Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My home, Sacramento

I had the chance to get out of the harsh glow of office lights and into the sunshine today. I went on a field trip to the American River and Old Sacramento with one of my schools. They released baby trouts into the river and then we walked along the bike trail to Old Sacramento where I walked with my awesome advisor, had lunch and purchased some taffy. The best thing I was able to do during this trip was take pictures of my home, Sacramento. I used some simple editing to adjust the brightness and contrast to most of the pictures.
Enjoy!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Work it out!

After not working out since my half marathon (ok, I worked out twice but that barely counts) I decided that in order to get motivated to get back to the gym, I needed to actually join a gym. Working out in the tiny apartment fitness center just wasn't cutting it anymore. Luckily, I live just a short walk to near brand new gym. This place has the works: tons of cardio and weight machines, a large spin room and group exercise room, three pools (indoor, outdoor and lap pool!!!), basketball court, tanning, cafe, luxury locker rooms, etc. I have seen it from the outside but I was blown away by all the stuff inside. The other gym in my area that I was a member of in the past had cardio, weights, a whirpool and that was about it. My new gym is costing me just $12 more a month than that lame old gym, and that is with a double membership for me and Chris. I drove home after signing up, changed into my work out clothes and walked the .5 miles back to the gym. I had a nice workout (did I mention that they have tv's on the cardio machines?) and walked home. Nothing like a new gym to motivate me to get in some serious good shape. I plan to go to spin class, yoga, pilates. I plan to hit the pool and swim laps. I plan to do weights and cardio. And I plan to get back into my size 10 pants.

Seen While Driving

A bumper sticker than I found particularly amusing: I'll Keep My Guns, Freedom and Money You can keep the "change" Yes, I am a Republican and proud of it. :waits for number of "followers" to my blog to deplete: :)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

California Central Coast

What a great weekend! I had such a wonderful time hanging out with my friend Amanda and getting out of Sacramento for the weekend. I was out the door of my job at 11:45 on the nose and hit the road. 5 hours later, I saw this view Blue skies, green mountains and a small amount of cars on the road. Not a bad start!! I pulled into the hotel in San Luis Obispo at 4:45 and was so excited to be there! Amanda was just getting off of work (she works at the hotel). She got me settled into the hotel room before we headed out for dinner and our fun night.
The view from our balcony was quite pretty
We went to dinner in Arroyo Grande and walked about 20 steps to the grand opening of a wine bar. Free wine tasting!!! Not a bad way to end a Friday night and start a fun weekend. After dinner and wine, we drove to Oceano to see The Great American Melodrama. A small theater company with a great audience and amazing actors. For the first 90 minutes, we watched a play called "The Nerd." The second part of the night was a vaudville show. Go to the website above for more information. Apparently, it is "the thing" to do in the area. I am so glad Amanda thought to take me. It was very funny! The next morning we hit the road for a road trip to Solvang and Santa Barbara. I'm going to let the pictures tell the story for a while.... Solvang is the cutest little Dutch town. The weather was beautiful, it wasn't too crowded and I was able to eat some yummy sweets and pick up some cheesy gifts. We left Solvang to drive down to Santa Barbara. Again, pictures say it all....
No heels on the pier please!
Ahhhhhh gorgeous. Santa Barbara is such a beautiful place. The ocean, the sand, the hills, the houses on the hill. While we were staring at the ocean and the beach, I said "Ok lets go. If we don't leave now, I'll be out here all night staring at the water." We walked back to grab a bite to eat on State St. and then got in the car and drove back to SLO as the sun set on our adventurous day! Sunday morning I woke up to see horses on the hill by the hotel. Amanda told me that people that stay at the hotel actually climb the hill just to take pictures of these horses. At the time she told me that I laughed at them. But when I saw the horses from my balcony, I clicked on the 3x zoom and clicked some pictures!
Horses, horses, horses, horses
Amanda had a soccer game that morning so I drove over to the field to watch her soccer game before driving away from the beautiful Central Coast. I am already looking forward to making another visit down, hopefully with my husband. There are so many pretty things to see and so many fun things to do that I can't wait to go back. Thanks Amanda for hosting me! I promise to be back very soon!!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

And I'm Off!

