Category Archives: Tradition

New Year’s Day Traditions

Every New Year’s Day, we eat a meal of black-eyed peas, leafy greens (usually spinach) and ham.   We eat black-eyed peas for humility.  We eat leafy greens for prosperity.  And we eat ham for progress.

This year we ate all of those and also a pineapple cake.  To some this is common practice, but to many others it is foreign. Cakes and other baked goods are commonly served from Christmas to New Year's around the world, with a special emphasis placed on round or ring-shaped items.

Well … we didn’t make it up. did a great job explaining the reason behind it all. Check it out here.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2011!  I’m thinking we’re in for a good one!!


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Fantasy Football … One More Try

There are two schools of thought when you try and fail:

1. practice makes perfect; try, try again; patience is a virtue; OR

2. the definition of insanity is making the same mistake twice.

I’m not sure which camp I fall into in this particular situation, but for some reason every year I play fantasy football and each year I fail.

It started three or four years ago when some friends (mostly females) said they didn’t know much about fantasy football, but wanted to join a league. 

Being the over-planning type A that I am, I volunteered to set up a league and have filled the role of commissioner ever since.

When we first started, we deemed ourselves the NFL (Novice Fantasy Leaguers) since we were all rookies to the “sport.”  Since then, most of the participants have improved far beyond novice level … except me.

The best I ever did was 9th place, but most years I come in dead last. 

So why do I do it?  I LOVE to plan, program and coordinate.  But do I like football? Meh …

Most years I don’t even know who is on my fantasy team.  I swear my vision is not conducive to televised sports.  Thank God I have a husband who can tell me when to cheer for my players when they do something well.

All this said … if you have any (really easy) tips or tricks to at least put me in second-to-last place this year, your suggestions would be welcomed!

And so it begins all over again … we’re drafting at the end of August and regular season starts September 9. Go Wild Wiener Dogs (that’s my team name)!


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Drama at Nathan’s

He’s in the dog house!

Former Nathan's Hot Dog Champ Takeru Kobayash

Cops carted away six-time Nathan’s champ Takeru Kobayashi after the legendary competitive eater — banned from the Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest today — tried to rush the stage.

Two beefy men, wearing polo shirts with NYPD logos, stopped Kobayashi as he attempted to hop a barricade and reach Joey Chestnut after the San Jose, Calif., eating machine won his fourth consecutive Nathan’s title.

Full story: Kobayashi arrested as Chestnut nabs 4th hot dog crown –

Source: New York Post

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Happy Fourth of July

Thank you to all who have served and who currently serve our country.

Happy Fourth of July.

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Linz Turns 30 in Vegas

L to R: Me and Linz

She actually turned 30 about three weeks ago, but her birthday celebration was this weekend in Vegas.  Lindsay is one of my favorite people in the world.  I met her my freshman year at San Diego State in the dorms.  It turns out we grew up in neighboring home towns.  We quickly became friends and stayed friends ever since.

In college we took many memorable road trips to Vegas, and some of my favorite memories in that city have Lindsay in them.

Lindsay is the kind of friend you can always count on.  She is supportive, caring, generous and fun. I was lucky to have her as a bridesmaid in my wedding and even though she lives in LA now, she came down to almost every single one of my fund raising events when I was walking the Breast Cancer 3 Day.

When she invited me to her birthday weekend in Las Vegas, it was a no-brainer!  I got to Vegas on Saturday morning around 11 a.m. and left Sunday at 3:30.  It was a short trip, but it was big on fun! We spent much of the day at the pool and then rallied at night to go to Studio 54 at the MGM Grand, where we used to go in every time we went to Vegas in college (Linz has VIP hook-ups there).

As long as I have a say, Lindsay will always be my friend.  It was so great to see her and have fun in one of our favorite cities in America – VEGAS!


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Longshadow Ranch

We’ve visited many of the Temecula valley wineries; however, the one that keeps us coming back is Longshadow Ranch.  Yesterday we went on our seventh annual Grape Escape – this time in honor of our friend Megan who is moving to England and celebrating her birthday.

We made stops at two other wineries along the trail, but Longshadow Ranch still stood out as my favorite.  Why? The comfort of the venue and the animals. And the wine is good too.

Longshadow Ranch is the place we take a break and picnic.  The staff is amenable to large groups and the tastings are done mostly outside where there is plenty of room.  What’s more, the entire winery is filled with animals, including horses, goats and dogs.

In the evenings sometimes and on special occasions,  the winery offers live music on its stage.  This place is definitely worth a stop during any visit to Temecula.

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Bike to Work, San Diego

For those of us looking to reduce our carbon footprint, the San Diego community is giving us a great opportunity tomorrow – Bike to Work Day.

This could be you!

It is exactly what it sounds like … on this day you walk out the door without your car keys and hop on your bike to get to work.  In addition to getting a new perspective on your commute, you also have the chance to get a T-shirt and win great prizes.

Details below:

Use some pedal power and join thousands of San Diegans on Friday, May 21, 2010, for Bike to Work Day!  A nationally recognized event, Bike to Work Day supports bicycling as a viable, environmentally-friendly commute choice. The event occurs annually on the third Friday of May, which is National Bike Month. Register now!

In 2009, 5,000 San Diego region participants navigated their commute on two wheels. If you are interested in trying a commute that can save you money and reduce your carbon footprint, then check out iCommute to get the resources you need – how to get started, bike maps, and information on taking your bike on transit. It’s all right here!

Not sure if there is a good route for bikes from your home to workplace? Check out the San Diego Regional Bikeway Map. To help you along your ride, Bike to Work Day offers pit stops –  places where riders can pick up free water, a snack, and lots of encouragement! In 2009, there were a record 56 pit stop locations throughout the region. Find the best location along your route using the list of pit stops and Google maps. Watch this Today Show segment to see biking win in a Commuter Challenge!

Ready to ride? Registration is open! By registering in advance, you will receive a coupon for an official BTWD t-shirt*, and you will be entered into a drawing for valuable prizes! Prizes include spa gift certificates, a bicycle commuter pack, and an electric bicycle!

For the full details, click here.

Source: iCommuteSD


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