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Family, Dating and the Holidays

This year was a bitter-sweet year for me. I got to be there for Sophie’s very first Christmas which she slept through most of it. But she loved all her new toys and I just love her!

20120102-225513.jpg But I also found out that my mom’s cancer came back and this time it’s untreatable. That was a stab in the heart. I know it’s natural to lose your parents but you never expect it to happen so soon and you never expect to know its coming sooner rather than later. I’ll admit, I’m terrified of losing my mommy. I’m devastated that Sophie won’t know her as well as I knew my grandparents. Most of all I’m Wrecked that she may never meet the rest of her grand kids, and they may never know her warmth and love. Because of all this I’m still praying for a miracle, for anything that will keep her here with us. My mom is this amazing woman and if anyone deserves a miracle it’s her.

Because of all of this, I’ve made it a point to spend more time with my family over the holidays. That and my brother was in town for a week. Yeah, I blew off a few potential dates and a new years kiss at midnight to do so and I feel bad about that. But ill always remember this time spent with my family and that’s so important to me. And it’s a little surprising actually considering 10 years ago I couldn’t wait to flee from prison home. Just goes to show how much a little time and having a kid of your own changes your perspective.

Dating over the holidays is rough though if not impossible. I know that people say if someone means something to you then you’ll make time for them but I spent literally every night at my parents house for a week just being with them. Best idea ever. We played monopoly, our favorite card game euchre, and my personal fave Just Dance 3. I will never EVER forget my brother and my mom dancing to that game. Ever. But my point is if you’re seeing someone an they haven’t made time for you over the holidays, give them a break and don’t read too much into it. For me at least, every night of family togetherness was important and amazing because it could be our last holidays like this.

Thanks family for all the love and wonderful season!

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Holiday Time!

Even though here in San Diego we don’t really have winter, or seasons for that matter… we just have “nice”, I still love this time of the year none-the-less! I am compiling all the San Diego local events that are going on this season that I wanna do! Some are yearly traditions, most are things I’ve never done. Similar to “The List”, I will attempt to participate in all of these fun events, and blog about them!…. So here it goes!

1. Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

We San Diegans are notorious for using the drive-thru lanes, so why not to see Christmas lights? With more than 400 lighted and animated scenes, this 1.5-mile drive around the world-famous Del Mar Racetrack is sure to get everyone from ages 1 to 100 into the holiday spirit. With returning holiday favorites such as Toyland, Candy Cane Lane, Treasures by the Lake and Elves at Play, the holiday tradition continues with opening night on November 25 (Thanksgiving) and running through Sunday, January 2, 2011.

2. December Nights at Balboa Park (Click for Blog post)

Traditionally, the holiday season kicks off with a grand celebration in Balboa Park. Balboa Park December Nights is a two-day gift to the community that brings out the holiday spirit in all, this year taking place December 3 and 4, 2010. The beloved San Diego event features sparkling lights, theatrical and musical entertainment, and exotic Food/Spirits throughout the Park.

3. San Diego Parade of Lights

Now this is quintessential San Diego: the 39th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. On Dec. 12 and 19, 2010, 5:30 – 9 p.m., see over 100 boats, all decked out in lighted glory, cruise a 7.5 mile route on San Diego Bay. This year’s theme is a “The Sounds of Christmas” and it promises to be better than ever. Best vantage points from the shore are along the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Harbor Island and Coronado.

4. The Grinch at The Old Globe

The Old Globe Theater production of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” has quickly become an annual holiday classic in a mere 5 years. The musical, directed by acclaimed director Jack O’Brien, brings to life the classic Dr. Seuss book with incredible sets and memorable performances. The 2010 production runs through Nov. 15 through Dec. 28.

5. The Holiday Bowl Parade

The Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Parade at 10 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2010 is known for one thing: balloons. Dubbed “America’s Largest Baloon Parade,” more than 30 giant ballons will float down the one-mile route along the Embarcadero, along with bands, drill teams and more. It’s the precursor to the evening’s main event: the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium, one of college footballs most exciting and successful bowl games. After the parade, hit the Family Festival at the Broadway Pier.

6. Ice Skate

It’s our own version of the Rockefeller Center ice rink – the downtown ice rink at Horton Square is a perfect holiday setting, nestled between Horton Plaza and the NBC 7/39 TV studios (can you see the Rockefeller Center parallels?). Beginning Nov. 18 through Jan. 11, 2011, bring the family downtown, in the evening, so you can bundle up in stocking caps and mittens, pretend you’re Manhattanites and skate away. It’s only $14/$12 and proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital. In addition, the Hotel del Coronado offers ice skating by-the-sea with an outdoor ice rink overlooking the ocean from 11/24-1/2. And Viejas Outlet Center boasts San Diego’s largest outdoor ice skating rink.

