Thursday, April 30, 2009

Working Out-ch!

While at the gym yesterday, I decided I needed to do something different. My workouts were becoming boring and since I didn't have a new episode of The Hills to watch on my ipod, I needed something to keep me interested in staying on a machine longer than 10 minutes. I went to the treadmill and started doing intervals. 1 minute walk, 1 minute sprint. For my walking times, I kept the incline on 4.0 and the speed on 3.5. The sprint intervals varied. I moved between 0 incline and 4.0 incline (good booty workout) and increased the speed by .1 each sprint interval. I watch The Biggest Loser and see Bob and Jillian train the contestants on the treadmill. They both have them do sprint intervals up to a 10.0 speed. I wondered how fast that really felt. No. I did not reach 10.0 on my sprints. Why? Well, the last minute of my workout I ran for 1 minute on a 7.0. I realize that some people just run at this speed but I was sprinting!! My legs felt like they were going to fall out from under me and I would go SPLAT! right on my face. I can't even imagine what a 10.0 feels like. I don't want to ever know. When I got home that night and was cooking dinner, my left knee started to hurt really bad. Could it have been from running too fast on the treadmill? No. Me thinks it was from cooking dinner. I guess I won't be doing that for a while.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

American Idol

The good news about tonight is that even if 1 of my favorites get eliminated, I still will have the other there to watch for another week. I don't want to call conspiracy, but it has been pretty obvious that a Adam-Danny finale will happen. Sure, Adam is a great singer and an electric performer and would deserve a place in the final show. But Danny has been so dreadfully boring up until last night. His performance last night was the only one I have ever watched that was different and exciting. I loved in his interview where he said "I'm not really going to change things up much." I yelled "SHOCKING." He never changes things up which makes every performance sound like a copy cat of the original. BORING. I still love Kris and Allison and voted for them many times last night. Not enough times to really make a difference I'm sure but my sister voted for them too! Again, no difference. If Matt goes, I won't be upset. He is just a'ight for me dawg. I'd still like a Adam-Kris-Allison final three. Fat chance.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A perfect pair

They don't get much cuter than Diana. Here she is, following my instructions to smile big while posing with pictures of her yet to be born brother or sister. My heart swells with love for this little girl. And the yet to be born little girl/boy too.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A favor please?

Update: Everything seems to be fine again. A little scare turned out to be, what I can only hope, was nothing at all. Thanks for the concerns and prayers. I appreciate it more than you know. I received some scary news tonight and would like to ask my readers to direct any positive energy and prayers in my direction. I'm sorry for being discreet with the information but I would rather wait until I can report with 100% confidence that things will be ok. In the meantime, prayers and positive thoughts for my family would be greatly appreciated. Thanks readers!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

An Actual Conversation

Me: I read on M's twitter page that her husband had flowers delivered to her at work the other day. Husband: That was nice. Me: Yes, you should send me flowers at work. Husband: You are allergic to flowers though. Me: Ok but I'm not allergic to chocolate. Husband: I can't have chocolate delivered to your work! Me: But you can buy it at a store and bring it home. Flash forward to tonight.... Ring Ring goes the phone Me: Hello husband Husband: What toppings do you like on your fro yo. Me: You are getting me fro yo????? Husband: Yes, yes I am. Best husband ever!!!!

American Idol

The Rundown: -I love Kris and I think I have a crush on him. -I love Allison. She rocks. -Adam is a great singer and performer but he needs to stop adding random screeches during his songs. -Matt is ok. -Danny is boring. I don't understand the massive amount of praise this guy gets. Yes, he can sing but so can the 6 other people. -Lil and Anoop.....goodbye! I think Kris, Allison and Adam deserve to be in the final 3. I'm not sure who I would want to win out of that group. Oh wait, yes I am sure. Kris. When those 3 sing, they perform. They show emotion. They connect with the audience. The other 4 just sing. They stand there and sing. I feel no emotional connection or really no interest in watching them. The double elimination should be either very shocking tonight or completely predictable with Lil and Anoop going home. What are your thoughts??

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Miss California vs. Loser Blogger

Ok, so here is the thing: Gay people getting married doesn't bother me. I understand that there are people who voted Yes on Prop 8. I understand that people have different opinions. Just because they aren't my opinions doesn't make them wrong. I am happy that people have different opinions in this country. We are allowed to think differently and voice opposition. Even if I don't agree with you, you are allowed to state your side of the story. There are things that my husband and I don't agree on but he has every right to argue his side. I argue mine, we decide we don't agree and move on. I am annoyed that people are attacking Miss California because she stated her belief. You have your belief, she has hers. What business do we have telling other people what they should believe in? Perez Hilton is a complete loser who does nothing but trash famous people and draw obscene objects on their pictures using paint all day. He picks out who he likes and who he doesn't like and treats them with respect or disrespect on his website. I'm not sure why this guy was chosen to be a judge of anything. I'm angered that he thought he had the right to call this girl a "stupid b*tch." Really? What an immature way to fight against her words. I know this is a hot topic. Very hot. Almost so hot that perhaps I shouldn't even be blogging about it but I am bothered when people are trampled on for their beliefs. Pro gay marriage people have every right to voice their side and anti-gay marriage people should be able to say what they believe without getting called horrible names and lambasted in the media by idiot bloggers who do nothing but party with annoying celebrities day and night. If you want to make an impact, educate instead of calling her names. Use this forum to put the focus on your issue instead of calling her a stupid b*tch. When your blog consists of making fun of people while they are down, drawing private body parts on people's faces, calling people ugly and fat, it makes it hard to treat you like a reputable source for a hot topic. I find it sad that people actually look to your website to get news. Sad but not surprising.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Amazing Deal....Sad Face

I joined the Starwood Preferred Guest Club prior to booking our honeymoon a year ago. I thought it would come in handy for future trips to receive special deals and discounts for hotels all around the world. When I got home Saturday and checked the mail, a special deal was waiting in my mailbox. I got pretty excited when I saw a picture of the Westin Maui resort on the envelope. My mind flashed back to sipping cocktails by the pool, floating down the water slide and playing in the ocean. I opened the envelope to find a pretty good discount available for Starwood folks. 35% off the price of rooms for several hotels in the Hawaiian island family. Not only that but $100 dining credit and the 5th night for free. I showed Chris the envelope and said, "how about Hawaii for our anniversary?" He said no. How dare he. Does he not remember this??

I think I need to send him a picture from our honeymoon every day as a form of brainwashing him into changing his mind. Maybe I will look up information about the evil's of Disneyland so he won't want to go there anymore. I think subliminal messages on his ipod will also help.

Hawaii....I want to go to there. Again.

Lake Tahoe

I have to apologize to my readers. I have been in quite the blogging slump lately. I don't have too much going on right now and when I think of something to blog about, it just doesn't seem exciting enough. I went to Lake Tahoe with my mom on Saturday and had the chance to test out the new camera on some very pretty scenery. Lake Tahoe is so beautiful. I'm not sure why we don't take the 2 hour car drive up there more often. That will have to change soon.
A view from the beach in front of the Hyatt's restaurant where we had lunch. It was a HOT day (by Tahoe standards-about 67 degrees) and I love the contrast between the bright sun and the snow on the mountains.

There was a family set up on the beach and a group of small boys splashing in the water. I didn't touch it but that water had to have been freezing.

This is Donner Lake. We spent some time camping on that lake when I was a kid. I also received the worse sunburn of my life on this very lake. Don't fall asleep on your stomach on a body of water in the middle of summer. The results are painful.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

My favorite new song

I love, love, love this song off of Kelly Clarkson's new cd. Here is a short preview of the video:

Saturday!

