Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

And Happy Hanukkah for my Jewish friends. I used to love Christmas. I guess I still do deep down inside, but working my ass off kinda ruins it for me. I am so looking forward to a job where I have a little time off during the holidays.

Well, for this Christmas, the fourth one I have to spend without my mommie (because she lives too far away), we are going to have a slumber party at my IL's - cold cuts and salads, drinking, movies and/or games, and then our tamales in the morning. And them we are off to favorite aunt, uncle and cousin's for a couple days.

I am a little sad we won't have any time by ourselves. I'm also a bit uncomfortable to open gifts in front of IL's - maybe because I don't know how much money H has spent on me. I spent a good amount on him too, but I did resist getting the Xbox, mostly because we would need either a new receiver to handle the inputs from the Xbox, Wii, and DVD player, or a new TV so we can move my Wii into the office. Maybe we'll get some gift cards for Christmas to put towards more stuff we really want, but really don't need.

Well, I do want to take a moment to reflect on the things that I am grateful for. I have wonderful family and amazing friends. H and I both have jobs and our health. We have a home. We have two wonderful dogs that love us unconditionally. Life is, for the most part, good.

I wanted to post a youtube of my favorite Christmas song, but I couldn't find it. If you ever have a chance to hear John Prine's "Silent Night All Day Long" please do. And think of me. Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thought I would take this moment...

To say I'm not totally bitter. Yes, I'm sure I appear that way to some, but that's just an illusion. I am VERY happy for the non-douchey people to get pregnant! Truly! I swear! Now, what do I consider douchey?

1. Anyone who gets pregnant when they can't be bothered to take care of the child they aready have

2. Anyone who gets pregnant and cannot be bothered to take care of themselves and their unborn fetus, or at least avoid the things you aren't supposed to have/do

3. Anyone who tells me I can't get pregnant because I am bitter

4. Anyone who tells me to relax and "it will happen"

I think that pretty much covers it. Everyone else I can be happy for. And will probably taunt with my wine, soft cheeses, rollercoaster riding, and other non-pregnancy friendly things, but you have to expect that. I never said I was gracious!

Friday, December 12, 2008

This working thing is killing me

I just feel like I have so much to do, and being away from my house for a minimum of 11 hours a day is killing me. ESPECIALLY when why husband calls me 13 times a day to ask me a million questions on the crap I would normally be doing, but now he has to be in charge of. And then he doesn't even freaking listen to what I tell him. We've had the same freaking conversation several times a day for the last 5 days, and the STILL needs to call me 13 times. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! I am pretty much ready to drive my brand new car off a cliff with me inside.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Disney Family Christmas Party

Ahhhhh It's that time of year again! One of the few perks of my job - the Disney Family Christmas Party! One of the ways we get to give back is by donating to Toys for Tots. This year we bought a HUGE Fire Truck, and since Anaheim Firemen were collecting toys, they were so excited to see the fire truck, they gave H a Junior Firefighter Sticker. Hahaha!



One of the best parts about the party is seeing all the decorations - Disney really does go all out.









And of course we had to stop for one of the best corn dogs on earth.



We got to ride Space Mountain, which was cool because we always seem to miss it when we visit D-land on a regular day



And more junk - popcorn this time.



H was hungry, because I turned my back for a second, and the bucket looked like this.



One of the last things we did was get our picture taken. The pickings were slim this year. Last year we got Pooh (which was awesome), and this year it was between Woody or the green army men from Toy Story. H wanted Woody, so we waited in line. And waited. And waited. Over 30 minutes, I tell you. And then... right when we were almost to the front... they took Woody away and replaced her with Jessie. WTF? Who the hell cares about Jessie??????? I was pouting, so when H thought we should take our pictures pointing our guns at Jessie with her hands up, I said fine. Whatever. I mean, it's Jessie FFS - who cares?



Anyway, it was an okay night, aside from being way more crowded than I ever remember it. We got a lot of our kid x-mas shopping done, so that was nice. Now on to the bigger kids.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Tamales!

