Archive | August, 2008

You Know What Really Chaps My Hide?

28 Aug

Now that it is summer, I regularly get peeved by the cute young things that come to the gym just to sunbathe in their bikinis.  (I know, something my male readers couldn’t understand.)  I workout HARD every time I go to the gym.  I have a trainer that regularly kicks my butt.  I bust my butt in spin class, on the treadmill, and I swim really hard when I work out in the pool.

It just doesn’t seem fair that when they go to the gym, all they do is slather on tanning oil and lay in their oh so perfect bodies.  I workout hard enough to deserve a body like that, darnit!  It’s just not fair!

The Root of My Success

27 Aug

I got a kick out of this snippet from the Reno Gazette Journal this week:

Curly hair advantage

It might be time to give the straightening iron a rest. According to a story last week on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” employers are more likely to hire a woman with curly hair. A behavioral study found that woman with curls are considered self-starters, low maintenance and trustworthy compared to their flat locked peers.”
 

I love it! I knew there was a reason I wasn’t putting out the effort to straighten my hair all these years! (Besides not wanting to take the time to do so.)

On My List of Things I Don’t Want To Hear

26 Aug

Here is yet another quote from my 2.5 year old that I don’t want to hear again:

“I poop on my foot!”

I had no idea poop on the potty was such a challenging feat.

An Exercise in Deliberate Bad Taste

25 Aug

You know it’s a slow news day when the headline of the local paper is “Beware of the lure of casino carpets“.  But it does bring to light something I’ve always pondered — why do those carpets have to be so tacky and awful?

My favorite quote from the article: “Casino carpet is known as an exercise in deliberate bad taste that somehow encourages people to gamble,” David Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, wrote in an essay.

They also mentioned that the hideous designs don’t show dirt, spilled drinks and cigarette burns easily.

What entertained me the most about the article was the man mentioned that has made it his hobby to take pictures of casino carpet, and numerous pictures were featured in the paper.  Unfortunately, those aren’t in the online article, but here is a LiveSearch of Casino Carpet Images.  Just in case you’re bored…

RealAge

25 Aug

With another birthday looming, it was comforting today to be told my Real Age is only 28.7.  Phew! Here’s to reverse aging!  How old are you?

Edited to add: Great, my brother that is 7 years older than me has a RealAge of 28, so now I’m not so proud of my 28.7.

We Went to the Potty 20 Times, But I Still Ended Up With a Turd on my Stairs

25 Aug

Ah, it’s Monday again.  As you can tell from the title of this post, we’re back in the groove with potty training.  Things seemed to click for Little Miss while we were camping last weekend (much thanks to her older cousin setting the example), so I sent her to daycare last Monday in underwear…  When I picked her up, she was in the same clothes — no accidents!

It was a huge breakthrough, as she has the pee thing down pat.  The poop thing, well that continues to elude her.  As an example, yesterday we went to Lake Tahoe with my brother and his family.  I’d be lounging on the beach relaxing when Little Miss would announce, “I poop on the potty!”  So, I’d pretend to be excited, would get up, and walk the 300 yards (of sand, mind you), I’d strip down her swimsuit, put her on the toilet, and nothing would happen…  So then I’d get her dressed, walk her back to the beach, would sit down to relax, and then she’d announce, “I poop on the potty!”

And the whole process would repeat.  I swear we did this five times at the beach, and the last time, I put her in a diaper, as I was sick of this game.  When we got home, she announced again, “I poop on the potty”, so we went to the potty, took off the diaper…  And nothing happened…  I then tried to put a diaper back on her (because she’d been talking about poop for 2 hours, I knew it was coming), but she ran from me screaming “no diaper”, and she ran up the stairs.  Not two minutes later, she proclaims, “I poop”, and a huge turd dropped down onto my stairs.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrggh.  I don’t think I’ve ever talked about poop this much on my blog, but well, I thought my readers would get a good laugh out of my predicament. 

Anyway, we had a lovely date night on Friday, including all you can eat sushi (and I ATE), and then we went to the KT Tunstall concert.  KT rocked the house, and JB and I didn’t even bother finding our seats, as we found space at the back with a much better view, and we danced the whole time.  I especially loved hearing the song that makes me think of Little Miss, Suddenly I See

Have a great week!

Women’s 10K Open Water Swim

20 Aug

OK, admittedly after watching this, open water swimming doesn’t make for the best TV.  BUT, watching the Olympic open water swim is good on your computer, as you can jump through to the good parts really easily.