Time flies, doesn't it? Here we are, already at the end of March! I just can't believe we are 1/4 way done with this year already. Late in February, I made plans to go visit my friend Amanda in her hometown area of San Luis Obispo. I have only been there twice but I loved it. It was the first place I had Coldstone Ice cream so it holds a dear place on my hips, I mean, in my mind. My cousin went to college there and I never had a chance to visit her, which I totally regret. Amanda was a student intern at my job a few years ago and then she went and graduated from college and moved back home, kind of like I did! She is such a fun, nice, sweet, awesome person and I am so excited that she invited me to visit her. She has crazy hook ups at a new hotel so we are going to slumber party it up, go see a live theater show, day trip to Santa Barbara and Solvang and most likely, drink wine and eat candy because that is how we roll. Don't hate that your weekend isn't going to be as fun. Or will it? Please tell me what your weekend plans are! I will return Sunday night and hopefully have lots of pictures to show and stories to tell. And if you haven't noticed, I am doing a Project 365 blog here. Bookmark it!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Pop Culture Commentary

Happy Thursday! Welcome to my new feature, Pop Culture Commentary! I will cover a variety of pop culture topics in this post so grab your US Weekly Magazine and get comfy. First up is a short recap of The Biggest Loser. Tara rules, Filipe drools. And I'm done. Let's talk about American Idol, shall we? I love Allison! Every week she amazes me with not only her amazing voice but that stage presence! 16 years old people. If I had to get on stage at 16 (or at 29.5), I would be wetting my pants in the corner with the backup singers. Sorry, Scott and Michael, I think you will be in the bottom two. My guess is that Michael will get sent home because people don't want to vote off a dude with disabilities. Just keepin' it real ya'll! Lost, anyone? Amazing! I love this show. Sayid with curly hair is much hotter than Sayid flat ironed or with a pony tail. Speaking of hair, Sawyer with flat ironed hair is growing on me although I enjoy scruffy, dirty Sawyer more. Ben is evil, Kate is desperate and Juliet is going to be the name of my first daughter. Picture time! I do not find this guy attractive. At all. Ever.

If you believe what you read, he has a major body odor problem. Not sexy. Not cute. Blah.

The Office and 30 Rock are on tonight which excites me to no end. Wathing the aftermath of Michael's decision to quit should be painful and hilarious. And I'm sure Liz Lemon will make me LOL many times tonight.

I also have some NCAA Basketball to watch tonight as well as America's Next Top Model to watch on my dvr. Some time in between all of this, I need to do laundry, make dinner, take out the trash, clean, pack a suitcase, go to Yoga and go to sleep. All in 6 hours. Wish me luck!

This brings Pop Culture Commentary (PCC?) to a close! Come back next week to enjoy more witty, hilarious, knee slapping, gut busting insights from yours truly!

Focker out!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Proud Daughter

I have pretty awesome parents. I think they raised me and my sister very well. We turned out to be cool people, in my opinion. My parents have earned recognition for their accomplishments in life. They were both inducted to their college athletic Hall of Fame for swimming. I was so proud of both of them to have been recognized for their hard work while they were college athletes. Today, I received some exciting news. My mom's secretary called and told me that my mom had been given an award for Administrator of the Year for the entire state of California in Adult Education. The entire STATE! Wow! My mom works so hard, often spending 12 hours a day working her butt off and to my dismay, not even stopping for lunch! Words can't express how amazing my parents are. My mom and dad support me and my sister every step of the way in our lives. It is so amazing to be able to see your parents accomplish exciting feats in their lives. For my dad, I have been able to see him cross the finish line of many, many triathlons and marathons. Looking tired, broken down and weak, he ran across that start line. He has inspired me to work hard and not give up when I am training for a race. And for my mom to win this award after putting her heart into her job for so many years, it is a great payoff. Dear readers, I please ask you to leave a comment to wish my mom congrats! She reads my blog and I love being able to give her praise. She is an awesome person!!! I love you mom and dad! Thanks for being the people you are and inspiring me to be the best I can be.

Slow Down, Speed Up

How many of you experience life changing moments every single day of your life? Being alive each day is a miracle but on a day to day basis, life is pretty average. Anything can happen at any time, sure, but when something truly amazing happens, it is over in a flash. And on the other side of that, when something very tragic happens, the moment is over. With good or bad moments, all we are left with are memories. Those memories cause us to smile or cry. Or both. When reflecting back on good and bad moments in my life, I find myself coming to one conclusion. I wish I could slow them all down. Even the bad, tragic events. I wish I could stop time, think and then move forward. I wish I could come to grips with what happened while still in the moment and not days, weeks, months or years later. As humans, we experience ups and downs and are expected to live through these moments and deal with them while millions of other people move along with their lives around us. For us, the world stops. For everyone else, it moves forward. They go unaffected while our lives change completely. When we look back on those moments of heartache, we wish we could go back and re-live them. Why? To appreciate it more. To say goodbye. To say hello. To take the time because usually, we are in such a rush that we don't believe that this could be the last moment. Slow down your life. Appreciate each day and each moment. Don't hesitate to soak something in before moving along. It is your life and you decide the speed at which you move. I realize this is a completely random post but it was spurred on by the events of two other blogs I follow. People that experienced complete sadness this very day, one year ago. I was thinking of this day for them and hoping that they make it through despite the sad memories March 25th brings.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Oh No They Didn't

