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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Commoner's Random Summer Thoughts

My hammock is my best place to be this summer.  I lay there for a long time.  Doing nothing.....I love it!

It's almost time for my trip to New Orleans and I am SO EXCITED!!!!!!!
This summer my cousins and I decided we needed #Truthdaytuesday.  This is the day when you could call bullish*t on all of those stupid Facebook posts which you know are lies.  You know the ones-here are me and my wonderful husband having breakfast together.  When you want to say #truthdaytuesday  your husband is a jerk-you always say so.  We haven't really been able to pull this off.  It's really hard to do.  It's such a great idea though.  If you want to do it you can just hashtag it so the world can see.  And if you're brave enough?  Good for you!  I'm proud.
Music has been terrible this summer.  There have been no great hits.  I must be getting old because I don't even know the difference between an Iggy and an Ariana.  But this song?  I love this song.  It's called Come with me now by a band called Kongo.  It's my go to running song this year and it makes me bop around when it comes on.  Granted it's a little angry -but for a lot of people this summer has been a little angry just like this year so that's okay.  But it's great and the best part is that this video owns all of what belongs to this song like working out, working, and accordions.  Listen to it-like every thing else its the best 2014 could do for a summer song.
Have you checked out the latest ice cream treats available in your ice-cream freezer (in Target I found them)  These are not for people but for your dogs.  All the dogs on Long Island eat them and I was sure they didn't exist on the west coast.  But you know what?  They do!  Right there in your freezer section.  Most likely I've bought them and eaten them myself because you really have to read the fact that they say treating your dog doesn't get any cooler.  Benjie loved them Bella couldn't figure out how to eat them.  They were a little pricy for a treat but it kept them busy for a little while.

Have a great weekend

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Commoner's Homecoming

Hey Lebron James isn't the only one who returned home.  I just got back from my visit to New York.

I haven't been home since that botched attempt a few years ago and I really missed my family.  So I decided to go.  I didn't go to the city, I didn't see a show.  But I did get to visit and I did get to eat.  Here are some highlights.

My Uncle asked if I wanted to make any plans while I was there.  I really just wanted to visit and catch up with all the littles that I miss.  Also my only real plan was to eat as much pizza and as much Dunkin Donuts as I could.  Mission Accomplished.  WHY DON"T WE HAVE THESE THINGS HERE?
I ran a few times but Good God the humidity sucks the life out of you.  It wasn't even really humid -it wasn't even really hot.  But since I was running like this after Monday I didn't bother anymore. I did go for walks with my cousin Jenn and assorted babies but literally those accounted for a bite of a donut.  I don't care I said I'll run when I get home.
This is my cousin Pat.  He runs the NYC Marathon every year and this year he is injured.  He didn't run last week either.

This is Citi Field.  It's where the New York Mets play.  People think I'm a Yankees fan but really I'm a Met's fan.  People in California don't get that so I just say Yankees.  I didn't go to a game but I watched a lot on TV and it seems I'm a lucky charm for the Mets.  They never win but they do when I'm around AND they are still winning.  I love that-I miss them.
Long Island is famous for not only being Howard Sterns home but also for Charles Lindbergh.  He was from here and flew from Mitchell Field.  They built a museum there called The Cradle of Aviation.  This is my niece Reilly.  She posed at ever display for me.  She is super super smart and a lot of fun to hang out with.  If we lived closer I know we'd be shopping buddies.

Every one in my family almost-has a built in pool.  This makes summers super fun.  Here we are at my cousin Kim's pool also known as Utopia-she didn't name it that Taylor did.  And it fits the place.  It's a huge home.

If I were Lebron James I would have signed for the Knicks and moved to Long Island so that I too could be home.  I would have a school district hire me and then give my whole family their jobs here.  I would also bring the California weather.  Because really?  Our pizza may suck and we have no Dunkin but you can't beat our weather.

