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Sunday, November 21st, 2010
11:47 pm - BBC Book Survey
The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen X
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien X
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte X
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling X
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee X
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte X
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell X
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman X
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens X

Total: 9

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier X
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien X
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger X
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

Total: 3

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell X
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald X
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams X
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky X
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

Total: 4

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis X
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis X
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini X
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden X
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

Total: 4

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell X
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown X
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood X
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding X
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

Total: 4

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens X
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley X
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Total: 2

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold X
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas X
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

Total: 2

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker X
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

Total: 1

80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker X
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert X
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom X
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle X
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

Total: 5

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad X
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams X
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Total: 3

Grand Total: 38

Disclaimer: I had to read a lot of these for school, so I do not remember a lot of these. But I love book lists so I can see what I should be reading instead of trashy books about vampires.

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Thursday, May 6th, 2010
11:42 pm
How jealous am I that I am not back in college so that I could have been a part of this?


Even so, it makes me smile!


Sunday, February 28th, 2010
11:11 pm - Blast from the Past
This is an old entry I found that listed 100 books and movies where you bold the ones you have seen/read.

Let's see the progress I have made since I originally posted in 2003. Probably not much.


1984, George Orwell
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Animal Farm, George Orwell
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
The BFG, Roald Dahl
Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
Bleak House, Charles Dickens
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
Catch 22, Joseph Heller
The Catcher In The Rye, JD Salinger
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
Dune, Frank Herbert
Emma, Jane Austen
Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
The Godfather, Mario Puzo
Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling new
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, JK Rowling new
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling new
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling new
His Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman new
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
Holes, Louis Sachar
I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
Katherine, Anya Seton
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, CS Lewis
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
The Lord Of The Rings, JRR Tolkien
Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blighton
Magician, Raymond E Feist
The Magus, John Fowles
Matilda, Roald Dahl
Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
Middlemarch, George Eliot
Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
Mort, Terry Pratchett
Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
On The Road, Jack Kerouac
One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Perfume, Patrick Suskind
Persuasion, Jane Austen
The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett new
A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen
The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
The Stand, Stephen King
The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Tess Of The D'urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Twits, Roald Dahl (I had this bolded from before, but I do not remember reading this at all...
Ulysses, James Joyce
Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
War And Peace, Leo Tolstoy
Watership Down, Richard Adams
The Wind In The Willows, Kenneth Grahame
Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne
The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

I clearly need to read more classics. I think most of these books are bolded because I had to read them in high school. I haven't done much by way of classic books in the past seven years so that says a bit about my tastes in books (evidenced here). The movie situation will probably be even worse!

100 Movies. Bold the Ones That You've Seen

Godfather, The (1972)
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
Godfather: Part II, The (1974)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)
Schindler's List (1993)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Casablanca (1942)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Star Wars (1977)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Memento (2000)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Rear Window (1954)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Usual Suspects, The (1995)
Amelie (2001) <--roommate owns and loves--must watch soon (<--note from 2003... Still haven't seen it)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
North by Northwest (1959)
Psycho (1960)
Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Goodfellas (1990)
American Beauty (1999)
Vertigo (1958)
Pianist, The (2002)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Matrix, The (1999)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Third Man, The (1949)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Fight Club (1999)
Boot, Das (1981)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Chinatown (1974)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (Spirited Away) (2001)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
All About Eve (1950)
M (1931)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Raging Bull (1980)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Se7en (1995)
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Vita e bella, La (Life is Beautiful) (1997)
American History X (1998)
Sting, The (1973)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)
Alien (1979)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Rashomon (1950)
Leon (1994)
Annie Hall (1977)
Great Escape, The (1963)
Clockwork Orange, A (1971)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Sixth Sense, The (1999)
Jaws (1975)
Amadeus (1984)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Ran (1985)
Braveheart (1995)
High Noon (1952)
Fargo (1996)
Blade Runner (1982)
Apartment, The (1960)
Aliens (1986)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Modern Times (1936)
Shining, The (1980)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Duck Soup (1933)
Princess Bride, The (1987)
Run Lola Run (1998)
City Lights (1931)
General, The (1927)
Metropolis (1927)
Searchers, The (1956)
Full Metal Jacket
Notorious (1946)
Manhattan (1979)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The Graduate (1967)

The list of 100 would definitely be different now, but the ratio of seen/not seen would probably still be the same.


Friday, January 1st, 2010
1:02 pm - Tournament of BS Parade
Why no, NBC, why would we want to see the marching band of the actual team that is playing in the Rose Bowl? Of course we'd much rather listen to Al Roker and Nancy O'Dell prattle endlessly about absolutely nothing and see the fifteen equestrian group in a row! I'm glad you obviously have your finger on the pulse of what America really wants to see. And that finger is apparently the middle one, aimed directly at all Buckeye fans across the country.

