January 3, 2012 § 2 Comments
…is where I was for the past week and a half. I sat down at a computer exactly once and it was for 5 minutes. And it was glorious.
The past week, in a nutshell:
xmas in santa barbara (and an xmas dinner in seal beach)
hiking in the mountains
at old hangouts
a little swimming in the sun
in totally amazing weather
then i headed thata way
where i spent a lot of time walking
over hills, through familiar neighborhoods
avoiding death monsters
hanging out with super awesome peeps, making great food
and eating (and drinking) it
enjoyed some local music
and local art
culminating in a bridal shower for alix
where my more artistic counterparts took over the job of making the rehearsal bouquet (because I was ruining it) while i went and drank champagne and ate about 30 shrimp before hopping on a red-eye back to kentucky
so long, california. until next time.
August 8, 2011 § 1 Comment
If you’re bored today, check out Diana Nyad‘s progress as she attempts the 103-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage (they have a kind of electrical shark-guarding field that surrounds her during the swim, but apparently it doesn’t work for certain types of shark, so she also has a team of “shark divers” to distract any sharks that go after her. Uhh…) She jumped in at 7:45pm ET yesterday, the swim is expected to take about 60 hours. She’s 61.
Track her progress on the swim here.
Update: She didn’t make it. After 29 hours she voluntarily quit, and exited the water vomiting (uhh…good call on calling it quits). Props to her for going for it.
March 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
After a harrowing trip back that involved an attempt to fly through some nasty thunderstorms in the South only to turn around and head back to Chicago, sharing a hotel room with a stranger from my flight, and over 20 hours of delays, I am back in Kentucky. Though it rained on Friday, there was no snow in Santa Barbara while I was there, and Saturday and Sunday the weather was BEAUTIFUL…
…as was the bride at the wedding we attended.
Saturday morning we woke up to clear skies, so first I went for a run along the beach…
…then joined my parents for stadiums at SBCC…
…then met up with another old friend who just happened to be in town at our old stomping grounds…
…for a swim.
Then we headed to the wedding and reception down at the Bathhouse…
…and the next morning drove back down to LA to begin the 36 hour trek back to Kentucky.
February 4, 2011 § Leave a comment