Sunday, May 31, 2009

Celebrity Entourage

If you could have an entourage made up of four people, dead or alive, who would they be?

1. Mandy Moore (Adams) ~ Mandy seems like such a down to earth girl. It's always interesting to see who she's hanging out with. She has a really eclectic group of friends. I love her style and how she can do everyday casual well and look fab all glammed up. I'll be honest, her music has never really done it for me, but I like that she's always trying to find her niche. I also think she's a good actress {hopefully everyone's seen Saved!} Mandy doesn't seem to be doing her thing for celebrity, but doing what she loves (singing and acting) whenever she feels like and enjoying life every step of the way. I appreciate her for that.

2. Elizabeth Taylor ~ Not that I have anything against Elizabeth Taylor today, but I'm thinking Elizabeth from the 1950s & 1960s. I think she's the original Samantha Jones (from Sex and the City): business savvy, beautiful, uninhibited, yet still classy.

3. Ed Westwick ~ I don't know much about Ed's personal life, and yes, I associate him way too much with his character Chuck from Gossip Girl, but here's what I do know: British, brooding, stylish, witty. I think Ed will deliver the necessary guy's perspective while also allowing us to groom him a bit.

4. Kelly Clarkson ~ Much like Mandy, Kelly seems like a true BFF. Not afraid to laugh at herself, I love her style, humor, and her talent. And she's from Texas so she would appreciate the word y'all, rodeo, and good Mexican food & BBQ.

Awaiting my summer music

June 9

Black Eye Peas
The E.N.D.

June 23
Regina Spektor
Far

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Celeb Sighting: Junction Jack


Today was the Astros 5K Race for the Pennant. We met at 6:15 am in order to be at the park by 7 am. We had plenty of time to people watch and stretch. We didn't really know where we were running. I assumed we would run throughout downtown, but we ran one straight 1.5 m stretch and then looped around.
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By straight stretch that didn't mean flat though. Pretty soon into the race we faced our first overpass. I have zero hill training so it killed me. The good thing about hills though is that you can redeem yourself on the way down! There were two overpasses and we had to do each twice. It was warm, but I am thankful for the weather we had! It could have been much, much worse!
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My favorite part about running races like this that loop around is seeing the leaders heading back to the finish line. I was reaching the first mile marker and the leading runners were starting their 3rd mile! I am one of those people that gives a little clap for them as they pass because I'm seriously impressed. I think the winner finished the race in under 15 mins! Impressive and ridiculous. Also, once again I had small children passing me. Loved it. And I really do love the moms that are out there running with their children that are under the age of 14. I think it's great way to promote healthy living in a fun way and introduce them to their community.
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So I had 3 goals for this race:
1. Improve my time from the last 5K
2. Run as fast as possible at the end
3. Honor my 1 min walk breaks and not linger longer in them and not add more walking breaks
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Well, I accomplished 2/3! I improved my time by 4 mins from the last race, and by 3 mins than what I've clocked during my training. How? As much as I hated those overpasses I made sure to run faster on the way down, and I surely did haul at the end of the race! You end the race going into Minute Maid Park through a series of ramps, and while you probably should slow down so you don't trip, I sprinted. Then I saw the clock and I had to make it before it reached the next minute. I added a few walks on the overpasses. I think I made it up 2 but had to walk halfway on 2 others, and then I added a walk break at the end. I made sure to keep that walk under a min though. Not too bad.
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So I'm really happy with my time! I finished 125th among the men in my age group. Yes, I registered as a man, I don't know why.
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What's even better is that everyone I went with had such a good time and all want to do it again next year. There was lots of talk about when other races would be and I think I recruited 2 of them to run the half with me in January!
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Friday, May 29, 2009

Wickedly Delicious

Another favorite snack of mine are Rachel's yogurts. I've tried most of them out, but the two I keep stocked are Plum Honey Lavendar and Vanilla Chai. They tend to cost a little more than regular yogurts (usually $.79 each), but you can often find coupons or even find them on sale in the store. I also really like the HEB light yogurts(Piña Colada, Vanilla & Peach Mango), and those are often $.50 each or less, but I still always get a few Rachel's.
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All Rachel's products are free of artificial flavors, preservatives or sweeteners including no high fructose corn syrup (!), and are made using milk from cows not given artificial growth hormones (rbST-free). And they're certified kosher :)
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Nutrition Info for both yogurts mentioned:
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Calories: 150
Fat: 2.5
Carbs: 25g
Fiber: 1g
Protein: 8g

