weekend is here

April 30, 2010

Um, just realized I haven’t posted in a week. My bad. So much for daily posts. Work and my life got a bit hectic. I need to learn to just say no to cramming in as many activities in a day as possible. Sara, you can’t do it all. I guess you live you learn. For me, I live, learn, and then keep doing what I’ve been doing even though I know I shouldn’t be doing it. But what are you gonna do.

Anyway, what’s on the agenda for the weekend? I am about to hit up a nearby lake (don’t worry, not the Potomac) for some much needed wakeboarding tomorrow. Yep, I want my entire body to be sore for 5 days. When I say sore, I mean sore. It is going to be painful, and I love it. Let’s just hope I don’t injure myself or re-injure my healing shin. If I can’t run in a couple of weeks, I will not be a happy camper.

Okay, I guess that is about it. Sunday Funday got a little too fun last week, so hopefully this Sunday will also be fun, but maybe not to as much of an extreme. We can have some fun, but not enough so that I don’t make it into work on Monday. It’s supposed to be a gorgeous, hot weekend. Enjoy everyone!

Oh and shoutout to my boy Felipe, who turns the big 3-2 today. He is my oldest Tier 1 asian, gotta love him for that.


DC Film Fest

April 21, 2010

So I finally saw a film via DC Film Fest. Now, I am no movie buff. However, if there is a good flick out that will teach me something and will leave a lasting impression, I want to see it. Who knew that a B rated movie from DC Film Fest would leave this lasting impression. Tonight, a certain someone and I (person to remain nameless) went to see The Balibo Conspiracy. Wow. It was one of those movies in which it ends and you leave the theatre, but in all honesty think you might get shot because you are living out a scene in the movie. A true story, it tells of the “Balibo Five;” five reporters from Australia who went to East Timor in 1975 to report on the Indonesian invasion of the island and, dare I say this, genocide of the Timorese people. It is based on a book called Cover-Up or Balibo by Jill Jolliffe (oddly, or maybe not so oddly, it is very difficult to track down this book in a google search). It was so good that I got home and immediately started researching the history of East Timor and the conflict, which, before the movie I had no knowledge of.

Unfortunately, tonight’s showing was the last in DC. I’m not sure where else it will be shown. I figured the movie was impressive enough that it was worth a post, even if it is controversial and will be difficult for people to see moving forward. In fact, I am convinced that the only reason it didn’t make it to the big screen is because of the controversy surrounding it, as major world powers do not want to be held accountable for their role in the conflict. It is times like these when I am reminded how the media and the government controls what we see and hear…and what we think. So, I applaud this movie and DC Film Fest for telling the story of the East Timorese. I’d venture to say that the directors got the point across pretty well.

If you can’t see the movie, at least you can read the book, if you can find that. Good luck.

more DC news

April 21, 2010

PoP reports that a new bar opened up at 9th and U called Dodge City. I need to venture over to that side of U Street more often.

BREAKING NEWS: Thievery Corporation will be at ESL on Sunday night. You know I got my ticket already.

side bar – I’m actually sore from Yoga. Maybe it has some potential.

this week in DC

April 20, 2010
  1. Pica Taco at 14th and Florida just opened, and so far, reviews are good. I shall be checking it out soon.
  2. Not sure why I’m so behind the times on this, but DC Film Fest is underway until Sunday. What have I been doing, living under a rock? Every year, I fully intend on checking this out and yet never make it. Let’s see if this year, it actually happens. Let me know if anyone goes and sees a good flick!
  3. $1.50 bold coffee from Starbucks until May 5. Now, I’m not really sure if this is a deal or not since I don’t know what regular price is, but just figured I’d mention it for all those coffee lovers out there. Also, unclear if this cost is for a tall, grande, or venti size. Seriously, why can’t they just say small, medium, and large? Mindboggling.
  4. Also news to me: DC Yoga Week is May 15-May 22. Free yoga on the Mall on the 15th (unfortunately, I will be out of town). Given my new obsession with yoga (just kidding), I took an interest to this. Too bad I already purchased a month long pass at one of the local yoga shops. Well, I did the calculations, and I can actually get some free classes on 5/20-5/22. Always looking for a deal.
  5. Anyone else find it ironic that the DC Council voted in favor of the medical marijuana bill today? (It’s 4/20). Just pointing out the obvious.
  6. Wow, someone was robbed at gunpoint in DC? You don’t say. Apparently this issue actually hit Fox News primetime tonight. Guess I shouldn’t complain since it’s another warning sign to me and my friends to stay alert and aware. I heart DC, but in no way to do I want to get held up. Note to robbers: there is not much in my wallet, so might not want to waste your time. More importantly, I didn’t know my boy Kal Penn was leaving us so soon. That is a shame.

I tried yoga

April 19, 2010

So I didn’t make it to the bike shop. Instead, I tried a yoga class. Now, I have tried yoga before, and have never liked it. To me it was just a bunch of people standing around for no apparent reason, doing weird poses. Pilates has always been more my thing, since you are strengthening your core and can actually feel the muscles in action. Well, I figured I’d try yoga again, since it is seemingly good for balance and I thought it might help with my running and prevent injuries.

