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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thankful for Friends, Family, Food, and Pizza

This was New York a few years ago.

That's my cousin Lori and my friend Kristen

You also see pizza.

Today I'm thankful for all of those people, places, and things.

Monday, November 24, 2014

I'm Thankful for traveling and Pubs

I'm thankful that my family lives in great places.  Okay I'm sorry for so many reasons that I don't live near any of our family.  I am grateful that i get to go see them.

I'm also grateful for super fun Irish pubs.  The Brazen Head is the oldest pub in Dublin.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Commoner is grateful for The Silver Fox

Do they still call him this?  I don't know.  I'm just thankful that we have at least one fair and honest broadcaster.  Plus he's not afraid to put himself in harms way for the story.  

Plus I will always think of him when I think of Katrina.  Remember how much he cared?  After going to New Orleans (let alone having roots there like Anderson) I can appreciate that.

What are you Thankful for?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thanksgiving Week

What I'm thankful for today.  
I'm thankful that my grandparents and their family were really cool.  I'm thankful they were Italian
I'm thankful they were from New York...

What are you thankful for?

Friday, November 21, 2014

New Orleans is the Best Place Ever

I've had a great week.  Sometimes that happens.  Topped off by a great day at my school and NOT in Santa Cruz.  I love you Santa Cruz but you are taking too much of my time.
Technically that's not Santa Cruz

I came home and like most Fridays I hang out and watch tv usually consisting of Bill Maher followed by Shark Tank.    Except tonight there was a trailer for Foo Fighters Sonic Highways.  

Seems Dave Grohl has adopted my city tour idea but done musical history.  I love the Foo Fighters by the way.  Tonight it's New Orleans and instantly I'm smiling because the most fun I ever had was in New Orleans.  

To top off maybe one of the best weeks of the year here are 5 things i love about New Orleans and some pictures 

1. The music
2. The history
3. The food
4 The people
5. The French Quarter at 1AM

Go there some's good for your soul

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I Have Betrayed IPod and I'm Begging Forgiveness

I am totally enjoying my running for fun right now.  I miss not having a race on my schedule until January but I have to be careful with myself so I can run into my 60s!

That's me in there!

Anyway.  One of my experiments was to change what I listen to when I run.

I tried Pandora and set it to running.  It worked good the first three times I did it.  I kind of liked the surprise factor.  The songs had a great beat to run to and I liked it.  Then all of a sudden it started playing a lot of commercials and songs which were terrible.  
So I switched to books on tape.  Or book on iPhone.   The story is great but-I am sure I slowed down to listen to the story so that didn't work.
So today I was back to IPOD and apologizing for betraying it.
So my happy run was great and let's play IPOD shuffle and see 5 songs I listened to
Fiesta by the Pogues
Don't fast forward because of the first 8 notes.  This is a fun song which totally makes you move your feet.  Irish -Mexican music
Ride by Florida-Georgia Line and Nelly
I really try to like country music because everyone I know loves it. I can only do it if Nelly is part of it because I love that guy.
Heart of the City by Jay Z
Yes STILL-sensative thugs you all need hugs...
Love Lockdown Kanye
Yes still
Diddy-I'm coming out.

OMG I need some new tunes.....

Monday, November 17, 2014

November is the Best Month

As a teacher some months are harder than others.  February easy-May hard.  October-longest month of all-November -Best.  Short, quick and the beginning of vacation season.  It's awesome.  Here are some reasons why

Thanksgiving!  My favorite holiday because it's just food, no stress, and we are all together.  Thanksgiving is the Friday of holidays.  So much promise....
This isn't turkey-but I serve it with my onion dip and then eat all the dip and pretty much nothing else the rest of the night.

Veteran's Day!  Yes I'm thankful to the Veteran's of course I am.  But I'm also thankful for the first 4 day weekend and day off since Labor Day.  It's exhausting..
Conference week.  Even when I had conferences I liked them.  I liked talking to the parents whom I always thought of as clients.  I also liked the long stretch of minimum days.  They are the best 
Running is just for fun.  There aren't that many races in November and it's really a recovery month.  Even if you aren't marathoning you probably ran a lot of races in October.  Time to kick back and enjoy running for just running sake
That picture shows you the weather in November too.  The weather is beautiful.  The right amount of cold, rain, warm, and sunshine.  The official end of a Northern California summer.  Cold enough for jackets but not too bleak.

Football season matters.  By now we have contenders and flat liners and every game matters.  Not sure what Eli's problem is, or Russel's, or Kapernicks.  But you can hunker down with all the games every Sunday and Thursday and Monday and Thanksgiving.  So FUN
And yes finally-Shopping season.  All the sales, the crowds, Tis the season and yes I still buy treats for myself.