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Delicious Obsession


So I took a chance and bought tapioca pudding. I have never really been interested in tapioca, but I also have never tried it. Sort of like when you're a kid and your not supposed to like spinach or brussel sprouts or asparagus, but you try them as an adult and are like, hello, amazing! Last night when I was grocery shopping I was forced to make a decision: leave the store empty-handed since my favorite brand of chocolate pudding wasn't stocked or try something else. I went for the latter, and in fact I went for the tapioca. I figured that if I didn't like it someone else in the house might want it.
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Oh my gosh. Delicious. Changed my life.
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Now, when I was in Turkey I realized that I do indeed like thick custard-like puddings. They served lots of pudding that quite honestly resembled flan and were amazing (and flan is another one of those things I never eat because, well, it's flan and you're not supposed to like flan). Also please note that I ate every dessert available in Turkey during every meal and as a snack, and the pudding/flan was always my favorite. It wasn't ever covered in caramel, and I think that's why I enjoyed it (I'm not a huge caramel fan).
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The Kozy Shack Tapioca Pudding is really thick, but not too sweet, and the tapioca pearls give it a fun texture. It really is sort of decadent pudding. If you're looking for a new snack or just need to embrace your inner little old person you should try this. I bought the no sugar added kind.
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Calories: 90
Fat: 3
Carbs: 11
Fiber: 4
Protein: 3

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

River & Friends & Deer Friends

For Memorial Day Weekend a group of us traveled to Canyon Lake where a friend has a cabin. We had planned on floating the river the whole weekend, but when we woke up on Saturday it was pretty cloudy. As we were in line getting our toobs (why is it spelled toobs? I hate the way it looks) it started raining. We waited it out and then finally got on the river, but it was pretty chilly! Three hours later we decided one trip on the river was more than enough and we went home and got ready for dinner. It ended up clearing up and it was the most beautiful summer evening! We headed to Gruene and joined the tons of people that were there for dinner and music. We had an hour wait for our table, but it was fine because we grabbed a drink and listened to music outside and played washers...I'm not very good.


In Gruene, I love this group shot of us! It's the ultimate summer picture.

Thank you covered wagon for a photo op. I look like I'm wearing a jumbo bonnet.
A mosaic being made at the bottom of a fountain


The next morning we decided to take a chance and head to Schiltterbahn. The weather was much better than the day before and even though it was cloudy it was still warm and we managed to get some sun. Schlitterbahn is so fun. I had to accept the fact that I would be parading around in my bathing suit all day, but it was fine. When we were standing in line for a ride Amber leaned over and whispered, "I'm so glad all of our friends know what is an appropriate bathing suit for their body type." So true. Ain't no shame in a one piece or opting for hipster bottoms instead of a string bikini. Noted. Also, know when you need under wire. Also noted.

I screamed a lot, and I'm convinced my body is not made for toobs since I went down every shoot backwards. It was fun though. We need to go again. We went to Gruene again for dinner that evening. Unfortunately both times were were in Gruene all of the shops were closed, so now I definitely need to go back and make a whole day of it.


Waiting to eat Mexican food in Gruene after a day at Schlitterbahn


Also, there's a winery a few miles away along 46. We didn't get a chance to go, but now that I know it's there I will definitely make a trip out there the next time I go to the river or to Gruene.
OH! And where the cabin is located there are TONS of deer that walk around all day. They are in everyone's yard. I loved it. On our last morning there About 5 deer were in the back, close enough to the patio that I could toss out some food. I ran in and grabbed my bag of goldfish and then started tossing fish at them. They loved it. All of a sudden all of their deer friends came and there were about 8-10 deer in the back. One was getting really close and I poured some fish in my hand and held it out to it. It came right up and ate out of my hand! I was able to do it a few more times. I loved it!!! I was so sad not to get a picture of it. Deer friends might have been the highlight of my weekend!

*Not really the deer, but close enough and they really looked like this. Don't they sort of look like Comet? They have the same face, I think they're distant cousins


On the way home we stopped by Buc-ee's because I have never heard of it before. Apparently these are all over the place? So weird. The one we stopped at along I-10 was packed, but I was so impressed with how quickly the people working there were and how friendly! I bought a piece of toffee fudge and finished it today. So good!

All in all, a successful weekend getaway!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Funny Face

While looking around for a new blog template that has three columns I came across these fun sites. At BeFunky.com you can upload a picture of yourself and add all sorts of fun effects to it, like turn it into a cartoon, a sketch, a painting, etc. Over at PicHacks.com you can upload a pic of yourself to see how symmetrical your face is. It generates what your face would look like if it was perfectly symmetrical using both your left and right side (I def. have a "good side"). You're not suppose to smile and you need to be looking straight ahead. Please note it is nearly 2 am so all make up is gone from the day and I pushed my bangs up.
So fun! And did I find a new template? No, but that's OK!
it was all yellow
Purple-ized

Cartooned

Symmetrical using the left side of my face
*This is totally the shape of my grandmother's face

Symmetrical using the right side of my face
(hello alien mugshot)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Diva.

