this is working out fine. Now if I can only find a good race series…

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In Which Jenn Lives In Puerto Rico Now

ยกQuรฉ sorpresa! I moved to Puerto Rico!
Yep, Pat got a job here and after much planning and packing and a very traumatic plane ride for the kitties, we are now San Juan locals. Luckily we had an assist from the federal government (and how often can you say that these days?).
Obviously this will have reverberating life consequences. I need to properly learn Spanish, for one – no me recuerdo mucho espaรฑol de mi escuela. I’m also going to have learn to drive LIKE A MANIAC. And while I’m teleworking with my old job for now, I may ultimately need to find something new.
As far as this blog is concerned, well, I’m still running! Just morning 5Ks so far – I need to get used to the heat and the neighborhood. I hope to get a hold of a treadmill at some point to help with the really long runs.
Now comes the sad part. Since life and livelihood are still up in the air at this point, I can’t do any runDisney halves this year. Pour one out for that MAJOR bummer. Thank God I already asked my parents to subsidize a WDW Marathon trip as my Christmas/birthday present this year – you know I can’t live without that one!
So that’s what’s up! On the off chance you’re interested, Pat and I have put together a little blog about our Puerto Rico trip. The idea is to keep our friends and family apprised of our doings, but we’re all friends, right? Check it out!
In the meantime, keep checking back weekly. I still love running and Disney and I still love writing about them!
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In Which Jenn Went to Puerto Rico

Okay, so, like I said before, I spent the long weekend in Puerto Rico. In an effort to make this somewhat more related to the mission statement of the blog, I will say: I did not run in PR but I saw several OTHER people out for a run, which means that if I ever move to Puerto Rico I don’t have to give up my hobby.

Also, I ate food! We like to talk about food around here. I wasn’t a huge fan of all the fried stuff – did you know that they fry a lot of stuff? – but we were within walking distance of this place called Kasalta and their food was awesome. They had Spanish tortilla, which is basically a glorious potato omelet, and chorizo stuff and media noche sandwiches and about a thousand dessert items including amazing chocolate-covered marzipan balls. I love marzipan (MARZIPAN MARZIPAAAAN*)! They are very proud about the fact that Obama was there once; there’s a big sign about it and everything.

Also, cafe con leche is awesome. Also, starfruit!

Also, did you hear the Puerto Rico is lobbying hard for a World Showcase pavilion? That’s why they had that massive Food & Wine Festival presence. That’s related!

Things I can no longer pretend are relevant to the blog but whatever: the beaches are all lovely. We were mostly staying in San Juan but spent a night in Luquillo and the water there was clear and warm and wonderful. San Juan had a slight touch of anarchy about it but Luquillo didn’t have that feel to me – I liked it a lot.

We also went to Old San Juan, which has a beautiful old world, European feel to it. With, y’know, touches of modernity.

The Christmas decorations were up in full force, which was a little weird because it was so warm out (like Christmas in WDW, anyone?). The Three Kings are VERY big there, although the governor took a more lights-intensive approach to his decorations.

But my FAVORITE part was when we walked down a little residential street and saw cats sitting on stoops. A big black cat came over to me, so I crouched down and he circled me, rubbing up against me and then rolling on his back. Then a smaller black cat wandered up, and THEN a stripey cat came over, and basically I was the Queen of Cats for like two minutes until my boyfriend pointed out that our friends were leaving us behind and no, he was not going to leave me alone in an alley with a bunch of cats.

Also, Latin Parking! (What does this mean?)

Also, iguanas!

Also, our flight back was on Penguin One!

Also, Puerto Rico was fabulous and I would totally go back. WEPA.

* You’we not a bwoom?

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 Week In Review: 12/02

JENN: Did you sneak in any training this week?

MOON: I did! Had some time off with Christian and we ran together a few times.

JENN: Awesome!

MOON: What about you? How’s the foot?

JENN: Eh. It’s better. I do feel it’s making progress. I managed a three mile walk at a NON snail’s pace on Saturday, but I had to stop there because it was starting to feel a little weird and I didn’t want to make things worse.

I’m going to work more walks (and maybe the elliptical? Anyone like the elliptical?) into this week, then on Friday I leave for a long weekend in Puerto Rico; I’m hoping to try running after I get back.

MOON: AHH! That’s so exciting! Usually around this time of year I would be dying to take a vacation somewhere warm… but now it doesn’t feel justified… since it’s 66 degrees out today. >_>

JENN: Well, yes, but on Friday it’s supposed to be 37 degrees with the potential for snow.

