Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Emo Halloween!

It is fun to have a job working with youth around Halloween time. My students get really excited about it but really, why wouldn't you get excited? Free candy, man!! In my conversations with the young people, I like to hear what they are doing for Halloween, what their costumes will be, what candy they like to eat, etc. I just hope they don't say they are going candy snatching. I would have to put the smack down. Not really. One really funny thing to hear is the costume choices. When a female tells me her costume, I hope it is not a "sexy" costume. "I'm going to be a witch, but a sexy witch." "I'm going to be a devil. But a sexy devil." One of my students said she heard that someone was going to be a "sexy butterfly." Huh? What is a sexy butterfly? I don't understand. But the best and seemingly most popular costume idea in my polling was........EMO. Three students said they were going to be Emo. Tight pants, converse, hair over the eyes, eyeliner (and guyliner). That is my best guess of what an emo costume looks like. I am curious now if other teens are going to be emo. Is that the popular costume this year? I need to be on the look out for emo's tomorrow. We are going to my sister's house to hang out for Halloween. I can't wait to go Trick or Treating wtih Diana. Here is a picture of her on her second Halloween when she was just 1.5 years old. How cute is that? Seriously cute people! And here she is last year as Tinkerbell She is going to be Cinderella this year and Chris and I are going to be pirates. Why? Don't ask. It is a long story. Happy Candy Day to you all. Don't forget to pace yourself with the candy and brush your teeth after. P.S. This is my 200th post!

My only political post

Thanks to KCRA 3 in Sacramento for this: This presidential election seems like it has lasted an eternity, and to many people in the United States, it is a critical one. This has both good and bad consequences. On the one hand, interest and participation is at an all time high, as citizens take seriously the responsibilities that accompany the right to vote. On the other hand, intense candidate scrutiny has passions running very high and straining relationships as people press for their candidate. In addition, many people are finding this election cycle very stressful as their emotions rise and fall depending on the daily polls and news coverage. Dr. Patrice Alvarado, associate professor in clinical psychology at the Argosy University, Washington, D.C. campus, offers a few tips to help people manage their passion, but let go of the stress. Dr. Alvarado recommends: * Get active. If you find yourself watching election coverage hourly and worrying and ruminating about how things are going, get active on behalf of your party or candidate. Instead of just worrying, go down to your local county or precinct office and sign up to help canvass or register voters. Make calls from home based on lists sent to you electronically. There are many other things to do including buy a bumper sticker or a yard sign, attend a rally or donate money to a candidate's campaign. Becoming active and working with others on behalf of a candidate will help combat helplessness and promote a feeling of empowerment. * Get perspective. When it comes to your important relationships with others, realize that party affiliation or candidate preference is a very minor part of who a person is. Do not let political preferences act as a wedge between loved ones, co-workers, life-long friends, church members and neighbors. Keep in perspective the many areas of understanding, commonality and connection between you and those close to you and minimize the differences that are based on political preferences. * Don't talk politics at work. Since politics, like religion is often very tied with our emotions, it is best to avoid political arguments with co-workers. Discussing politics in groups where there are significant differences is one more way to become divided from each other. It is often easier to realize ways we are divided, but the struggle of finding common ground is well worth the effort because it results in a positive workplace environment. Look for one or two like-minded coworkers to talk with individually at lunch, break time or on the weekend to talk about politics. A general rule of practice is to avoid controversial topics with larger groups. * Be compassionate to yourself. Be kind to yourself and turn off the television before the point of election campaign overload. "For some, it may be best to realize that this time is and will be stressful and to simply accept this as a product of caring deeply about our country and our world," Dr. Alvarado said. "Lastly, remember it will all be over in November." source:http://www.kcra.com/family/17517832/detail.html