After having the opportunity to make tamales with H's grandma for years, and getting a special lesson from her a couple winters ago, we attempted to do it without her this year. Since our lesson, Grandma had to move to an assisted living facility, and is no longer in Tamale Making shape. I am very grateful I was able to learn from her before now! Well, we learned most of it from her. She left some things out (on purpose or on accident, I'm not quite sure), but we were able to fill in with information from other relatives where some of the mistakes were made, and maybe adding a couple of our own twists on the family recipe.

The chiles come dried from New Mexico, and need to be seeded and re hydrated. We use both hot and mild chiles and end up mixing the chile sauces together after it is made.



Here they are boiling on the stove to rehydrate.



After they are re hydrated, they need to be ground up and and put through a sieve to remove any leftover seeds and skin, giving us a smooth chile sauce.



Next, we slow cooked pork, beef and chicken with garlic and oregano. Grandma always mixed beef and pork together, which we will do as well, and then make a separate batch of chicken.





You know it's ready when you can barely get it out of the pot in one piece.





Once the meat is cooked slowly, it gets mixed into the sauce and everything gets seasoned. At this point, the Hojas need to be cleaned and soaked so they will be ready.

The last step before assembly is the masa - fresh unprepared tortilla masa is the best. We drove all the way to Santa Ana to get the good stuff! That gets mixed with broth, manteca, and crisco until it reaches the right consistency, and then gets properly seasoned to taste. While a truly good tamale does not have a ton of masa in it, it's the masa that makes or breaks a tamale.

Here we go on assembly! Grandma always put an olive in hers, so we do too. Oh, and note the glass of wine - tamale assembly is a drinking job.





All in all, it took two days, a good chuck of cash, and a lot of patience to make seven dozen tamales for gifts and for our own enjoyment! This is a MUCH smaller batch than grandma used to make, but she had the whole family to help her make the 25-30 dozen we used to make. Not THAT is a lot of tamales! We still have yet to make the chicken, since we did not actually buy enough masa to finish. *sigh* Hopefully since the filling is already made, we can finish the chicken ones in a single evening. I expect to only get another three dozen, maybe four at most. H also wants to try our hand at green chile and cheese tamales too... I guess I better pick up at least another five pounds.

Even though it was a lot of work, our tamales turned out awesome, if I don't say so myself. Good enough to make me an honorary Mexican! I really want to make sure that we continue these traditions for my children - I want to be able to teach them grandma's recipe so they can in turn teach their children and grandchildren. I also want to learn to speak Spanish fluently so my children can grow up bilingual unlike H. Well, so far, I only have the tamales down.

And for those of you jonesin' for a tamale, I am considering making you all come over and work for your tamales next year! Tamale assembly GTG!

Monday, November 24, 2008

I have a thing for monsters

After spending a weekend obsessiong over Vampires and Werewolves, I thought the Misfits show would be a welcome distraction... I mean, why wouldn't my eye candy Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein be there to play guitar? After being thoroughly disappointed, I decided to look him up. Apparently his new band, "Gorgeous Frankenstein" is doing really well... I mean playing his video on MTV and shit. Therefore, no hot Doyle action for me. *sigh* so I spent most of the show obsessing over Vampires and Werewolves.

In case you have no idea what I am talking about, here are some pics. I understand he might not be your cup of tea, but I find him incredibly hot. End of story.





Thursday, November 20, 2008

I am a TwiTard

Had to jump on the bandwagon. Finished Twilight a couple nights ago and I really liked it. It's certainly not high brow literature, but I certainly understood the emotions, have even felt them myself.

I started New Moon, and I'm now about 150 pages in and I'm not sure how I feel. Well, that's not entirely true. I can tell you it is seriously depressing me, but it's probably not the book... the job thing, the TTC thing, and the holidays being here and not having my mom around - those are the things that are really responsible for my melancholy mood, but New Moon is not helping. I am so pissed off at EC! I can remember feeling the way B feels, even though it seems so long ago now that I'm an old married hag.

Anyway, H makes fun of me incessantly. It's starting to annoy me. I told him he should be looking forward to when I come home tomorrow night after the movie since I'll probably be in a romantic mood. Hopefully he won't ruin it!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New car

Since I have said goodbye to the old car, I guess I should introduce you to the new one. The one I can't pull into the garage without my husband's help. hahaha. I'm telling you, it's a tight fit. Anyway... here she is:







I think she's pretty! Even though her payments are keeping me even more stuck in my current job.

