When in doubt, pedal out!

When in doubt, pedal out!
It's what I do.

Drink up!

Drink up!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

High Heels and whatnot

No, not me! I just love this guy and had to share this video with other Justin Timberlake fans. :o)

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mmm pie!!

I love me some PIE!! (Hence the photo) I did some help in the kitchen from some great ladies assisted in producing 2 good sized pumpkin pies. Yum! Needless to say, the next day one of my students asked if they were store bought. I stopped what I was doing to make sure she knew that they were hand crafted from my kitchen. Holla! We had a good laugh.

Now, I do heart all the Thanksgiving food around the table. And, there are times when I feel like a vulture circling my way around the kitchen smelling all the goodness mom has made and brother too. It's all so fun. I love me some Thanksgiving Day! I don't know, there is just something about it. People just saying thank you for what they have is just plain awesome to me. I love that. I will have to watch calorie intake and not get too carried away, but so hard to resist when you are in mom's kitchen. There are no rules. :) Ahhh - I will wear my strechy pants! What if I set up my bike on a trainer at the Thanksgiving table?? Solution? Suggestion? I will probably end up wearing the food. And that is a Thanksgiving Food Foul! yellow flag! penalty box - 2 minutes.

My brother and a good friend of mine will be traveling down to "C dub" as Cousin calls it. Ummm - that is the first time I have ever heard Corpus called as such. I'm down though.

So far this semester has brought me some smiles, truth and good people. All for which I'm so incredibly thankful for in my life. I know the Good Lord continues to funnel goodness this way. Even the hurdles and trivial things are in good favor. It's just knowing that they are in place for a reason and it will make the traveler all the more stronger along the way. I'm down for that.

Goals for Thanksgiving:
1. Quality time with family
2. Bike ride with my dad
3. Homework (articles and role play - don't ask)
4. Trip to the waterfront
5. Learn how to make empanadas
6. Laundry

And just enjoy it. Ok, so I know Laundry and family time should never be on some goal list, but whatev. #1 is a given. Love me some RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRamos time!

The thing I'm most thankful for is just life. I know I didn't have to be here today. It's a miracle to just wake up and take that first morning breath. I would love it if I had a balcony that I could open up the double doors and just take in the air. I'm sure I would get some looks from my students if I stepped outside to for a morning breath of air. hmmmm - I think I might start doing that. :o) I'm bound to almost do anything these days. Just creating boldness to my dash. I said almost!

Don't hold back. If you feel like doing something, do it up! It might be the best memory and experience yet!

Here's to you, yours and your family! May your cup runneth over with blessings this Holiday season!

Feeling Thankful,


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

One of my favorite quotes...

This came in handy today for me and for a friend. I had this card taped to the inside of my front door for quite some time. It always reminded me that the strength of the woman inside was far greater than the one on the outside. I hope it can bring you the same thoughts when you feel that you need it.

When in doubt Pedal OUT,

Monday, November 17, 2008

So random

Tell me why? Today a friend tells me - "So, Elisa, I see that you have gone country?" Umm, no. I asked why and she made this determination b/c I was rockin' my light brown boots that will invite me to kick anyone's ass. :) yeah - only if I needed to b/c I'm not the fighting type. I'm more the, "lets talk it out and see where it gets us." Well, she continued to tell me - You look like a country song - someone wrecked your truck, took your girl and shot your dog. My only reply was -since I have neither of the three, looks like I'm doing good. :) Mind you -- well nevermind the rest, but I thought I ended that conversation pretty well.

I'm so not country. Too dang sad for the most part. So much so I have this playlist titled "Country I actually like." Well, ok, there are some songs I favor. AND, I'm so not country that right now and for the past 45 minutes Brad Paisley is singing live in the background. No he is not here, he is in the TV before you women and some boys come running to my doorstep.

I'll tell you what - today was good. I worked on homework. Got up insanely early to knock it out, made a protein shake, worked out a bit and had time to make it to Mr. Gobbles Day. This is an annual Thanksgiving Day event that friends of mine from undergrad get together and celebrate thanks. Yeah, this has been going on for years (it feels like) and today was pretty intense. It was held at my Goddaughter's house and it was a moment. My Goddaughter is a year younger than me if you are perplexed by my last sentence. It amazes me how people can be so distant when they live so close by. It also amazes me that when we get together, how we can pick up where we left off. It also amazes me how sometimes we can become so distant that it feels like we are talking a million miles away and that might be where it stays. Its all such an awakening. But it is what it is. My Goddaughter led us all in prayer, much like her Grandfather did all those Easters when I couldn't go home for the holiday. Intense. Life is about those moments we can share. When we can just look into the eyes of a friend and have that conversation and just know what the other is thinking. Or look across the table to someone and wish you could have those conversations you once shared. Ahh, I miss it. I'll take what I can get. I'll cherish every second.

I stopped comparing my life to others along time ago (mostly), but I can't help but notice where people are in their lives. All in good time is the theme - my theme. When life happens, don't forget to breathe it in and thank the person next to you. They just might need to hears those words you have lingering on your lips that just need to be said.

Thanks. Such an intense word. Say it when you can, mean it when you say it.

But in the end, love thy neighbor. Celebrate those moments. And, tell your friends you love them.

So, to Mr Gobbles Day (if I would have made it earlier, I would have tried to free the turkey) and to all those that were able to make it- Thanks! I love ya. We've been through a lot and without a doubt I'd stand next to you in the craziest of storms all over again. Thank you God for being in our lives. Seriously, thank you.


I just thought, I'm so not country that I will two step my way through a dance floor b4 you can get your hands on a cold one. :) I like me some boots. Random and tired and a recovering from being a little teary eyed.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Parfait this!

So I needed some snackage and something a little more on the healthy side this morning as I muscled my way through readings and such. You might like this, if not, I'll eat it :)

3 scoops of Dannon All Natural low fat yogurt - it's got a vanilla flav to it, but it's natural, so it's good!
1 spoon of Soy nuts (for protein and crunch!)
1 pinch of Grounded Flax seed (fiber, ay)
Just enough Agave Nectar for some natural sweetness

Put all four parts into your favorite parfait cup/glass and you are set!!

Amazing. So amazing I had blog it :)

Word. Happy snackin!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Super Tuesday!!

It's Super Tuesday!!!! So if you haven't taken advantage of early voting, there is still time. No time like the present to hop in line and get your vote in place. It's not hard or difficult. Just walk up to the line. Wait for it to move. Then give the rep your vote card and a smile and off you go to change the world. Do it up!

Real easy, Real simple. It's all YOU.

Rock that vote,

My prayers and positive thoughts go out to our world leaders, future and current. May what they decide be the best for the many and not the few. Blessings to all.

Saturday, November 01, 2008


So I just came back from a rather interesting Halloween evening. I get all cleaned up to go to bed, but I get that little hunger pain. You know. The one that says, ah, just LITTLE snack it won't hurt. So I slide on over to my kitchen. Low and behold I left my most amazing Asian Garden food out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was all kinds of bummed out! Well just momentarily. I knew if I put it in the fridge hot, that would be bad news. So leaving it out was sadness. But oh well. The spring rolls were a great snack and a good treat for my trick, I mean Halloween evening. lol. My mild attempt with puns did not work out as I thought. Sounded funnier in thought. Well whatev. My blogg, my funny, my posting, Take that AP. It was a goodnight. :) But thumbs down to leaving good food out!! My bad.


PS Homeboy in pic is retiring from acting. again, thumbsdown. I really liked him in Gladiator, Ladder 49 and Walk the Line. ahhh! Joquain Phoenix come on back!