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Music Fun

Listed below are the Top 100 songs from 1997, the year I graduated from high school. Geez, that looks like it was a long time ago. 1997. Yikes. Go to Music Outfitters and using the search function, type in the year you graduated. Bold the songs you really liked, italicize the songs you really hated. And because I am opinionated, I added my own thoughts. 1. Candle In The Wind 1997, Elton John: Not really 2. Foolish Games/You Were Meant For Me, Jewel 3. I'll Be Missing You, Puff Daddy and Faith Evans :Catchy but I hate samples 4. Un-Break My Heart, Toni Braxton 5. Can't Nobody Hold Me Down, Puff Daddy 6. I Believe I Can Fly, R. Kelly 7. Don't Let Go (Love), En Vogue 8. Return Of The Mack, Mark Morrison I think this is one of the worst songs ever 9. How Do I Live, LeAnn Rimes 10. Wannabe, Spice Girls 11. Quit Playing Games (With My Heart), Backstreet Boys 12. MMMBop, Hanson: I don't even understand the lyrics of this song 13. For You I Will, Monica 14. You Make Me Wanna..., Usher 15. Bitch, Meredith Brooks Annoying 90's chick anthem....I'm not a bitch, I'm just me 16. Nobody Keith Sweat 17. Semi-Charmed Life, Third Eye Blind 18. Barely Breathing, Duncan Sheik 19. Hard To Say I'm Sorry, Az Yet Featuring Peter Cetera I love cheesy 90's R&B 20. Mo Money Mo Problems, Notorious B.I.G. 21. The Freshmen, Verve Pipe 22. I Want You, Savage Garden 23. No Diggity, BLACKstreet Featuring Dr. Dre This was the JAM my senior year!!! 24. I Belong To You (Every Time I See Your Face), Rome Reminds me of prom 25. Hypnotize, Notorious B.I.G.Yes, Yes, Yes 26. Every Time I Close My Eyes, Babyface 27. In My Bed, Dru Hill 28. Say You'll Be There, Spice Girls 29. Do You Know (What It Takes), Robyn 30. 4 Seasons Of Loneliness, Boyz II Men 31. G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T., Changing Faces 32. Honey, Mariah Carey 33. I Believe In You And Me, Whitney Houston 34. Da' Dip, Freaknasty Yes, Yes, Yes. I put my hand upon your hip, when you dip, I dip, you dip. 35. 2 Become 1, Spice Girls 36. All For You, Sister Hazel 37. Cupid, 112 Prom!!! 38. Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?, Paula Cole 39. Sunny Came Home, Shawn Colvin 40. It's Your Love, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill 41. Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit, Gina G 42. Mouth, Merril Bainbridge 43. All Cried Out, Allure Featuring 112 44. I'm Still In Love With You, New Edition 45. Invisible Man, 98 Degrees Not your best work, Nick. But I'll forgive you. 46. Not Tonight, Lil' Kim Yes, Yes,Yes 47. Look Into My Eyes, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 48. Get It Together, 702 49. All By Myself, Celine Dion 50. It's All Coming Back To Me Now, Celine Dion 51. My Love Is The Shhh!, Somethin' For The People Huh? Who? 52. Where Do You Go, No Mercy 53. I Finally Found Someon, Barbra Streisand and Bryan Adams 54. I'll Be, Foxy Brown Featuring Jay-Z 55. If It Makes You Happy , Sheryl Crow 56. Never Make A Promise, Dru Hill 57. When You Love A Woman, Journey 58. Up Jumps Da Boogie, Magoo And Timbaland 59. I Don't Want To/I Love Me Some Him, Toni Braxton 60. Everyday Is A Winding Road, Sheryl Crow 61. Cold Rock A Party, Mc Lyte 62. Pony, Ginuwine I loved this song. Silly, since I was a virgin prude in high school. 63. Building A Mystery, Sarah McLachlan 64. I Love You Always Forever, Donna Lewis Love-Hate relationship with this song 65. Your Woman, White Town 66. C U When U Get There, Coolio 67. Change The World, Eric Clapton 68. My Baby Daddy, B-Rock and The Bizz 69. Tubthumping, Chumbawamba 70. Gotham City, R. Kelly 71. Last Night, Az Yet 72. ESPN Presents The Jock Jam, Various Artists I loved Jock Jams!!! 73. Big Daddy, Heavy D 74. What About Us, Total 75. Smile, Scarface 76. What's On Tonight, Montell Jordan 77. Secret Garden, Bruce Springsteen 78. The One I Gave My Heart, w Aaliyah 79. Fly Like An Eagle, Seal 80. No Time, Lil' Kim 81. Naked Eye, Luscious Jackson 82. Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix), Los Del Rio An international sensation...that needs to be stopped. 83. On and On, Erykah Badu 84. Don't Wanna Be A Player, Joe 85. I Shot The Sheriff, Warren G 86. You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time), Brian McKnight Featuring Mase 87. Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Madonna 88. Someone, SWV 89. Go The Distance, Michael Bolton 90. One More Time, Real McCoy 91. Butta Love, Next Huh? What? 92. Coco Jamboo, Mr. President 93. Twisted, Keith Sweat 94. Barbie Girl, Aqua The lyrics to this song are dirty 95. When You're Gone/Free To Decide, Cranberries 96. Let Me Clear My Throat, DJ Kool 97. I Like It, Blackout Allstars 98. You're Makin' Me High/Let It Flow, Toni Braxton 99. You Must Love Me, Madonna 100. Let It Go, Ray J For those songs that I neither bolded or italicized, I have no opinion on. Either I have no clue what the song is or I just have no feelings about it. But damn, most of those songs blow ass.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Half Marathon: The Details