Well, at least we saw snowboarding bulldogs, so it's not a total loss.


Monday, January 5th, 2009
10:25 pm - Colt McCoy is an ass...
Nice little flourish dance into the end zone. You can bet OSU would have been flagged for that.


Sunday, November 30th, 2008
7:42 pm - Why I am having such odd dreams...
We have been watching Lost. I am forever trying to resist all fads, but then I get sucked in later in the game and embrace the fandom wholeheartedly. It's always been this way, like with Harry Potter, flip flops, Christmas decorations... I didn't see what the big deal with Lost was, and the way people just went on and on about it was pretty irritating. We have been watching all the episodes on abc.com, which has been very convenient. What is most inconvenient is that they are showing promos for the current season of Lost (during the commercial breaks for these online episodes!) so we're doing a lot of covering of eyes and ears for that part. Luckily, we are almost half way through Season 4 so we won't have long to wait. Although we will experience the same thing as when we got into BSG. The instant gratification of being able to watch episode after episode is great, but then when we start watching the episodes in real time, it really sucks.

I read the Twilight series. Again with the lateness to fandom. Kate let me borrow the books (all four together, so no waiting). They were a good guilty pleasure, although some people saying they are the best books ever are exaggerating. Just a bit. Bella is alright, but of course the big draw is Edward, the amazing vampire. The last book was okay, but the non-event of the final fight was... disappointing. Although I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, since all the books have been that way. Bella being unconscious for the fight in Twilight? Lame. The confrontation in New Moon? Also no action. And not much Edward. Lame. But I still enjoyed the series.

We also went to see Twilight. Seeing it the Monday after opening at a nice theatre definitely made it more enjoyable. I would not have wanted to see the movie with a bunch of squeeing fangirls (aside from myself). My one complaint was the non-blondes being cast as blonde--Carlisle, Rosalie, and Jasper. Not that I had a problem with the actors, but making non-blondes blonde always looks odd to me. I liked the movie, even if I was rolling my eyes at some parts. Robert Pattinson looked good, even with gross unwashed hair. I just think of this picture (http://perezhilton.com/2008-10-16-completely-gratuitous-49#respond) and everything is okay again. I really liked the casting of Bella, except for her (as someone very astutely put it) Nicolas Fehn-like sputtering in the hospital.

I just finished The Host (also by Stephenie Meyer). It is part of my slow weaning process from the world of Stephenie Meyer. I wasn't into this book at first and found it difficult to get in to, but by the end, I did enjoy it. It was an interesting world. The "bad guys" weren't so bad; the "good guys" had the barbaric tendencies. It was an interesting take on humanity. I really started getting into the book when I started picturing Ian as Ian Somerhalder (Boone from Lost--ah, crossover fandom) and his pretty pretty eyes. Maybe Sawyer could be Kyle.

So this combination of random sci-fi fantasy things is giving me the creepiest dreams.


Sunday, July 20th, 2008
10:56 am
I have been inspired enough to say that I need to see some more Colin Firth movies soon. I recently re-watched about 5 hours of the 6 hour BBC Pride and Prejudice. I saw in it high school and remembered thinking that Mr. Darcy's declaration to Lizzie was probably the most amazing thing I had ever seen, mostly because the actor was so very understated in his expression. Mr. Darcy was of course, Colin Firth. Too bad there wasn't DVR back then or else I would have watched that scene over and over. While I also enjoy the Keira Knightley version, especially the rain soaked scene, that last scene with Darcy feels a bit more emotional than what Darcy would allow.

At any rate, I happened upon the end of Bridget Jones' Diary on TV the other night, in which Colin Firth plays the modern day Darcy. The movie itself makes me cringe, but I do like Colin Firth in all his stodginess. Now I actually want to see the second Bridget Jones movie, which is probably just as cringeworthy and awful. And Love Actually, which is probably saccharine and sweet, but I never saw that movie--even though it's been on our Netflix at least three times.


Sunday, April 13th, 2008
10:16 am - Races
My first race was some time in 2003 or 2004 when I first started running. It was the Jingle Bell Run. I was really nervous and completely unprepared, as I went by myself and had no one to carry my stuff! Made worse by the fact that I registered that day, so I had to pay more and carry that stupid bag of goodies the whole time. And I didn't even get a t-shirt because they ran out! My brother was there with his friends, though, so that was cool. I think I finished around 26:00, but at that point, I was running a lot.

