Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Blog Slacker

Guilty as charged. Writing laziness has set in.

It's been a whirlwind last month and a half. Surfer Boy's daughter got married, family from out of town moved into town, and did we mention that most of these folks to be entertained are WAY under the age of 26? With a ton of enery! It's been surfing, hiking, bowling, yoga, arcades, swimming, movies, shopping, eating, parties, eating, eating and more eating!

Angela's job is crazy busy (the landscape company won several government bids - yay!) so you will soon see some amazing flowers and palm trees being planted around town. Yep folks, your tax dollars hard at work!

Life is amazingly good. We are happy, healthy, well fed and it's finally summer at the beach! We think we will go eat some more............

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Harding Hustle Inaugural 30K - NOT!

My favorite training partner, Rico, called me a few days ago to invite me to watch him cross the finish line at the Inaugural Harding Hustle 30K trail run. Since I'm still not back to racing yet, but looking for any opportunity to be on the trail, I jumped at the chance. I figured that I would get there, do a hike on my own, see all the runners and take a photo of Rico crossing the finish line. But it was not to be. Here's where retirement (both Rico & I), dates, geography and time all collide in a place called the Twilight Zone.

Rico and I have spent thousands of hours training on numerous local trails, two of which are the Harding Truck Trail and Blackstar Canyon. For some reason, Rico prefers calling the Harding Truck Trail the bird sanctuary. The fact that there is a bird sanctuary there might have something to do with it. When he told me about the race he specifically said it will be at Blackstar Canyon which is exactly where I went. But NO! The race was actually at The Bird Sanctuary. Are you getting all this? Because I'm not.

I ended up doing a lovely hike at Blackstar Canyon, searching for the start/finish line. They bussed the runners in, so that's why I wasn't surprised that there were just the usual amount of cars there.

I posted some lovely pictures that I took of myself. I understand that they are doing wonderful research over at the Harvard Brain Center with expiring minds. Anyone interested? Rico?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Seeds Of Change

Who out there would like to easily grow your own food in your kitchen for 13 cents per pound? We would! We have decided to break out the sprout jars again.

You may have heard the fact that everything necessary to create a life is contained within a seed. But did you know that when a seed sprouts, an incredible flow of energy is released. Each seed holds vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in reserve, awaiting the suitable environments to begin growing. It is at this stage that the highest abundance of living energy is in the plant, just waiting to be utilized by our miraculous bodies. Sounds like a pretty good deal to us for 13 cents per pound!

Here's how we do it:

Glass jar with lid
Organic seeds (here we used lentils and garbanzo beans)
Filtered water
1 tsp. wheatgrass powder (optional)
Draining rack

Fill the jars about 1/4 full with seeds. Cover with filtered water so that the jar is about half full. Add a little wheatgrass powder to the water if desired; the seeds will soak up the trace minerals and nutrients. Cover the jar with cheesecloth or screening. Allow seeds to soak for 4-6 hours for smaller seeds, and 12 hours for larger seeds and beans. Drain off the water. Put the jar at a 45 degree angle, mouth down, in a place where it can drain freely. Rinse twice a day, then return to draining area. The miracle of sprouting occurs anywhere from 1-6 days depending on the seed. Refrigerate and enjoy your own crop of living food!

We highly recommend Ann Wigmore's wonderful book entitled The Sprouting Book in which she details how to grow, provides nutritional value, recipes, health benefits and history of the life giving, nutritional powerhouse of sprouts.

Once the garbanzo beans are sprouted, we are planning on making home made hummus. We will follow up and provide you with the recipe.

Not only are the spouts easy, fun and delicious, but they make you run faster, be a more flexible yogi, fit into your jeans easier and make you happy! Now, isn't that what life is all about?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Angela Reports

Hey guys! All work and no play. I love my new job though. They put me on full time so it's 8 to 5 every day.

So, this weekend, me and my roommates decided to go on a hike on the trail across from the Candy Store on Ortega Highway. My Mom loves to run on that trail and hopefully one day, I'll be able to run some races out there with her. Here's a picture of one of my roommates on the trail.