On my knees God, on my knees

Please, I need a new job. Soon, before I stab myself in the neck with a ballpoint pen. I would plenty happy with any of the jobs I interviewed for in the last month, but a new one that came out of the blue would be good too. I try to be a good person. I am kind to the elderly, children and animals. I have been just trying to do my work and keep my head down. Thanks in advance.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Blackhawk Down




My Toyota Tercel Special Edition. I bought you when I graduated college. I have driven you for well over 11 years and 206,000 miles, until something in your engine went kerplunk, and you started making that sick noise.

I am about to sell you to a salvager, for $250 cash, and they will tow you away for free. I feel a lot guilty. You gave me all the good years of your life. Now I feel like I should have just spent the cash to give you a new engine, but then again, you were burning about a quart of oil a week. And your wheel bearing was going out as well. Not to mention your cracked windshield.

I feel a little like I betrayed you - bought that shiny new Mazda after you sat immobile in your space all week, collecting dust and bird poo. I really do wish you still worked... the thought of having to worry about door dings and the health of my paint is a little frightening. I know how people treat other people's cars. But, you don't work. At least not well enough to make it to work and back.

The salvager should be here soon to take you away. I am a little embarassed to say I will probably cry. I am sorry for ever being embarassed of you. I am sorry I didn't wash you often as often as I should have. I am mostly sorry I didn't appreciate you enough when you were still healthy and somewhat happy. I hope they at least recycle you, so you don't end up in a landfill.

Good bye Blackhawk. I will miss you more than you know.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Hoping

I know I have been passionate about every election, even before I could vote! But either time has made me forget, or I am the MOST PASSIONATE I have ever been. The last two elections have made me so sick, and we have a chance now to turn things around, or just more of the same, which would truly ruin our country. I also can't imagine living in a bigoted, hateful state, so if prop 8 passes, I may have to move.

I hope I won't wake up tomorrow with a raging hangover because I had to drink my sorrows tonight after the polls (like I did in 2004).

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Running for Charity

Now that I have one race under my belt, I am stoked to run another. In fact, I am already training for the Surf City Half as part of the California Dreamin' series. But one thing keeps sticking in my mind. A very close friend of the family recent found out her young daughter has leukemia, and it makes me sad. She has a really good chance of getting through it, but what a burden on a family with two small children, and what an ordeal for a 4 year old little girl. I want to run something in her honor - I just don't know what yet.

My first thought was to run with Team in Training. I had a group of friends that trained with them a year ago, and then recently met a woman who trained with them for Long Beach. Unfortunately, my friends had a very POOR experience with my local chapter. The woman I met had a GREAT experience, but her chapter is a good 30-35 miles away from where I live, and with the price of gas.... I also don't have a lot of spare time with the amount of hours I currently work, and the fact that there is a fundraising minimum is a little scary, especially when you have to ante up if you don't hit it.

I thought about just going to an info session, since I probably wouldn't want to join until Spring for a Fall Race, and see how it goes. Although I have heard that nothing has really changed in my local chapter. So I don't know what to do, and I wondered if any of my blog readers (I think I have some of those? haha) had an idea or knows of something that I haven't considered. Thanks in advance!

I love halloween

Really sad because the kid traffic gets lighter and lighter every year. We got way fewer kids than last year, and H was so certain that we would be inundated with children. I suppose one day we won't be able to manage this amount of effort or even be able to stay home because we will hopefully be out with our munchkin giving important life lessons on how to beg for candy from strangers.

But, this is now, so we in usual style carved an obscene number of Jack O'Lanterns (although fewer than normal, believe it or not - the economy and the cost of pumpkins really put a damper on our Halloween spirit!)



And donned our scary costumes...



I love my severed head (a gift from my Halloween loving mommie)



Then we cranked up the scary music, turned off all incandescent light, and waited for the bravest of the brave...



