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This List is Bananas! July 3, 2011

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We are up to San Francisco this weekend to see some family and escape the Los Angeles Heat (Rumor has it that it was supposed to be 110* there this weekend!!) But before we left LA, I had a schwaggle of errands to run first.

PS…how does ‘bananas’ end up on my to do list. LOL If you’re wondering, I had to freeze some ripe bananas for smoothies this week.

Let’s see…. have lunch, put some receipts into Quicken, Pack for the weekend…. next up… bring all of our paper, cans and bottles to the recycling center. When it’s 92 degrees, it’s not fun being around sweltering trash piles and heaving box of newspapers into bins. But at least I am saving the environment… and I got paid a whopping $1.90 for my cans. I really wish my condo had recycling, because it’s borderline not worth it to even bother.

Next up (ahead of schedule thankyouverymuch) was Costco to fill up my car for the 6-hour drive.

Done and done. Then I went to Target to pick up a few things.
(What? Your target doesn’t have a palm tree out front?

After that, I hit up Citibank quickly. And then snuck a quick trip to Trader Joes for some road trip essentials.

I swung by and picked Irving up and we hit the road! We were expecting lots of holiday traffic, but it really wasn’t that bad. A couple of hours in, we broke out some homemade sandwiches (turkey and cheese on pretzel rolls!)

We chatted so much that I forgot I was even driving. Soon enough, we were already at Harris Ranch (our favorite stop half way there!)


When we got back on the road, Irving took over the driving and we broke out the pop chips! (Salt & Pepper flavor! Full review coming soon!)


We arrived at 11pm and went to bed soon after.


What are your holiday plans this weekend?


Earthquake Country! November 30, 2010

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Sunday, we all wanted to get outside and get some fresh air!

We gathered up the family and headed out on a 1.5 hour road trip to Point Reyes.

What a good lookin’ bunch, yes?


The drive up north was great, so much to look at. This is San Quentin prison! Yikes!

We finally got up to our destination!

Welcome to Earthquake Trail!

This was a half mile educational loop filled with all kinds of info about how Earthquakes work. (All of us nerds loved it!)

EJ proclaimed: “Take a picture of this sign and we can read it later”. lol

The hike itself was more of a stroll, but it was nice.






And then we found this!


Those blue posts mark the San Andreas fault!

All I kept thinking of was Land of the Lost when they fall into the earthquake crack. LOL

The best part was seeing this fence. This was once connected, but in the early 1900s, the plates moved 12 feet in less than a minute!

Here is all four of us demonstrating how far apart the plates moved!
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After our geography lesson, we headed over to a history lesson!

They have an old Indian Village that has been restored to it’s original form.

This used to be how they lived!

And they had Teepees too!

Then we went inside the “Sweat Room” (not quite sure what that was for. lol)
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EJ running out of the Sweat Room. HAHA

Then for some reason, I decided to jog back to the car.
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It was a fun way to spend the day.

So much of this great state to explore still.


A Year to be Thankful for… November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving was a blast this year. It’s always fun when families from all over the country can get together to celebrate family. This time around, we headed up to San Francisco to Irving’s mom’s house.

We left late on Wednesday night to ‘beat’ the traffic rush. We hit a little bit on the grapevine heading out of Los Angeles…

But after that, it opened up and it was actually a really nice drive. Per usual, we stopped at Harris Ranch for dinner. I love that place. One of these days, we’re going to spend the night there, it’s just so cute.


On Thanksgiving Day, we woke up, and the cooking began!

I made my favorite Sweet Potato Casserole (the recipe from my Aunt Donna that I make for Thanksgiving every year). It’s so good!


Before we knew it, EJ (Irving’s sister) and  her wife Sarah had arrived…and jumped straight into the kitchen!

Sarah’s mom Mona and Nini struck up a conversation and entertained the cooks.IMG_2088


Irving also helped prepare our Thanksgiving meal…

Don’t worry…we woke him up to carve the Turkey!

Sarah made a fantastic Pecan Pie!


All the siblings-in-laws (is that a word?)