Then, when we got home, we found my cat, Baby, curled up around the fish tank. She is out of control and we just hope she never gets a real taste for sushi.

The top picture is me with my sister and a friend. Just remember, with all the bad news you read about every day, there's always someone, somewhere giving someone a kiss. Go out and kiss someone today. After you run the trail that is!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

R.I.P. Jason Winn

Saturday was spent at a lovely memorial for the man who started the Laguna Beach Bikram Yoga Studio. He was 44 years old when he passed a few weeks ago.

How else do you think we would choose to remember him? Why a 90 minute hot yoga class, of course. The room must have been at least 110 degrees, but with the added heat of the 50+ bodies, it felt more like summer in the rain forest. Afterwards, we all walked across the street and swam in the refreshing ocean, as that was Jason's favorite routine. Marna, the owner of the studio provided watermelon and we all sat around remembering Jason.

He was a dear, sweet, lovable man who loved life and touched all those who had the pleasure of meeting him. The Laguna Beach studio would not be there if not for Jason.

Life is a precious gift. Go out and run, swim, surf, skydive, mountain climb, breathe fresh air and do a few standing forward bends while you're at it. Then tell someone you love them today. You never know when it may be your last.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Holcomb Valley 33 Mile Race

Just got back from our annual trip to Big Bear for the Holcomb Valley 33 mile / 15 mile race.

Only I didn't participate in it and I miss it like crazy!

Being around all the runners and hanging out at the finish line is amazingly inspiring. It also makes me acutely aware of the fact that I'm not out there doing the sport I love the most, which feeds my soul - trail running - specifically ultrarunning.

It's been one year since the knee surgery and I am now starting to make the rounds of various doctors; old and new test results in hand. One doctor wants to take a section of cadaver bone and jigsaw puzzle style, replace the dead bone area with a new and improved bone.

Enough about that. We had an amazing weekend of laughter, fun, friendship and pictionary (our favorite game). On the morning of the race, Kerry and I did 90 minutes of yoga, a one hour brisk walk around Big Bear, then went and got a massage. We know how to not trail run in style!

You have to admit, we do look happy in the picture and we are. There is so much to be grateful for. When we got home, I walked out onto our deck, took a deep breath of ocean air, and said "Life is Extremely Good" Sometimes folks, we get up in the morning, look in the mirror and we're still there. And sometimes, that's enough.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Rico Finishes Inaugural El Moro 50K -Rattlesnakes and All

I couldn't be more proud of my favorite training partner, Rico, who finished the inaugural El Moro 50K on Saturday!

Rico and I have spent thousands of hours running zillions of miles of trails together at our beloved El Moro, in Crystal Cove State Park. I ran 45 miles there on my 45th birthday, and he ran 60 miles there on his 60th birthday.

The race was limited to the first 50 entrants. Rico's girlfriend, Andrea, and I went to the finish line to cheer him on and were not surprised to hear every finisher commenting on how the trails were swarming with rattlesnakes. That fact alone should limit next years entrants to, oh probably 5 instead of 50.

We waited at the finish line. And we waited. And waited. Finally, we decided to hike out to find Rico. About a mile into the trail, after passing a hefty size rattler curled up on the side of the trail, we finally ran into Rico, who had to hastily jump out of the way of a rattler at mile 18, thus causing his back to wrench. The look on my face at the finish line attests to Rico's sheer determination and guttin' it out-ability.

I plan on being there next year, cuz I just love cute little ole' rattlers. Join us, will you?

Monday, May 10, 2010

First Dr. Cutter - Next: Dr. Needleman

Time for another rant about my knee. The bible says "and the word was made flesh" translation: what you talk about becomes reality. So it could be time to put my writing about the knee aside.

If any of you are considering taking a doctor's advice and going under the knife, think again. It's been almost a year since my knee surgery and I still can't run. Since I live in this body I can tell you that the recovery has been slow. If I had it to do over again, I would get second, third and fourth opinions. Or perhaps the best idea of all; listen to my body and WAIT. What a concept. I just wanted the darn thing healed, so under the knife I went with Dr Cutter.

