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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Another Note: PB & J

I tried the PB & J before the run on Saturday. It was fine except that I'm very very sensitive that time of morning about what I like and what I don't like. So, the bread was too thick. The bread I have needs to go anyway, because it's 110 calories per slice, and that's too much. I can do better than that. Even beyond the calories, it was too thick and could be softer. I do like them mushy, so I need to make them the night before and store them in the fridge so that I can have mushy sandwiches in the morning.

ON NOTICE: Michael Phelps

Race for Our Kids. I ran it last year, I intend to run it this year. This morning, I was still groggy in bed and the TV was on and WJZ was interviewing Micahel Phelps and he was talking about how he was the honorary chairperson of Race for Our Kids this year. I was like "ooo! awesome!" and Davida is having me take pictures this year, so while he was being interviewed I was going over in my head - will he be at the start or the finish? Can I get my photo with him? Can I get him to get in a photo with the entire Galloway group? Especially since I've gotten into swimming lately. Hmmm... And then he said he's not going to be there.

WTF?????????? Why be an honorary chairperson to a race that you're not going to show up to? Is the point that you can go on TV and be a big star? You're not even a frickin' runner, Michael!! Don't be a chairperson of a race and then not go. It's stupid. I feel like I've been ripped off by the whole thing. It's not even a big race, and now his stupid face is splattered all over it and for no real purpose.

Dumb. Michael Phelps, you are ON NOTICE.

Note: I am only leaving 10 on notices on the left bar, so I had to take one off. I'm removing Disney's Magical Express, as everything worked out and they got me there for Easter and I'm happy with them again.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Reviews: A Bunch of Things

Lush's Coolaulin Conditioner - I bought this conditioner specifically for my vacation, hoping to try something that would keep my hair from getting too dry when it's been exposed to unheard of amounts of salt and sun. The end result was that it did indeed work pretty well, but even better, it SMELLED FANTASTIC. Like coconuts, and I've decided to only use this conditioner when on vacation so that the smell will always remind me of being away. :)


The Body Shop Passion Fruit Body Butter - I bought this at the same time that I bought the Satsuma Body Butter, but only tried it yesterday for the first time. I like this one more. It still smells fantastic, but is not so strong. The Satsuma, I've decided, smells too strong, almost to the point where you're like "all right, already. I get it. Tangerines." You know.

Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray - I never liked the pump sprays for suntan lotion, and I bought this one against my will because Target or Giant or wherever I was, they were out of lotion style right before I left on vacation. Well, this stuff ROCKS!! I went to Wal Mart and bought like 5 cans of it. It goes on super easy, protects fine, and it's so easy to get it nice and even. Highly recommended! The only down side is that the can runs out very quickly.


Tri-Berry Nuun - Here we go. After I raved... Nuun tastes somewhere between nasty and awful, but maybe closer to gross. I'm going to keep trying it, at least until I run out. Basically, you can taste the salt that is in it. Saturday for my run, I was preferring water. However, after drinking cold water, the Nuun didn't taste so bad. So, I'm starting to wonder if I should do 2 bottles of water & 2 bottles of Nuun on a long run... I'm going to keep trying it and see if it gets better. I walked up to Kristy Saturday morning and held up my bottle and said "Nuun.." and she said "Yeah, it tastes gross." So, it's not just me.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Caption This

Todd, Lori and Bobby.

Caption this photo...

Running Photos

Running this weekend at Loch Raven.


Karen & Day


Bobby's Group


My girls!! Sue, Kristy & Natalie


Beth, Jess & Kristen

Friday, May 25, 2007

Running

The question was posed to me this morning, "Um, do you actually LIKE running, because I never hear you say 'oh, that was a good run.' You mostly just bitch about it."

Hm. I guess I do.

Honestly, I've had plenty of times when I've loved a run, even long runs. I had a long run last year of maybe 16 miles with Debbie that I loved. I loved the Disney Marathon. But, this shit is HARD. I think this winter I went through a frustration period where the weather sucked, I was running in the dark or on a treadmill, and I was often running alone because Sue, Debra, Kristy, etc had quit for the winter. That was frustrating and not fun at all.

Of course, right now I'm going through another frustration phase where running is more difficult than it was because I've lost my speed and endurance. My lung capacity sucks. And I've got to work to get back up to the "this feels good" level. Plus, I'm really annoyed by my weight right now, and that affects everything. Basically, I'm hating the fact that I have to play catch up with everyone and fight through every hill when I was GOOD at it last year. But, I know I have to just get out there and do it. And that day when I finally get it and I finally am conquering those hills - those are good days.

I'll get back there. I do feel better when I'm running. Running is fun to me when it's not hard. And I love spending time with my running friends.

On that note, with running as a stress reliever, here is a commercial that I love right now (the "Stress Monster" one).

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Where the Green Grass Grows

By Tim McGraw
Happy Memorial Day!! Oh, damn, it's not Friday yet. I've been going through every day this week thinking it's Friday for some reason. Maybe I'm just excited about the Pirate movie. Who knows. Anyway, 24 hours will be Friday afternoon, right? Anyway, here's a song that's in my head...

Six lanes, Taillights.
Red ants marching into the night.
They disappear to the left and right again.
Another supper from a sack,
A ninety-nine cent heart attack.
I got a pounding head and an aching back,
And the camel's buried in a big straw stack.

I'm gonna live where the green grass grows.
Watch my corn pop up in rows.
Every night be tucked in close to you,
Raise our kids where the good Lord's blessed,
Point our rocking chairs towards the west.
And plant our dreams where the peaceful river flows.
Where the green grass grows.

