Tuesday, September 06, 2011

I've decided to write a newwww blog. So if you want to stay up to date, please check the following link instead.

runningonramen.blogspot.com

Sunday, May 01, 2011

So much to update!!!

Oi, where to start??? There's been so much that's been going on these past few weeks that I can't even really begin.

So Boston is over, and I actually made my big move to my new apartment! Everything is where it belongs, and I managed to downsize my life from a 2 bedroom duplex to one decent sized room in an old victorian house with two other roommates. My stress levels have dropped dramatically - it was pretty intense for a while.

I put up a lot of pictures because a lot has happened lately. Some of the pictures are from the Santa Cruz Half Marathon that I ran two weeks before Boston. It was a decent race. I took it very casually since I had to run Boston shortly after. I had a lot of fun though, and got to spend that weekend with some of my favorite people. :)

There are also pictures of our most recent trip at work. Our team all went out on this fancy boat for a 3 hour cruise along the bay. It was amazing, I was giddy with excitement. We had a fancy three course meal, open bar, and plenty of good company. I am honestly so spoiled at work. I love it.

The last pictures are of today...I had such a niceeee day today, it was amazing. It was exactly what I've been needing. I got to spend three hours in Dolores Park just enjoying the BEAUTIFUL weather with Jon. I got a nice little sun tan to prove it. Afterwards we went to check out some apartments for him, and then we got some delicious sausages at this place down the street.

I have to say. I LOVE my new place. I love it. I love being close to everything and everyone, and I have some really awesome roommates. I get serenaded to sleep, and the dogs are ecstatic. There is this super awesome dog park literally two blocks down. I take them there every day. They also get spoiled to death by all of my neighbors (it's just one big house and everyone is very friendly and knows each other). Did I mention that I am smack dab in the middle of really amazing places? So many restaurants and cool shops!

Anyway I'm sure I'm missing things. I feel like I need a vacation already! Hopefully things will start settling down, but for now it's bed time! More later!






















Sunday, April 17, 2011

Boston!!!


Instead of annoying the very few followers/friends I have left on Facebook I decided to vent everything onto my poor abandoned blog.

This is probably one of the most exciting weekends of my life. I'm running the Boston Marathon, the oldest annual marathon in the world. I am SUPER thrilled to be running it, just for the experience alone. Never have I been in an event that an entire large city was excited about. It's all over the news, all over everything!

Aside from getting over a minor illness (fever, feeling of being cold but not really chills, achy body, fatigue), and a minor hip problem, I think I should be ok. Haha, we'll see. I'm kind of just winging it. At least I have a friend that I've been hanging out with, and who graciously let me stay with him at his hotels. We went to the expo on Saturday, and had a pre-pre-race day carb loading session at Buca Di Beppo's which in case you don't know, is a family style italian restaurant with ginormous portions. The expo was pretty awesome, the best I've ever been to. Lots of free samples, and nice tech tee's and then I had to buy the official Boston 2011 jacket. It's pretty nice, and everyone is walking around in them in Boston. It's easy to spot a marathoner, that's for sure.

I'm actually really enjoying my little trip. It's been pretty fun wandering around a totally new city. I have had LOTS of delicious food and have gotten a bit of shopping in. ;)

I have to say, I'm pretty nervous. I haven't exercised in a week, and I have been getting over my sickness and my hip still hurts. However I think the adrenaline will take over once I see the crowds of people. It is so exciting, and such a great experience to be in the middle of it all. The race will be on tv, and apparently the crowds are never ending. How cool is that? 26 miles of cheering...

So even if I am crawling to the finish I am already really glad that I bit the bullet and came out here. Big Thanks to Kevin & Jin for giving me that final push that I needed when I was so ready to back out of the race. :)

I'm just chilling out in my hotel room. I ordered some pasta in because I had a huge headache and wanted to just relax. I have to say...this is pretty awesome. I forgot how much I love staying in hotels. It's kind of weird, I know.

I will update you later this week!!! So much going on! I get back tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday I am going to be packing, and hopefully all moved by the weekend! Yikes!

Wish me luck!




Thursday, March 17, 2011

I'm on a roll!


I figured I would post every time that I have a spare few minutes or every time I even remember.

It's only been five days since my last post, and I honestly am not sure if there is anything interesting enough to justify a new one. However, I have been playing with my iphone applications and downloaded a new camera app. These camera apps are so addictive...especially for the stereotypical asian girl like me that always has at least 1-2 cameras on hand at all times.