2006 Columbus Half Marathon. 4.1.06. Chip Time: 2:11:55. After years of talking, I finally decided to do the Columbus Half Marathon. I trained by myself, and the night before the race, I stayed at my brother's apartment since he lived close to downtown and would give me a ride in the morning. I met Ryan and his friends at the VC after work, but I didn't eat much since I was afraid I would get sick. In the morning, I ate a bowl of Frosted Miniwheats for breakfast and got a ride to the start line. When I was checking my stuff in, I saw a few people from band that I knew. They asked me who I trained with/was running with and seemed surprised that I was going solo. The race itself was pretty fun. The weather was cloudy and cool. Ryan fought a monster hangover and met me at the stadium. I started getting really lightheaded and bogged down once we turned off High Street. I contribute my implosion to two things: too light of a breakfast and the fact that I am unfamiliar with this area of Columbus. So without that reference for how far I had yet to go, I broke down. I walked for a quite a bit (this continues to be a trend) after Mile 9. My brother was at the finish line and cheered my on at the end, but I felt pretty worn down. I think I was really depressed about my time, because I was in the mindset that if you were going less than 10:00 per mile, you may as well be walking. I was happy to finish, but it was bittersweet because the goals I set were just way too out of reach.

2006 Jingle Bell Run. 12.3.06. Clock time: 27:15. Ryan decided that he wanted to start training for the half marathon, so we signed up for our first race together. He was running a decent amount by then, so a 5k was a good way to start. It was freezing cold, but I insisted on wearing shorts. I felt pretty decent, but the weather made it very difficult to get Ryan too excited because every breath felt like getting stabbed in the lungs. It felt great to run together.

2007 Columbus Distance Classic. 4.14.07. Chip time: 2:06:23. I lost Ryan and Paul right at the beginning because I thought I would try to go to the bathroom. So I ran alone again, but it was a lot better knowing more people that were running. I felt pretty good until mile 8 (again), but at least I had a better breakfast that year and didn't have such a breakdown as 2006. I still had to walk a bit, but I did do better, probably because I started at a better pace. I was going about 9:00 per mile for the first 8 miles, but then started to bleed time again. Overall, I was very pleased with the improvement over last year. Everyone else did really well, so it made for a great day. I was in some horrible chafing, so the walk back to the car was pretty painful.

2007 Lima Freedom 5k. 7.4.07. Clock time: 29:33. We went to Lima to help a friend through his first 5k. We ran with him to help him, but I was still pretty sapped since I didn't know the route at all, and I wasn't training much. This was supposed to be our first week of training for the marathon, though.

2007 Columbus Marathon. 10.21.07. Chip time: 4:49:11. We felt really good during the first half, but Ryan hurt his knee around mile 16 or 17, so he told me to keep going as he tried to hobble on. I kept running steadily through the Clintonville portion, but once I hit Ackerman, I was starting to hit the wall. I started walking, especially through the part in UA where it is in a residential area and there are not as many spectators. The 20-mile mark was nice because there was a block party, but by the time I reached Lane Avenue, there weren't that many people around. There was some random folk band in front of Frontrunner. Not very motivating.

Running through campus was not quite the inspirational motivation I had hoped for, although I did appreciate the guy giving away Oreos on Woody Hayes. Thanks, man! I was walking pretty frequently by then and looking forward to water stations because they were legitimate reason to walk. I started resenting those "Only 4 miles to go!" signs around campus as well, but I was boosted by seeing John & Shea on College Ave, as well as Chris and Jenn at the Oval. I saw Marci and Matt at Goodale Park, and my parents by the North Market, so that was really great, even though I was pretty much walking steadily by then. Apparently my parents thought I was delirious because I still had my jacket on, since it was so warm by then. I don't remember much about finishing, except being really glad that it was over so I could get the cool silver blanket, even if it was not even close to being cold enough to need it (it did come in handy for "Dress like a burrito" at Chipotle at Halloween). I stayed at the finish line so I could wait for Ryan. He had a pretty rough time of it due to his injury and barely made it, but he did! He was in a lot of pain and took about an hour to finish just the last three miles. He proposed after the race, so that was completely a surprise. It was funny because we were in this area where the sports expo was, but there didn't seem to be that many people around, but the moment he got down on one knee, you could hear all these women gasping and going, "Awww!!" It was like they all had a radar for that stuff. Ryan's parents were a little way off, so lots of people thought we were alone and offered to take our picture, which was really nice. It makes me sad that I didn't wait for him to help him through the race so we could finish together. Poor guy ran with the ring in his pocket the whole time (and when they saw me without him during the race, they thought he had lost it along the way or something). It was such a great moment because it was not the romantic hearts and flowers type of engagement--that would not have been like us at all. Now he has a personal vendetta against this marathon though, so we'll be doing it again this year so he can kick its ass by stretching properly and not getting injured. We had a party that afternoon, so it was great to see our friends and celebrate everything that happened that day. We'll probably look to do some other marathons in other cities as well.

2007 Jingle Bell Run. 12.1.07 Clock time: 26:14. Went to wipe my eye at the end of the race and my contact lens popped, so I caused a minor traffic jam at the finish line as I tried to find it (I did). I felt a bit like vomiting during the race.