If you feel like getting angry, go visit this website and read their super awesome list of "Ten Subtle Ways to Tell Her She is Getting Fat." If the writers of this amazing website happen to stumble across my blog, may I suggest some of my own Top 10 lists for you: -Top 10 Ways to Keep Yourself Company after Your Lady Leaves You -Top 10 Porn websites to visit since you will no longer be getting laid -Top 10 Ways to drive away any female that shows interest in you -Top 10 Ways to Explain to your friends why your ex girfriend turned you into John Bobbit after showing her the aforementioned list. -Top 10 Ways to find out if you are an a$$holio. (#1: You used the aforementioned list to your girl) -Top 10 Ways to apologize to your mom for turning out to be such a prick Any more suggestions??? -

My Super Sweet 16

A weekend spent glued to the television watching some pretty awesome basketball games has come to an end. How does my bracket look? Mighty yellow!!! The highlighted names are the games that I guessed correctly. First round: 23/32 Second round: 15/16 My mom and I usually wager $5 per round and so far, we are dead even at $0. We managed to break even on both rounds. We do have different teams in the Final Four and Championship games (right, mom?) so there is still a small chance money will exchange hands. One year, I think I won $25. Did I feel bad about taking that money from my mom. Heck no. Now for a little bit of NCAA fun. Without googling, where are the following colleges located? Siena Wake Forest Dayton Robert Morris Marquette Cornell Morgan St. Stephen F. Austin Butler Radford American Xavier Leave a comment with your answers. There may or may not be a prize for the person with the most correct answers.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

College

I love this time of year! There is something about the slow march towards summer that makes me happy. But more than the extra sunlight we get and the approach to summer months, I love this time of year because working with teenagers means new beginnings. I love asking my seniors where they are going to college and what their post high school plans will be. They throw out names of colleges and I research information about each school to see what their on campus lives will entail. As I was looking up information about where colleges in the NCAA tournament were located, I started to feel a twinge of regret about my own post high school life. Now, don't get me wrong. I very much enjoyed my college experiences. I went to junior college for two years before transferring to a state college in Southern California to complete my Bachelor's Degree. I lived in dorms, met amazing friends and had a great time. My college had the perfect major for me, provided great professors to help me learn and enjoyed a fun campus life. The regret comes in at how I could have applied myself to go to bigger and better. I wasn't an academically focused student in high school. Sports were my thing. I wasn't so good that I would win any scholarships but sports kept me busy and I loved being a part of something. Sports wouldn't take me to a better college but my academic practices could have, if I would have spent more time studying and challenged myself. I think about where I am now in life, taking an academic class just for fun. I have a huge urge to learn as much as possible in the areas that interest me. I actually enjoy writing papers and reading assigned books and journal articles. As I look at websites for prestigious universities, such as Cornell and Duke, I wonder what it would have been like to attend a school like that. Sure, it would have been awesome to be a part of the Cameron Crazies and attend sporting events of teams that have won national championships. But it also would have been amazing to experience the academia that these schools offer. My major isn't offered at either of the schools above but I could have found something else to be interested in. :) It makes me a little bit sad that my college experience has come and gone. It is not something I can redo. I don't think my husband would agree to let me enroll in Duke University with a price tag of $50,000 a year just so I can jump around at basketball games and wear a Duke sweatshirt while studying in the library. For now, I will live through my students that move onto exciting colleges until I have kids of my own. Then I can push them to live the life of a big time college student at a big time college. We better start saving now! Do you have college regrets?

Future Children!

