Wednesday, December 31, 2014

This Year's Goals

I have waited for this year to get here for a really long time.  I'm not a resolution kind of person but here are some events I can't wait for in 

One big thing in 2015?  I will graduate from Grad School.  THANK GOD to put that credential to work....somewhere

My first goal is to NOT run a marathon because the training takes over my life.

Now that I've found a bakery in town that makes great cannoli my goal is to eat more of them.

Now that we all live local again I'm bringing back monthly Sunday dinners.  You are all welcome to attend.

Don't laugh.  I am really going to try to eat better.

2015 brings these guys back to town.

2015 will bring me to Austin Texas on the city tour.  Dancing cowboys yee Haw

2015 promises to be a good year for Met fans.
Well those are my predictions and goals.  Happy New Year Everyone

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Commoner Looks Back

I would like to say 2014 was a great year.  A lot of crappy things happened to a lot of people.  There were a lot of unexpected setbacks and turns no one saw coming.  But as it ends we have to say we survived it pretty well.  Let's look back at some things that happened.

 I kept on running and I ran a lot.  I ran mostly uninjured in 2014.  In spite of a really hard year it was running that kept me out of jail and employed when times got really hard.

 This is my beautiful trail where I run on the weekends.  I have to remember sometimes to lift my head and look around.  No I don't I always lift my head and look around and greet every cyclist, runner and walker I pass.  2014 was for sure the year of running.
 I have always wanted to go to the Tour of California.  This May offered the perfect opportunity to skip a day of work and check out what cyclist are like these days.  Cyclists are very much fancier than I ever was.  Still-a big part of my life is due to cycling and 2014 gave me the chance to see the big guys in action.
 I think San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I am glad to call it sort of home.  in 2014 I spent time here shopping, running, going to ball games, hanging out, eating, and generally soaking up some urbanity while living in my little cowtown. Plus my daughter works there now.
 This was the year of the run.  This is Bay to Breakers.  2014.  Hands down my favorite race ever.  You should run this race.

 2014 was the year of the Masters.  I can't believe I have finished 3 semesters.  Hopefully my son and I will get to graduate together.
 Baseball is my favorite.  The Giants were sucking all summer.  They lost like a 50 game lead! But anyway-just like me in 2014 they finished a dismal year as winners.  World Series Champs again.  Love this team.
2014 presented a lot of what the heck let's just do it moments.  On a whim I went home for a visit with the goal of doing nothing but hanging out with family and eating pizza.  That's just what I did-hanging out with the family.  I think this will be a yearly event.
 I called this guy an angel because he saved me from this rattle snake on my trail and then disappeared.  He was awesome and definitely out of the blue.  For instance who walks in the summer with a cup of coffee.  2014 for all it's trouble presented me with lots of angels to carry me through.
That's Pat Benatar.  My fellow Long Island rocker chick.  I went to see her in concert.  in 2014 she was still brilliant.
New Orleans.  My whole life I've wanted to go there and I did.  This trip did not disappoint. in 2014 I went on the best trip ever.  Go there for the food, go there for the music, go there for the people, go there for the best time ever.
These are my friends.  Kristen is an original Commoner.  An real OC.  Here's to many more adventures in 2015.
The Marine Corp Marathon.   SO Hard. But what a special event.  Marathon number 2 was hard.  I'm holding out for New York.  Otherwise 2014 will be my last marathon for awhile.
Finally 2014 was the year of the goat.  Ever since I found them on the trail during training I became obsessed with them.  Now people send me goat pictures and everything.  I love them.

Have a great rest of the year if I don't talk to you.  I probably will though!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Memories

Here are some pictures from the ghost of Christmas Past


Monday, December 22, 2014

50 questions for the new year

I've been missing for awhile because I have been uninspired.  Probably because most of everything has been about work and school and I don't really blog much about either.  But here I found 50 questions about the year.

I'll do 10 and see how it goes.

1.  What one event big or small are you going to tell your grandchildren about.

It has to be New Orleans.  I'm not even kidding.  This was a hard year.  New Orleans was the most fun ever.

2.  If you had to describe your 2014 in 3 words what would they be?

You mostly sucked

3.  What new things did you discover about yourself?

That it is always fun to go to AT&T Park.  You seem to forget all your trouble at the ball field.

4.  What single achievement are you most proud of?

My second marathon.  If you can train and complete a marathon you can pretty much conquer anything.  That's right anything/

5.  What was the best news you received?

There's a wedding to plan!

6. What was your favorite place that you visited this year?

Duh-see number 1

7.  Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?

My tough New Yorkness got me through this year.  It was a really hard year in many ways.   Wussy people can't keep a New Yorker down.

8.  Who was your number one go to person that you could always rely on?

These people were my number one.  They were saints to put up with me in this particular year.

9.  Which new skills did you learn?

Writing papers with a scholarly voice.

10.  What or who are you most thankful for?

I'm thankful to the Marines for putting on that race and for all the servicemen, police, and firemen who protect us.

There's more but you have to wait.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Therese and the Memes

I have to tell you I don't know what a meme even is.  But today amongst other things I saw on Facebook having to do with the Elf (he's getting his own show) there was this post.  Go to google images put your first name and "meme" in quotes and here is what you get.
Good to know!
I just like the not impressed part.  I have no idea what this is about

I always love this baby, although I don't really know why he wants to punch me.

Not sure if she's an arsonist like Drew Barrymore in that movie.  But I certainly have had issues with the crock pot.

Try your name-see what you get!