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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Commoner has Nothing to Do

I mis scheduled my homework so I don't have too much to do.  Let's look at pictures and my playlist at the same time!

Somewhere over the rainbow-or the neighbors house.

Wham because I like to run to this song
Seriously you can't mix corn beef and pastrami on St. Patrick's Day.  Wrong Religion.  

Yes he's a bad guy.  I do like this song.  I'm sure the other people involved in this song and video are upstanding citizens.  I run to this song.
Pit Bull-Mr. World Wide.

Still a great song.  My favorite running song.  I run to this.
I graduate in May and then we can get back to partying 7 days a week.

Daft Punk is fun.  I run to this!
I get a lot of news from Perez Hilton.  The important news anyway.

I'm obsessed with Gatsby-the book and the latest movie for it's cool music.  I run to this-except when I hop to it.  On my runs-----embarrassing.  
Get on your feet JLaw-every one loved  your naked pictures!

Turn down for what?   No idea.....I run to this song and try to figure it out the whole time.
My favorite football player is hurt again.  This is a good guy-he can't catch a break.  He fragilish.  (Is that a word?)

Good night fair people.  The big 20 mile run this weekend.  Yep!  Lets do this

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Random thoughts on an 18 mile run

See how crazy I was there?  No caps in the title.

Here are some random thoughts from my run.

18 miles.  Who runs 18 miles.  I don't even drive 18 miles.  Crazy People do that.

Where are the goats?

We are here so early the bathrooms are closed.  Now I really have to go to the bathroom.  My goal for the marathon is not to stop to pee so I am training my bladder but this is ridiculous.  Port a potty mile 2.
Boys of Summer.  That song means I'm running fast.  Isn't it ironic this song played on the radio on my first day at work this year?  Irony..  Keep running.
Lots of people seemed to be running faster than me today but these long runs are SUPPOSED to be slow!  It's okay super fast girls with the long hair.
When is Orange is the New Black Coming Back?  Should I rematch the last episode before I sit down to watch the new season-when it starts again?  KEEP RUNNING!!

My headband is so sweaty!  It's not even working any more.
I hope Joe gets me a discount on Microsoft Word for Mac.  Oh yeah I don't have a disk drive.  I must call Joe.  How many more miles?
I never even ever rode my bike 3 hours and I'm running for almost 4?  Really?  Stop the insanity.
Why do the trees look like it's November?  What month is it?  Drink so Power are.
My face is so dirty.  I should carry some of these.
I wish Bella had started running with me when she was a puppy.  Oh look at those Border Collies in the truck going to take care of the sheep!  I'm so thirsty.
I've silenced this voice!

When you reach the 9 mile mark of your run on my trail you come to a beautiful river or something.  It's cooling to look at it's fresh and people are fishing, and jet skiing on it. 

Not this year.  This year it looked like something out of one of those end of the world movies.  The drought is out of control.  To see the bottom of a river bed where people were boating last year? It's super sad.  I won't even curse the rain this year.  Except for on Fridays at 1 when I go over the hill.  For that hour no rain.

I also spent 5 miles trying to remember who played the Seahawks on Thursday.  I never did remember.  

One more long run.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Commoner and The 17 Mile Run

People often wonder what do you do on a 17 mile run.  Well today was that run and it was great!  I have embraced the long runs.  They are slow, they are scenic, they burn a gajillion calories (which you immediately replenish) the sun, and the music.

For almost 3 1/2 hours today here are some things I did.

Goats are bought to the trail to eat the grass.  There are thousands of them.  They love to lay there but at mile 15 they were on the run.  They were running faster than I was.  Tilt your head. or flip your computer 

At mile 2 they were sitting still.  I decided that I would say hello to them.  They have a dog guard who did not like that idea.  They also had an escaped goat.  I couldn't help them because the dog was going to eat me.