Gottie is my favorite model. He knows how to give that sad faced, deep and longing stare. He's also not completely dark like Jack so you can see more than the reflection of his eyes.

I had an awesome thing happen to me the other day. I can't say specifics, but it's basically like finding a $20 bill in your jeans. And multiply that by a ridiculous number. Either way, it justified my slightly out of hand shopping spree that I've been going on. I do tend to buy really cheap clothes, but over the year I've been kind of revamping my entire wardrobe that used to be just thrift store finds. T-shirts, baggy sweatshirts, sad jeans and nothing but slip on flat soled shoes. I still have those days when I grab my baggy jeans and hoodies, but lately I've been trying to be a little more aware of my appearance.

I don't know why I talked about that. I really must be running out of things to say.

Last night we had our one year anniversary party for our game that I've been working on. It was kind of bittersweet because a good portion of the team is splitting up and going elsewhere. I'm staying behind because I really love the people that I work with, and I enjoy the art style. I can't complain, my job is good, life is good, and I have great company to spend it with. The party was at a local bar, and we had a bunch of really awesome food and beer. I am not much of a drinker...never was, so I kind of just (very pathetically) played some darts.

I finally got over this stupid cold that hit me out of the blue. Sudden sore throat and sniffles, which was great since it was right before my painful 16 mile run outside. I don't think the ice bath that I took afterward helped much. I even had to miss a day of work, it was that bad. :(

Despite the day off, and the party, this week still seemed pretty long. Tomorrow I'm going to go see Girl Talk up in Oakland. It's going to be a lot of fun, I'm pretty excited. :)

Anyway my time is up. I have to try to aim for my 7 hours of sleep (that I have not been getting). Back in the day I used to get 8 hours of sleep every night. Now I'm lucky if I can get 6. Sighhhh....if only my commute were shorter!

More to come later!


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Longest...break...ever.

Well I'm not sure if anybody even will read this anymore, since I haven't updated in a good three months. However, since it's also partially for my own benefit, I decided to just put up a bunch of random photos from the last three months, and I'll give a brief update on life.

You'll see lots of pictures of the puppies. They are still my boys, and I try to spend as much time with them as I can. Not much has changed. Gottie is just his usual self. Quiet, lazy, chewing on his bone for the majority of the day. Jack Jack is also pretty much the same. You can play ball with him for hours and he probably won't get tired. Playing ball is a little more difficult now a days because he is going pretty blind. Whenever I take him to any new places he's more scared than excited because he has no idea what his surroundings are. It's pretty heart breaking to be honest, but he is still one of the happiest dogs around.

You'll also see some pictures of me looking pretty hipsterish. It was a hipster birthday party for my friend Masato. I had a lot of fun, and we definitely stuck out like sore thumbs at this fancy lounge in the city. I love hanging out with this group of people though.

I haven't been able to see them as much. It makes me pretty sad. I used to go to bootcamp and see them every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday (for our long runs). Our bootcamp group has kind of divided off and I haven't been going to the class recently. I have been putting all of my focus and attention on the Boston Marathon which is sneaking up on me at an alarming rate. Just about one month left before I will compete in probably one of the most well renown and historical marathons in the world. I'm really excited about it, but also really nervous because I have had some leg injuries that I've been taking care of which means that my actual mileage is down pretty steep. I'm not aiming to run a record breaking time, but I just want to finish and be a part of it. I almost considered not running it at all until I found out that Boston changed their qualifications to be even MORE strict and impossible seeming.

Tomorrow I'm going on my longest run yet, 16 miles. :( I am pretty far behind in the training schedule and I should probably already be up to the 20 mile mark by now. Luckily though I am running with my friends which makes the time go by SO much faster. At the hipster party I met a guy that runs ironman races, and he's running Boston this year too so we are going to stay together. If you think I'm crazy, you should meet him. Today he ran his long run (20 miles) and tomorrow just for fun he's running 16 with me.

When I'm not running or sweating my butt off on the elliptical machine (my alternative to keep my cardio up), I am usually working. Work has been alright lately. There have been some changes which I'm having to deal with. Our team is breaking up so I'm kind of sad about that since I have been working with them now for over a year. However I still love what I do, and I appreciate my job every day.

Hmm what else. I am kind of bummed that I haven't found much time to do any personal artwork, but lately I am really getting the itch. I really want to make a piece for my friend's art show fundraiser for Japan. I also have a commission that I really need to finish up, and I would like to get back into painting. Oh if only I could find the time!!! Can we please just make the days a little longer?