Our Turkey was AWESOME! I am not a huge turkey eater, but I really enjoyed this one.

Ok.. ready for the menu?

Wine & Rolls

Cranberry Sauce with Cream Cheese and Pecans

Sweet Potato Casserole

Peas with Pearl Onions


Green Bean Casserole

Pineapple and Cheese (I need to get this recipe, it was sugary goodness!)

Garlic Mashed Potatoes


Happy Thanksgiving!!

My Plate:

Cheers to a great family, all together!

And if that wasn’t enough food… perhaps we should have dessert? We had a whole bunch of treats including the Peacn Pie, Pumpkin Cheesecake and these chocolate covered dates we brought back from Dubai!

We finished off the night with a fun game of ‘Apples to Apples’. Even Nini played, it was so fun!

And then I think we all fell asleep with food comas. What a fun day!


Nike Women’s Marathon 2009 Race Recap! October 22, 2009

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Well it’s been almost a week since I ran my 10th (!!) long distance race. I was so excited for race weekend. I can’t believe it had been my 5th Nike Marathon race weekend. Wow.  Here’s my recap with all the ups and downs that come with being a runner!

I flew up to San Francisco on Saturday Morning. Irving drove me super early in the morning and I caught a 6:30a flight up. I tried to sleep a little bit, but I think I was just too excited. When we landed, I realized that the girl sitting next to me was also going to the Marathon Expo (Hi Crystal!!) So we rode the BART together to Union Square. It was so fun having someone to hang out with. We got our race bibs and explored the expo tent together!

The colors were super cute this year. Purple and Salmon.


They put everyone’s names on a giant wall that is as big as the whole Nike Store. It took me forever, but I finally found my name!


Niketown had some super cute clothes this year. I loved this half-zip hoodie. The color was actually a salmon-ish pink color. It looked so cozy!


Niketown was packed as usual. The store is 5 stories tall! And almost all of the floors had Nike Marathon gear on them. They must have made a fortune!


I signed this wall… not sure what it was for, but who doesn’t like to sign walls. ha! I signed small, it said “TEAM BOSTON!”


I love this “Pose Like a Girl” background. It’s so cute! We got there before the photographer was set up, so we could take our own pictures.



Then later, I caught up with Janet, and we had some professional ones done! (The picture itself is better quality, this is just a scan).

Whoo Hoo!!!!
PS, I carried that backpack around with me ALL DAY!!!



Who can resist “runway” photos. 🙂
The red bag on the right was our Swag Bag!


Some of the goodies I got at the Expo. Say Yes to Carrots!


We “run like girls!”
This picture makes me smile. 🙂


Alex and I!
So sad she didn’t run this year. But she was with us in Spirit!


My sister-in-law EJ modeling the awesome Nike Sweatshirt that we all love so much! Isn’t it so cute!




Noah and Janet!


We have arrived!


At the expo, Joan Benoit and Karen Goucher did a short presentation to get us pumped for the race. They’re both running legends. Joan is a Gold Medal Olympian and Karen is a World Champion.


EJ and Sarah outside the Race Expo!


Me, EJ and Sarah!


Noah and Janet outside the Race Expo.


So I was starting to get the begining pains of shin splints and I was getting nervous because I didn’t want them to get worse right before I start training for Boston. So I went to the medic tent, and had the trainer wrap my legs with tape. They did such a great job, but it was cutting off the circulation in my feet, so I took the tape off and figured I could retape them myself in the morning. More on that later!


I had some time to kill before we left the expo, so I waited in line for an hour at the expo to have my nails painted. I picked “Team in Training” purple. lol


Then we all took the BART to Irving’s mom’s house (where we stayed for the weekend!) We had a really nice carbo load dinner (with Pasta and Salad). Then we came home and got ready for race day! Per usual, I laid out all my running stuff. Can you believe that I carry almost all of this stuff with me when I run?


We had to get up early, and I was up and out of bed by 3:50am!! That’s mighty early, but such is the life of a marathoner! But even with getting up that early, I still barely had enough time to get myself together. I just kept forgetting things and second guessing everything. I think I was just anxious? I just felt like I was missing something.


