BONNE ANNIVERSAIRE!

January 31, 2008

We celebrated by inviting a few friends over…  Wonderful, darling friends whom I love dearly.  I left the camera out to take photos of them all; but forgot about it in the joy of having those beloved people around me.  So I’ve only got two photos to show…

1. The flowers and card my husband got me.

2. The already consumed, perfectly chocolaty, yellowy-decorated cake.

With this birthday, I think I’ve realized that I’m finally accepting adulthood. I’m sure I’ve accepted adulthood in other forms, other fashions, and other ways before, but… I think I’ve finally really for-realsies accepted adulthood. I feel a more better strength inside me to be responsible ‘n stuff. To do things like balance my checkbook and eat my vegetables (perhaps I’m ready to be a mommy too!?).

I think that I’ve reached a point in my life where I have little fear left. I feel more free to do as I must and as I wish in a more balanced manner than ever before. That’s maturity, I think. I feel encouraged to “move confidently forward in the direction of my dreams” in a more grounded, realistic, and ultimately meaningful way than before.

Tomorrow I might wasteful, possibly fearful, and even lazy… But today… today I’m 13 going on 30. I am woman. Hear me pontificate!

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Snowy Saturday

January 26, 2008

Saturday – the short version: waffles, Sanjay, drive, mountains, Starbucks, drive, blog, bed.

Saturday – the exciting, digitally-enhanced and remastered, teeming-with-excitement-and-beauty version:

Yours Truly decided this morning to try a new waffle recipe from the book that Ma Fritzsche gave us at Christmas – only I needed corn starch and buttermilk, which required a brief run to Ralph’s. Following our sleepy-eyed expedition, I began the waffles, Gillian began the coffee, and thus began our day.

Our friend and fellow filmmaker Sanjay came by at 10 AM and shared in the syrup-drenched goodness. Then, he and I spent a couple hours re-mastering the DVDs for his latest film, Maggie.

After he left, I got caught up in some budget-writing and tax-figuring, and before long, it was 2:15. So at 2:30 PM, we grabbed warm clothes, jumped in the car, raced out of the driveway and sped to a dead stop on Los Feliz Blvd.

…where we sat staring longingly at the snow-capped mountains north of Glendale/Pasadena, inching along at 2 mph for the next 20 minutes, until… Freedom!

Onto the freeway and out of the city. It was a gorgeous, clear, sunny day, and the LA basin was ringed in snowcaps. We drove east.

We stopped at an In-N-Out in Glendora.

We kept driving. We got lost in Claremont. We found the I-10 freeway.  We found a mountain road.


And we climbed.

And climbed.

And climbed.

After a brief detour in the quaint town of Forest Falls, literally just above the snow line and filled with sledding families…

…and alpine homes nestled in the woods…

…we pulled up and into 8000 feet and Big Bear Lake.

It was dark by this time, nearly 6pm. We had seen lots of snow along the way and Big Bear certainly had no lack. Due to a late lunch, we decided upon a dinner of Starbucks cappuccinos and a cupcake…

…and then we hit the road again.

The drive home was along the main route in and out of Big Bear, and we had assumed that as such, it would be less prone to hazardous conditions. Well… we were probably the only people along that winding cliff-side highway without chains on. The roads were clear, and mostly just wet, but it was still 2nd gear and 15 mph for close to an hour. The views along the drive down offered breathtaking vistas of San Bernadino’s lights, crisp and clear.

Gillian took over driving for a while, and as we entered the east end of LA County, it started to rain. And rain. And pour, etc.

We stopped for gas just 20 minutes from home – in Pasadena. By this time, Gillian was inspired to photographically capture the image of California cars in the rain. She shot from the back seat the whole way home from Pasadena.

It’s still raining now and Gillian is battling some sort of problem with the camera, so any pictures you see in this post have been inserted after great consternation and battles waged with microchips and USB cables.

The End!

P.S. The whole lot of pictures is posted here on our Flickr page!


ORU LAWSUIT: SAVEORU.COM UPDATES

January 24, 2008

OREA is moving off-campus, according to a source of the cats over at SaveORU.com  I wonder if they’re moving in with parents or going part-time?  Maybe moving in with parents?

Also, I wonder will the IRS make them pay a $50 fine?  They were warned!


HEATH LEDGER FOUND DEAD IN MANHATTAN APT

January 22, 2008

According to this IMDb staff report.  And numerous other news sources.

He was my age.  They say pills were found near the body…  I can’t imagine that it was suicide.  I hate to think about tragic accidents like this.  Totally avoidable.

Heath Ledger was famous (how odd to use was instead of is).  And while I find his sudden death strangely shocking, I’m reminded of others who have recently lost loved ones.
I have a friend who lost a sister last week named Alishia.   Alishia also worked in entertainment (and education).  She was killed because a strange virus attacked her heart, weakening it and causing numerous heart attacks.

Heath’s death is mourned by at least two countries and film-goers world-wide.   Alishia’s death is mourned by many friends and family members in a Canadian province (and several American states).  But both were equally tragic and unnecessary.  Both lives worth celebrating… and remembering.


12 MILES

January 21, 2008

Yup, it’s true.  Yesterday I ran 12 miles.  From here, to here.  I ran the entire length of the bike path from Venice Beach (MDR), through Santa Monica, to Will Rogers State Beach.  The bike path starts in Venice and ends right past Temescal Cyn Rd.  I ran that.  Yup.  It’s true.

I haven’t really been keeping up on my running blogs.  After I hit 11 miles right before Christmas, I ran 10 miles (long runs) several times  over Christmas the the first few weeks of January and then began to increase my weekly training runs (4 or 5 miles instead of 2 or 3 miles for each run).  But the half-marathon, is in two weeks.  Half-marathon = 13.1 miles.  So I needed to run 12 miles yesterday… to push my wall back.

But I’d been getting a little nervous because up until last week, I’d been having a strange pain in my left foot.  In the arch.  Caleb, one of my running coaches, suggested 2 oz miracles.  So I bought them last week and have been running with them for a few days now…

And I did not have ANY pain yesterday!  Except for a Kansas-sized blister…  But other than that – NO ARCH PAIN!  YAY!!  I also wore a cotton tank and got a bit chaffed on the insides of my arms.  Sad.  But regardless, it was a gorgeous run.  The sun was beautiful and the temperature was perfect.  And I felt strong at the end.  Except for that dang blister!

Ryan drove us to Venice.  I took off for my run and after he found parking (an achievement in itself!), he walked up the Venice boardwalk and hung out at the Starbucks.  He was waiting for me when I finished and he drove us home.  It was so nice to have him there.

When I ran my first 7-miler (and blogged it) months ago, Sarita said that it does get easier.  It think it’s more appropriately said that it gets easier to push yourself harder.  I’m certainly running faster now (at a comfortably slow pace), than when I first started.  And when I do my “short runs” I’m able to push myself harder and go even faster for a longer period.  It’s exciting!

So for the next two weeks, I’m supposed to taper.  This means I start running shorter distances.  So I’m like a horse at the gate on race day.  Whoo hoo!

P.S. By the way, I ran 12 miles in 2 hours and 24 minutes.  I feel good about that.


DQ, NFLD

January 19, 2008

Gillian’s been going to this Dairy Queen in St. John’s since she was four, apparently.

Key Quote (from the video): “The manager called hanging a moon in the drive-thru window disgusting – and promised to dig into it.”

Other Key Quote: “Employees should not drop their pants behind the counter.”


WGA STRIKE: …please end…

January 18, 2008

 Or else we’ll keep getting shows like this.