Eleven months later, the new MRI shows a cyst that grew at the surgery site. So what have I decided? On Wednesday I go in for a procedure with Dr. Needleman, who drains the cyst, then they give a cortisone shot that reduces the inflammation. I am beginning to think I could have left well enough alone, but now realize that I need to somehow drain the cyst behind my knee because I can feel it and it's slowing me way down.

For my next trick, I am going to hire a good Medicine Man (or Woman) who can pull the evil spirit out of my big toe. Does anyone have the website address of a good one?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

90 Day Bikram Yoga Challenge Drop Out

I found out that one can over stretch. I stuck to the first 30 days of the Bikram Yoga challenge quite religiously. Yes, I was practicing in church. Here is how it went:

I was not willing to give up my other workouts which include trail hiking (not running much yet), spinning and surfing. That meant on most days, double workouts. In the days pre knee surgery, triple workouts were the order of the day. Much as I don't want to admit it, my body still seems to be healing and the knee complains too much when I overdo it. This has been difficult to accept as I have this vision of myself as Wonder Woman. So.......at the end of the 30 days, I wasn't having as much fun as I like. My life is all about fun. It's back to spreading the workouts out.

The 30 days took much more mental discipline than I thought it would. When you are attempting a perfect standing bow pulling pose, it's not the time to think about how your stock options are doing.

This morning, Surfer Boy and I had a nice surf session. The guys all look so much better wearing wetsuits than they do in yoga class where, let's just say, not much is left to the imagination, when it could be.

I don't own a scale, but I have noticed that my jeans are baggier. C'mon girls (and guys), that's really what we're all after.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I Got A New Job!

Hey guys! I got a new job! Last week was kind of a tough week but it has a happy ending.

I've been looking, looking, looking for work. My Mom is so over loaning me cat food for Baby and one cannot live on rice alone.

On Tuesday night, one of my good friends passed away unexpectedly. It was really sad. I was home Thursday, crying, when I got a call back from a job I applied for. I didn't want to go to the interview, but something told me to stop crying, get dressed and go. When I got there, I got the job out of one hundred and sixty applicants! I started Friday and I love it. I'm a receptionist for a commercial landscaping company.

Here's the weird part: The company is located in the exact same center as a restaurant where my friend was the last night he was alive. He was there for a going away party. Coincidence? I don't think so. I say next time you have an inner urging; listen to it. There are Angels all around us. That's why my Mom named me Angela! Have a great day everyone.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Day 30 - Done!!

Yesterday morning I completed day 30 of my 90 day Bikram Yoga challenge. How do I feel? Stretched, pulled, twisted, two inches increased in height, and like I've never sweat so much in my life. I don't think I've ever done this much working out. That even takes into consideration the mega miles put in for ultra marathon training.

This morning, Surfer Boy and I are going to celebrate by surfing! Look how clean the conditions are. Life is an amazing, beautiful gift and quite an adventure.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Bikram Yoga 90 day Challenge-Day 20

I decided to celebrate day 20 of my Bikram 90 consecutive day challenge with a double workout. Not sure why I haven't done this before as I'm so fond of a good endurance event. When we got to the end of the 90 minute, 105 degree, 26 posture workout, I found myself feeling as though I was just getting warmed up. So I did both the 7am and the 9am class. It was amazing. The second class was easier than the first, as I was good and warmed up.

They offer five classes a day at the Laguna Beach studio. How many do you think I can do in one day? The challenge is on!

Get out there and do something physical this weekend. Happy Friday!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"Official" Diagnosis

Spoke to the ortho Dr. on the phone. He says it's good ole' fashioned arthritis of the knee and "nothing can be done" Why do some of these doctors take delight in telling you that you just "ran too many miles"? I plan on taking matters into my own hands, second, third and fourth opinions. The finish line awaits. Thanks for all your good vibes.

See Jen Run.......Or Not

Who out there is in the mood for a party? Before you answer, I need to tell you that it's a big time, blow out of the year, Pity Party.