I'm so excited for this weekend! In an hour, I will be on my way to Lake Tahoe with my mom for a little sightseeing/relaxation/picture taking. I love Tahoe and always marvel in how beautiful it is up there, no matter how many times I visit. I hope everyone has a great weekend. The weather is supposed to be super nice everywhere so get out and enjoy it!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tea Party

I'm sure my readers will be shocked that I attended one of the hundreds of Tea Parties taking place across the country today. I had such a great time! My feet and back were hurting after standing up for 5 hours but it was worth the pain. I was able to play with our new camera and experiment which was very, very fun. You can see the fruits of my labor below.
Cliff!!!
Michael Regan, son of Ronald Regan
Neil Cavuto was reporting live from the event
The state capital building
This picture doesn't show the size of the crowd. Most of the time, I was 5 feet from the stage so I couldn't really get a picture of the sea of people going back towards the street.
Me!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

What The What?

I have never intended for this to turn into a politically focused blog. But sometimes, I need to express my feelings. Love it, leave it or ignore it. I'm okay with any of those options. You may or may not have been made aware of this document, released today. I'm aware of it and now I am angry. There are many things about it that boil my blood. I'll share a few of them here. 1. ...but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment. ***Race card #1 2. Rightwing extremists have capitalized on the election of the first African American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters, and broaden their scope and appeal through propaganda, but they have not yet turned to attack planning. ***Race card #2 3. The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks. ***So returning veterans are going to be put under a microscope and labeled as dangerous because of their career choice? Because they know how to shoot a gun and respond to violent situations, they are labeled as extremists and attackers? 4. Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. May include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration. ***I'm actually aware of some liberal people that are anti government, anti-establishment. I would like more state or local authority of issues and I find myself to be against illegal immigration. And I know good people who are against abortion. So now people with causes or stances that go against the current adminstration are "Right Wing Extremists"???? 5. Rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment tool. Many rightwing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms ownership and use. Rightwing extremists are increasingly galvanized by these concerns and leverage them as drivers for recruitment. From the 2008 election timeframe to the present, rightwing extremists have capitalized on related racial and political prejudices in expanded propaganda campaigns, thereby reaching out to a wider audience of potential sympathizers. ***If memory serves, I believe millions of people were antagonistic towards the last administration. Did that make them Leftwing extremists? I recall hearing over and over how you should always questions your government and not blindly follow anyone. Now that Conservatives are questioning President Obama's adminstration, that is not ok? And recruitment? Really? There are so many other phrases in this document that confuse the heck out of me. It is all based on some sort of assumption that right wingers are going to come out of their houses and start creating chaos and burning down buildings. Being classified as "Right Wing Extremist" because we feel a certain way or believe a certain belief sounds a bit backwards to me. Pinpointing one group of people who have yet to take any action is jumping the gun a bit. What about the thousands of people who created chaos when they protested the Iraq War on city streets? Those people blocked buildings, chained themselves to each other and tried to stop people from going about their daily lives. I have yet to hear a single event like that happening. Which brings me to my next point. I'm sure people are aware of the Tea Parties going on tomorrow, April 15. Whether or not you think they are silly or useful, the fact that this memo was released the day before these events is fishy. I assume most of the people attending these Tea Parties are going to be Conservatives who want smaller government and fewer taxes. People who might be against illegal immigration and abortion, perhaps? People who, in this document, are being lumped together with white supremists. Sounds to me that some people out there are trying to stir rage. Create drama and anger so when thousands of "right wing" folks get together, there will be anger piled upon anger because of this document. I'm not sure what else to say but reading that 10 page document feels wrong. It feels really wrong. What about dangerous gangs? What about criminals that are released onto our streets who kills cops and murder children? Why aren't they being considered extremists? Why does holding an opposing political belief in this country make you a target for the Department of Homeland Security? Just a year ago, an opposing political belief made you a good American. Now, it makes you a criminal.

