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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Binge Television Watching

I am the person who simply must have the TV or radio on to do my homework.  It has always been that way.  But finishing my master's will for sure be known as the binge watching to end all binge watching opportunity of my life time.    

I haven't taken up smoking yet-although this month and the big finish may drive me to it.  But I love Mad Men and the series is ending and I digress.....

There have been two very opposite shows that have taken me through this last semester.  The first was Parenthood.
I have avoided this show because all the wholesome people I know what it and I usually steer clear of manipulative wholesome programming.  I'm much better with dirty stuff like the Sopranos.

Shows that make you feel tough enough to do things like run marathons, finish master's projects, and handle work related politics.  

But so many people raved about this show and come on who doesn't like Craig T Nelson.  A familiar face from the 80s.
So I learned lots of things from this show which sucked me right in.

  • No one in this family married anyone else with a family
  • They managed to include almost every group of person there is
  • They all seemed to make a lot of money even though work was sporadic.
  • That chick from Gilmour Girls still annoys the crap out of me
  • Will any of these actors ever work again.
  • There were 1000 episodes.  I'm not kidding.
I also was inspired by them to re do my back yard.  

And yes I cried at the end.

The second show -more suited to my taste.  This show was House of Cards.
Holy Crap is all I can say.  
  • Almost every episode I find my self saying OMG Did I just see that?
  • Tony Soprano on steroids.   That's what this show is
  • The relationship between him and Robin Wright is amazing-okay the characters anyway
  • Do they really do this in Washington?  Why yes I think they do
  • Seriously I can't take how good this show is.
  • How did they get the Princess Bride to look like a man.  Seriously love her style but she is very man ish.  Which really does suit her character anyway.  She's a strong woman
  • What made these great movie stars say Yes I'll do a show for the internet.
Hold on though.  We also got a decorating idea from them too.
I'm totally redoing my bedroom to look like this.

So now I've been cheered on enough by Craig T Nelson to get through the work of my masters and toughened up and espionaged enough to ready myself for whatever it is that comes after.

Suggestions for my next show to binge watch ?

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Streets of San Francisco

I was looking for pictures for today's blog and I found this video.  It's super cute.

Anyway!  This race is no joke and out of all the many races we do in San Francisco this one more than the rest embraces the hills.  Meaning HILLS tons of them-all Kinds of them.

13 thoughts for 13 miles
1-Most races start in the city and end in the park.  This one starts at the beach and ends in the city.

2-It starts out way early-like 6:30 and it's 20 degrees colder here than it was when we left the hotel.

3-I actually ended up wearing a short sleeve shirt and since I didn't pack one I wore the race T-which is breaking protocol for me.  But was a good investment

4-Our hotel overlooked a rooftop fitness center.  All the men decided to lay in the sun and stretch.  They didn't know I could see them so I felt like immortalizing what they looked like.  Notice there were no women stupid enough to do this.

5.  You start off so wonderfully and then about a block in you make a right hand turn and it's the streets of san francisco without the benefit of a trolley car.

6.  At every Rock and Roll Marathon there is a barefoot Elvis running.  I'm not even kidding.

7-They really have good bands at these things.  One time it was Matt Nathanson -one time it was the guys who do that song about a sweater and no not wheezer.  These guys are American Authors.  They sing Best Day of My Life.  I used to run to this song but then I wasn't having best days and i was annoyed.  This band was really good though.

8-The Bridge.  When you are running up the Presidio and you are so tired you think you are going to jump off the bridge-you see glimpses of that thing and you are charged up.  It's the FRIGGIN GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE!!

9-So I read three running blogs religiously.  Pavement Runner is one of them and he was at the race.  I was too star struck to talk to him but still-there he was-I knew it was him because he always posts his gear and he wore striped socks.

10-The weather was beautiful.  It was a beautiful glorious perfect day.

11-I didn't know how I would do.  My weekday runs are horrible.  I wish I had real housewife running time like some people do but I don't.  My weekend runs have been great.  I matched last year's time exactly

12-Because I upped my mileage to five miles a day I was feeling really strong.  For the second race in a row I was able to sprint to the finish rather than crawl.  That's such a great feeling

13-At the end Rob actually was waiting where he was supposed to. We had a stranger take a picture.