2008 Columbus Distance Classic (The Bank of America Capital City Half Marathon). 4.12.08. Chip time: 2:03:47. Starting training late this year, but that's probably not a good excuse. About four weeks before the race, we decided to try to do it in two hours. I really need to start speedwork next year to really attain this goal. Maintained 9:00/mile pace for about 6 miles, but started bleeding time around mile 7 (same as always) on High Street. Walked through a few water stations, but kept running on all hills (except last 10 feet of High St coming back into downtown), and kept running into the wind. It seemed like we were running into the wind after EVERY turn. Is that even possible? Really started to drag around mile 9. I lost Ryan and Paul again at the beginning since they wanted to go to the bathroom. Ryan passed me around mile 2 and I never saw him again. He finished about 3 minutes in front of me, so he did make it in 2 hours! Woo!

I would really like to try different races, like 10k or marathons in other places: New York, St. Louis (since Chris is there), Alaska, etc.

2008 Columbus Marathon. 10.19.08. Chip time: 4:41:29. Slight improvement over last year, but still made too many mistakes! Not enough training, but this year, I also had a lot less stress about it. I knew that I would probably walk during it, so for some reason, the pressure was off. I started with the 4:30 pace group while Ryan was with the 4:00 pace group. I think both of us were being a bit optimistic there. I stayed with the pace group for about 6 miles before I started feeling really good and going ahead of them. I liked the pace group idea (our pacer was really nice--I almost got to hold the balloons once!), except for the super annoying guy who kept saying "Excuse us!" really loudly to anyone who dared get in the way. So I started creeping ahead and hit the half at just over 10:00/hour pace. But by mile 16, I was starting to fade. Then the worst was that the pace group then passed me. So sad! But good for them--they looked good and cheery. The course was different this year, so no more of that depressing slag through UA, but the part right after the half-marathon finish on High Street is always so empty. At any rate, I really liked going through Grandview, and seeing Fumi, Kate, Paul, and Jason on the latter stretches really boosted me a bit. About 3 miles from the finish, I caught up to Ryan, who was slowly imploding. We encouraged each other and crossed the finish line together (holding hands like idiots!). So our picture perfect ending that should have happened last year happened this year. But I love the way Ryan proposed last year, and he did say that since it was so much more crowded this year, he's not sure he would have been able to do it at all!

2008 Jingle Bell Run. 12.6.08. 27.17. We were planning on taking this race pretty easy after the marathon and not training, but of course this year they decided to chip time it! It was pretty neat--they have these disposable chips that they use. They only measure when you cross the finish line, but the group isn't so large that it would take a significant amount of time to cross the start line anyway. I didn't feel great, but the weather was nice and cold. I for once was passing more people than those that passed me. There were no mile markers or people calling out splits, so I was freaking out a bit because I had no idea what pace I was going, but if they had to sacrifice that for the chips, I'll take it. I finished 10th in my age group, so I was pretty pumped about that! Ryan did great as well, even though we were both off a little from last year. Ryan's mom also shaved 8 minutes off her time from last year, and that was recovering from an ACL injury! She is a machine!

2010 Indy Mini (Half Marathon). 5.8.10. Chip Time: 2.16.43. After a "race-free 2009," this was our first foray back into running. I hardly trained at all since I am really into Body Pump classes and going to Dance Fusion classes. Plus, working a lot. So the longest I ran prior to this race was 5 miles, and not fast at that. So I figured this would be a "PW" but not by this much! I did go without stopping for the longest ever on a half (11.5 miles), but at a much slower pace than previous half marathons (probably more on pace with regular marathons, which I went without stopping for a longer period. Lesson learned: TRAIN! But it was so awesome to be there with Ryan, our moms, and our friends (Matt, Marci, John, Gavin, Chris). It was just a great weekend in Indy, even if it did end up being the "Windy Mini."

2010 Race for the Cure 5k. 5.15.10. 28:15. After the stunning victory at the half, we figured a nice easy 5k would be fun. And it was an amazing event. I think there were over 50,000 participants. There was definitely way better weather and a lot more food/amenities at this race than even the Indy Mini, which was funny. Due to the number of participants, it wasn't the type of race to try to beast at, especially since we were participating courtesy of Kate's work, so we weren't in the "chipped" category. But the course was great--through all the parts of the Short North that I know and love. The run back up High Street was really cool because there were dozens of bikers revving their Harleys all down the street. So loud! I didn't bring my GPS, so I just timed it on my iPhone. It wasn't a bad showing for as little training as I had done, but I definitely need to get back into running. While I love the Body Pump classes that I'm doing, I need to step up my cardio!

2010 SIDS Awareness 5k. 7.31.10 29:10. We ran this race for Team Sydney. This was Shea's first 5k, and she rocked it, as did John! John probably finished in the top 10 (update: 6th place!), and he ran the whole thing with a stroller and Addison. It was a very small event, but a lot of supporters for a great cause. The weather could not have been better! The course ended up being an out-and-back on the running trails downtown (starting at COSI), so it was actually pretty hilly considering it's Columbus. I think due to the nature of the event, it was not a competitive crowd, so I actually didn't have any girls pass me after the second mile or so. And I didn't even run my best time, but I think I placed pretty respectably overall (update: 60th place, Ryan got 28th place with a time of 25:51). Everyone did really well, including the walkers, so it was a wonderful way to celebrate Sydney.

