Monday, July 18, 2011

A Weekend Overflowing with PRIDE

It is the Monday after a weekend full of Gay PRIDE festivities, hence a sad one.  I saw more rainbows and glitter this weekend than I will for the rest of the year.  Costumes, boobies, dance music and body paint galore!  I miss it already.  Over 360 more days until next year’s revelry. Boo.

The parade was fabulous, as always.  It is my favorite part of Pride, every single year.  The gays wait all year for this and FINALLY, like the explosion that comes after opening a shaken soda can, it begins… with a slew of lesbians on motorcycles, nonetheless.  Everyone is feeling festive and free!  Clothing is shed and everyone seems to be wearing the bare minimum (and sometimes that means pasties and nothing more).  Everyone is smiling incessantly and dancing to whatever noise is in the air. It’s fabulous!


We watched the parade with some of our favorite men in the universe and witnessed LGBT men and women serving in the military march for the first time!  It was moving to see them smiling and walking proudly down the street.  We enjoyed some post-parade cocktails afterward and proceeded to dance the afternoon away (had to get that cardio in).  We had the privilege of seeing the uber raunchy Margaret Cho do stand-up.  She may or may not have mentioned shaving her pubic hair into the shape of parenthesis because it makes her look taller. She is a good one to have on our team.

Sunday began with the World Cup, of course.  Ang and I watched the game streaming live on the internet, since we don’t have a TV, while drinking our Starbucks Ventis.  Alcohol sounded like the least appetizing beverage at that point.  I find the U.S. women’s team so inspiring and so much fun to watch!  I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen (and Abby’s biceps).  While heartbreaking to see our ladies lose, it was heartwarming at the same time to see the Japanese women take home the world cup.  They definitely deserved it and I am incredibly happy for them.  Abby Wambach played her heart out and it was obvious she wanted this win more than anything, along with the rest of the team. I hope all of the ladies feel proud of how well they played because they worked it!

The U.S. women’s team will serve as my inspiration for many months to come and throughout the rest of my Chicago training.

WHO is your current fitness inspiration?

For me, Abby Wambach's head.  And her arms. And her everything.


  1. Sounds like a wild and fabulous weekend :)

  2. I love the pics of you two! You look so happy and gorgeous :)

    And so glad you had a great weekend and loved every second of it!

  3. ABBY WAMBACH IS FROM MY TOWN!!!! AHHH!! Talk about hometown pride!

    p.s. I wrote a post today that I think you would love to read. Have a look babygirl!

  4. sounds like a wonderful and fun weekend!

  5. Glad you got to get out and take part in it. I think it's awesome that the military can be out there in the open. About time!!

    And yes, the U.S. team had an awesome ride. I love that some women's sports finally had the support of an entire nation.

  6. so much fun! Sorry its over...I have been loving following the women's soccer team!

  7. We just had PRIDE in Toronto a couple of weekends ago and I didn't get to go :( I wen't a couple of years ago and it was honestly one of the most amazing and beautiful moments. I was so happy to see everyone just being who they are. I went with some of my gay (and straight!) friends and we had a wicked time. You look amazing!

  8. Did you ever hit up the pride extravaganza here in Chitown while you were here? It is an insane amount of fun.

  9. What fun! I was just telling my daughter about a pride festival yesterday morning. I'm not sure my inspiration. I agree with Christina, you look amazing. You guys are both gorgeous!

  10. That must be such a fun time! Also moving for people to be able to be who they are without prejudiced etc...The woman's soccer team was incredible. What was also incredible was the fact that my boys (9 and 6) were so into it and could appreciate as much as the girls in our house. And Abby's legs are awesome. I would love those quads for a day.

  11. As cliche as it is, I'd have to say Kara Goucher. She's a mom and a runner and she's embracing the challenge. She's been struggling some lately, but she keeps at it.

  12. Sounds like great fun all round.Pity you have to wait a whole year now. My current fitness inspiration! I'm not kidding, I'm inspiring myself to higher goals.:)

  13. fun, Seattle pride was a few weekends ago and it was a blast, the parade is awesome, I also enjoyed watching the drag prom rugby game at the park behind my place.

  14. I don't know why, but I love Jennifer Garner. She looks real, and jacked, yet still hot. She is my fitness inspiration!

    And Jessica Biel. She kicks ass when it comes to stayin in shape.

  15. i love pride! especially chicago pride ... nothing better than that. and oh my! abby wambach! whoosh! that lady steals my heart! found your blog and love it!

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