This is for any of you nutty people like me that are interested in watching the women’s 10K Open Water Swimming event.

View the video on MSN

Off To A Bad Start

19 Aug

I’m a bit perturbed that Open Water Swimming (i.e. the Marathon Swim) isn’t getting more coverage.  You really have to dig to find info on it on the official Olympics site.  I believe the event takes place on Wednesday, but from what I can find online, coverage will be minimal, and it probably won’t be on TV.  Bummer. 

Anyway, I saw this picture from the triathlon, and it cracked me up.  I would caption this photo as “Off To A Bad Start”, as I think the guy with the 50HKG cap on must have been taking a nap when the gun went off. 

Off To A Bad Start

Off To A Bad Start

I Heart Michael Phelps

19 Aug

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I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed watching the Olympic swimming this past week.  I’m blessed with a husband who also enjoys watching swimming, so we watched together with baited breath, and constantly rewinded to see different techniques that we saw.  I have to admit I’ve developed a swimmer’s crush on Michael Phelps.  Not only is he an amazing swimmer, but he has a great laid back personality with a ton of humility and sportsmanship.  It’s already evident that he has brought the sport of swimming to new levels of respect.  Non-swimmers watched him avidly, and swim teams across the nation are seeing an influx of interest.  I even found renewed interest in myself to get back into swimming and hone my technique. 

I enjoyed watching all of the US team, and especially liked Natalie Couglin as well.  I’m sad that there is no more swimming to be seen (probably for another 4 years unfortunately), but I do look forward to catching the open water swim highlights on TV. 

I signed Little Miss up for swim lessons this week.  She has been what I call “God’s practical joke” when it comes to swimming, as it is my favorite sport in which I taught swim lessons for 7 years and coached for 3 years, but my toughest pupil yet is in my own daughter.  She is “cautious” (i.e. wimpy) in the water, and I’ve spent countless hours working with her, but I’m to the point where I’m sick of dealing with her extreme caution, and I think that some peer involvment would help her get over her issues. 

Anyway, congratulations to Michael Phelps, whom I call Phelpsy in our household.  I’m so proud of him, and look forward to seeing what he will continue to do in growing US Swimming.

Back from an Awesome Camping Trip

19 Aug

We had one of the best camping trips of my life this past week at Lake Almanor in California.  My brother and sister in law had scoped out a primo group camp site, where 21 of us were camping.  It was secluded, with our campsites being nestled in the evergreens, but with the beach only a 50 yard walk, and stunning views from our site.

We used our new-to-us (thanks G&J) pop up camper, which I just love.  Most people in our group had kids, and Little Miss was entertained the whole time by the other kids, but namely her two cousins.  Since we had a secluded group spot, the kids could roam from camper to camper, and we all kept an eye out for all of the kids.  Little Miss got her first ride on a waterski boat (yeah, she hated it), but I did get her in the lake water a bit. 

We saw amazing sunsets every night, and I took my kayak out every day (many times with a kid in my lap).  On Saturday, I did a REALLY long open water swim, which I estimate was between 2.5 and 3 miles (I was gone about 1 hour 40 min).  I also managed to get friction burn from my suit, which apparently got infected by the lake water, so now I’m treating my infected armpit (yum) with antibiotic cream.  (Sorry, that may be too much information, but I find it funny that I have an infected armpit).

I also got to take my road bike out for a long ride, and they have an awesome bike path that goes around the lake.  I got to try out my new bike shoes and pedals, and they worked great!

So thanks to my brother and sister-in-law for arranging this awesome trip.  I’m now scrambling to find one more open weekend before the weather turns cool that we can go camping again!

Here are my pictures…  I somehow didn’t manage to get any pics of my youngest niece, but I guess that’s because Little Miss was hanging out with the older one the whole time.

All Politicians Are Jerks

8 Aug

John Edwards has admitted to having an affair while his wife was undergoing cancer treatments.

Excuse me?!  He did that to the woman that stood by him and helped him campaign in the midst of her own personal health crisis?!  To the mother of his children, WHILE SHE WAS BATTLING CANCER?!

Is it a prerequisite now-days for politicians to be first class A-holes and idiots?!  And I actually thought he was one of the few good guys in Washington. 

I’d like to think that if I was diagnosed with cancer that my husband would take care of me and also take care of the children, and NOT go sleep with another woman and possibly have fathered a child with her!

