Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Go Jody!

I have been neglecting my blog in the last week or so. I guess it is because I don't have too much going on right now. I enjoyed the long Memorial Day weekend. I did some scrapbooking with friends and relaxed. ("Relaxed" means sleeping in and watching The Office and Ugly Betty reruns.) I have been helping out with the clubhouse and pool rentals for my neighborhood association. Work will pick up next week with the beginning of Orientation. We will have at least 4,000 new freshmen at UTSA for the fall and they need academic advising!

I received an email this week from a grad school friend, Jody. She is doing a triathalon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training. Wow... a triathalon! Go Jody! I give her major credit to trying this new challenge and raising money for a important cause. When someone you care about is affected by a disease, you realize how much research there still is to do in medicine. There are so many diseases with treatments but no cures. There may be treatments, but can scientists and doctors find a better treatment or a cure?

You can visit Jody's Team in Training Website for more information. Some of you reading this may not know Jody, but I realized that one way I can support her efforts is to post this on my blog.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Go Spurs Go!

Now that the playoffs are in full swing, you can't help but follow the Spurs here in San Antonio. The Spurs beat the Suns in game six on Friday night. Now they will move onto the Western Conference finals to play the Utah Jazz.

The Spurs won the NBA Championship in 2005, less than a year after we moved here. It was really neat to be in the city as that all unfolded. So far we have been to two Spurs games. Can the Spurs win it all again? I hope so!


One of the reasons I decided to start a blog was to get more experience with websites, including html. In January I started updating the website for my office. I wanted to work on this project, but I have found myself in new territory as I began making updates to the website. I was able to take a Front Page class at work, but that is just the tip of the ice berg. I have found that I really enjoy working on the CFAC website. With John's help, I got some major updates posted this week. You can take a look at the website by clicking the "Work: CFAC" link to the right. The site was designed by past CFAC staff members, but I have worked to update the information, make it more user friendly, and give it a more consistent design. Once I had the updates published to the web, I found more changes to make. This is certainly a work in progress!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Sunday was my last regular meeting with the personal trainer. She gave to workouts to do, but now I am on my own. I still meet with her once a month to check in.

I started my week with good intentions of getting up at 5:00 A.M. to exercise before work. I made it on Monday, but reset my alarm on Tuesday. Hmm, this is harder without the trainer. So now what will get me to the gym? How do I stay motivated?

I started looking at the class schedule at the gym. Before I spent so much time following the personal training program that I did not try out any classes. Tonight I went to a yoga class. It was a Ashtanga style class and was more work that I expected. The 90 minutes flew by and I got a good work out. I think I'll keep going to yoga classes.

Sunday, May 13, 2007


Congratulations to Brendan! On Friday, he got "the call." He has been offered an outside sales position with Fastenal in Dayton. He starts on Monday.


I had some time this morning to get the pictures off the digital camera from our trip to Ohio. The first picture is of the Gibson twins. Bailey is on the left and Sophie is on the right. The second picture is of me feeding Bailey. I hadn't fed a baby in a long time...

We had a good time in Toledo. On Saturday, Mom and I went to visit the Gibsons. Bailey and Sophie were born in February and are great babies! Bailey is a little bigger than her sister, so you can tell the girls apart. Sara and Dan are so calm for being new parents of twins! It was great to catch up with them and see the babies.

Mom, Dad, Brendan, John, and I had dinner at the Maumee Bay Brewing Company: good food and good beer.

We then had Brendan's tour of the University of Toledo. Here are pictures of the Phi Psi house where Brendan lived for three years and of Brendan and John in the Student Union. It is a nice campus and has a good "feel" to it. We also visited Brendan's favorite bar, Jake's. It was his Cheers where everyone seemed to know his name. Although they call him "Shrek" not Brendan.

Brendan graduated with a double major in Marketing and Professional Sales on Sunday, May 6. After the ceremony he had to pack up the rest of his stuff and head back to Dayton. He had to be ready for a job interview first thing Monday morning. I noticed for both Brendan and I that our high school graduations were surrounded by lots of parties and celebration. Our college graduations were different. They were still a time for celebration, but the focus was more on "what's next".

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Back in San Antonio

We had a great trip to Ohio, but it was "Speed Visiting."
Number of People Visited: 27
List of People Visited: Chris, Jeff, Jim, Lynne, Chelsea, Mariah, Karee, Sara, Brendan, Sara, Dan, Sophie, Baily, Mickey, Jenni, Nate, Kristen, Jason, Maddie, Marc, Beth, Jack, Noreen, Ron, Lucas, Abby, Lois
(I apologize for any misspelled names.)

We got back to our house at 11:00 P.M. on Tuesday night. John went back to work today, but I had taken the day off. I picked Frida up from the kennel, and she was very happy to see me. I got back to the gym today after taking the entire trip off from exercising. Now I am working on unpacking, laundry, etc. I will post more about the trip and some pictures later.

Thursday, May 3, 2007


We are getting ready to fly to Ohio today. It is going to be a shorter trip. We arrive on Thursday night and fly out on Tuesday afternoon. The reason for this trip is Brendan's graduation from the University of Toledo. Yeah Brendan! We will try to see as many friends and family members as we can over a few days! Now I need to finish packing and the Mother's Day gift that I am making. I probably will not post much (if anything) on the trip. I plan to post again once I am back in San Antonio on Wednesday, May 9. I also plan to have pictures to post :)

Tuesday, May 1, 2007


I went out to lunch today with some co-workers to Taqueria Aguascalientes, which is a little Mexican restaurant near campus. It's only open for breakfast and lunch, and it is usually packed. Gotta love Tex-Mex and all the little taquerias around San Antonio!

Somehow we got on the topic of the movie Cars. John and I had seen Cars in the theatres, and we really enjoyed it. (It's ok to go see Disney movies without kids.) This got me thinking about some of the other movies that I have seen relatively recently and enjoyed. Pursuit of Happyness and Akeelah and the Bee come to mind.

Here is a quote by Marianne Williamson that I liked from Akeelah and the Bee: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." I thought that this quote is worth sharing.

It's the beginning of the month, which means payday and time to pay the bills...

Note: So far I have learned how to add italics, bold, and hyperlinks with html, so you will see a lot of these in my posts.