I got the results from the MRI yesterday. Good news and bad news. Good news - everything that was done surgically to my knee 10 months ago has healed. Bad news - we have a new injury in the same knee. They call it an osteochondral defect measuring 3.0 x 5.5 mm along the medial femoral condyle. Aren't you glad you asked? Translation: A hole in the bone of my knee. The doctor, who is my GP (haven't discussed with the orthopedic surgeon yet) looked me in the eye and said "Are you ready to accept the fact that Wonder Woman has left the room?" NO!!!!!

Woke up early this morning, next to my hard body surfer boy husband who handed me a cup of coffee. As I looked out at another stellar Laguna Beach day, overlooking the ocean, watching the early morning world come to life, I filled my head with every positive thought I could muster up. I am the Master of Positive Thinking. I finally said "Screw it, I'm tired of pouring pink paint over everything" I walked over to my Ultra Marathon "shrine" with all my race medals, 100 mile belt buckles and my one race trophy where I actually placed in a 50k and felt like chucking the whole lot into the trash.

Then, I threw some cold water on my face and went to the 7am yoga class for day 17 of my self created 90 day Bikram Yoga challenge. I can do 80% of the class, so that's what I'm doing. I love a good endurance event. I wonder what the world record is for fine wine drinking?

Does anyone out there have any words of wisdom or advice? Anyone?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Creepy Cat Ladies

My kitty, "Baby" turned one year old! We had a birthday party for the litter. Here we all are. The guy in the photo is the vet, where we all got the kittens. They came from the animal shelter, where they were going to be euthanized. Their names are - from left - me and Baby, Dr. Lorber's girlfriend and Lola, Dr. Lorber and Lila, Michele and Mimi. And yes, the cake in the photo is on the diet. I hear there is a bed opening up in the Orange County Psych Ward.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Day Eleven

Wow! My spine feels like a pearl necklace being stretched out. I think I've grown at least an inch. The "bell" (iphone alarm) went off late, but I still did the yoga workout. Keep on keepin' on everyone. Show up for life, even if you are an hour late.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Day Ten

Dayum. This is a lot of yoga! The bell goes off at 5am tomorrow morning for day eleven.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bikram's 90 day Challenge on 54 cents per day

I have decided to take on the Bikram 90 day challenge!

I've been practicing Bikram Yoga for almost two years. This phenomenal workout according to founder, Bikram Choudhury, is the only workout you will ever need since it works your body head to toe, bones to skin, inside out and transforms you mentally. (It will not be the only workout I'll be doing)

Here's the catch (you knew there had to be one) The benefits are cumulative. Bikram says that just going to class a couple times a week is a waste of money. Well guess what folks? The classes are not exactly cheap.

What I love about Bikram, is that he says you don't need fancy equipment or yoga studios. In his Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class book, he details everything you need to perform the workout at home. Don't get me wrong, the classes are wonderful, led by highly qualified, certified instructors. Most studios even offer first timers a special deal somewhere around $20. for two weeks of unlimited classes. I love and highly recommend the classes.

However - - I always remember my Daddy (who grew up during the Great Depression) telling us kids that all we needed was to run around the block if we wanted exercise, or if we wanted to learn something new, just go down to the library and check out a book for free on the subject. He educated us on self reliance and the art of being a rugged individual.

I got inspired by an article I read in Oprah's magazine about a woman who took on the 60 day challenge. The studio I go to, as do many Bikram studios, is forever offering 60 and 90 day challenges.

So I decided to come up with my own 90 day challenge. Join me if you'd like. Here is what you will need:

Yoga Mat - $8.98
Mirror - (if you're blind you will not need this item and probably someone is reading this to you)
Towel - Hopefully you have one, if not, we need to discuss your personal hygiene
Motivation - Free but not always easy
Grand total: $48.98

If comes out to 54 cents per day. Daddy always did love a bargain!

Today is day eight. Yes, that is me in the photo.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Angela's Movie Review - "The Shift"

My Mom came back from Maui last week and handed me this movie, called The Shift. (she's always doing stuff like that) She met the star, Dr, Wayne Dyer, at yoga class and he gave her a free copy.