It's funny - the under 4 crowd wasn't phased at all. They were thrilled with the candy and waved to us when leaving. Some of them even want to hang out with us for the evening it seemed. The 4-7 range was hesitant, and then almost everyone 8+ was either too scared to come get thier treats, or too stoned to really notice we were scary. Good times. There was one kid with a bad case of bong-chitis who didn't even have a bag. He was eating the candy as he collected it. Munchies anyone? I love our neighborhood teens. At least they didn't egg my car. Maybe they spared me because we were willing to give them candy even when they are a bit old to go trick-or-treating?



All in all it was a good night, even though we were really dissapointed about the lack of children to scare, and then of course reward for their bravery. At least I got to watch some scary movies after the trick-or-treating. Another Halloween come and gone... although Dia de los Muertos is still tomorrow! I hope my white chocolate Catrinas will last until tomorrow... a certain member of my household keeps eating them!


Monday, October 27, 2008

Karaoke-Fest

Was fun! The whole thing was put together by WeeMo at a Karaoke Club in LA. I was a bit nervous to meet so many new nesties at one time, but it was fine, probably because I didn't have to meet all of them - there was a big table in the way! I offered to be designated driver for my OC gals, but my car is microscopic, especially the back seat, so I ended up not having to actually drive. I offered the designated part, but I know how weird I am about other people driving my car. At least I offered, right?

We left really early so we could pick up some more OC girls, and then go to a yummy dinner at Luna Park before the festivities. Luna Park was previously recommended by WeeMo, goddess of food, and the girls were excited to be going again. The place is kitchy and fun, and I am already looking forward to going back. I pretty much left my camera in my purse for dinner, aside from this awesome drink, called "Be a Pepper" - a generous serving of vanilla rum, Doctor Pepper, and vanilla syrup, and also served with Dr. Pepper flavored jelly beans.



The presentation was fun, and it was was enough for two drinks and was super yummy! I was also in heaven when my Magic Mushroom pizza came - wild mushrooms and brie cheese, drizzled with truffled creme fraiche, and topped with fresh arugula. To die for. We all shared dessert, which was a make-your-own-s'mores setup - homemade graham crackers, bittersweet chocolate fondue and a little ramekin of baked marshmallows. Heaven.

Then we were off to Karaoke. I am a Karaoke queen, but I am used to doing it in a bar where I am the only one signing so I can insert my own off color lyrics. Of course, I am also used to getting escorted out shortly afterwards, so maybe this was a good thing. For anyone who has never been to a Karaoke room like this, you can pretty much hear everyone who is singing - the three microphones might give you voice a slight amplification, but not much, And maybe that's a good thing. God knows I sucking down the apple martinis like they were going out of style!

Anyway, it was fun seeing all these people you feel like you know, but don't really know, you know what I mean? And of course the people I didn't actually meet, but got to observe IRL. It gives you a whole new persepctive on people when you see them post on a

Friday, October 17, 2008

Fat Talk Free Week




Please watch the presentation

While the week is almost over, the message is so meaningful. I have been known to participate in a lot of fat talk, and while I know better than to hold myself to an unhealthy ideal, I wonder how the fat talk affects those around me. I wonder how fat talk would affect a daughter, if I am lucky enough to have one.

I have signed the pledge:

Today I promise to eliminate FAT TALK
from conversations with my friends, my family and myself.

Starting now, I will strive for a "healthy ideal,"
which I know looks different for every woman,
and focuses on HEALTH, not weight or size.

I will celebrate the things about myself
and the women in my life that have
nothing to do with how we look.

I decide to end Fat Talk NOW!

I hope you will do the same.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

On to the next one



I still feel pretty freaking incredible! And while I am refraining from running this week, I am anxious to get started on training for my next half... which incidentally is Surf City on February 1! Surf City will be second race out of the three California Dreamin' Races - if you finish all three half or full marathons, you get a special medal and a jacket!

I would love to have some company (hint, hint) so if you are intersted, let me know! I don't really want to be doing my long runs on my own for the next 15 weeks...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Holy crap, I did it.

Being a crazy person who has only been running since March and has NEVER run a race, I set a time goal for my half marathon: Under 2.5 Hours.

