June 20, 2008

Dinner, Birthday, and BBQ

The other night Aaron and I went out to dinner at the Olive Garden. Now I know that doesn't sound like any big event, and I suppose it wasn't really... but Aaron has a way of making even the small things special.

I came home after a long night at work to find a note on the door instructing me to head into the bathroom, where a nice outfit was hanging up with another note instructing me on the basics of what to wear (in addition to the things that he had already chosen- shoes, makeup, etc...) and driving directions. He only included the exit number, and for those of you who don't live in California, we don't use the exit numbers here. I had no idea where I was headed until I got almost all the way there. Anyway, we had a great dinner and it is one that I remember for a long time just for the little extra touch that Aaron put on it.

Kim's birthday was Saturday and we had a pretty good day. All that she wanted for her birthday was a bike. So, Saturday morning we all met up at Target to buy Kim the pink beach cruiser that she had her eye on for a while. It took a bit longer than expected, because upon closer inspection of the bike it wasn't put together very well and was missing a few pieces of hardware. Kim went to check out Sport Chalet but the bikes there were much more expensive for not as many features. All of the REI bikes were out of the price range (and she probably wouldn't have liked any of them anyway) so Aaron took another look at the Target bike. He figured that he could fix the things that were wrong with it without too much difficulty so that was the one she ended up getting. Katie got herself a purple mountain bike (I should say rather that Mom bought it for her) and we all headed down to the house for some much needed lunch.

After a good long while (in which my wonderful husband fixed Kim's bike and adjusted it for her, adjusted Katie's bike for her AND fixed and adjusted my Mother's ancient mountain bike) we decided to finally head out on the bike path for a ride into Coronado. Norma and Natasha joined up with us out in front of the house and we made quite the bicycle gang heading up the strand. We went into town and got ice cream at Mootime before turning back. The plan was to go to dinner afterward. So Aaron and I went at a faster pace than the rest of the gang so that we could load up our bikes and head home for a shower. We all met up at Bennignans for a nice evening out. Most people were pretty pooped from the ride... and let's face it as Kim says she's 22 now... she's old.

While riding down the strand Aaron and I happened to smell the wonderful smell of roasting hot dogs and steak which was the inspiration for yesterday's shindig at Joey and Amanda's. Amanda and I went to get our nails done then we all met up at their place for a BBQ and Wii Shenanigans. All in all it was a pretty good weekend. :)

June 18, 2008

US Open, Running

Aaron worked at the US Open all last week. He got hired for this job a while back and had been looking forward to it for months. It was great money for something he really had fun doing. Anyway, on Sunday when Tiger and Rocco tied the company that Aaron's tent was catering for gave Aaron 2 tickets for the Monday playoff.

Aaron was originally planning on scalping the tickets for money, but Tyler had been planning on trying to get tickets already, and I really wanted to go, so Tyler and I took some time of work and the three of us got to go together. Aaron didn't have to work since his tent was closed, but he could still get in with his vendors badge. We had a really good time. We got seats at the 18th hole and were able to watch Tiger tie the game again!

Aaron went back on Tuesday to get some merchandise 1/2 off too. So I am planning on sending my grandpa a program, my ticket from Monday and a cool polo shirt that says "Marshall" on it. He's going to really enjoy that. I just have to get it in the mail now. :)

I've started running again. When I got new trail running shoes I went to Roadrunner and had them analyze my running style to make sure I got the right kind of shoe. I had them do that the last time that I bought shoes too. Well, apparently my feet have completely changed since I was in high school. I used to have rather flat feet and I needed stabililty shoes to correct my stride so I wouldn't put too much pressure on the wrong parts of my leg while running. Well, over time, I managed to fix my flat foot problem all on my own. I no longer need stability shoes at all. In fact, I have a rather high arch. The guy who was doing the test was absolutely amazed and told me that the shoes that I was running in could have been a huge factor in the stress fractures that I was getting everytime I decided to go running.

So, I decided to give the new shoes a shot to see if I could run pain-free. So far everything seems to be going okay. Obvioulsy I'm not pushing myself too hard though, and I'm staying off cement and asphalt completely. On the days that I don't go running Aaron and I have been going on bike rides... I love the summer! It's so much fun. Aaron and I really want to go kayaking this summer also. We are talking about maybe doing that or going white water rafting for our anneversary. Aaron is also interested in playing golf after having been at the Open all week and I'm inclined to give that a shot too. I will be horrible though. I have awful hand-eye coordination. But hey, anything that gets us outside is awesome!

June 03, 2008

Ha! I love that picture on my last entry. It had me cracking up forever.

Anyway, Aaron and I saw The Bucket List not too long ago. Great movie about two guys who get cancer and meet in the hospital while sharing a room. They both are given a fatal diagnosis and decide to make a list of things they want to do before they "kick the bucket." Now, in the movie one of the guys is a multi-millionaire which makes everything that they do a lot easier. But nevertheless, it is a great idea and I figure that since I don't have a lot of money, I'd better start on my list now. :)

So, I sat down and started thinking of everything that I'd like to do... There's a lot. But then I figured this isn't supposed to be necessarily THAT kind of list. It's supposed to be a list of things that you would regret not having done if you died tomorrow. My list actually isn't that long any more, and most of it is pretty do-able.

Work is kinda weird right now. Our new queues just went live today. Ours are pretty slow but it's supposed to pick up on Monday. I got approved to take my licensing exam. I'm kind of nervous about it since they only give you 10 weeks to study. I'm trying to find some of the material online or something so that I can get a head start. I really don't want to have to take this test twice. But from what I'm hearing most people have to take the test 2 or 3 times before they pass. My manager just scored a 36% on her last practice exam. :( But I am a hard studier and a pretty good test taker so I'm trying not to get too discouraged before I even start.

Aaron is working at the US open managing a catered tent and is loving it. He comes home tired every day but is having a lot of fun. Don't get me wrong, I don't think he'd love the job if he had to do it all the time, but for a week... he's enjoying it. He saw Veejay Sing and thinks he might have seen Phil Mickelson but he's not sure. He picked up some programs for our grandfathers and brought home a huge bag of cookies the other night. :) YUMMY!