MOON: Future Me will be justified on Friday, then. I hope you have a great time! Nothing will be better for a bum foot than sunshine and warm water.  ๐Ÿ™‚

JENN: Yes indeedy! We’re looking at snorkeling as a potential activity and I’m excited to maybe see some (tiny, harmless) sharks!

Pictured: A tiny, harmless shark.
(Have you seen Deep Blue Sea? It’s AMAZING.)

MOON: !!!!!!!!!!!!! Hmm. I’ll have to bug Christian about getting in the shark cage.

JENN: Story of my life.

MOON: We watched some “Blue Planet” this week. I’m not sure I’m doing myself any favors. He found the manta rays and sharks terrifying. Was also critical of open water fish and their hunting strategies.

JENN: I would LOVE to see manta rays! They’re amazing!

MOON: I knowwww! So majestic…  ๐Ÿ˜€

JENN: We might also drive into the mountains and check out a rainforest. And of course my boyfriend simply must surf. Also he said something about a “Street of Pork.” Not 100% sure what that’s all about. But clearly there are many possibilities!

MOON: Hmm, well, Christian and I DID go to a Ham Museum on our last excursion… I suppose it’s only fair that you must suffer it as well, ha!

JENN: Nothing more ubiquitous or cross-culturally relevant than dead pigs.

Know what else is ubiquitous and cross-culturally relevant? The blog roundup!

This Runner’s Trials explains exactly how she nabbed that elusive sub-4 marathon.
– Live, Run, Grow presents a holiday gift list for runners.
Half Crazy Mama helps runners self-identify.
My Glass Sneaker has a blue-ribbon peanut butter pie recipe from that Celebration pie competition.
A Pinch of Pixie Dust has a Disney cupcake VIDEO.
The Disney Tourist blog explains why this new Great Movie Ride + TCM thing is AWESOME.
– Disney wedding planning? Magical Day Weddings has a to-do list to get you started.
The Disney Hipsters offer Disneyland and Epcot Christmas music loops.

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!

In Which Jenn Is Obnoxiously Cheerful About the Future

Strap in, everybody – to counter yesterday’s whine-fest, I’m now going to be overwhelmingly positive!
In this particular case, I am both Ted AND Veronica.
See this sticky note that lives on my work computer?
This sticky note houses all the joy of the foreseeable future. The first two – the Tessy convention (5K recap here) and Outer Banks trip – are over, the latter of which bums me out to no end but that’s just a thing I do. I get unnecessarily bummed at the conclusion of trips and nostalgic over things that JUST HAPPENED and I remember the day we left and we were so happy and excited and now that moment is gone forever and – 
STOP THAT. Happiness post! Because there are no less than SEVEN additional items on that sticky note, all upcoming, and they’re awesome.
Oktoberfest. My roommate and I got LivingSocial deals on tickets, and so we will skip about Baltimore drinking beer and eating Bavarian pretzels. And who doesn’t want that?
Marine Corps Marathon. I may die. But it will be a good day to die.*
Wine & Dine Half Marathon at Walt Disney World. (Huge group of blogger buddies + Food & Wine Festival + half marathon with friends) x Walt Disney World = YESSSSSS.
Fall ballet show. Hooray ballet!
Dragon Age 3. Has anyone else played Dragon Age: Origins? Because it is the BEST VIDEO GAME EVER. (2 was pretty good, but not AS good.) My copy is pre-ordered and I’m ready to go!
Puerto Rico. My boyfriend is going to Puerto Rico in December and invited me along, so I took a leap and booked the plane tickets. Naturally this is a trifle risky in the case of relationships less than a year in, but what the hell. Worse case scenario, I transfer the flight credits to another trip. Best case? I’m WARM in winter!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
DOPEY CHALLENGE AT WALT DISNEY WORLD MARATHON WEEKEND. I will almost certainly die. But I’m taking Katherine and Nicole down with me.
And that’s just the stuff I know. There are also potential trips to the Maryland Renaissance Festival and Ocean City and maybe even Busch Gardens again. And who knows what other as yet unconsidered events will crop up? I may eventually need a second sticky note!
In short, as that robot told B’Elanna that one time, I believe there is sufficient reason for greater optimism.**
In this particular case, I’m just the robot.
What are you looking forward to in the coming months? Tell me!
* Klingon reference #1.
** Klingon reference #2. Although B’Elanna is half-Klingon so maybe it’s reference #1.5.

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!