I was REAL bored in a pointless training at work today. SO like a good employee, I was dilligently taking “notes” in the form of writing a very silly poem about where I really wanted to be today:
My name on the wall at Niketown
This past weekend I got to go to San Francisco to run the Nike Women’s Marathon and to see a lot of people fromLas Vegas. It was a great weekend and while some were a little surprised to learn that I was traveling and staying by myself in a city that I don’t know, I LOVED IT. I am 100% recommending that you take a trip to a city or country by yourself at some point in your life. It’s WONDERFUL to travel without another person’s eating, sleeping etc. schedules and it’s refreshing to do and see all the things you want. More about that later.
While in San Fran I got to catch up with my old friends from the LLS and ran the 1/2 marathon on Sunday morning. It was a beautiful but TOUGH course that featured some of the best views in the city and a finish right on the coast. Saturday and Monday were GORGEOUS days but Sunday, although overcast, was the perfect temperature to run in. It was in the mid to high 50’s and low humidity. It was a little bit cold at the finish but that’s probably because we were right on the Ocean. The professional pictures are already up and you can see them at here. Here are some of the pictures I took while running the race:
Sahar and I above the wharfs
Running along the PacificAlcatraz
I bummed around San Francisco on Monday to try and limber up my muscles and rode a cable car from Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf which I later learned was practically the entire line!
A cable car!
I decided I needed to do an Alcatraz tour because I’ve never heard anyone say to skip going to Alcatraz. I never realized that rock holds so much historical significance. As I learned, they call Alcatraz a historical layer cake as it started out as a Civil war Naval base, became the infamous penitentary and finally the Native Americans occupied it after the prison doors shut in the 60’s. It was AMAZING and if you ever go to San Francisco, spend the money and do the tour. It had by far the best views of the city and it was awesome to ferry out there on such a nice day.
Welcome to the rock
Golden Gate Bridge
The water tower overlooking the rec yard
More photos on flickr!
Well hello all! I apologize for not writing in quite some time! Much like the unpredictable fall weather, it has been an up and down, highs and lows type of month. For the basic framework, upon returning from Wyoming, and settling back into life in the Northwest, I began nannying again for my old agency. I worked some weeks more than 40 hours a week, while applying to full time positions.
Two weeks into my search while visiting my lovely grandparents in Bend, OR I got a call from Mercy Corps, which is my dream organization to work for. Implementing innovative strategies in the global food crisis, ending the cycles of poverty in communities across the globe, Mercy Corps is an amazing organization that is head-quartered here in Portland. If you currently give to any charities, I encourage you to check them out on Charity Navigator. It’s a website that lists each charity’s operating budgets as well as their CEO’s salaries so you can see where each the funds you donate get allocated. [Mercy Corps has a 4 star rating.]
After an initial phone interview I was asked to an in-person interview and then offered a position! So as for employment I’m now working at Mercy Corps as a Donation Recruitment Representative. I’m still nannying on the side in the hopes of saving up for future travels and further education.
I’m also moon-lighting as a wedding coordinator for my dear friend Jessica who is getting married January 3rd. My skill set now includes: boutonniere and bouquet making, confetti design and creation, cake decorating, all around wedding “gopher” and much more! I am enjoying it and can’t wait for her wedding.
Jessica and Seth January 3, 2009
In addition to all these activities, I’m training for the Nike Women’s Marathon, which is coming up faster than I’d like, in San Francisco, CA. It’s an amazing race I got to take part in last year with Team In Training, and now this year, I’m running it. I’m only attempting the 1/2 as my summer in the DR did not allow adequate time to train for a full. I am planning on running the PF Chang’s Arizona Rock and Roll marathon in January with my running buddy from Vegas, Leslie, aka Hot Stuff.
Leslie and I running the LA marathon 3-2-2008
I managed to sneak in a quick trip to Seattle last weekend as well to hang out with my good friends Angela and Monika while Angela’s room-mate Amanda was off galavanting through Eastern Europe. We spent a lovely Sunday together and hiked down Snoqualamie falls in flip-flops with our huge purses. It was pretty funny.
12 years of Friendship
So there’s a quick update on where things are. Thank you for prayers and support!