Saturday, December 25, 2010

20 miles

Yesterday I spent all morning running... 20 miles.  The most I have ever ran!  It's only because I'm training for a marathon... I would never do that just for kicks.  I've been training in a treadmill at a 24-hour fitness in Utah for the past 4 months so being home in San Diego and running on the PCH to the sound of waves crashing was a definite plus in running that far!  I also got a tan.  How's that for a vacation back home compared to snow-covered Utah?

Anywho, I'd like to take the moment and give a huge shout-out to...

1. Kory, for running the marathon with me in 2 weeks at Disneyworld, sending me a text message telling me her running time and keeping me responsible for running on a daily basis
2. Dad for dropping me off in Carlsbad and picking me up hours later in La Jolla
3. Christian and Juanita for meeting up with me and running 2 miles
4. Christian and Juanita for making a drive-by, honking and startling me while on the road...
5. Scripps Hospital La Jolla for allowing me to use their bathroom once I was finished with my run and their phone because mine died
6. Juanita for showing me the imapmyrun app for my iphone
7. Kory for making me a 20 mile map that allowed me to end my last 4 miles running uphill- thanks a lot.
8. Mom for making nice and hot challah bread for me to come home to and eat
9. Excedrin for taking care of all my aches and pains
10. The surfer who stopped me running and asked me to help him take off his wetsuit.

If there was a competition as to who would give the shortest thank-you speech, I would've lost.
If there was a competition as to who could run 20 miles the fastest, I would've lost.
If there was a competition as to who could run 20 miles the slowest, I would've won.

I just ran 20 miles... well, kind of.  I completed my 20 mile run/walk....  it's just 6.2 miles to go, right?  I don't know how I'm going to make it.  Those 20 miles killed!

2 More weeks!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Do nice guys always finish last?

Let's examen two songs that have come out on the radio, and which one has become the most talked about loved and played song on the radio.

Taio Cruz's: Break Your Heart

VS.

Bruno Mars's: Just The Way You Are


It's obvious that Taio Cruz has a whole different perspective on what women are... meat. Because he's only going to break your heart- and he knows it.

Bruno Mars is in it for the long run- saying the thing that women all over the world want to hear, appreciation.

Just a food for thought on the way home from my last final and a long day of skiing.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Missin the Mission



It's been over 2 months since I've been back, and trying to get my life adjusted to being an "RM" rather than putting on my name tag every morning. I LOVE being back in the states, I love having my freedom to what I may, I love being able to catch up with friends, stay up late, sleep in, go to football games, and especially talk instantly with my family when I want to, rather than having to write what I want to tell them down and wait a week to email them.
I mean, my awesome older sister even surprised me with an afternoon of working out with Richard Simmons with my other sister and a couple of friends in Beverly Hills... I LOVE BEING HOME.
But oh how do I miss it. I miss every wonderful thing about those Paraguayans. I miss teaching them American traditions, like egg coloring on Easter, cake and ice cream on birthdays, roasting marshmallows and making s'mores (one of the coolest things I taught a Paraguayan).

Let's just say when people start doing mission talk, I couldn't feel more comfortable. It's my area. It's what I know. I know how to serve a mission, I know how it all goes, I love mission conversations... because I feel so comfortable in them.
I can be pretty awkward... I can be pretty shy if I don't know you too well (especially if you're between the ages of 19-29 because of the whole social thing... so not quite there yet!). If you know me, you know I'm not shy at all, and I'm pretty darn hilarious (I laugh at myself even when no one else does...) (ok so maybe I just think I'm pretty hilarious). But I can be quiet if I don't feel comfortable enough to say something, but man, you get on the topic of the mission, and I'll just talk with you about it.
I'm not one of those you can say, "Hey! Tell me a mission story!" too, and on the spot I'll tell you one of the craziest things you've ever heard. I'm not out to throw the "my horse is bigger than your horse" mission stories. I love hearing about other missions and what they did and how interesting the contrast is between missions around the world.
Right now this is just my area of comfort... it's a weird world for an RM. We get made fun of a lot... because it's true. Just humor us when we talk about the mission, once it gets like 8 months to a year down the line... then I say it's pushing it and I should be better with my conversation skills other than just talking about my mission. But just for now... humor me and my weirdness! I'm embracing it!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Today I had to get drug tested...

