Mishmash

In case you haven't figured it out by now, I'm a random thinker. My friends have made fun of this for years. I actually think its genetic because I know a few others in my family who I won't name, but are just as random as me. :) I don't have a lot of time, so this post is going to be a quick mishmash (is this even a word?) of a bunch of random stuff from the past three days.

Last of Summer Madness Triathlon My uncle bikes and runs, while I swim and run, so eventually one day, maybe we can pull it all together and actually do a tri. I had never been to one so we decided to check this out (it was a sprint one) in Vancouver, put on by the local park and rec. I must say, I was really impressed with the athletes who participated - all different ages, races, size and shapes. It made me hopeful and inspired that I could actually do one someday. Here's video of the first people to transition from swim to bike.

Us spectating:

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Google Calendar I just discovered Google Calendar and I love it! Why have I never used it before? Its awesome:

* Web-based - so I can access it from my personal or work laptop * Syncs with my iPhone - using the CalenGoo app (no its not free and yes I paid for it) * Supports multiple calendars - bills, training schedule, personal life, etc, etc, etc * Easy to use - same functionality as Outlook * Shareable - I can share certain calendars with certain people and I can also embed select ones on Web sites. For example....

I had multiple calendars for training - the New Balance Active Trainer calendar to track my running schedule, plus the Gold's class schedule for both Gold's gyms that I go to. It was too much. So I spent the time (prob a couple of hours at the most) to input both calendars into my Google calendar so now its all on one. And I embedded on this blog and it also syncs with my iPhone. Perfect!

"Its not gambling if you know you're going to win." I had a blast hanging out with my 'lil cousin Lauren last week. It was the first time we were able to spent time together since last Christmas. As if you couldn't tell, I adore and love to spoil her. But a classic Lauren moment:

She was looking for the Magic Bullet (which btw - I use to make myself a smoothie every morning). We went to Macy's and two Targets and could not find it. On the morning we were driving to Seattle, her mom insisted to her it was at Target. Lauren insisted back that she had just looked the night before and it wasn't there. So we decided to go back and look again. On the way driving there, she bets her mom $50 that its not there. You know how much $50 is to a college student right? But Lauren's theory was, and I quote,

"Its not gambling if you know you're going to win."

Umm, yeah...Mom's are always right

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Here she is saying goodbye to Chippy.

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You think you know someone... So Shari is my cousin here in the Bay, probably the closest person I have to an older sister. We talk / email / text if not every day, at least every other day - for the past 11 years (if not longer). So imagine my amazement when I find out two things about her I never knew:

1. She calls 911 or the Highway Patrol on a regular basis to report "things of concern." Like a deer on the highway. Or seeing someone get hit by another person. I'm talking at least once a week. In fact, while I was on vacation I get this text:

"Just called the hwy patrol non-emerg line to report a large deer blocking the road on 92."

Once she even offered to stay at the scene of an incident to "be a witness" but her offer was declined.

2. She has Yogurtouille's (our fav fro-yo place) phone number programmed in her phone because she calls them daily to find out if they have lemon sorbet fro-yo that day. After several weeks she's figured out that they know her by now so she tried to change up the way she asks if they have it.

The reason I bring this up? So I flew back to town today and the first place I went was Yogurtouille. And what did they have? Lemon sorbet. And it was good. :)

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And ironically, since they never had it, she had stopped calling and didn't even know it was there.

Three Fat Dog Days After my two-a-day workout last Wednesday, I had three fat dog days of doing nothing. Well, we did have a two and a half hour drive (each way) to take Lauren back to UW, but I mean, I could have at least fit in a quick 3-miler right? Nope, I didn't. Instead, I ate nachos and Chocolate Thunder Brownie ice cream. A lot of it. I can't remember the last time I did that.

Coming home means getting back into the groove. Only, it was too hot to run (when exactly is Fall supposed to get here?!) which meant the pool was too crowded to swim. So I went to the gym to do some cardio which I hadn't done that since last winter. My goal during the Spring was to spend more time exercising outdoors which has now become my norm.

So off to the gym I went for 30-minutes on the stair climber and 30-minutes on the elliptical. I actually like the stair climber a lot because I have to concentrate on balancing the whole time; i.e. core work (and yes, I have fallen off of it before). But the elliptical is so boring to me so to make the time go faster, I indulge in my one of my guilty pleasures - I watch Britney Spears music videos. Yep, I do. I love Brit! I specifically downloaded most of her videos on my iPhone especially for this purpose. And you know what? It makes the time go by a lot faster.

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Yep, saw her in concert in April...I am the ringleader, I call the shots!