Three Things Thursday


Photo via CLLAW

I’ve been taking a break from burlesque classes and performing, but my next “performance” is going to draw on all of my recent weight lifting! I’m competing in the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestler’s Summer Smackdown at the end of the month. Yes, really. My wrestler name is Hell Cat Von Purr. Y’all are welcome to come check it out! I’m sure it’ll be a hoot.


There is more to my costume.



Have you heard about the latest trends for picking out the most flattering lipstick shade? Women are matching other, uh, skin tones on their body. Like, spots on your body where your skin is … darker. I’m talking nips and bits. At first, I was very confused … what am I supposed to do? Those are the only three things I keep covered while performing. Not like I can walk around a store comparing colors to the source. Thankfully, friends smarter than me pointed out that you can snap some photos, crop them down to a “color swatch” and compare the shades to the photos. Which I did. And I have to say, I’m really happy with these colors. They’re pinker than I normally pick, but I’m a ginger and really should embrace my rosy undertones instead of constantly going with coral hues.



I’m happy to say that not only does my trusty 6-year-old Garmin watch still work as good as new, but my heart rate strap works too! After sitting in a box for 2 1/2 years, I dug them out the night before the Soldier Field 10. It was doing great measuring distance and pace, but it took me until about halfway through the race to remember that the battery on the heart rate strap died 3 years ago, and the heart rates I was picking up weren’t mine. I changed the battery on the monitor, and my watch started registering my heart rate but seemed to go off the charts (like 220 bpm) a mile or so in. (How I felt did not match that reading.) Turns out the new battery was starting to corrode. (Maybe some sweat got in there?) Another battery went in, and so far I have had two successful runs with accurate heart rate monitoring! You know what this means? Time for super efficient tempo runs and intervals and racing! And now that I’m 5 years older, new, lower heart rate zones! Only slightly. Anyway. I’m excited that the watch and HR monitor both still work and I don’t have to drop $200+ to do accurate heart rate training.

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4 Comments on “Three Things Thursday”

  1. Glad to hear that your HRM is up and running so you can train by heart rate again. I’ve never heard about that lipstick trend. In any case, there is definitely a lip joke in there somewhere. I was trying to work in “lip service” or to somehow reference the Go Go’s song, but couldn’t quite make it work. Too bad Declan’s not blogging any longer….

  2. Man, I CANNOT believe you’re doing CLLAW. The world is just too small. Four and a half years ago, back when I was a baby breakdancer (or, you know, still breakdancing. Haha.), I left my Saturday afternoon class with my friend I was taking class with at the time. He asked if I was doing anything later that night, and since I wasn’t, he asked if I wanted to go to CLLAW with him. He was an apprentice with Steppenwolf and worked closely with Megan Smith, one of the founders (I think? She was the executive director when it started) of Sideshow, who puts on CLLAW, because she ALSO worked at Steppenwolf. So I went to CLLAW in Feb. 2013 and again in June 2014 with that friend. Then for the July match last year, one of my OTHER friends from dance, who had no clue whatsoever that my first breakdancing friend had any involvement with CLLAW/Sideshow even though they both knew each other, ended up being on the hype team for one of the wrestlers (though I didn’t go, because now I’m old and can barely stay awake until 9:30, never mind go to events that start at 9:30. Haha). AND one time–I think Feb. 2016–the extra nonprofit the event raised funds for (because it always raises them for Sideshow and one other group) was the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, which was founded by/closely associated with the guy who was main person in charge of that same dance studio where I had that Saturday breakdance class in 2013 that I went to that ended up getting me invited to CLLAW in the first place.

    In short, CLLAW has had a remarkable track record for finding its way into my orbit time and time and time again for the past four and a half years, so when I saw you post about it on Facebook, I just about fell out of my chair. Haha. Although, you do hold the proud distinction of being the first person I know involved with CLLAW who has not been directly involved in my dance life, so congrats on that 😛

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