Skydiving & Fish 101

My present to Todd (for Christmas) was a pass for both of us to go SKYDIVING!!  There was a ‘Groupon like’ coupon so I jumped at the idea.  I had never been skydiving but Todd had once before.

Yesterday, we finally got around to using it!

After a quick stop at Triple Crown for some liquid courage and a couple shuffleboard games (I won both 🙂 ), we were off to jump out of a plane!

Before they allow you to skydive, you basically have to sign your life away!  We watched a very boring video telling you that if something happens, it will not hold up in court because I signed this paper.  A little scary but we signed the papers!

While waiting for our turn, we watched as many other people got in the airplane & came falling down.  Every single person looked like they had a great time!

This plane was so small (in my mind) but supposedly it is large for skydiving!

This is probably what it looked like when I came down!

After about an hour and a half of waiting, it was our turn to get up there!  We suited up in our gear, met our tandem professionals & were sent up in the airplane!

As the days counted down leading up to this event, I was nervous but when it came down to it, I enjoyed myself.  I was no longer scared but excited!

I really wish I could’ve had my camera in that airplane.  It was crazy!  All the professionals (for lack of a better word) had watches telling them the altitude.  We were waiting for 13000 ft and then the jumping would begin!

My turn came before I knew it!  My ‘professional’ was strapped to me kind of like a backpack.  I stood at the door to the plane watching as Todd was falling into nowhere land.  He said it was time, we rocked back and forth and before I knew it I was free-falling.  I got into the arched position as I was told and just held on to my straps.

For the first half of the free fall I was somewhat in shock.  There was sooo much wind I couldn’t really breathe!  I also had trouble moving because of that wind!  He said I could ‘fly’ with my arms and such but I couldn’t move!  Once I relaxed and realized this wasn’t going to last long, I gave up on worrying about breathing and enjoyed myself.  I think we spun around so I could see the views.  I played with the air.. it was amazing.  I thought I’d lose my stomach on the free fall but I did not.  I was told that since the plane was already moving so fast, we jumped out at similar speeds preventing that sensation.

After about a minute of free-falling, we released the parachutes and loosened some of my straps to make it a little more comfortable.  We did some spins giving me a bit of the lost stomach sensation & looked out at the views.

Before I knew it we were landing and my ride was over!  If only that could’ve lasted longer.  I had an amazing time.  I want to go back up there.  If only this was a cheaper hobby!

We took our skydiving certificates and headed home.  Back to life on the ground. sigh..

Everyone should try skydiving once!  You will not be disappointed.. maybe we should skydive in New Zealand.. just a thought! 🙂

We got home around 8pm & decided we should get some dinner.  We decided to eat out for dinner but take it easy the rest of the night.

It was time to try Fish 101! Fish 101 opened pretty recently into a location in Leucadia that has had some difficulty in the past.

I have high hopes!

The beer I started with was Orange Wit I think.  It was similar to a Blue Moon.

We sat on the back heated patio.  This is new!  I’ve never seen this with the previous restaurants.  It was a great addition.  We started with 1/2 dozen oysters.

As well as the crudo of the day which was Hamachi.  The fish had a slice of Serrano Chile on each piece as well as some sauce that was amazing.  The flavors were awesome!

We then shared the Fish of the Day plate and chose the Salmon with steamed rice & seaweed salad.  This salmon was as well cooked as I think we’ve ever been served in a restaurant.  There was not a single dry spot!

Fish 101 you did not disappoint!  We will be back.  What a great start to this Memorial Day weekend!



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Yosemite Part 2 (Finally!!)

It’s been almost two weeks since I was in Yosemite and I am just now getting to this post.. oops!  Time flies, it is almost June!  Where has the year gone?  Excuses excuses.. sorry..

Where did I leave off?  Friday I ran 22 miles, went on a mini hike, hung out at the beach & then ate Matt’s awesome burgers!  Aahh.. good times..

Before I get to Saturday, I wanted to show the three bear canisters where we kept our food!  Every year we have so much food.  This year was no different, but it’s better to have too much then not enough right?

At least this year we attempted to be organized!

The bottom of all three canisters was where we put the ice chests.  In the top portion of this one was where our snacks were!  Even little Theo knew where the good stuff was!

The second one was half bread and the other half fruit.

The last one was filled with drinks!  Lots and lots of drinks!

Ok back to Saturday.  We woke up Saturday and prepared for a big hike!  About half of the group decided to hike up to the top of this waterfall!

