Monday, July 31, 2006

Back to the Beginning

After surviving Day One of the 'Couch to 5k', life got busy. Actually, it was all fun stuff!! Wednesday was the Inauguration of the “Night Riders 2006.” We had a BBQ and while the guys supped up their bikes, the girls talked and caught up with life. After seeing the brave boys off, we took Domino for a nice long walk. Even at 9pm, we were sweating bullets, as it was so humid! We got back and enjoyed some dessert from the “Summer of Jen” and talked some more…wondering where in the woods the boys were and if they were coming home any time soon! They ended up getting back at about 11pm, covered in mud, cobwebs, blood and sweat…BUT with the biggest grins on their faces ever. They looked like little five-year-old boys after their first bike ride adventure -unattended. We couldn’t help but just grin with them. They were so darn cute! Even though they came across tarantulas and all sorts of creatures, they had a blast and were already planning the next evening that they were all available. See Steve’s blog for more Mountain Bike details! That was just Wednesday night! Thursday was the BIG day…Steve took me out to dinner at our favorite restaurant - The Pasta Connection. We went there on our first date, after he proposed, when we got back from honeymoon and lots of times in-between! Then Friday night was game night with our Couples Group! Truth be told, I probably could have gone running before that but my wonderful husband had a surprise up his sleeve and I had to pack some clothes and get ready to be whisked away in the morning. So I ended up doing some laundry and packing my bags, racking my brain trying to figure out all his cryptic clues. We got home late again and got up and ready to leave on Saturday morning at 8am. I will post all about the surprise, but the point is we were gone the whole weekend and had no time to complete week one! The only day I had open was Tuesday and that’s when I started the program. So, my point is, Katie and I are beginning the first week AGAIN! We’ll start tonight and do the program 3x this week! We haven’t given up; we’ve just been incredibly busy!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

We did it!

After us complaining about our clothes not fitting like they used too, my friend Katie and I decided to jump on board of the "Couch to 5K" regime! Last night was our first one and all I have to say is that I had NO idea a minute was so long when you're running! I know, pathetic...but for those of us that have NEVER run, 20 minutes of alternating running and walking is quite a feat! You walk the first 90 seconds and then run the next 60 seconds...for a total of 20 minutes. Sounds easy enough! RIGHT!!! You do this 3x the first week and then it changes up a bit! I have to say that after the first run, side cramp and all, it did get a little better, not worse as I dreaded! I have to say a HUGE thank you to Steve who took care of the dogs while we were running and would yell out "Ok...on your mark, get set ... RUN!" A few times we thought he'd said "WALK", but he was SURE to not let us get away with that!!! What a great personal trainer! No short cuts for Sir Steve! When we would run, the dogs thought it was fun to run with us. In theory, this is a great idea, but the cute little things kept getting all tangled up in our feet. Anyway, thanks to Steve and Katie, I survived and came away feeling a little bit better about myself! I will keep you posted on how the rest of the week goes. Wish me luck!!!!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Lightning Pictures - taken by Steven Hughes

These pictures are from the storms a while ago, but I thought I would share them with you anyway. I was reminded of my husband’s sense of adventure 2 days ago when he woke me up at 2am to let me know he was going to photograph the thunderstorm. Don’t get me wrong - I love thunderstorms! In fact, that’s one of the main things I miss about Zimbabwe. There is nothing quite like an African thunderstorm. The smell of the rain on the dry ground, the green, green grass that pokes through the ground the following day, the frogs that come out to play and the flying ants that take over the gray sky. Nothing like it! However, things are a little bit different in adulthood. I appreciate and understand the dangers of lightning a little bit more than in my naïve youth. So, when my husband is running outside in the rain, with his NICE camera, metal tripod…dodging lightning bolts, it causes a mild heart attack and a not so pleasant sleep. However, he did get some amazing shots. And I guess it is about compromises, isn’t it? It could be worse. He could be bungee jumping off the cable car on Table Mountain. Yip, that’s right folks, that one got vetoed. Using the line “you should have done that BEFORE we got married” works like a charm.

Lightning Pictures Cont...