Well I'm from a map dot,
A stop sign on a black top.
I caught the first bus I could hop from there,
But all this glitter is getting dark.
There's concrete growin' in the city park,
I don't know who my neighbors are,
And there's bars on the corners and bars on my heart.

I'm gonna live where the green grass grows,
Watch my corn pop up in rows.
Every night be tucked in close to you,
Raise our kids where the good Lord's blessed,
Point our rocking chairs towards the west.
Plant our dreams where the peaceful river flows.
Where the green grass grows.

I'm gonna live where the green grass grows,
Watch my corn pop up in rows,
Every night be tucked in close to you.
Raise our kids where the good Lord's blessed,
Point our rocking chairs towards the west,
And plant our dreams where the peaceful river flows.
Where the green grass grows.




Wardrobe Update Question: Crocs

Fleet Feet (my running store) is selling these now. What do people honestly think of Crocs?? They seem convenient and comfortable, but not terribly attractive.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Hydration Update & Some Other Stuff

Given easily accessible, cheap as free (not vending machine), good tasting low cal beverage, I'll apparently drink the heck out of it. Whole 32 ounces gone in about an hour. I refilled the bottle and put it back in the freezer, and I'll have another herbal tea while I'm waiting for it to chill. I do have to pee, though, which I've learned in the past is the downside of hydration.

Also, while eating my turkey sammich, I was reading Nancy Clark's Food Guide for Marathoners. Geezie-peezie, but I learned a lot. First, I remain stumped on what I should be eating and what my resting metabolic rate is. How many calories should I be eating a day? Calorie King is recommending a "net" of 1400, meaning that if I don't exercise at all, I should eat 1400 calories per day and if I do exercise, I should eat more calories based on how many I've burned. However, Nancy Clark is recommending that I eat almost 1800 calories a day before I even start including running calories. That seems like a LOT to me.

I'm trying to reconcile these, and I think I've decided to start with 1500 calories and then slowly increase throughout the season as mileage increases until I'm up to the recommended 1800 calories. Do you KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?? On my longest run days, I'll be eating in the neighborhood of 5000 calories in a day. Yeah, right. I'd have to live at Cheesecake Factory for that. More likely, I'll be splitting those calories up into 2-3 "recovery" days where I'm eating more. But, I'm learning.

I'm also not eating enough during the daytime, especially on days where I run in the evenings. I kind of knew this, but reading about it really hit home. My breakfasts are usually no more than 120 calories and that needs to change. I need to find a portable easy yummy breakfast that is more like 300 calories, and I need to eat bigger lunches sometimes. There's no excuse for me going home and eating a chocolate sundae at night just to use up my remaining calories. I'd be a lot happier if I ate those calories earlier in the day and had energy for my evening runs. And, I need to start snacking in the afternoons. I shouldn't be running hungry. And I'm always hungry on my evening runs - we run by a pizzeria and it always smells so good.

So, this is more stuff to work on.

Today's Project: Hydration

I finally remembered to bring my water bottle in to work. I used to have access to a fridge filled with Deer Park Water bottles, but I lost the access when I moved to the building I'm in now. Then, I got this ice machine phobia thing* and also my cups started getting really gross. When you're used to bottled water, tap water with no ice tastes nasty. So, today I brought in my big 32 oz water bottle and filled it when I got to work. I put it in the freezer so that I wouldn't need ice. Then, I had my usual herbal tea and by the time it was done, the water was cold. I mixed in 2 Crystal light on the go packets to hopefully kill the nasty tap water taste. So far, so good. The only issue is that the bottle doesn't have a sippy top, so I worry that I'll spill pink crystal light all over my white pants.

Maybe I'll gain some hydration back. I did buy the Nuun caplets last night (in Tri berry flavor), but I haven't actually tasted them yet. I can always bring them in to mix with my water also.

I brought my lunch today instead of eating out, and I had a Lightfull Smoothie for breakfast. I thought I'd discussed Lightfull before, but I couldn't find the review in my archives. I bought two of them from Wegman's back a few months ago (for the record, Wegman's has a wide variety of really unique foods, I just wish they weren't so expensive and crowded). I had the Peaches and Cream smoothie right after buying them, and it made my stomach a little upset, I think because it contained so much fiber. I'm trying again today (they don't expire until June). I really do like them and they do keep me from being hungry, if only I could get past the stomach upset. I'm going to have to start raising my daily calorie intake soon anyway, as the long runs get longer.

*For the record, I don't totally abstain from ice out of ice machines. As a matter of fact, I usually do get ice in my drinks from fast food restaurants. Except I get nervous about Chicken Out in Columbia, where I saw pink mold in the ice machine once. It's just work that really skeeves me out, since I've seen dirt in the ice at two different buildings now, plus once i found a half drank soda buried in one of the ice machines at work (ew) and I just think the ice machines are NEVER cleaned and people put their hands in there and stuff and it just totally grosses me out big time.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Nuun

Doing more research on long runs and what to eat/drink during the runs... I'm REALLY impressed with Nuun. So much so that I just emailed running buddy Kristy about it. Now, I tried Nuun at some runners expo. I don't know if it was Marine Corps or Disney, but I thought it tasted nasty. Keep in mind that I also think Gatorade is nasty if I'm not running (I had a sip in the car the other day and I was like "Ew! This tastes like running!"). However, I hate the taste of water when I'm running (but like it if I'm not).

