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Tag Archives: Pop Culture
The only reasons I even bothered to watch the SuperBowl was:
1. The promise of homemade enchiladas
2. The Half Time Show
And I loved both.
I loved, loved, LOVED Madonna’s show – I was so entertained. I thought she looked great and hope I look that good at age 53.
Last night I found her YouTube channel and spent HOURS watching almost every single video. And I realized why I love her so much – she spans my entire lifetime.
Check this out:
* Released 1983-1986: Childhood
* Released 1988-1992: Teenage Years
* Released 1994-1998: College Years
* Released 1999-Current: Adulthood
Every video watched brought me back to that period in my life.
So of course, in typical NJ fashion, I made a list of my Top 10 favorite songs. I could not rank them (it was hard enough to choose just 10), so here they are in chronological order:
1. Borderline: One of the original classics.
2. Material Girl: When I was 10 years old I was DYING for this album and my Aunty Delta bought it for me for Christmas. It remains one of the best Christmas gifts I’ve ever received.
3. Crazy For You: My college girlfriends and I always picked out a celeb to belt this out to (hand motions and all). Brad Pitt was always my pick, but he’s been replaced by Ryan Gosling.
4. Cherish: Just a feel good song.
5. Express Yourself: I love running to this song.
6. Vogue: Who doesn’t love, “Greta Garbo, and Monroe, Deitrich and DiMaggio…”
7. Take A Bow: I love this live performance with Babyface more than the video:
One of my all-time favorite songs. And by default – You’ll See – because it’s the follow-up to Take A Bow.
8. This Used To Be My Playground: A League of Their Own is one of my all-time favorite movies. Hearing the opening notes still gives me chills.
9. Music: Doesn’t this just make you want to dance?
10. 4 Minutes: I program this song to be the last 4-minutes of every run.
My cousin Jenna is a teacher in China and is home for a few weeks for summer vacation so I’m spending a few days visiting her and the family in Vancouver, Washington.
It’s been a busy few days so far:
- the night that I arrived, her younger brother Riley and his Little League All-Star team was their district championship and are headed to the State Tournament this weekend. We’re all heading up to Seattle this weekend for it!
- yesterday i went on a 7-mile run. I didn’t get out the door until lunch time, but thankfully it was overcast and cool. I ran a mile and a half to the track, 4 miles at the track and then back home. It was a good one.
- in the afternoon we hung out in downtown Portland in the Pearl District and went to my all-time favorite Lululemon store. I got Jenna her very first pair of Lulu clothing – the Groove Pants! I’m so excited to introduce her to the world of Lulu! After Lulu we walked to Powell’s Books – Portland’s famous book store and spent hours there! there is just so many good books to read!
- we stopped off at pf chang’s (because she wanted american chinese food and had never been to pf chang’s before) for happy hour. 4 appetizer dishes for under $20 – can’t beat that!it was our dinner!
- and finally, we went to the midnight showing of this:
jenna, aunty delta (her mom), vanda (her friend) and i got our tickets over a month ago for the midnight showing here. we are huge fans and read all the books and have seen all the movies (in fact we also watched the Deathly Hallows Part 1 twice yesterday!).
but we aren’t the type to stand in line for hours. We did a drive by of the theatre on the way back from Portland and it wasn’t too bad at 7 pm. we called the theatre and they said it was playing on 9 screens and the doors opened at 10:45 pm. we got there at 11 pm and the line wrapped around the building but moved quickly. We probably only stayed in line for maybe 30 minutes.
but once the movie was ready to begin, there were technical difficulties with the projector! the theatre was patient at first, but after a few minutes everyone started to get antsy. They finally got it going 30 minutes late and it was worth it!
IT WAS PERFECT!
i won’t give away any spoilers, but as a huge HP fan, I was very happy with it!
Now that it’s all over, I don’t know what to do with myself….
…except go and see it again? I think I foresee an HP marathon in my future!
Went to the movies and saw this:
Instead of theatre food, we snuck sushi into the theatre. I’m sure the people around me loved smelling my spicy tuna rolls, but way better than the gross nachos they serve there, right? However, my cousin did get some popcorn and I ate a few using chopsticks – a first for me, but you know what? It worked – my hands didn’t get dirty at all!
The movie itself was okay. I think we all know it isn’t going to win any Academy Awards, but it was entertaining – for the most part. I was just so happy to be in air conditioning.
