Out & About

A Laborious Weekend

Funny how a three-day weekend can easily become a tiring affair. On Friday, Wife and I took the bus downtown to watch Inglorious Basterds with my friend Travis (@MySundayBest) and his fiancé, Sarah. The next day, we repaid the help and painted the Genna’s (@vgenna and @juligenna) living room and dinning room. Later that night, we went to the Blind Lady Ale House (@BlindLadyAle) for some pizza and drinks. By the time everyone departed for home, it was well past midnight.

On Sunday, Wife had a glorious morning with Killian at the dog beach in Ocean Beach. He played off leash and came back when called! After a bath for Killian and a haircut for myself, we met up with the Genna’s again and Dante and played nine holes at Sail Ho Golf Course. My best was the straight drive down to the green on Hole 7, which is also the longest. After golf, it was a quick nap and then over to my parents for my sister’s engagement party. I played bartender until the evening ended. You should see me twirl a bottle of wine!

On Labor Day, all three of us drove over to Debbie’s (a long time family friend) new place where Sister Alyce (also a long time family friend) gave me an awesome Irish Sweater! While the weather may be chilly, it is not quite the season for this woolen sweater. I cannot wait for winter to actually wear it. With my new prize, we drove up to Murrieta to hang out with the Mellos and Murrays at Diana and Don Lee’s new home.

Finally, around 9:45 p.m. on Labor Day evening, Wife and I had some time to ourselves. We were looking forward to the relaxing work week!

Out & About

Hiking Mission Trails

Over the weekend, Wife and I decided that we needed to get out (well, I decided I needed to get out, she wanted to stay at home and clean). We headed down to Mission Trails and enjoyed the desert greenery (before it dries up and burns).

Out & About

Burning the Christmas Tree

Now, we did not burn our Christmas tree because it was plastic, however, the real trees left for recycling by others are fair game. Tonight, for the first time, we joined our friends Jon Paul (Wife met him during Semester at Sea) and his wife, Sarah, at Fiesta Island for their Annual Christmas Tree Bonfire. I must admit that watching the trees burn so quickly is quite the sight and it also reminds us how quickly you can burn down your house (it would be the ultimate battle between the turkey fryer and the Christmas tree).

Sadly, with Christmas now over (unless you follow the Little Christmas tradition) and all the trees burned, we learned that our first bonfire was the last bonfire because Jon Paul and Sarah are moving to Denver in search of what San Diego cannot supply at the moment: affordable housing and good jobs. We wish them the best of luck in their journey and now celebrate our new free lodging in Colorado.

running travel

Ran Like Girls

Ran Like a Girl

This past Friday, Wife and I flew up to San Francisco to run in the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon. We arrived late Friday night and my sister Trista picked us up from the airport and drove us in her new (well new to her) fancy Corolla back to her place where we spent the night. The next morning she played Martha Stewart and prepared an excellent breakfast for us in a kitchen the size of a small walk-in closet. You can see some of the breakfast below:

After we picked up our running bibs we drove out to the East Bay for lunch and a tour of my brother’s new house. The cats decided to hide from the tour, but they probably felt more relaxed when we left to meet up with the other San Francisco visitors/runners. We waited for a little over an hour to eat at Nob Hill Cafe because we wanted to eat carbohydrates for the next morning. It was worth the wait, and our crew would definitely recommend it.  After dinner we actually made it to bed at a decent hour.

The early bedtime was met with an early rise at 5 in the morning and luckily our hotel was only 4 blocks form the starting line so we took our time preparing. A little after 7 (okay about 10 minutes after 7 am) we started to run. A few frustrating walkers and a little over 2 hours later we crossed the finish line. I must say that this is in the top two of my favorite runs (tied with the Carlsbad Half-Marathon). The only thing holding it back would be the sheer amount of people running which made it frustrating to move in the first 5 to 6 miles (as I said before a lot of walkers!!). However, the cheering of my Mater and the 11 to 12 mile run with my college friend Andy made the race a lot more fun. Our official times were:

Husband – 02:16:07
Wife – 02:16:09

A post race lunch celebration was followed by a nap and then another post race celebration dinner and drinks  at the Noc Noc. Afterward, Wife, Andy, and I visited Joe’s new apartment and then we all headed home.

The next morning we relaxed in our hotel room and then took BART down to the airport. Even though I had a 2:30 in the morning run to Walgreens for cough drops to battle the sickness I caught, I must say it was a fun and relaxing trip. Will we run next year? Who knows!

travel video

San Francisco 2008

Last year I flew to San Francisco to visit my friend Joe and some of the family. Here is a short video of some of the things I did: