Saturday, October 27, 2007

Update on the fires!

Just wanted to update everyone on the situation here... I landed on Wednesday and you could smell a little bit of smoke in the air but mostly, you could see a light blanket of dust on cars from the ashes from the fires that have traveled all this way. There was a haze in the sky and everyone's allergies were acting up due all the stuff in the air! Actually, a lot of people evacuated to Los Angeles, along with neighboring cities but today is Saturday and everything is pretty much back to normal.

This morning, I ran a 10 mile run with my running group, the LA Leggers, and we run in Santa Monica along the strand on the beach and up in the pacific palisades which goes up to Malibu where the fires broke out. I was nervous about the air quality but today is pretty much back to normal and the run went great! It was overcast this morning, as it still is overcast, and it even rained a little bit this afternoon. The run actually was really nice since it was so overcast and I felt great after the 10 miles! I stretched, went home to shower and then got an hour massage which was much needed!

Let's continue to pray for everyone in San Diego county since there are still one or two fires that they are trying to contain but they are almost there! The winds have died down and the weather is cooperating so that's great news for our fire fighters! Hope that everyone has a great weekend and be safe if you are out trick-or-treating!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Katrina Flashback

Well, I am here in my hotel room in Albuquerque, New Mexico and I left LA Monday afternoon when there was just a small fire that broke out in Malibu. I get here, go for a run and meet my good friend Jay for a lovely dinner at an awesome restaurant called Zinc. I go back to my hotel room, get up the next morning and while watching the morning news, find out that 250,000 people had evacuated from San Diego and there were now 13 wild fires happening in So Cal!

I couldn't believe it. I was glued to the tube. I was almost late to my presentation this morning because I couldn't stop watching the news. How ironic is all of this. I turn the tv on to see images of people evacuating to some stadium and it totally reminded me of Katrina and people evacuating to the Superdome.

I hope they can contain these fires asap. These santa ana winds aren't helping the situation but they are supposed to die down by the morning. I called my cousin Jeny who lives near Temecula because one of the fires is supposed to be close by but I haven't heard back from her. Let's hope she calls in the am. Stay tuned.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Visiting Merian in Las Vegas

It was so nice to be able to visit with Merian and Cathy when I was in Las Vegas this past week. Here are some pictures of us taken at Merian's house (the strip is in the back but you can't really see anything in the photo!) and thanks so much to Cathy for the delicious Korean BBQ, eggrolls and soup that you made and that Merian warmed up for me since you were still working when I came home! The last couple of times that I had been to Vegas I wasn't able to meet up with the two of them, so it was nice to catch up. I miss you guys a lot and hope that we can see each other more often. I wish I could see all of you guys at Thanksgiving but we will all be in Pensacola with my parents! Its been tough blogging lately-- between work and people in town, there just doesn't seem to be enough down time. Cecilia and Jon are in town as we speak but they decided to stay out with a friend of theirs, Jake, who is Jon's high school classmate who lives about 10 minutes away from me! Cecilia won't find out until Oct. 31st where she will do her fellowship but I really hope its somewhere in California!

I'll try and blog more soon enough! Love and miss everyone!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Cil comes to visit!

It was so awesome to have Cecilia come stay with me for a few days while she interviewed for schools here in the California area for her fellowship. She had a bunch here in Cali- from San Diego, LA, Irvine and San Francisco- I am crossing my fingers that she will be somewhere here in Southern California so we can be closer together.

Cecilia and I have been friends since before Kindergarten—there is some debate about when we actually met but I say when we were 3. It is awesome that to this day, we have remained friends, best friends, and I know that she will be in my life forever. We just got back about a month ago from the Philippines where we spent a couple of weeks together and now this trip- we have been spoiled this year getting to see each other so much and I hope that we only get to see each other more next year if she matches with one of the hospitals here close by. It would be so great to have her and Jon next door so we can take weekend trips together and be close in distance again.

We had a pretty jammed pack trip when she was here… around all of her interviews of course and my work as well. The timing worked out great because Emma and gang took their big board exam on Friday so we had a big party to celebrate that- not to mention Nate being in town from New Orleans because he had to attend a wedding in Malibu. It was crazy the people that were at Ron and Emma’s house for the party on Friday night who were either from New Orleans or Pensacola. Shoot, there were a couple of people from Vermont too where Emma is from.

We couldn’t get everyone together because we were scattered all over the place but here is a picture of most of the people who were there from New Orleans. It was a great party- a ton of fun. Here is a picture of Dena Cory and I (all from Pensacola… we are missing Eva and Carey!)
We also spent Saturday at Glen Ivy- my second home these days. It’s located in a canyon south of LA in Corona and has mud baths, mineral baths, pools, spa houses, an awesome cafĂ©, etc… I am sure you have seen a few postings from Glen Ivy on my blog previous to this. I can’t get enough of that place—Dena came with us that day! I am looking forward to her next trip in and hopefully next time it will be to move! I miss you Cil so much and it was a blast to have you down again... we've been lucky to see each other about 6 times this past year, and one of those times we were in the Philippines together! There will never be enough times for sure....