It gets in your head…

We were playing Pictionary, yes Pictionary in 6th period yesterday.  Who am I to scoff at enrichment of Vocabulary Development??  One of the boys, a kid who *seems* to claim a gang asks me to put on this song. 

I put it on.  The room is swaying.  I like it.  …But, it’s “gangster”.  Is it?  I guess the whole gun thing, and poker, and…many of my kids look like this singer, or try to emulate him.  I can’t tell you how many times we have to have kids take off a red or blue shirt, turn stuff inside out, etc. because it’s too gang related.

Is this any different, really than what we listened to in 7th grade?  We didn’t have Youtube, or video or anything…but we had music exactly like this…unrequited love, pleading for love, etc.  Pick a song, it was always about love. 

I remember not understanding what *making love* meant.  Until I was old.  Much older.  It was the 70s.  I was naive.

We played Pictionary, and listened to oldies.  The boys told me what they loved best about this song was Marvin Gaye.  NOW, they are speaking my language…Al Green, Marvin Gaye…Suavacito. 

Happy Weekend.  Listen, and see if that doesn’t get in your head.  Look at how BEAUTIFUL Marvin is with his feather.

*I got more rhymes than the bible’s got psalms*

I’m in an Old School kind of mood.  Ha!  I didn’t even KNOW these were old school until a friend yelled to me, “Hey that’s old school!”  And, I’m like, “Yeah!”  (secretly thinking that I just found some hot new music…)  I’m cool like that.

Since Razzdoodle isn’t here, I’ll steal his leeetle idea about his Friday Songs.  I hadn’t seen this video, and starting laughing.  Not at the obviously bad story it tells, but Queen Latifah, the girls wearing suspenders, and of course…the hand movement that tells you how to move a record back and forth if you are a very cool hip hopper in the 90s.  LOL  Plus the fact, it’s one of my favorite running songs.  Makes me laugh.  Me, an almost 50 year old woman, laughing as I run.  I’m sure it’s quite a sight.

Rode my bike to the gym at 5:30am (blah) to lift weights. Blah.  Did I say that already?

Okay then, here’s another.  Now, imagine 85 Jr. High PE Students Jumping to this for the full four minutes.  It was one of our best workouts.  Good thing I never heard the lyrics until now.  It’s another one of those laughable songs that comes on my shuffle. I especially enjoy the men in kilts…and the bagpipes…who knew?

Perhaps I was a rapper in my previous life.

*Title from Jump Around, by House of Pain*

*Wake up, check that off of some list*

Wondering about this new little app from iPhone. Practicing my coolness with blogging off the site. WordPress, you’ve done it again! Good stuff.

{{{{skipping off to check to see how it looks online}}}}


That is my goofy dog Chet, and yeah, I posted that from my iPhone.  UUber coolness!!

  • If you aren’t convinced yet, Razzdoodle, go and get one.  Tout de suite!  I have last year’s model, but just updated everything.  Man, this is one thing I missed while I was gone…blogging.  I had to stay connected via the internet, but now with the app, I’m sorry, it’s just great.  Yeah, I’m geeky this way.
  • I’ve spent the better part of three days with customer service, reps, technicians…all trying to get the Internet, TV and Telephone to work.  We were offline yesterday, so I baked Peanut Butter/Choc chip cookies from scratch.  My Mother-In-Law brought me eggplant and tomatoes, so I made fresh tomato sauce for eggplant parmesean.  Essentially, it was like the old days.  The TV didn’t work, so the boys tore around town on their bikes, and we ended up out for dinner and buying School Supplies.  Yes, I capitalized that.  In our area, school starts August 6th, but they go to private school, so it starts August 20.  I wanted to make sure that they had a good selection.  Target?  Yeah, they had enough.
  • I ran.  Tuesday, after 10 days of Bass Lake and laying around with Fudge Buckets, etc., I finally ran.  It felt wonderful.  With the Susan B Anthony only a few weeks away, I had to get the mojo on.  I stopped training for the Half in November, but will start up again after the next 5K.  There is a boredom factor there, and so I just ran.  (PS-I got a running skirt at Target, and they suck.  They do.  I felt all weird with that fabric across my legs.  I’m old school, gimme some leggings.   I already pre-ordered my SBA one for the run, so I’ll just wear it around.  Cute, but not functional for me.)

My top three songs:

1) I Kissed A Girl:  Katy Perry

2) Sexbomb:  Tom Jones

3) All Your Reasons: Matchbox 20

This seemed to be a themed run, complete with the Dating Game Theme Song (Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass) [note, it’s really called WHIPPED CREME], School’s Out, by Alice Cooper, and UB40, I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.  Anyone see a pattern here?  It was all good.  Ended the run with The Boss, Born to Run.  Only 2.7 miles for 30 minutes, but I was happy.