Pop Culture Commentary: The Week Ahead

Greetings fellow Pop Culture Crazies! I'm back with my preview of what is coming up in pop culture this week!! American Idol is just zooming by! I can't believe we are already at our Top 7. My personal top 2 are Kris and Allison. Adam is right in there but I just can't see him making an album of music that American Idol winners make. He should make an album of all of the songs he has performed on the show! Unless they have fantastic performances tonight, I predict Anoop and "Little" will be in the bottom. That is the way it should be. The other 5 are just too great! I'll be recording The Biggest Loser tonight and I really hope that when I watch it Wednesday, Ron is sent packing. He annoys me and after last week, he annoys the crap out of me. I'm sure he won't go out without a fight though so it should be interesting to watch. As always, I look forward to Lost. The previews for this week were very non-specific so I'm just dying to know what body was in that bag in the Dharma van. Wednesday night can't come soon enough. Thursday night is Laugh Out Loud night! The Office and 30 Rock always bring the funny and I'm willing to continue to give Parks and Recreation another try. I didn't think it was horrible last week in its pilot episode but it has yet to reach "LOL" status with me. What shows do you look forward to each week? What are pop culture moments that have you talking about them in the office the next day?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Britney!

Saturday night was the 6th time I had attended a Britney Spears concert. And no, I have no shame in admitting that fact. I am a proud Britney Spears supporter! As I told my friends after the concert, for me, any Britney is better than no Britney. I'll take crazy Britney as long as she continues to put out a new cd every few years. Her music has been really great recently and I hope she stays sane enough to continue! Onto the concert experience.....having been to every one of Britney's tours (2 of them I attended twice), I had a lot to compare this show to. Honestly, it wasn't her best concert. It was fun, exciting, visually pleasing and upbeat. The Circus theme was very fun because before she came out on stage, there were actual circus performers doing crazy stunts. You will have to go to my flickr album to see video of the chick doing flips and landing on a pvc pipe. Insane. The one problem I had with the show was that there was no jumbotron that showed Britney upclose the entire time. It really created a disconnect for those people not directly in front of the stage. Luckily, Arco Arena is steep and small so even in the top section, the stage isn't too far away. The pictures below were taken with my camera set to 3x zoom so it doesn't really show the distance we were from the stage. But really, we weren't in the nose bleed seats and had a good enough view for the price of our tickets. One of my favorite parts of the show was the video montage they showed before she came back out for her encore performance. The video screens were only used a few times and they were placed side by side and lowered around the "center ring" of the stage, creating a circle. The video montage was fast clips of all of her music videos. It was pretty fun to watch and think back to early Britney, during Baby One More Time, Sometimes and Oops I did it again. I don't know why I enjoyed it so much but reflecting back on nearly 10 years ago was memorable. You see just how far she has come! Overall, it was exactly what I expected from a Britney Spears show. I still think that her "Dream within a Dream" tour of 2001-2002 was her best ever. I saw that show twice and thought it rocked. You could tell at this show that she had been off the stage for 5 years but she is still a great entertainer who creates visually exciting stage moments. A few pictures below and again, visit my flickr page for more photos and some videos from the concert. The pictures are blurry and horrible but you get the idea!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

New camera fun!!

This is our new camera! I can't wait to go to Disneyland with this camera. I will be busy reading the users manual as well as a book my sister is giving me to help explain the users manual. Thanks goes to my husband for making this purchase for us. I'm sure it will be used to document many, many exciting moments in our lives the next 5, 10 years. I promise to get to my Britney concert post but in the meantime, here are some of my first pictures with the new camera:
see the bubbles?
You can see my sister's pregnant belly in this picture!! As well as adorable Diana.

Happy Easter!