If you're interested, my playlist picked to motivate, set on random:
Red Sweater, Aquabats
Martian Girl, Aquabats
Idiot Box, Aquabats
Playdough, Aquabats
Kyoto Now, Bad Religion
Sorrow, Bad Religion
The Longest Time, Billy Joel
Hopeless Romantic, Bouncing Souls
Monday Morning Ant Brigade, Bouncing Souls
Wish Me Well (You Can Go To Hell), Bouncing Souls
Pass The Dutchie, Buck-O-Nine
Barfly, Buck-O-Nine
Irish Drinking Song, Buck-O-Nine
Stickshifts And Safetybelts, Cake
Jesus Wrote A Blank Check, Cake
Let Me Go, Cake
I Did It for the Toys, Dance Hall Crashers
Hope, Descendents
City Of Angels, The Distillers
Boys On The Docks, Dropkick Murphys
Finnegan's Wake, Dropkick Murphys
Spicy McHaggis Jig, Dropkick Murphys
The Rocky Road To Dublin, Dropkick Murphys
What Difference Does It Make (Smiths), Face To Face
Sunny Side Of The Street (Pogues), Face To Face
Drunken Lullabies, Flogging Molly
What's Left Of The Flag, Flogging Molly
May The Living Be Dead (In Our Wake), Flogging Molly
The Kilburn High Road, Flogging Molly
Rebels Of The Sacred Heart, Flogging Molly
Swagger, Flogging Molly
Another Bag Of Bricks, Flogging Molly
The Rare Ould Times, Flogging Molly
Salty Dog, Flogging Molly
Selfish Man, Flogging Molly
Life In A Tenement Square, Flogging Molly
The Likes Of You Again, Flogging Molly
Black Friday Rule, Flogging Molly
Devil's Dance Floor, Flogging Molly
Sentimental Johnny, Flogging Molly
Bandages, Hot Hot Heat
Bleed American, Jimmy Eat World
The Middle, Jimmy Eat World
Sweetness, Jimmy Eat World
Jen, Jimmy Eat World
Less Teeth, More Tits, Lunachicks
Papas, Mr Loco
I'm a Dick, The Muffs
Courtney, Nerf Herder
Lamer Than Lame, Nerf Herder
Pervert, Nerf Herder
Golfshirt, Nerf Herder
Please Play This Song On The Radio, NOFX
Want You Bad, The Offspring
We Close Our Eyes, Oingo Boingo
Not My Slave, Oingo Boingo
No One Lives Forever (1988 Boingo Alive Version), Oingo Boingo
Grey Matter, Oingo Boingo
Super Orgy Porno Party, The Planet Smashers
Hungry Like The Wolf, Reel Big Fish
Take On Me, Reel Big Fish
Vegan Song, Reel Big Fish
You've Got What It Takes, Steve Lucky & Rhumba Bums
Code Blue, T.S.O.L.
American Girl, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Romper Stomper, Transplants
California Babylon, Transplants
The Band Geek Mafia, Voodoo Glow Skulls
El Mas Chingon, Voodoo Glow Skulls
Beverly Hills, Weezer
Perfect Situation, Weezer
Buddy Holly, Weezer

Crazy Playlist. Almost 4 hours. Just in case I died halfway through? I have no idea. Enough about that... on to the race recap:

I read in the race info that traffic from the freeway would be a killer, so we decided to leave at 5:00 am, and I am SO glad we did. 18,000 people were racing, and one whole entrance was blocked off for the race. We sat in traffic for a long time before we finally decided to just park and walk in. No worries, I counted it as my warm up. We got there and met up with our other OC Nestie who was running the half.





Sooner rather than later, we realize that the whole start is just filled with people, so I kissed my H for luck, and we pushed our way up as far as we could into our corral, which was not very far. My poor H tried to get a photo of our start, but it was just a SEA of people! I was not expecting so many!



So, we lost D in the first mile or so because she's so fast. I was running faster than normal but feeling okay. I think I lost J before mile 2, but we all knew we would be running at different speeds so it was okay. At this point I was feeling super strong! This was so much easier than a training run, maybe because I wasn't bored out of my skull? In fact, I normally do an interval during my training: run 5 minutes, and walk 1 minute, and I was skipping my walk intervals left and right and not totally dying. Before I knew it, we were at mile 6 where my H and MIL were waiting to cheer me on, and I felt great!