I'm currently at home, dealing with the after effects of the run. I decided to drink Gatorade instead of tons of water after the race and it tore my stomach up. Yikes. No further comments needed. I woke up the morning of the race, showered, got dresses and fixed a light breakfast. 1 piece of toast with peanut butter, lemon yogurt and a glass of water. I ate slow, taking a sip of water with each bite of food. I was a bit nervous at the task ahead of me. We drove to Folsom, parked the car and walked to the start line. I passed by my B.I.L. Matt and Diana waiting on the sidelines, said hello and made my way to the crowd of runners. I stretched for about 10 minutes after I did a bit of a warm up run on the way to the start line. I found my sister and my dad. My dad had no intention of running the entire race but since he registered for it back in September, he figured he should run a few minutes with us. Or me, since my sister took off! The race starts. And all is good. The course winds around the lake on a bike trail. It has some small hills and the first part of the race (the first 6 miles) is in the shade. Great conditions for me. I kept a decent pace and each mile seemed to go by fast. I was optimist at this point. Then came mile 7. Right before mile 7, there is an overpass that we can to go over. It is pretty steep. I gave everything I could to keep running but I just couldn't do it. I ran half way and walked the rest, as soon as I reached the top, I got back to running. And then, it was all downhill from there. And when I say downhill, I mean my progress. Conditions were against me. No shade, more hills. I have a hard time running under a glaring sun. It zaps me. I'm a sunset runner. I made it to Mile 8 before I started to feel all of it. My thighs hurt really bad. My sock on my right foot was twisted and causing some pain each time I stepped. I kept telling myself to run. Just run. Run slow, but keep running. I didn't listen to myself. For the last 5.1 miles, I ran. I walked. I thought about jumping into the lake and swimming to the finish line so I am pretty sure I could swam faster than I was running. And when the lady who was speed walking the entire race passed me for the second time, all confidence was out the window. For this race, there is a cut off time of 2 hrs. 45 minutes. After I realized I would not make my goal of 2 hrs 35 mins, I kept my focus on that cut off. I reached the 11 mile mark (which is followed with a horrible, steep hill...nice) and those 2.1 miles seemed like it would take forever. But I ran when I could, walked when I had to and took water at every chance I could get. The end was near. We reached the last bridge of the Four Bridges Half Marathon and I knew it was the home stretch. Sadly, the entire last mile of this race is uphill. WTF. I need to find a flat course. My family (sister, mom, dad, husband, Matt, Diana and Matt's sister Debbie who also did the race), were waiting for me with this view. Where those two people are standing is the final .1 miles to the finish line. The area below that, by the trees, is where I first heard the shouts of my dad. "Go Michelle!!!" In my head, I was telling him to shut up, that I was "going" as fast as I could!!! I wanted the yells of my family to spur me on but instead it made me realize how close, yet so far away I was from being done. See the person doubled over back there? Yup, that is me. Pathetic I tell ya. PATHETIC. But I started running again. I'm the 4th person in that group. I passed the lady in the front and those two women finished within seconds of me. My legs finishing the race. Great picture, mom!! Minus 10 minutes since my wave started 10 minutes after the first group. My official time according to the website was 2:43:58. "It was tough but at least we got finishers medals." "I'd rather have the feeling in my legs back than this orange ribbon around my neck." "Good point. But hey, at least we get to go to Chili's after this and chow down!" My sister, Matt's sister Debbie and me. While we were running, Chris was playing with Diana. He claimed his shoulders were sore from carrying her around all day. :Speechless: There is a picture of me and my husband after the race but I look horrible. Just gross so I will not be posting it here. Overall, the run sucked. Seriously. I loved the first 6 miles which has convinced me that I should stick to 10K's only. 6.2 miles I can do. In fact, I will be doing a 10K on November 22. I look forward to it. But first, I look forward to my stomach being normal and being able to walk at a decent pace again. My legs are just killing me. For any running nerds out there, here are my splits: Mile 1- 12:27 Mile 2- 11:31 Mile 3- 11:49 Mile 4- 11:42 Mile 5- 11:50 Mile 6- 12:00 Mile 7- 12:09 Mile 8- 11:56 Mile 9- 12:53 (HA!) Mile 10- 12:55 (HA HA) Mile 11- 12:40 ( I sprinted to the 11 mile marker, otherwise this would have been a lot slower) Mile 12- 14:05 (yes, like that. Slower like THAT time) Mile 13: 14:53 (OMG...dead) Mile .1- my watch turned on again so I don't know how long it took me to get through that last .1. Probably an hour.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Half Marathon: The Results

I promise to include pictures and a full run down later, but for now let me just say three things: 1. I finished 2. I think I will make 10K's my thing from now on. 3. I hurt. Bad. All over.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Half Marathon Day is nearly here!