I loved this movie! It's a drama, but it also shows Dr. Dyer being interviewed talking about how to live a happy life, how to understand the purpose of your life, and lots of other cool stuff. My Dad gave me a copy The Secret last year, and I liked this one much better.

It really inspired me, cuz I'm out looking for a job right now and need all the positive motivation I can get. Wish me luck, and check out this movie. It just might make you think.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

They're following me!

Okay guys, this is getting a little weird. These famous folk are following me around.

As Kerry and I were getting settled into our airplane seats, leaving Maui, a woman boarding asked the person behind us if she could take his picture. At first he said no. But then she talked him into it by convincing him to put his hat on. The photo, she said, was for her son.

Who could it be? I was too timid to turn around, so instead I listened intently to a gravelly voice that sounded like Marlon Brando doing his best low whisper “Godfather” voice.

After much listening between he and the woman sitting next to him who was all excited about the magazines she was reading and the pajamas she had bought, I then heard “him” start singing a few bars of Steely Dan’s “Reeling in the Years” I finally unobtrusively turn around to see none other than Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith.

At first, I thought, “what a snob” for not wanting his picture taken. But when I got home, I did a google search, as the flight attendant told him to “have a good time tomorrow” and was wondering if he was going to be performing in town. The first thing that came up on the search was a picture of he and his girlfriend, (who he has reportedly been having problems with) taken one week earlier, at the Maui airport with their luggage on a Smarte Carte, another picture of him in front of the Enterprise car rental in Maui, and finally, the worst picture they could possibly find of him, supposedly taken prior to him going into rehab in December.

Why do I write about all this on a diet and fitness blog? Because Steven Tyler is a 61 year old athlete.

I know that many of you reading this blog are either ultra marathon runners, surfers, yogis etc. Because we need some fun in life, I have included the video from Aerosmith's sweet emotion you can watch it here. It's especially fun if you watch it all the way to the end. As many of us who consider ourselves athletes can attest, we've fallen prey to sports injuries. Can you imagine doing some of the gyrations Steven does, including that flip-over featured in the video, night after grueling night for forty years? Do you think that Kobe Bryant will be performing for his fans when he's 61? Not likely. I thought it was time for some honest reporting, and I also love a good celebrity sighting.

Here is the truth, according to a source (me) very close to the star: He ordered club soda with extra limes, salmon, no desert and black coffee. No alcohol. He was full of please and thank you's to the flight attendants. He was lovey dovey with his girlfriend. When I sneezed, he said "God Bless You" Of course I made it my business to get some kind of small talk in as we were exiting the plane and he was upbeat, positive, making jokes and eagerly talking to me about the change of weather from Maui to Los Angeles.

If you haven't figured out by now, the pictures taken of him are worth a lot of money. Usually accompanied by an unflattering commentary.

I later saw an interview in which he readily admits that he entered rehab due to the fact that he had surgery on both feet, caused by 40 years of running around like a maniac onstage, resulting in abuse of doctor prescribed opiates.

I know we as a culture like to "Throw the Christians to the Lions" I'm just glad no one was watching me on the flight because I drank two glasses of wine and ate the desert. Kudos to Steven for entertaining us all these years!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

There's No Place Like Home-Sez Who?

Today is our last day in Maui. Our workout was a three hour hike and run - yes run! on a trail in Lahaina. "Lahaina" means "Cruel Sun" and as you can see by the photo, this is one dry trail. We climbed to 1500 ft. affording some stellar ocean and island views. It was amazing. Not only due to the lava trail, the company, and the workout, but mostly because my knee was in running shape today, nine months after the surgery. Part of this is mental. I am a trail runner! If you're not sure about trying something; that's a sure sign to do it!

Once back to the condo, it was time for a surf session. Amazing, warm waters including a baby sea turtle popping its head up and swimming next to my board.