7. Neighborhood Christmas Lights

Who doesn’t love to see Christmas lights? Several neighborhoods around town put on annual displays (competitions?), but none more venerable than Christmas Circle in Chula Vista, a tradition for over 46 years. People come from all over San Diego to see the wonderful displays. I like the one in Santee over by Mast.

8. Traditions of Christmas

San Diego’s favorite holiday show – now in it’s 18th year!
Traditions of Christmas has a whole new look. CCT is moving San Diego’s favorite holiday show to the beautiful and historic Balboa Theatre right in the heart of downtown San Diego in Horton Plaza. Along with the move downtown comes a fantastic show with new scenes, a new storyline, and lots of new music. There is something for every age from 1 to 100! Come experience the sights, sounds and magic of the holiday season. You will be enchanted by customs from around the world. All your favorite Christmas stories come to life on stage and you’ll be singing along with your favorite holiday songs. There is something for everyone as we visit Santa and Mrs. Claus up in the North Pole.  Enjoy the all new Christmas Countdown of the greatest Christmas songs of all time. Christmas is not complete without a Living Nativity with its inspiring carols, choirs and majestic pageantry. Come see why over 300,000 people come back year after year to this colorful family spectacular.

9. Christmas Movie Line-up

These are some of my favorite Christmas movies: Elf, The Grinch, The Santa Clause, The Holiday, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Family Stone, and The Family Man.

10. Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks

It’s so strong, you can have only about 1 per season.

11. Decorate Holiday Cookies!

Ha!!…. last year at our 1st annual friends christmas party we had a cookie decorating station that, well, ended up being ALOT funnier than any of imagined when we made “cookie porn”. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Lucky for you, we have the whole thing on video, narrated by my best friends Mike and Cristina, with my loud voice in the background (and foreground sometimes). Enjoy:

12. Wear a really ugly/fabulous Christmas Sweater!

You’ll find Christmas Circle between First and Second Avenues, just south of H. Street and I Street. Read my list of other residential holiday light displays around the county. 

3. Drive-Thru Christmas Lights

We San Diegans are notorious for using the drive-thru lanes, so why not to see Christmas lights? With more than 400 lighted and animated scenes, this 1.5-mile drive around the world-famous Del Mar Racetrack is sure to get everyone from ages 1 to 100 into the holiday spirit. With returning holiday favorites such as Toyland, Candy Cane Lane, Treasures by the Lake and Elves at Play, the holiday tradition continues with opening night on November 25 (Thanksgiving) and running through Sunday, January 2, 2011.

4. Ice Skate Outdoors

It’s our own version of the Rockefeller Center ice rink – the downtown ice rink at Horton Square is a perfect holiday setting, nestled between Horton Plaza and the NBC 7/39 TV studios (can you see the Rockefeller Center parallels?). Beginning Nov. 18 through Jan. 11, 2011, bring the family downtown, in the evening, so you can bundle up in stocking caps and mittens, pretend you’re Manhattanites and skate away. It’s only $14/$12 and proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital. In addition, the Hotel del Coronado offers ice skating by-the-sea with an outdoor ice rink overlooking the ocean from 11/24-1/2. And Viejas Outlet Center boasts San Diego’s largest outdoor ice skating rink.

5. See Boats On Parade – At Night

Now this is quintessential San Diego: the 39th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. On Dec. 12 and 19, 2010, 5:30 – 9 p.m., see over 100 boats, all decked out in lighted glory, cruise a 7.5 mile route on San Diego Bay. This year’s theme is a “The Sounds of Christmas” and it promises to be better than ever. Best vantage points from the shore are along the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Harbor Island and Coronado.

6. The Holiday Bowl Parade

Speaking of parades…the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Parade at 10 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2010 is known for one thing: balloons. Dubbed “America’s Largest Baloon Parade,” more than 30 giant ballons will float down the one-mile route along the Embarcadero, along with bands, drill teams and more. It’s the precursor to the evening’s main event: the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium, one of college footballs most exciting and successful bowl games. After the parade, hit the Family Festival at the Broadway Pier.

7. Take in the Grinch

The Old Globe Theater production of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” has quickly become an annual holiday classic in a mere 5 years. The musical, directed by acclaimed director Jack O’Brien, brings to life the classic Dr. Seuss book with incredible sets and memorable performances. The 2010 production runs through Nov. 15 through Dec. 28.

8. See Sugar Plum Fairies

Of course, what’s Christmas without the Nutcracker? This year, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet is proud to present the premiere of a totally revised Nutcracker. Performances will be held at the Casa del Prado Theater in Balboa Park on December 10 – 19, 2010.

