Day: August 30, 2011

Melisandre Makeup Test

So I am leaving for Dragon*Con crazy-early Thursday morning and only just now managed to do my test-run for Melisandre hair, makeup, and costume.  This is partly because the contacts didn’t arrive until last Friday (just in time!) and then I went to Charlotte for the weekend and then I picked up my costume in Raleigh on Sunday from Nancy (really just in time!) so this is the first time I’ve had all the parts together.

Red eyes y’all!  Look at my red contacts!  They are incredible in bright light and since I will be wearing this costume during the Dragon*Con parade I really think the effect is going to be fantastic.

The follow pictures are all just wig and makeup–some things need to be left as a surprise after all!


Fitness Test

I’ve been going to the Boot Camp class at my gym every Monday night since just before Memorial Day, minus the Mondays of Memorial Day and July 4th because there was no class on those days.

So, at Boot Camp last night, we did a fitness test. The instructor says she likes to do them several times a year, just to keep track of how she is progressing.  I know I’ve gotten harder/better/faster/stronger since starting the class, but this was the first time I was able to take stock and measure how I was doing.

Not me.

When I heard the words “fitness test” I immediately had a traumatic flashback of taking the Presidential Fitness Test back in elementary and middle school.  I always did terribly during that portion of the year in gym.  I wasn’t a particularly fit kid and I certainly couldn’t do a pull-up.  I also was (and am) a miserably not flexible person, and it was humiliating when the boys were more flexible than I was.  And the worst–the WORST–was the mile run.  One year I did decently enough on all the fitness tests to achieve the “National Award,” which is sort of an honorable mention for the not really fit kids.  The high point of that year was my jogging-walking a mile in under eleven minutes.  The track at Pine View was a quarter of a mile, and I still remember the shame of being lapped by those mutants who could run a six or seven minute mile.  GUYS!  Stop showing off.  Pine View is a school for the Intellectually Gifted, athletic prowess isn’t our thing so, you know, stop trying so hard.

Luckily the Boot Camp Fitness Test didn’t involve any mile runs, but pull-ups did happen.  Sigh.