Things I am looking forward to on Half Marathon Day: 1. Finishing 2. Sharing the experience with my sister, who is completing her first (and most likely only) half marathon. I'll have to talk to her about it at the finish line since she will for sure beat me by 20+ minutes. 3. Running on a nice, quiet, semi-flat bike trail. No car exhaust, no cigarette smoke smell, no uneven sidewalks. 4. Did I say I can't wait to finish? I can't wait. 5. Seeing my family cheer me on from the sidelines 6. Taking a break from running for 5 days after the race. 7. Getting my t-shirt 8. Running my own race and not letting the hundreds of people that are bound to pass me within the first .2 miles throw me off. I will keep my pace and not fall prey to thinking I have to beat people. My Half Marathon Plan: 1. Finish 2. Maintain a 12:00 minute/mile pace throughout the first 7 miles of the race. If I can, I will speed up a little, teeny bit to about 11:30-:45 minute/miles. But I have no expectations to go any faster than 12:00 min/miles. 3. That being said, I would not like to go over a 2 hr. 36 minute finish time. I completed the race two years ago in that time and I really think I can do it again. Would faster be better? Sure. Will I physically hurt myself to make that happen? No. 4. Stay positive throughout the race. Being alone for a run for over two hours in a mental head game. I refuse to think negative thoughts. I will only remain positive, reminding myself to put one foot in front of the other and just cross that finish line. 5. Try to be cheerful when the race is over. Obviously I will be exhausted but I want to cheerful and happy and proud of myself. And not snap at anyone. And by anyone, I mean my husband. Maybe he should just stay a few feet away from me. I'll warn him. So after 14 weeks of training, the day has finally come. I will be honest when I say that I don't feel 100% ready. I'm not super excited. But I have trained. I have finished the mileage amounts on my training log. And I WILL get through this. And then rest. And then get ready for my short little 10K on the 22nd. And not be a comment whore-seeker-outer but I would love to get some encouraging words in my comment section. Thanks readers! Can't wait to share the results with you on Sunday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Broken!

For some reason the past two days, I have not been able to access blogger from my work computer. It isn't blocked but the page just isn't loading at all. I think about things to blog about and by the time I get home after a long day, the thought is gone and my energy to blog about something new and fresh has escaped me. It is Wednesday night which is great news. One more ultra busy day ahead and it is all downhill from there. I do have that pesky half marathon staring me in the face but I am thinking only good thoughts about finishing the race. I will finish. I will finish. I will finish. See? Positive!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Is it dinner yet?

My friend Kim blogged about this recipe last week and I decided that I must try it. It took about 10 minutes to get everything in the crock pot this morning and smelled great from the start. I can't wait to dig in when I get home tonight. A tip for the day: Don't handle garlic before you put in your contact lenses. That pesky garlic oil seeps into your fingers and spreads to your contacts causing massive blinking and pain while trying to stick them in your eyes. Not good, not good at all.

Monday, October 20, 2008

How was your weekend?

My plans for this past weekend included: A possible trip to a local zoo (The Folsom Zoo)- Nope, didn't make it there A possible trip to the pumpkin patch with my family-Pictures below! A few naps-Two, to be exact Chips and salsa for dinner for sure-Fail, but I will have them for dinner tonight Lots of brushing and flossing-Brushing yes, flossing, no. Some light cleaning-Super light. Practically none Bugging my husband- Always Running....definetly running-Of course! Here are some pictures from our trip to Cool Patch Pumkpins in Dixon this weekend. My sister and her husband know the owner of this great family pumpkin patch and we have been going for a few years now. Diana at C.P.P. back in 2007. A view from the haystack. Diana climbed it all by herself. And so did I! She loved the corn bath! Grandma V is in the background watching her. She dove in herself! And she loves Au Bob, too. I need a tan. I love being able to see Diana have more and more fun each year at the P. Patch. I remember the first year we took her and she just stared at the pumpkins, lined them up, put them away but couldn't really do much else. This year was completely different. She loved the corn bath (she played in it three different times), she climbed the hay stack twice and even rode on the bikes with her dad. Oh, and of course, she picked out a pumpkin too! I can't wait to see her on Halloween all dressed up. Kids are so fun! P.S. I almost have all the feeling back in my face. Hooray! Stupid novacaine.

Punch Me!

I went to the dentist this morning to get my filling re-filled. I was quite nervous and since it was 8 a.m., tired. The last time I had to get a filling, the novacaine didn't quite take. It took three shots to get me numbed up and even then, I still felt some shocks. No fun at ALL. Today, it just took two shots and I felt nothing. The total time in the chair was about 25 minutes but as I sit here and type this, the entire right side of my face is numb. It also feels as if my brain is numb. I tried to put some carmex on my lips and when I got to my bottom lip, I decided to stop. I'm sure if I would have attempted to put it on my lip, it would have ended up all over my face. And I am really thirsty but I have no intention of trying to drink anything right now. I don't feel like drooling all over myself. I wonder if there are any facial exercises I can do to get the feeling back in my face. Maybe if someone punches me, it will knock the novacaine out of my system. I don't know why dentists don't have a shot they can give you that reverses the novacaine. That would be splendid.