Doing long runs while drinking gatorade, even if it's diluted, and then eating sport beans, shot bloks or gels means that I get this weird sugary feeling after a few hours. It's what happens if you eat nothing but fruit punch and jelly beans for several hours. Like you need a toothbrush and need it fast. And I don't think all of that sugar is really necessary. So, I was going to dilute my gatorade, but after studying the Nuun FAQ, I'm convinced to give it another try and this time while running. It's like a flavored Succeed! Tablet that you dissolve in water, with very few calories and no sugar so that if I feel I need energy and sugar, I can get it from my food/gels/bloks. Hm... novel concept.

I'm trying it this weekend. I'll report back.

Running & Eating

All day I've been pondering running and eating and the problems that I've had combining the two. Well, I've also been pondering what to have for dinner, but that's another story.

Before the Long Run - Last year, I consistently ate Clif Bars before long runs. That worked out in some ways. I never felt hungry while running, I never felt nauseated, and the bars seemed to give me the appropriate amount of energy. They were easy to grab and go and eat in the car on the drive down, because the last thing I want to do getting up at 4am for a run is prepare breakfast. However, they made me gag. I can't believe that there was a time that I ate Clif bars because I just liked them. I started to dread eating them and towards the end of the season, I couldn't choke down a whole one, I always left a few bites.

I need a solution. The suggestion was made that eggs and wheat toast would give me both protein and complex carbs, but I can't eat them in the car, nor do I want to get up early enough to prepare them. A banana doesn't do it for me - I had a banana before the run on Saturday and I think I had digested it before I'd run a quarter mile (meaning I was hungry for the whole run). So, we're going to try peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on whole wheat. I need to get back into the organic peanut butter, but I think this will give me both simple and complex carbs, plus protein from the peanuts. Easy to prepare (I can prepare them the night before if I don't mind them getting mushy) and I can eat them in the car. We'll see how it goes.

During the run - Last year, I was big on Honey Stingers. Of all of the energy gel products, these are the only brand that don't make gag. I actually enjoy the taste and I don't get the gastrointestinal upset that I get with some other brands. I will be sticking with them, but I think I'm going to mix it up by also trying shot bloks and sport beans. I tried sport beans the night before Marine Corps and they're good!! However, they get a little too sugary for me after a while. I haven't really investigated shot bloks enough because I always felt like they took up too much space. However, I found out that one packet of shot bloks has three servings in it... oops. Anyway, after about 16 or so miles, I start not wanting to eat gel anymore, so I'm hoping that if I have bloks and beans along, I'll actually eat them. I'm also going to start watering down the gatorade some.

After the run - I'm trying to figure out how to handle the spike in appetite and metabolism after a long run. Last year, I just gave in every week, figuring that I'd tortured my body for 4-5 hours, so I'll just let it have what it wants, and it wants a whole pan of brownies. Not good nutrition. I need to read up on this more than anything and I need to have food in the house that I will enjoy but will also be good for me. This is a challenge and I think the biggest obstacle that I have to overcome if I want to lose weight this training season. I'm still working on it. Unlike the other two items, I don't have a solution yet.

Monday, May 21, 2007

I Forgot to Add...

Joanna,

I need to see you post your mileage on your blog.

--Kim

PS. To everyone else - she asked me to do this.

ON NOTICE: Winnie the Pooh Baby Shower Invitations

These little suckers have been a royal PITA to find. I couldn't find the ones I wanted online because I'm looking for current Pooh and not classic Pooh, which is what everyone seems to carry. Then, I visited Wal Mart and Target and Hallmark and I still can't find the damn things. So, today I decided that I'd go to Party City after Chipotle (discuss!) and if I found them, great. Otherwise, I'd just get whatever baby shower invitations they had.

Well, they had the whole current Pooh ensemble - tablecloths, thank you cards, favors, cups, napkins, you name it, they had it. Except that the little thing where the sign said "Invitations" was empty. So, I got Joe HighSchoolerEmployee to help me see if they had them somewhere else, but no. They're out of the stupid invitations. But at least this renewed my interest in finding the damn things. At least I know they really exist.

So, I didn't get the invites and I'm going to find another Party City where they might have some. Bah.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Everything

by Michael Buble
The new album is very good! This is my favorite song from it, and I'm in a good mood today (despite the rain), so these lyrics are appropriate. When I post lyrics, it's usually what I'm feeling anyway...

You’re a falling star
You’re the getaway car
You’re the line in the sand when I go too far
You’re the swimming pool on an August day
You’re the perfect thing to say.

And you play it coy
But it’s kind of cute
When you smile at me, you know exactly what you do
Baby, don’t pretend that you don’t know it’s true
‘Cause you can see it when I look at you.

And in this crazy life
And through these crazy times
It’s you, it’s you
Ya make me sing
Your every line
Your every word
You’re everything.

You’re a carousel
You’re a wishing well
And you light me up when you ring my bell
You’re a mystery
You’re from outerspace
You’re every minute of my every day.

And I can’t believe that you're my man
And I get to kiss ya baby just because I can
Whatever comes our way
We’ll see it through
‘Cause you know that’s what our love can do.

And in this crazy life
And through these crazy times
It’s you, it’s you
Ya make me sing
Your every line
Your every word
You’re everything.

La la la la la la la
La la la la la la la

And in this crazy life
And through these crazy times
It’s you, it’s you
Ya make me sing
Your every line your every word
You’re everything.

Your every song
And I sing along
‘Cause you’re my everything
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la

Series Roundup

The Office - The season finale was not as good as last year. But, still good. Watching Jan crack up was pretty entertaining. The Pam and Jim plotline is getting a bit worn out in my opinion. The best part of the whole episode was the very end with Ryan getting the job. Cracked me up!!

CSI - Excellent season finale episode. I really enjoyed the miniature killer plotline this year.