  • Two weeks left of my summer vacation.  God only knows what’s in store for me this year.  The Supt of, as my friend CTG aptly names places, I shall try this.  Let’s call this the District to the East.  I’m sorry, that’s all I’ve got.  Anyway, the District to the East decided not to give me full Counseling years on my contract, thus removing 4-5K on the salary scale that they originally intended.  I’ve been going back and for with the Personnel Supt., who really didn’t know if it had been done before…giving all certificated years (yes, in every district where I’ve worked).  When I said I didn’t know if I could work there, she became irate.  Word on the street is that she will go after a teacher’s credentials if they break a contract.  Yikes.  I’m still waiting on the word.  I believe I’m correct, since the place I’ll be working has some counseling issues for their students.  I’m teaching English in a Continuation School this fall.  More to come on that later.  I’m waiting to see, yet again, how this fleshes out for me.
  • The Stranger, by Billy Joel  Oh my.  1977.  I met my current husband that year, so I was a tad emotional last night.  All that aside, Billy Joel is the 70s to me.  Drinking, Sorority house, Millerton Lake, Fresno State.  (I also bought Bon Jovi, Lost Highway, and Coldplay, Viva La Vida…I usually download, but wow, there is something to be said for the real disk)  My goodness.  Maybe my mood had to do with the next bullet. 
  • My oldest son finally had to call a family meeting last night.  He said we were all cranky because the phones & TV were out.  He ran the meeting, wanting to make sure everyone was able to talk.  Gymnotes #2, in true fashion, kept looking at the scrolling pics on the computer, and Gymnotes #1 kept trying to get him back on track.  I love family meetings.  The only rule?  We tell the truth.

*From Summertime, Bon Jovi*

Memorial Day 2008

It started off with a killer 24 hour flu bug for my 10 year old.  Always on a holiday.  My 8 year old was crushed because he couldn’t go to the skate park.  I got up early to see if Lisa had posted a time for her Boulder Boulder 10K, and yeah, what a cool thing, that I can see it alllllllll the way over here in California.  She did a great job, doing it in 1:10.  I told her I ran with her in solidarity, to which she replied:  “Did you run a hill?”  Uh, no.  Guess she still hasn’t forgiven me for that Emerald 12K push into the chutes.

Music for my run of almost 4 miles today:  Very fun, and of course with the rule of 3, you get what you get.  I left it alone, and really enjoyed the run.  There’s a function that I haven’t seen at Runner’s World, whereby you can get a satellite, plus a street view of your race, which helps because we run a trail by the golf course, and I always *guesstimate* the placement of the map.  VERY cool feature.  (I’m sure it’s always been there, but I have never seen it.) 

Music for the day.  My start and end music was killer.  Again, I really enjoyed this run in the sun, and through what’s left of the farms.  One thought:  Billy Joel, Only the Good Die Young.  It’s not true.   A lady of age 85 died last week.  She spent her life in prayer and service.  She was good.  I ran by her house, and secretly blessed her, and wished her Veteran husband peace.  I’m sure he was at the Memorial Day Service in Ripon.  He is a good man, and she…well, she died old…and she was good.

1.  Wind It Up-Gwen Stefani (kick ass song to start with)

2.  Only The Good Die Young-Billy Joel (not true)

3.  I Walk The Line-Johnny Cash (fun by the river)

4.  Hold On-KT Tunstall

5.  Here It Goes Again-OK GO (ROBBY!)

6.  Devil-Stereophonice (Rescue Me)

7.  Wouldn’t It Be Nice-Beach Boys (Surprising cool to run to…through the shade of the fields)

8.  What About Now-Chris Daughtry

9.  Free Falling-Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

10.  Yankee Doodle Dandy-The Mormon Tabernacle Choir (I swear, you should have this music to run to)

11.  Dueling Banjos (from Deliverance)-fun fun fun

12.  Bad Moon Rising-Creedence Clearwater Revival

13.  Immigrant Song-Led Zepplin

Why do I bore you with this list?  Because surprisingly, I can run to some slow songs, and get a pretty good time out of it.  Plus, I REALLY enjoyed this run, and finally…that’s the whole point.

Q&D Stats:

Date: 5/26/2008 9:00 AM
Type: Long
Course: Vera Moehler Loop
Distance: 3.97 miles
Duration: 41:57
Pace: 10:35 / mile
Shoe: Asics
Weight: 178 lb
Weather: Sunny
Statistics: Calories: 534
VO2 Max: 28.1


I had been dreaming all night of running.  I dreamt that I had sandals on my feet, that I had to use a filthy port-a-potty, that everyone took off without me.  The same dream I have every year before school starts:  I have no classroom key, no students, etc.

