Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009



"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves." ~Bill Vaughan

I can't say 2009 was bad, but it wasn't great. And as a friend posted in her own blog, New Year's is a time of hope. Here's to a new year, lots of good food and booze with my husband, and carpal tunnel due to hours upon hours of Rock Band tonight.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Throw Up Your Horns


I did a bad thing money-wise. With H out of work, we have been trying to watch our pennies. H has been wanting an Xbox 360 for almost two years, and I have wanted Rock Band since we played it last Spring. We had some Visa gift cards and were trying to figure out what to do. Well, as frivolous as it might sound, we pulled the trigger - combination Xmas gift to each other and birthday - and it might possibly be the best thing we have ever done for our marriage!

H has never really played my Wii with me, and I rarely played with him on his old Xbox. But now that Rock Band is in the picture, we play together. Constantly. LOL. This is going to sound totally dorky, but we are such a team when we play. I know we are supposed to be a team in real life too, but lately I wasn't feeling it as much as I should have. But now that Rock Band has entered our life, I am overwhelmed with how well we work together. We don't yell at each other for messing up a song once in a while, and most of the time, we totally ROCK. I am totally being serious when I say this is going to be our go to stress relief. Our counselor told us that when things get heated between us, and one (or both) of us is grumpy, crabby, and/or bitchy, we should be able to call a time out. That's not working as well as I would like. But now, when we need to diffuse a fight, I'm going to turn that console on and beat on some drums, and I guarantee H will join in.

And we will ROCK. ::throwing up my horns::

Monday, December 28, 2009

Touch Me

Now that Christmas has come, I am the proud owner of an ipod Touch! This was a total surprise - some of you might know that I have been jonesing for an iphone, but couldn't justify doubling my cell phone bill, and then when my Vonage VOIP router took a crap, I had to figure out what to do. And signing up for another 2 years with T-Mobile to save us $20 a month made more sense than an iphone. So sad.

So, now that I have what is *almost* as good, I am trying to get it set up. I want it to be fun, but I think I took care of that. I have my twitter and facebook dialed in, and now I am working on productivity. There are plenty of apps for that, but with prices ranging from free to $10+ it's hard to decipher what to get. Plus, since I have a Touch and not a phone, I have no camera, no mic, and limited wi-fi access, so some things just don't work. Anyone have app suggestions that can be used with or without wi-fi? I'm compiling a wishlist :)

Don't tell me it's fun

I know many of you might think I am insane. I might be. Anyone who enjoys running as much as I do must be insane. But I am human. Most days I would prefer to sleep in rather than get out and run, so it's good I rarely allow myself to consider it.

But today I got a link to "5 Good Reasons to Join the 'Spark Your Body' Bootcamp" by SparkPeople. Most of their reasons are valid, but reason #4 claims "It's fun!"

Fun? When is exercise really fun? Granted, there are types that can be fun, but I'm thinking more like playing the Wii or dancing. A boot camp program isn't fun. I usually enjoy exercise, but don't consider most of it fun. This is exactly why the general public doesn't take any of these programs seriously. Because they LIE to you.

Come on, just tell the truth. Tell me that if I don't do it, I might never lose the weight I put on during the holidays. Or that I might die sooner because my cholesterol levels will go back to the bad range. Or that my stress levels will decrease significantly if I keep it up. You can even tell me that I will be so happy because I will make so many new friends and my life will be great. But don't tell me it's going to be fun, because I know better.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tell me about your mother...

Warning: Long Rambly Post. But I think there is an important message I am trying to convey.

Until 8 years ago, I lived 30 minutes (or less) from my mom. We spent every Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas together. And then I moved to Mammoth and mom moved to San Antonio. The first year, she flew out to spend it with me, and the next couple of years she made time to come visit me for a few weeks every holiday season.

And now she really can't. The recession has hit my parents almost as hard as it has hit us. As money got tighter, the visits were fewer and further between. Now they have a large piece of land that needs a lot of work. Gardens, chickens and a rather large dog take time every single day.

I have been able to visit a couple times this last year, but I'm afraid I won't be able to get back up there for a while. We have a lot of financial catching up to do when H eventually gets a job. And the melancholy usually sets in about September when the days get shorter, mostly because I miss her so much.

My mother brought me up to love the holidays. We didn't have much money, but she spent time creating decorations out of string and tin foil (no joke) and we always saved our money to splurge for a tree. She sewed some ornaments and we scoured yard sales for old glass ornaments. She taught me that Christmas was a time for giving, and I remember spending my own money (I had a job, I'll tell you about it sometime) to buy gifts for my friends and family. Gifts that I picked out and bought myself. I was thrilled to be able to do this. I played piano and we sang Christmas carols while my mom made cookies. I can remember scouring the TV guide that came in the newspaper for the Christmas movies we would watch every time they were on (no VCR's back when this old hag was a kid). My mom would take me to Macy's where they had the Santa Claus with the real beard, and I would always ask Santa to bring something for my mom as well.