Friday, October 17, 2008

I love my parents

Before the tears, there was laughter: Minutes before going downstairs at the wedding, my parents entered the hotel room like this. How fun are they? 6 years earlier at my sister's wedding, they shared a moment alone with her wearing those glasses with fake noses attached. And since my parents are believers in things being equal, they had to make a grand, funny appearance for me too. And just moments later, we looked like this: At least my mom still looks happy!

Week...weekend

Although I feel that the month of October is seriously dragging by (I have another two weeks before a paycheck comes my way!?), this week went by pretty fast. The headache I was nursing from Sunday-Wednesday has gone away, I managed to run 7 miles on Wednesday night and I made a yummy dinner this week that I plan to make again soon. Aside from the fact that on Monday I will be making another trip to the dentists office, I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Here is my agenda: -A possible trip to a local zoo (The Folsom Zoo) -A possible trip to the pumpkin patch with my family -A few naps -Chips and salsa for dinner for sure -Lots of brushing and flossing -Some light cleaning -Bugging my husband -Running....definetly running What about your weekend? Any exciting plans? (That is a question and I expect YOU to answer it)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

10/20: I'm Michelle and I approve this message

I have 10 days left until my half marathon which is 99% scary and 1% exciting. While running 7 miles the other day, I felt ok until the last mile. I started to hurt, feel light headed and was in dire need of the gatorade that was chilling in my fridge. Considering I had only run half of what I am expected to run in 10 days, I got worried. As long as I cross the finish line, I will be happy. And as long as we go get a horrible fattening, calorie filled meal after the race, I will be even happier. If that doesn't motivate me to finish, I don't know what will. In 20 days, this crazy, long ass election will finally be over. Seriously, this has been the longest campaign I have ever seen. When did it start, in 2006? Holy cow. Just this morning after turning on the morning news, I heard 3 election commercials in a row. I know we will all be knee deep in mailings and more ads on tv in the coming weeks. I wish I had a way to block out these ads since my absentee ballot is completed, sealed and ready to be mailed. However this election turns out, it should be an interesting 4 years. Actually, an interesting 2 years because really, in 2010, the next set of candidates looking to dethrone the next president will already start to campaign. Can we have a time limit, please?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Mr./Miss. Garrison

Southpark fans: Remember when Mr. Garrison went from Mr. to Miss? The opposite thing happened at a local school. Click here for the full story. I first thought of Southpark when I heard this story today. My husband would be so proud.

Don't Bonk!

BONK: In endurance sports, particularly cycling and running, hitting the wall or the bonk describes the condition when an athlete suddenly loses energy and becomes fatigued, the result of glycogen stores in the liver and muscles becoming depleted. With my half marathon now just 12 days away, I need to invest in some products to carry with me during the run. Products that will keep my energy up and running for entire 2 hours and 40 minutes. Yes, it will take me that damn long. I am slow. When I did this race two years ago, I stuffed a pack of gummy things into the pocket of my shorts. I ate a couple at the 5 mile mark and luckily, they did not upset my stomach. My biggest worry while training for this race was becoming dehydrated and well, we all know what happens when you become dehydrated. Lets just say I would be outta luck since there are no port-o-potties on the race course. My race day would be totally cancelled. Here are some of the products that are small enough to tuck into a sports bra and are safe enough to eat while running. But I would test them out before using them during a race. I plan to get some next Monday at the local REI and use them while completing my last week of training runs. Hopefully they don't cause me to get the runs. LOL. Sorry. My body hates caffeine so I will not be using the caffeine filled jelly beans. I used these CLIF shot bloks during my first HM and I did fine. I don't know if they provided me with any extra energy. And since I am the one that spent months training, I refuse to give credit to anyone or anything but myself. The Luna Sport Moons look fun and it says it is "Nutrition for Women Athletes." Hey, that is me! Maybe using those will give me an advantage over the guys in the race. Highly unlikely. I will still probably come in last place. According to the 2006 results, out of 620 women who completed the race, I placed 557. I also got beat by a lady who was 83 years old. On the men's side, a 78 year old man beat my time by 16 minutes. They must have used a lot of CLIF and Luna products. I better start chowing down on those bad boys.

Baby,you can drive my car

With my job in full swing, I will be spending a lot of time in my car until May. And while the average person gets to work and stays put for 8 hours, I am anything but average. Here is a breakdown of my mileage per week, including commute miles. Monday: 64 miles Tuesday: 62 miles Wednesday: 64 miles (**I have to drive 109 miles tomorrow. This is one of those "I drive more" moments) Thursday: 56 miles Friday: 45 miles 291 miles a week. This is an average week but sometimes I drive more, sometimes less. Some Mondays, I have to come back to work in the evenings for a meeting which means that I was driving an additional 40 miles on Mondays alone. I have since put that to rest by staying in the office all day. It sucks but I would rather save money on gas. I feel like my days of driving nearly 300 miles a week may be numbered. It isn't easy on my check book or my car. If I had a desk job, I would be driving just 200 miles a week and while 91 additional miles doesn't seem like too much, it adds up over time. **I will give a virtual high five to the person who can identify the band that sings the song from the title of this post**

Monday, October 13, 2008

In Yo Mouth!

I have often pondered how one person decides he/she wants to be a dentist. Most of this pondering has occured while sitting in the chair at the dentists office, getting my teeth worked on. How does one person come to the conclusion that they are passionate about oral hygeine? Did a classmates bad breath have that much of an effect on them at a young age where they decided they would make it their life's work to ensure that, one by one, the general population would learn about the importance of brushing and flossing? Did they wake up in the middle of the night when they were 12 years old and think, "I've got it! I want to spend my life cleaning the teeth of strangers! That sounds like gobs of fun!" Or are dentists complete masochists, who yearn to inflict pain upon people who, heaven forbid, don't spend an hour a day cleaning their teeth. Those of us who just don't have to time or the will power to only think about one thing a day: our teeth. Yes, I believe that to be true. Those dentists open their offices every morning just hoping that someone comes in who needs a root canal or has countless cavities for them to fill. Or do dentists enter that profession because they heard that the dental hygientists do most of the work? Seriously folks. My dentist sat with me for 4 minutes this morning, two of which he spent washing his hands. He is a very nice man. Great sense of humor, nice office with up to date technology but the man sits, spends 45 seconds looking at my teeth and gums, says things are fine and then leaves. Geraldine then spends the next 20 minutes cleaning my teeth, getting x-rays, calling out numbers cooresponding to how my gums look and gives me free stuff. She does all the work! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dental Hygientists earn from $19.45/hour at the lowest level to $41.60/hour at the highest level, averaging out at $30/hour., equalling $63,000 a year. Meanwhile, the median annual earnings of dentists as of May 2006 were $136,960. So the chick spending time digging in my mouth, scraping the crap out of my teeth, flossing and brushing and yelling out 2-1-2 for my gum size makes only half of that of the man who spent 2 minutes examining my teeth and then left for a break. That is it. I'm going to dental school.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Lazy Days

I have been quite lazy on Sundays recently and it feels good. After working 8 hours yesterday, taming 200 middle and high school students and nearly losing my voice, I was in need of a day on the couch. So after I went to bed at 9 p.m. Saturday night, I slept most of the morning, grocery shopped and found my place back on the couch. The weather outside is cool enough to keep our apartment a bit chilly so my outfit of choice while indoors has been large fleece sweats and a sweatshirt with a blanket wrapped around me for extra warmth. Not much to complain about in life when it becomes time to wear sweatpants. Now, if I could only wear them to work tomorrow. Or at least to the dentist in the morning. Speaking of which, I better go floss. Wish me luck.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Sorry, just one more thing....

I know, I know. Get over it, Michelle. My friend Kim posted this video she found on youtube of the concert last night on her blog. As it was one of my favorite moments from the entire concert, I wanted to share it. I love "Tonight" and you can see Jordan in the background flinging that bra around and say "Double D's." So great. Look at how much fun they are having? Ohh boy. I love them so. All over again. I'm 10. I'm off to ebay to buy old NKOTB stuff and re-decorate our apartment with Jordan and Joey posters. I'm pretty sure my husband will be ok with it.

Hangin' Tough + The Right Stuff = Awesome!

Cathy, my mom, me, my sister, Lindsay and Kim!

As you can see from the pictures and video below, the concert was incredible! They sang the favorites, they sang their new stuff and I loved every second of it. Not to get too sentimental about a boy band but these guys are seriously appreciative of their fans and the fact that they get to come back and do this all again, 15 years later. In between songs, you would see them just looking out into the audience, generally looking amazed and thankful. When they came out in front of our section (our seats got upgraded!!!!) and stood on a round platform, they were making eye contact with fans, taking it all in, laughing and have a good old time. So relaxed, no egos, no expectations of anything. And when a bra was thrown at Jordan and hit him on the head, after looking pissed for a second, he waved it in the air, spun it around and said "Wow, our fans have grown." When they pelvic thrusted, no longer were mothers putting their hands over their daughters eyes. And no longer would those daughters stand there thinking, what is he doing? Pelvic thrusts and crotch grabs meant eye piercing screams from the ladies. And as my mom pointed out, (yes, my mom came to the concert) she felt like she was the oldest person there when she took us to their concerts in the 90's but again, she felt like the oldest person there in the 2000's. But she had a great time. We all did. It was incredible.

