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My short letter to the President, Mr. Barack Obama

Dear Barack Obama,
I’ve been a huge supporter of yours since the beginning. Okay, that’s a lie. I was a supporter of Hilary Clinton, but once you were elected, I watched your speech, and it moved me. It moved a lot of people. But lately, you have dropped the ball. Now I understand that you have to play the game of politics, that’s a reality. But this bill you signed into law on New Year’s Eve crosses the line. This is supposed to be America, the greatest country in the world. The one country that would rather self-destruct than break it’s own beloved constitution. Yet here we are, essentially now a military state. Which you allowed us to become. Our military is now equivalent to the KGB and many, many other rights-violating police. For this reason alone, I will not be voting for you next year. I appreciate many of the things you have done for our country in your term including Health Care reforms, the extended income tax breaks, and the repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell. But this just crosses the line for me. I do believe in our constitution, and keeping it sacred. What you have done is simply not right. I only hope that somehow, someway the Supreme Court can overturn this, which is highly unlikely considering the fact that The Patriot Act is still around. I will now be voting for Ron Paul for 2012 as he is the only candidate out there who I believe can and will repeal this country-changing law. I am truly afraid for our future as a nation.

DIY

As most of you know, or should know, I am horrible at making anything. Well, except babies. I’d say I’m pretty good at that! But as far as food, or clothes, or food, I’m just about as bad as it gets. But I stumbled upon a blog recently that I fell in love with… Liz Marie’s Blog. She is one talented inspiring lady!! Per her blog, one of the first DIY projects that I am going to make is some make-up magnetic boards.

I also found inspiration at Laura Thoughts. Her make up boards were amazing, ant the one specifically that I am going to try to replicate is mustard and black and all gorgeous! 

I’m really pumped about this and will be blogging every moment of it! Today I ordered the fabric online and I will be trying to buy/borrow the rest of the items I need soon.

Walmart helping to reduce unhealthy food

Walmart helping to reduce unhealthy food and make healthy food more affordable. I applaud you Walmart! http://ow.ly/3HuWM

#6: Take a Yoga Class

I’ve always wanted to try yoga, but was afraid I would be bad at it, or not earthy or hippy enough for it. However, being a 24 Hour member has it’s perks in that they offer free yoga classes at every location multiple days/times of the week… so basically they leave you NO excuse to not try it. And since I’m pregnant, and hugely so, I have been hindered from doing my regular exercise routine that I came to adore and enjoy (surprisingly). I figured this way I get the best of both worlds: I still get to exercise, and I get to cross something off my list! Plus, I hear the breathing exercises are good for “labor”… although I’m convinced my labor is going to be very fast and easy (as was the same way she was conceived. Hiyo!!) Anyways, after a phone call to 24 Hour to confirm that huge pregnant ladies can participate safely in the class (we can), I was out of excuses and decided it was time to go. The class I went to is held on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the 24 Hour in Santee at 7:30pm. Even though the first night I went I was extremely tired and sleepy, I forced myself to go anyways. And I was glad I did. Yoga isn’t difficult, at least for me. Before and after every workout session I was stretching vigorously. And the yoga class I participated in was a lot of stretching. And balancing. Most of my workout routine also happened to include balancing as I would do all my arm/shoulder workouts on a BOSU ball. And I was in dance all through high school and college. Turns out my past is actually very well suited to yoga. The only trouble I had was the actual muscle building parts, since I hadn’t worked out in awhile, holding a squat pose proved difficult. I do quite enjoy yoga now, all the breathing and stretching and laying down. It was the most calming workout/exercise experience I have ever had and I plan to continue to participate in yoga for a very long time to come. Bravo 24 Hour for offering these classes!

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.

MOvember Week 4: Thanksgiving Edition

This year there are so many things to be thankful for, despite the hardships I have faced. In April I found out my Mom was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, which the Doctors said was inoperable, incurable, and gave her a short time span to live. Earlier this month, the Doctors exclaimed my Mom was in REMISSION! Can you believe that?! What a miracle it was. She continued to do two more rounds of chemo, and in January will start a 6 week radiation program just to kick that damn cancer while it’s down. While she initially lost all her hair, it is now grown back a little, and its short and gray and she looks like a MUCH hotter Jamie Lee Curtis. So I guess that is mostly what I have to be thankful for this year. Also, I found out in July that I was pregnant with my first child, and even though the father decided to leave us in September, and I’m going through hardships with finding a place to live and dealing with being a single parent, I am thankful that God blessed me with a baby girl, which is what I’ve always wanted. I decided to name her Sophie Pearl. Sophie just because I loved the name, and Pearl after my Mom’s middle name. Each doctor’s visit, she is healthy and growing on schedule, and feeling her kick and move each day in response to my pokes, prodes, and voice is… well, it’s simply amazing. I’m very thankful that Sophie Pearl has the best grandparents in the world, along with an aunt who is gonna spoil the hell out of her, and of course all my best friends who have done everything they can for me through this difficult situation. I love you all, family and friends, and on top of ALL OF THAT, I was able to participate in MOvember, and help bring these amazing men below to you all to show you what a wonderful thing they are doing for cancer research.

 

Here are those amazing men, and some of what they’re thankful for this year too:

Christian N.

Oscar L.

Donate to Oscar here:

http://us.movember.com/mospace/1024490/

Sean B.

“I am thankful for being able to spend more time with my family this year, not needing to shovel snow in Movember, and that I am able to help make a difference for Men’s Health.”

Donate to Sean here:

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

Aaron C.

Donate to Aaron here:

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

 

Travis T.

“I am thankful for my meMOries with my loved ones.”

 

Tom S.

