Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Who loves calendars? I do!

I like to use Google Calendars. It's super easy. I can color code everything and my Gmail is almost always up and operating.  I look at it a billion times during the day.  Right now it just says research but most of the times I like to put what I want to get done that day. 

What's coming up?? I am going back to beautiful and sunny Southern California in a couple of weeks.  I'm going to the OC fair, going hang with Jo and see Adam Lambert...oh yes and some much needed R&R. I seem so be so active these days.

September 1st I'm doing an aquathon.  You may ask yourself, um, why? You just had shoulder surgery.  It's not really for time (ok kind of) but it should be good to train and get back in the swing.  I think I have plenty of time to get a decent 5k time and to work on my 500m swim.  I used to do that swim as a warm up!  I used to do a lot of triathlons.  I was Co-President of the UCI Tri-Club at one point too.  I competed in the collegiate nationals (didn't do to well on the run- dang shoes!).  I even won a couple of the womens division tris.  I would love to race like that again but it would take dedication to train and I'd need to lose 30#s or so.  Oh muscle muscle! Why do I have so much of you!?!?!

Back to the calendar....more stuff on the calendar!

Rafting is on the calendar.  I love Living Social deals. I got a day of rafting for $39.50.  It's usually more than half that. woo. It should be a good group.  I'll have pictures of that event I hope.

Bumbershoot is coming up.  Stephanie and I are going on one of the days.

Maybe Vegas in September??? I have to see where I end up with jobs and/or schooling. I was contacted by a job today.  Let's hope I get an interview and things start to come together a little more smoothly.  I've been pretty stressed out about the whole thing.  I mean, I need to tell my landlord when I'm moving or whatnot.

Alright, I think I'm going to run one more rheometer test for my Boger fluid (hmmm I should have a post on exactly what that is... or not).  I'm going to Sky High tonight to do an airobics class! yay!!! I like challenging my body to do new and exciting sports and exercises.  I think it responds best to that kind of stuff! I Oly lifted for the first time in a long while on Sunday.  I'm still sore.  SO SORE. I love it.  I was teaching the boy how to do cleans.  I need to work on my teaching approach.


Monday, July 12, 2010


I recently got back from the wonderful islands of Hawai'i! It was fabulous because I absolutely love my friends (Pat and Lindsay, plus of course Lindsay's family!).  Pat makes the most delicious eggs (over easy- my favorite!)

Me and Pat and sunshine! in Volcano!

My trip started with a kitesurfing lesson from Pat of Kitesurf Oahu! I'm always very critical of Pat because he likes to press my buttons.  I was very surprised to find out that he's an excellent teacher and everyone (EVERYONE!) should take kitesurfing lessons from him! 

Pat and Brennon flying a kite before the big "photoshoot" (Pat reps for BEST kites and was entering a photocontest with Brennon to get a 10 day stay on a boat for kitesurfing around the world. Sweet deal!)

Let me tell you, I love Hawai'i.  I will always love Hawai'i.  My goal is to visit all the islands.  So far, I've checked Oahu, Maui and now the Big Island off my list.  What island do I like the best so far? umm, it's hard to say.  I like them all for different reasons.  I've spent the most time on Oahu and there is always a ton to do there, so right now that is my favorite.  I want to spend more time in Maui.  I'd like to check out the surf there.  The Big Island was great.  It's very relaxing, especially when you spend a couple hours in George's hot tub. 

Let's review the Big Island, shall we?! YES!

View from a look out on our road trip around the island (went from Hill to the south to Kona through Waimea and back to see some waterfalls)

I flew into Hilo.  We immediately went to KTA (a local market).  I think we went there every single day...sometimes twice a day! It had the most amazing spicy tako.  My favorite for sure. We also devoured Hawaiian bread almost every morning.  You can't just eat one piece...within 10  minutes the entire bag was gone! (Sorry Molly!)  We also decided to make a cake since Pattycake's bday was that Monday and Dan's birthday was that Sunday. 

We decided to go for a tie-dye cake.  You can see we each made a pretty color and then had our way with combining everything.  It was really tasty! I think boxed cake mix is an essential thing to keep around the house!

There were waterfalls! Akaku and Rainbow falls. 

Of course there was lava! There are two types of lava...I only remember one... "'a 'a" (pronounced "ah ah") and pahoehoe (pa- hoy-hoy)...The one in the picture is pahoehoe

And of course we had to have some wood chopping.  It was awesome. I definitely broke a sweat...and almost chopped off my legs.  Luckily, I was successful at chopping the wood.  Yayy!

Alright...that's all for now...part II of the Big Island/ Hawai'i adventure will be coming up shortly! Back to work I go...ps...it's gloomy and cold in Seattle today. Fail.