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An Unplanned Mud Run March 27, 2011

Filed under: Running — Kelocity @ 10:31 am
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When I woke up this morning, it was raining in LA. I decided to meet my group for a run anyways. I really didn’t expect anyone else to be there, but surprisingly, eight other people came! It was a delicate run though, there was mud everywhere and it was very slippery. The little river nearby completely flooded and when the water receded, lots of stuff was left behind.

We were particularly worried about this little guy! We found him in the middle of the road! He was missing one claw, but was still doing his best to shimmy to the side of the road. We named him Sebastian.

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By the time we were done (4.8 miles later), we were covered in mud.
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Now I’m in sweatpants trying to warm up. I think I might go make a cup of coffee (with Bailey’s Chocolate Creamer of course!)

 

Snow in Los Angeles! February 26, 2011

Filed under: Food,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 7:25 pm
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Today was such a strange day for weather in Los Angeles. This morning was bright and sunny, so we went for a morning walk to pick up some Croissants and get some fresh air. Not even two hours after we got back, it started POURING out!
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Not a huge deal, because after all, it DOES rain in LA…. but this wasn’t just rain… it was HAIL!
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We could actually hear it hitting the windows, it sounded like little pebbles hitting the glass. We both spent the day doing little things around the house and getting things checked off our never-shrinking to-do lists.
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Irving took an inventory of our pantry and freezer, since we never know what we have in there. Now we can just glance at it and create meals around it. Very thoughtful and extremely helpful! Hopefully we can keep it updated as we eat items and buy new things.
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Armed with a grocery list and a stack of coupons, I headed out (in the rain) to Trader Joes and Ralphs. It was raining, but the sun was shining.
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We did a little ‘divide and conquer’ and Irving headed to Costco.  A little while later, he called me to tell me it was SNOWING in Burbank!
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Real snow was accumulating on the road!
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When was the last time it snowed in LA? Not since I’ve lived out here. This was very exciting for us!  Real flakes!
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I was just four miles away, and I certainly didn’t see the white stuff, it must have just been a fluke!

Anyways, we both did really well in getting food for the week that can be made into real meals. You know how I have such a complex about meal planning and grocery shopping, but I think we did pretty well.
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Wanna know what I got? It’s very exciting stuff (Including some Monterey Pasta since I won a coupon for a free one from Peanut Butter Fingers last fall!)
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Root Beer and Vanilla Ice Cream = Root Beer Floats this week!

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And um…. SEVEN boxes of cereal. I have a problem.
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In my defense, each one of these had a coupon (or two!) Actually, I don’t think I paid full price for a single item in this grocery trip. SWEET!
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I saved lots of money. What should I do with my extra fifty bucks? Something fun, I hope!
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Irving did well getting some things on our list too… and some things that were NOT on our list….
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We are now the proud owners of a Costco-sized jar of Jelly Beans. Awesome.
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Missed Opportunity October 5, 2010

Filed under: Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 6:57 pm
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Every time I wear a t-shirt on a day that it’s rainy and cold, it feels like a missed opportunity to wear a big comfy sweater.

BRING ON THE WINTER!!

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Anniversary Trip – Part 6 Burlington (And Stowe) July 24, 2010

Filed under: Food,Vermont — Kelocity @ 2:14 pm
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We headed into Burlington for the day to explore.

Lake Champlain:
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We loved the walking trails along the lake.
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But we were walking with purpose…. to the Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory!
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We watched a video and learned how to make chocolate! (Sampling all along the way, of course)
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The Factory
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And on the way out, they gave us Truffles. MMmmm! (We really did eat our way through Vermont. Mmmm)

Vermont = Cows
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And lots and lots of this:
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Next Stop: The Trapp Family Lodge! The real family from “The Sound of Music” moved to America and this is where they lived. It’s now a fancy hotel.

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The view from the lodge: (they thought it looked like Austria. I bet it’s beautiful in the winter)
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Pretty!
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We decided this was the PERFECT location for a Smart Car Photoshoot!
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It’s so teeny!

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Then we visited the base of Stowe Mountain. Look at the ski trails!
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The Alpine Slides
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Once back in Stowe, the next day, we did some more walking. There are two trails, one is a paved road for walking and biking. The other one is a “Quiet Path”:
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It’s really just a mowed grass path for walking only. It’ was so fun! (I love fresh cut grass)!

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If you want to eat at one of the restaurants, they all have little shortcut paths you can take to get there. This is one for “Subway” lol (a little blurry)
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We ended up at the Dutch Pancake Cafe for breakfast. We got these amazing pancakes with potatoes and other savory items in them. Mmmm Served with applesauce and sour cream. They were almost like latkes.
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Served with Dutch Syrup. I was very excited about this “stroop” because we had it when I lived in Amsterdam! It was in Dutch!
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Then we headed over to “Emily’s Bridge”.
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We heard it was haunted because “Emily” died here on her way to her wedding centuries ago.
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And then we ventured to Moss Glen Falls.

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It was a little hike to get there.

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But worth the wait. They were very pretty.
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Irving hiked up way further than me, I was happy to just stay put and watch the water. lol
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It was steep!

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Then we tried to go back into Montpelier again…but it was raining like nobody’s business!
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We enjoyed the rain though. I ❤ rain!

What an amazing 3 days in Vermont!

 

The Nixon Library! January 30, 2010

Filed under: Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 5:45 pm
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A couple of weeks ago, it rained poured in Los Angeles, so we headed down to the Nixon Presidential Library to be “tourists in our own city” for a day. It took us a while to get down there because of the rain traffic, but it was worth the visit. 

But back up a little, before we got there, we had a great lunch at the Roadhouse Grill. It’s one of those “eat peanuts and throw the shells on the floor” type of places. It was great! We got way too much food…including some big drinks!

I got a rootbeer float… part beverage..part dessert. 🙂

Then we headed to the Nixon Library. In the lobby, they had a HUGE legoland display set up. Everything on it was made out of legos! How cool is this!


The library was built on the property of Nixon’s birthplace. His house is still there! Too bad it was raining!
 
They usually let you go inside his house and see how it looked when he was born, but it was closed because of the weather. Instead, they had a “dollhouse” set up so you could imagine what it really is.




Here is what the house looks like from the back. The rain let up for a few minutes so we went out real quick to take a peek!

 
Mr. and Mrs. Nixon are buried in the backyard.


The rest of the museum is really incredible, and we were sad we didn’t have more time in there. There is so much history that happened during his presidency. We really liked looking at the exhibit about Russia because we recognized a lot of the places in the pictures.

There was also a pretty awesome exhibit on Space Travel. A lot of really cool stuff to see.

All in all, a really great place to visit. Highly recommended!

 

 
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