The semi-cute easter egg cookies I made!
I hope everyone has a great day with family! I will be off shortly to spend some time with my family and I even get to see my husband again! What a great day this is going to be. Today is also bittersweet because it was my Nanny's favorite day of the year and I remember all of the Easter celebrations we had at her assisted living community. Egg hunts in the grass, eating lunch in the recreation area and visiting with amazing family members. Happy Easter Nanny! I hope you are enjoying the day up in Heaven as your family enjoys it on Earth, remembering you. I took tons of pictures and videos at the Britney concert last night. Not great quality but I'll post them tonight when I get home with a full review!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Being an Aunt

I wanted to post an old video I found but blogger + flickr + internet connection is being weird so I can't share it now. When my niece Diana was still in diapers and barely crawling, I took every chance I could to video tape her playing, sitting, blabbling, drooling. It didn't matter what she was doing, I had to catch it on tape. At the time, I felt a little stalkerish and wondered what it would be like to watch the videos a few years down the road. I just spent some time watching 4 or 5 old videos of Diana before she could talk, when she was just saying "bah bah bah" and smiling and laughing at the sight of anything. Talk about biological clock ticking!!! At nearly 4 years old, Diana is still the same happy little girl she was when she was 1 playing in her intellitainer. But watching a 9 month old sit and play is 10,000,000 times more fun than watching a 4 year old play. The chubby arms and legs, the giggle, the looks of amazement on her face. I love playing games with Diana now. We pretend we are sleeping and she covers me with a blanket. We play with her trainset and in her kitchen. We color and act silly together. Au Bob is good at acting silly. But there were nothing like the days of a 9 month old. Still learning so much, still exploring new things with innocence and amazement. I am so glad my sister and her husband are going to welcome another baby into their family. I can't wait to be there to babysit, video tape and watch another kiddo grow up right before my eyes. And in 4 years, I will look back on those videos (and maybe even the videos of my own little future child) and think how fast time flies, how we have to treasure each moment we have and how we have to laugh, smile and play like we are kids....even when we are pushing 30.

Top 10

The top 10 reasons this week is awesome 10. I got new contact lenses 9. I only worked 2.5 days 8. I spent the day in San Francisco 7. I went shopping and got some new clothes 6. I get to sleep in on Saturday 5. It is raining!! 4. I saw my mom and my friend Melissa on Wednesday 3. I get to see my family on Easter Sunday 2. I saw my husband two days in a row!! And the #1 reason this week is awesome......

I get to see Britney in concert tomorrow night!!!! It has been 5 long years since Britney last toured (of course, I was at her last tour). Saturday nights concert will mark the 6th time I have attended a Britney show. She never disappoints and I am beyond excited to see what kind of show she will put on. I haven't read any reviews or watched any video clips so I am ready to be completely surprised. Yes, I know she walked off the stage in Canada the other night and I am hoping that doesn't happen tomorrow. Keep it together, girl!!!!

I realize it is strange that seeing my husband for the first time in 16 days isn't the #1 reason this week is great. I love my husband dearly and I am so glad I was able to spend some time with him. But the chance to see Britney only comes along every 5 years. Forgive me.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Dusts off Soapbox

