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Philly Comicon 2014 (aka 30 Before 30 #1)

Published June 29, 2014 by thisprincesswillrun

It may seem like all I obsess about is Disney and running (that’s still so damn weird to say!) but I am hands down one of the nerdiest girls alive. If it’s a cult classic then it’s a sure bet I love it. Rocky Horror Picture Show. Princess Bride. Super Mario Brothers. Star Wars. Disney Princesses and Villains. Twilight (books not the movies). Percy Jackson. Harry Potter. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The list goes on and on. But most recently, Doctor Who.
I know I know I’m super late to the party. But my youngest sister and my oldest friend turned me into a Whovian. I binge watched all the NuWho last year, falling in love with each Doctor for different reasons. 9 because he’s just SO SASSY! 10 because well, just look at him. He’s pretty. And 11 because you can’t help but laugh at his insane-ness. But 9 is my Doctor. He was my first and he’s still my favorite.
My husband on the other hand, wanted nothing to do with DW. Which is fine. I never forced him to watch. All of the sudden earlier this year he started paying attention when I had it on. And he started liking it, and before I knew it, he was ob.sessed. Like, he know owns more Who T-shirts than I do! But I like that we have something else to feel out about together.
My friend Robbie who lives on Long Island told me he was coming down to Philly for Comicon in June. We don’t get to see each other often so John and I entertained the idea of going to Con, just to hang out with Robbie. That is, until one night when I had a raging headache and I’m laying down on John’s lap looking at Facebook (pretty sure Doctor Who was on Netflix) and I see a new post from Wizard World-Matt Smith will be at Philly Comicon with Karen Gillan on June 20 & 21. Had I NOT had a headache I would have been thrown on the floor so John could go get his laptop. Seriously. Matt is John’s Doctor, needless to say, we would definitely be going to Con now.

Going to Con.
With passes to the dual photo opp.
And passes to the dual panel.

We were officially crossing the line into Supreme Nerd Territory.
And we never looked back.

Robbie has this awesome Gender Bent Wonder Woman cosplay costume that he was wearing one day and was working on an incredible King Elsan (male cosplay Queen Elsa), so I knew I wanted to get involved in cosplay for the big day as well. John ordered himself a Bow Ties Are Cool t-shirt and a fez to wear that day, I knew there would be a gazillion Companion and Doctors walking around so I started looking on Etsy for something more unique. And I found it. A 50’s inspired custom made TARDIS blue skirt with the sign that is on the Doctor’s time machine. I had to have it! {I will link the etsy shop shortly, I’m having difficulty doing it on my phone. I want everyone to see the work this shop does, it’s fantastic!}

So Saturday June 21st arrived and John and I were awake by 6am to get ready and be out the door by no later than 7:30. We wanted to be at the Convention Center as close to 10 as possible since we were only doing the general admission for the Doctor Who panel and wanted to make sure we got a decent spot in line.

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We saw so many really terrific cosplay outfits, all the Doctors and most of the companions were represented, a lot of fezzes, too many DW dresses from Hot Topic, and even a Weeping Angel! Soon it was time to go in and we were VERY excited!

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The panel was an hour and half and it was worth every penny! It was so great to see that even though both Matt and Karen’s time on the show is over, they are both so thankful of their time on DW and of all the fans who still love them. After the panel we had to run downstairs to get our wristbands so we could get onto the actual floor with all the booths and then get in line for our photo opp. That was the only part of the day that felt long. Over an hour of waiting for our 5 seconds with Matt and Karen. BUT, we met them and have a really great picture to put in the living room. (Seriously).

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Finally we were able to roam around and soak in all the nerdiness. We found Robbie and spent the rest of the day in the presence of royalty and had a really great time at our first con. The rest of the post will be pictures from the day.

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They announced the dates for next year, and I’m already planning my Rose Tyler outfit!
Has anyone else ever been to a Comicon? Did you dress up?

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30 Things To Do Before 30!

Published June 8, 2014 by thisprincesswillrun

30. 30 years of Jenna Leigh on this planet. It’s still so very strange to wrap my brain around that thought. I’m not dreading this milestone birthday as a lot of people do, but it is such a turning point that you have to embrace it. But I guess I really can not start lamenting turning 30, when I still have 14 months before that happens. I enter my last year of the 20’s in August this year. August 18th to be exact (it’s an important date don’t you know!?)