I was feeling a teensy bit homesick (took two aspirin 'till the feeling passed) and walked the beach one final time. I saw a Mama Humpback Whale breach, followed by numerous baby breaches. When I got to the end of the beach, I was rewarded by an amazing rainbow. It will be good to get back to Laguna Beach to my daughters and pets. But who ever said "There's no place like home" Oh yeah, it was that Dorothy character whose best friends didn't have a heart, a brain or the nerve. Whatevah.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bikram Yoga Maui- Dr. Wayne Dyer

Luckily, I was born into this world as a rubber band. As all good rubber bands go, they give birth to even better rubber bands. Angela can stretch her foot all the way to the point where it actually touches her nose.

Today's workout was Bikram Yoga in Lahaina, HI. Since I now travel among the circles of the rich and famous, who should I run into at the studio but New York Times best selling author Dr. Wayne Dyer, a local Maui resident and practioner of Bikram Yoga. All of the celebrities I have met thus far have been exceedingly friendly. Both of them. That would include Freddy Krueger, who lives in Laguna Beach and Dr.Dyer. The thing about celebrities is that they are normal folk, just like you and me. I went up and introduced myself. He was all about asking me questions instead of the other way around. Where was I from, do I practice yoga in Laguna Beach, was I having a good time? He then proceeded to give me a gift, which was a copy of a movie he stars in, called The Shift.

I have read many of his books. He is a true visionary, writing about human potential. I neglected to tell him, possibly out of embarrassment, just how much one of his books affected me. When I was 19 and married to husband number one, it was, how shall I put this politely, not a great relationship. It was around that time that I picked up the best selling copy of his then current book, Your Erroneous Zones. It changed my thinking so much, that I left the marriage. I will never forget my then husbands famous last words: "Everything was just fine until you started reading that book" Such, my friends, is the power of gifted authors and yoga!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Aloha from Maui!

Welcome to Maui! Kerry and I have been here for one week, which is why you haven't heard from us. It takes about that time to decompress, so we decided to stay for two glorious weeks. It is paradise here, so who knows, we may never return.

It's whale season here, and it's work season for Angela in Southern California. The humpback whales migrate every year from Alaska to the warm waters of Maui for mating and giving birth to their young. It looks like whale soup out here! Every morning we enjoy our coffee under a star studded sky, right next to the ocean, feeling the balmy island breeze caress our skin, then start watching for the whale activity as the sun rises. Some of them have gotten within yards of our patio, and when they jump for joy, it is a sight to behold. I know how happy swimming in this warm water makes me feel!

Today we went on not one, but two hikes, lasting for about five hours. First we went to Waihee Trail, then to Waihee Ridge Trail. The first hike featured waterfalls, two swinging bridges and two great swimming holes, complete with a rope for swinging, Tarzan style, into the water. The second trail, is solid climbing, climbing, climbing. It was pretty slippery due to the ever present rain and mist. It really does look like a scene straight out of Jurassic Park. In fact, they did film a lot of that movie here on Maui. We ended up high up in the clouds where the trail ends. If this isn't the Garden of Eden, I don't know what is.

When we returned to our condo, it was time for a nice relaxing Epsom Salt bath for me. Kerry decided to go surfing, since you can walk straight out the door with your surfboard and be in world class surf. I surely did marry a stud. How could I not? I finally found someone who actually wears me out.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Happy 22nd Birthday Angela!

The Baby of the family turned 22 yesterday! We had an amazing celebration, mother and daughter, relaxing at the spa at the
Surf and Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach. We then were joined by family and friends for dinner at their oceanfront restaurant "Splashes" under a stunning Southern California sunset. Angela is blowing out the candles on her Funfetti cake, which is not exactly on the diet, but it was made with love by her beautiful mother. Love the most important ingredient on everyone's diet!

Here is a picture of Angela's sister, Jessica, with her boyfriend Jeff. Remember to go out, celebrate, and tell the people you love just how much you love them. You might even decide to make someone's day by baking them a Funfetti cake!

