Wednesday, October 18, 2017

It's Official, No Disneyland runDisney Races for 2018

I was a little shocked and quite sad to hear that runDisney will not be hosting any races in Disneyland for 2018. Here's the blog article link.

 RunDisney races are what motivated me to start running is the first place. They will continue with the races scheduled at Disney World, Virtual Races, and Disneyland Paris. 

RunDisney said that the cancellation is due to major construction taking place at Disneyland Anaheim. The safety and happiness of the guests always come first. I understand the decision, but it's a difficult pill to swallow. 

Avengers Half Marathon weekend is coming up in less than 30 days. I guess that will be the last Disneyland race in a while. Looks like they still have openings for the half and full marathon. This race might have not been your first choice, but given the cancellations, it might be worth it for some to reconsider it. 

Were you already planning on doing a runDisney race at Disneyland in 2018? Which one and what will you do now?

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Art of Quilting: PIQF Santa Clara Quilting Show 2017

Every year I visit Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) that's held in October at the Santa Clara Convention Center. There are always classes, lots of vendors, and competition quilts, both local and international ones. 

I do sew, so I take advantage of the multi-day pass, especially since I live so close to the Convention Center. Some people fly in for this show and others are bused in from other parts of California. It's that good of a show!

I have my own strategy for visiting the event. I first walk it all and look for new things that I haven't seen before. My second sweep involves going back to the particular booths that caught my interest early on. My third sweep involves trying to find the various fabrics or zippers needed to complete certain projects. 


During my last sweep, I also dedicate time to look at all the competition quilts. I stand at a distance and try to understand the concept and then I look at the work up close and read the description to get a better understanding of what the artist was trying to convey. 

Each year there's a theme to which people can make quilts in order to compete for a money prize and or a ribbon of recognition. If you think quilting is just your grandma's traditional quilts, you're so wrong! 

If you enjoy art whether traditional, modern, impressionistic, etc, you will find a quilt at this show that speaks to you. Okay, not literally, but you know what I'm saying. If not, you will at least appreciate the thousands of hours that people dedicate to their quilts. I don't have that kind of time or commitment to my craft or the ability these quilters have. 

Also, don't think that quilting is limited to women. While the majority of quilters are still women, many men are quilters. I have seen many engineers enjoy the Math and visual/spatial challenge of quilting. 

The Cherrywood Challenge had a Disney's Lion King theme. I'm a Disney fan, so I got very excited to see this particular group of quilts hanging together. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Assign Online Games for Homework. ELA, Science, Math or your Own Creation.

Kahoot is one my favorite online educational games. Kahoot has come up with an amazing and long awaited update, it now allows you to assign certain games to your students for practice at home. Help students get excited about doing additional practice. After you challenge is complete, you can download a copy of the results, which can help you determine if the students need additional in-class reinforcement on the concepts or if they understand them. 

Choose from games already created by fellow teachers in many subjects or create your own. Customize it further by using the specific vocabulary that you are teaching at this moment. Reuse the game or edit it the next time you teach that same class. No need to re-do the work.
Students complete the game challenge on their computers, Chromebooks, or mobile devices with the new Kahoot mobile app.

This YouTube video explains how to set it up. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Win a Trip for 2 to Italy

Prize Description: Now through October 24th, 2017, fans can enter the DaVinci Pasta Endless Pastabilities Sweepstakes for the chance to win the Grand Prize-- A Trip for Two to Italy! Round Trip Airfare and hotel accommodations are included. Weekly winners will also be selected to receive prize packs including one (1) DaVinci Branded Apron, (1) DaVinci Utensil Set (4) DaVinci Pasta Products.

Click here to enter. Good luck!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Virtual Race: The Great Candy Corn 5K

I signed up for The Great Candy Corn 5K online at Gone for a Run. For more information and sign-up, click here. 

For just $25 I got a pair of Halloween socks of my choice (ghost, candy corn stripes, or jack of lantern), a running bib, and a finishers medal. 

I continue to train for the runDisney Thor 10K in November, so every race I can do helps me stay on track. Plus, it makes a little bit more fun. 

I love the Halloween theme of this Virtual Race. The candy corns are so expressive and are wearing running shoes. 

The medal is the best part. It glows in the dark! The candy corns are dressed up in their Halloween costumes. So cute!!

Proceeds from this virtual race go to the New Pond Farm Education Program. This program helps connect people with the land. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Hurricane Maria Impacts Puerto Ricans Everywhere

My family is from Puerto Rico. I own a house there. Ever since the hurricane hit the island, I haven't been able to communicate with anyone on the island. I also don't know if my house there is still standing or if it sustained severe damage. 

Growing up in Puerto Rico means that I lived through many hurricanes. I remember a hurricane in 1998 while I was in high school that caused the island to not have power for a month. Yes, a month. It's a really hot and tropical climate. Having no power with 90 degrees Fahrenheit, high humidity, and no way to keep the mosquitoes at bay, is tough. Add to that water and phone lines are usually also gone during this process. 

I was pleased to see that Royal Caribbean has sent out a cruise ship to evacuate some of the victims. Link to article. It's sad to hear that the supplies needed on the island are sitting in crates at the dock because of the lack of diesel available to deliver the goods. Here's the link to the CNBC article

It's so frustrating to be so far away and worried for long periods of time with just the hope that everyone and everything will be okay.

Amazon is making it easy to contribute to those affected by the Mexican earthquake, Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Simply click on this link and pick one of the items the Red Cross is requesting for that area and purchase it. Amazon will then deliver it on your behalf.