I have always been overly ambitious, the things I’ve wanted to do in my life have ranged far and wide from going to the Olympics, to marrying Taylor Hanson, to becoming a famous singer. But when I sat down and really thought about all the things that I would love the accomplish in the next year, I let my imagination run wild but made sure to reel myself back in since I am now slightly more realistic in what I can and can not get done. I’ve tried to put the list in order based on level of achievability. The first half-ish are ones that I can definitely get done, while the second half and much more personal and require more planning and money and drive. I hope my list will inspire you to go out and write down all the things you want to do in your life, whether you’re turning 30, 40, 50, or not even out of high school. The world is an amazing place and it needs all the dreamers and doers it can get to make it special.

So, without further ado….

  1. Go to Comicon. In cosplay. I put this one first because, well, it’s already definitely going to happen. My husband and I are going to Philly Con on June 21st to meet his Doctor, Matt Smith and companion Karen Gillan. (My Doctor is Christopher Eccleston and unfortunately I do not think I’ll ever get to meet him in that setting since he is not the type of actor who goes to Con). I have since ordered a skirt off of Etsy to look like the TARDIS and John bought himself a fez and bow tie. Nerd Love ❤
  2. Organize all the family photos. I will have to post a picture of just HOW MANY pictures there are. I am a photo hoarder. When we moved out of my childhood home I snagged all the picture boxes and albums for myself. I like to think of myself as the family historian. But, they’ve taken over my bedroom and they need to be sorted. I wish my mom was around to help me, they are somewhat sorted. They are in in boxes based on years (like pre-85, 85-89, 90-93….and so on. I’m excited to tackle this project, but it will definitely require a good long weekend! Operation Stover Family Photo is a go!
  3. Cook 1 new recipe from my Food Network magazines and/or Pintrest a month. Pretty self explanatory. I love getting FNM every month and we have made a handful of dishes from it, but I have so many pages dog eared and we seem to be making the same things every week. It’s time to challenge myself, and I’m ready for it! Also, I have like 78457842564 (ok not that many) pins on the Food Stuffs board and need to start making this stuff. And now I’m hungry….
  4. Get closer to my goal weight. Yes, it would be lovely to actually hit my goal weight, but I have come to understand that it takes time and I could do with learning some patience.
  5. Become a better blogger. Aka not waiting over a month between posts.
  6. Painting With A Twist. It looks like so much fun and our house could use some more artwork. Who wants to join me!?
  7. Try Thai food. I like to think I’m relatively fearless when it comes to trying new food, there is not much I will not try once. I’ve tried multiple Indian dishes (homemade I might add), Chinese, Mexican, Japanese. Thai is one I have yet to try and I’d like to.
  8. De-clutter the house. This one sounds funny being on my list, but I’ve always been a packrat and I need to really go through all the stuff I have and start letting go of things I no longer need/use/wear. File this under emotional baggage.
  9. Get another tattoo. Sorry Dad. I’ve been wanting to get another tattoo for years, but I have yet to make a final decision on what I want and where. I still want to get one to honor my mom who passed away from color cancer 5 years ago. I’ve wanted to get my favorite song lyrics on me “Relax for a delicate few”, and I want to get one to commemorate my running accomplishments when I make them. At least one of these will happen this year.
  10. Adopt a dog. This is one that WILL happen. I’ve been begging my husband to let us get a dog for almost a year now. He’s always the voice of reason, and he said that we will after we get back from or Disney trip this fall. AND I’M SO EXCITED!!! Ever since we lost the family dog Patch in 2013 the house just hasn’t felt the same without dog hair everywhere and someone to snuggle of the couch with. Now we just have to make the choice between rescuing a Pit-bull (like Patch was) or a Boston Terrier (like John and I have talked about getting for a while). Either way, Zeus will being joining the Anselmo Clan this winter!
  11. Go to the ballet. My parents took my sisters and I to see The Nutcracker performed in Philadelphia when I was 11 or 12 and I would love to see it again now that I’m older and can appreciate it much more. This has been on my “12 Dates of Christmas” that John and I like to do around the holidays but we have never been able to go, so now I have double the reason to go!
  12. See another Broadway play. Preferably a musical. Preferably Newsies or Aladdin. But I’d be happy with Lion King, Hairspray, or Chicago. I used to go to NYC all the time. I was lucky enough to see Beauty and the Beast, Kiss Me Kate, Aida (my favorite), Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Wicked (original cast!) with my high school choir class in high school and Wicked and 42nd Street in college, and this past summer my sister and I finally saw Mamma Mia!. There is just something so magical about the Great White Way. It will forever have a hold on me.
  13. Go to the Renaissance Faire. In 8th grade (yes 1998) my school took a trip to the Ren. Faire and I fell in love with it. Maybe that’s where my love for Tudor and Elizabethan Era historical fiction comes from, but I have never been there since and I think that’s such a sin. I might even add going in costume. Just for an extra nerd point.