I kept on running, still doing pretty well and feeling like the time was flying by. I walked when I got water or powerade at the aid stations, but other than that I pretty much ran the whole time! I was checking my splits with my handy little split wristband and was ahead of my goal (yay!) and was feeling pretty good. And then I hit mile 10 or so.

Mile 10 seemed to take forever and I don't know why, other than my hip started to ache slightly and the fatigue was setting in. I grabbed a clif shot (mocha - blech) but ate it anyway to take my mind off of running and maybe give myself a little boost. I fast forwarded to a peppy song on my ipod which only gave me a boost for about 10 seconds.

At mile marker 11 I checked my split, and I was still ahead but losing ground. I told myself I could walk for one minute on the next rest interval, but that was it if I was going to make my goal of under 2:30. Mile 11 was even harder than 10, and I literally counted my steps from 1 to 10 and then over again to keep my mind off of what I was feeling.

At mile 12 there were volunteers cheering and that gave me a little boost, but it was still one foot in front of the other. When I saw the Mile 13 marker I looked at my watch and I was still under 2:30! And then we turned the corner onto Shoreline Drive and I could see the finish!

I still don't believe the rush of energy I got when I saw the finish ahead of me! I totally sped up, was passing people, and smiling! I could feel my lungs burning, but it didn't hurt at all. I know I pushed myself way past what I thought I could do, and the pain no longer mattered. As I ran under the finish, I looked down at my Garmin and saw 2:28 and I teared up.

I really never thought finishing this half would affect me so much emotionally - I wasn't even that nervous before the race. I guess after doing it, after knowing how hard it is mentally and physically to complete a race like this, and realizing that my goal was ambitious but still reaching it, your emotions can't help but be released. The medal is great, but the accomplishment (and knowing that you don't have to run anymore) brings tears to your eyes.



We also met up with some girls from Sparkpeople:



All in all, out of 7275 half marathon runners, I finished 4134th based on my chip time. Middle of the pack baby! Not bad for my first race ever! I am still in awe, even though I am sore as a mofo today. I feel pretty freaking cool. And accomplished. And I can't wait for my next one - Surf City, here I come!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Life is so full of ups and downs

Tragedies and miracles. Today is a day where they all seem to overwhelm together. A TTTC couple I have known a long time is finally pregnant, but another friend's child has been diagnosed with leukemia. A grandmother falls ill, and a friend's child is born healthy. Another friend finally gets pregnant, but then gives birth to a child with a heart defect. I guess life is just that - a long string of tragedies and miracles smushed together. It makes me thinking about Pushing Daisies - if one life is spared, then another must take its original fate. I have little hope that my miracle is happening - I stupidly tested at 10 DPO - BFN, and then of course an hour later the spotting started. I guess this does make me a little more melancholy and introspective, even if I want to pretend it didn't phase me.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Deep Tissue Massage

UGH I can't remember anything as painful as this was. I'm just hoping it pays off in my looseness for the race.

But, if anyone ever tells you that a deep tissue massage "sounds so nice" or "so relaxing," tell them they are psycho because it's not. Period. End of story.

Monday, October 6, 2008

First Half less than a week away!

I am starting to get excited, well maybe even anxious! I know I am prepared, but you can't help but feeling a litle nervous, right?

I guess we probably need a little update too... since it's been so long since I posted. I have gone on my anniversary trip and back. I joined 24 Hour and did the big package because it came with a Bodybugg (which I have wanted for so long...) and I do feel like it is helping me at least with calorie management. I mean, even when I overeat, it helps me commit to tracking my calories. I had a good week last week (down to 168.5) and even though I had not so great of a weekend (work really gets in the way of exercise), I am going to work hard this week to make sure I continue to lose, or at least have two weeks in a row under 170 - Yay!

Work is still the same, although they did fire the other person for reasons unrelated to my department. I so wish I could find another job still. Revamped the old resume AGAIN, and I talked to a couple staffing agencies. I also talked to a friend of mine that does Police Dispatch work. She loves her job, but did admit it doesn't pay great. I got a couple leads on new jobs from friends, but not sure they are going to work out. Well, eventually something has to give, right?