Happy Birthday Baby! We all love you!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Ask And You Shall Receive or Be Careful What You Ask For

Several years back I was enjoying a lovely early morning trail run with a beloved Ultra Buddy when we started talking about one of my ex's. I thought it was funny when I told him "I'd rather sit in poison oak than be with Good Ole' What's His Name"

Here we are, ten years later, as I lie on my stomach, wearing a pair of baggy pajama pants typing this out on my laptop. Why you might ask? Because baggy clothing and lying prone are the only comfortable positions I can get into relative to the - how shall we say - location - of the worst part of the poison oak outbreak. If you are at all sensitive to poison oak, you may want to re-think going on the adventure I regaled you with on my last post. If you do decide to attempt it, at least promise me you will wear a pair of running tights.

Much as you all want to see it, the closest we will get to a photograph of the famous rash is the above photo which at least shows off my cute pedicure. Words to live by - "Leaves of Three, Let it Be" and next time you think you're being funny, remember, it just might come back to bite you in the butt!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Has Rico Secretly Taken Out A Life Insurance Policy On Me?

Between Kerry taking me out in the Tsunami surf conditions on Monday, and Rico taking me on our adventure today, I am beginning to think that the two of them have been watching too much Lifetime Channel movies. You know, the chick channel where someone is always attempting to collect millions in life insurance money. They never get away with it.

I met Rico at Blackstar Canyon this morning for what I thought was going to be a nice, easy, 2 hour hike on a fire road. Easy.

When we met, he handed me a newspaper article from the OC Register, which showed a picture of a stunning, mysterious waterfall in Blackstar Canyon. You can read about it here. Well, I did not "read all about it" but instead tossed the news article into the back of my car, and off we went.

The article claimed that it was only around five miles round trip. Simple really. Seven hours later we were back at our cars.

We found the creek, made a sharp right and there was a small trail which quickly turned into NO trail, but instead a series of boulder climbing and hopping, scrambling and bushwacking up a narrow debris laden creek.

If I had known what I was in for, I would've worn running tights, long sleeved shirt, gloves, trail gaiters and probably had some of those hiking poles, which I don't own. But no, my attire consisted of a cute little pair of short pink running shorts, a short sleeved shirt and running shoes which quickly got soaked.

This location is stunning. We saw hundred year old oak trees, red newts, cute tiny little frogs gleefully hopping along with us, lush ferns. And poison oak. Lots of poison oak. Are we there yet? How much further could it be? We can't give up now, we must be almost there. Did we go the right way? What time is the sun going to set?

We finally made it there and were rewarded by hundreds of gallons of water splashing down into a small pool of delightfully cool water which I took advantage of to bring the swelling down.

On the way home, I stopped at the drug store and bought myself a large bottle of Tecnu, a preparation which removes poison oak oil from your skin and clothes.

We had a wonderful adventure. I will now answer the question that Expiring Minds wanna know - Yes, I did break a fingernail.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Mother Nature Handed My Cute Lil' Ole' Butt To Me On A Plate Today

It started out innocently enough.

If you watch the news, you may know that Southern California was issued Tsunami warnings over the weekend. Needless to say, the surf was quite large and exciting, a condition which experienced surfers wait for all year.

This morning, we woke up to my Surfer Boy's "tide chart application" on his iphone which predicted 3 to 4 foot waves at San O'Nofre surf beach. God forbid that anyone would actually look out the window, even when you live at the beach like we do, to monitor the surf. Heck no! That's why you've got your iphone!

So off we drove to my favorite surf beach, San O', for a little early morning fun in the sun. If you are a relatively new surfer, like me, you quickly discover that the majority of the folks out in the water have been surfing, oh, somewhere starting around the time they were embryos.

Once we got there, it looked something like this: double overhead waves, no breaks between the sets, surboards spinning high up into the air after a wipeout (if this ever happens to you, cover your face when you resurface. I speak from experience.) I looked at it and thought, "How hard can it be?"

I lasted exactly five minutes attempting to paddle out to the lineup whilst getting my board ripped away from my body by the ever approaching breaking waves. Luckily for me, my surfer boy husband was a lifeguard in a past incarnation, so he escorted me safely out of the water.