2011 Race for the Cure.

2011 SIDS Awareness 5k

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Saturday, July 7th, 2007
11:22 am
I think someone took my lunch at work yesterday. I had left my insulated lunch box on my desk the day before, so I had to pack it in a regular plastic bag and put it in the fridge. It wasn't a fancy lunch. Just leftover ramen salad, a yogurt, an applesauce, a Diet Cherry Coke, and a piece of old Texas Sheet Cake. I usually eat lunch at my desk, but since I was working early yesterday, I was going to eat with some coworkers. But I spent most of the time looking through the fridges, feeling bad about pawing other people's plastic bags trying to find mine.

I thought maybe I left it in my car (yum, hot yogurt), or at home on the counter, which I have done. But it's not there. Oh well. I hope the person that had it was really hungry and really needed it, not just some asshole.

I did go home and watch the part of the Concert for Diana when Take That performed. As Ryan said today, that stuff is like porn for me. I love the boy bands, especially if they are all grown up, reunited, and still sound good. I really liked the two songs they performed, "Shine" and "Patience," and "Back for Good" just brings back gushy feelings from ten years ago. I'm such a dork.


Friday, June 15th, 2007
7:47 am - On the road again...
I haven't posted here in a while, and it is somewhat sad. I'm a keeper of days, events, etc, and I feel that these lost months/years without an entry will just be a blank spot in my life if I ever look back on it. Not that much has happened.

-I got my first upward evaluation back at work. After a year and a half at my job. It was a big shock, but it has put me on a mission to change the things I can, and let go of worrying about things I can't. Like that poster says. Although it makes me somewhat curious as to what comments I got before, since I received decent scores about a year ago, when I first started. Although those were probably pity scores. It just isn't the easiest to hear that I have yet to show I am extraordinary at my being what I am, because that is what I have to be to motivate others. My brother did tell me that most people that get promoted do so because they excel at the job they just got promoted from, and that the leader/manager role is such a different ball game that it takes time to get used to. I question my managerial skills as well, but considering that I am almost literally the youngest person in the department, and that I work like a dog to make things go smoothly, I think I'm doing okay. We have such a high maintenance group that they don't realize how much work and grief they give us. But I have a new boss right now, and he is actually very receptive (having just had my same job a year a half ago). I did worry though that everyone would think that my personal initiative to make things "better" for our team would be looked at as his doing, and not mine, but whatever. I don't do the job for my health--I should except some crap now and then.

-We're moving, which is exciting and a pain all at once. I can not wait to see the old credit card bill this month. Although I think it's good that I'm actually taking time to research and get things that are actually quality, rather than what is on sale. We want this place to be comfortable and fun, so we're taking our time moving. Sad part is how much we've already moved over there, and yet our apartment still looks the same. Pack rat much?

-It's wedding season again. Two down, two to go. It's fun times. At the last wedding, I was standing up there like a boob for that bouquet toss, and Caryn actually pointed to me that I'm supposed to catch it, and the girl (probably one of Caryn's relatives or neighbors?) said to me, "I'm going to dive for it, just so you know." So for fear of losing an arm, I didn't go for it. And besides, the only way you can go for it without looking like a desperate person is to do what Fumi did during the garter toss, which is to full on DIVE and SLIDE on the floor for it. Amazing, to be honest. We're off to another one in Cleveland tonight.

-I need to find a place to post my pictures. I would put them up in albums of my Yahoo page, but I'm concerned about that crazy stalker from three years ago. Any suggestions? I suppose I could just buckle down and get a google address, but do they have photo stuff?

-We're going to IKEA this weekend. Do you have any idea how excited I am? So excited. It will probably be busy as shizz, but I have the catalog all marked up and we're taking two SUVs, so it is GO TIME. I haven't been there in about four or five years, and even then, all I bought was a glass bowl and some serving utensils. Now is time for dressers, beds, and fun stuff! Plus, then I get to put it all together. I wish I could just take the next week off and do all that.

-I'm a little out of running again, which is bad, considering we were thinking of doing the marathon this year. It may still be in the cards, but with work (but then there is always work), moving, the heat, etc... Plus my sheer laziness. Maybe when I go to the doctor today and find out how much I weigh, I will finally get my ass in gear.

-I am caving in to more TV. Summer shows are Hell's Kitchen and So You Think You Can Dance. I just love watching people perform. I don't know much about dance, but I like watching it. Although that Mary lady needs a muzzle. She laughs like me and it is annoying as heck to listen to it.