However I would not bring the snake I saw today.  Who told this snake (and his friend right near where I took this picture) that they could run on my trail.  I don't know who this guy was but he stood on the other side of the snake and then walked with me until I wasn't afraid anymore.  It was weird that there were no other runners or bike riders or walkers around-I think this guy was my guardian angel. I don't think he was real.

This snake can not come back to New York with me.

Until Next time New York......

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Commoner and Virgin America

Here are ten quick reasons why you should always fly Virgin whenever you can.  (Let's see if I can come up with 10)

1.  They fly out of San Francisco's beautiful Terminal 2-where could be a destination all of it's own with it's great NAPA inspired cafeteria and shops-like Pinkberry AND a candy store too.

2.  There's free wifi in the terminal and outlets and chairs everywhere.  Because if you've ever flown through parts of Kennedy or O'Hare you would sell your soul to have access to an outlet to charge stuff.

3  They have the best ever I've ever seen safety video complete with rappers, dancers, and safety information too.

4.  They have outlets on the plane.  I know again with the outlets but come on!

5. They fly direct to the east coast and if you have to transfer it's usually out of Los Angeles which is no big deal and if you are severely delayed going home you can always drive instead.

6.  Their flight attendants are professional and nice but not in a creepy way or a snotty way or a stupid unprofessional way-and their uniforms are outfitted by Banana Republic.  (Side Note-I once interviewed with them a few years ago to be a flight attendant but these people make NO money)

7.  The on board TV and movie selections.  Oh yeah and games and chat feature for meeting cute strangers in other seats or I suppose talking to your family or friends not sitting with you.

8.  You can purchase WIFI so you can work on research for your masters-or check out face book-or update your blog because yes there are outlets.

9.  If you are hungry you can order right from your seat and they bring it to you.  You can buy food or you can even order free drinks-or not free drinks.

10.  The seats are leathery and roomy and the mood lighting -that's right the mood lighting is really cool.

This blog entry has been bought to you from 2500 miles from JFK -wherever that is.

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Commoner and the drought

I am notorious for my love of sunshine and warm.  I'm so happy when it's warm and cloudy days really make me cranky-rainy days? Forget it-it's the one reason I can't move to Dublin-or Seattle.  I need the sun

That's rain from the bus in Dublin if you aren't sure.

So the other day on my run I stopped and took a picture from the road of something I had never seen before. It was the view if I ever picked up my head from DYING on my run I might have noticed how beautiful it was and I posted a picture.
I thought it was beautiful...until my cousin from back east commented about how brown everything was and that we really needed rain.   Hmm  maybe-I hadn't noticed.  After all  brown in the summer green in the winter,  That's california!

I'm the girl who hates the rain and was so happy all winter.  I never once said-"but we need the rain!"  Nope I was sunshiny happy.

But then I started marathon training on my trail.  That's right I own a trail.   It's in Morgan Hill and it's beautiful.  You can go there if you want I will let you.  I'm nice that way.  When you get to the four mile mark you cross a foot bridge over a river.  I haven't been there since March.  And although it wasn't raining it was still a river.  Yesterday it looked like this.
That picture was actually taken two weeks ago by someone else who posted it  (you have to love that you can do that huh).  But the point is that it usually will look like this.
Which isn't a lot but look at the difference.

So I'm a little worried when I look around on that trail and see that everything is so dry.  There's still the lakes and they look pretty good so I know at least the deer will have something to drink but that will cause them to cross the path.  But one match, one spark, and I think the whole trail will go up in flames or the hills around it.

So while I'll spend almost every Sunday here until the marathon and watch the trail get dryer I can only hope that come the fall there will be some rain.

Song of the Day

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Commoner's Dog is Really Fat

Benjie oh Benjie.  What are we to do?

There was a time when Benjie could jump as high as my head.  He could climb on furniture in one step and play fetch literally for hours.