You have to admit though, I do look pretty good in my wetsuit.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Our favorite color is plaid

Today's workout was Bikram Yoga. The weather forecast called for rain, so we chose an indoor activity. Bikram Yoga is a 90 minute, kick butt workout done in a heated, 105 degree room with 40% humidity. It utilizes the same 26 postures every time which work your entire body, head to toe, bones to skin. I love the workout, but the best part of it is when it's over. Your body will be tingling, and the effects translate to any other workout you do, whether it be running, surfing, pole jumping or tight rope walking.

Yesterday, I was reading the book I was telling you about which deals with metaphysical principals of financial abundance. While Angela thinks that a near perfect day is spent at the mall, I tend to break out in hives when I enter any shopping arena. I would much rather be on the trail, in the ocean, or lost somewhere out in the mountains. However, while reading the book, I realized that I absolutely needed to make a trip to the mall. Why? Because plaid is back in fashion. Angela and I both agree on one thing: our favorite color is plaid. Off I went, and sure enough, Nordstrom features plaid in many of their styles. Girls, (and guys) don't you just love this blue color which goes quite nicely with the new boots I purchased? Angela's plaid shirt featured in the photo is a plaid of a different color. Needless to say, she wants to borrow mine.

And the best part about it? I survived and thrived the trip to the mall. Even made it out of there in under an hour. And look Ma: no hives!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Thanks or No Thanks?

I was reading a book on abundance today. Financial abundance to be specific. There was a part in the book that said to practice not saying thank you-at least temporarily- when someone, such as a server at a restaurant gave you something. The reason for this, is because we live in an abundant universe, where everything we need is right here, available to all and there is no reason to question it. It's our birthright. The author gave the example: Does a lion thank the gazelle for giving up its life for the meal to be fed to the lion? I found myself resisting this, as I was raised in a home where we were all told to say please and thank you.

Later, as I was looking out at the ocean at the waves lapping on the shore, with no question as to if they should continue to be grateful to the tide coming in and out, and the seagulls searching for the food which they have no question will be there waiting for them, and the palm tree outside my window, which I've looked at hundreds of times, majestically standing there with every right in the world to be there, I suddenly felt more abundant than I had in a long time. I realized that in that moment, I needed to do nothing other than BE there. I will likely continue to be polite to servers, but I am also going to look at the world differently. We all really are living in the Garden of Eden, no questions asked!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Celebration of Life - Surfing

Today Kerry and I attended a "Celebration of Life" for a dear friend, Mike Spence. He was 62 when he passed last week. "Spence", as he was known to the surfing community was very dear to my heart. My surfing goddess buddy, Shelly and Spence were the folks who introduced me to my Surfer Boy husband, Kerry. I'll never forget that day in the water, some six years ago, when the four of us were out in the lineup together on a gorgeous day at the Newport Pier.Every day at the beach is a gorgeous day!

His funeral was amazing and very well attended. The church was overflowing with friends from his church, his job at Edison International as well as all the members from Blackie's Classics Surf Club. There were a lot of tears as well as laughter. Unbeknownst to his church community, all of the members of the Surf Club signed the label of a bar of surf wax and elected Cathy to slip it into the casket with Spence. Cathy, you are a better woman than I! When Spence enters the gates of heaven, he will have a bar of "warm" Sticky Bumps surf wax. He was quite the surfer, so he will appreciate that.

After such an emotional day, Kerry and I decided to surf the evening glass off at San Onofre. It was magical. There were exactly three of us in the lineup. I have surfed in many places in the world and it's rare to find that small of a crowd. The waves were perfect. I could feel Spence out there with us tonight. Amazingly, there was a huge, continuing flock of seagulls, must have been in the hundreds, that flew overhead as we surfed and the sun set. I had the biggest grin on my face the whole time. At one point, Kerry and I caught the perfect wave together. We were hootin' and hollerin' as I turned to him and said........."this must be what the surf is like in heaven"

Spence, we will miss your smiling face and energy out in the water. Enjoy your Endless Summer in the sky.