I totally stole this from Sirena, what a fun idea! She was watching E! and saw a segment on what some ‘divas’ request to have to stocked in their dressing rooms. This list is called a rider and in most cases it's pretty ridiculous. TMZ has a great list of riders from various celebrities that include things like rose scented candles (Beyonce), dark cotton socks (Coldplay), variety of local take-out menus (The Killers), 8 Ferrero Rocher chocolates (M.I.A.), non-smelly & non-sweaty cheese (Lady Gaga). The Foo Fighters threaten to call out a catering jihad if they don’t get Solo cups (Theirs is really funny, you should read it). Jason Mraz has the most appealing rider to me—lots of veggies, flax seed, fruits, and all other things I love.

OK, so my rider:
Fruit & Veggie Tray
Texas Grapefruit
Wheat crackers
Laughing Cow cheese
California Rolls
White Gummi Bears
Pomegranate, Pink Grapefruit & Buttered Popcorn Jelly Belly Beans
Grapefruit Izzes
Sugar-free RedBull
Tazo Chai Tea
Fingernail polish remover, cotton balls, and a variety of OPI polishes
Nuetrogena Facial Cleansing Cloths
Carmex
DVDs: Wes Anderson Movies, Reality Bites, Empire Records, and Clueless

Um…I could go on and on…d-i-v-a.

Hair Diaries

I’m in Houston right now and it has been a pretty good stay so far. I am looking forward to making the move here after I’m finished with school. My friends here are just wonderful, and there are lots of exciting things going on in their lives right now that I will be able to share with them. It’s great to be near family too :)

Now, part of the reason I haven’t blogged in a while is because my dinosaur laptop has been dying more often than usual. However, I was recently gifted with a new laptop! Totally a surprise and I didn’t even ask for it. My dad heard a sale was going on and decided to snag one for me. I’m having fun with it so far! However, it refuses to connect to our home wireless internet for some reason. Sad. Hopefully we’ll figure out why soon.

Since I’m in Houston my beauty routine has to change quite a bit. I think everyone knows that the humidity down here is OOC, and it hasn’t been too bad or consistent yet. My hair has decided to change texture once again. Sometimes it will be really curly, or straight, mostly always thin with a 24-hour expiration before it becomes full on greasy. All of a sudden my hair is feeling very thick. I have spent big bucks on volumizing shampoos and sprays and it’s never been like this. I’m not sure what the situation is. I’m not complaining though! Long and thick hair is ok, long and stringy? No. Which is usually why I give up on growing it out and hack it all off.

I usually always have some sort of serum in my cabinets. When I have short hair I use it because I tend to put lots of other styling products in. On those few super humid days in Waco I bust it out to control the frizz. I love Aveda’s Light Elements Smoothing Fluid, but at $24 it hurts to buy it. However, serums seem to last forever. I think I had it for at least two years. When I needed to replace it I was unable to find and Aveda nearby and settled with Biolage Smoothing Serum. I wasn’t crazy with it all, but again, had it for two years. I recently bought Garnier Fructis Brilliantine Shine and I am loving it. #1, so cheap! I think it was less than $5. #2, it’s not nearly as greasy as other serums. Definitely recommend it.

I also am trying Herbal Essence Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioner. My hair has felt a little dry (I’m not sure if it’s dry or thick feeling, I’m confused). It doesn’t make my hair feel heavy or over conditioned. It has a coconut scent so it’s great for ushering in summer!

Friday, May 15, 2009

New Fav Magazine

So I've been looking to incorporate a new magazine to my subscription circulation. Right now I have Glamour and Everyday, and I think I'll be adding either People Style Watch or InStyle soon (I also love Real Simple but it's so expensive to subscribe to). I wanted a magazine in the health and fitness category. I enjoy Runner's World but to be honest every issue seems exactly the same. Even the cover stories are the same, they just switch them around. I was looking at the magazine rack yesterday and settled on Fitness. I really like it. It has a good mix of recipes, fashion/style, and fitness stories (side note: it's ladies fitness). Also, it has an amazing website!