Heroes - Not over yet, but I absolutely can't wait for Monday's episode. This show has really blown me away this season. I'm not a Lost fan, but my understanding is that Heroes moves faster, which is a relief. Definitely show of the year for me.

24 - I shouldn't write up about 24 because I really didn't watch it this year unless Heroes was on hiatus. However, what little I did see what just too over-dramatic and even without Heroes, I doubt I'd watch it next year.

ER - It's been maybe 4 years now that I've been asking the question Why don't they cancel this show????? I just don't get it. It's miserable, horrible, and painful to watch.

The Tudors - Oh, man. Talk about beautiful people. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is so hot as Henry VIII. He is one of the most beautiful people ever. I missed an episode while on vacation, but I kind of figured out what's going to happen anyway... ;)

Entourage - Dammit, but Todd got me involved in yet another HBO series.

American Idol - Weeks ago, I picked Melinda and the chick from Fort Meade to be the final two. When Melinda was voted off this week, I chose to not watch next week. If the beatbox guy wins, I'm writing Simon a personal letter.


I saw a commercial last night for a new CBS pirate show that is basically Survivor on a boat. Won't be watching that one. Big Love is getting ready to start again, and I guess Todd got me into that one, too. Plus, I'd figure that The Wire will be back on soon also.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Oh, My Goodness, this is funny.

Allison from my Hoobajoob discussion forum posted this. Yes, it's about a dog, but it could so be about The Bug.

This is cut-pasted from a breed specific dog forum I haunt - I laughed so hard, I almost wet myself!

STARVING DOG
Is this familiar to any of you?


Dog: I am starving.
Me: Actually, no. You aren't starving. You get two very good meals a day. And treats. And Other Human fed you extra food while I was gone.
Dog: STARVING.
Me: I saw you get fed not four hours ago! You are not starving.
Dog: Pity me, a sad and tragic creature, for I can barely walk, I am so starving. WOE.
Me: I am now ignoring you.
Dog: STARVING.
Dog: Did you hear me? I am starving.
Dog: Are you seriously ignoring me? Fine.

[There is a pause, during which the dog exits the room in a pointed manner.]

[From the kitchen, there comes a noise like someone is eating a baseball bat.]

Me, yelling: What the hell are you doing?
Me: *makes haste for the kitchen and finds dog there*
Dog: *picks up entire raw sweet potato, which is what was causing the baseball bat noise, and flees for the bedroom*
Me: *chases dog, retrieves most of sweet potato, less the portion which has disappeared into dog's gullet*
Dog: See? STARVING.
Me: ...That can't be good for you. It's a RAW SWEET POTATO.
Dog: I had to do it. I haven't been fed. Ever.
Me: You realize you aren't normal. Normal dogs don't steal raw sweet potatoes.
Dog, sadly: I was badly brought up.
Me: Yes. Yes, you were.
Dog: By people who starved me.
Me: Oh, no. I am not doing this again.
Me: *exits the room, bearing sweet potato*

[There is a pause.]

[There is a noise like someone is trying to eat a baseball bat very very quietly.]

Me: Oh, for the love of GOD.
Me: *heads off to the kitchen*
Dog: I am not eating a raw sweet potato.
Me: You have sweet potato parts all over your snout.
Dog: But you don't actually SEE a raw sweet potato, do you? So maybe that's just - um. A birthmark.
Me: Did you seriously eat a whole sweet potato?
Dog: You don't listen. I told you, I wasn't eating a sweet potato.
Me, searching around fruitlessly: Look. NO MORE SWEET POTATOES.
Me: Oh, what am I saying? This is you we're talking about, here. *goes to hide all the sweet potatoes that are left - which isn't many - in the fridge, because some people cannot be trusted*
Dog: *attempts to look thwarted*
Dog: *does not succeed, because her tail is wagging so hard small cyclones are forming in the kitchen*
Me: *has a very bad feeling about this*

[There is a pause, during which I do not even bother trying to return to what I was doing. I just stand in the computer room, waiting.]

[There is, as I wholly expected, a baseball-bat-eating noise.]

Me, stomping back to the kitchen: OKAY. GIVE ME THE DAMNED SWEET POTATO.
Dog, looking up guiltily: What sweet potato?
Me: THE ONE IN YOUR MOUTH.
Dog: Oh, did you want this? I just, um. Found it. Lying here.
Me: *confiscates the sweet potato and deposits it in the locking trashcan*
Me: Let us say no more about this.
Dog: ...Nooooo! They be stealin' my sweet potato!

[I attempt to remember what I was doing before the sweet potato episode.]

[Some ten minutes later, I succeed, and return to it.]

[NOT ONE MINUTE LATER, I hear a noise with which I have become all too familiar.]

Me, bonking head on desk: Arg.
Me, arriving in kitchen: How did you even get another sweet potato?
Dog, smugly: I have my ways.
Me: Are you punishing me for being away for several days? I was at a FUNERAL, you know. It wasn't FUN.
Dog: How would I know? You didn't take me. You left me here with only one human to look after my needs. One human is NOT ENOUGH.
Me: *shuts dog in bedroom, conducts a sweep of the kitchen to track down all remaining sweet potatoes, wipes up random sweet potato particles from floor, eradicates all traces of sweet potato from house*
Me: *lets dog out*
Dog, sulkily: Oh, so you think you've won.

[I watch her go about her business with the same sense of overwhelming doom that heroines of Victorian novels get when they meet Count Sinistrus Grimblack for the first time.]

[Half an hour later, there is a wetter, juicier eating noise, as though someone was eating a very moist baseball bat.]