The rest of the run consists of eating chews, swelling gu, and drinking power aid.  Walk breaks every two miles.  Deer crossings, saying hi to every bike rider and runner on the route.  And killing the run.  Here is my new favorite running song.
Okay I'm not going to be world champion and I'm not on a team.  But I love it.  I played it all of mile 13 today!

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Commoner and The Tour of Norcal

Fridays are going to be crazy.  My life is crazy these days but in a good way.  Here is my day.  Now note Friday there is no running and there is no work at my school.   That would make it an easy normal day.

7:30 Head on out to Santa Cruz for training.

I wish.  It wasn't that kind of training.  I'm not a fan of Santa Cruz.  It's far out of the way from every where and I usually can't find parking.  I don't even know how Siri got me there we just ended up at the Office of Education.

1:00 back in the car to San Jose where I have Friday night class.  That's right Friday Night Class.  I'm a city girl, I like city streets and straight Free ways.  I spent my cycling years riding the service road to the Long Island Expressway.  The mountainous pass from Santa Cruz to San Jose to me is a white knuckle fear fest.  Kind of like that roller coaster.

If you google images for Highway 17 most of what you see is car crashes.  I can't imagine having to do this in the rain.  I'm sure I will have to.

Since Santa Cruz lets out at 1-it gives me plenty of time to get over this monster as a white knuckle old lady.  My reward?
That's right!  Macy's Labor Day Sale and Chipotle for lunch.  Oh yeah and some crazy candy store where I bought treats for class.  I even bought treats for my class mates.  They were very happy.

I had 90 minutes at the beautiful mall.  I remember thinking 'come on ! It's 2PM on Friday and you are at the MALL.  Not just any mall.  My favorite mall in the country.  No the world!!   

Back in the car and down the road to San Jose State where it turns out my new professor teaches 3 classes, works full time, AND commutes from Felton to Gilroy to San Jose.  Felton is on HWY 17.  She gets it and I think I'm going to like her.   Plus class got out at 6!
She made us chose writing partners.  That person will be helping us.  The best writer in the class is my partner.  This is really my day.

Then I got home-and decided that even though it was 8 O'Clock  I was going to relax, watch Shark Tank, and play with IPAD.  Then I fell asleep.

That was a great plan.  The problem?  That sleep became a nap and by 10:30 I was awake and ready to start the day.

You know what?  It was a pretty good day.  Fridays, at least every other one-are going to be okay.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Commoner's Throw Back Thursday

This was fun last time! I'm doing it again!!

Spring 2014-San Francisco Rock and Roll Half Marathon  FUN FUN FUN
AT&T Park 2010  Hit some home runs already!
Beautiful Bella
Crazy fun trip to New York with Lori and Kristen.  Bring on the PIZZAAAAA
Me and My cousin Pat when we were little!
The Family at Danny's Graduation!!
Uncle Rocky back in the day!
My feet which carry me a gajillion running miles!!
This is Rob from I don't know when!  But he had a victory of some sort!

Family Portrait Time!

Throw Back Thursday!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Commoner and the Ice Bucket Challenge

I have mocked the ice challenge since it's first go around which involved chugging bear and giving to the charity of your choice.  Then it came around again with rules and a focus.  I'm not making light of ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.  Real Sports with Bryant Gumble (my favorite ever morning host) did a special last year about the guy who was the kicker for the Saints only a few years ago.  To watch him be destroyed by the disease who's cruelest aspect is that your mind never weakens even when your body no longer functions and your voice no longer works and you are very aware of what is going to happen to you.   Google Steve Gleason, read his story, weep -because you will- and then donate and dunk your head.  It's truly heart breaking.

So I never supported this challenge because the whole purpose seemed to be to not donate.  But for every one who does dunk ice there are probably 2 who donate.  And ALS is now being googled all over the world.

My cousin Gina told me she was going to challenge me -I said don't.  She didn't.  But then little Sophia a 4th grader whom I taught when I was in the classroom and who's family I love dearly challenged me and I had to do it.