-Went to Karaoke for the first time. IT WAS AMAZING. I am so glad my camera has a video function on it and no one was sober enough to use it but me. Bonus being that I can take videos of others, but there exists no video of me singing. I must go again soon. Love singing, even though I suck so, so badly. It's almost frightening how willingly I torture others with my off-key belting of "Alone" by Heart. Watch out, Carrie Underwood! More like watch out William Hung, though. And watch out for four guys singing a completely unrecognizable version of "End of the Road." It brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it.

-Going camping next weekend. Should be good times--I have to take another board exam soon, so I'll probably spend most of the weekend reading, but it will be nice to just be away, away.

Well, I better get going. Lots to do today. Have a good one!


Thursday, April 26th, 2007
9:03 pm
What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Western. Like Midland, Western is another accent that people consider neutral. So, you might not actually be from the Western half of the country, but you definitely sound like it.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
9:20 pm - Not that there's anything wrong with that...
So I slowly caving in to all the things I despised in the past, such as gauchos, flip flops, and now, TV Shows.

Yo, so check it out, I have actually been watching American Idol. I know-yuck. Anyway, I just wanted to pop in here and say that Gwen Stefani is kind of awesome. I think she looks better without the crazy red lipstick, since she looked so fun Tuesday night, but in any case, she just seems like a cool person. And her songs are catchy in a really annoying way. Maybe I can train to be one of her Harajuku girls. Except that I'm not Harajuku Girl. Or Japanese.

So that's another lady added to my non-sexual crush list. There are just some chicks that are cool! Like Jenna Fischer (Pam from The Office) and Kate Walsh (Addison from Grey's Anatomy), who also seem pretty down to earth. Then again, they could be completely crazy in real life, but Jenna's myspace is pretty fun (aside from the fact that it is a myspace page).

That is all. Isn't that good for a first update in four months?

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Thursday, January 11th, 2007
11:01 pm
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Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
9:06 am - The Game
Well, that was mildly depressing. We were bound to lose eventually, but it's still difficult to recall how it feels when you haven't done it for a while. This was just like a whole different team playing than during the season, or even last year. It just collapsed. We still love you, Bucks, and this is why:

You will never in a million years hear quotes like this in a newspaper article:

"Honestly, we've played a lot better teams than them," Florida defensive end Jarvis Moss said.

Seriously, have some class. Even in defeat, the Buckeyes can be a lot more graceful than this guy.

Anyway, as Troy Smith said, if this is the worst thing to happen in life to us, we're pretty cool.

Onward and upward, folks--kickoff in a few months! :)


Saturday, December 23rd, 2006
10:20 pm - Christmas Newsletter
Since I have been such a slacker this year posting to my journal, I thought I would write a cheesey little newsletter, like really organized families do. I don't really remember much from the year, but whatever.

Season's Greetings! Well, 2006 was definitely a year of changes for me! I began my new job in late January as a supervisor of my department. I can't believe it's been a year already, since I still feel like I have so much to learn! I certainly had to get used to a new lifestyle of working a regular 5 day a week schedule and discovering my inner workaholic nature. It has truly been an educational experience being in this position. One truly learns a lot about people that is unexpected. Ryan has been having a lot of changes at work, mainly the merge of the College of Education with the College of Human Ecology. This brought new responsibilities and focus on the infamous NCATE project. It also brought a new m*ch*g*n loving coworker. More on that later.

One of the interests that we have developed this year would be Battlestar Galactica. This show should be watched by everyone. Although it may be quite impossible to get past the name Battlestar Galactica, but rest assured that this is a show that has something for everyone. We love to get people into the show, so let us know if you want to watch it! So say we all.

In April, I ran the Columbus Distance Classic Half-Marathon. It was something I have wanted to do since I started running, and I was very excited to finish. It was only the second street race I had done, but I loved the atmosphere of all these amazing athletes. I finished in over two hours, but with an average around 10 minutes per mile, so I have lots of room for improvement. My advice for runners: respect the distance. And don't think that a small bowl of Frosted Mini Wheats is going to give you the energy needed for 13 miles.

This summer, Ryan and I went on a grand tour of Northern Ohio to various weddings. We got to see our good friends Marci and Matt, Brian and Stephanie, and Ross and Erin all get hitched. We had a very relaxing summer and began visiting condos and looking at houses since our space situation is dire at The Ridge. We'll have to keep everyone updated on our status.

Autumn brought crisp weather and OSU FOOTBALL! The Stockers befriended the family tailgating next to them during the first home game. I was marching in the Alumni game, but when I got back to the tailgate, I discovered that the family they met was that of an acquaintance from my high school! And thus, the Steele-Stocker tailgate was born. It was a raging success all year and certainly contributed to the Buckeyes' perfect regular season. The m*ch*g*n game was amazing! We were all lucky enough to go to the game and enjoy the Buckeye victory!