Me, wearily: What NOW?
Dog, hunched over the remains of a butternut squash: *says something garbled because her mouth is full*
Me: Okay. Fine.
Me: *stomps over, empties entire vegetable bowl into trash*
Me: WE JUST WON'T HAVE ANY ROOT VEGETABLES ANYMORE. THERE. ARE YOU HAPPY?
Dog: I'm not even remotely sorry. I told you I was hungry. And you went to a funeral without me.
Me: ARRRRRRRRG.

[A half-hour later, there is another baseball-bat-eating noise from the kitchen. The dog, who apparently does not know how to win gracefully, has found another sweet potato, or possibly caused one to materialize from the Rift.]

Me, hauling chewed sweet potato parts from the mouth of a dog very reluctant to part with them: Oh my god how is this my life?
Dog: Don't you think it would just be easier to feed me?
Me: EVERYONE GO TO THE BEDROOM AND STAY THERE. EAT NOTHING.
Dog: Actually, I feel...um...not so good.
Dog: *throws up* *vomit is very bright orange*

[Unfortunate details ensue.]

Some time later:
Me, attempting to rescue something from the wreckage: So. What have we learned from this?
Dog: Sweet potatoes are yummy!
Other Dog, looking thoughtful: I should pay more attention to crunching noises. Sweet potatoes are probably yummy.
Me: I need a lobotomy.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Wardrobe Update: Title Nine / Running Clothes & Shoes

No, I haven't bought anything new. Well, I bought a couple pairs of shoes and a dress and a couple shirts before leaving on vacation, but I didn't write about it here. You can see the dress in my new profile photo, though.

I still need business casual-type clothes. However, it's running season again and I know I'm going to be wanting new running clothes. Or, at least a collection of new socks, maybe some new sports bras, and I'm thinking of getting a new pair of running shoes. I have my pair of New Balance that have never gone longer than about 5 miles at a time. My old Asics really shouldn't be used anymore - they've gone through 2 marathons and quite a few long runs. I'm thinking of replacing the Asics with new Asics and continuing to use the New Balances only for short runs. Regardless, the New Balances will probably go with me on the long run this weekend because I doubt I'll make it into the store to buy the new Asics before then anyway (and they'd need to be broken in for a couple weeks).

I'm trying not to spend that much more money on stuff. I've been all about spending money on clothes lately, and I need to calm down. However, a Title Nine catalog came yesterday. Oh, I like that stuff. Not even just for running, but for yoga or swimming or just wandering around the yard or whatever. I do want a new bathing suit, especially because I intend to start swimming laps within the next couple of weeks (hooray for pool membership!).


Here's a bathing suit I like, but I might be too busty for it...


If I'm too busty for it, this one is nice also...


This bra
is just really cool looking...


I LOVE these capris...


I like a bunch of other stuff in the catalog also, but I need to calm down and not spend all of my money. Priorities.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Nonsense

2/16/2010: Google is removing its "Pages" functionality and replacing it with "Sites."  Sites does not fit my needs as far as integrating into Blogger, so I won't be using it.  At least, right now.  However, they have started allowing "Pages" within Blogger, which is functionality that Wordpress has had for a while and has been sorely missing from Blogger.  I'm converting everything that was once in Pages over to Blogger, either as blog posts or as pages (they have a limit to how many pages they will allow).  So, here is an old post from there.  


Some background:  Before we were together, Todd was dating someone else.  Not much of a surprise, as he is super-hot.  She and I had once been friends, but we'd had a falling out about a year and a half before she and Todd broke up.  However, she still felt like she wanted to be with Todd, and she still felt like I somehow betrayed her by dating Todd - despite the fact that she'd been horrible to me, and we hadn't been on speaking terms in over 18 months.  Looking back now, it seems ridiculous that she thought I'd give up any potential happiness in order to please her.  Anyway, she continued texting, IMing, and emailing Todd for a full year after they broke up.  She followed me on my blog, she forwarded posts around, and she generally acted like a stalker.  She would use the things I wrote about to contact Todd and "prove" that he was somehow a horrible person for being with me.


So, she started stalking a page on Google pages that I hadn't even published yet - she found it  by trolling my web stats, which are now private.  I replaced that page with this one, and here it is, fully preserved.


Sunday, on my way home from vacation, I wrote up my vacation journal in notepad.  Yesterday morning (May 14), I began working on publishing it to this URL.  This URL was not linked to anything.  It was too new for google to have added it to its search engine.  I emailed it to no one, told no one about it.

Yet, I started getting hits from troweprice.com directly to this URL within an hour of beginning to post it and work on it.  How is that possible?  Well, I had web statistics linked from my blog that were available to read and this page had a hit counter on it.  That means that someone from [Domain Redacted] was trolling my webstats, just watching them and waiting for me to post something new.   Hits from [Domain Redacted] started pouring in.

Then, guess what?  More hits directly to this URL from other domains.  [Domain Redacted] was one.  Comcast in Severn was another.  Was this person emailing this link out to people?  Why would she?  Then, a certain person that works for [Company Redacted] started IMing Todd about how he has no imagination, how she thinks we're "pathetic" and I'm a whore.  I want to make it clear that these IMs came in with absolutely no contact from either of us - completely initiated by her. 

They broke up a year ago.  I shouldn't have to hide everything, make my blog private, remove my web stats.  She should move on.  If you are her friend and she emailed you this URL, help her.  I just want her to leave me alone.  I've asked many times and so has Todd.  It hasn't worked.  Bonaire was great, I had a great time.  We went there so that Todd could finally share it with the right person.  It's true - we did a lot of the same things this year that he did last year.  The place was right, the hotel was right, the diving was right... his travel companion last year was what was wrong.  She even admitted in an email to Todd today that last year's trip was a terrible experience.