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Monday, July 17, 2006

Odd Dreams

I often wish I could have a video of the dreams to re-watch them and try and figure out what they mean. I can safely say that I pretty much remember every dream when I wake up. They are always with some people I know , some I don't. Sometimes the person is a light pole, or a bottle of water or something like that! If it's someone from the States, the location is Zimbabwe or SA and vise versa. It's very rarely set in USA with people from here. Always a mix 'n match with surreal things in it. There are a few re-occuring dreams that I have had since I was a child. One of them is that I'm either playing field hockey, or hiking or something that requires me to SEE and the sun is SO bright in my eyes that I can't see for the life of me. It's a blinding light and I can't escape it. The other one is that I have to use the "loo" and it's in the middle of a mall, or in an office between cubicles, or somewhere where the world can watch! Both of these are so annoying and I think I have them when I'm stressed. When I'm totally relaxed I have my absolute favorite dream of ALL time and that is FLYING. I take off of a couch, a rock or a car and hit the skies with not a care in the world. I float over fields and classrooms and traffic and it's the most amazing feeling.
Well, last night I had a WIERD dream! I was playing doubles tennis ( I know where that came from...Steve's folks went to a tennis game and his mom was telling us about the doubles!)
BUT...it was 4 people on each side and it was on a racquet ball court. ( I just played my first 5min of Raquet ball in my life a few weeks ago!!) For the life of me I couldn't find a good place to stand without either getting smacked or hitting someone my self. It was too crowded and I was just in the way. The worst part was that the ball was a ball made of cold spagetti and anytime I tried to hit it, it would fall apart. Only me...everyone else had the right knack. I complained to the coach ( I think he was an old math teacher mixed with the VP of Construction at my office) and he said that I was the only one complaining and I should not care about it. I told him to boil some water to make more spagetti but he told I was a trouble maker and to be quiet!
And THAT's when I woke up! Bummer, cause I'm not a trouble maker and I didn't get to defend myself!!!!!
I'll share my dreams with Steve and he just can't believe how detailed and ODD they are!!! Even more than that, he can't believe that I remember them in such detail!
Welcome to my odd dreams!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Quote for the week.

"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body; but rather to skid in sideways - gummy bears in one hand and battle sword in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming -- Woo Hoo!! What a Ride!!!" - Author Unknown

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Freinds Trivia

1. What name did Pheobe and Joey think would best suit Chandler?
2. What mountain did Joey and Chandler want to climb?
3. Which freind went along with Phoebe for her ultrasound?
4. What was the name of the comet that the friends were looking for from the roof?
5. What was the name of Joey's childhood imaginary freind?
6. What was the occupation of Joey's childhood imaginary freind?
7. How many different categories of towels does Monica have?
8. What type of vehicle did Pheobe drive?
9. What piece of jewelry did Chandler bring home from his honeymoon?
10. What kind of shoes did Monica think would look great with her engagement ring?
BONUS QUESTION...
11. Unhappy with "Chandler" what did Chandler want to change his name to?

Monday, July 10, 2006

D-Day

So, it's official! My sister and her family have their plane tickets and they are coming FOR REAL! They arrive on November 10th, 2006! They will stay with us for a few weeks while they find a place to live. This is just so surreal and so exciting! They have gone through so much red tape to get to this point. We just pray that the SA currency, the Rand stays where it is until they come out here. They got their passports with their visas, except Ruth's visa was in Kevin's passport and vice-versa! Seriously?? So funny, thankfully it only took 2 days to correct. I guess I can't laugh to hard, lets not forget my first greencard said 'MALE". Anyway, this photo is actually a South African beach where all the cute little penguins live. The kind that was nearly run over in 50 First Dates. I know, I know, gorgeous beaches, who would want to leave those? But they don't live on the gorgeous beaches, they live in a city where they are petrified to drive home at night, in case someone in lurking in the bushes waiting to hi-jack them. The crime rate has risen, and Dr's all over the world do their ER training at JoBurg as what they see there in 3 months is the equivalent of 3 yrs somewhere else. Praise the Lord they are leaving those gorgeous beaches and coming to Southern Orange County, where we boast Dana Point, San Clemente, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach....not too shabby!
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Beautiful Wedding

This past Saturday, Steve and I went to my colleagues wedding. It was one of the most gorgoues weddings we have been to! It was held at Shady Canyon Country Club. The decorations, flowers, dresses and finishing touches were stunning! It was so much fun hanging with some of my other colleagues and their spouses. It was neat as we went around the table to see how long everyone had been married. This is how it went...38 yrs, 28 yrs, 38 yrs, 7 yrs and us...4 yrs!!!! Seems so little in comparison and yet, it seems a life time! In a good way! We danced and danced, laughed and laughed and ate and ate! We all enjoyed the delicious cake. I will post a pic of that as it looked amazing! All in all we had such a great time. At the end when you left there was a candy bar with white & dark chocolate covered maltballs, pretzels, raisens, heath bar and nuts! YUMMY!
Steve took 171 pictures, but we cut it down to 134! Here are just a few of them! We wish the happy couple all the very best in married life!



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