I was able to do a bit of traveling this year. Ryan and I went on a weekend trip to Old Man's Chalets for a friends birthday in March, and I took a road trip with my mom to Kentucky and Tennessee. I also traveled to Miami and Denver with my mom in October and December. I also went camping in North Carolina in November. And even with these trips, I was stuck with almost 30 hours of vacation that I am not able to use by the end of the year, such is my workaholism. However, I am hoping that 2007 brings me more peace of mind to travel, or at least to take time off instead of working all the time.

We are spending the holidays in Minerva with Ryan's family and hoping that all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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Saturday, December 16th, 2006
12:28 am - Debbie and Derek's Three Days in Denver
I have to say that my mom and I would have been totally lost in Denver without Debbie and Derek's advice. So thank you to Debbie and Derek for all their tips--I told them they should write a travel book--when I visited in St. Louis and now when I visited in Denver, they have always had awesome tips on how to best enjoy the location. On Monday, Derek called us at 8am to let us know that our original plans to visit Lake Dillon and the continental divide would probably not be a good idea due to weather, which was so kind of him to do. He suggested we go to the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs instead.

We decided to go downtown first before heading to Colorado Springs. We started by going to the U.S. Mint, which manufactures coins. I always love tours like this because one learns so much--like how many ridges are on a dime, quarter, and half-dollar, and how coins are made. Unfortunately, I tend to forget almost all of the knowledge as soon as the day is over. Then we went to the State Capitol, which we always go to when we visit a State Capitol. We got to see the only ruby (rose?) marble in the world, which was cool. We also saw the mile-high marker(s)--unfortunately I did not have my camera since we weren't allowed to bring them into the mint.

After that, we headed to Colorado Springs to go to the Garden of the Gods, which are amazing rock formations. We drove through Colorado Springs a bit before heading back to Denver. We tried to get some food at Islamorada Fish Company since we had gone there in Dania Beach, but they didn't have the same menu, so we didn't get anything. They have so many malls--it's crazy. We then met up with Debbie and Derek for dinner at Banzai Sushi, which was awesome. I highly recommend that place--it was so delicious! Afterwards, we went back to the DBCs' condo for more birthday cake.

Tuesday was our day to drive around. We started by going to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison. That place is amazing. I could just feel the spirit of John Tesh around me. It was breathtaking. Afterwards, we went to see the dinosaur footprints, which was completely surreal. Then we went to Lookout Mountain and Buffalo Bill's Grave. It was so fracking windy and cold up there--my mom wouldn't even get out of the car to take my picture. :) After Lookout Mountain, we went to the Coors Brewery to take the tour. It was very educational and good to know that the Silver Bullet of beers is so environmentally conscious. My mom has pretty low tolerance for alcohol, so after a small glass of beer and a few sips of Zima, she was pretty much out for the count. It was hilarious. After we left the brewery, we drove out to Lake Dillon. It was rather amazing to see the difference in climate from just a short one-hour drive. The Eisenhower tunnel was closed due to snow and ice the day before! It was still pretty messy, and it was snowing and cold, but it was fun. Lake Dillon looked cool--I'm sure it would be awesome in summer. Then we drove up to the Continental Divide, which was harrowing and scary. I was not ready for snowy driving (at least from Columbus standards). And why am I always on the side of the mountain that is next to the cliff? I tried to walk up to the platform at the top of the divide, but the stairs were so snowy and icy that I couldn't even make it to the top, especially since there was no railing. We did make it down safely though. We had a huge dinner at a Korean BBQ place that the DBCs recommended. It was delicious-and I think I am only now recovering from the food coma.

Before we left Denver I had breakfast with Debbie and Derek at the Egg Shell at Cherry Creek. After all the Asian food we had on our trip, it was odd eating American food, but it was yummo. And so now I'm back in Columbus, Christmas shopping like crazy since I'm so behind. And I've been good--only buying a couple things for myself in the process. Happy Holidays!


Friday, December 15th, 2006
9:40 pm - The Pride of the Buckeyes
We're watching the WOSU documentary about the band that aired on Tuesday. It's pretty neat, since we know quite a lot of people being interviewed, and it's always fun to watch a show about something you know a lot about.

It is, of course, making me nostalgic. I miss many aspects of band--and just how badass the band is in general. Lots of good memories each year--I wish I had kept a diary or something. I also loved totally random things about the band, like pennants, postgame (an irrational love, but I do love postgame!), Pam (the trainer), etc. Some things make me hyperventilate a little just remembering them, like music checks, tryouts (especially the facings--I forgot how crazy those were), crossovers, and sectionals (mostly because of how useless they were due to a teacher that liked talking more than teaching!). And I will always see as one of the most useful things about being in band was learning that Zout is amazing for laundry. It works--thanks for the tip, Slim Jim!

It seems like forever ago, though. Even watching this it is difficult to imagine that I used to do that, used to be there. Good times, good times.

