Archive | September, 2008

I Was Part of A World Record

26 Sep

Forgot to mention that I was part of the Paper Airplane world record attempt last week at our company meeting.  Here is the video:

http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&vid=98b8ba55-1871-44b0-b6df-93728553935e&playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:df102345-4270-41be-8a0d-c6b284aeced7%2Cda433e86-d5c2-4aac-98d7-837bdf821338%2Cd5496c16-f63d-450c-9a98-1b739b5051f1&from=MSNHP&tab=m137&GT1=42003

Random Thoughts for a Friday

26 Sep

Sorry I’ve been mum this week.  I’ve started 3 posts and then aborted when I got pulled in another direction…  Here are my random thoughts today:

1.  Got my hair cut yesterday…  As typical, I raced across town after getting off work at 5 for a 5:15 appointment, and then had my hair dresser do a rush 20 minute cut so that I could get back across town by 6 to pick up Little Miss.  In the rush of things, she asked if I wanted the same cut as last time (3 months ago), and I said yes.  Evidently, she remembered cutting my hair WAY shorter than reality.  Totally unintentially, I now have officially short hair.  It’s like an inch long in the back, which is freaking me out a bit.  This morning, Little Miss was playing with my hair, and said, “Mommy got a hair cut.  You look like a Mom.”  And I had to cringe.  Is my 2 year old telling me I now have the stereotypical “Mom Cut”?!  The growing out starts today…

2. I received a new CD in the mail yesterday that I am totally digging.  It is Bossa And Roses, and they do remakes of popular 80s songs into a really chill, groovy sound.  I discovered them in an airport gift shop in Seattle, where I had to just stand in the store to hear more of the CD.  The store wanted $24 for the CD.  Got it off Amazon for $8.  I heart Amazon.

3.  I did my 8K last weekend, and was proud to have met my two goals of running the entire race (no stopping or walking) and a time under 1 hour.  I was walking on air afterwards, starting to contemplate a half marathon…  That is until I got the race results, and I placed 998th.  *cringe* 

4.  We went to Tahoe last weekend to get one last swim in there, as the water temp is dropping fast.  We showed up Sunday afternoon, and the water was the roughest I had ever seen it, complete with white caps and what seemed like 10 foot waves.  We donned wet suits (alternating to stay with Little Miss), and I fought those waves for a mere 20 minutes before giving up.  The water would pull back, exposing huge rocks below, and then the waves would crash down and send you sailing…  As I was swimming, a thought crossed my mind that these are the types of situations where people DIE, and I made the smart choice to head back to shore and my sweet little family.  Farewell, dear Tahoe.  I’ll swim in you again next year.

4.  For my birthday, JB gave me a book about an open water swimmer, Swimming To Antartica by Lynn Cox.  After watching the open water swimming event in the Olympics, I had doubts that the book would be interesting, but I’ve found it fascinating.  The author would look for swims that hadn’t been done, and would swim with no wet suit for long distances (over 20 miles), and sometimes shorter distances in 34 degree water past iceburgs and breaking ice with her strokes.  Makes my open water swimming jaunts seem like child’s play.  (But did inspire me to hop right into Tahoe and brave those waves last weekend).

5.  I’m lizard sitting this weekend for a 2 month old bearded dragon named Yoda.  Must go over and feed it 10 crickets.  That should be interesting!

6.  No real plans for the weekend.  It is beautiful weather here, and am hoping to get in a swim or bike ride (with Little Miss’s new trailer attached to my road bike).  Oh yeah, and some extra sleep.  That’s always nice.

Ciao!

Picture of a Girl Who Didn’t Eat Her Dinner, and then Didn’t Get Dessert

23 Sep

Compatibility View

22 Sep

Nice…  So IE8 has a “compatability view”, which enables me to write on my blog in WordPress while in IE8.

Get on Your Feet

20 Sep

Fun.  I upgraded to Internet Explore 8 Beta, and although it is really cool, it doesn’t work with Word Press yet, as Word Press won’t become compliant until it is in its final release…  So off to downgrade I go (typing this on my home PC with IE7), as I can’t blog from my work PC now.

I went to Seattle for a day trip yesterday for our company meeting.  This wasn’t just any meeting, people.  It was attended by 20,500 people, was at Safeco Field in Seattle, was hosted by Dwight from the Office (aka Rainn Wilson), featured pyrotechnics and break dancers, and the grand finale was our CEO running around like a mad man and getting a reception fit for a rock star.  (He and that video just make me smile…  Such a contrast to the up-tight CEO I was used to at General Motors.)

Yeah, I work for a pretty cool company.  I’m a PC. (Did you see the new ad campaign?)

Anyway, tomorrow is my first running race of the season — the 8K Journal Jog (4.9 miles).  The packet pickup was insane tonight, so I’m anticipating a ton of people.  Fingers crossed that it goes well!

