needs to be interested. or interesting…

or maybe needs to be napping.

september has blown by in a whirlwind. which is fine by me since i can’t wait to put up my halloween decorations. i peeked in the boxes a week ago and forgot about all the goodies i bought on sale after halloween last year. warm fuzzies of excitement shoot down my spine as i think of it.

i can hold out for one more day.

october is a crazy month full of fun. half marathon in san francisco, u2 in vegas, monterey/carmel field trip and a pumpkin carving halloween party.

i have been doing some reading about the nike women’s half/full marathon in october. it may be in competition with the disney half. i hear there is a chocolate station at mile 11. you read that right…CHOCOLATE STATION. plus firefighters in tuxes hand you a little necklace at the finish line.

you know…if you are into that stuff.


magical half marathon 2009

oh. my. disney.

i think this half marathon was the most fun i have ever had. as only disney could do, of course. even a 6 am start time in pitch black was exciting.


see…just look at me. i am so excited.

here is the start sign before the race…


and the sign after they blow it up.



here i am getting ready to cross the finish line. i didn’t get any pictures during the race, but when i do it again…i plan to have more fun with it and stop and take pictures. it was the most noncompetitive race…people were stopping along the way taking pictures at all the mile markers and characters they saw. however…i definitely would have stopped if i saw zac efron.

who wouldn’t?

the race brought you through disneyland and california adventure. around every turn was a surprise. characters, floats. parades, you name it. running around california adventure you came across a HUGE high school musical stage with all the dancers and singers having a big ‘ol inspirational party. no wonder kids are addicted to that crack.

throughout the streets of anaheim, high school marching bands, cheer squads, and authentic cultural dancers lined the way. there was never a dull second. after mile 9 was your entrance into the angels stadium which hosted a roaring crowd, announcers and a huge cheering section. it was such an overwhelming experience that i forgot to keep breathing. (which usually an important part while running…or so they tell me.)

if you look really closely to the stolen picture off the disney website…you can see that i am high fiving pluto. you read that right. how many times can you say you have high fived a dog standing on 2 legs after a race?

very few…i assure you.

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here is the finish. yes…i did finish the half marathon in 51 minutes. hahahaha. actually i missed out on a competitive time for myself due to a semi-major bathroom mishap. i will not go into to details. i was not soiled…but i had a few complications.

and i have said too much.


here i am with my 35 pounds of disney bling. i actually saw people walking around with this necklace at the park. i was proud too…but no amount of neck trauma was worth it for me. i was comforted by the fact of my subtle limping would stand me out in the crowd as a silent, yet understated victor.

here is my 30,000 opportunity for a photo. who could resist?

4 years

jasen and i have been married 4 years ago today. it has been the best 4 years of my life and i am excited for 40 more years together.

we decided to forgo gifts this year and take the more homemade non-traditional route. we each made a playlists with songs that remind us of each other. here are our lists:


the new year :: death cab for cutie
dream on :: aerosmith
declaration :: david cook
complicated :: avril lavigne
because of you :: kelly clarkson
headlock :: imogen heap
green light :: john legend
dirt off your shoulder :: jay-z
i feel it all :: feist
call to love :: crooked fingers
orange sky :: alexi murdoch
volcano :: damien rice
stations :: denison witmer
chicago :: mat kearney
let sirens rest :: now it’s overhead
my slumbering heart :: rilo kiley
boombox :: the lonely island
that’s not my name :: the ting tings

extended version** (aka the songs that would not fit on the cd)

chicago :: sufjan stevens
waking up in vegas :: katy perry
battle of life :: decatree


red rover :: rosie thomas
kissing the lipless :: the shins
the good that won’t come out :: rilo kiley
wonderful scar :: now it’s overhead
bruised :: the bens
blacking out the friction :: death cab for cutie
one angry dwarf :: ben folds
white lights will bend to make blue :: azure ray
7 keys :: aqualung
delicate :: damien rice
springtime indiana :: sandra mccracken
my love :: justin timberlake
all i want for christmas is you :: mariah carey
hurricanes :: au revoir simone
quiet as a mouse :: margo and the nuclear so and sos
sunshine :: matt costa
aint no other man :: christina aguilera
say (all i need) :: john mayer
flightless bird, american mouth :: iron and wine