What she also said was pretty much that she has no intention of stopping the stalking.  As long as I have an internet presence, she will find it and she will read it.  I can try to hide it all I want to, but she will find a way to get at us, to find out what we're doing, and to contact us to share her input.  Forever.  That's a lot of wasted energy, especially for someone who claims to be so happy and better off now.  I ask you... who is the pathetic one?  When I picture her, I see someone so caught up in her hatred that it will eventually destroy her.  She hurts herself by seeking this information out... and there is nothing more I can do if she insists on basking in her own misery.

Seriously, move on.   It will be for the best.

Monday, May 14, 2007

At last!!

It's on Youtube!!

Bonaire 2007

Photos...

NOTE:
Underwater photos copyright Todd Krebs, 2007.  All rights reserved.
Topside photos copyright Kimberly Hubbard, 2007.  All rights reserved.

Topside Photos

Underwater Photos

About the Trip...

Todd and Kim took a nice little trip to Bonaire in May, 2007.  We searched for turtles, seahorses, frogfish, and nudibranch.
We found some, didn't find others.  We enjoyed sun, sand, coral, diving
and plenty of fun.  Quite possibly my all-time favorite trip :)   We're
already talking about going back next year.

Of course, this was Todd's second time in Bonaire, he was there at about
the same time last year.  He loved the island, loved the diving, but
hated the company (and all of the people that we saw who
remembered him from last year seemed to agree that he has upgraded in
the last year).  He wanted to share Bonaire with me and we chose to go
there so that he could do it right -- with the right person this time.
I shared Disney with him, so it was his turn to share a favorite
vacation spot with me.  And now it's ours and not just his.  I love it!

 Thursday 3 May 2007

Up painfully bright and early, we headed down to the airport before the
sun had risen. Nothing especially exciting about the plane trip down
(except that we slept), we made it into Puerto Rico mid-morning or so.
We had about a 6 hour layover in San Juan, which we spent lounging in
the hotel in the airport. This was very nice, as I really needed the
sleep. We had dinner in some restaurant in the airport, then boarded
our little plane to Bonaire as the sun was setting. We met some folks
from Colorado on the plane and talked a lot about where to eat, where
to dive, etc. We didn't see them again until the plane home, as they
were staying at a different resort. We landed in Bonaire around 9pm or
so, got our luggage and rented our Toyota Hilux. Off we went to Harbour Village Resort.

Our
room was not particularly great. We had asked for a king, but had two
double beds. The water was not quite clear (the hot water anyway), and
the bathroom looked a little dated. We figured we'd talk to the front
office in the morning and headed out to get some dessert in town. We
went to Mona Lisa, where Todd chatted it up with the waiter, Rudy (they
remembered each other from last year). Had some delicious apple pie
with cinnamon ice cream, and a couple Amstel Brights (only apparently available in Bonaire, Curacao and Amsterdam...). Then, we headed back to the resort to sleep.

Friday 4 May 2007


First
things first, we had breakfast at the restaurant at the resort, La
Balandra. During our stay, we got to know the waiters and waitresses
there. Bianca was especially friendly and nice. Then, we headed to the
front office to figure out the room situation. We ended up switching
rooms to a much nicer room. We were still marina view, but we were one
bedroom with a king bed and a living room, and two bathrooms. This was
very nice since we could shower at the same time and spread our stuff
out to dry easily. We also had two balconies - one off of the bedroom
and one off of the living room - so we could put our dive equipment out
there to dry also. Plus, we had a beautiful view.

After the room
switch and the unpacking, we headed over to the dive shop to get our
National Park Passes (required to dive in Bonaire) and do our checkout
dive from the resort. We did an easy dive down to Our Confidence,
which is the wreck right off of the resort. I'm not going to go into
too much detail of our particular dives because I plan to write up a
dive log at some point and I will elaborate then. Todd did get some
great pictures throughout the trip, though. We had lunch at La Balandra
and then did the 2pm boat dive to Monte's Divi, which was a dive site
off of Klein Bonaire.

We sat on the beach and watched a gorgeous sunset, then got ready and headed to dinner at Wil's Tropical Grill.
I had Blue Marlin Salad with blue cheese for an appetizer (really good,
I don't think I've ever eaten Blue Marlin before. It was smoked there
and terrific) and Todd had Conch Fritters. We both had Wahoo for our
entree and it was GOOD. Then, for dessert, Todd got the special cookie
dessert and I was horribly jealous of it even though my creme brulee
was very good. I also had two yummy margaritas, passion fruit and
mango.

Then, to bed.

Saturday 5 May 2007


We
had the 9am dive with Dive Master Nolli (after breakfast, of course...
). I was nervous because we were supposed to go to the Hilma Hooker,
which was a pretty deep dive for only my third dive of the trip. Todd
reassured me and we had a great dive, doing a drift dive across The
Lake, to the Hilma Hooker and into Angel City. It was just the three of
us, so that was awesome. I got to see a few squid, which were the main
things I wanted to see on the trip. Then, the 11am dive took us to
Petrie's Pillar and Andrea II. Also an excellent dive. Lunch at La
Balandra and then we decided not to do the 2pm dive, and instead spent
some time on the beach, doing some snorkeling and getting ready for
dinner.

Dinner!! The best dinner of the trip and potentially
the best dinner I've ever had. Todd had reserved the pier table at
Richard's. This is a single table at the end of the pier in front of
the restaurant. Our reservations were at 6:30, just in time to watch
the sun set. We basically ordered our dinner and wine and then were
left alone to sit and eat and talk and enjoy the ambiance. It was
TERRIFIC. We had so much fun. Two bottles of wine, filet mignon with
shrimp and bernaise sauce, shrimp bisque, and chocolate lava cake for
dessert. We stayed 3 hours (we had the table for the whole night). I
had so much fun. We chatted with Richard for a while and then headed
back home to the hotel to go to bed.