H and I are still TTC, and even though my cycle appears to have adjusted dramatically, I think we had good timing. I am now 9DPO with no spotting, so my LP may have miraculously lengthened as well. That is, if I actually did ovulate. I just don't know anymore. I am wondering when I should test as well. I mean, tomorrow will be 10DPO which is way early, but not so early I would be crazy. I dunno what to do, so I will probably do nothing and wait for AF to show up.

One last note - I paid off another card with my 2nd quarter sales bonus, so now I am down to the last one which has our anniversary trip spending on it. I know, bad bad bad, but at least this one has no interest on purchases until Jan 09, and now I can concentrate all my payments to this one card.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Gym Dilemma

I am posting this everywhere because I am lost and need input. I need a gym mmebership - I had so many issues with LA Fitness, so I quit. Almost a month ago. I can't be without a gym for much longer, so I have been looking at a 24 Hour memberships but have not yet made a move. Was considering a three pre-paid membership because it's so darn reasonable when divided over 36 months! But I haven't done it yet. So, good things come to those who wait? Today's special deal is $100 off (yesterday it was only $50!) - so now I could get three years for $599 and $149/yr renewal. There is another deal too though - $699 for three years, $99/yr renewals and it includes 4 personal training sessions. I already know how I feel about the PT there (and know first hand the horrors they inflict upon others), but if I can be committed for five years total, it's a wash without the PT and a pretty good deal. And then of course, they have a $999 package for three years, TEN PT sessions and $79 yr renewals. Alas, I am a victim of sales and marketing. Any thoughts?? UGH I hate the decisions, but I need to do this. Or maybe the next deal will be even sweeter? Ack!

Friday, September 5, 2008

My Big Fat Redneck White Trash Weekend

It's my favorite thing to do on a Labor Day Weekend - head up to Bishop, CA for the Annual Tri County Fair. Aside from last year (couldn't make it because of the wedding), I have gone every year since 2001, so this was my 7th. I'm still a newbie. This was only H's 4th, but he might be more in love with the fair than I am. Thank goodness one of my closest friends John still lives there and will put us up (including the dogs - he is AWESOME). First thing we do - Get greasy Chinese food!



Next, we grab our Corndogs and Coors Light. Amazing, the best $2 corndogs you will ever find, freshly made, and $4.25 Beers. That price has actually gone up a lot.



Time to watch some tractor pulls - so very redneck and rural - there is nothing like it...

video

After the tractor pulls, H tried to win me something at the carnival...



And this is what he won. The carnie called it a "husband wand" like I could wave it and make H do my bidding. Not likely! But I kept it just to annoy him. You notice we have not yet slowed down on the beer.



The next morning, we made the short drive up the grade to Rock Creek Cafe for PIE. Best pie ever.



And then we took a walk down to Rock Creek Lake,



And Rock Creek proper.



Came back to John's and took a nap so we would have strength for Sushi...



followed by Rodeo and Ice Cream. I loved the spelling of "waffer" and "suger"



And then of course my butter pecan ice cream. I am getting fat this weekend. Either that or giving me a heart attack, although that wild salmon might help my heart a little? I sure hope so!



The next day we trekked up another hill to Bishop Creek Lodge. The wind was blowing... Nani's ears were flying. Nani the flying nun pup.



Bishop Creek Lodge...



Home of the best freaking onion rings ever,



And a pretty darn good bloody mary!



H had a bottle of beer too (and I thought I was being bad!) Actually, the alcohol might be what caused me to drop my camera and H to run it over. Don't worry, it still works, although I don't know how :/



Couldn't stay too long up there - it was time for the Final Night Event - DESTRUCTION DERBY!







I sure do love me some tri county fair! Overall, we were all pretty mild - I didn't have a single hangover, and we didn't even finish the Crystal Geyser bottle of schnapps??? It must have been because I was sick and no fun. Or maybe it was because they would only sell two beers per person for the first time ever. But I can't wait for next year. Whooooooo!