  14. Go to a Drag Show. HOW HAVE I NEVER DONE THIS!? For those of you who don’t know, I am ob-sessed with RuPaul’s Drag Race. I want to be friends with drag queen. (Preferably Manila or JuJu..but any will do. Except Laganga and Gia…no thanks.) But I love the gay community and I think that drag is such a beautiful art form that I must see first hand. So much sass. I just love it.
  15. Transfer all the family home videos from VHS to DVD. This one is pretty self explanatory. And I also stole the videos when I took the pictures.
  16. Start up or join a book club. My friend Lindsey has been talking about this for some time and I really think it’s a good idea. It sometimes takes me a while to find new books that I like, I tend to fall in love with series and when I’m done them I do not know where to go. I’ve re-read Harry Potter completely at least 8 times, some books over 10 times (like books 4 and 7), I’ve re-read the Percy Jackson series multiple times, I’m currently re-reading the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices. A book club would help me expand out of YA and Tudor historical fiction. Because, really, how many books can one read about Henry and his wives? A lot apparently.
  17. Do a Pin-up Model photo shoot. Just for fun. I would love to made up with my hair all retro and curled! And the fact that I don’t need to be stick thin to look sexy will make it a pretty empowering experience.
  18. DisneyBound for an entire month. Disnerd alert! For those who don’t know “Disney Bounding” is using a Disney character to influence your outfit. I’ve done it a handful of times, mostly when I’m actually IN Disney, but there is a challenge that the girl who developed the term does on her blog in March. 30 Days of DisneyBound. It’s something I’ve wanted to do but never thought I had enough clothing to make it work. It’ll be fun to see what I can come up with.
  19. Create my Family Tree. I would love to make a hard copy of my family tree. With Irish and German roots my family history is pretty interesting. I would also love to do my husband’s side as well. Irish and Italian! As you can see, history is another passion of mine.
  20. Complete a half marathon. This WILL happen. I’m really hoping to participate in the Philadelphia Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon next year. I want to get at least one Half under my belt before I sign up for the next major challenge, the Princess Glass Slipper Challenge in WDW Feb. 2016!
  21. Participate in 10 running events. This seems like a lot, but since this list goes from June 1 2014-August 18 2015….I only have 9 more to do! June 1st is completed the Girls On The Run 5k. The others on the list will hopefully be: Dash-n-Splash 5k ’14 and ’15, Broadstreet Run, RRHalf Philly, GOTR 5k this fall, Donor Dash 10k ’15, GYRIR 5k ’15, Tower of Terror 10 miler, and the 10th will hopefully be either the Cherry Blossom 10 miler or the Nike Women’s Half marathon in Washington D.C. (which leans me to….)
  22. Take a weekend trip to Washington D.C. I’ve been to D.C., but not for many years. I want to take the weekend and see all the war memorials, and the monuments, and the museums. History Nerd Overload! and if I get into either of the DC races, that would cross off two from my list! Score!
  23. Go to the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. My husband and I are such music buffs. This is something the two of us would enjoy together. I know you can’t take pictures there-lame-but I would still love to see all the musical history that’s being celebrated there. I’ve always said that musically I was born in the wrong era. I would give anything to have seen Elvis and The Beatles, and the Stones, and Zeppelin, and all of those pioneers in person. I totally would have been best friends with Pamela des Barres.
  24. Sing karaoke. Why is this one so far down the list? Because it scares the CRAP out of me. I haven’t sung in front of anyone besides my husband since high school. Music is a highly personal thing for me and I’ve always been self conscience of my voice, even though I KNOW I’m decent.
  25. Ride a rollercoaster. I added this to make my husband happy. I’m such a wiener and I’m terrified of all rollercoasters. But maybe I’ll suck it up and go on the new Seven Dwarfs Mine ride when we’re at WDW in October.
  26. Take a class. Any class. I’ve been toying with the idea of going back to school for years. But I have no idea WHAT I want to do. But maybe if I just take a fun class it will spark something.
  27. Go to Las Vegas. Hopefully this one happens. Next year is the year that my best girls and I turn 30. 2015. Starting with Mean in Feb, then Ash in July, me in August, and finally Heath on New Years Day. We’ve been throwing out the idea of celebrating with one big huge party for all 4 of us. Vegas would be ideal…don’t you girls think? *nudge nudge*
  28. Go to New Orleans. I’m just DYING to. This is probably the one that will not happen before next August, but it’s on the list anyway!
  29. Go to a Saints game. This could happen, but probably not this season either. The only dates that could be possible would be when they play the Steelers in Pittsburgh or the Browns in Cleveland (which we could do and include the R&R HoF…..) But John has already said that I WILL get to a Saints game eventually. It’s so hard being a Saints fan in Philly. WHO DAT!!
  30. Visit my AHH. This one seems like it would be easy, but with JAHH being so spread out time and money just don’t allow for us to see each other as much as I’d like. (JAHH= Jenna Ashlee Heather Heather.) But at least Mean is back in the US so that’s better than Korea!

