Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pretty fun weekend

I have to say my weekend was good. A variety of relaxation and fun stuff.
Friday I worked from home and only for a half day. I headed to the movies Friday afternoon and watched Going the Distance. Eh, it was OK. There were some funny moments and some weird ones. It was a chick flick but they were definitely trying to cater to the boyfriends and husbands dragged to the movie against their will.
Friday I met up with my friend Jennifer (I have many friends named Jennifer--this one is my spin instructor) and we headed to the city for a free concert by Neon Trees, which is a band we recently discovered and really like. We had to stand in line for more than an hour, but we were close to the stage and had a great view.
Saturday the gym in the morning. I got home from the gym and had some coffee and waffles with peanut butter. Yummy! Then Curt and I loaded our honker Tube TV into the back of the Subaru along with some other e-waste and headed to Berkeley to drop it all off.
After that some relaxation and viewing of Season 2 of Californication. That is one crazy show.
In the evening Curt and I jumped on BART and headed to the city for movie night in the park. We stopped at a cafe for dinner--delicious sandwiches. Then to Dolores Park for a viewing of The Big Lebowski.
I didn't sleep so great last night. So I tried to sleep in--which was difficult. Neighbors were being quite noisy this morning. Eventually I headed to the grocery (one of my least fave chores), then made a yummy breakfast and then laundry and more viewing of Californication.
Now I am watching the Clergy Killer marathon of SVU episodes.
I tried to upload video from the Neon Trees concert with no luck. Maybe another time.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I worked until almost 7 tonight. I left work with a headache. On the way home I stopped at Babies R Us--one of my least favorite stores (Toys R Us is even worse). That place is under construction as they are getting ready to have Toys and Babies under one roof. The noise was not tolerable without a headache.
I tried to buy a gift card. Three registers, three different gift cards and three different cashiers trying to get me my gift card. But they were offline--whatever that means. What it did mean was that I couldn't buy my gift card and now I have to go back!
When the third woman told me they were offline and couldn't sell me the gift card I told her that I hated that store in a joking way. But I really do.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Yup, we're all good

Curt was reading me an e-mail last night from our German friend Martin. He told Curt that Lea, who is almost 5, heard about the pipeline explosion here in the Bay Area on the radio and was very upset that we might be hurt. Awww, how sweet is that? Her dad assured her that he had heard from Curt and we were just fine.
This made me realize that only one other friend inquired about the explosion.
The funny thing is there could be an earthquake 500 miles away and people are calling to see if we are OK. That explosion happened about 20 miles from us.
So in case you were wondering, we are OK.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Taking care of Ann

With work being so insane I am trying to not get overwhelmed and have a breakdown or a crying fit or whatever could possibly happen.
This weekend was pretty much about me. I got my hair trimmed yesterday. My regular hairdresser left the salon and I had my hair cut by Noah--who was totally awesome. He gave me a great head massage while washing my hair and made my hair look great. From him and one other person at the salon I was told I have great hair. Well, thank you very much.
I missed yoga class on Friday night because I worked late. So I went to a yoga studio near the house this morning. An instructor who used to teach at the gym teaches at this studio. I was excited to take his class. It was intense and sweaty! But an amazing work out.
After yoga I had an amazing massage from Thanh. She has been helping me so much lately with my stress.
I got a few things done around the house. But nothing major. I am working on a hat for a friend's mom undergoing chemo. I started reading again (you can't knit and read--and since I have been so focused on troop hats lately I have found little time). I am reading Crashers by an old co-worker, Dana Haynes. It has great Portland references. It is a fairly easy and exciting read and the chapters are short. So I can read one or two chapters and not feel overwhelmed.
As I mentioned on my Go Fit Girl! blog I am really trying to focus on taking care of me lately, physically and mentally--with healthy eating, losing a few pounds, hitting the gym regularly, yoga, monthly massages and mani/pedis. I also am doing my best to limit my work days to no more than 9 hours a day--which is working most of the time.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I'm jazzy