It's summer and that means lots of bonding time for me and the dogs.  One thing I've noticed is that Benjie's stomach hangs almost to the floor.  He waddles when he walks. He can't jump and his idea of playing fetch goes like this...
He waits at the top of the stairs and rolls his bone to me down the stairs.  I then throw it back up to him and the game continues.  So you see fetch is no longer fetch-it's a game of catch.
Well okay not quite like this....

So I had a talk with chubby today.  I put him on my lap and said-look Benjie this has to stop.  I know your sister Bella can eat as much as she wants and never gain weight.

Life's not fair like that but that's how it is.   So for you Benjie -no more treats, and I have to take your dog dish away.  This is for your own good.  And yes you have to exercise -which will be a challenge because walking Benjie is not even close to enjoyable.  This is for your own good.  

Off the couch Dog-it's workout time.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Commoner's Summer 2014

2014 gets a chance to redeem itself with a top seven list of awesome things to look forward to and things to come from June 13 until August 18th.  Here is Summer 2014

Marathon Training.  It begins Tuesday -it will consume my summer and it will end in Washington DC at the Marine Corp Marathon.  Bring it!!

I'm going to New York!  I haven't been there in a few years (Remember the Southwest 'thing')?  The main goal is to get out of Hollister, tune up my New York attitude and visit relatives.  That's it-oh yeah and pizza and Dunkin!
Although I have no classes during the summer I will be spending a good part of my summer reading articles on the redesignation of english language learners.  I will also spend a good bit of time wondering why on earth I'm even doing this.
NEW ORLEANS!!!! I am going to New Orleans with Rob.  I have always wanted to go there and since it's city number 2 on our list WE ARE GOING!  I can't wait for the music, the parades, the food,  the swamp and oh yes the vodoo dolls.  I'm so glad this city is back and I get to see it.
The commoners and weekly lunches.  We will definitely have these so we can keep up with the craziness.
Rob bought me a hammock and made the whole stand thing under my lemon tree.  I have spent every day on that hammock and I usually nap there.  It's great because when the wind kicks up at 3-it's so much fun.  Even the dogs like it.  

If 2014 has been a drudge-summer promises to be absolutely fabulous.  I can't wait for the ESPN Body Issue!

Song of the day-In honor of the World Cup (another highlight of summer) and OMG USA  VD Portugal really?  

Let Me Take You to Rio

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Commoner's Thirteen for Thursday

Thirteen Thursday.  That means it's been a long time since I've written and I really have nothing to say.

The Giants were doing so well!  Up by 7 games and now that I can focus on them they are on a 5 game losing streak.
Meanwhile the Yankees have a new pitcher who never loses.  I think the Yankees are doing okay-not like the As but okay.
Kanye and Kim got married and honeymooned in Ireland.  Is it weird that they got married?  I don't know.  It is a little weird I guess.
Real Housewives of Orange County is back and it's great.  That new girl Shannon has such a great house and it's on the market.  13 million.  Let's all chip in!
Now that my fun strike is over it's time to get rid of my serious face!  Onward and upward!
My kids were super cute when they were little.  We used to have a lot of fun.  Look at Danny he was the wild one!
Random picture from Roald Dahl.  I probably will never get to read those books to a class again, unless.....I do a book club with kids after school!  Hey that's a great idea!
Today I upgraded my internet.  It's been about ten years.  When I called to complete the order they tried to have me pick a secret question. They said who is your favorite actor?  It took me 10 minutes to think of one and Danny finally said Tom Hanks.  i don't even like that guy. Why so many questions?
This is Joe.  He once played hockey on the same team as Alec Martinez.  Alec Martinez just scored the over time goal which helped the Kings beat the Rangers for the Stanley Cup.  Joe never should have taught Alec all his moves when they were 10  LOL!
These are my great grandparents.  Love this picture!
This is my cousin Paul.  He is a musician by trade.  He even teaches music in a school.  I don't know why he was dressed up as a priest.  But the guy is very talented.
The Commoners at a back to school party.  I hope there's one this year!  That party was fun.
Beefcake of the day.  There are never any beefcakes anymore.

Happy Thursday friends!