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Monday, December 11th, 2006
1:13 am - Live from Denver, it's Sunday night!
Well, here I am in Denver! It is a pretty cool town, needless to say. We got in yesterday around 1:00pm-love the time change! We picked up the swanky Hyundai from the rental place and made our way to the hotel in Glendale. I'm so glad Ryan convinced me to bring the GPS for the car. My mom is pretty bad with reading directions and maps, so it's nice to have a some extra security if I miss a turn, which happens pretty frequently. After we rested up a bit and I set up my awesome laptop on the free hotel internets, we set out for my friend Debbie's condo. She and her husband are expecting a baby in February. It's probably the only time in her life she's been over 100 pounds! The condo is really nice--it keeps me motivated to look for a place of our own!

We went to Park Meadows mall to the Cheesecake Factory, since it was Debbie's birthday the day before--over the hill! So there was a group of 10 of us-six of which were doctors! But to catorize in a general manner, seven are in the health industry and three are in computers, so we got on pretty well. And just like in St. Louis, Debbie's friends in Denver also love playing games, so we did that after dinner. We went to her friends Erin and Arnuth's house to play Taboo. They have a five month old girl (Maya), who entertained us pretty well for about an hour by trying to turn over onto her stomach from her back. She didn't quite make it while we were there, but it was exciting nonethless. It was girls vs. boys for Taboo, and while we had some pretty good points, we ended up losing. It's such a funny game, though--you never know what people are trying to describe so you just start shouting random things.

Today we got up a little early (but not quite as early as you'd think with the two hour time difference! I think I am in a constant state of fatigue with this job now) and took a walk around our hotel. We ended up at the Super Target, which is crazy. A Target grocery store is almost too good to be a true! Anyway, after that, we met up with Debbie and Derek and drove out to Boulder. We went to the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory and took the free tour. After we cleaned our sinuses out on the tour (that peppermint/spearmint room is insane!), we sat around sampling tea before going to brunch at the Boulder-Dushanbe Teahouse, which was so good! Unlike some places that try to make all sorts of food and don't succeeed at any of it, this place had breakfast burritos, Thai peanut noodles, omelettes, all sorts of things--and it was delicious. I had the house Chai, which was excellent. Then we walked around the pedestrian mall in downtown Boulder. Lots of cute stores, but I didn't want to shop around too much since I'd just have to cart it all back to Columbus and some of the stuff I'm sure I could find in Ohio. Plus, I didn't want to drag Debbie and Derek to places they've seen a million times already. Usually there are lots of street performers there, including a guy that can identify any zip code in the United States (and some abroad!), but there wasn't much going on today. A bunch of little kids playing violins and a bagpip group were about all. Then we drove to a couple of the scenic points in the mountains right by Boulder. Gorgeous views--as Debbie pointed out, people probably have a hard time concentrating on school when you're in a place so amazing--and close to skiing! Debbie and Derek then took us to a couple of the scenic view places like Flagstaff and some other place that I can't spell. It was late afternoon by then and I was getting pretty tired, but I think car sickness and perhaps even some altitude/dehydration issues were starting to catch up with me, so I felt pretty nauseated by the time we got back to Denver. Luckily, D&D (ha!) made me drink a lot of water back at their place and it helped wake me up and not want to vomit everywhere. After a quick rest at the hotel, my mom and I went to see Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens. It was extremely cute--especially with the fun 3-D glasses we got. Then we ate an authentic ramen noodle place a couple miles from our hotel (definitely better than Maruchan!).

So now we're back at the hotel. I think I'm going to have to bring Ryan out here. The plane ride wasn't too bad, since we were in a small plane, so maybe his ears wouldn't hurt to badly. It's just such a fun place and he loves to ski, so this would be perfect. Not to mention that Breckenridge is only about two hours from here, and even though he's never been there, I'm sure it's probably his favorite place in Colorado already! There are also a lot of trails to hike in the summer, as well as lots of micro-brewery places that would be fun to see. I'm still trying to decide what to do about Holiday Valley. I really really want to go, but I guess it will come down to whether I want to ask permission or forgiveness. I guess I'll try to figure it out in January.

I love having a computer here! Maybe it's not so good to be reliant on so much technology (internet to look up stuff, GPS to find our way places), but it makes it so much easier than when I was randomly driving around Miami in that swanky minivan! I'm still using some map-reading skills, I guess.

More later!


Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
2:22 pm - Jingle Bell Run
Even though I haven't been running regularly in about six months, I think I put up a valiant effort for my second ever Jingle Bell Run (the first was at peak physical conditioning when I was beasting it at running) at 27:15. Even though I feel like I can't go any faster than my pace in a 5k, I am passed more than I actually pass people. But it was great being around runners and in the atmosphere. I saw a bunch of people I knew, and Ryan ran it as well, with Fumi providing moral support. I definitely felt like barfing afterwards, and chili just never sounds good after a run. Hopefully this will get me jazzed to start training for longer races, since I'm probably better suited at the slower paces!


Sunday, November 19th, 2006
9:38 pm


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