I Should Have Known Better

15 Sep

I was trying to come up with an image to include in a meeting invite for a Post-Mortem meeting. I should have known better than to do an image search for post mortem. The results are just plain disturbing

Joys of Working in a Cubicle Environment

15 Sep

You share a lot with people when you work in cubicles. Sometimes too much.

About 20 feet from me sits a guy we all have dubbed Nose Blower Guy (NBG for short). About once every 30 minutes, he blows his nose so loud, so HONKINGLY loud, that it literally makes me shudder. It is disgusting (as he just did it again, timing is uncanny). There are at least 10 of my office mates that talk about him — he bothers us all. It is distracting and gross.

Problem is none of us really KNOW the guy, so we don’t feel comfortable talking to him about this annoying habit. So, one of my friends asked his boss to intervene. That didn’t work. Last week, another friend kidnapped his tissue box (which she put on my desk for some reason, and I’m afraid to touch it), and in its place, left a note saying, “please blow your nose in the restroom. thanks!”

That didn’t work. Now we’re debating new tactics. I know, it’s strange, but I tell you, you hear about 5 people groan each time he does it, and the man is oblivious, and keeps honking his nose as LOUD and as often as he can.

A friend of mine has a guy she calls the “nose whistler” sitting on the other side of her cube wall. It bugs her like Chinese water torture. Luckily, I am able to block that noise out with headphones, but the Nose Blower Guy, well, he comes through loud and clear, no matter how loud I have my music cranked up.

Anyone else have a good shared workspace story to share?

My Kind of Fairy Tale

15 Sep

We’ve been reading Little Miss fairy tales lately, but this one is more up my alley.

This is Wrong on So Many Levels

15 Sep

In our paper this weekend was an article about a 22 year-old woman who is auctioning off her virginity in order to pay for student loans.  The “deed” will be done at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch here in Nevada.

I can’t tell you how much this disturbs me.  She is flaunting that she’ll be a “prostitute for a day”, and trying to get publicity through Howard Stern, and Good Morning America (good luck getting on the morning show I say). 

It’s just wrong.  Virginity is a special gift to give to someone you love, not to auction to the highest (not to mention freaky and perverted) bidder.

Here is a link to the article.

Oh, and as I was searching online for the link to this article, I found another mention of an 18 year-old who has already auctioned off her virginity.  An exerpt from that article:

“Reid revealed the highest bidder was a divorced 44-year-old BT engineer and father of two. He offered a staggering $20,500 for her ‘services’.

Reid admitted the experience was “horrible” but blessedly brief. “It was horrible. . . I felt nervous and scared,” she said.”

That is just sick. You know who I feel sorry for in these situations? The girls’ parents. I can’t imagine how heart broken (not to mention disgusted) my parents would have been if I had pulled such a stunt. Haven’t these girls heard of getting jobs?! Or perhaps choosing a less expensive university instead of selling their souls?!

More Pictures

15 Sep

Here are the pictures from our trip to Mammoth over Labor Day weekend.  Enjoy!

Human Bowling ROCKS

12 Sep

Just got my hands on pics of me doing Human Bowling at the company picnic last month.  Basically, you get strapped in this metal framed ball, and then two guys heave-ho you towards some life sized pins.  OMG, IT IS SO FUN!!!!!!

Folsom International Triathlon Pics

12 Sep

Here are my pics from last weekend:

You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me

11 Sep

High heeled shoes for infants.

I’m shaking my head on this one.  I hate high heels, and feel like we need to abolish them once and for all — NOT start having babies wear them!

The Way To My Heart

10 Sep

Said by Little Miss tonight as I was rocking her before bed:

“You’re my best friend.”

*sniff*  It doesn’t get any better than that.  It almost made all of the whining and tantrums she dealt out this evening erase from my memory.  Almost…

Run, Run as Fast as You Can!

9 Sep

I don’t know what it is about the Reno area, but all of the cool run races are jam packed within about three weeks of each other.  I’m working up to meet my New Year’s Resolution goal of completing a 10K…  Next weekend, JB and I will be doing the 8K Journal Jog.  I might be smoking crack, as I signed up in the Jogging Stroller division, as I thought it’d be a cool family outing.  Problem is Little Miss hasn’t sat in a stroller in about a year.  I think I’ll be able to bribe her to stay in the stroller, and am hoping that the excitement of the race will keep her distracted. 

The Race for the Cure is Oct. 5 (a weekend when my parents are in town, and I’ll be seeing if I can convince them to participate), and then my final hurrah, the Run For Education 10K will be October 19.  Phew!  That’s a lot of races over the course of a month. 

Training is going well.  My only nemesis right now is the blister that keeps cropping up on my right foot…  Anyone have suggestions for preventing blisters?  I at first thought my problem was the shoes, so I bought new shoes, and am still getting a blister in the same spot on the arch of my foot.