So, a few things to note about the class I just took:

  1. Is it bad to have a crush on your yoga instructor? Holy crap, between the English accent, him coming around occasionally to help out with the poses in the midst of occasional flirtiness; did that really just happen? I felt like I was in a scene out of a movie. I think I’m in love.
  2. I cannot, for the life of me, do a backbend. I saw him going in for the kill on the demonstration, and said to myself, “is he really doing a backbend?” Yes, a backbend. Apparently, I am no longer in the same shape as I was during middle school gymnastics.
  3. I wasn’t the only one who found the English accent incredibly soothing. At the end of the class, during the meditation warm down period, the guy next to me actually started snoring. Snoring! It took all the strength I had to stop from bursting out in hysterical laughter. Trust me, had my sister Jean been there, it would have been all downhill from there – there would be no controlling it.
  4. Is it bad that during this relaxing meditation warm down period, all I could think about was how the snoring was wonderful blog material? Pretty sure you are supposed to attempt to lose consciousness (as the snorer successfully did), and not focus on reality. I, however, of course could not prevent myself from thinking what a great blog post this whole scenario would make.

I went in planning to take just one class to see if I liked it, and left buying the month unlimited pass. It was a good class, considering all the other classes I’ve gone to in my life were crap compared to this AND the yoga instructor has a certain intrigue about him. I wonder, is that how they get customers? Is the guy gay and just trying to get money? I guess we shall see…can’t hurt to try it again.

Namaste (I don’t even know what that means and think it’s so ridiculous that I don’t want to know),

what did YOU do this weekend?

April 19, 2010

I forgot to describe the events that transpired on Friday night. How shall we say this?

Sara is reverting back to her college years?
Sara acts like she’s 19?

Something along those lines. So how did YOU spend your weekend? Your friend Sara here, well; I did a kegstand. Yes, a kegstand. The last time I did a kegstand, if I have ever really done one (I can’t remember), was back during my days at UConn as an undergrad. And even then, did I do a kegstand? There is no telling. Well, I did one Friday night. My sis, Jean, had a surprise party for Dave, who is back in town after his 3 month skiing hiatus in Utah. Surprise went well, minus the fact that the person who was supposed to answer her phone for the warning call (Aly…one of my halfy Asians) didn’t answer it, and I decided NOT to lock the door to my sister’s place, thinking Jean would open the door, and not Dave. Oh well, he was surprised up until he got to the door and heard our big mouths blabbing away inside. Woops!

Here's me doing a kegstand. Earlier in the day, I got married - forgot to mention it.

Anyway, a few hours after the “surprise,” someone (D) decided it was a great idea to do a kegstand. A few people later, the crowd broke out in chants of “Sara!  Sara!  Sara!” (replace with real name here if you know it). At first, I tried to ignore it. I did my best. But the crowd was relentless. I was wearing a dress, so threw on a pair of my sister’s UConn shorts underneath, which now that I think about it, was very appropriate considering the last time I did one was at UConn. I am not the biggest of drinkers, let alone someone who would do a kegstand, so this is probably why everyone thought it was best to pick on me. Little do they know, however, that while I was up there for 11 seconds (good/bad?), only a tiny bit of beer went into my mouth. You see, I figured out a secret. Spray from the tap, but there is no way you can gulp all that beer down at once. I just let it drip out the sides of my mouth and no one could see it. At that rate, I could have gone for 22 seconds, which would have been perfect because then I could have beat out Stephen who was up for 21. Next time.

Later on this summer, I hope to perfect the kegstand.

My goal moving forward will be to start them early and often.

So there you have it. At 31, your friend Sara is still doing kegstands. And this is precisely why I have a blog.

my new obsession

April 19, 2010

Biking. Yes, since I can’t run for a few weeks to allow my shinsplints to heal, I’ve decided to take up a new sport to fill in the time. Well, two new sports really…swimming as well. These two new activities should successfully allow me to stay in cardiovascular shape so I can kick it back into full gear with the running obsession in a few weeks. On Saturday, my running partner (L), her friend and I decided to try to treck out to Mt. Vernon from DC on a ridiculously long bike ride. Since I have yet to purchase my own bike, L let me borrow a friend’s mountain bike for the trip. Yes, I rode a mountain bike for 30 miles on Saturday. Yes, my crotch is about to fall off because the seat was so ridiculously uncomfortable. And yes, mountain bikes should just be used on the mountain. Tonight, my extra cash will start being spent on biking instead of running gear. Stopping by a new bike shop in my hood to check out a hybrid/road bike. Not sure which is the best option for me, but all I know is that riding a mountain bike on pavement was pretty much torture. I want to go fast!!! Will let you know how that turns out.

Swimming is another thing I’ve been spending my money on. Dude, swimming is tough. I can pretty much excel at the breast stroke, but crawl stroke? You can’t be serious. That thing is difficult and might take some work. If I could perfect that, then I might be able to sign up for a triathalon. But right now, not happening. I’ll stick with my 10ks. Oh, and I’m thinking a half marathon might be in the works as well. Will keep you posted!

And just a quick note on my last post – I am fine kids! Thanks for the concern. Sometimes I get emotional, and it’s good to get things out. New Guy [should he now be called ‘Old Guy?’] and I will remain friends and it’s all good in the hood. In fact, I went to a wedding with him yesterday (since we had planned it a month or so beforehand). Don’t ask. LOL