Friday, June 25, 2010

Giggle Giggle ;)

...An English professor wrote the words:
"A woman without her man is nothing:
on the chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate it correctly.

All of the males in the class wrote:
"A woman, without her man, is nothing."

All the females in the class wrote:
"A woman: without her, man is nothing."

Punctuation is Powerful...

I tried to embed a cute video but the owner wouldn't allow it.


Monday, June 21, 2010

Over the sprinklers and through the hills


Hope all is well. As for myself things have been pretty smooth. I joined the cross country team at my college and have been having the time of my life running about a 5k a day.

At first I was finishing a 5k in about 35-40 minutes; slowly but surely, my pace has been improving as has my breathing so I'm now completing 5ks in about 26 minutes! I'm totally stoked!

The team is solid--there's a nice variety of runners. There are a few of the guys who run a 6 pace (6 minutes a mile pace) so they're about 2 minutes faster than myself, but I'll demolish that lead soon.

One thing I figured out fast is that running takes a toll on your body especially my knees. In fact just today I was running down hill trying to catch a few show offs, when one of my friends jumped in front of me forcing me off the side walk and into a hole housing a sprinkler. I twisted my knee or some ligament. It feels fine now but the true test will be at tomorrow's practice.



Friday, June 18, 2010

Prioritizing and Mind Mapping

Hey Peeps!

In an effort to help our family get focused and stay on target with our goals and priorities, Ruben asked me to create a printed replica of Stephen Covey's Quadrant Diagram that is a central part of his "First Things First", to hand out in our next family meeting.

While Googling for an image, I found a couple which I combined in a handout of sorts, but I also
found a blog on Mind Mapping...which lead me to these interesting videos on the subject:

This first one is a tidbit on the creator of Mind Mapping

This second one is a brief description on how to create a mind map.

As a person who REALLY needs help in the 'organize-my-overstuffed-with-stuff-life', I plan on studying this concept further and putting it use.

Here are the links to the pages that I used to make the handout:
The Mind Map Blog
An page from the old version of the above blog
A Wikipedia page on "First Things First"

I'll update y'all later...


Friday, June 11, 2010

Hello Folks! just stopping by, I hope all is well with you. In about three weeks a few friends, my cousin and I will be biking down to San Diego from Los Angeles. We will be cycling the 128 mile route in 25-30 mile stages so we can rehydrate and keep our legs from dying on us. We have estimated the time to get to San Diego would take us about thirteen or so hours with all the stops included. As of now we are still hashing out finer details as to whether we will be spending the night in San Diego or will we be driving back, I personally would like to tour San Diego a little but we will see how to pans out. So far we, my friends and I have been working on our base mileage, riding about 60-70 miles every week. Anyway I will post pictures and maybe even some live footage.



Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hey all. It's Andrew, checking in today.

To start, I offer a song; not new, but good. It also goes with the theme of my day today.

No, I have no idea what the asian girl at the end is on about.

My original plans for today started with me going to work in the morning for four hours. After that, I would bike up to a grocery store, pick up some essential items to be cultured later, and come home to prepare for tomorrows meeting at Dockweiler (sic) beach. However, I found out yesterday that two of my friends were planning a 60-70 mile bike ride which sounded much more beneficial than my previous plans. Thankfully, due to a mishap with my schedule this week, I was able to completely move around my hours; due to not being scheduled at all this week.
So, at 7 a.m. I geared up and headed out. Unfortunately I made a wrong turn getting to the LA river bike path, and ended up in an area with no bike, or even walking path. After the second dead seagull I knew it was the wrong way. Turning back, I found the path, and met up with Aaron to bike down to Juan and the wife of Martin, our local bike shop owner. First we biked up to Long Beach, which was a fun ride. Martin's wife took off, easily averaging 25 while Juan and I averaged 16. (My new bike computer really comes in handy)
So we hit Long Beach and had the Kombucha's I had hidden away in my backpack. Aaron saved his for later, but I downed it in seconds. Without the weight of four glass bottles I was much lighter on the bike. For reference sake, I started with 3/4 gallon Raw Milk and four bottles of kombucha. I was refilling a quart bottle from a half gallon, just for ease of drinking.
Martin's wife left after she got back to her start point, and Aaron, Juan, and I all rode down to the Santa Fe Dam. It's a beautiful ride down there, and it was great fun the whole time. We all had some minor issues with equipment, but we were prepared. I found it much easier to keep cadence and motivation having the speedometer and odometer on my on-board bike computer, and we hit some decent speeds.
Once we hit the Dam, we stopped at Quizzno's. We talked for a while, ate our food, and stretched out for the ride back. I refilled my quart bottle for the second time, emptying my half gallon by then (I had already drank a half gallon of milk by this point), when I found out something interesting. I had kept my reserve milk on the back of my bike, and while the trail was generally smooth we did have some rough spots. Somehow along the road, through these rough spots, the cream in my milk actually churned into a few small gobs of butter. It was funny, and I got used to it through the ride back.
Before we headed back, we stopped in the recreational area and saw something awesome. There was a dog show in town. A Great Dane dog show.