Today would be the first day that I run a 12K.  Lisa, from Nebraska was here for the weekend.  We got up at *Oh-Dark-Hundred* (5am) and drove to San Francisco.  Found parking, found the shuttle bus to take us across the Golden Gate bridge to Marin.

Finally, the time was upon us.  With the countdown, we sloped downhill.  I thought.  This is so easy!  Then on the first turn, a windy road that reminded me of Hearst Castle.  Up, up, up to the top of the hill.  It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. 


When we got to the top and on the Golden Gate, PROUD came on my playlist.  It played as I watched the sea of heads in front of me, and I swear, it was the easiest run I had ever done.  I was flying, or so I thought.  I felt amazing, and with the music to guide me, took the GG bridge by storm.  I said a silent prayer for all the people who felt they needed to end their lives there.  I saw the emergency crisis counseling phone.  I said a quiet blessing.

We raced downhill, and I felt amazing.  All was well until mile 6.  I hit the wall.  It took every ounce of strength I had to finish the race.  I do have a strong kick at the end, and passed Lisa by one person.  I couldn’t help it…We had fun teasing each other about it…

I like the 5K.  12K is way too much K for me.

But, I will bet I’ll do it again…

Date: 3/16/2008 9:00 AM
Type: Race
Course: Emerald Across The Bay 12K
Distance: 7.45 miles
Duration: 1:24:49
Pace: 11:24 / mile
Shoe: Asics
Weight: 🙂
Misc: Quality: 5/10, Effort: 7/10
Field Placement: 2111 / 2934 (71.9%)
Age group: 8 – 80
Group Placement: 86 / 153 (56.2%)
Weather: 50° F, Sunny, Windy
Event URL:
Notes: Up the hill to the Golden Gate Bridge was brutal. The bridge itself was where I found my stride, plus the mile or so afterward. When I hit mile 6 & 7, I was toast. I think I like a 5K better, but we had a great time. Lisa, from Nebraska came with me.
Statistics: Calories: 997
VO2 Max: 26.9

(Official stats on my widget to the right of the page)

*Other Activity*

Chick Rock Rocks…

Today, for the first time in a long time, I used my original iPod.  That’s the one with ALL the music on it.  You can tell it’s an oldie because the jack is in the middle. 


I have an iPhone, 3 shuffles for running (and my kids have one), and the 40G iPod is my home stereo.

On it, I have my Running workout which is crazy and faster.  My workout music is my old elliptical, weightlifting music.  To be honest, I got quite bored with it a while ago, and then always wore the shuffle.   Today, I wasn’t in the mood to run, really.  I have two runs planned tomorrow and Thursday before the 12K on Sunday.

So, I fired up the old one, and did what Runner’s World calls *Other Activity*.  I can tell my lungs are different now.  I’m much faster on the elliptical, at a 7.0 speed, whereas before running, 5.5 was a challenge.

My first song:   Rocked my world.


Enjoy a little Christina

Then Sheryl Crow, Pink, Fergie.  I was jamming and singing (outloud).  I was behind a row of dudes with gray hair, but hey, that’s my demographic now.  Heh.

I did wall squats, push-ups, modified planks, crunches.  Man, that felt good.

Oh Yes. Yes. 57 minutes of sheer joy…

Date: 2/28/2008 5:15 PM
Type: Long
Course: Manor Loop-Partnerless
Distance: 5.34 miles
Duration: 57:27
Pace: 10:46 / mile
Shoe: Asics
Weight: 🙂
Weather: Sunny
Statistics: Calories: 723
VO2 Max: 28.1

Well, not all 57 minutes.  The first mile is always hard for me.  I have this conversation like, “I can’t wait to stop.  When can I stop.  My side hurts.  Vera Ave. is long.  Where is the golf course.  It’s too sunny.”

Then something happens to me after the first mile.  I feel like I’m powerful.  I got to the golf course again and it was locked halfway in, so I took it as good luck, because it’s when I ran my 4 miles last week.  I get up to Main Street, and I think, well, I can’t stop now.

I have this funny thing about running in front of people.  I like it, I confess.  Kim likes the trails, etc.  Me?  I like running by McDonald’s, Starbucks, the Mexican Restaurant, the bar, the bank.  Why?  I watch people watching me, and I think…they so want to do this.  You there.  You go ahead with your chicken nuggets.  I also get off on smelling the grease that I’m not putting into my body, and somehow it spurs me on to keep running.

I doubt that I’ve ever done any exercise for 57 minutes straight.  Ever.  And, I can guarantee you that I’ve never done 5.34 miles of running.  I have the Emerald 12K next weekend, so maybe I won’t completely suck at it.

Music that had me floating, from the Shawshank Redemption…


Red: [narrating] I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can’t be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.

Yes.  That’s exactly what I felt as I made my way down Main Street.