Thursday, March 26, 2009

OC Marathon: May 3, 2009

Girls Inc. of Orange County (where I work) is a Charity Partner! That means anyone can choose to donate money to our organization and with the money we raise, we will be able to improve our exisiting programs and add new one! So if you have an extra dollar or dollars, help us out!

Also if you are interested in running it, here are the details:

"The race is a blend of chic coastal scenery, tranquil nature views and sophisticated arts and shopping, which will offer a great backdrop for an extraordinary race experience.

Starting at Newport Beach’s Fashion Island and the course features Pacific Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar Ocean Views, Newport Bay & Back Bay, OC Performing Arts Center, South Coast Plaza, and the Santa Ana River.

Celebrate your finish at the fantastic OC Fair and Events Center – the location for the Health & Fitness Expo and Finish Line Festival.

Please click here for our official online merchandise store.

We've received many questions via email that are answered on our FAQ Page of the web site; such as "yes", we are a Boston Qualifier, and "yes", we do allow walkers! These and many other frequently asked questions can be found there. Be sure to check that link when you have a question and then email us at if you need further assistance."


You can also donate your time by volunteering for us!

Title: PF&F- Shift 1# (4 hr. shift)
Location: OC Fair & Event Center
Date: Sunday, May 3, 2009, 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Coordinator: Orleda Roa
Description: Post Food and Fluid, the most important element after a race. As the runner walks by, volunteers should hand one bottle of water to the runner. Keep restocking the tables and opening the cases of water as needed.
Volunteer Recruitment Deadline: Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  • (All volunteers must be 16 years or older)

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2009

    Sunday, March 22, 2009

    things i love!

  • acoustic versions of songs
  • water: drinking an ice cold glass, swimming in the pool or ocean, showers, etc.!
  • flowers: tulips, gerbera daisies, irises, roses, lilies, sunflowers, etc.!
  • singing! when i'm happy or sad, i'll start to serenade the space around me, whether it is good or not!
  • feel good movies such as "amelie" and "princess bride"!
  • chips: baked pita chips, baked lays, cheese puffs, tortilla chips, etc.!
  • yoga! my body doesn't feel so compressed during or after it. and i break a sweat trying to combine strength, flexibility, and awareness.
  • flowing aka: "in the zone." it's such a powerful and meaningful way to spend time.
  • putting pen/pencil to paper.
  • music: big band jazz, dixieland jazz, ska, pop, reggae, reggae-inspired genres, r&b, some hip-hop and rap, rock, alternative, indie rock!
  • my family!
  • my friends!
  • creating something: a painting, a quilt, a pair of earrings, etc.!
  • sleeping after a good workout: i don't wake up in the middle of the night!
  • catching up with people.
  • hugs!!!
  • smiles!!!
  • layers when it's cold!
  • coming home after being gone all day (or many days)!
  • springtime!
  • hawai'i!
  • connection!
  • beach, of course!


  • say it again for me, 'cause i love the way it feels

    happy spring!

    i am surrounded by flowers. cards. presents. but most importantly, love. and wonderful people.

    26 will be good! i can feel it.

    the group.

    moca and erik.

    they roll deep.

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    Monday, March 09, 2009

    measure your life in love...

    on saturday, i watched "coraline" in 3D with darling jeffrey! and it was very entertaining; i was enthralled. and i couldn't imagine it 2D. yay, for the effects making a big difference! i look forward to "9." we also had lovely linner and some delicious blizzards at DQ. mmm... thanks for hanging out! i hope you had fun! :)

    afterwards, i caught the tail end of an art opening in artists' village. i was happy to hear the student performances, mostly because i really like the song they played ("missing you" by lukie d). after helping the clean-up crew and looking around at the outdoor booths, i went over to memphis with them. when we finished but my vino hadn't, i walked around with steph. i saw some pieces i really liked but they were pretty hefty for this youth worker's pocketbook... when i have more money... ;)

    yesterday, i was doing a google search for my blog and happened upon a blog i shouldn't have read but did. i read the entire thing and it left me in tears and motivated me to jump on the task at hand: adding up my father's work expenses. although not exhilarating, i welcomed the opportunity to keep my mind busy.

    i finished my first reading assignment ("saffron days in LA") and am on to book number two: "a mindful way through depression." it seems promising and very practical. thanks, tingle! :)

    daily routine: through my window.