This isn't a peppy blog post. This is a serious blog post. I will return later with a more light hearted topic but for now, I need to say what is on my mind. Thank goodness for blogging! I have been angry and sad the past few days but last night, something in me broke. I was so upset that I couldn't sleep and when I finally calmed down, I cried. The reason for my tears? Child Abductions. On Tuesday, the body of 8 year old Sandra Cantu was found in a suitcase. The suitcase was dumped into a canal. This is not the first child abduction to end in such tragedy. It happens all too often. I'm not sure why this hit me so hard. Maybe it is the years and years of hearing about cases like this one. Maybe it is the result of the bond I have with my niece that makes me more sensitive to these types of stories. Stories like that of Sandra anger me beyond words. There has been no arrest made in this case. I know the police and FBI are doing all that they can to bring this person to justice. This is the part of the post where I step on my soapbox. You may not agree with everything that I say but it is how I feel. If I were President of The United States, I would waste no time in developing a law against child predators. This law would not be thousands of pages long. It would be short and to the point. The law would be titled "The No Tolerance Act" and it would contain one line. You harm a child, you die. Call me barbaric, I don't care. This is my stance. Before you argue that an eye for an eye is not the answer, think about it. A defenseless child. Sleeping in their bed, playing outside, enjoying life. Swooped away by a stranger, God knows what is done to this child and before they know it, their hopes and dreams are over. Their parents, family and friends have to deal with the tragic news that their child has been murdered. You harm a child, you die. I see no other way to deal with child predators in this country. Too many people convicted of these horrible acts are not first time offenders. They are criminals that are wandering the streets with you and me. Look at Richard Allen Davis, who kidnapped and murdered Polly Klass. Look at his rap sheet. How in the world was this man walking free with a rap sheet like that? We need strict laws for criminals. We do not have strict laws that protect our children from scum like this man. Last month, a convicted felon shot and killed 4 Oakland Police Officers. This scum on the bottom of my shoe had a warrant out for his arrest. What was that for? The rape of a 12 year old girl. This man raped a 12 year old girl and was out walking the streets. Did you know that? I barely heard a thing about this tidbit on mainstream news stations. Why? Why was the public not informed of the truth? Our country seems more concerned with the rights of animals (farm animals) than we do with the safety of our children. In California, Prop 2 was on the ballot last November. What is Prop 2? This was a ballot measure that looked to give chickens, pigs and calves more standing room in their cages and pens. Nearly $20 million dollars was donated for and against this prop. $20 million dollars for farm animal rights. We have to take a stand. We need to put the focus back on things that matter. I understand that the economy is suffering along with chickens but we have to evaluate the things that matter the most in this country. Our children. Your neighbors children. Your future children. It is time to take a stand against the outrages that are occuring in the legal system. Convicted child predators are released and free to kidnap and murder. We have to put a stop to this. I am going to urge you to take action. Take 10 minutes of your time this weekend and look up your state and federal representatives. Write them a letter, send them an email, call their office and leave a message. Urge them to take the issue of child predators more seriously. Urge them to introduce laws that create No Tolerance for child predators. Push this issue into the spotlight. Put the focus on the things that matter most for our country. The safety of innocent children. In my mind, nothing else matters more than this. No issue of social justice, no issue of animal rights, no issue of the economic status of our country. Nothing is more important than making sure another child is not abducted and murdered. No child's life should end in a suitcase. The thought of that alone should spring you into action. I am prepared to fight this fight and I hope you will be along side me.. Edited to add: My point exactly. Read this story. Out on bond. Why does this man get to be out on the streets? We live in a twisted world.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

San Francisco

I got home today from my 2 day trip to see my husband! What a great time I had. Although he didn't get to our hotel until 7 p.m. both nights, it was very nice to see his adorable face. Being the good wife I am (and I was bored), I created an Easter Egg hunt for him in our hotel room. It was so nice to be together and I am counting down the days until he comes back home! On Tuesday, I took BART (public transportation) into San Francisco. Even though it was raining, I still had a great time. If you have never been to San Francisco, I highly recommend coming to this amazing city. And don't forget to take the ferry across the bay to Sausalito. The views while going across the bay are just breathtaking. Here are a few hundred pictures of my trip:
The Spinnaker Restaurant in Sausalito. My nanny's favorite place to eat and a place we went many, many times together. I ate lunch there and remembered my Nanny.
Told you it was windy!
Alcatraz
Another "Lost" time flash!!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Is It Monday Yet?

Those words don't come out of my mouth very often, if ever. I do not look forward to Monday's. But this Monday is different. Today, I get to see my husband! It has been 16 days since I laid eyes on my handsome husband and I am jumping for joy that I get to see him not just today but tomorrow too!! I managed to find a decent rate for a hotel that is just 20 minutes from his work. Since it is Spring Break, my work load is limited this week so it is a good time to take a couple of days off. Sadly, the weather tomorrow is supposed to be rainy and cold which puts a damper on my plans to go into The City for a day trip. But I might just suck it up and go anyways. Chris should arrive at the hotel at about 7:00 p.m. which leaves a lot of time for me to keep myself occupied. I am keeping my fingers crossed that his schedule goes back to normal by the end of this month (if not before) so he can come home! But in the meantime, I am counting down the hours until I get to see him tonight. 10 hours.....