“This [week 4 picture] is a thinking face. The mo taketh my dignity but giveth me brains. Though actually, I look more like a juvenile Lemmy who’s lost his band.
The Mo cause is going well; donations are picking up and the mo looks like, well, a mo now. For the last push to raise donations, I’m heading to the studio on Friday for a photoshoot. A photoshoot that involves me, cowboy hats, cheque shirts and unfortunately, chaps.  Humiliation in the name of a good cause!”

Donate to Tom here:

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

 

 

Brian W.

“I’m thankful for many things: family, friends, my dads handing down of awesome ‘stache ability, and sweet footy skills.”

 

Eric C.

“This year I’m thankful that no one else close to me has been diagnosed with cancer.”

 

Russ S.

“Thankful here for a healthy life and a happy family (that puts up with my moustache). Hope all is well with you and your in-process little one!”

Donate to Russ here:

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

 

Mike C.

Donate to Mike here:

http://us.movember.com/mospace/908906/

 

Dan M.

Donate to Dan here:

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

Nate M.

Donate to Nate here:

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

 

Justin R.

“I appreciate all of the support I’ve been getting: whether it’s with a monetary donation, or how my uncle Dan contributed and started his own MO-vember team, he’s raised almost $400 so far, or just your ability to completely terrorize me and my lack of mustache growing genes, thanks Dad for the genetics by the way.”

Donate to Justin here:

http://us.movember.com/mospace/1000146/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOvember Week 3 update

Here are the MOvember Week 3 updates I know you all have been waiting for 😀 These staches are getting PRETTY crazy! Only about 12 days left to grow them in and get some donations!! Thanks to all my Mo participants, you guys are doing such an amazing thing. Don’t forget, today is Have Sex with a Man with a Mustache day, so if you don’t have a girlfriend, get out there and find a nice, classy lady who is willing to donate to charity! Yours truly is also looking for a mustached man…

 

Anyways, on to the men:

Travis T.

Movember Start

Week 2 Mo!

Week 3 Mo!

When I am not driving around in my 1982 IROC Z28 you may find me preparing for the nightly news.
-Ron Burgandy


Nate M.

Start

Week 3 Mo!

Donate to Nate here:

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

David M.

Week 3 Progress

Read David’s Blog here:

http://www.social-gamer.com/

Dan M.

Movember Start

Week 2 Mo!

Week 3 Mo!

Donate to Dan here:

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

Sean B.

Movember Start

Week 2 Mo!

Week 3 Mo!

Donate to Sean here:

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

Justin R.

Movember Start

Week 3 Mo!

Justin wanted to share with y’all some comments his friends and family have given him:

“Justin,

I think everyone is jealous about your baby face…………………………you better go to the mustache store and get one of those glue on’s.” -His Dad

“What mustache?” -Coworker

“I think he’s talking about his nose hairs Richard.” -Another coworker

Donate to Justin here:

http://us.movember.com/mospace/1000146/

Nate L.

Movember Start

Week 1 Mo!

Week 3 Mo!

“Movember got me free food! I was at the grocery store by my work and the girl working the deli noticed the sweet mo and asked why I shaved my full beard. I told her about Movember and she was so impressed she upgraded my sandwich to a meal for free! Other than being called “Pepe Lepew” at work, the mo is well received. It’s a great conversation starter and I even got a fist-pound from a senior sales rep today”


Christian N.

Movember Start

Week 2 Mo!

Week 3 Mo!


Russ S.

Movember Start

Week 2 Mo!

Week 3 Mo!

“It’s grown in enough now that people understand that it’s intentional. They’re less likely to cross the street and more likely to ask questions and even give the occasional compliment. That drives good conversations about men’s health and Movember. However, the compliments and good conversations don’t extend to the indoor playscape at the Chick-Fil-A in downtown Pflugerville, TX. The parents there eyed me suspiciously. If I hadn’t had my three-year-old to vouch for me, I might not have made it out alive.”

Donate to Russ here:

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

Brian W.

Movember Start

Week 2 Mo!

Week 3 Mo!

“I was at a meeting the other day full of physicians and surgeons and most commented on my “70’s Porno Mustache.”

Aaron C.

Movember Start

Week 2 Mo!

Week 3 Mo!

Donate to Aaron here:

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

Tom S.

Movember Start

Week 2 Mo!

Week 3 Mo!

“So it seems that for some people, the mo isn’t enough. there are people who are willing to pledge IF a cowboy hat, a cheque shirt AND chaps along with my mo – and then provide photographic evidence. So, if you want to see me humiliated, I’m game. Donations right this way!  http://uk.movember.com/mospace/963312/
I’ve noticed people are now rating my mo now, so there’s definitely some mo pride to be had!”

Donate to Tom here:

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

Mike C.

Movember Start

Week 1 Mo!

Week 3 Mo!

Donate to Mike here:

http://us.movember.com/mospace/908906/

Oscar L.

Movember Start

Week 2 Mo!

Week 3 Mo!

Donate to Oscar here:

http://us.movember.com/mospace/1024490/

Eric C.

Movember Start

Week 2 Mo!

Week 3 Mo!

This week I crept into the “creepy guy hanging around the grocery store phase” of the mustache.  Looking forward to the next phase-the Magnum P.I. phase.


Aaron B.

Movember Start

Week 3 Mo!


Thanks guys for all the awesome pictures! I may only speak for myself when I say I honestly think y’all look H-O-T!!!

So, we heard word about another official formal MOvember stache party going on at the end of the month. It is being hosted at The Imperial House which in the Balboa area of SD. Details can be found here: http://facialhairformal.com/

This is in addition to the one that is going down at The Double Deuce. Their website can be found here: http://doubledeucesd.com/, although I’m not sure yet what the details are on their stache party.

And lastly, here are some behind the scenes pics of Nate M., Dan M. and Oscar L. being interviewed by Fox6 news for a segment on MOvember.

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