Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Cougar Town

One of the best quotes of the year came out of my mom's mouth last night. During Christmas dinner she declared "I have decided I am going to become a cougar next year!" Watch your twenty something sons closely. My mom is officially on the prowl!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas No No!

The first rule when wrapping Christmas presents for NOT put a sticker on the bag. Stickers on the tissue only please people! That way I can re-use the bag and share the love! Thank you!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Random Quotes

My kids often say news worthy things. These are two that touched me this week

Me: Meg, I love you more than applesauce
Meg: I love you more than cookie dough ice cream

Anyone who knows my sugar crazy, ice-cream begging, cookie dough addicted girl can tell you this is huge!

I am washing the dishes while simultaneously cooking dinner and quizzing Dylan on spelling words. He says "Mom, they should seriously start paying you for this job because you work really hard!"

Who are "they" I wonder. I will submit my bill for back pay immediately!

Short and Sweet, sort of like me!

Read the entire Facebook status update before commenting people. Please.

I left for church with 2 kids and came home with five! I love impromptu play dates. There was a fierce Monopoly game and an incredibly elaborate American Girl party. Do I care that the rooms are messy, the sink is piled high with dishes and they ate all the food in my house. Absolutely NOT! I can say though that I will have to get a good job before they are teenagers because these boys can EAT!

I love all the kids in my children’s lives. I love that my friends trust me with their children and I love our little “village” There was a time in my life that I thought God would not trust me with children of my own. Now I have earned his trust and the trust of so many wonderful friends. It feels good!

I am taking the 40 day Love Dare! Sounds like a fun challenge. But it probably means I cannot amuse you with any more lessons from the “Obvious File”. Need to show some respect y’all!

I had to go shopping for “work” clothes. The last time I worked a job where I had to dress in decent clothing I was pregnant and weighed 199lbs. So I hit up the Goodwill. Got 12 new shirts, 3 new pants, and 2 sweaters for under $50. All but two had tags still on. Seriously people, stop paying retail!

Tomorrow starts 11 weeks of self inflicted torture. I am trying to push up my graduation date. I am taking 3 classes and doing student teaching, continuing to work in the classrooms, work for the properties, be a wife and mommy, lead the Daisy’s and whatever else comes my way!. I am going to be a crazy lady but it will make January-June more tolerable and free up time for me to study for my comps. And provided I pass everything, I get to walk in June! Whoot Woo!

My student teaching assignment is amazing. I work one hour a day. One. I have the whole morning free! I can go to the gym, run errands and even take a nap if I want to. I work one hour with 4th graders with various visual impairments. And then I leave in time to pick up my kids from school. It’s going to be awesome!

I have declared Tuesday night to be family night! We WILL have dinner as a family every Tuesday and then we will all go to church for our respective Bible studies. We have allowed our schedules be an excuse for not participating in Bible study this past year. Jon working nights/weekends, my school classes and sports practices/games has made sitting down for dinner together really challenging lately. Tuesday’s we have noting. NOTHING! So this was a perfect way to have dinner as a family AND participate in a Bible study. I am very excited!

Church was amusing this morning. I laughed out loud, several times. And what was with Bruce’s shoes? I swear he was wearing different shoes! They were close enough but not exactly matching.

Church was also strangely emotional. I have no idea why. My marriage is strong, we are not in financial ruin, I have not suffered a tragic loss. Why was it so emotional for me?

I am thinking about taking a vacation day tomorrow. After dropping the kids off at school, I will do my grocery shopping and then go on vacation. I want to go to the gym, then read a book by the pool. I will probably even take a nap by the pool. As long as I wake up in time to get them from school, they will never know!

Have a happy day!

Friday, September 11, 2009

From The Obvious Files

I do not make a habit of verbally bashing my husband. He is a great man and truthfully there isn't much wrong with him. Tonight I would like to share with you something from the "obvious files" I keep in my head. Look at the picture below...

This is my kitchen counter and trash can. Between the two is the brown paper bag where we drop our bottles and cans for recycling. OBVIOUSLY my husband is so exhausted from busting his ass all day for our family that he lacks the arm strength drop the can INTO the bag which sits below. I feel for this man. It must really suck being this tired!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


I have had a lot of time to reflect lately.