Now, most health magazines are appear to be pretty similar, so I'll let you know how different each issue is. I decided to subscribe because it was only $5.99 for a year! That's awesome, I couldn't pass it up.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Little Mama


A little late, but we were busy celebrating yesterday. Gotta give a shout out to my mama! Sandy is the best mom in the world for me, I have realized this so much as I have gotten older. Lots of moms are great, but not all would have been a good match. She keeps me in check, has never been afraid to share her opinion on some of my wardrobe choices (bright yellow shift dress for Easter when I was on the swim team AKA super dark? She called it. Poor choice), and yet always gives me room to make my own decisions. Of course, she is not afraid to say, "And what did your mother tell you?" when I don't heed her advice and then am forced to admit she was right. My mom has always been super encouraging and never goes a single phone call or face to face visit without expressing her love and thankfulness for me. I'm thankful for her!

A list of some of the things I did not listen to Sandy about and the consequences:
Warning: "It's time to come inside"
Outcome: half-dollar size scar on my knee after attempting to sneak in one last scooter trick

Warning: "You don't need to take your perfume with you to swim practice"
Outcome: nearly permanently blinded when I squirted drugstore scented alcohol into my eye

Warning: "Stop jumping on those rocks"
Outcome: fell into pool of algae and was forced to picnic in bacteria infested clothing

Warning: "You need to wake up on time so you're not so rushed"
Outcome: went to school with only one shoe because I dropped the other one in the front yard running out the door

Warning: : "You're too dark to wear yellow"
Outcome: Looked like Chaquita Banana

Oh Sandy, you were right. And I love you. Though I'm convinced there's a perfect shade of yellow out there for me :)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Boom Boom Pow

I’m nearly done with this semester, PTL, but I felt I needed to update since it’s been so long!

For those of you in the Houston area I invite you to participate in the Astros Race for the Pennant 5K on May 30. I’m so excited because a few of my friends have agreed to participate. The more, the merrier though! You get 2 tickets to a game and a t-shirt for joining. I LOVE taking in a game so that was such a huge plus.

Check out more about the event here

That being said, I’ll be in Houston for a few weeks before coming back for a summer session and I’m realizing there aren’t a lot of place to run in LP. If you’re in the area and have any routes that are 3-6 mi let me know! I may be making the drive to run along Allen Parkway, but would rather only do that once a week. Hello carbon footprint.

So one more thing I’ll miss about Waco: running in Dean Highland neighborhood and at the dam. I would love to take pictures of both, but it’s hard to run with a camera. I tried, and then put the camera in my sports bra and it fell out. Now my zoom button is messed up. Zoom Zoom Pow.

I love older neighborhoods and the one I’m living in now is amazing. There are so many styles of homes. There are lots of colonial and craftsman and bungalow style homes, which are my faves! (Oh ,to be able to live in craftsman in Montrose…my dream) Right now since everything is blooming there are some amazing flowers and trees. One house truly has set up an English garden. It’s beautiful, sometimes I just want to hang out in their backyard. I especially love running past honeysuckle because it reminds me so much of playing in my grandmother’s backyard. I hope one day I can truly keep up a garden/landscaping.

The dam is amazing. I had heard this from a few people, but it really is one of the best places to run in Waco, simply because it’s long and flat. I love running in my neighborhood, but the streets are old and it kills my knees and ankles. I ran along the dam last weekend and let me tell you! Truly out there with God’s creation. I saw turtles and lots of colorful little birds and a pack of hawks. At one point the hawks didn’t seem to mind that I was running past them and they were flying so close alongside me! I had never seen a bird like that up close. It was so neat to see them flying. With the slightest move of their outer feathers, almost like fingers, they would catch some air and glide a little further. There were also tons of different butterflies I had never seen before and they were all flying around my head as I ran through them. I felt a bit like a Disney princess…except I was gasping for air and sweating profusely. That's so unprincess-like. The great thing about the dam is that you are elevated pretty high, which means lots of cool breezes!!!

Every year Hillcrest Hospital does a 5K on the dam, known as the Best Dam Run In Texas, and it’s on June 6 this year. I so want to go, honestly just for the shirt (best name of a race ever), but it’s my brother’s birthday that weekend and Sirena will be back in town, so I doubt I’ll be in Waco that Saturday. I’ll sacrifice some cotton for those two folks :)

Not a very good/clear picture, but the thin white strip is where you can run. The grass is actually a very steep slope, and the rocks along the water also form a steep slope. You can see everything around you as you run!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

photo shoot

This afternoon we went down to Austin and came across Fortney's on Sixth Street (near Z'Tejas). Inside they have tons of fun decorative items--some new, some vintage--and outside they have beautiful and unique outdoor art. There were so many large bronze statues it was like being in a garden museum. They also have large metal wind chimes (over five feet tall) that sounded like church bells. It was amazing.
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Here are a few of the pieces I thought were interesting:


Cowboy Scene on Propane Tank
. ..Bronze Belly Dancer
.Little Girl with Bird's Nest
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Vintage Sign & Painted Mirror