Friday, May 29, 2009

Down In the Mouth

We're in Utah this weekend for my grandma's 98th birthday and the World Superbike races. I've really been lookng forward to it, especially because I get to spend some time with my mom, aunts, uncles and cousins.

What's the perfect addition to that vacation? An emergency root canal, of course!

Terry and Lezlie's dentist is off on Fridays, but he was kind enough to get me into an endodontist's. If you're ever in Salt Lake and need a root canal, I highly recommend Dr. Matthew Kjar at Utah Endodontics in South Jordan. He and his assistant, Hailey, made me feel so comfortable, and they were fast and thorough. It was my best root canal experience ever. (And believe me, I have had MANY, MANY root canal experiences, starting when I was 3.)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorable Memorial Weekend

The hills outside of Vegas have some nice mountain bike trails, so we strapped four bikes on the back of the Lexus and took off for the weekend. Paul and Amber were great travel companions. Amber works for a major hotel chain and was able to get a massive discount on a suite that they kindly shared with us.

I really haven't taken the time to go out riding lately, so I'm a wuss when it comes to, well, just about anything tricky. But it was still a lot of fun to get out and ride around.

We decided to nickname Rowdy either Flatty or Patches O'Houlihan after he had to fix a total of eight flats over the course of two days. That's what happens when you run over a cactus. And I thought that I had problems with cacti!

So, ride, swim, ride, buffet, sleep, ride (or rest, in my case), eat, visit the Atomic Testing Museum, and then a loooooonnng ride home in the Memorial Day traffic.

I would like to go back and play on the trails and mtb park in Boulder City.

More photos and story on Amber and Rowdy's blogs.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Few Words About My Sweetie On His Birthday

Rowdy creates stand-up comedy routines in the shower.

His favorite holidays are Thanksgiving, Fourth of July and his birthday. Christmas--not so much.

He loves vintage Bugs Bunny cartoons.

He is crazy about his kids and wishes we could be with them more often.

He always has to have something going on. He rarely has a "do-nothing" day, especially now that he's feeling better.

Typical of redheads, he is difficult to sedate.

Pumpkin pie was his choice instead of birthday cake.

Rowdy is a very patient teacher and knows how to break things down in a way that's easy to understand.

He knows how to make me feel loved and wanted.

He's 37 years old today!!!!

I love you, Rowdstar!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Internal Monologue--Saturday, May 16, 2009

6:30 am--Wheeeeee! I'm going to play with dolphins today!!!!
7:30 am--I'm going to get there at 8:00 and just walk around.
7:45 am--They don't open until 9!?! Rats.
8:15 am--Hmph! I'm going now anyway. If I have to stand outside the gate, I'll stand outside the gate.
8:45 am--Don't skip. No skipping. You're a grown-up. Walk calmly and steadily.
9:00 am--Yay! Yay! They're finally open! Okay. No skipping. No jumping up and down and squealing like a 12-year-old at a Jonas Brothers concert.
9:15 am--Okay! Wetsuit on! Booties on! Bring on the dolphins!
9:20 am--Awwwww...they are so fun! They feel smooth and rubbery.
9:30 am--Cuuuutttee!
9:45 am--Awwww...I love you Maggie and Purina!
10:00 am--Heeheee! Heeheee! Eeek! I have salt water in my mouth!
10:15 am--We're done already?! Dang it!
10:30 am--Eighty bucks for a CD of the pictures? Pffft! Forget that. I'll just get a couple of pictures of me and the dolphins.
10:45 am--All of this excitement has made me tired--and hungry. In-n-Out time! I love living in San Diego!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day 2009

True to form, I had my mom's present planned out weeks ago, bought the materials on Monday, made the object on Wednesday and mailed it yesterday. So I can't post it, because she's not going to get it until Thursday and I want her to be surprised. But it's cute (I think).

R said last week, "I know what I want to get you for Mother's Day, but it's not a "typical Mother's Day" present."

"That's fine, because I'm not a typical mother," I replied.

I did get flowers for outside and cupcakes, and breakfast brought to me on the couch, which are fairly-typical.

But my somewhat non-traditional present was...being a dolphin trainer for a day at Sea World!! YAAAAYYYY!!! I think I'm scheduled for next Saturday.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Some have asked me to post my iPod playlist for running. Here it is! Can you handle it?

Short Skirt/Long Jacket
I need more Cake in my iPod.

The House is Rockin' (With Domestic Violence)
Cheap Trick
Ahhh...high school.

American Boy
Estelle ft. Kanye West
Good beat, nice smooth sound.

Daft Punk is Playing At My House
LCD Sounsystem
I like a lot of their stuff. Thanks, XM Radio!

P. Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)
I love me some funk.

Young Folks
Peter Bjorn and John
What's better than meeting someone you just click

Microphone Fiend
Kick Out the Jams
Rage Against the Machine

Can't Stop
Red Hot Chili Peppers
I like Anthony Kiedis' voice, and this comes about halfway through a longer run.

Super Freak
Rick James
Temptations sing!

Ghost Town
Shiny Toy Guns
Again, thanks XM Radio!

All Star
Smash Mouth
Poppy and silly, I know.

Gin and Juice
Snoop Dogg & Dat Nigga Daz
The expurgated version. My husband knows all Snoop's lyrics.

That's Not My Name
The Ting Tings
Bouncy and fun.

All Mixed Up

Ghetto Love
Another winner from XM Radio!

I Want Candy
Bow Wow Wow!

Shake Your Body Down To the Ground
Michael Jackson
Makes me think of Jeanette, my boot camp instructor.

Jackson 5
This is always a fun song to sing along to, and if I'm still running by the
time this comes on, I'm ready for some fun.

Gettin' Up
Makes me think of my sweetie.

Lupe Fiasco ft. Matthew Santos
If you are what you say you are...then have no fear.

Bustin' Out (on Funk)
Rick James

Here I Come
The Roots ft. Malik B & Dice Raw
I love the rolling feeling to this song. Great to drive to turned up loud.
My Rad Life!