If you want to be freaked out at the pictures of your future children, go to this site. You can upload pictures of you and your spouse to form a picture of your future child. Chris and I did this in Vegas a couple years ago via a photo booth machine. Let me just say that I am happy we seemed to have lost that picture. Our kid looked freakay. Sadly, things haven't changed. Here are my two attempts at trying to have a cute virtual child: Sorry kids. I apologize in advance. We tried.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Hey batter, batter

I played in my first ever softball game tonight! I am so glad that I agreed to take this on. Usually, I shy away from new challenges but really, I have no excuse. I don't have a husband at home waiting for me so my alternative plans for a Friday night would be sitting at home, alone, feeling lonely. What made the night even better was that I was able to have frozen yogurt before the game. That makes any day better. And no mom, it was not 3 pounds of fro-yo. Close but not 3 pounds. Back to the game! I played right field (read: no action) and was 7th in the line up. My first at bat consisted of me striking out. At slow pitch softball. Fail. Every other female hit the ball but not me. I blame it on the horrible pitcher. No, I shouldn't say that. I just suck. Own it, Michelle. My second at bat was better. I got a in field base hit. I ran my hiney off and made it to first base and then scored from third later in the inning. My third at bat was a pop fly out. My fourth was another in field base hit and I scored from first thanks to a great hit by a teammate. We won 21-3! I had such a great time and it was great to compete and be a part of a team. I hope I improve each game but mostly, I just hope to have a good time.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Contest Alert!!

I am happy to link to KK at Running Through Life who has a wonderful contest going! For all you runners out there (or wanna be, trying to be runners), this is an awesome prize pack. I'll be honest when I say that I hope I win since I need a little something to get me back on the road to prepare for my next race. If you enter the contest, give me a shout out in your comment so I can get extra entries. Although, that would be counterproductive to you winning, wouldn't it?

March Madness!

While glued to my television during March Madness many years ago, a friend said that I was going to make a man very happy one day due to my love of sports. Unfortunately, my husband doesn't care for basketball so he can't really get on board with my March Madness..uhh...madness. Lucky for me (and only in this circumstance would I say "lucky") he isn't home for the time being so I can sit on the couch all weekend and watch every.single.basketball.game. Except for the hours I need to go take care of his vehicle registration ticket. But after that, back on the couch at my moms house watching every.single.basketball.game. Just a reminder to add my Project 365 blog to your reader!!! Pictures! Pictures! Pictures every day.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Do you like pictures? Sure you do!!!

I have decided to jump on the Project 365 bandwagon. I had been thinking about doing it for a while but never was motivated to start snapping pictures. Tonight was the night! I started another blog space earlier today but I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. Making it a Project 365 blog is perfect. Want to follow my daily life via pictures? Add me to your reader!! http://aubobblogs.wordpress.com/ Does that say "Au Bob blogs"? Who the heck is Au Bob? Go here for the story. Do you want to start a Project 365 blog? This website offers some good insight and background on the project.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Body Image

Did anyone see Kelly Clarkson on SNL this weekend? You can check out her performances on www.hulu.com I thought Kelly sounded great! I love her new album. It is fantastic. Sadly, some people are scumbags. No, I'm not talking about a bad review of her album. I'm talking about the smack people talk about her weight. Who gives a crap. Seriously. Why do people instantly focus on a woman's weight when they see her? So what if her outfit wasn't flattering and didn't slim her down. Maybe she doesn't want to look slimmed down. Maybe she just wants to be her. Here is a quote from an online magazine: "The new, more rounded Kelly Clarkson was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live (SNL) this week.

One thing is for sure: having watched the videos, we know how the Kelly Clarkson pregnant rumors started."

As someone who has some unwanted pounds, it isn't always easy to cover it up. Us overweight folks can't win. Do you think Kelly is aware that she might have some extra bulge around her belly? Is it necessary to point it out? Spreading pregnancy rumors around just because she doesn't have a six pack? And just because she is a celebrity, does it mean that she is required under some contract to remain grossly underweight? Does anyone remember at the height of Ally McBeal's popularity how skinny those female stars were? Courtney Thorne Smith came out after she left the show and said she felt pressure to lose weight because Calista Flockhart was so small. She didn't want to look like a whale standing next to her. You know, a size 4 whale. I wish people would notice talent first. It offends me to know that the first thing people think about is how fat someone has become when really, they shouldn't concern themselves with the issues of someone else's body. And don't give me this "she is a celebrity, she puts her self out there to be talked about" crap. Not true. She is just promoting her album, doing her job. If someone came to your job and wrote in your performance review that you gained weight, how would that make you feel? I know I have a 99.9% female readership and I'm sure most of you females will understand what I am saying. Big, skinny, tall, short, dark, light. Whatever. The issue of feeling insecure is not new to anyone. I ate too much tonight. I feel completely full and gross. I turn on Dancing With The Stars and I see this chick:

It just isn't in the cards for most of us to have this stomach
I am a secure and happy 29.5 year old female. I have a husband who loves me. I have a family who loves me. I ran a freaking half marathon yesterday. Yet, when I see this chick swinging her body around and then I look down at my stomach, I don't feel so good about myself. I'm sure whatshername up there works hard to have that stomach. She probably doesn't eat chips and salsa for dinner. But there are probably things she feels insecure about. Certaintly not her stomach. Maybe she is insecure because she went on a reality dating show and got dumped on national tv. That would suck. My point is, well, I'm not sure at this point. I am rambling. I just get angry when I see rumors swirling online about someone being pregnant because she gained some weight. Who hasn't gained weight? Why can some male celebrities gain weight and no one says anything. But a chick puts on 10 pounds and it is the first thing mentioned in a picture of her. And don't get me started on Jessica Simpson. She isn't fat. Her outfit was horrible. Those pictures were taken at terrible angles. If she is fat, I am the heaviest woman in America. Get out the post office scale folks, I want to weigh myself!!!! What do you think of weight issues in the media? Do you feel insecure about yourself? Even as a strong, independent, happy female?

Michelle meet Chris, Chris meet Michelle

In order to keep the pain of being away from each other at a minimum, my husband and I have resorted to making jokes about our current situation. Although I'm not sure if having nothing to talk about is really funny. I will talk to Chris a few times throughout the work day and he will call me before he goes to bed at night. I hate to admit but sometimes, we have nothing to say to each other. He is working all day, gets to his parents house and then goes to bed. Not much time for cool things to happen. And since my life is pretty boring (except talking about the old annoying lady in my Wednesday night class), I don't have too much to share either. Chris just called me and after the general, "how is your day" question...cue the crickets. Chirp. Chirp. Chirp. "Well since we have nothing to talk about anymore, I'll call you tonight." We decided that when he is done with his crazy work schedule, we are going to have to start back at square 1 and start dating again. Movie nights, mini golf, holding hands, long phone conversations about nothing. The same things we did when we started dating back in 2004. I'm going to have to reintroduce him into my life because while I hate being alone in our apartment, I am getting used to being alone in my apartment. See, my apartment. Not a good way to be thinking. I am going to welcome my husband back with open arms but giving up full control of the remote, sharing the computer and not having our entire full bed to myself is going to take some time to adjust. I'm still counting down the days until he comes back. I miss my love. I miss him lots. I'm going to go check our savings account balance. That makes me feel a little bit better.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Half Marathon: Mission Accomplished

I wanted my third and final half marathon to be "easy." I wanted to weather to be cloudy and cool. I wanted to run the entire thing without any walking. I wanted to sprint across the finish line and feel good about how I had ran. Done. Done. Done. Done. Well, it wasn't easy. When is running 13.1 ever easy for someone like me? Me 50 pounds lighter? Yes, then it might be easy but dragging my big butt around for hours is not easy. That being said, I did accomplish everything I wanted. My time: 2 hours and 36 minutes Weather: Cloudy, cool, breezy, perfect The Finish: Sprinted and passed some people in the process The people: My amazing family There were lots of people out on the streets cheering us runners on. But the only people I cared about were my family. My mom, dad, sister and niece were at the race places at the right time. My family has lots of experience cheering for runners. My dad is a 100 time finisher of triathlons and we always had to make sure we timed his transitions correctly so we wouldn't miss anything. My family timed everything just right. I was actually running ahead of my predicted pace and I saw them at one point running out of their hotel to see me. They almost missed me! Nothing is better than seeing familiar faces cheering you along. And not to take anything away from my mom, dad or sister but seeing Diana's adorable mug smiling and yelling "Go Au Bob" in her little voice made running so much easier. I have the best family in the world. They wouldn't miss a thing I do which is just amazing. I can't wait to have kids so I can be there for everything they do. From age 1 to age almost 30 and beyond. And just for fun, here are my splits. Compare them to my splits from the last half marathon which sucked. Mile 1: 11:53 Mile 2: 11:54 Mile 3: 11:39 Mile 4: 11:40 Mile 5: 12:13 (I stopped for 50 seconds to make a bathroom break) Mile 6: 11:40 It was at the 6.5 mile mark that we ran past the finish line. I could see people finishing, hear music and the announcer naming names. In the words of Liz Lemon, I said out loud, "I want to go to there." Mile 7: 11:35 Mile 8: 11:59 Mile 9: 12:21 (stopped for 30 seconds to massage my pinky toe. It hurt!!!) Mile 10: 12:10 Mile 11: 12:01 Mile 12: 11:57 Mile 13: 12:22 Mile .1: 1: 03 Overall, I am very proud of my performance today. I was really nervous sitting in my car, waiting to go to the start line but I'm glad things turned out well. I am going to take a week of from heavy exercise and get back into light running next week.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sunday Running