Upper Yosemite Falls is 3.5 miles up & 3650 ft in elevation gain.

The hike has multiple sets of switchbacks to get you up to the top!

This view of the waterfall is maybe half way?

Can it get any better than this?  That’s halfdome in the back.

This is Todd at one of the overlooks.  It took us about 2.5 hours to make it to the top!

The top was where all the good photos were taken!

The waterfall looks a little different looking down on it!

Teresa & I are taking in the scenery while making sure we don’t slide off.

Once you get to the top there is an overlook that you have to hike down some sketchy steps to get to!

Looking down on the overlook with the waterfall to my left.

We enjoyed the scenery and ate a little lunch! Salami & cheese on crackers with Matt’s famous beef jerky and all sorts of other snacks.

Mark, Teresa & Matt went up a little farther to get to this point! You wouldn’t believe Mark’s afraid of heights from looking at this picture would you? 😉

Todd & I went down first & the others came a little after.  It took us 1.5 hours to get down for a total hiking time of 4 hours.

Todd & I were in charge of Saturday’s dinner.  The kebobs we brought last year were a hit so we did it again!

Todd cooked the kebobs over the fire.

Teresa was on fire duty!  She did great, our fire was going strong until bedtime!

We used Seaside Market’s Burgandy marinated Tri Tip for the meat & added onions, bell peppers & mushrooms.

For our side dish I made Angela’s Back on Track Wheatberry Salad.  I loved the chewiness of the wheatberries.  I’m excited to use them more!

Food always tastes so much better after a great workout & while sitting in front of a campfire!

I had to sneak in some Bea & Theo pictures because I miss them already!  What a happy family! =)

Beatrice looks so happy in this one!

Grammy/Mimi & Theo giving hugs!

Here are some s’mores pictures!  Beatrice made a nutella & peanut butter s’more!  Theo wanted a s’more but then hated the sticky marshmallow on his hands.  All he wanted for the rest of the night was chocolate and I’m pretty sure he ate a whole Hershey’s bar!

What a great night!  Little did we know what we would wake up to!

SNOW!!!  I woke up to use the restroom at 6ish and there was double this amount of snow!  Unfortunately, my camera was dead so all these photos were ‘borrowed’.

The snow was beautiful but a big pain.  It was coming in at an angle so it was on everything! Trying to pack the cars was tough.. my hands were frozen.  I did not come prepared for snow!

We had the best of both worlds.  A sunny day on the beach & then waking up to snow on Sunday!  Who would’ve thunk it!?

One last Gleed/Carvajal family photo.

Yosemite 2012 is booked!  See you next year Yosemite!


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Last But Definitely Not Least (Weekend Part 3)

Ok.. one last weekend post & then I’ll get back to real life. Not that last weekend wasn’t real life but.. you know what I mean!

After a late late night Saturday, Sunday started with a bang!  By bang I mean, the alarm clock yelling at me way too early.  It took some extra time to get the rest of the house awake and out of the door.. but we made it! Phew.

Why, you ask?  Todd was running the Sparkle & Shine, Girls on the Run 5k near downtown San Diego!  He was running it with two of his coworkers.

After some group stretching to get their muscles all warmed up, they were off!

Here they come..

..and there they go!

They even had a sprint left in them for the finish line!

Congrats on your first 5k Frank!! Hopefully there will be many more to come =)

After the run we went to brunch at The Tractor Room.

If there’s anything you need to know about the Tractor Room, it’s that the entrées are HUGE & they have an EXTENSIVE bloody mary menu.

Jamie, Jesse, Todd & I shared two entrees and did not finish it all.. that should give you an idea as to how big they are!  Oh and if everyone ordered their own entree, your bank account would hate u!

We ordered the ‘House Favorite Chocolate Banana Pancake’

It had slices of bananas we could see!

It also came with two eggs & a meat of your choice.  We chose turkey sausage.

The other entree was the Smoked Salmon & rock shrimp cake benedict.

It was beautiful & came with roasted potatoes.

All in all a good brunch to get us ready for nap time!  We went home, slept for a couple hours and only woke up to go eat again!

We attended Foodtrucks and Fun at Boomers!  This was definitely a ‘Tammy’ event and I’m so glad I was able to drag everyone else to come with me! =)

Boomers hosted ~20 food trucks from San Diego & Los Angeles at three different locations throughout the weekend.  Sunday’s location was in Vista and it fit into my schedule! woohoo

We ordered a random assortment of things from different trucks and all took a bite of each.  This way we could try lots of items!