So without further  adieu  my five favorite Bucket Challenges and please donate to this disease  or read the Gleason story and donate however you think best

  Ben and Jenn-because with the demise of Jay and B-they are my last favorite celebrity couple

The Rockets because they are awesome and I really wanted to be one.
David Beckham because he's not wearing a shirt

Derek Jeter because he's the captain

George Bush-because he's a lot of fun as an ex president. Come on admit it.

I would share mine with you but I don't know how to do it. Let's say it involved more ice than water, and was really hard to lift. So hard that I missed most of myself. 

If you are challenged try it-if you aren't donate-if you are donate-read about the disease. Count your blessings.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Commoners Go To The Giants Game

Kristen was on a fun tare for the last week of vacation.  Do we want to go to the Giants game she asked?  We all said "YES".  So Tuesday after work (we were back at let's get ready to rumble) We met at my house and off we went.

Let me tell the story through the pictures on my phone.

This park is the best place ever.  The Giants lead the Major Leagues in attendance and it's no wonder.  The park is an attraction in itself and the game is the background to all that makes it great.  These were our seats.

The first thing you do is eat the garlic fries.  You have to eat them it's a requirement.  Trust me on this.  Do it.  This guy turns out to be from New York and he was there to visit one of the players who is from the same home town as him.  He was showing pictures of the guy and text messages.  He made me swear to not say his name.  But don't panic the player was great.  I wanted Kristen to get this guys number-she didn't.
Ever since the time we dissed Fergie's dad I take strangers with connections at their word but with proof.  

We went back to our seats and watched the game.  See us watching the game?  The game was boring for 8 innings.  There was only one hit until then so we entertained ourselves with selfies.
The guy in front of me had ice on his shoulder.  There was no evidence he was hit with a foul ball. Our seats were under the cover.  You would have to be hit by a line drive.  This was random and I never figured it out.

More selfies.  Do you see behind me?  That was the popcorn stand. I kept asking the lady for free popcorn.  I kept saying just pass some over because we have to smell it and all.  She kept making this no nodding face which to me said.  Ask again later.  Unfortunately when she closed up we had left our seats to walk.
This is the garbage pail that is behind my seat.  You can see it in the selfie above.  It stunk and I had to be really careful not to lean my head back or that handle which was filthy would be my head rest.  I spent the whole game leaning forward-or on Beth.
Since no one on the field from either team was really playing we decided to go for a walk.  If you come to a Giant's game (and you must) don't forget to walk the park.  Do it first before you decide what to eat.  (The garlic fries are mandatory however).  We realized that the popcorn stand was keeping us warm.  It was a lot colder on our walk.
That's Angel Pagan on the score board.  He's very handsome with these deep dark eyes.  I was hoping Rosa would meet him.  I'm so good with setting my friends up with available people.
On your walk of the ball field (you could literally NEVER have to sit in your seat so buy a cheap one on your first visit) make sure to look at the water and the kayakers etc.  I think they left at this point because NO ONE WAS HITTING THE BALL. This yacht was cool.  If Rosa became involved with Angel Pagan we could watch all the games from a yacht.
We went back to our seats and guess what?  It was RALLY time!  The Giants had tied the game.  The Giants are having a rough season so that was something.  I had never noticed that people do this to their hats but they do and Beth was on it.  She kept it on even when the other team was at bat because it was working.  Apparently you aren't supposed to do this but I had never even heard of this before.

We made good friends with our usher and she told Beth you don't wear the rally hat when the other team is at bat.  So Beth switched it and you know what happened? The White Sox scored.  It's all about the mojo.
If the rally hat works don't take it off.

Did I tell you it was Grateful Dead night?  We missed it.  Well Beth didn't we dropped her and Rosa off at the curb and they made it to see parts of the Grateful Dead play.   Beth's a rocker chick.

That was it.  When you can go to a ball game at AT&T park you have to.  When people say what should I do in San Francisco I say go to a GIANTS game.  

Don't remove the rally hat though.