Reflection on Love:

I am in love with my husband. I am not sure that he believes me when I go postal but I am. He works his ass off for us! He is underappreciated and under paid. I try to make up for that by showing him how much we appreciate him. I have enjoyed (almost) every minute of the past 8 years. I am so grateful he has been willing to do without a nicer car, vacations, a fancy phone, a bigger TV, a decent bathroom, a higher thread count, and more dates with me so that I can be home raising our children. I am so blessed for the opportunity he had given me. Being a single income family is tough on both of us but our kids don’t notice what we do without and it is worth the sacrifice! In the words of New Radicals “We’re flat broke, but hey we do it in style”. My husband has never complained that I am a bad housekeeper (which I am). He has never mentioned that I am a horrible cook (which I am). He has never criticized a thing about me (even when I have given him good reason to!) We are approaching our 10th anniversary. We have some fun things planned including a mini-getaway. October cannot come soon enough! I can’t wait for some alone time with him!

Reflection on School:

I am an over achiever. This quarter I had 4 classes. 100 points possible in each. I finished the quarter with 407 points overall. Full points in each class PLUS extra credit. My college does not give A+’s. If they did, I would be getting 4. I have to settle for A’s. I love school!!! I love learning, growing, working, sharing, just feeling my brain grow! I have loved being home with my kids for 8 years. What a gift I was given! It has been a blast! Fun! Exciting! Joyful! Amazing! But it has not been the most intellectually stimulating thing. Being a housewife can get monotonous if you let it. Not so much when they were infants and toddlers. Then there was no time to even breathe, however once they got into school, I got bored. It became very routine, for them and me. So I shook things up a bit for all of us. I started taking online lasses and going one night a week. That stimulated me and gave them some time with daddy…much needed time with daddy. I can say that I had my husbands support in this. I can say that my kids are proud of me. I can say that I am happy I did it. I can’t say that I am done. I finish my last class for the visual impairments credential this summer. I still have another year of classes to finish my MA in special education. This is the really easy part. There are two big hurdles that have me nervous. First, student teaching. I have the option of doing 10 weeks of full time traditional student teaching, 16 weeks of part time, or get a job in the field and get credit while getting paid. Yeah, getting paid sounds nice but this family is not ready for me to be at work full time. I am not ready, my husband is not ready, and my kids are not ready. So I am pushing my advisor to place me in 16 weeks part time. Then I can focus on my kids, finish my MA with little added stress and get it out of the way. Except this week I learned that since MOST people get a job to get credit for student teaching, if you are not working, it is two quarters of student teaching. This is because VI teachers are so in demand that they need to push people to finish and get jobs ASAP! This means, I take a full time job, OR do 20 weeks of full time OR do 32 weeks of part time. Basically 100 of 180 school days full time OR the whole school year of part time FOR FREE! NO PAY! WHAT???!!! Why would I do any of this? It makes more sense to get a job. I am willing to get a part time job. All the jobs posted are full time. This is not good. I don’t know what I am going to do about it! The second hurdle is the Comps. Instead of writing a thesis, I have to take a comprehensive exam to get my MA. Basically all my BA stuff PLUS my MA stuff, PLUS my credential stuff on one test. I have a year before I take it. The problem is, how am I going to study for that, while finishing my MA AND student teaching for the entire school year. I have thought of quitting now and paying back my grant. I do not want to do this. I have considered just slowing down, doing 10 weeks full time student teaching now, taking my time to finish my MA and then get a job to finish the last 10 weeks of credit. I can’t walk until 2011 anyway so the only difference it would really make is money. I am only on a grant until August 2010. Anything after that I have to pay for out of pocket. If I had the money to do the MA, I would have started it a long time ago. I guess this gives us a year to start saving. I don’t know. I really don’t know what the best option is.