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    Saturday, March 07, 2009

    and your love will be warm nights with pockets of moonlight.


    sleeping felt so good last night! i finally understand why people with real jobs are so tired after work and have no energy to have a social life; this also explains why dating is so hard at this age!

    so i have a friend who i've unofficially recognized as my life mentor and creative inspiration. and it has been a HUGE breath of fresh air having her in my life. i feel like my soul is starting to poke through the earth searching for light to nourish its growth. it has been so long since i've felt inspired in any aspect of my life! i guess i have been creatively stifled, a sort of black and white television set, but i hope that my uninspired phase is coming to an end. i hope i can find new mediums, renewed confidence, and a fresh spirit...

    when i met my 3rd soulmate, my life began overflowing with joy and fulfillment. i was inspired down to my bones: exploring new mediums, learning new skills, and having a great coach to show me the ropes and walk alongside me on the journey. music was a strong third character coloring each experience and the world was new with amazement and mindfulness. finally, someone who understood my spirit and awakened parts of me i used to be or could become. it was like my life was in HD.

    uyen's definition corner:

    soulmate: noun. a person you meet who from the start, feels familiar and like you've known them before. you feel like they understand you without having to explain yourself. you feel like you are accepted so that you can be yourself around him/her. you feel unbounded and unlimited. you share similar worldviews, perspectives, reactions, or behaviors whether or not you've been raised similarly. you feel great joy in their presence. and it feels like you are connected to something greater in the world.

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    Wednesday, March 04, 2009

    latest movie watched:

  • Before Sunset: Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delphy. The sequel to Before Sunrise, documenting the second encounter between two people who met 9 years earlier spending the day getting to know each other. In this movie, the two spend their few hours together (before his flight back home to his wife and son) catching up, subtly revealing thoughts and feelings about each other. Their connection is strong and undeniable. Will they say good-bye a second time or do they take their second chance for something lasting?

    uyen's definition corner

    first love: noun. the first person you open your heart to and love (outside of your family), usually the premature and selfish type. all of your hopes and expectations for relationships or a partner are placed upon this person, which usually leaves you disappointed. you hardly forget this person and he/she is hard to get over.

    bestie corner

    daily routine: in bed writing.

    daily routine: my sigg bottle.

    daily routine: my dashboard.

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  • Sunday, March 01, 2009


    I've been on a movie watching kick these past two weekends, mostly because I've needed a way to relax after the loooong week. I want to hole up inside my room and veg out for days at a time. Here's a list of what I've seen.

  • Penelope: Starring Christina Ricci. About a young girl who has inherited the family curse: she has a pig snout. The only way it can be lifted is if someone of her kind (the rich, blue-blooded type) will love and accept her the way she is. Her parents matchmake to find a willing partner to save her and her family.
  • A Cindarella Story: Starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. A modern twist on Cindarella with cell phones and e-mails and high school drama.
  • Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity: Starring Sandra Oh. A young Chinese American girl uses Taoist magic to try to improve her mother's situation. After her spells misfire and affect other people, her mother finally finds what she needs.
  • Last Kiss: Starring Zach Braff, Rachel Bilson, Casey Affleck. About a man about to turn 30 who freaks out about the finality of his life because his perfect girlfriend is pregnant. He sees the rest of his life as void of surprises. So when Kim along and comes on strong, he can't resist.

    me with mama at yogurtland.

    mis padres y yo at the temple for new year. yay for ox!

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