I love you San Francisco

It was The Best Day of My Life.  

Not even but it was a lot of fun

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Commoner's Common Days

I've gone missing.  I've gone missing because I'm about six weeks away from graduation and these are my days.

  • wake up
  • check email
  • have breakfast while binge watching Parenthood
  • Get dressed 
  • go to work
  • work
  • run
  • eat dinner
  • do homework
  • feed the dogs and binge watch parenthood
  • start the wind down process
  • go to sleep
That's it.  I've set aside March and April for my friends stress and nervous breakdown.  Not much to write home about.

I have a half marathon this weekend.

I ran in 90 degree heat today.  Which was supposed to be an easy make a deal with yourself run 3 miles however you want and then walk 2.

But I couldn't walk the two because I passed these two women and I didn't want them to catch me so I ran 5 with a short walk break at 3.

When it's hot and you run-you hallucinate and think a blowing leaf is a mouse.

You scream.

I'm dropping a picture in here because geesh you need to see a picture.

CELEBRATE I'm almost done with school

This is my grandfather binge watching Parenthood on our first color TV
Random picture of my mother and grandmother-

Praise Jesus it's almost baseball season

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Lenten Season

Lent along with most other Catholic traditions is very important to me.  I try to do something every year to remember what Jesus went through during the Easter Season.  

I've done all kinds of lent activities.  I gave up sugar!
I gave up Vegetables
Okay so I give those up every day.

I did Random Acts of Kindness.
But that was really hard. I ended up force being kind to people.

So this year I solicited ideas from the wonderful world of Facebook.
And it was settled.  I would go on the most epic card writing campaign.  I will send cards, written by hand, to friends who's addresses I might have.  Basically my Christmas card list I guess.
Because that's what I think people will conclude.  Therese has gone crazy.  She's sent us a cards.  How weird is that?  It's pretty weird.  So I'm going through my address book and randomly sending notes.
I don't have any great note cards at this time But i'll buy some and send them out and MAKE YOUR DAY!

So I tell you if you would like a card, handwritten by me!  I encourage you to send along your address to

Imagine getting a letter in the mail.  It will make your day

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Look at What's Trending on Facebook

Nothing much is happening this week-I'm on vacation and hung up on writing my Master's Project.  It's the chapter I've been dreading so I am getting really good at procrastinating.  So here are my thoughts on 5 recent stories on my Facebook news feed.

Disneyland/Disneyworld.   Everyone is there this vacation.  I was supposed to be there for a bachelorette party.  I couldn't go.  If I did I would have pictures about my trip posted on Facebook.  I just hope there are no measles.  I also wonder how people never run into each other there.
Hollister had a city hall meeting.  Whatever they call those meetings.  I've never heard of anyone actually going to one.  People are upset because they think we should enforce old laws before making new ones.  The police department is getting a new dog!  That's fun.  I wonder what they will name him?

My friend posted this.  I do love horses.  They are so regal.  If you walk down our block to the end and then make a right and take that to the end-(are you lost yet)?  You will come up to this place in the middle of houses where these beautiful horses live.  And they jump fences-Long Island style.  They aren't rodeo horses.  I like that because I always think of home.  Not that I ever had horses.
Another friend posted this.  I laugh because I literally am having a lot of those lately.  Like at The Grove where the waiter chased me to my seat with my salads.   Or like the million other scenes that could be on Seinfeld happen every day.  I can't even talk about them all because they probably involve some of you.

An Elementary School Teacher had twenty-six students in her class. She presented each child in her classroom the 1st half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It's hard to believe these were actually done by first graders. Their insight may surprise you. While reading, keep in mind that these are first-graders, 6-year-olds, because the last one is a classic!

1. Don't change horses
until they stop running.
2. Strike while the
bug is close.
3. It's always darkest before Daylight Saving Time.
4. Never underestimate the power of termites.
5. You can lead a horse to water but how?
6. Don't bite the hand that looks dirty.
7. No news is impossible.
8. A miss is as good as a Mr.
9. You can't teach an old dog new math.
10. If you lie down with dogs, you'll stink in the morning.
11. Love all, trust me.
12. The pen is mightier than the pigs.
13. An idle mind is the best way to relax.
14. Where there's smoke there's pollution.
15. Happy the bride who gets all the presents.
16. A penny saved is not much.
17. Two's company, three's the Musketeers.
18. Don't put off till tomorrow what you put on to go to bed.
19. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and you have to blow your nose.
20. There are none so blind as Stevie Wonder.
21. Children should be seen and not spanked or grounded.
22. If at first you don't succeed get new batteries.
23. You get out of something only what you see in the picture on the box.
24. When the blind lead the blind get out of the way.
25. A bird in the hand is going to poop on you.
And the WINNER and last one!
26. Better late than pregnant.
Thought this was insightful. And it did not take Common Core for them to learn these.

I totally stole these.  I didn't write them.  But they are super funny.  Number 17?  Duh obviously

So friends that is what is happening on Facebook and my super thoughts about them.

Monday, February 16, 2015

A February Heat Wave

Sunday was one of the best runs I have had in a long time.  Except for one thing.  It was hot!!!

There was this girl running really fast.  Her dog was running with her.  I should have done this with Bella-she could have been a runner.  The dog looked tired.  His tounge was hanging out of his mouth.

I was not really ready to run in 70 degree weather.  But California in the winter is enjoying the benefits of global warning.  My trail doesn't have a beach but my race last week did.

I hardly notice but I'm training for the San Francisco Half Marathon.  I love this one because you run over this beautiful bridge-which ironically I was not afraid of.
You start off here by the beach by some neighborhood where people live and get to ride their bikes on paths by the bridge-it's never sunny there but somehow beautiful.  This may not be that particular neighborhood but it bears a close resemblance
I've really learned about San Francisco and it's different neighborhoods from racing there -a lot.  This is Bay to Breakers.  It's so much fun to run this one.  With the pink ape and naked guys.
Valentine's is over so it's time to focus on St. Patrick's Day.  I love St. Patrick's Day.  Rob said he wants to buy a farm in Ireland.  If I live there I can have goats, sheep, and more dogs.  I'm actually tempted.  By the way I race in Los Gatos on St. Patricks' Day.

If you live somewhere where it's cold and you are training for a marathon I'm sorry.  Come to California.  It's beautiful here.

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Commoner's First Race in the Rain

It's politically incorrect to say you hate rain in California.  You have to say Thank God for the Rain, We need the rain, I love the rain, or any of those kinds of things.  But I'm going to say I HATE THE RAIN.  I never say it out loud.  But I'm packing my bag as I speak because I'm pretty sure I'm going to be deported to another state somewhere.

Whatever...I'm over it.  I drove in it on Friday, ran in it on Saturday and like Beast mode that I am raced in it on Sunday.

It started out great and I thought the rain would hold up.  But it didn't.  Head wind out-gailforce winds back.   Whatever.  

A six year old and her dad passed me on their way to their 5k.  I'm not kidding about that.  

This is me when I was six.  I couldn't even stand up on my own.

The little girl was breathing like crazy and crying that she never wanted to race again.  Good move dad of the year.
He actually was like "Keep going you can beat the 12 year olds."  And apparently the 51 year olds.

Speaking of age.  I think I'm getting slower.  But seriously my first race in the rain.  We didn't fool around either.  I was soaked and we were out of there.
I was just glad there were so many people behind me at the turnaround.

Anyway I suck at blogging lately.  I'm in school mode which means there is not much fun to write about.
Go forth and work out.  My vivo fit ran away.  I'm on the honor system until my new one gets here

My name on the Nike Store.  Half Marathons are my favorite.  I run the same pace at 13 that I do at 6 or 3.  
I'm suffering through the rain with my trail in mind.  It definitely needs the water.  I'll do it for you people not allowed to swim or dive.

These are my favorite shoes ever.