We drove to San Francisco and took the shuttle bus to Union Square. It was sooo crowded. It was nearly impossible to move around! We used the bathroom in the JW Marriott to avoid the porta-potties. SCORE!
We had just enough time to check our bags and find our pace groups. I got separated from all my friends, and this is when I started freaking out. I turned my Garmin Watch on… and it flashed “Low Battery” and then just completely turned off! Without my watch, I had no way of tracking my pace and my intervals. I rely on that for my whole race! I wanted to beat my time and push myself. I was almost in tears with the thought that my whole race would fail because of this. But I realized that part of running is rolling with the punches and not letting outside things affect the run. So I took a few deep breaths, and found my awesome friend, Janet. She was so excited, and her positive energy totally set the mood for me. It’s not always about “racing”, sometimes, it’s about enjoying the company and the atmosphere. I’m so lucky to be able to run with a strong healthy body, and I wasn’t going to let some stupid watch battery change that. We decided to run together for as long as we could. It was the best decision I could have made, I wouldn’t have changed anything. Thanks Janet!


Because we started in the wrong coral, it only took us 7 minutes to cross the start line! (Usually it’s like 20 minutes!)


Around mile 2, I realized that I taped up my legs too tight, and my muscles couldn’t flex enough to run! So I stopped and ripped all the tape off.  It was so frustrating. I didn’t find my groove until Mile 4 or 5. Then I started to enjoy it more and more!


Janet and I surged up the hill at mile 6!


What a beautiful day for a run!



Motivational Signs along the route!!


The downhill at mile 9!!! WHEEE!!!!




I love my Orange Skirt!! It matches my LA Racers shirt. haha.


The course split around mile 12. YAYY SO CLOSE!


I walked most of mile 12 because I was getting pretty tired, but I sprinted the last mile because i knew my PR was within reach. I grabbed my free Ghiradelli chocolate square on the way and shoved it in my fuel belt to enjoy later. 🙂
As I rounded the bend for the final stretch, there was a Pop Chips truck giving away free bags of chips. HAHA I totally snagged one.

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I ran towards the finish line and spotted Janet’s husband, Noah. He snapped this picture! (You can see my bag of chips in my hand. haha)


The guy didn’t take my finishing picture, so I stood there til he snapped this one. HAHA

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I crossed thefinish line and got my tiffany necklace from these fine gentlemen in tuxes!


Can you find me? (I’m on the right in the hat).
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Crazy hat hair!


EJ and I! She finished 16 minutes ahead of me!


With Chely!!


Here comes Sarah! She ran the full marathon!


Go Sarah, Go!


Showing off my finisher’s shirt and my tiffany prize. 🙂



The finisher’s area was so crowded. But it was still fun to collect all the goodies and walk around. Safeway was giving away Tennis Balls to use to massage your muscles after the race! What a great idea!


One of my favorite parts of the expo is the “Pose like a Girl” station. These pics came out so cute!
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We got these cool reusable bags at the finish line too. It was perfect to put all our stuff in. I loved it! Then we waited in the crazy long bus line to go back to our car.


The finisher’s’ shirt. It’s a teal dri-fit. I love it! Something different.


The Tiffany finisher’s necklace. It’s cute this year. I think the biggest one  of all of them.So adorable.


The back!


My Tiffany Necklace collection!


All the goodies I came home with.The Diet of a runner. HAHAHA.


It was a race that started out good, got kind of bad, and then redeemed itself in the end. I didn’t end up getting my PR, but I came within 2 minutes of it. And considering the circumstances of not having a watch, having shin splints, not doing my normal intervals and letting my emotions get in the way… I think 2 minutes is really not a big deal. It was a fantastic race, and I am so glad I was able to run it this year with so many great friends!


A Weekend in the Bay Area January 17, 2009

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Check out our matching sweaters!

This is where we bought our wedding rings!

A beautiful morning in the Bay Area!

Brunch with (almost) the whole family! (We missed you EJ!)



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