What’s Going On?

Hola! Today I thought we should take a minute to catch up on all the little random things going on in life.

1. My run last night was pretty awesome. 

It rained all day which actually brought about slightly cooler temps. During my run it was 81*F/27*C with 77% humidity but it actually felt cool!

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 10.36.30 PM

Tbh every summer my sense of temperature gets really warped. I remember two years ago I shivered and got goose bumps one night when a light breeze swept over me. I went home and told Adam it was cooling down. He checked and it was 85*F out!

By the end of August I’ll be telling you that 90*F feels brisk and I’ll actually believe it.

2. I’m going to an Escape Room this Friday! 

At work we’re doing an Escape Room as a team building exercise!

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 10.50.07 PM

It’s basically a giant logic game where you have to work together to get out! Perfect for team building, or bonding with friends!

The one we’re doing is called Panic Room. The scenario is that we’re going to visit a relative in a mental ward and we get locked in a room. We have to come together to figure out all the puzzles to escape within an hour or they will perform experiments on us!

The Washington Post published an article about Escape Rooms that explains why they’re so popular all over the country right now if you’re interested.

If you live in South Florida, here’s a link to the one we’re going to!

3. I’m making my way through the OJ documentary on ESPN. 

WOW. This documentary has been eye opening in so many ways. When the bronco chase happened in 1994 I was only about eight years old so I don’t remember a lot about the case.

Through the years I was never curious enough to dig into the details about OJ, although I knew that many people felt really sure that he was guilty. I watched the FX show about OJ earlier this year which was enlightening, but nothing at all like this documentary.

IMG_4723

First of all, the documentary does an AMAZING job at explaining what race relations were like in LA during the time of the trial. This was about the same time that Rodney King was mercilessly beat by the LAPD. I had never seen the Rodney King footage before… it is horrifying. Of course what happened to King was caught on tape, but black people were experiencing injustices at the hands of the law on a day-to-day basis.

The documentary really helped me understand why the jury was so keen to acquit OJ of murder when all of the evidence pointed to him being guilty.

I head a rumor that OJ is finally ready to confess. Supposedly he is going to say that he never intended to commit murder, and that if Nicole hadn’t answered her door with a knife he wouldn’t have stabbed her to death. This sounds totally incredulous, but the documentary really brought to light what a big ego OJ has and how nothing was ever his fault, even all the times that he beat and raped Nicole. If OJ really says comes out with this version of the story, it will be victim shaming at its finest.

4. I’m onto Chamber of Secrets! 

On a MUCH lighter note, I finished Sorcerer’s Stone a few nights ago and started Chamber of Secrets.

 

IMG_4724

Truthfully, this is my least favorite of the HP books, but Lockhart is something else isn’t he? Ridiculous!

5. I am loving my closet! 

I am so pleased with my closet re-organization project. The mismatched-but-still-kind-of-matching baskets have totally grown on me and now I love them!

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out my latest vlog here:

Thanks for watching :).

Have you ever been to an Escape Room?
Are you watching the OJ documentary?
What’s a non-running thing going on in your life right now?!

22 comments

  1. Karen

    Sprinkler joy! As long as I can get wet, I am happy camper on a run lately lol and I think 70 is too hot BTW…lol
    I finally watched the FX OJ thing last week, it was interesting because i was plenty old to remember it all. I just hated how her death became a non issue in the trial.
    and I hate when people in power don’t respect and restrain their power…Rodney King was a mess, should have never happened….but it still doesn’t justify burning down a city, ever in my mind.
    Karen recently posted…About Last WeekMy Profile

    1. Kristina

      Hahah 70 is like perfect non-racing weather! When it dips into the 60s I’m actually really chilly. I like that kind of weather for races, but not for everyday runs!

      I agree that the violent rioting was totally uncalled for. I can definitely understand the frustration they were feeling which made them act out, but destroying your own city seems reckless. The worst was footage of an innocent bystander (truck driver) who was pulled out of his truck and beat terribly. That was just senseless. I took a class in both undergrad and grad school on the rhetoric of social protest which taught principles of peaceful protest (among other things). It was such an interesting and enlightening class, and it’s unfortunate that not everyone can take a similar class. The lessons learned are helpful to me even in everyday debates with friends, and really helped me to learn how certain actions can affect change and how others just drive up an even bigger wall.