Had dinner at the Yard house, a favorite restaurant that I frequent when I’m in Arizona. They just opened one at Santana Row in San Jose. I had a Shrimp Caesar salad (sans dressing), then indulged in this:
Which quickly turned into this:
Don’t worry, I shared it with my cousin and we scraped off the whipped cream. This was my one indulgence for the weekend.
After dinner we went to the HP Pavilion where I revisited my 8th grade self and saw these guys:
We had bought our tickets for this show 7 months ago, but I had forgotten all about it and wasn’t even sure of the exact date until about a week ago. I felt so lackadaisical going into the evening, but once NKOTB came on stage, it was like 1989 all over again!
Back in 1999, I wasn’t as crazy about BSB as I had been about NKOTB, but I still knew all of their tunes, which made it one of those great shows where I could sing just about every song!
My photos and videos turned out terrible, but here’s some vids that I found online…
…And yes, their songs have been added to my running play list!
It wouldn’t be a proper weekend without a run, now would it?
For the second weekend in a row, I got to meet up with my favorite Bay Area runners/bloggers/tweeters.
This time we met in the City for an almost 7-mile run around Golden Gate Park. This area of the City is usually foggy, but on this day we were punished with “stupid heat.” It was waaay too warm, but somehow we made the ascent up to the infamous Strawberry Hill, a steep, half-mile corkscrew climb. It was more of a hike than a run up this hill for me, but we made it to the top!
After our run we all headed to Genki Ramen for lunch!
Half of us are obsessed with ramen. It’s my typical dinner on nights before a long run, but some of the other girls swear it’s the perfect post-run meal. Either way works! And in case you haven’t heard of ramen before, here’s what it looks like:
I’m told that it’s kinda like pho (except I’ve never had pho) but with more flavor. Sooooo good!
Later that evening I went to a potluck family dinner. It’s impossible to eat healthy at these things because of spreads like this:
I couldn’t resist – I had a bit of everything but just in little portion sizes. Can I call that a win? Please?
After a crazy weekend, I needed some downtime and never left my house until we reconvened for a “leftovers” family dinner.
Fireworks weren’t coming on till way past my bedtime and I had to be up at 6 am for a 6-miler this morning so I called it a day and was in bed before the fireworks even started. I’m such a party animal, aren’t I?
Here’s to a short workweek – may it go by quickly!
First let me start by saying Happy Thursday! Only 2 more days to the weekend!
If you’ve read my blog from 2 Springs ago, you will know that I am a huge fan, HUGE fan of Sex and the City. When the SATC movie came out in May 2008, I was in heaven! My cousin and I bought tickets for the opening night weeks in advance and I think I saw that movie in the theatre about 6 times over a 2 week period.
Well, my Google Reader is filled with approximately 195 subscriptions and one of the blogs I subscribe to is Chic Alert. They have been posting updates of the Sex and the City sequel that is due out this Spring. Today they announced that the new trainer was just released! I cannot wait – let the countdown begin!
Now back to what I really wanted to write about today:
What is it about January that feels so “blah?” As much as I’ve been excited about the New Year, it’s also been kind of a downer. I’ve even had a meltdown or two, though I can’t really say why . Too much stress? Too much reflection on the new year? Lack of Vitamin D from no sun? Probably all of the above. But I also attribute it to not enough sleep. I once read an article that said sleep is just as important as diet and exercise.
Last week I averaged about 5 hours of sleep – not good when I need a minimum of 7 hours every night. I thought I could catch up on sleep last weekend but that didn’t happen. It was such a bummer to have had 3 whole days to sleep in but wasn’t able to on any of them. When it came time to start this work week, I knew I had to get more sleep or else I’d be a cranky mess. So this week I’ve been forcing myself to go to bed between 8:30-9 pm, getting 8-8.5 hours of sleep. Its been glorious and has made a world of difference. But that’s also why I haven’t written much this week. I’ve sacrificed writing for sleep…and it was well worth it.
Now that I’ve been getting enough sleep, this week feels feel brighter, lighter and happier. And so far, this young Thursday has been the best day of all!
This morning I woke up and checked my work email to find that the power is out in the building and the office is closed to employees. Yay! – hopefully it will stay that way all day so I can work from home and not have to battle another rainy commute. Then, I went to the gym for a morning swim workout and the pool was empty — I had it all to myself! I’m still such a beginner in the pool that I get nervous when other people are there. Being by myself allowed me to be relaxed and not get distracted by other people. It was by far the most enjoyable swim workout I’ve had in a long time.
Since I haven’t written much this week, here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve been up to:
Tuesday: Weight Training
Wednesday: Strength & Conditioning, Core Training in the AM, and a 3-mile run on the treadmill in the PM
Thursday: 60 min pool workout
You can read the details of the workouts on my Daily Mile log.