See that there? That is Jordan's torso. Sadly, my camera could not capture the finely sculptured abs. But they were there my friends. This is Lindsay's response to Lady Gaga's performance. This is Lindsay's response to Natasha Bedingfield's performance. Me and my (not) twin sister. Donnie always wears a hat. I wondered if it because he is balding. Jonathan wondering how he got himself back into this whole thing again. He did well up there, despite his massive stage fright. Maybe Tiffany was in the audience! They are back! We were in Row 10 of our section and they played right in front of us. No, I'm over HERE Jordan. Stop pointing to someone else! Oh Joey, you are so adorable. Jordan wanted me to call him later but he didn't give me his number! What a punk! Taking it all in! video video

Thursday, October 9, 2008

NKOTB: Tonight!

The day has finally arrived! See you tonight!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Cute Picture Wednesday

In order to survive another Weakness Wednesday (and to make it through a very hectic work day), I will post a picture that is cute. Literally. I googled "Cute Picture" in an image search and this came up: Fake turtles on a dog. Have a Wonderful Weakness Wednesday!

Monday, October 6, 2008

I was running!

My 13.1 mile date with a bike trail is still 3 weeks away, but already I am looking into completing some additional races within the next few months. I'm crazy, I know. I quit my gym membership a month ago because the place got on my nerves and it was a waste of money for me. I really only used the cardio machines and why pay $59 a month for machines that I can use in my apartment complex gym? Sure, I should lift weights and do spin class but I never did. Because of my quitting, I have three exercise options: 1. Work out in the tiny apartment complex gym. Two treadmills, two bikes, two stairclimbers, two ellipitcal machines and a handful of free weights and other resistance machines. 2. Keep running. 3. A mix of the two. I have a love-hate relationship with running. When the weather is cool, I love it. But since it is going to start getting dark before I even get home soon and I don't feel comfortable running in the dark, I hate it. So Option 2 can last a few more weeks and then I need to switch to Option 1 most days of the week. I figured by entering some races (I use the word "race" like that is what I actually do-race other people) I would keep on running, even if it is on the dreadmill or in the mornings on weekends. There is a 10K (6.2 miles) I am going to run in November and a possible half marathon (or 10k) in February. I would have liked to do something in December and January but I couldn't find anything in my area. I do not want to do anything less than a 10K because 6 miles gives me something to train for and if I can improve my times, that makes me feel like I am actually a runner. My goal is to complete 6 "races" within the next year. With the 10K in November, another one in Februaryand the Bay to Breakers in May, I am half way there! Go Me!

Weekly Feature Part 1

I'd like to start some sort of weekly feature on my blog to give readers something to look forward to. And although a pre-planned feature isn't exactly Random, as the title of this blog says, it is my blog and I can do what I want. My friend Kim has some really great weekly features on her blog. I love it so. I might feature things that are very "me". Which means I will put up pictures of cupcakes, candy, makeup, and tv shows on a weekly basis. As this is my first weekly feature, I will start with a few wedding ph0tos because really, who doesn't love a good wedding photo? I have many categories of pictures in my flickr account. Professional pictures, semi-pro pics (from my sister) and completely random pictures that were taken by our guests. I shall show one of each below: Professional Picture: Semi-Pro from my sister: Guest Picture: Butt Grab!! I am open to suggestions on what type of weekly feature I should add to the blog. From here on out, Mondays shall be known as Wedding/Honeymoon/Engagement Picture Day!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Sunday morning funny

Here is a funny SNL Digital short from a few weeks ago. Chris and I still laugh at it and enjoy saying that things are "totally cancelled."

Friday, October 3, 2008

Glorious Clouds!

Although the weather in my neck of the woods should return to sunshine and 80's next week, I am going to enjoy the clouds, wind and even...RAIN! What is this liquid falling out of the sky? So foreign to me. Totally clueless. I will love going running tonight and not having to wait until the sun goes down to enjoy the cool weather. I can go as soon as I get home! Oh the joy from the small things in life. Now only if I can get out of the office early and escape the overwhelming, annoying, brutal laughter coming from this office.