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9. Go Shopping

It kind of goes without saying during Christmas, right? But shopping over the holidays is often more than just buying gifts. For many it’s a way to hook up with friends and family, making the shopping trip more of a social outing. Plus, doing it this way makes the crush of humanity just a little more tolerable.

10. Give A Gift

Lest we get all wrapped up in the material aspect of Christmas, how about buying one extra gift and donating it to someone needy? Whether it’s through the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots or one of the many gift drives conducted by local TV stations, giving to those less fortunate helps remind us all what the holiday season is really about.

11. Ring in the New Year

Celebrate at any of the many parties at hotels and nightclubs to revel in the New Year (the Gaslamp Quarter is a natural setting for this). Or, if you would rather bring along the kids as well, First Night® Escondido presents a premiere celebration of community, the arts, and the New Year.

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Who doesn’t love to see Christmas lights? Several neighborhoods around town put on annual displays (competitions?), but none more venerable than Christmas Circle in Chula Vista, a tradition for over 46 years. People come from all over San Diego to see the wonderful displays.

Friendsgiving

Last night, my friends and I had our 1st annual “Friendsgiving”, which is Thanksgiving, with friends. It was fun because we also made it a “suit up” night, which is a How I Met Your Mother reference. If you don’t watch HIMYM, stop reading now and GO WATCH!!! But basically it means all the guys get all dressed up in suits and the ladies wear pretty dresses. It makes these gatherings a little funner and funnier. And classy.

We all remember to celebrate our family each year, but our friends are our chosen family. They are the ones that we don’t have to have around because they aren’t blood related, but we instead want to have them around because they’re awesome. We had a potluck where everyone brought a little something, except a few people who made some delicious meals, and just gathered to eat, catch up, watch football, and play with the kiddos. It was truly a blast and I love all of my besties!

 

Some of these women I have known since I was in first grade, pretty much all of my life. It’s truly amazing that I still have them in my life and I am as close to them as I am. My girl friends are amazing, all in their own awesome ways.

Karla is like superwoman mom. She works full time, has a 2 year old and is married, lives super far from civilization yet still makes time to see us all. She also has her own blog and her own website where she sells supplies and services. Oh yeah, and she owns horses and trains them. She’s a fantastic cook and is still the tiniest woman I know. She’s a hot mama for sure, and her approach to motherhood is something I really admire. She is more of a laizze faire mom, IMO. Her son is a beautiful boy, and is just the nicest little man ever. She dressed him up in a little suit for Friendsgiving, it was SO cute.

 

Megan is like this insanely intelligent and introspective philosopher woman. She’s a girl after my own heart in that sense. Megan gets so deep in her own head about life, that sometimes its bad for her. She thinks and analyzes and is the best listener of any person I know. I keep telling her to be a counselor since she does such a good job with all of her friends. She appreciates good music and connects to lyrics the way I do. Life and thoughts and emotions dig into her physche and she is constantly just thinking and asking questions and trying to better herself. Megan has been my closest confidant the past few years, and although me and her have been to hell and back, in the end she is my sister and she has my back. When I went through hell after ending my engagement and miscarrying last year, she literally pulled me through it and saved me, brought me back to life.

 

Jen… what can I say about Jen except that I’ve never once heard her complain about anything. She is also a mother of a beautiful daughter and in all the time I’ve known her, since 3rd grade, she has been nothing but a wonderful friend. She is always smiling and ALWAYS has something nice to say about people. I don’t know how she doesn’t let the negative affect her… god knows it always gets to me, I have my dark moments… but I’ve literally never seen her go through one. Ever. She got a degree while pregnant, in the summer nonetheless, and still, nothing! She is one of those women who are completely and utterly gorgeous, but has no idea, and instead is completely and utterly gracious. In fact, if she read this right now she would probably be blushing like crazy and do her nervous laugh and say I was being too kind. Which I’m not.

 

And then there’s Lacey. Lacey has been one of my best friends from high school to this day still, and she has also gone through hell and back in her life. One thing you can say about Lace is that she never gives up. She is always going after something. And she is ALWAYS fun. She may be the funnest friend I have. Lace also happens to know everyone btw, yes, even you. She makes friends so easy, I’ve always been jealous of her for that. We could literally go to any bar in San Diego, and she would know someone there, whether it be the manager, an employee, or the group of people in the back taking shots. And she is not scared of anything it seems like. I’ve seen that girl do some bold and crazy things, and stand up for herself in ways that it would be hard for me to do. She always tells it like it is, and isn’t scared of honesty or hurting your feelings. It’s endearing, I promise. I want nothing more than to see that girl happy as hell, and I have a feeling she’s pretty close to it.