Speaking of blisters, my brother did his 10K run in the triathlon on Sunday without socks, and his feet were covered with blisters.  He powered through, and it didn’t seem to slow him down.  Me, on the other hand, I’m a wimp when it comes to blisters!

Loving my New HP This Morning

8 Sep

Back in the office after yet another weekend on the road…  But at least this morning I was granted the gift of a new computer, which so far has made me very happy!  I now have a HP Compaq 8510p, as I was on the verge of chucking my Toshiba Portege off the roof with its poor performance on Vista.

Anyway, this past weekend we went to Folsom, where my brother and JB competed in the Folsom International Triathlon.  The guys didn’t fail to impress me, both with second place finishes in their divisions.  My nephews even escorted JB to the finish line, running along side him. 

Last weekend, we were in Mammoth, where I got to go kayaking, trail running and road biking.  I even got to take Little Miss on a real horseback ride.  I have a ton of pics to post, so I hope to get that done this week…

Ciao!

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

5 Sep

Said last night, after 3 successful poops in the potty:

“I poop on my leg.”

So as there has been significant improvement, we’re still learning!

Don’t Mistake Palin for Women’s Lib

2 Sep

Along with the rest of the nation, I was shocked with McCain’s choice of a woman, a relatively unkown woman, for VP. As I research more about her, I am appalled by what the election of her and McCain would mean for women’s rights, science and democracy.  I believe that McCain chose her to capture womens’ votes, but to fellow women, I say beware…

This article excerpt sums it up:

“A significant part of Palin’s base of support lies among social and Christian conservatives. Her positions on social issues emerged slowly during the campaign: on abortion (should be banned for anything other than saving the life of the mother), stem cell research (opposed), physician-assisted suicide (opposed), creationism (should be discussed in schools), state health benefits for same-sex partners (opposed, and supports a constitutional amendment to bar them).”

And here are my thoughts on those issues:

Abortion — A highly charged topic, it is my belief that it is a woman’s right to choose what is right for her and her own body.  Although I have religious beliefs that would prevent me from choosing an abortion, it is MY RIGHT to make that choice.  This topic crosses heavily over into religion, and I firmly believe that we should maintain separation of church and state.  I also cringe at the implication to women’s rights if Roe vs. Wade is overturned.  As has happened in history, when abortions are outlawed, illegal operations crop up, which can severely compromise a woman’s health (if not kill her).  Pregnancy is a huge responsibility, in which you can really screw up a fetus/baby if you are not completely bought in to the process — via drugs, unhealthy eating, smoking, alcohol, etc.  Why do we want to force those types of people to carry out an unwanted pregnancy?!  This country was founded on religious freedom, so we should preserve the right for people with different beliefs to make their own decisions.  Especially in situations where the mother’s health or life could be compromised by a pregnancy, I say back off politicians and let the doctors make the decisions!

Stem cell research — In my opinion, this is another instance where the religious views of politicians are getting in the way of science.  I don’t understand why we cannot use the cells from embryos left over from fertility treatments that are set to be destroyed anyway.  Once you have known someone that is impacted by an infliction that could benefit from stem cell research, you see first hand how frustrating it is that politicians are impeding the progress.  I’ve had two very good friends that were paralyzed — one paraplegic and one quadriplegic.  For my friend, Heidi Van Arnem (please go read about her), that was a quadriplegic, it is too late to improve her life with stem cell research because she died at age 36 from complications due to her paralysis.  I worked with the disability community during my tenure at General Motors, and to hear first hand from these people about the great implications of stem cell research, I just don’t understand why we would choose to protect cells from embryos that would be destroyed anyway over the health improvement implications for existing people already struggling with disabilities.  At least McCain isn’t outwardly opposed to stem cell research, as he is quoted as saying, ““This is a tough issue for those of us in the pro-life community. I would remind you that these stem cells are either going to be discarded or perpetually frozen. We need to do what we can to relieve human suffering.”

Physician assisted suicide — I don’t understand why we cannot afford humans the same dignity we offer animals when the pain is just too much.  I have watched one of my grandparents suffer with emphysema, and another with dimensia, and both were fates that I just can’t imagine anyone would want to endure.  Once again, this is a religious decision that politicians are thwarting.  This is a free country.  If I don’t have the religious beliefs to stop me from engaging in physician assisted suicide, what right does Washington have to stop me?  I don’t think I’d personally do this either, but once again, I firmly believe it should be my choice.

Same sex marriage — The health benefits are tied to the same sex marriage debate.  I say if people want to get married and follow the same laws and ties of marriage, then so be it.  If they then choose to get divorced, they will then have to endure the same trials as any heterosexual couple.  Once again, this country was founded on religious tolerance, so I think politicians should stop making the religious judgement that same sex marriage is wrong, and just let people make their own choices and deal with the ramifications that those choices cause.

So, as we face Decision 2008, once again, I find myself choosing to vote for the lesser of two evils.  I’m not convinced either McCain or Obama are the candidates that this country needs.