Family History

After my grandmother (Nanny) had a stroke in 2002 and had to move out of her independent living apartment, my mom would make weekly visits to see her in the care home(s) in which she resided. During those visists, my mom asked a lot of questions about her mother's life growing up. She wanted to get as much information about her past as possible before Nanny passed away. My mom said that much of Nanny's life was a secret and she wasn't sure why. I guess in those days, you didn't talk about much. But my mom wanted answers! My Nanny had a very busy and full life for a woman in 1930's and 40's. She worked in a time when a lot of woman didn't work. She was very active in many San Francisco organizations. She was great role model for her children and grandchildren who were able to learn from her life and her accomplishments. It is interesting as a child to get to know the life of your parents. I love hearing stories about when my mom and dad were teenagers or when they went to Chico and would come home for the summer and lifeguard at the local pool in Mill Valley. My parents were married when they were 20 so they spent all of their college days together. Last night, I was talking to my dad about the economy and he started telling me about his first teaching job and how that came to be. He was a coach for many, many years and said "I thought coaching was a great way to make a living. It was fun, easy and the pay was not too bad." Or so he thought. It wasn't until some drama hit within the organization that he decided it was time to move on. He interviewed for a teaching position but did not get the job. My mom was a stay at home mother to me at the time, while my big sister was in school. Soon, my dad was offered a long term sub job which turned into a full time teaching position. By this time, I was ready for Kindergarten and my mom also went back to work. My dad remembered the exact date that he started work. He and my mom started their first "real, adult" jobs on the same day. I said to my dad last night "wow, this is so cool. And to think, in 30 years, I will be telling my grown kids about what life was like when me and Chris were getting started!" How strange!!! Being my parents age, talking about college life (well, leaving some things out!), our work experiences, friends, troubles, dramas, etc. Family history is so important. I love that I have such a close relationship with both of my parents to be able to ask questions of them and learn where they started.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I'm really, really immature

*This post contains potty humor as well as potty words. And a story about an actual trip to the potty. Consider yourself warned.* Last time I checked, a bathroom was used for peeing and pooping. Did I miss the memo that it is appropriate to hold a lengthy conversation in the bathroom at a place of business? Especially at the place of business where you work? This has now happened twice and I have been equally shocked each time. The first time this occurred, a lady was actually doing work at this random metal table we have in our bathroom at work. Seriously. She had papers spread out on the table and was bent over, writing and recording on these papers. In the bathroom. Ummm ok. Oh and then she answered her phone. While making a trip to go #1 today, there were two ladies carrying on a conversation. Not a short, small talk convo. A real, detailed, actual conversation. They look like they had been in there for a few minutes. I sat on the pot, did my #1 and thought: Wouldn't it be funny to fart right now? Normally, that would be horrifying. Sure, everyone (except you...and You know who You are) farts, but doing it in the work bathroom with people standing there? Well, it could be embarrassing. OR it could be awesome. Imagine these two people, carrying on about school issues or whatever, only to be interrupted by a sound coming from a stall. Would that make them leave? Would it at least cause them to stop talking and realize that standing in a bathroom is not really a great place to hold a serious conversation? But since I have no balls, I didn't do it. After checking with my coworker, she confirmed that it would have been pretty awesome. And of course, my husband thought it would be a great idea. In fact, he said (and I quote) "That would have been the funniest thing you have ever done in your whole life." There is always next time. **I apologize if anyone was disgusted by this post. I hope you don't lose respect for me. My sense of humor matches that of a 12 year old boy.**

Square Chair Pizza

The craving for pizza almost had me rocking in a corner last night. It was all I could think about but due to my spending embargo this week, ordering a personal pan pepperoni was out of the question. Lightbulb!!! I had these tortilla bread things, cheese, pepperoni and pizza sauce in my fridge. YES! I could make my own mini pizza. For free. I left for my run knowing that when I got back, I could cook up a yummy cheesy delight in just minutes. My plan was to run for 3 miles but I felt great (can I feel great 2 runs in a row soon please?) so I stretched it out to 4 miles. Go me. But something happened on this run. Something evil but it still made me smile. I ran past a Round Table Pizza. The smell poured out onto the street. The smell of toppings being cooked in a large, hot oven. Ho Lee Shoot. It smelled so good. I kept running but sniffed like a narcotic dog trying to find the drug stash. I smiled and laughed out loud. Of all things that I want right now, and can't have, I had to run past RTP. Great. I'm pretty sure I ran even faster to get home to make my own pizza. I decided that I should name my home made pizza. And since I love Round Table Pizza, I should name it something similar. Square Chair Pizza. Hot, greesy, cheesy, spicey, free and fast.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Weakness Wednesdays

Today is the dreaded Wednesday. For some odd reason, every Wednesday I have an urge to be bad. No, not break-the-law bad. Not do-something-that-I-will-really-regret-later bad. More like, I want to spend money, eat donuts and pizza and take a 2 hour nap in the middle of the day. Wednesday is far enough away from Monday, but not close enough to Friday at 4:00. It feels like the longest day of the week and starting next week, my work schedule makes Wednesdays quite busy. I hope that means I will be busy enough to not go to the store on my way to work to grab a chocolate donut. And since I only get a very short lunch break, there is no time to go to Round Table and order a personal pan pepperoni pizza. And that nap? Yeah right. No time for naps on Wednesdays. It is go-Go-GO! And since I have not spent any money since Monday morning at the DMV, the urge is strong to buy something. Anything! Why is that? Isn't saving money supposed to ellicit some great feeling of accomplishment? Sure it is. But on Weakness Wednesday, the only thing I can think about is pizza and donuts. And that nap.