At 8:20 a.m. on Sunday morning, I will take off running. Slowly of course but I will be running. 13.1 miles to be exact on the distance. I am lucky enough to have a cheering section in attendance. My mom, sister, dad and niece will be on the course giving me support. And I know my husband will be passing along positive thoughts to me while he is at work. I'm hoping for the best tomorrow. I have a bit of an ache in my right foot which has me worried a bit but it doesn't hurt too bad with shoes on. I'm doing a cloudy day dance before I go to bed! I love running under overcast skies. Wish me luck! I'll blog with the complete half marathon story Sunday afternoon or Monday. I hope you all are having a grand weekend.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Pay It Forward

My awesome sister posted a great idea on her blog yesterday. She is offering a photo shoot to anyone who comments on this post and also carries on the idea of Paying It Forward on their blog.
I really don't know what services I have to offer so I'm not sure if I can pay forward anything but I wanted to help get the word out about her offer of a photo shoot. She is quite the talented photographer. Below are some of the pictures she took at my wedding.
The pictures don't show up as great on my blog but trust me, she captured some shots that three professional photographers didn't even catch. I have posed as a model many times for my sister and I am glad that it will be someone else's turn.
Visit her blog, leave a comment and Pay It Forward!
Edited to add: This is my sister's contest. There may be additional requirements or expenses for pictures that may accompany being a winner of this great prize. Please leave questions about this on her blog and she is sure to respond quickly. Thanks.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

News Story of the Day

I hope this story isn't real. 'Millionaire' Contestant Makes Worst Use Of Lifelines Ever NEW YORK - Idaho resident Kathy Evans brought humiliation to her friends and family Tuesday when she set a new standard for stupidity with her appearance on the popular TV show, 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.' It seems that Evans, a 32-year-old wife and mother of two, got stuck on the first question, and proceeded to make what fans of the show are dubbing 'the absolute worst use of lifelines ever.' After being introduced to the show's host Meredith Vieira, Evans assured her that she was ready to play, whereupon she was posed with an extremely easy $100 question. The question was: 'Which of the following is the largest?' A) A Peanut B) An Elephant C) The Moon D) Hey, who you calling large? Immediately Mrs. Evans was struck with an all consuming panic as she realized that this was a question to which she did not readily know the answer. 'Hmm, oh boy, that's a toughie,' said Evans, as Vieira did her level best to hide her disbelief and disgust. 'I mean, I'm sure I've heard of some of these things before, but I have no idea how large they would be.' Evans made the decision to use the first of her three lifelines, the 50/50. Answers A and D were removed, leaving her to decide which was bigger, an elephant or the moon. However, faced with an incredibly easy question, Evans still remained unsure. 'Oh! It removed the two I was leaning towards!' exclaimed Evans. 'Darn. I think I better phone a friend.' Using the second of her two lifelines on the first question, Mrs. Evans asked to be connected with her friend Betsy, who is an office assistant. 'Hi Betsy! How are you? This is Kathy! I'm on TV!' said Evans, wasting the first seven seconds of her call. 'Ok, I got an important question. Which of the following is the largest? B, an elephant, or C, the moon. 15 seconds hun.' Betsy quickly replied that the answer was C, the moon. Evans proceeded to argue with her friend for the remaining ten seconds. 'Come on Betsy, are you sure?' said Evans. 'How sure are you? Duh, that can't be it.' To everyone's astonishment, the moronic Evans declined to take her friend's advice and pick 'The Moon.' 'I just don't know if I can trust Betsy. She's not all that bright. So I think I'd like to ask the audience,' said Evans. Asked to vote on the correct answer, the audience returned 98% in favor of answer C, 'The Moon.' Having used up all her lifelines, Evans then made the dumbest choice of her life. 'Wow, seems like everybody is against what I'm thinking,' said the too-stupid-to-live Evans. 'But you know, sometimes you just got to go with your gut. So, let's see. For which is larger, an elephant or the moon, I'm going to have to go with B, an elephant. Final answer.' Evans sat before the dumbfounded audience, the only one waiting with bated breath, and was told that she was wrong, and that the answer was in fact, C, 'The Moon.'