I still love the holidays. LOVE them. My mom is responsible for this love. I love Christmas decorations and Holiday music, which might be a little odd considering what a heathen I am. I even love the religious songs! To me, the songs aren't as much about Christianity as they are about being a good person. Peace on earth, good will towards men. The holidays are also so bittersweet for me. Most Christmas songs will make me cry if I let them. Maybe because I don't feel like the rest of the world is on the same page. I look around and I see greed and selfishness, rudeness and violence. I know I'm not the only one that notices, and if there is anything Frank Capra taught me, it was going on a long time ago. One of my favorite movies allows me to wallow in the hopelessness of it all, and then brings me back to hope:





And when I am feeling hopeless about my own life, I watch:





I get good cries out of them both, and still end up feeling inspired. I have my mother to thank for exposing me to all of these things. For bringing me up to have compassion for others and to believe in the spirit of the season. Santa Claus is not a man or a fable - Santa Claus is alive in each of us, in our charity and our generosity. I never saw Santa as a lie, but more a means to teach me how important it is to give to others. While my mother certainly encouraged me to believe in Santa, I never did have that moment where I realized he wasn't real, because he was still real. I'm not really sure how mom pulled that off, but I hope I can do the same for my children.

Remember, if Christmas isn't found in your heart, you won't find it under a tree." ~ Charlotte Carpenter

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Junior League

I actually met (and started running!) with a Junior League-r just a few weeks before Wan's first Junior League experience. At the time I was really thinking about how I can meet more people. Team in Training was certainly helping, but I was considering other options as well, including Toastmasters and Rotary. L mentioned her involvement with the Junior League, so I checked out their website an emailed the recruitment chair. It reminded me a lot of the Portia Welfare Club I belonged to in High School, which was a good thing! Unfortunately, the mandatory orientation was the same day as our big 20 miler for the Marathon, so I had to wait.

But today I got my invitation for the OC Chapter's New Member Reception on Saturday, January 23rd! I am hoping that H will have a job by then so dues money will be a little easier to come by, but I am really excited to check them out. If they are anything like L, it's going to be a great group to join!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

$200 for what?

A facial cleansing gadget.

I'm not sure why I started frequenting the F&B Board. In fact, the first time a certain friend of mine mentioned the board to me, I immediately thought "Food and Beverage" - That's what a career in hospitality gets you, I guess!

Anyway, on a slow day I did some browsing. And was immediately intrigued by what would possess these women to spend $200 to wash their face. And then of course, in light of my recent experience with a large mirror, started considering it myself.

I know I'm crazy to even think about this, especially when there are so many other ways I could spend my money (Rock Band, iphone, etc.) and also considering I drop hundreds on my dogs on a regular basis. There are other versions that have been reviewed at a much lower price, namely the I-skin and the Pretika. Both are considerably less. But then I think about how much I miss my regular facials, and the Clarisonic might be a cost effective investment since it is roughly the price of two facials?

I have no idea what I should do, which means I probably won't do anything...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Zooey Take Two

Even though I think those "makeover" sites really don't do any particular look justice, I did try on Zooey Hair. Here are the results.

I also scrounged around for a photograph of myself when I did have dark hair and bangs.




I think I'm gonna go for it!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I am slightly obsessed

I think I am usually pretty restless without change. I like to switch things up - and it's usually my hair! My latest obsession came after watching 500 Days of Summer - I am in LOVE with Zooey Deschanel's hair. It would be a big change from my dark blonde hair for sure, but maybe if I just use one of those semi-permanent dyes, and don't go too dark right off the bat? I guess the first step is to get the haircut.



















So what do you think? Can I pull off smoldering brunette?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Eff You Sephora

Both of my CW's got their email with the $15 off a $35 purchase last week, when my local "friends and family" sale was on. I called that day to ask where my email was and if you could send me one, and you did nothing to help me, even when I said the only way I would use it was if I got it that day. You actually said that emails were being sent out at random different times. I sent you an email complaining, and no response. Of course, I got my coupon today. Eff you. You can take your coupon and shove it where the sun doesn't shine, tyvm. I will never spend another cent in your godforsaken store because of this. You might want to make sure that everyone gets the emails at the same time in the future to avoid alienating some of your clientele.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

WW Weigh In

Goal Weight: 156.0
Current Weight: 157.6
Difference: +1.6
Last Week's Weight: 157.8
Difference: -0.2

Since I went to Tuesday's meeting, I had a couple extra days this week to lose (or gain as the case could have been). It was Thanksgiving weekend and I did eat like 5 turkey dinners and 4 turkey sandwiches. My huge accomplishment was that I did not stuff myself until the acid reflux set in! Yay for me!