This news angers me on so many levels.  I remember questioning his character when he decided to keep running for president despite his wife’s dire diagnosis of most likely terminal cancer.  I remember being in awe that she would continue to step up and represent him despite that diagnosis.  And for him to go off and screw another woman during that time is completely inexcusable to me.

44 Things About Me

7 Aug

This kept me conscious while in a really long, boring meeting:

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6am so that I could take a 45 minute walk before work.
2. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds – like the sparkle, feel guilty for the way they are harvested
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?  Sex and the City, seen with like 30 women from work.  So fun!
4. What are your favorite TV shows? Grey’s Anatomy, ‘Til Death (which has a scary depiction of our marriage), The Office, Scrubs, Sex and the City, John and Kate Plus Eight
5. What did you have for breakfast this morning? Protein shake, with V8 juice for a mid morning snack (I’m in phase 1 of the South Beach Diet)
6. What is your middle name? Lynnette.  No, seriously, it is.
7. What is your favorite cuisine?  Perhaps New Mexican, simply because of my limited access to it.  But I enjoy Indian, Thai, and sushi
8. What foods do you dislike? There aren’t many, and that is my problem.
9. Favorite chips? Soy Chips
10. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Aren’t CDs passé?  I listen to internet radio (Pandora.com) with the Frank Sinatra station
11. What kind of car do you drive?  2007 Toyota RAV-4 (i.e. my Mom car).  And yes, I still miss my 2000 Trans Am Ram Air (sniff)
12. What is your favorite sandwich? Winter’s Best bread with ham, cheese, avocado, onion and green chili
13. What characteristics do you despise? Being deceptive or selfish.
14. What are your favorite clothes? Pajamas, shorts, jeans
15. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation? I’ve been wanting a nice beach vacation for years…  One with tropical blue waters, white sandy beaches…  And after I get that, I’d like to go to the South of France and perhaps Spain.  But I don’t envision taking Little Miss on a trip like that, nor do I want to leave her for that long, so Europe will have to wait.

16. What’s your favorite brand of clothing? I’m not really into brands.  Right now, I’m enjoying my clothes from Banana Republic, J Jill, Anne Taylor and Talbots.
17. Where would you want to retire?  I wouldn’t mind retiring in Reno or a place like Reno.  I need access to the great outdoors as well as an established city with plenty of things to do.

18. Favorite time of day?  Snuggle time with Little Miss right before she goes to sleep.

19. Where were you born? Nuevo Mexico.  The new one, not the old one.   Did anyone see the reference on the show Las Vegas to New Mexico?  The character Samantha said, “not everything new is good.  Look at New Mexico.”  Ouch, that one stung.

 20. What is your favorite sport to watch? Swimming.  I know, I’m a freak.  Can’t wait to watch Michael Phelps and Dara Torres in the Olympics!

21. Pepsi or Coke? Diet Coke

22. Beavers or ducks? Ducks  (we’re rather partial to ducks in our household)

23. Are you a morning person or a night owl? I’d love to be a night owl, but motherhood prevents that. 

24. Pedicure or manicure? Pedicure – manicures never last.

25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share?  Just heard the possibility of a business trip to Barcelona in the Fall (not holding my breath on that one).

 26. What did you want to be when you were little? An exotic dancer.  Really – I thought it meant a “fancy” dancer.  Then I wanted to be a writer…  A dream still unfulfilled.

 27. What is your best childhood memory? Wow, just one?  Well, I’d like to say Christmas mornings

 28. Piercing? Just one in each ear.

 29. Ever been to Africa ? NO

 30. Ever been toilet papering? Ah, this was quite the pass-time in middle school and high school.  I used to regularly TP and fork the lawn of my big crush, whom I later learned was the next door neighbor of my siter-in-law

 31. Been in a car accident? Yes.  I was the passenger in a car that was hit by a UPS truck.  Now that was riveting!

 32. Favorite Day of the week? Saturday

 33. Favorite restaurant? Country Gourmet in the Bay Area.  They have generous portions of delicious and healthy food, no corkage fees, and an entire play area for kids in the back room.

 34. Favorite Flower? Hard to pick just one…  I like red roses, as they make me think of my wedding, daisies, as they make me think of my Mom, and the Stargazer Lilly because they smell so darn good.

 35. Favorite Ice Cream? Cake batter

 36. Favorite fast food restaurant? QDoba

 37. How many times did you fail your drivers test? 0

 38. From whom did you get your last email? Crap, I receive hundreds of emails a day, so there is no such thing as a last email.