American Idol: Week 1

I thought the right people went home this week. I was sad for Jasmine because she is only 16 and American Idol can be a great launch to a singing career but getting voted off first just doesn't give you the kind of exposure that you need. I think it would be better for these 16 year olds to just wait a few years. They might have a better chance if they can mature a bit and grow as a performer. Unless you are Allison. She is so ready for a big stage! Jorge looked bored and confused the entire night. I kind of wonder what he was doing there in the first place. I barely remember him at all from the auditions and Top 36 rounds and didn't really feel like he had much to bring to the table. As for this new twist to the rules, I think it is pointless. I understand they want to add drama and I have no problem with that. I don't even have a problem with the judges saving someone that they think should stay another week. But if 2 people are going to get voted off the next week, I feel that the person that is saved is in even greater danger of getting voted off. Maybe America would feel like since they didn't get their way and the judges saved the person, they will not vote for them again just to make sure they get voted off the next week. Andplusalso, what is the point of inflicting emotional abuse on these poor kids (most of them are still kids to me, a near 30 year old)? If the judges want to save them, they should interject and tell Ryan. They don't need to prance the person out in the front of the judges only to be rejected by them as well. So mean. It makes "after the break" seem like just part of the show and not something to make these kids pee their pants with nervousness. They can only save 1 person all season. I doubt Jasmine and Jorge (and Ryan, producers, et al) really thought the judges would step in and save either one of them. They are going to save it for when it really matters because the slack off in the voting usually doesn't happen until we get down to about 6 or 7 singers. Wow Michelle. I seriously just wrote 5 paragraphs about American Idol. What are your thoughts on this season? Who is your favorite? Who is the next to go? What do you think of the new rule? Who thinks Kris is a cutie pie? :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

1 Month, 5 Months, 7 Months

I am noticing a trend this year. The 11th day of certain months are going to be providing some exciting entertainment. 1 month from today: Britney Spears concert!!!! So what if it is my 6th Britney concert. So what if I am nearly 30 years old. I heart Britney and I am so glad that is back performing. I'm trying to avoid reading any concert reviews so I can be surprised when it is show time. 5 months from today: I will be 30 years old. 7 months from today: I will be attending a very lovely wedding. I am so glad it is finally going to be her turn. Seeing how I have 4 people close to my heart that are with child right now, another 4 important dates are circled on my calendar. I can't wait to see the babies! What events are you looking forward to this year??

Monday, March 9, 2009

Something to look forward to

I think I have whined enough about my husband working a gazillion hours from now until the end of April. What exactly is gazillion? 7 days a week, 12-16 hours a day. Told you so. Since he works over an hour from our abode, he is currently living with his mommy and daddy, who live closer to his place of business. Yes, that means that I am living single. One would think I could indulge in some secret single behaviors like watching 8 chick flicks in a row, singing Britney Spears songs into a hairbrush, getting chips and salsa from BJ's and eating them all while watching horrible reality tv. But the great thing about my husband is that I would do those things with him in the house. I have no shame. Anyways, I could make the occassion trek to hometown to cuddle up with him during his 6 hours of sleep each night and I plan to do this once or twice before he comes home for good. But I'm a greedy wife. I want moooooore!!!
LIGHTBULB MOMENT!
Durrr. I requested two and a half days off work during our spring break (not much work to do but don't get the time off automatically), booked a room at a nice hotel 20 minutes from his job site on the executive floor and will plop myself down in the lounge and wait for him to get there for two nights so we can spend some time together rather than just falling asleep. I got a great rate thanks to our AAA membership and with public transportation nearby, I can go into San Francisco for the day to kill time until his arrival.
I miss my husband a great deal right now. I'm a newlywed! I need to be with my husband! Being alone sucks. Not having anyone to come home to sucks. Knowing that our little excursion is just 4 weeks away makes me feel a bit better. Not much, but a little bit.