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Movie Memories

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and instantly flash back to a certain era in your life? It does not matter how long ago that memory was, the minute you hear that song, you are placed back in that time. I have a few songs that fit that category. The Fugees "Killing Me Softly" reminds me of my senior year in high school. I had that song on repeat in my car cd player. When I hear it now, I am 17 years old again. I watched two movies today that bring back very fond memories. "27 Dresses" and "Sex and the City: The Movie." I watched these movies within the last two weeks before my own wedding. And since both of these movies center around love, marriage and relationships (sometimes, not in the best way), I can't help but think back to my own excitement leading up to my wedding while watching these films. On Tuesday, Chris and I will have 10 months of wedded bliss in the books. And still, I look back on our wedding day and smile ear to ear. I get this twinge of wanting to go back and do it again. Being a Leo, I am a bit of an attention whore. I loved being the center of attention for a couple of days. It fed my ego well. Very well. The sudden drop off of attention was almost disturbing. Just kidding.....kind of. I know 10 months isn't very long compared to 2 years, 20 years, 40 years, 60 years. But watching these movies today makes me realize that with the amount of love I have for my husband (and with him being absent on day 30 and counting), there is no doubt that in 40 years, I will watch these movies again and still think back to our wedding day and smile. I love you husband!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Oh, I'm Fine!

Sometimes I question my toughness. The first two weeks that my husband was gone, I cried nearly every night. One night I was crying so much that I nearly had an anxiety attack. I'm a sensitive lady on so many different levels. Emotionally, physically, mentally. All the -ally words. Tonight, I demonstrated my physically toughness though. At my softball game, while running to 3rd base, the ball hit me on my shoulder blade area. Yes, it stung. Bad. My teammates shouted from the dugout asking if I was ok and I gave a thumbs up. I mean, it hurt but there was nothing to cry about. A team member came over to ask if I got hit in the head. I guess it happened fast and he couldn't tell. I appreciated him making sure I was alright but I told him that if I got hit in the head, things would not have been fine. I'm not THAT tough. And then later, I didn't move when the pitcher threw the ball at my thigh. Not sure why I didn't move. Maybe I figured that I already got hit in the back, how bad can a softball to the thigh hurt. Pretty bad actually.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Running vs. Spinning

18 days ago, I ran a half marathon. I was able to run for 2 hours and 36 minutes without stopping. On Tuesday, I stepped into Spin class at my new gym. I knew it would be challenging but I was up for it. I barely survived. How is it possible that I could run for almost 3 hours straight but I can't bike for 30 minutes without nearly dry heaving on the floor? And yes, I went back today for more. And it was worse.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

American Idol

I have never missed an episode of American Idol. Call me a dork but I love the show. I have sat through some pretty horrible performances but have also been able to witness some amazing vocals over the past 7.5 seasons. As the show goes along this season, I am starting to notice something though. Simon made an appearance on Jay Leno last week and stated that he thought that Adam, Danny and Lil Rounds will be in the final 3. I would rather see Allison and Kris in the finals. I think Adam is amazing. He blows me away every week. He is a great singer and an awesome performer on stage. I would be happy with Adam in the top 3. I'm not impressed with Danny (everything sounds the same) and I think Lil hasn't been able to pick the right song (sorry for repeating what the judges say but they are right) throughout the start of the top 13. They don't stand out to me week after week but the judges tend to heap a lot of praise on them. Last night, they spent more time talking about Allison's outfit and hair. WHO CARES? I thought she had a lot of emotion in her performance of "Don't Speak". She is such a great singer and has incredible stage presence for someone only 16 years old. And Kris really showed a different side of his vocal abilities this week. Love him. Scott-boring. Just plain boring. Megan-it gets worse every week. Seriously. Painfully worse Matt-It sounded just like the original Frey song. Nothing different Anoop-I'm over him too. His ballad last week was nice but he needs to be able to sing upbeat songs without sounding and looking cheesy. He hasn't done that yet. What are your American Idol thoughts?