 

 

Well, here are some pics of ALL the food we had!!

Food part 1

Food part 2

Food part 3

Food part 4

 

And here are pics of some of my favorite people in the whole world!

Me and Megan

Me, Megan, and my baby bump aka Sophie

 

All in all, it was a total success, even though we didn’t break out the rockband… which I always love 😀 So here’s to friendsgiving… I have the best friends, and Sophie Pearl is going to have the best aunts, uncles and cousins a baby could ever ask for!

 

Movember Week 2!

Movember Week 2!

 

Mo gear!

What I’ve been waiting all week since starting the Movember blog…. the updates! There is nothing sexier than some facial hair on a man, especially when it is for a good cause!!! So drumroll please………………….

 

Nate M.

Movember Start

Week 1 Mo!

 

Here is a link for Nate M.’s donation page for Team Legendhairy:

http://us.movemeber.com/mospace/943124/

Sean B.

Movember Start

8 day Mo!

Here is a link for Sean B.’s donation page:

http://us.movember.com/mospace/853356/

Dan M.

Movember Start


1 week Mo!

It’s not looking real promising just yet, but I’m hoping to sport a Pancho Villa look by the end of the month.  Ambitious?  Maybe… but I’m more ambitious about helping out with this cause.

Great story:

Not only did Colleen Cardas  hit us with a nice team donation on behalf of Cardas Audio ( www.cardas.com ) but she has also enthusiastically joined Team LegendHairy – and went digging in some old halloween boxes for her own mustache for her Movember team photo: http://us.movember.com/mospace/1171878/

Here is a link for Dan M.’s donation page for Team Legendhairy:

http://us.movember.com/mospace/1001822/

Mo Sista support!

Can you believe it?  She changed her facebook photo to this for Movember!

There are not a lot of women willing to sport such a thing  and certainly wouldn’t get a photo taken of it to boot (save for my little Sicilian great-grandmother on mom’s side of the family)!

Travis T.

Movember Start

1 week Mo!

Travis calls it: “My Mo-Stache for Cash!

Christian N.

Movember Start

1 week Mo!

Tom S.

Movember Start

1 week Mo!

Tom says: “It’s an unfortunate close-up, but look! There’s the onset of mo-greatness right there! Surely I can start begging for donations soon? It’s in-between looking like a moustache and the shadow you’d get on a teen looking to buy alcohol. The fun part is that I start a series of lectures tomorrow, so I’ll probably be known as that weird looking lecturer. Wonderful! Am thinking of ways to raise more mo-awareness; probably by doing something silly if we (the team) reach a certain amount of donations….

Love the support you’re lending to the mo men!”

Here is a link for Tom S.’s donation page:

ttp://uk.movember.com/mospace/963312

Brian W.

Movember Start

1 week Mo!

 

Russ S.

Movember Start

1 week Mo!

Russ says: “Attached shows that I’m discovering my inner truck-driver, as I’ve decided to try letting the handlebars grow all the way down. No funny stories, unfortunately, other than my 6yo daughter repeatedly threatening to shave me in my sleep.

Here is a link for Russ S.’s donation page:

http://us.movember.com/mospace/562356/

Mike C.

Movember Start

1 week Mo!

Mike says: “Well this is the base growth after week 1.  I do the base build first to avoid the dirty lip look. I am going to start shaping it up this weekend.

Mike C.’s Donation Page: http://us.movember.com/mospace/908906/

Eric C.

Movember Start

1 week Mo!

Eric says: “Nobody has yet to ask me if I’m driving a Trans Am to Texas to pick up beer. If you get that reference, kudos.

Nate L.

Movember Start

1 week Mo!

Aaron C.

Movember Start

Week 1 Mo!

Here is a link for Aaron C.’s donation page:

http://us.movember.com/mospace/1099354/

John G.

Movember Start

1 week Mo!

Here is a link for John G.’s donation page:

http://us.movember.com/mospace/910318/

Aaron B.

Movember Newbie!

“I am participating in Movember to help raise awareness for male health. I recently had a close friend whose father died of prostate cancer, amongst many other friends and family are are suffering from many other cancers.”

Oscar L.

Movember Start

Week 1 Mo!

Justin P.

Movember Start

Week 1 Mo!

Mo Sistas!!!

Stephanie H.

Movember Start!

1 week Mo!

Julia O.

Mo Sista love!



Megan W.

She is a woman, I swear!

CAN’T wait until next week!!! Please, comment on the hilarious pictures, and spread the word for a good cause!!!!!

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