Sunday, September 19, 2010


I had no idea that running long distances would make me so emotional. The last few weekends while running, I have found myself becoming tearful to songs that I had heard a thousand times. Then, yesterday after finishing 21 miles, I was laying on the floor stretching when this commercial came on:

I cried uncontrollably for 5 minutes. It felt good and scary at the same time. Crazy stuff....

I actually abandoned my dreams of a new toyota 4x4 truck and felt the need to drive an electric car. Great marketing campaign!

Friday, September 17, 2010

technical difficulties

You know when you lose something, but you know you shouldn't have, and if you just looked in that one place where you put the item you are looking for, all your problems will be solved??? The last week, the computer cable to my Mom's little camera has been this item. I have been carrying around this little camera for the last week and wanted to download pics, but couldn't.... I was, instead, reminded that I have memory issues and it is a good thing that I'm dedicating my career to helping other people who 'can't remember'..... SO FRUSTRATING I tell you!

Even though I only wanted a few pictures, I found a solution for my picture debacle. I remembered that at my county job we have memory card slots. I was able to access the photos that way and now I can table my memory anxiety for a while.

I have snapshots from a few random events. What I should say is that last weekend was pretty awesome! It started out on friday with amazing electrical updates to my basement (great but pricey!), a relaxing Friday night, 19 miles on Saturday morning, afternoon chiro visit, power nap, Ray LaMontagne/David Gray @ Edgefield(IheartRAY), and bbq with friends on Sunday. My photos are pretty random, but fun.

I was playing with the settings on my Mom's camera and found these roses. This picture reminds me of the 'purinto kurabu', which is the Japanese translation for 'print club'. When I lived there, holy cow 12 years ago, all my Japanese friends were obsessed with these picture stickers. Naturally I became obsessed too. It was fun!

Last Friday night, Erica and I had a last minute trip to Ikea and Target. The Oscar Meyer Weinermobile was in the Target parking lot.


Now to the highlight of the entire weekend. Betty and I bought tickets ages ago to see Ray LaMontagne and David Gray. First off, let me explain that I love, no, I'm in love with Ray LaMontagne. His voice is like a good massage, or the sleep you get after the first alarm beeps in the morning, or your Mom's favorite dish.... He is good stuff, and in person he is even better. The entire time I was listening to him, I was thinking "I will never miss a performance that is within driving distance". I think he just bumped up there right next to Brandi Carlile. This will be costly, but oh-so-worth-it!

Betty Loves David, so this was a perfect concert for us both!

These are actually pics from an Oregon State Rally downtown today.

At lunch I walked over to the square with my friend Jesse. He was wearing his University of Oregon stuff and submerged himself into the sea of orange... It was fun to be around University stuff, but I was definitely missing my Cougs.

Here is a pic of Coach Riley. The very day I moved to Corvallis, I was at a restaurant after a long day of moving and he walked by me and made a nice comment about my hat or a shirt or something I was wearing(bad memory again...). My friend Jamie was with me and he is a big college football fan. He hit me on the shoulder and said that Mike Riley just talked to me! I had no idea who that was at the time, but was excited after hearing that he was the big wig football coach! So Mike and I are like best friends, although he didn't recognize me today. I think it's because I was wearing a dress?

TGIF. I'm looking forward to a relaxing evening and hoping to get 20 miles done tomorrow morning. I have had a sinusy headache for the last couple of days, and hoping that the massage I scheduled for tomorrow afternoon will entice tomorrow morning. It's also going to rain tomorrow, so I will have a lot working against me. I'm hoping that my stubbornness will get me through tomorrow.

Cheers to the weekend!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

It definitely felt like labor day weekend! I got sooooo much work done! I'm exhausted, but completely satisfied. I did a little bit of everything today and this weekend. I got some major errands accomplished, attended a bday party, mowed my lawn, ran/walk 16 miles(what was I thinking signing up for the pdx marathon?), primed my kitchen cabinets, primed half the walls in the basement, vacuumed and swept the entire house, enjoyed a few beverages with my neighbors, dusted(I never dust!), cleaned the kitchen, got my home office space almost organized, harvested fruits and veggies and made meals with them, cleaned the litter box 3 times(who knew having 2 cats would be so crappy?), laundry of course and I worked on my room. I love a clean bedroom. I went to Ikea and picked up some tealights, and a few little decorative things that have turned my room into my own little paradise. I'm ready to climb into my clean sheets and sleep hard before waking up to reality tomorrow. Isn't it crazy how a clean house makes going back to work a little bit easier? It was a good weekend-

I tried to capture the awesomeness of my clean room, but I need a wide angle lens. Good night all!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Happy Belated Mom's Day!

Last weekend the family finally gathered to deliver Mom's big belated Mother's day present. We had promised her that we would clean up her yard, since it was starting to take on a life of it's own.

Even Grandma chipped in.

This is my 91 year old Grandma Junette raking piles in the backyard. Yep, that's my Grandma!

Megan learning how to mow with the riding mower. After about 37 minutes she stopped with the figure eights and started a more organized pattern. Did I mention that she sang to herself for at least 45 minutes while she was mowing? I thought as she got older she would look and be less like me, but I was wrong. She still looks like me and she is nutty like myself.... poor girl!

We waged a war on this very large, out of control, bush in the backyard. Christian and I started trimming, but it soon became evident that it needed to go all together.

Starting to go...

and after a few tries, it was gone!

Now you can see the other side of the yard! It looks so much better.

After several hours of work, we all went to my sister's for some delicious food. My sister is so considerate. I haven't eaten beef for at least 15 years. This is really conflictual since the rest of my family (especially the siblings) love a huge piece of bleeding meat. GROSS! But what I was saying was that my wonderful sister and brother always have special chicken or something in addition so I always have an equally delicious meal. Thank you guys for that!

My Grandma enjoying a refreshing grape flavored Smirnoff Ice beverage.

Mathew is growing up so fast. The baby has left the building. Now we have a little man. He is soooooooo cute!

The food was delicious! Especially after a long, hard day in the yard! Thanks Carrie and Darren!

My oldest nephew is 17 (I'm shedding a tear right now) and this is his room. What you are looking at is a projection of his video game. The entire north wall of his bedroom is used to play video games and watch TV. Seriously??? The TV in my living room was donated and has no remote control. This set-up is fit for royalty! The character that he is 'playing' just jumped off a cliff and is skydiving. The whole set-up and game is surreal and it made me feel about 150 years old. Very cool graphics, although I can safely say the real thing is much cooler!

Usually I'm the cheeseball in the pic, but Will always gives me a run for my money!

This is my sister's new hot tub and backyard paradise. It was so nice to put my old bones in the hot tub after a long day of work. What I don't have pics of is my brother and myself, the following day, power-washing Mom's roof. It was a very productive weekend and felt great to get Mom's yard into shape!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

september 1st

On a walk with Baby and this is what I found:

Fall must be here!