Started my weekend with a yoga class, which is always a great way to end the workweek. Later on Friday evening my friend Jennifer (I have many friends named Jennifer, by the way) came over to drop something off and hang out for a bit. We chatted, had some wine and cheese. (I recently discovered the light Laughing Cow cheeses. They are so yummy.)
Saturday headed to the gym in the a.m. Headed home and got cleaned up for a baby shower. Curt headed to a football game so I had the house to myself that evening. I started watching the United States of Tara. I love Toni Collette. It is an interesting and intriguing show. I finished the first season today. I am hoping Season 2 is already on DVD. (Bummer! Just checked Netflix--nope, not out yet.)
Today was a lazy morning with coffee, knitting (finished troop hat No. 18) and working on some app reviews.
Eventually I headed to McNally's to hang with Curt and have a Bloody Mary ... or two. At some point Curt took off (had to get cheese and salami at Market Hall) and I stayed to finish my second drink. I made friends with a few people and two drinks were attempted to be purchased for me. I took a raincheck and headed home. Oh, and I got called jazzy. HA!
This evening has been getting ready for tomorrow, knitting a hat for a friend's mom, dinner, Mad Men and a few other things.
Time for bed soon ... Good night.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Screaming Children will NOT be Tolerated

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Not yet ...

There is an older woman at the gym who takes many of the same classes I do.
Tonight after Zumba we were chatting. She asked me if I had a husband and kids. I said, I have a husband ... and a cat. She said something back, which I can't remember, and then replied, no kids ... yet.
I never know how to respond to that. Sometimes I say, Oh, I am not planning on having kids. But that usually gets some sort of weird response back and I usually feel like I have to defend my choice. Or I just don't respond at all.
But almost every time I tell someone I don't have kids they almost always respond, no kids yet. It is so weird.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I could get used to 4-day weekends

I am still swimming in the mental healthness I achieved over my rather relaxing four-day weekend.
On Friday I spent the morning lounging, relaxing, knitting and watching Lifetime. I headed to the gym for a noon body conditioning class--where I ran into my friend Kim, who I hadn't seen in forever. After the gym I headed to Bay St. (an outdoor mall) and had lunch--yummy pizza; did some shopping--hello Apple store and Old Navy; and watched Despicable Me in 3D. The movie was really cute. And the 3D was pretty awesome. I hadn't seen a real 3D movie--well, if you count old school blue and red glasses--so, no, I hadn't seen a 3D movie before. After the movie I headed home and then Curt and I took off for Phil and Lisa's. Curt helped Phil move some furniture. Then the four of us headed out to dinner. A good time as always.
Saturday I headed to the gym in the morning for the norm two hours. After that home for a shower. Then Curt and I headed to Malcolm's barbecue birthday party, which was a good time. Once we got home there was lounging and knitting. We watched Hot Tub Time Machine that evening--which was funny, but not that funny. It was no The Hangover.
Sunday morning I headed to Target. At one point I was semi-stressed when wandering the baby section. I couldn't find what I needed, a baby was crying, I kept walking down an aisle where some toys would start singing and playing music, some kid kept asking their mom for something. Whew! How do parents handle all that????
The rest of Sunday was relaxing. Curt and I had lunch in the hood and then drinks at McNally's. there was more lounging, napping, movie watching and knitting.
Monday I hit the grocery and then the gym. Classes were canceled. So I did a little time on the treadmill and then the spin bike. Curt and I watched some of The Office marathon, headed out into the hood for lunch--actually brunch and beer. Then, of course, more lounging, relaxing, movie watching and knitting. I started troop hat No. 18 yesterday.
My Facebook status on Thursday night was: Ann has started her 4-day weekend, filled with relaxing, knitting, shopping, hanging out with friends, hanging out with The Husband and The Cat, movie watching, wine drinking, more relaxing, napping ... And I have to say all those items were checked off the list.