Reflection on the past 12 months:

I have accomplished many things in the past year. I did the mud run & muddy buddy, pushed my limits on my mountain bike, lost 35 pounds, taken care of my body, finished another teaching credential, led Daisy Scouts, worked in the classrooms, worked on committees, volunteered at Church, worked 2 part time jobs, learned braille, ran the streets of LA dressed like a chicken, made lunches, cleaned house, folded laundry, done dishes, driven carpool, cared for other children, shuttled kids to practices, supported my husband, loved my family, wrote papers, took exams, assessed children, made new friends, made virtual friends, connected with old friends, laughed, cried, planned, procrastinated, danced, sang, rushed. Yeah, it’s a lot. But there are three important things missing. I cannot remember the last time I read my Bible. I have opened it to look things up. I have heard something in a sermon and gone to Bible Gateway to read more. I have read chapters in my daughters Children’s Bible to her. I have been to Church. But I have not sat and read my Bible. Read it for pleasure, support, answers, connection. I need a place to start. Suggestions welcome. I have also not prayed enough. I talk to God all day long. In the car, while at school, while making dinner, while putting my kids to bed. I know this counts, however I also know that I need to sit, focus and pray more. Not just Sundays at communion. Not just in bed as I fall asleep. I need to pray for guidance, answers, thanks, praise, insight, reflection, and relationship. I need to reconnect through prayers. The third thing I have been neglecting is pausing. Pausing to rest. And I know if I would take the time to pause, I would feel the connection, I would use the time to pray and read my Bible. I have heard of people who put it on their calendar like an appointment. I never miss appointments, however there is something about scheduling time to rest that just seems odd to me. I was doing great at all this when we were in a couple’s small group. We set aside time each week to read the Bible, talk about it with other people, pray, focus, be together in the Word. I was almost a date for us! There were a few factors that led us to leave that small group. I will not go into them all here. I don’t miss he group per se, but I do miss where I was in my spiritual growth when we had that. This is something I need to pray about. It is something I need to think about. It is something I need to get back to.

Reflection on sleep:

It is overrated. At least that is what I am telling myself since I am getting so little lately.

Reflection on Girl Time

I have always shied away from close friendships with females. I can’t take the drama. I have always felt that with women I am walking in eggshell, never really being myself. I am always waiting for some to get hurt feelings or put the moves on my man. I have always felt that they are judging my clothes, my purse, my shoes…these things are not important to me. I don’t care what others think of me, I am who I am but I have just stayed away from it all because it is exhausting. I have been this way since I was 18. As I got into my 30’s, I have met a lot of amazing women with whom I don’t feel this. They love me in my jeans and messy hair, know that I will always tell them the truth and can count on me for anything. I have a group of people who I trust with my kids, who will make me dinner if I am sick and who will call me just to chat. I wish I could spend more time just hanging out with these friends. I was reminded of this when I went to bunco last week. I only knew 4 women there. But I had a great time! I want to spend more time like this with MY friends. I want to hang out and chat and laugh and just be us! So if I plan it, will you come??

Reflection on Serafina

Serafina has been sick for about a month now. She was hospitalized after what we were sure was a stroke. She was acting strange, walking funny, couldn’t see, wasn’t barking. They did an MRI, spinal tap and observed her for 3 days. They felt she had a seizure or stroke right resulting in the sudden change in vision and personality. They never investigated her vision since she is under a specialists care for her eye. It took her 2 weeks to become her old self with the exception of her vision. Her right eye went gray and she couldn’t see anything. It was sad to watcher her walk full speed ahead straight into a wall. I have a new compassion for the dog. As annoying she has been for 16 years, she is God’s creature and it is not her fault she was born with so many challenging medical conditions. 3 different eye drops, 2 different seizure medications, special diet and the barking have made for a lot of headaches over the years. The animal hospital recommended to follow-up with her doctor. A week later, her doctor suggested we follow-up with her ophthalmologist about the eye despite his belief that it was as we were told by the Doc. at the animal hospital, blindness caused by a stroke. A few days later, the ophthalmologist did a pressure test. Normal pressure is 25, she was at 44. Every time her heart beat, she was in tremendous pain as the eye pulsated. The lens had detached and was covering the eye, the reason she couldn’t see. It is likely this happened as a result of a stroke or was the cause of a seizure. Either way, the injury had happened almost a month prior at this point. We felt horrible for her. She was on medication to reduce her pain since my grandmother refused to consider surgery at her age. We really pushed for the surgery and after a week, grandma finally considered it. Once she made the call, the ophthalmologist said to do it right away, that day! However Serafina’s surgeon wasn’t available for another week. My grandmother did not want any other surgeon to touch her. So we waited. Her pressure went up to 55. Poor dog. Wednesday she went in for the surgery. The plan was to remove the lens and freeze the eye. After evaluating her that morning, they determined it had been too long and too damaged for this to be the best option. With this option she would still be susceptible to eye diseases and infections. They felt the best option for hr overall health was to remove the eye. This was a hard decision for my grandmother to make. But she did. So her entire eye is gone and sewn shut. She also had a cancerous mole removed off her back. She is full of stitches, wearing a cone and very confused. She has two additional medications I must give with peanut butter. So we have been a bit more patient with the barking, the smelly farts, the dribbling water as she walks about the house and the licking the floor. She is what she is. We inherited this problem. We will continue to treat her well. Even when she is keeping me awake with her snoring.

Reflection on the Gym:
I have been going to the gym during the day for the past year. Last week, my husband came home early so I could get out of the house. I had been housebound for 5 caring for my son with pneumonia. I desperately wanted to go to the gym. I went to an early evening kickboxing class. They gym is a completely different place at night. During the day, the gym is filled with housewives and people with alternative schedules (bartenders, realtors, students, bouncers, pastors, strippers etc.). All these people are there to work out, take care of their bodies, and have fun! There is a happy energy during the day! At night, the gym is a meat market. An angry meat market. The machines are full of people in makeup and cute gym clothes pretending to exercise while they scan the room for hotties. The class was full of working people who were there to blow off steam. There was no happiness in my class. No yee-haw’s or claps! No energy. I prefer the daytime gym where the happy people are. The daytime gym where I don’t have to worry about what I am wearing or how my hair looks. The daytime gym where I can have fun!

Reflection on food:

I love food. Everyday is a battle for me. One year ago this week I embarked on a life style change that would help me lose 35 lbs and gain back some confidence. But EVERY day I struggle with what I am eating, what I want to eat, and how I will feel about what I eat. I love to eat, yet I hate to eat. I DO eat. I eat a lot. But everyday I hate myself for either allowing myself to indulge a little bit or for indulging for the previous 10 years. If I had had more control in years past, I would not have to battle every day today. If I had never allowed myself to get so fat to being with, my body would not look like drapes today. Rows and rows of sagging skin. Skin that was taught when I was heavy. Ironically I felt more confident being naked in front of my hubby when I was heavy. This is a problem I created. It is my fault. Well, mine, pizza, tacos, burgers, onion rings, beer, bacon and popcorn. It’s a shared responsibility. Now my body is so sensitive, I can have a glass of wine and gain 2 lbs. Seriously. So I battle with food every day. I will repeat, I DO eat. I eat healthy. I indulge myself a bit (helllllloooooo Cheese It’s at midnight last night!) I work out. But I still struggle. I want to celebrate with a nice dinner out. I want to drown my sorrows in a bag of burnt popcorn. I want to go on a date with my hubby to a fancy restaurant. I want to eat nachos and beer at the ballgame. I want food. Lot’s of it. I love food!

Reflection on Housewives:

There is this silly show on Bravo called the Real Housewives of Orange County. Real? Really? I know this show has been on for a few years but after being quarantined for 8 days I finally had a chance to catch a few episodes. This show is ridiculous. Let me tell you about real housewives. I know a few. In Orange County no less. For example my friend…let’s call her Schmegan. Schmegan is a REAL housewife. She drives a used car with stickers all over the insides of the windows. Her car is never clean. Inside or out. She works in all 3 classrooms, volunteers for committees, helps PTF, is room mom. Schmegan has a pile of clean laundry on her garage floor through which her husband must dig for clean underwear. If there isn’t any, he goes without. Schmegan sends her children over with a measuring cup to borrow milk. When her microwave broke, she used mine for a year. Schmegan drops off dry cleaning, drives carpool, shuttles to 3 different practices at 3 different times. Most Friday nights, Schmegan is at a pizza party for one of her kids. She spends Saturday’s on the ball field. ALL day! Schmegan wears her hair in a pony tail, and sometimes drops of her children at school in her pajamas. Some days, she doesn’t get a shower. Schmegan’s floors are dirty, there are dishes in the sink and toys all over the living room. Schmegan feeds her family healy meals, changes their sheets, wipes their noses. Schmegan’s furniture has holes, and names written in sharpie. Her baseboards are dirty, her bed is not made. Schmegan will have all the neighborhood kids over for a play date. She’ll feed them snacks and popsicles and juice. She’ll send the home dirty, and sticky, and tired. Schmegan does not spend her days lunching with the girls or having coffee with her financial advisor. There are no martinis at the club after playing tennis. Her only shopping is at Target. She doesn't go tanning, get her nails done or have extensions. Her purse is not Prada. Her shoes are worn down. She wears an outfit more than once. Sometimes without washing it. Her breasts are her owns. She has never had botox. She has gray hair. Schmegan is busy. Schmegan is always smiling. She loves her job. Schmegan is a real housewife. And I am a lot like her. Perfectly imperfect!

Reflection on Cheese:

Everything tastes better with cheese. Everything.
Potato = cheddar
Crackers = sharp
Steak = blue
Pregnancy = lacy swiss
Ham = white American
Ritz = whiz
Bread = sharp swiss fondue
Chips = nacho crap
Salad = feta
Panini = gouda
Breaded = mozzarella
Snack = colby jack
Fish = crusted parmesan
Tomatoes = buffalo
Hot = Brie
Cheese makes everything right with the world.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Don't Forget To Stretch

Me in 60 years. Thanks Heidi!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Fashion No No...

Unless you are Fergie, do not leave the house in short shorts and heels. It doesn't look good on you.

Monday, June 1, 2009


I often don’t blog because I can’t come up with a witty title for the topic. Titles are important. They can make or break the whole piece. So sometimes I just delete what I wrote and figure I will tell you all in person what was on my mind that day. That never happens. So my thoughts just build up and are then spewed in one rambling blog I like to call…randomness.

I play little games with myself.
When I get gas, I push no receipt and then try to get back in my car and close the door before it beeps 3 times to tell me thank you. I am always disappointed when the beeps win. Sometimes I will flush the toilet before getting into the shower just to see if I can perfectly time when to turn the water temperature down so I don’t get scalded.

I wonder…at what point are you considered “elderly”. Is it by the way you walk, when you retire, your age? Who determines that someone will be called elderly in a newspaper article about them?

Which reminds me, at what point does a garage sale become an estate sale?

I love that the mannequins at Sport Chalet have muscles. That is a realistic mannequin in my book.

I have recently learned that you do not have to be very smart to be a notary. All you need is an ink pad and a bunch of pens. No brains required.

My son wanted to see how the female gondolier’s dress in Italy for a school project. Without my knowledge he googled “Italy girls” then clicked on images. There were a lot of interesting pictures for him to peruse. Thankfully the one he chose to open was just of a pregnant belly. He thought it was funny enough to call me into the room where I quickly quit his search and reminded him he needs permission before Googling ANYTHING!. Close call!

I come up with some really good thoughts in the shower. I forget them before I am finished drying my hair. I will be very happy when they invent a water proof laptop I can use in the shower so I can share my randomness with you more frequently.

I scratched an itch. My Mom took me to Jimmy Buffet as a mother’s day treat to us. I have never been to Buffet. It was exactly as I expected. And I got to introduce concert Gina to concert Peg. WOW! That was interesting. Now I know where I get it! Except concert Gina never yells at the drunk teens dancing wildly next to her. She usually just joins right in and makes friends with them. Otherwise, concert Peg had a great time! So did concert Gina!

I don’t use Twitter. I signed up a few months back because the Great Urban Race was having a virtual race and you had to post your pictures on Twitter. I never did anything with it. But I do think it is cool that about once a week I get and e-mail that says someone is following me! WOW! My website with nothing on it actually has fans! I am awesome!

I love going to college! I got asked to join a Sorority a few weeks ago. I felt special! They didn’t want me when I was their age but they want me now! Do you think it’s because I am old enough to buy them beer?

My college houses the Los Angeles County High School for Performing Arts. You can imagine the colorful characters that go to this school. I say that with love because my younger siblings both graduated from this high school. Nonetheless, there are some interesting kids roaming the halls when I get to campus. They get out at 4:00 just when I am arriving for class. One of my classes is at the end of a long hall that is lined with lockers. On most Monday’s I spend my time walking that hall staring straight ahead. I just cannot bring myself to witness the saliva exchanges that are happening all over the place. Really, I am not a prude but there is something about watching teenagers with green hair making out. It is just wrong. So I avoid looking. But if by chance some decent youngster is opening their locker to get out the reading material which will be required if they ever want to graduate, I sneak a peek just to see who the hottie is right now. I see posters of “Twilight” and Marilyn Manson. But I am yet to see High School Musical. You would think at a school that focuses on the talents of impressionable kids, you would have a large fan base for this important cinematic accomplishment. I mean seriously, he plays basketball AND sings. WOW! How can they not like this movie???!!!

Oh and as a bonus, I am often treated to naked teenagers in the bathroom! I am rushing to class and they are in there changing into tights, costumes, whatever nonsense they can create. And they sing! YES! They make beautiful naked music! Can’t a lady use the restroom in peace?

FYI-today is Evan’s birthday, Prom tickets were reduced to $90 and yearbooks can still be purchased for $80. I can bring home a flyer if you are interested in any of this!

So here I sit, waiting for the most boring class of my college career to begin. I am remembering when I was one of those teenagers making out by the locker. Ick! I would like to publicly apologize to all my high school teachers for all they had to witness. And on that note…have a happy day!

Friday, May 8, 2009


I need help. I hate Halloween. I truly detest it. I hate spending tons of cash on costumes for my kids that will be used for about 2 hours of fun! I have never dressed up for Halloween. I loathe the idea of people looking at me and judging my (lack of) creativity.

BUT...I have a strange addiction to dressing up for MY events! I have done the mud run (I did not "costume" but I did run 6.something miles covered in mud!) I was a goddess in the Muddy Buddy, I ran the streets of LA as a chicken. I am seriously considering being a bottle of vagisil for the next GUR and tomorrow...well tomorrow I will be a Mom. My mountain biking group has an annual Mother's Day ride in El Moro. Then we hike to the beach for lunch. I arranged the kids schedules so that I can make both parts of the fun! Last year, first prize went to someone who wore oven mits and a bathrobe for the entire 10 mile ride. Not to be outdone, tomorrow I will be sporting a baby in my camelpack. I have a jar of food, a bottle, a burp cloth (with genuine nasty stuff on it courtesy of Miss is truely disgusting since it has been in my drawer meaning to be returned for about a year now!). My baby has a teddy bear with her and her own specially designed helmet. Of course I will have a pacifier necklace and Purell on hand. Every good mother always leaves the house prepared for a high intensity bike ride with her infant! I am so excited! I will post pics soon!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Gettin' Itchy!

I am getting the concert itch as summer approaches. I need to lose myself in a crowd sometime soon! Anyone in???

Suggestions Welcome!

Jon and I are doing the Great Urban Race in San Diego to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. I seriously get gitty every time I think about it! I don't think he is as thrilled but he will come around. We signed up as the "10 year itch" since it is over our anniversary weekend getaway. The trouble is, we can't come up with a costume for this that is fun! Yes, we thought of the obvious gross one ...
...but seriously...our kids are going to want to see the pictures!

So we either need a good costume idea OR a new team name coupled with a costume idea. Please support me in this! If Jon had it his way we would be drinking margaritas by the pool. We need to push him out of our comfort zone!

Pick One!

A bit of advice...never eat at a place called Donuts and Burgers. You can specialize in donuts and you can specialize in burgers. But you can't specialize in both. That is just wrong!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Bock bock bock...

It is not everyday that I dress up like a chicken and run through the streets of LA. Contrary to the look on this guys face, the city quite enjoyed our costumes!