 39. In which stores would you choose to max out your Credit card? None.  I’ve never maxed out a credit card, and don’t plan on doing that.  I’m just not that into shopping.

 40. Bedtime? 11 ish usually

 41. Last person you went to dinner with? JB – went to Rapscallion to celebrate his bday.

 42. What are you listening to right now? Blah blah blah blah blah blah

 43. What is your favorite color? Red

 44. How many tattoos do you have?  None.  Never found a symbol I thought would last me a lifetime.   Just can’t think of anything I’d want on my body when I’m eighty.

 

You Go, Girl!

7 Aug

I love the summer Olympics, as it’s one of the only times I get to watch swimming on TV (one of the only sports I actually like to watch on TV).  This year, I’m rooting for Dara Torres, the 41 year old mother competing against a bunch of teenagers.  I think it is so awesome to see her be competitive against girls young enough to be her daughters!

And of course, I’ll be waching my Phelpsy (Michael Phelps).  Not really a fan of the Mark Spitz mustache he’s sporting, but I do like why he is sporting it, as he aims to break Mark Spitz’s record of 8 gold medals!  Plus, he’s not hard on the eyes!

Shrimp Gazpacho

5 Aug

I’ve been making shrimp gazpacho lately, and it is not only extremely healthy and easy to make but YUM.  It leaves me feeling totally satisfied, and packs a healthy punch! 

Here is the recipe:

Drop the following cleaned veggies and seasonings into a blender:

3-4 vine ripened tomatos

3-4 cloves garlic

1 yellow onion

2 small cans V8 vegetable juice

2T olive oil

splash Tobasco

splash white wine vinegar

pepper/salt to taste

Then, add a cut up cucumber, cut up bell pepper, and 1.5-2 cups salad shrimp

The Romantic Getaway that Didn’t Happen

5 Aug

This weekend, I did the best birthday surprise ever for JB.  It completely blew his mind!  I told him we were going somewhere on an overnight trip.  I told him to pack all kinds of random things, including swim fins, a dress shirt, goggles, running shoes, etc.  I didn’t let on until we pulled into the long term parking at the airport that we weren’t actually going anywhere, but that we were going to pick someone up.

You should have seen his reaction.  It was hilarious.  I then called the surprise guest, JB’s best friend Jon, and Jon answered the phone saying, “the eagle has landed”.  I marched JB to the bag claim area, and then just told him to keep an eye out for people he recognized. 

My husband had perma-grin all weekend.  And not only did he get time with Jon, but he got to go to the Steely Dan  concert that he has been drooling over for weeks.  In fact, at one point last week, he asked if he really had to go on the surprise trip, as he wanted to go to this concert.  It made things all the sweeter that Jon and JB had been Steely Dan fans together in their college days.

Before the concert, we went out to eat at Cabo Wabo’s in South Lake Tahoe.  The concert was really good (very interesting people watching as well).  I hate to admit that I only knew 2 songs, but I guess that’s because the band was popular in the 70s, and well, I don’t have much memory of the 70s. 

Afterwards, we went out to Cabo Wabo’s for the bar scene, and they had an awesome cover band that had me dancing like crazy as the boys hung out.  There were bachelorette parties amuck in there, and I have decided that the next bachelorette party I throw will need to be there. 

Sunday, the boys recovered most of the day while I hung out with Little Miss.  I was on low sleep as well, but didn’t have the hangover issue that they did.  Little Miss got to spend time at her cousins’ house, so she was thrilled.  Next weekend, it’s my turn to watch her cousins, which I can’t complain, because babysitters are flipping expensive, and there aren’t three little girls I’d rather hang out with than my nieces and daughter.

On a side note, congrats to my brother G, who finished second overall and first in his age-group in the Vineman AquaBike race over the weekend.  This nutty event is like an Ironman without the marathon run, including a 2.4 mile swim and a 112 mile bike.  His athletic prowess never ceases to amaze me.  Thanks for being so selfish with those athletic genes, bro!

Out of the Mouth Of Babes

1 Aug

It was pure bliss to be reunited with my girl when she woke up this morning.  While she was eating breakfast, she turned to me and said, “Mommy, you had to go see attle!”

It was too cute.

Got home last night at 10:30, and am a walking zombie today.  Luckily, there are fun plans for the weekend to do a belated celebration of JB’s birthday!