Sunday 6 May 2007


Breakfast,
then a 9am dive on Small Wall with Malin. This ended up being one of
our best dives of the trip. We saw an octopus, lots of squid that let
us get very close to them, and a few seahorses. For the 11am dive, we
dove at Rock Pile, off of Klein Bonaire. We were starting to get to
know some of our fellow divers. We didn't do the 2pm dive, but instead
did a shore dive to Something Special (which is right in front of the
resort). Vis was low and the boat traffic was high, so we ended up
spending some more time at Our Confidence.

In the meantime, a cruise ship had pulled into port.  We later found out that this was the Flag Ship for Scientologists.
Hm.  It left a few days later (presumably to go to Curacao), and
returned before we left.  It was still in port when we flew home.  We
saw only maybe 2 people on the ship the whole time we were there.  VERY
WEIRD.

More beach time (we were watching sunsets every single
night on the beach. Well, unless we were at Richard's, obviously). We
had dinner at La Guernica, where I had tapas that was just kind of ok.
My least favorite meal of the trip.

Monday 7 May 2007


Todd's
birthday! We had breakfast and chatted some with Bianca, then headed
out on the 9am dive to Karpata. This is the farthest north dive site
that our dive shop will take us to. A couple, Chris and Kristine, had
joined up for this dive. Kristine was pregnant and therefore stayed on
the boat. This was Chris's first boat dive and he headed out all Lance
Armstrong and I followed him. I slowed down and we did end up having a
great dive. And we mocked Chris a bit for heading out so fast. :)

11am
dive was to Eighteen Palms. Lots of people on that dive. We had lunch
at La Balandra and chatted a bit with Chris and Kristine and Bianca. We
were very suprised to see that the waitresses had gotten together and
baked Todd a birthday cake!! They all came out and sang Happy Birthday
to him! It was AWESOME and so sweet. We then did a 2pm dive at South
Bay, which is off of Klien Bonaire.

After the 2pm dive, Todd and I drove south to Lac Bay. We had met Larry from Larry's Wildside Diving
at the City Cafe for lunch on Sunday. We wanted to look for it, as we
were thinking of trying to dive with his dive shop. He promised sharks
and turtles and rays and all sorts of cool things. We found it, we
think, at a place that was just a shack with an old man cleaning a
fish. This man was not particularly friendly at all. As a matter of
fact, he just ignored us. We walked around the bay and then went to the
other side of it where the wind surfers are. The southern shore had
huge breakers and was a little creepy with Blair Witch-like rock piles,
but it was beautiful. We headed back to the resort, and then a lovely
dinner at It Rains Fishes,
which comes in second for me (behind Richard's) in terms of ambiance
just because it was decorated with brightly colored fishes and I like
stuff like that. I had Dorado (Mahi Mahi), which was very good, and
some Belgian waffles with ice cream and strawberries for dessert that I
swear were as good as the waffles that I had in Brussels. Shocking, I
know. I think had an appetizer also, but for the life of me I can't
remember it.

Tuesday 8 May 2007


Breakfast and a
9am dive at Bon Bini Na Cas. There was a turtle on this dive that Todd
got some photos of, but he wouldn't stop eating long enough for him to
get a really good shot. We bailed out of the 11am dive because so many
people had signed up. Instead, we tried a shore dive at Buddy Dive Resort.
This went extremely well and it was a lot of fun to only be diving with
just the two of us. We saw the wreck La Machaca and really enjoyed
ourselves. It was a great intro to shore diving for us. In fact, we
liked it so much that we found Chris and the three of us drove south to
Alice in Wonderland for another shore dive. Again, it went extremely
well and we had a great time. The southern reefs are just gorgeous.

Sunset
on the beach, where we drank a total of seven Amstel Brights between
the two of us. We had dinner at Mona Lisa, delicious tuna sashimi (with
what I think was real wasabi because it tasted STRONG) and then a fish
trio with Rainbow Runner, Dorado and Baracuda. Delicious!! And, we had
more apple pie for dessert and chatted it up with Rudy.

Wednesday 9 May 2007


We
started out with a shore dive with Chris, going to Oil Slick Leap. This
is a fun one where you can do a big giant stride into 15 feet of water.
Chris did it, but Todd couldn't because of his camera, and I was a
little nervous, so we used the ladder. I cut my hand on some coral on
this dive (very excited about an eel), which pretty much hurt for the
rest of the trip.

We went back to the resort and picked up
Kristine, then did another shore dive at 1000 Steps while Kristine
sunned on the beach. This was actually 72 steps down and up, but that's
a lot when you're wearing tons and tons of scuba gear. I had to take it
slow both going up and down.

We enjoyed some wine on the beach.
On our second night at the resort, they left us a bottle of white wine
in our room. We finally enjoyed it out on the beach and ended up
getting a second bottle while we were out there. Hence, lots of funny
photos were taken. Some will not be posted... Dinner was at Casablanca, where we had the Mixed Grill. It was tasty, but just a lot of food.

Thursday 10 May 2007


After
breakfast, Malin took us out to Bonaventure (off of Klein Bonaire) to
dive for the 9am dive. This time, there was a turtle that Todd got to
spend time taking photos of and he got some better ones. After that,
Todd and I headed up to Witches Hut to do a shore dive. The surf here
was rough getting out of the water and I got knocked around quite a
bit. At the end of the day, I had some serious sand to clean out of my
BC. We had some lunch in town (at Zeezicht) and then headed back up
north to Andrea I for another shore dive with just the two of us. Some
divers in the water told us to look for squid, but I never found them,
which was sad.