So that’s my list. I’ll be keeping you all posted on how its going every month of so, depending on how it’s  coming along. Let the year of fun begin!

What’s on YOUR bucket list? Tell me!

GOTR 5K and National Running Day

Published June 5, 2014 by thisprincesswillrun

I’m such a negligent blogger. It’s been over a month from my last post, but in all honesty, I haven’t had much to say. I’ve been following my AMOfitness program and running 3 times a week. I have been slowly getting my mile time faster and faster and my 1k times are looking quite competitive if I do say so myself!

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I also did my fastest 5k time to date just on a random Wednesday!

This past Sunday was my 2nd race of the year, the Girls On The Run 5k in Flemmington, NJ. I really love this organization and everything they stand for. The family that I work for got involved this spring, mom as a coach and K as a runner. I love the values and lessons that young girls are being taught. It’s not just about running it’s about loving yourself and embracing all that you can do. If you’re not familiar with this program go check out their website to find out more info. I’m hoping to one day have the time to become a coach.
So Sunday was the regional 5k for some 1600 girls and coaches plus family members and other runners in the community could participate. It was suggested that I start with the first wave of runners before all the GOTR girls started. Aka, in Corral A with all the fast runners. I don’t ever want to do that again! (Not yet anyway). Talk about intimidating. I tried not to compare myself to all the other people, but it’s hard when you’re clearly not the same caliber. I was the only one rocking a Sparkle Athletic skirt, so that did help my concise nice because they make my butt look fast 😉.

Being in the front also caused me to go out WAAAAAY too fast and because it was hotter I drained a lot of energy in the first 1/2 mile. The course also had another challenge…hills. Multiple hills. I had never done hills in a race or in training so that was a fun addition. and by fun I clearly mean not fun. I spent a good amount of time walking, especially up the hills but I made sure I kept an eye on my pace, always making sure I’m under 15 m/m even walking so I’m a-ok in October for Tower of Terror. But even with the heat, the sun, and the hills I finished with a 41.35 which I was happy about. Not my fastest but it’s not any slower than March. I placed 771 overall out of 1532 and 45th in my age group. But most importantly, I GOT MY FIRST MEDAL!!!!

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I’m so proud. I definitely earned that, it was not given lightly.

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Overall I was pleased with the race, and I can’t wait to do the next one in the Fall. That will probably be my first race post Disney so it will be interesting to see how they compare.

And for those who follow me on Instagram I partook in National Running Day yesterday. Just typing that sentence is still so weird to me. A year ago I wouldn’t even have known about let alone cared about such a day. But I was so excited to go out and run yesterday! Running really has changed my life. It has helped me overcome some of my demons and shut up the voice in my head that tells me I can’t do these things, because I’ve already proved that I can. And the running community is just so welcoming to all people! I really can not get over it. The support you get from absolute strangers on the journey is overwhelming and amazing. There are a few people I’ve “met” though Instagram and Facebook that I wish I could hug and thank them for all the kind words I get. I can not wait to meet them over the years at different races across the country. Be warned, I’m a hugger!
So yesterday I set a goal of 3 miles, secretly hoping I would be able to push myself to 4 miles. It was warm again and I got a side stitch after my first mile, but I keep running/walking. I would have kept going but I had errands to run and needed to shower, so I had to settle for another 5k completed. This weekend will see 4 miles though! We are 4 months away people…4 MONTHS!!! From yesterday!!! At this time in 4 months I will still be passed out in my bed at Pop Century with the hubs after completing 10 miles and partying like a Villain. I get giddy and nervous when I think about it, but this race is what started the obsession, and I haven’t even completed it yet! It’s so exciting to have long term goals again. Can not wait to see what the future brings.

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