This Week’s Menu
I also cooked another big meal on Monday that I’ve been eating all week. Its a Chicken Tortilla Casserole that I got from my friend Wendy. I’ve made it many times before, but it’d a while since I last made it. Here’s the recipe:
* 2 cups shredded chicken breast (I buy an already cooked roast chicken and debone it)
* 1 tsp chile powder
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 1/4 tsp pepper
* 1/2 cup chopped green onions
* 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
* 1/2 cup low-fat shredded monterey jack cheese, divided
* 2 7oz cans of green tomatillo jalapeno salsa
* 3/4 cup 1% milk (I use soy milk)
* 12 white corn tortillas
* Cooking spray
1. Spray 11X7″ glass baking dish with cooking spray
2. In medium bowl combine chicken, chile powder, salt, pepper, green onions parmesan cheese & 1/4 cup of the monterey jack cheese
3. In separate bowl combine green tomatillo jalapeno salsa and milk
4. In a nonstick skillet, on medium high heat, warm the 12 tortillas (about 10 seconds on each side)
5. Pour 1/3 of green salsa mixture in bottom of baking dish
6. Layer 4 tortillas over salsa mixture. Top with 1/2 of the chicken mixture. Layer 4 more tortillas followed by second 1/2 of chicken mixture. Top with last 4 tortillas.
7. Top with remaining 2/3 of green salsa mixture.
8. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup of monterey jack cheese over the top.
9. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes
* 347 calories each
The recipe says it makes 4 servings but I’ve been eating it for lunch and dinner since Monday. My friends think I’m nuts for doing this, but I don’t mind. Its very yummy and so easy to make! (but next week I will be mixing the menu up more…) And I must admit…I did put a little more than 1/4 c of cheese on the top.
I’m looking forward to the rest of today, especially going to the Stanford vs OSU basketball game tonight. I’m not really a college basketball fan, but its always fun to go to games and I’m looking forward to catching up with friends I haven’t seen in a while.
Let me close by leaving you with this one quote that’s inspired me over the past 2 weeks:
“You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.”
Have a great Thursday!
i must take a minute to wish a happy birthday to my favorite celeb sagitarrian.
this is my favorite performance:
i can’t wait to see her in concert on april 12, 2009. i’m so there with cheetos and frapps.
i am a total tv junkie. i admit it. so i know really good tv and “brothers and sisters” is really good tv. the family relationships portrayed on this show are so real. they bicker, they drive each other nuts, they gossip about each other but when it matters, they show up. they’re there for each other and love each other. its the perfect sunday night show – a “feel good”, make me laugh and always makes me cry kind of show. its so good.
and for sure, i’d vote for rob lowe for president in a heartbeat.
All week I looked forward to going to Crazy Crab night at the Giants game. The Giants were giving away a bobblehead of the hated mascot from the 80′s. It was only being given to the first 20,000 fans so we felt pressured to get to the park extra early – like 5:30 for a 7 pm game. On an extra cold, typical San Francisco summer evening, we triumphantly got our bobblehead! And in keeping in the spirit of the evening, bought overpriced crab sandwiches and calamari from the Crab Shack.
Having had our dinner and gotten our bobbleheads, we were ready to bail – and the game hadn’t even started yet! You know its a sad season when the 2 things we most looked forward to was getting the giveaway and seeing the opposing pitcher (CC Sabathia). We stuck around till the 3rd inning, then bailed in favor of seeing the Dark Knight.
All I can say is Wow. WOW. What an incredible show. Okay, I admit, I feel asleep for a little bit in the beginning (are you shocked?) but I woke up in plenty of time to see the majority of the movie. Words can’t even begin to describe it. Its haunting. Demented. Riveting. I mean, no wonder Heath Ledger was on all those meds – that role drove him to it! His performance was mesmerizing. And don’t even get me started on Christian Bale. There are not enough words in this world to describe his hotness.
I definitely need to see this movie again. And again. And again. The only thing that was disappointing was Maggie Guyllenhall. The fugliest of the fug. She had no chemistry with anyone or anything – animate or inanimate – in the flick. I spent almost 24 hours trying to think of who would have been better; in 5 seconds of me asking for suggestions, Troy said, “Kate Beckinsdale.” He’s totally right – she would have been WAY better than fugly.
After the movie, I couldn’t go to sleep. Everytime I closed my eyes, all I could see was The Joker saying, “Kill the Batman…”