  2. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    I had wanted to watch the OJ series, but I didn’t do it. I totally remember being at work when that happened. It was crazy!! When I took a trip to California we did see the apartment in Brentwood (it was an apartment, not a house, right?). Or maybe it had been demolished by then… but I remember going to Brentwood just for that reason!
    Your closet project turned out great. I need to clean out my closet. I end up getting a lot of clothes at garage sales so it gets quite crowded in my closet. Sometimes I find incredible deals. I recently got 6 tops that were all Loft, for less than $3 each. Perfect for work! But then I but a lot of tops that I think I’m going to wear when I “go out”, but honestly, I never go out anywhere so I don’t have a use for them! (but for 50 cents, it’s hard to resist!).
    Oh, and non-running thing… my foster kittens were returned to the shelter yesterday. My house feels so empty now without their little cuteness!! 🙁
    Lisa @ TechChick Adventures recently posted…Why you should plan aheadMy Profile

    1. Kristina

      He had a huge house in Brentwood but it’s since been torn down. The OJ documentary is available OnDemand if you download the ESPN app or your cable providers app. It’s definitely worth the time investment to watch. I personally thought episode one started a little slow – explaining OJs start as an athlete. This was to set the stage for understanding his personality, but probably lasted longer than necessary just because the documentary was being filmed for EPSN. From Part 2 onward it’s just incredibly compelling.

      Awww I bet the house feels so empty without those little kittens! They were the cutest! My house feels a little empty with just Cecil now after my mom took Georgie home. I think Cecil is pretty happy to be the only cat in the house though, haha!

      1. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

        My younger cat had taken quite a liking to the kitties and was playing (smacking!) with them all the time. She has been looking around the house for them. She misses her play friends! My older cat didn’t want anything to do with them and never even looked at them!
        Lisa @ TechChick Adventures recently posted…Why you should plan aheadMy Profile

  3. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    Congrats on your newly organized closet!! It is a great feeling, isn’t it?

    That is so interesting about how race relations in LA affected the OJ trial. I never would have thought of that, even though I about both the OJ saga and the Rodney King beatings. For those certain bits of history/pop culture that continue to get remembered for generations to come, I think it becomes increasingly important for those of us who don’t actually remember it to understand the historical and cultural context behind it.

    We have an Escape room here, but I’ve never been! It’s such an interesting concept and I’m glad it’s popular. I’m all about people doing things that allow them to have fun and use their brains at the same time!
    Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor recently posted…Brain FreezeMy Profile

    1. Kristina

      FEELS AMAZING! Thank you for your post which totally served as inspiration!

      I agree with you 100%. It’s so important to understand the historical and cultural context – and also to learn from it. You would think we would have but so many of the same issues are still issues today all over the country.

  4. Running schlub

    Oh Man, I thought I was getting rain on my Monday run but ended up missing me. I was bummed. I’ve heard about those Panic Room places, I’ve heard they are a TON of fun.

    Hmmm that OJ stuff sounds interesting. I may look into that. Yay Harry Potter, I still want to read these to the kids.

    Isn’t it awesome to look at a clean and organized closet lol. Now you need to keep it that way ?
    Running schlub recently posted…Schlubiversary and Fun Filled RunMy Profile

    1. Kristina

      I KNOW, I really need to make an effort to keep it clean! I’m trying!! When I did laundry on Monday night I folded everything up nicely and packed it all away :).

  5. Denise

    We went to an Escape Room type thing in Washington DC in the Spy Museum, but it was with random other people and was a little childish. It was fun, but ‘solving’ the clues involved rather easy/corny solutions. I’m sure these new ones popping up are much more exciting! 🙂 I would be interested in watching the OJ documentary–I know the basics of the story and I somewhat remember the trial dominating TV at the time, but I’d be interested to hear all of the details. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂
    Denise recently posted…Marathon Monday: Week Two is ThroughMy Profile

    1. Kristina

      Ohh I would almost be interested in a corny but fun escape room. The place we’re going has three different rooms and of course my coworkers picked the one described as the hardest one. I don’t think the success rate is very high! The time limit is 60 mins and the record for getting out is something like 59:30! I’m nervous!

  6. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    We have an Escape Room in Lancaster that I was supposed to organize a trip to… but I never did!

    You mentioned how OJ thinks nothing is his fault- you are so right!!! I she did answer the door with a knife, I don’t blame her! It is terrifying listening to the Nicole/OJ 911 calls. I never understood how race relations played a part in the verdict until I started to read books about the trial. But this documentary spells it out even more. I love that they interviewed jurors. Oh, in Marcia Clark’s book they said in reality they lost the case as soon as the jury was selected.
    Megan @ Meg Go Run recently posted…Colorado: Day 4 (Land o’ Lakes… and homesick!)My Profile

    1. Kristina

      I don’t blame Nicole for answering the door with a knife either; if I were her I would want some protection as well. I’m not sure I would have answered the door, I think I would have just called the police, but I can understand why she did open the door. She put up with A LOT during her time knowing OJ.

      Oh I didn’t realize Marcia Clark wrote a book. I definitely want to read it when I’m done with the documentary – thanks!

      1. Megan @ Meg Go Run

        So did Darden, and I think Shapiro! I read Clark’s and Darden’s but not Shapiros. I should read his. Fuhrman’s is called Murder in Brentwood and it is my favorite.
        Megan @ Meg Go Run recently posted…Colorado: Day 4 (Land o’ Lakes… and homesick!)My Profile

  7. Ray

    I like the idea of doing an Escape Room but fear that it might trigger my mild claustrophobia. We have that ESPN documentary on the DVR but I’m not sure when we’ll get to it with so much going on in the evening these next few weeks. I have vague memories of the Bronco chase and some other things, but I was pretty young. I enjoyed the FX series.

    Argh! I’m bracing myself to have to run in the heat when I leave on my research trip in a few weeks.
    Ray recently posted…Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle MarathonMy Profile

    1. Kristina

      The FX series was really well done, but almost doesn’t even hold a flame to this documentary. All of the real footage and interviews with people who knew OJ and Nicole is so powerful. To hear the mixed stories OJ told his friends of how he got a cut on his hand… three different stories within the same day… wow. The audio from phone calls Nicole made is also really striking. It’s a good watch!

  8. Lauren @ The Foodie Runner

    Ah! I love re-reading the Harry Potter books! I just finished re-reading them and when I was reading Chamber of Secrets I decided that Lavinia’s first Halloween costume is going to be a Mandrake! haha oh she’ll love us forever 😉
    Lauren @ The Foodie Runner recently posted…Weekend Happenings & Some Random FunMy Profile

    1. Kristina

      Awwwwwwwwwwwwww Lauren!!! That’s the cutest Halloween costume idea! I can’t wait to see pics 🙂 Is it October yet? haha!

  9. Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola

    So I’m kind of wondering if we have the same apartment because my closet is identical to yours! I’m sure lots of closets are the same but since we have the same kitchen also I’m kind of seriously wondering 🙂 When I moved, my mom unpacked and organized my closet. She even grouped by clothes by sections. She is such a saint because I would have *never* done that!

    I wonder if the documentary will mention when OJ tried to publish that book called ‘If I Did It’. I think it was written and everything but it never got published because of the public backlash. I always thought he was guilty and felt horrible for Nicole’s family that he was found innocent.

    1. Kristina

      I really think the same company must own both of our buildings!!!!

      I don’t think that book ever got published. I mean, how horrible for Nicole’s family for that information to be out there. Just so heartbreaking. I can’t imagine having known her and then having to see the crime scene pictures. So incredibly sad.
      Kristina recently posted…What’s Going On?My Profile

  10. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    It was legit 73 Tuesday morning on my run. I was like, “Is this real?!” I get confused about summer weather, too.

    That escape room thing sounds fun, but I think it would also drive me nuts and frustrate me!

    I’m onto Prisoner of Azkaban! …Actually, I’m about halfway through it already haha.
    Ali @ Hit the Ground Running recently posted…Marathon ThoughtsMy Profile

    1. Kristina

      What?! 73*F?! That sounds so wonderful!

      WOW you are marching through the series! Every night I get into bed and read about 5 pages before falling asleep!

Comments are closed.