Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Best Buddies

In a few weeks time, I am going to participating in a 100 mile charity ride raising money for an organization called Best Buddies. I got involved through my company who is helping to sponsor the event for a very good cause. The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. I could go on and on about how great the organization is but feel free to check it out for yourself at

Last time I was back in the States, we went on a group ride with our buddy Carlos (show in the white jersey with his arm around Kim). Carlos is going to be riding the tandem during the friendship races and is excited and eager about his training! He also told me I have great silver shoes - you can't seem them though, they are hidden by the grass (I'm second from the right).

So for those of you who would like to make a tax deduction to a good cause, please think about sponsoring me as a rider in this event. The event is fun, the charity is backed by the Shriver family (Maria and Ah-nold will be at the event) and the money definitely goes to a good cause. (And I will NOT make a shameless plug to everyone I've ever sponsored and their great causes) You can sponsor me by going to the website below, clicking Sponsor Rider, and searching for my name. Thank You!!!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Panic in the Fridge

Since moving here, everyone keeps asking me if I am having any trouble eating or finding something to eat. Trust me - I have NO problems consuming more calories than I need. I think the food here is great and the grocery stores are generally enormous. As London is such an international city you can find pretty much everything at the grocery store. The Asian food aisle is usually more than one aisle and you can concistently find local favorites like peanut butter, marmite, nan bread and curry sauce in the store. They literally have something for everyone.

Something that is causing me to panic is the fact that food here is so fresh! Normally, people get very excited when they find out the grocery store only carries fresh food so why do I panic? First of all, what the heck is going to happen in the event of a nuclear war!?!?! How will I eat if everything goes bad? I'm going to have to import some twinkies. But the fresh food down side means no macaroni and cheese in a box, no pasta roni - no anything powered! I'm going to be lost without my favorites! The only thing in the pasta aisle is actual pasta and pasta sauce. Strange. The real down side of Fresh Food Land is that by law, everything must be dated and displayed. When I say everything, I mean everything is dated. Stores incur a fine if food is on the shelf past the Display By date. It's up to you to chance the Eat By date...

How can Soured Cream be fresh?

Even my chocolate could go bad!

Now do you see what I mean by panic? Apparently you don't put food in your fridge unless you plan on eating it..... I never thought I would miss perservatives....

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Two Weeks in the Homeland

I just got back after spending two weeks in the States for work. It was quite the whirlwind trip as I tried to squeeze in as many visits with friends, meetings, borrowed bike rides and trips to the veterinarian as I could.

To start, I visited my brother Ken and sister-in-law Rachel in San Diego. The picture isn't the best so I'm afraid you are missing the view of the San Diego skyline behind us on the water. We were joined by their good friend Tracy and we had a nice meal right on the water. Unfortunately, all the peace and quiet was thrown out the window when I accidently set off the house alarm at 3:30AM. Blame the jet lag that I was wide awake but I really didn't mean to wake up the whole house and neighborhood. Note to self: do not open windows at 3:30AM when the alarm is on. Whah! Whah! Whah! (It was like a very loud, screeching bird)

Another bad picture but what can you do with a camera phone and a squirming dog? I had to take Tucker back to the vet since he pulled his stitches open while I was visiting. It probably was good to connect with the vet staff again as we will be going to the vet's office in September to complete the final paperwork for his move to London. You just might be able to see the Frankenstein-esque pattern in his side. Let's just say I can't wait for his hair to grow back.

Although the work trip was full - and really - it was very full - I did have a great offiste meeting. We spent the morning reviewing the different fuctional areas and then plotted a course for the department as a whole. Once done with the 'business' end of things, it was outside to the horseshoe pits for some friendly competition. I'm not hard to pick out in this photo as my blinding white legs reflect the glare from the cement.

To keep the competition fair, one of the rounds required the 'granny throw'.

Action shot....

More to come soon - hopefully I'll be buying a new digital camera that will allow me to download the photos to other computers rather than having to wait until I get home. Don't forget to keep in touch!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Tucker's Trauma

Just a quick post as I am back in the States for two weeks. I needed to make a trip back for work and in the mean time I got to see my mutt. Unfortunately, he had a little altercation at the park before I got here (I think he's acting up on the account of me being an absentee parent) and as a result, ended up at the vet with stitches. Not the best picture, but I still think his expression speaks volumes about his predicament.