We watched the sunset on the beach, and then
went to Wil's again for dinner. This time I had the "dip of the day"
and Todd had chicken wings (hooray Jim!). We had the special wahoo dish
again, but it was slightly different this time. And I got the cookie
that I was so jealous of the first time :)

Friday 11 May 2007


Chris
wanted to go to the Hilma Hooker. Since we'd already been there, we
stayed on the reef around the Hilma Hooker and didn't go to the actual
wreck. Chris LOVED the Hilma Hooker and we saw some fun fishes on the
reef, including a Queen Angel, which we hadn't seen all trip.

The
11am Dive was to Just a Nice Dive, which included a pretty hefty swim
back to the boat. We also saw about 6 Queen Angels, so apparently
that's where they're all hanging out. Lunch at La Balandra and then we
went to Small Wall again for the 2pm dive. I was coughing into my
regulator and having general mask issues, so it wasn't as good as the
first dive. We did get to see a turtle VERY up close though.

Todd
wanted to do another dive at La Machaca, but since we'd scheduled a
night dive, I was worried that I was going to be too worn out and so we
ended up resting in the room for the afternoon. We met Chris at the
dive shop and then headed out to the Bell desk to meet Nolli for our
Night Dive. Kristine waited on the pier. We dove under the Town Pier
and it was REALLY REALLY AWESOME. We saw all sorts of things, including
an octopus, seahorses, lobster, crabs... And these really cool crabs
that carry sponges around on their backs so that the predators will
think that they are sponges and not crabs. GOOD TIMES. When we
surfaced, Kristine said she could tell where we were because she could
see Todd's strobe for his camera going off underwater.

We
showered and then the four of us went to It Rains Fishes and
Casablanca. Both were closed and we ended up begging Rudy at Mona Lisa
to feed us. He did, and we had a great dinner. We walked into town to
get ice cream from the stand where Todd and I had already had ice cream
twice, and they were helping customers but then told us that they were
closed. We must have looked like the four most pathetic and sad people
on the planet (including pregnant Kristine), so the lady there had pity
on us and served us some ice cream. If you go to this ice cream place,
I recommend the Cherry Brandy flavor. Yum!!!

Saturday 12 May 2007


We
had breakfast and did a couple of housekeeping type things with the
front desk. This was our non-diving day, so Chris and Kristine came
with us for a trip around the island. We took photos at the shore dives
in the north, then headed into Rincon and Washington Slagbaai National Park.
It was maybe 98 degrees outside and we were FRYING. Thank goodness
there was air conditioning in the truck. The park was... lame. It was
hot and it was like driving through miles and miles of cacti. We had a
sense of humor about it and we checked out the shore dives there. They
look doable - maybe next year. We followed the map to the freshwater
spring... it was green water in the woods. Hm.

We had lunch at
the City Cafe back in town and then the four of us had a nice swim in
the water and watched what was perhaps the best sunset of the entire
trip. We said goodbye to Chris and Kristine, who said they would be
meeting us back in Bonaire next year.

Dinner was at Patagonia,
which was just ok. Todd didn't care for it, I thought my steak was
tasty. We packed up and went to bed early.

Sunday 13 May 2007


Ugh. Up at 4:15 to get to the airport and return our car. 10 hour layover in San Juan, which is where I am as I am writing this.

Over all, a WONDERFUL trip. I really had a great time and I can't wait to go back next year.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Here I Go Again...

I'm all signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon. Again.

Don't Worry...

I know I haven't been around. More blogging coming soon...

:)

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Link of the Day: Disapproving Rabbits

Makes me want a rabbit.

Quote Quiz

Orignally posted 4/27/07, updated with all answers 5/2/07.

I haven't done this in a while. This is my iTunes on Random. iTunes is going to embarass me, too, because it picked some pretty embarassing songs. It must have known I was publishing it.

  1. "She'll make you take you take your clothes off and go dancing in the rain..." Embarassing song #1 (WN - Ricky Martin, "Livin' La Vida Loca")
  2. "He ain't gonna let those two escape justice." (Sandra - Steve Miller Band - "Take the Money and Run")
  3. "Whatcha gonna do with all that junk" OMG... embarassing song #2 (WN - Black Eyed Peas, "My Humps")
  4. "When I was just a baby, my momma told me 'son, always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns.'" (WN - Johnny Cash, "Folsum Prison Blues")
  5. "And I'll be dreaming of the future, and hoping you'll be by my side." (This is Martina McBride & Bob Seger - "Chances Are")
  6. "She don't care about what's in style, she just likes the way he smiles." (This is Alan Jackson, "Livin' On Love")
  7. "We talk about your nana up in Muncie, Indiana. We talk about your Grandma down in Alabama." (Sandra - Toby Keith - "I wanna talk about me")
  8. "If your love could be caged, honey I would hold the key." (Sandra was correct in guessing Faith Hill, but the song is "Cry")
  9. "We lost touch, we lost in love, we lost our minds when things got tough." (This is Jo Dee Messina, "I'm Alright")
  10. "You so crazy... I think I wanna have your baby." embarassing song #3 (Nick - Salt n Pepa - "Whatta man")
  11. "I am very proud of my daddy's name, although his kind of music and mine ain't exactly the same." (Sandra - Hank Williams, Jr - "Family Tradition")
Good job, all!
... and I had to go to a meeting and didn't do any more :)
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