Beautiful, ginormous creatures! There were at least thirty of them, all of them prancing about and being judged by sex and breed.

The Brown ones (left) are "Fawn", the black ones are a straightforward "Black", bluish ones are "Greys", and the spotted ones that look like Holstein cows are "Harlequin".

One woman, who had won Best Male for her dog Turner, was nice enough to let us pet her dog. He shoved himself right up against me, slobbering on my hand while I scratched at his back.

She also let us take pictures, here she is with Turner:

(Turner is Two years old, and has not yet reached his largest size)

He's being trained to be a helper dog, but due to his fine form they decided to show him first. His owner told me that he's actually got his own room, with pictures from all of the shows, and all his awards dotting the walls.

After this we departed. It was a really nice ride, and I feel accomplished, as well as a little sore. This is really good practice for the trip to San Diego we're planning in a few weeks.

All in all, I just needed to get the body in motion. :)

Vive ut vivas
(Live so that you may live)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Willy Verginer

I was reading a blog early today when I came across these images of sculptures by Italian designer/sculptor Willy Verginer who created these pieces...I thought they were interesting and worth sharing:


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Jumbo's Quote of the Day:

I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice, had I abided by it I might have been saved from my most valuable mistakes.

~Gene Fowler~

Saturday, June 5, 2010

It's that time of year again...

It's that time of year again when days get hotter and people get lazier. It's time to whip out the Popsicle and lemonade as you watch the busy cars drive by and you plan out your summer in your head.

I think I might play a little volleyball this summer; haven't played it since Olivia and I were wee, bitty munchkins, with big head and knobby knees. And now nostalgia has caught me in its reminiscing hands and I can't wait to get back to the good ol' volleyball court :D

I'm also gearing up for a lot of out door grilling, as it's getting a little too hot for indoor cooking--
of course I wouldn't mind a indoor cooking if it were in, say, an In-N-Out. *hint, hint* ;P

I'm also hoping, without much enthusiasm that Hollywood, maybe, might, just come up with an enjoyable Summer flick--a girl can dream right.

As always, accompanying the start of summer is the start of our (Olivia and I) plotting and skimming to get our parents to take us on a long refreshing bike ride, or to a picnic, prefect park...or...or...


Here's hoping


Friday, June 4, 2010

Summer Break

School has let out, thank goodness! Finals are over!!
Well at least for me they are, I think Matthew and Andrew still have one or two left...

Boy does it feel nice to be free!
No more homework, no more crunch study hours...over, done, finished :)

At least until July, then it's back to studying. Till then however I'm going to enjoy my time of homework free days :)

I would love to say that I'm going to be sleeping in late for the next month and not doing anything which involves hard labor...but then I would be lying.

Even though the hard studying is over I'm not exactly a free woman. Matthew and I were invited to join the track team at our college so for the next month we will be running and training and weightlifting like manics to get in shape.

It's not going to be easy, but it's going to be fun :)

So much for being free...


Have a Happy Day!!

A few of the folks in our house have a teeny bit of a cold, and one day when Olivia was looking a little peeked I asked her how she was feeling. She replied “I always feel fine!!” nothing like a little positive affirmation to keep you moving along when you may not be up to snuff physically.

It’s been about seven years since Ruben first started reading about positive psychology and then sharing with the family the concrete benefits of a positive mental attitude and the results in our household are palpable.

Here’s a cute little video of a young girl giving herself a great start to a wonderful day. Isn’t she just the funniest thing?


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