GUR is basically a 1 day amazing race. There are approx. 20 events nationwide each year. 500 teams are given 12 clues to solve that take them all over the city of their event. You have to run or take public transportation everywhere (no taxis, cars, skates etc.) My brother and I have never done anthing like this together. In fact, we hardly do anything together, but when I heard about GUR in L.A., I knew he would be the right partner. He is an O&M specialist that works all over downtown. In a nutshell, he teaches blind children how to navigate L.A. on public transportation. Despite us being on opposite ends of the physical fitness spectrum, I knew that he would be a great teammate.

So I give you team "Spring Chickens"

The stories are probably much better told in person so come by with a bottle of wine and you'll get all the good details! Basically...IT WAS AWESOME! We covered Pershing Square, Mc Arthur Park, Olvera St and Hollywood. We probably covered 4-5 miles on foot and the rest on bus and subway. My goal was to come in the top 250. We don't know our place yet but when we came in they said only about 100 teams had checked in. So now we are hoping to be in the top 150! We'll know tomorrow! Most of our stops required digital pictures to prove we were there. Here are some highlights.

We danced with the Aztecs

We talked this guy selling Lakers Jerseys on the train into putting one on so we could take a picture holding up the answer to one of our clues. By "talked into" I mean we paid him 5 bucks.
Missing from this photo are the masty girls who were mad at us for swooping in on him while they were trying to flirt him into a picture. Ha Ha! Suckers!

We took a self defense class

We saw Rocky and Bullwinkle, met a tall man, and hung out with some stars

Not pictured are the boot camp obsticle course, a few monuments and the great big hill we ran up! But here we are in front of El Pollo Loco! Couldn't resist.

There were some other fun costumes, Octomom, one eyed onehorned flying purple people eaters, Miss Congeniality, Curious George with the Man in the Yellow Hat, and Power Rangers to name a few. Here we are with the contest winners (14 year old Chinese Gymnastics Gold Medal Winners) They deserved it...they wore leotards and did cartwheels. But people loved us too! For an hour before and all throughout the race people were stopping us to take pictures with is! We were like celebrities! So fun!

So we looked a little crazy when we were alone on the route, but in Hollywood we fit right in. There's a lot of crazies there. Spiderman even gave us directions...and he wasn't part of the race! We were right in the middle of the Anti-War protest. It was quite nutty! People are being interviewed by TV cameras and two chickens go running by. Nice.

We ran on one granola bar and pure adrenelin all day. It is just like you see on Amazing race, the bus doors open and you take off running. We bocked at every team we passed and anybody that bocked at us from their cars! Children were laughing, people were was a BLAST! Jon and I are doing the San Diego race in October to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. I think he is a bit nervous after all the stories I told him last night but I am a really nice partner. I didn't yell at my brother once (even when he was walking and I wanted to run! Arg!) We just ran when he could (and when it was crucial!) It will be a new experience for me and Jon. He has never seen me in race mode and we have never done anything physical like this together. I am really excited about it!

One last pic, for Thing Templetons

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It's Wacky Wednesday!

The Leprechaun Visit

The Leprechauns were good to us this year. They recognized that this mommy is in the middle of finals week and daddy did not need any more work to do for her around the house. So this year they left treats on the table for the kids (a book monogrammed in gold glitter for each of the kid, green flowers and a box of lucky charms) Then they snuck into the kids rooms are rearranged things a bit. The night stands, bedding and clothing from the kids dressers were swapped. They also moved the laundry baskets, jackets, robes and a few other items that are significant in each room. Dylan woke up snuggling an American Girl and Megan woke up with a green comforter on. They thought this was so funny! I knew it was Leprechaun success when at 5:15 am Dylan stood by my bedside and declared "Mom! When I get through with those Leprechauns they are going to be dead meat!"  

Funny Side Note: While investigating the rest of the house to see what mischief awaited...Dylan was so excited to discover that the Leprechauns had folded the laundry that was sitting on the couch! That was so nice of them!

Breakfast consisted of Green Ham, Green Apples w/ Carmel and of course the Magically Delicious Treat!

Here's some pictures from the rest of our day!