Credit Puck


entering the Valley View Casino Center

Q&A: What was your last credit card purchase? A large veggie pizza from Round Table for some pre-hockey dinner that came with free garlic parmesan twists. Today’s other purchase was Jarlsberg and mango habanero Gouda with rye bread grilled for lunch.


going up to our seats

We bought discount tickets ($13 each) to see the San Diego Gulls vs Milwaukee Admirals two days ago and got side-rink seats and a free parking pass (complimentary of Caleb’s coworker) saving us $15.


kids on the ice during first intermission

I got a blister on my toe today at the gym and left early and Caleb had already beaten me home. He made me coffee (to dip a chocolate chip cookie in) and eggs with little yellow tomatoes and a zucchini.

I worked on a draft for two hours before taking my post-gym shower and washing Sparky, since he hadn’t been cleaned in a month. I will be posting some pictures to Flickr and was able to publish it while Caleb talked with his sister.


squad goals

Even though today marks one week that I haven’t been allowed on school grounds I still went to the Staff Social at Fern Side. Luckily the principal wasn’t there, but some kind and concerned teachers and my boss.

I told Caleb it would be a quick exchange, but I gave the thank you card back (for Children’s Primary Dental) so that a calligraphy message could be written inside too and then stayed to help eat waffle fries properly peppered.


view from my seat

This gave him time to talk with his Uncle Ed and his brother, one of which will be coming to San Diego in December. We parked with two hours to spare, had dinner across the street, and got to our seats 30 minutes early.


when people leave early

There was a gloves-off boxing match within the first 20 minutes; and the last two goals scored in the last four minutes (4-2 Gulls), which is when we’d decided to leave to get ahead of all the $2 beer four-fisting (two drinks in each hand) individuals.


guys in action with a stick on the ice

Things I don’t remember from the last game we went to: guests on the Zamboni, cheerleaders clear the snow in the rink, laser light shows with the crowd wearing flashing bracelets, and a chuck-a-puck event to win prizes.

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Distinguished Drinks


drinking in the daylight

Q&A: What famous living person would you want to meet for drinks? This is a tough question. My first thought was Stephen King so he could sign my first edition IT novel and the old one that my mother held in one arm while she held me in the other, but then there are so many other influencers — bloggers, authors, and Ted talkers too.

Caleb’s decision was easy. He would meet Shakira — the professional Colombian singer/songwriter (hip shaker) for the possibility of her dancing in the same room as him. Otherwise, he listed a few dead guys that would be cool to talk to about engineering and get matching tattoos — last part was my idea.

In the past I’ve answered this question with: serial killer, BDSM fanatic, drug lord, a president, the Pope, or Oprah (while Mom was here). Someone who thinks differently, has made a positive or educational influence, or just a person who likes drinking hot cocoa on a cold night under the stars.

Who would you drink with, and what beverage would you choose?

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Hump Day Valuables


… in a glass bowl

Q&A: What’s the most valuable thing you own? My life, because without it everything else is meaningless. For cash value: car, bed, ring, camera, phone, and dive computer. Sentimental value: purple rabbit mirror from Dad for my 5th anniversary, a snow globe that was Mom’s, and my national park passport (164 stamps) with Caleb.

Caleb would choose three paintings: one I got in Las Vegas without him, the second we got in San Francisco and gave a guy money to feed his dogs and have him take our picture with them, and the third was made during a Blue Man Group show in Orlando after scalping our tickets for Warped Tour in the parking lot.

We both agree that it’s not our lives, but what we do with them that counts. We have done a good job of making memories and documenting them via blog, Instagram, dive log, passport, and photos. Our memories are valuable as we continue to move forward together having no idea what the future brings.

Future me would feel bad if I look back on this post and hadn’t written about our last surviving dog who is currently curled up in Piggy’s bed snoring in the corner. We still need to donate the rest of her things to the shelter so they don’t sit here and collect dust. The value of life comes in our daily routines — words, actions, love, and memories.

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Waking Winning

Q&A: You woke up at: 5:50 am.


for sale

I was going to workout but the gym was super busy, so I went to work (for five minutes), then waited in traffic to get back to base only to find so many people still waiting to use equipment. I didn’t stay long.


hole three at Morley Field

I did laundry and trimmed the palm tree. Caleb got home and invited me to disc golf. We did some more chores and then met A-Rod at Morley Field. I lost, but still had fun wearing a hat and being outside.


shadow selfie in the park

We went to a cantina in Pacific Beach for tacos, mine came with mushrooms and such. We walked to another bar and played pool (I cheated and lost, and then played against Caleb and won). I re-parked the car and we walked to another place for wings.


sunset on Tuesday

I got a fried avocado taco and interrupted two guys playing shuffleboard. Caleb drove his friend home and then did the same for us. I saw one picture of the AHA event that took place at school today. Looking forward to more details soon.

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Walking and Driving


Q&A: How much time do you spend commuting? About 20 minutes each way, which equates to roughly 12 hours a month. I average 17.5 minutes on each walk with Sparky, at least once a day will be nine hours in four weeks. It takes me about 8.5 minutes to run a mile and I do that for about 2.25 hours every 30 days. I consistently get eight hours of sleep a night or make up for it in naps, 248 hours. I get paid to work for 68 hours a month and put in another ten grading papers, doing data entry, and prepping for events, etc.

This leaves me 371 hours to shop for food, prep meals, and eat them; take hot showers and wash clothes in cold water; blog nightly; practice Spanish; read a book… and do what else as after that leaves about nine hours of free time a day and I’m signing up to take more classes next semester. I will remember this season when I am bogged down with what seems like an endless amount of homework and studying and that we are all given the same amount of time every day. It’s what we do with it that counts.

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Today’s free time was spent sleeping in (40 minutes), getting gas, cleaning the yard (40 minutes), eating avocado on cookies, stapling 200 fundraising packets for tomorrow, grading 47 exercise logs of three weeks for 7th graders, sending work emails, watching the neighbor’s kids at swim practice and dropping the girls to soccer practice (two hours), walking the dog with Caleb (18 minutes), packing cookies for National Boss (coworker and nice teacher) Day, and paying the credit card.

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