Category: Blog Posts About Me

Running Like A Girl 2010

Christina and I finished the 2010 SF Nike Woman’s Half Marathon with an overall time of 3:31:24 which is 28 minutes faster than last year.  If you look at the pace and the rank it isn’t stellar but I wouldn’t exactly call myself an athlete either.  I woke up at 4am to get over to Christina’s so it was a very early start to our day.  Got some coffee and cash and we made it to the race just in time for it to start.  We started in the orange group this year even though we had yellow wrist bands which means we run 14 minute miles (the slowest class).  The nice thing about doing that is you are with faster people at the start.  I got a little agitated because clearly the people who thought they were fast weren’t and were walking way too much to be in the orange class.  Regardless it was another fun year and we saw lots of people we knew from work.

The first half of the race we had perfect weather and the second half it started raining which was fine until the race ended and we had to stop moving.  The bus line was about a mile long which meant we waited in the cold rain and wind for about an hour wearing shorts and a soaked sweatshirt so I was chilled to the bone and shivering despite my best attempts to think about lying in the sun on a white sand beach.  Went and picked up a pizza after the race and watched a nice movie with hot chocolate to finish off the day.  My muscles are actually doing pretty good this year but my knees are what hurt the most.  Go team Safeway!

I Am Right

Right brained that is…

She spins to the right for me, hence why I am more right brain dominant than left.  Which way does she spin for you?

If you want to see how right/left brained you are, take the 3-4 minute test here.  Let me know your results and what you learned.  Here are my detailed 5 page results and for the most part I think they reflect how I think and who I am.  Do you feel your results are accurate for you?

My 6% holistic ability may explain my love for dancing…not.
Holistic processing is a method used by the right hemisphere to process information. The information is processed from whole to parts. A right-brained person, through holistic processing, is able to see the big picture first, but not the details that accompany it. A strongly holistic person may often find that prior to listening to a lecture given by an instructor, they must first read the chapter so that they better understand what the lecture is about. This function is also what provides to you your visual spatial skills. It also aids in tasks such as dancing and gymnastics. Through holistic processing, memory is stored in auditory, visual, and spatial modalities.

Starbucks, Traffic, Sunglasses, Airport Oh My

Have you ever had one of those days where things just weren’t working for you?  For some reason today is that day for me and I’m typing this to you from DFW Airport.  My morning started trying to find a Starbucks via Hertz’s Neverlost system but every time I tried to go to a Starbucks (there were several within miles), it would say “you have arrived” and there wasn’t a Starbucks I could see anywhere in sight.

After 15 minutes driving around for coffee I said “this is rediculous” and decided to head to the airport which was about 25 miles away.  By the time I hit Highway 121 traffic was crawling at 8am and long story short, by the time I got to the rental car agency I knew I wasn’t going to make it but for some reason I kept rushing.  I got on the rental car shuttle and about half way to the airport realized I still had my sunglasses on and had left my eyeglasses in the rental car.  Fantastic, OK so I can’t find coffee, I”m missing my flight, and I left my eyeglasses behind.  “This is the start of  a fantastic day” I said.

I got to the airport and sure enough I was too late to check in so I’m on stand-by for a flight at noon today.  Evidently that flight is completely booked so we’ll see if I even get on that (my luggage will).  I went back toward the car rental shuttle area to go back to the rental car center to see if I could recover my eyeglasses.  The funny thing was I kept seeing everyone from the conference at the check in and even on the shuttle ride back.  I finally made it back to the rental car center and was directed to a million different locations before I was finally told to go “knock on the second door on the left”.  Evidently that second door was where the lost and found was.  After knocking a lady answered the door and I explained I had left my glasses so she got on her walkie talkie to locate the car.  Of course the person replied with “I have no car with that” meaning they couldn’t locate a car with that license plate number.

The nice lady then left the office and walked with me downstairs until we located the car in a stall.  Wouldn’t you know it, the glasses were nowhere in sight.  She got back on her walkie talkie and it was confirmed that nobody has turned anything in.  Regardless we went back upstairs to check the office at the return area and in office #1 nothing.  Upon going into office #2 she did a quick look around and was about to say “nope nothing here either” before I snuck my head in and saw my glass case sitting on the counter.  I have never been so happy to see my glasses, I thought I’d be wearing sunglasses all day until I could get to an optometrist tomorrow.  I thanked the lady profusely and returned to the airport.

I’ve never missed a flight before so this is a new experience, a new adventure.  Wish me luck…long story short and lesson learned is to not rush and if you have to rush, keep asking yourself “am I missing anything”?

** Update – Didn’t get on the first flight via stand-by so I am now confirmed on a flight getting in @ 6:50pm.

Blackhawk Automotive Museum

We went to the Blackhawk Automotive Museum today and I really enjoyed it.  My favorite had to be the white Porshe owned by Dr. Porsche followed by the Road Runner.

Blackhawk Plaza

It is Christina’s birthday today so we took her to breakfast and then she took us to the Blackhawk Plaza which is quite the ritzy shopping area.