Oh speaking of which...daylight savings tomorrow. :( Blegh. The last thing I want right now is to take away an hour.

San Francisco is treating me well. I've been making the commute still from Redwood City almost every day. My car is kind of hating me right now since it's 25 miles one way. I've been looking for a place in the city, and there is a strong possibility that I might move with some friends up in the Lower Haight area. I am nervous mostly about the dogs, because I want to make sure that they are happy and not always on edge. I also reallllly love my apartment here and it's going to be so so so sad to leave. I couldn't have asked for a better place to be...but it's kind of expensive and I really need to start saving some money. *sigh*

Anyway, life is good. I am overdue for a vacation, but Boston is coming up so I will have to just count that as one. :)

I will try my best to post more often, but I can't make promises! A big hello and lots of hugs go out to my family in Michigan and Florida.














Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Well things have been fairly uneventful but I figure I still owe my trusty readers an update. My trusty readers = grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles.

I assure you that I'm alive and well! December has been good to me...where has the year gone?

This was an interesting Christmas. I spent it alone, crying in a corner in my apartment. I'm kidding...I'm KIDDING! Well, I was alone but it was a pretty good day. I slept until 11:00am, ate and headed out to get a massage at Happy Feet. I think it's going to become a Christmas tradition. It was so nice (but I won't lie, there were moments where I was biting my lip in pain)! After that, I headed up to a friend's house because I said I would take care of his kitties while he's away on vacation. I have mixed emotions about cats since I used to have to handle and deal with them at the veterinarian's office. The thing I don't like about them is that they are so freaking moody and they don't even give you a warning sign before they lash out at you. I've been bitten twice, but I don't hold it against the cats because both times were in scary situations. So maybe dealing with my friends' cats will help me overcome that bias. I came home and ended the day by seeing a movie with some friends. I saw Tangled which was pretty adorable. I'm glad to see Disney getting back on it's feet. I remember when I used to REALLY look forward to see the Disney feature film each year. And then it just spiraled downhill with Treasure Planet, Atlantis, Home on the Range, and Chicken Little.

The nike shirt is a gift from my friend Crystal. :) I am lucky to have such good friends in the area but I'm a little sad that a lot of them are away on vacation! Some of the other pictures that you'll see are from a night out with friends at some fancy lounge, followed by an ice skating excursion that our team went out. Actually our entire team had a half day, so they took us to see Tron at Imax which was pretty awesome, followed by ice skating, followed by dinner and drinks at Jillians! Did I mention that I have an amazing job? I'll never take it for granted.

Next up is a picture from the Nutcracker. Crystal and I had wanted to see the Nutcracker so we were deciding where we wanted to see it. The dilemma was that we could go to some smaller company and it would be much cheaper, or we could splurge and see the San Francisco Ballet, who apparently started the whole Nutcracker tradition. The kicker was finding a deal online AND free cookies on opening night. Yeah...we splurged for free cookies. But it was worth it. The show was amazing. And not only did we get free oreos, but Capri Suns too!

The following pictures are of the Sharks vs. Wings game at the arena in San Jose. I've been wanting to see a hockey game. Growing up in Michigan kind of automatically makes you a hockey fan whether you like it or not. ;) I always used to watch the local college games, and I would travel around the state with my friends to watch our high school games. I can't say I'm a die hard fan, but I do enjoy a good game. And the wings killed the Sharks 5 - 3. My friend wasn't so pleased about that, but I have to say that it kind of makes the game more fun when you are rooting against your friends haha.

So life is good. This week is going to be a little slow I imagine since most of our team is off on vacation. I've just been running a lot in my spare time. I'm dealing with some major burnout so I might ease off for a week to see if I can get my motivation back. I've been taking this new bootcamp/cross fit class and it's totally kicking my butt. I'm not used to that kind of work anymore! It's been fun though. I need it. I'm getting chubby. Gotta lay off those Zynga dinners.

Friday is going to be an interesting day. I have the day off but I'm heading up to the city to check out an apartment. I've been looking for places closer to work, and there was a listing for a roommate in the Potrero area. It seems like a good deal so I am going to meet up with the girl and see if my dogs get along with her little one. *crosses fingers* I hope my dogs behave. Afterward I am going to get my hair cut and highlighted. Looking forward to that. :) I feel kind of sloppy lately. Then I'll probably go somewhere low-key with a few friends to spend the New Year. :)

Anyway that's about it! I will try to post again sooner than later.