Lost fans will get it, non-Lost fans will not

I was looking through some of our honeymoon pictures and came across the picture below. I had to laugh. I always just thought it was a crappy picture because the flash made our faces look super white.
But....we were in Hawaii, where Lost was filmed. I think we had a Lost-like flash moment. Our noses didn't bleed but Chris did puke off the side of the boat very soon before this picture was taken. And I had some motion sickness issues when we got off of the boat.
If you were to flash to another time, what era/year would it be? Why?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

8 is not 13

With 1 week left until my third and final half marathon, I needed to get in an 8 mile run this morning, according to my training schedule. I realize that 8 miles is not 13 miles but this is the best I can do. I watched the weather report in the morning and the weather-dude said that it would be a clear, but cool day. I decided that instead of being lazy and postponing my run to this afternoon, I should just get off my lazy bum and do.it.now. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked out the door and founds lots of clouds. Perfection! My run took me over the freeway (inclines suck) and 2.5 times around a 2.3 mile loop. The wind was blowing in my face, the clouds covered the sun and my trusty Long Beach State hat kept my head cool. Overall, it was a pretty great run. I had some trouble with my iPod but that just means that I get to buy a new one! I was thinking positive during my entire run and thinking about how I can feel this good next Sunday. I'm not going for a personal time record during this run. I want to finish but feel good throughout the entire race. Well, as good as someone can feel when they are running 13 miles. What are your personal fitness goals?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Things you see on the street

(No, this isn't about the headless man. I'm done with him.) While I was running tonight, I noticed something funny in the gutter. A condom. A pack of Plan B pills. I'm not really sure why those two things were in the gutter but I found it ironic that they were in the gutter next to each other. Just a thought: If you used the condom, you wouldn't need the Plan B pills. The pill package looked empty so I guess someone was driving down the street and decided to forget the condom and take the chances with the pills. I hope those pills work. I have a feeling this person is not the strongest pill in the pack. Pun intended.

Random Friday Thoughts

-I'm not crazy. The man walking down the street yesterday had a shrunken head. Stop laughing at me. -I joined a co-ed softball team to fill in some of my time now that my husband is working 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. Due to my fear of failing at sports, I might need to go to the batting cages this weekend to practice. -I have crossed off a few things on my "Things to do before my 30th birthday" list on the right side of this here blog. -I wish people were nicer. -I'm planning a weekend trip to visit a friend in San Luis Obispo at the end of the month and I am very, very excited!! -After I complete the assignments for my class on Saturday, I am going to spend a significant amount of time cleaning my apartment on Sunday. -Saturday marks my 9 month wedding anniversary. It is hard to believe that 9 months has already passed. If my marriage was a baby, I would be squeezing it out right about now. I hope any future pregnancies go by as quickly and pain free as my marriage has been so far. -I made Salsa Chicken in the crockpot last night and realized that I can eat that every day. I love it so much. -I think about blogging way too much. I wonder what people would like to read about it and try to keep things interesting. I check my google analytics everyday and wonder what I have to do to increase my readership. How about pictures of hot guys? I hope everyone has a glorious weekend. Hug your spouse and be lucky you have them in your lives on the daily basis. I miss my husband already!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I'm not making this up, I swear.

As I was driving through a semi-sketch part of town today, I saw something very strange. The description of what I witnessed may not make sense. You might think I hit my head on my steering wheel and hallucinated but I did not. I do not lie. This is true. I saw a man walking on the left side of the street. I was driving on the right side of the street. From a distance, he looked like he had a major case of osteoporosis. Hardcore case. Like, he has never had a drop of milk in his life. That bad. He had a crazy limp and his left shoulder was practically in the air. But there is something else wrong. This is where it gets weird... He appeared to not have a head. I'm serious. Stop laughing. My first thought was, of course, that you can't just be walking down the street without a head. But I saw no head. I was at a stop light as he was waiting to cross the street so I was looking as hard as I could to decipher his body composition. No head. I swear!!! Shrunken head? Maybe. Do those exist? I called my husband to ask him. He laughed and said that shrunken heads ("Like on Beetlejuice?"" don't really exist. Wikipedia tells me otherwise. Did they shrink his head and then reattach it? I don't know. I hope (kind of) to see this man again. I hope I can get a closer look at what was going on because I can say with complete honesty that I saw no head on those shoulders. I'm not sure what I saw but I saw no head.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Beware of Puddles

I am on the road a lot for my job and getting in and out of my car many times throughout the day. The weather here in NorCal has been quite rainy lately and I find myself getting cold feet. No, I'm not walking around in flip flops (although I have been known to do so in the rain) but I can't seem to stop accidently stepping in puddles. I try to manuever my way around them but some of those things just don't look as deep as they really are. School campuses have horribly uneven concrete!
I realized yesterday after stepping in a deep puddle, which soaked through my jeans and nylons, that I need some rain boots. I don't care how I look wearing rain boots, I need to have them. I quick search online at Target has given me more options than I know what to do with.
Below are some of my favorite designs. What are your favorite pair? At $24.99, I think it is an investment into my health. Having cold, wet toes all day does not bode well for staying healthy.