Blast from the Past

Yeah, so you guys have heard that Märia and I ran the Great Aloha Run. This was my second year to run it and it was just as nice this year! More so even, because I ran it with my wonderful wife. Märia really did great! I was really impressed. She ran the first 2.5 straight, and we probably ended up running (jogging) 5.5 of the 8 miles. And she had no previous running experience! WooHoo to her.

So this post is entitled “Blast from the Past”. Here are some pictures from the run, and last years pictures of me running!

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And last year’s Great Aloha Run post.

Okay… No one home… Nothing to do… No problem obsessing… here’s some hints!!

Well everyone, I spent the entirety of my 24 hour post doing homework and browsing the web for sites that NMCI (the computer the marine corps hires to manage it’s network) HASN’T blocked. In the span of time I was sitting there I have discovered a couple of cool sites that you need to go look at.

Well everyone,  I spent the entirety of my 24 hour post doing homework and browsing the web for sites that NMCI (the computer the marine corps hires to manage it’s network)  HASN’T blocked.  In the span of time I was sitting there I have discovered  a couple of cool sites that you need to go look at.  This is a site all about promoting garage bands.. they are very well sorted, and you’d be amazed at what you could find there.  I would suggest looking up Waking Ashland, foreverabove, and Anberlin.    Also just search for ‘piano’ or ‘acoustic’ Whatever your preference.. you can find some amateur artists with original material to entertain you for a while.  This is a site that allows you to use your instant messengers online all in the same window.. they are well financed and I use this even when at home, not just at work to circumvent the firewall  installed to keep us on task.  I highly suggest you check it out so you can play while at work.  Writing excuses.. 15 minute podcast of three authors talking about developing and producing good literary art forms.  One of them is Brandon Sanderson who is my new Author I am promoting.   If you are reading this.. and you haven’t read “Mistborn”   than you are WRONG!!   Tired of playing java games while at work?  Well how about signing up for a free service that lets you play a Nintendo emulator through the browser?!  Well  basically if you sign up you can save your game and come back to it later… yep.. you guess it..  I got as far as the ship before the Final Fantasy crew had to take a break.

Web comics:  This is a good web comic.. But All of these comics… reach certain audiences.. and if you aren’t in that audience.. you probably won’t like it.  This one is about a geek and his group of friends, but it deals a lot with what he is thinking as he lives his day.  He never really outgrew his imagination,  and supposedly he pretends there are 15 or 16 different personality types that live inside his brain.  Sometimes he sneaks around the house as if he were a ninja, and other times he is Don Juan,  007… you get the gist.    Very funny for internet geeks, like Steven and I.  This web comic is very relatable to Resident Evil.  There is a disease around and those infected become zombies.  The story isn’t very well developed, but the artist is doing a lot of work on character development.  The blood and gore seems to be present, but the author does a great job at distracting you from it.  I’m excited to see where this is going. This is a fantasy oriented web comic about a magical world with a struggle going on between elves and humans.  There is some very strong sexual content, I wouldn’t suggest this unless you are ready to enter into a very politically intricate fantasy world. This web comic is VERY funny!  It is based on pen & paper RPGs… in particular Dungeons & Dragons.  If you enjoy ANY type of Role-Playing Games you will love this story line anyway.  All of the characters are stick figures, and I suggest this one over all others listed here. This Web comic is suggested for all.  The geek, the not-so-geek..  it is much better suited for the well grounded reader.  It is about a teenage girl who falls asleep and wakes up as an alternate self from the Revolutionary War.  She seems to be in love with a character from her dreams, but when wakes up has to deal with real life as well.  Good story line, Good art..  Doesn’t update as much as I would like.. :-(.  This is an AMAZING fantasy story line.  GREAT ART!!  Once again, it is addressed to the anime/manga/fantasy/geek  reader… but honestly it is well grounded thus far that pretty much ANY reader would be happy to follow the lives of these children as they live in their Tolkienish world.  This is the story of a female rock star.. sick of dating she impulsively pulls up a man from the crowd and marries him on the stage.  The entire comic, is her dealing with that decision, and discovering that her new husband.. is actually… a really great guy.   (so far)  Maria… read this!!  Dad!!  You need to read this one.  This web comic has no real linear story line, but deals with very interesting characters.  Imagine the TV show of  “The Office”  and merge it with “007″  This is a great web comic about a company in disguise.  Their real business is international espionage, but the personnel all deals with each other in very funny instances.  Very  much making fun of 007 and other spy shows.   EVERYONE should read this randomly..  Good comic.   AMAZING cartoon.   This one is about alien races who all deal with a fantastical society.  The characters ROCK,  The storyline is AMAZING, and the fight scenes.. are second to none.  If you have time to catch up.. I would read it.   The major draw back is that I have been following this cartoon for the last two years.. and he has only put out like 6 update strips..  :-(  He just recently put out two of those.. so maybe it’s starting back up… who knows.      So next time you’re bored… be… 

Super Woman Confessions

I only shave my legs every 6 weeks or so, my hair’s blond anyways.

I eat ice cream out of the container, but only when my husband’s not at home.

I can’t walk in high heels, and consequently own none.

I love getting pedicures, but have never had a manicure. It always seems pointless as a nurse where I wash my hands 10 times an hour at least.

My husband’s a better cook than me.

I have terrible handwriting, most people mistake it for a guy’s.

Not a single day goes by where I don’t eat chocolate.

I think romance novels are pathetic, the women in them are all airheads.

Romance movies though…well the sappier the better.

I think men who have all those muscles and six packs are really disgusting. All I can see is someone who immortalizes themselves, yuck.

My husband was the one who told me Britney Spear’s little sister was pregnant. I just don’t keep up with all the celebrities, at all, nor do I really care.

The only make-up I wear anymore is mascara, I don’t seem to have time for anything else.

I grew my hair long for my husband, not for me.

I wish I had a huge walk in closet that was completely filled with shoes, just shoes. You can never go wrong with shoes. Even if you’ve still got 18 pounds to go (and you’ve had 18 pounds to go for 3 months now). It’s just all about the shoes.

What is this?

We have blocks with pictures on them and Seporah and I were playing “What is this?” She has a pretty good vocabulary to describe things now and she enjoys playing it. So this is what was on the blocks and what she called them:

apples “apples”
little princess “baby”
pencils “colors”
notebooks “books”

When she got to the next block which had rulers on it, she looked at it and looked at it. I could tell she had no idea what they were and I wondered if she was just going to ignore the block. But an idea flashed in her head and very confidently she said “HAT!”

Super Mom Confessions

I let Seporah eat raisins off the floor and the ground and I don’t even try to stop her anymore.

I let Felicity cry in the swing when I can’t seem to do anything right, sometimes for quite some time.

Seporah eats more than the recommended amount of candy by a lot (so does her mom).

Felicity has tasted ice cream.

The television plays more than 1-2 hours a day some days.

Even though I work in a demanding job, I enjoy the break from the house (and adult conversation).

I no longer try to scrub out the stains in Seporah’s shirts.

Felicity only gets 3 baths a week, but she probably needs more.

I let Seporah draw all over herself now without taking away the pen or marker, I just wash it off eventually.

When Seporah throws fits I can’t stop, she goes in her crib until she can say “sorry” and “all done,” sometimes that can take a lot longer than expected.

I’ve said “SHUT UP!” to the girls more than once.

My kitchen floor hasn’t been properly cleaned since my dad did it when he came 3 months ago.

Happy Dyslexia to those who count down

Well everyone, the site has changed..  and in Honor of this change I am vowing to attempt to keep up with Maria and Steven on posts.  Or at least with Steven!   Things in Cali have been going okay; a few spats with Sarah but overall, I really honestly can’t complain.  My car has been a really big issue just lately.  For the last 4 years I have had Air Conditioning, but no heat.  This last paycheck I took  it in and had my heater core replaced, so that I could defrost my windows without having to break off ice from my runny nose.  Well, mission accomplished, I was told to have my AC refilled at an alternate location, as they didn’t have a vacuum to complete the job.  I went to the  car place on base, and they hooked up my heater but claim that my AC has a screw broken off inside.  I informed them of the prior work, and they insist that Mechanic A must have broken it off.  When I returned to Mechanic A He angrily insists it must have been Mechanic B.  Mechanic A goes with me to speak with Mechanic B, and a week later they sustain that no one can prove it was broken when it left Mechanic A, nor that it was fixed when it came to Mechanic B.  So no one is responsible for my AC screw being broken, and now I have to pay another 800 $ in labor if I want AC again.    So I started with A.C. which I love, and heat which I could live without.. now 1000$ later.. I have no A.C. and have heater.   I hate life.

  The good news?  59 days left in the United States Marine Corps!

Well I suppose I should update huh?

Plenty has happened in the past week, but I’ve been so tired from it that I haven’t written anything. I guess the one thing that’s really keeping me over the top exhausted is training for a marathon. Yep you read that right, I’ve decided to run a marathon. The other 2 contributors to this site have run them, my Dad’s run them, even a co-worker who’s 5 foot nothing has run one. I better jump on the bandwagon.

But good golly am I out of shape. Last week I went about 18 miles, the majority of it walking and pushing a jogging stroller (uphill both ways in the snow) and I’m beat. The house is also being ignored and dirtier this past week than it has ever been, and no I’m not exaggerating. But anyways the anticipated date is June 7th, San Diego Rock’n’Roll Marathon. Say yeah!

TV – What are YOU watching?

I am watching more than I should. I have time to at work.

American Gladiators – This is the best show on television today. If you think this an insult to this or the other shows on TV, you are wrong. It takes the best of the original show, cuts the 80’s and early 90’s cheese, and adds just the right amount of Hulk and zing. I love this show.

Friday Night Lights – Small town Texas football with all the high school, sports, and family politics in tact. The show manages to show REAL people in all their facets. I love that it shows REAL christians without ever making them pious or hypocrites. This show is real.

Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles – The terminators were some of the best movies ever made (at least the first two). This prequel series is worthy of them. I just keep expecting them to kill off Summer Glau’s Terminator character. She steels every scene she is in.

Jericho – If you missed this last year, you missed a great show. In the first episode you see Denver destroyed by a nuclear explosion. And then it gets interesting. I am proud to say that I sent CBS nuts to uncancel this show. Several tons of nuts later, sent by fans all over the world, they got the message and brought the show back.

Lost – This is a show that you can’t let go of. The plot is ridiculous and the flash forwards aren’t much better. But I have invested too much over the last 3 seasons in the characters to let it go. I just hope they end it and wrap up all the loose ends this year.

Prison Break – I swore off this show at the end of Season 2. They had the perfect ending. It was going to end well, all the way up to the last minute of the season. And then they went and ruined it by letting him get caught again, and put in an even worse prison. But season 3 has proven a good show. Not good enough to make me glad that it exists; I still say they should have all gotten away at the end of season 2, but it is good enough to keep me hooked in. I just wish decisions were made based on what was best for the story, rather than what makes the most money.

The Moment of Truth – Stupidest show on television today. I saw 15 minutes or so. All I have to say is if you are part of the audience keeping this filth on television, go shoot yourself.

Yeah, there are a few other shows I wish I had time for, but this is all I see. Tell me what you are watching in the comments!