For the first time ever I was drug tested for a job. As I was in the office, I saw this comic. It made me laugh... because I had a diet coke in my hand precisely at that time.









Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Amazing new HAND AIR DRYER era....

So, I went to Ikea this past week. Maybe it's because I've been in an extremely poor country for 18 months, but I was really impressed by what I found in the womens' bathroom.
















Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd like to introduce to you the new and improved... hand dryer. This hand dryer is not like any hand dryer I have ever seen or used in my life. You stick your hands in, it turns on, you slowly pull your hands out, and THEY'RE DRY.

Now, if you're any old hand-dryer junk of a thunk user, you know air hand dryers DO NOT WORK... I'd rather go get some toilet paper and dry off my hands than spend a half hour of my quick passerby visit to the powder room just drying my hands off from all those germs only to get them dirty again as I open the door because they provided no paper towels to use to open the door again so BASICALLY hand air dryers are pointless, UNLESS they have this new and improved air hand dryer.

Dudes... seriously. Go to your nearest Ikea and try these little suckers out. You're whole vision of hand air dryers will change for life!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The BUCKETLIST






















So, when I was in Paraguay, I had a companion who once asked me what was on my "bucketlist". I hadn't really thought of it until then, but every once and a while I do. On my drive to the smog-filled Salt Lake Valley today, I was thinking about it around the point of the mountain. What IS on my bucketlist? Some people have skydiving, hang-gliding, deep sea fishing, visiting every continent... man, some pretty intense stuff. As for now, I could only think of a few!


1. My #1 thing I want to do before I die... go to New York City and tour every little part, see the shows, be a groupie of the today show and make a sign to get on TV, I wanted to go see Emeril Live (but foodnetwork cancelled his show), other NYC shows, everything about New York... it's my number one destination to go to before I die.



2. Backpack Europe. Just cause it seems like fun.



3. Go on a cruise. Midnight chocolate buffets anyone? Diet starts the day I get off the ship...

(I'll spare you the photo)

4. Make out in the rain



5. Make a wedding cake


6. Run a marathon (Happening in January at Walt Disney World!)

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7. See CHICAGO in concert

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8. Eat a true Chicago dog in Chicago

9. Run the NYC Marathon

There's more to the bucketlist that I can't think of, these are just some things I thought of on my drive. Let's make this a series... THE BUCKETLIST... to be continued...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Costco Item Sampler of the Week

ALL NATURAL BOULDER CANYON RICE & BEAN SNACK CHIPS with Adzuki Beans

On our weekly trip to COSTCO today... a wonderful lady was offering us these tasty little delights.

Now, you may think, "Isn't this just another chip?"
"Just another 'healthy' aka nasty snack food..."

Ohhhh but whooooa unto you!!!

If you ever have the absolute decadent pleasure of eating some of these tasty things, your life will be transformed. Your world of chips will be a thing of the past as you know it.

One you place one of these little suckers... you will find yourself on the white sandy beaches of Cancun, looking out into the clear blue ocean. Hearing a mariachi band playing somewhere in the distance, as you sip onto your pina colada. Your tastebuds will explode with flavor, and... salsa? Don't you dare mention the word around these chips. They'll run, hide, and find a new, more appreciative consumer to consume them.

They like to be consumed. It makes them happy.

These chips are made out of rice and beans... can you believe it? And with all those spices.. it's no wonder why it's a food of the mexican gods! Or did I just make that one up?

And... they're gluten free.

Cowabunga!