Here it goes..

Lobsta Truck

Lobster Roll = Amazing

We ordered it with butter and the lobster was cold.  I prefer the whole thing hot like I had in Boston but it was still very good!  It was small and a little pricey.. but that was somewhat expected.  I would order it again anyday!

Grill Em All

Did anyone besides me watch the Great Food Truck Race?  It was a reality show where food trucks competed in different challenges trying to win $$ for their business.

Anyways, Grill Em All won!!!  These guys are celebrities now!

We ordered a burger with peanut butter, jelly, bacon & sriracha.

It was nothing short of awesome.. we may venture to LA one of these days to get another!!

Check that out!! Hungry yet?

Ahn Joo

Some sort of Korean sandwich.  It was pretty good.

Food Junkies Catering

Prices got us to this one!

Grilled chicken on a biscuit with gravy, corn & peas.  Pretty good for $3!


They were closing but made an exception to make us one last taco.  We got the spicy pork with seared pineapple.

This taco was pretty amazing.  The pineapple and pork went so well together!

Frank joined us and ordered from Tabe.

He got some sort of slider with what looked like carne asada fries but not.  I tasted the fries and they were awesome.

The food trucks were awesome.  I am sooo happy we got to try Grill Em All.  I was a little sad that Miho wasn’t there as I’ve been wanting to try them for awhile.  I also missed out on Devilicious and their lobster grilled cheese.   Next time!

Our weekend guests once again.  I think we showed them a good time.. even if we woke them up at 6:45 Sunday morning! =)

Instead of going home and napping again from food coma, we decided to play a little Mini Golf!  We were at Boomers after all!

It was a pretty competitive game!  Leader changed a couple times.. never me though!

It’s hard to see but Todd won!

We headed to the arcade to spend some tokens.


 dance dance revolution.. etc etc!

Oh man.. what a weekend!  Who needs real life anyways?

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What a Weekend (Part 2)

Saturday morning was supposed to start with my usual VAVi run.  I set my alarm but somehow woke up too late to make it in time.  I decided to run in my neighborhood by myself.  16 miles was on my schedule so I woke up at 7:30 to have my usual pre-long run breakfast.  I ate a sandwich thin with peanut butter & 1/2 a banana and laid back in bed to give myself time to digest.

Next thing I knew, it was 11:30.  Oops.. that breakfast was pointless.

I don’t remember the last time I slept that late!  I must’ve needed sleep.

I debated waiting to run till Sunday afternoon but Todd knew it would be best to get it over with.

I left around noon just in time for the sun to come out!  It was a little toasty.

Summary 02:28:49 16.00 09:18
1 00:09:24 1.00 09:24
2 00:09:07 1.00 09:07
3 00:09:15 1.00 09:15
4 00:09:12 1.00 09:12
5 00:09:08 1.00 09:08
6 00:09:18 1.00 09:18
7 00:09:17 1.00 09:17
8 00:09:13 1.00 09:13
9 00:09:14 1.00 09:14
10 00:09:05 1.00 09:05
11 00:09:37 1.00 09:37
12 00:09:40 1.00 09:40
13 00:09:41 1.00 09:41
14 00:09:13 1.00 09:13
15 00:09:08 1.00 09:08
16 00:09:07 1.00 09:08

I ran 10 miles by myself and then came home and picked up Todd who biked with me during the last 6.  Every long run feels like a new challenge.  Even though I ran 22 miles the weekend before, it didn’t seem to make this one much easier.  10 more miles sounds like an eternity!

I was so happy to have that done with!

After showering and relaxing a bit, my sister and Jesse came over and we headed out to get some food!

N*S*F*M (Not Safe for Mark)

We decided to try Hapifish’s hapihour.

The prices on their happy hour menu were pretty awesome.  We will be taking advantage of this more!



Philly Roll

Shrimp Tempura x2

Spicy Tuna Roll

Beach Bum Roll x2 along with our lovely guests.

Along with the food we took advantage of $1 sake & $10 pitchers of Sapporo.

We had the privilege of sitting at the sushi bar with the owner Justin!  It just made the experience that much more exciting.  Hapifish did not disappoint again.  Great place with great food!

After Hapifish we did a little bar hopping, played some fooseball, ate late night Mexican food & came home and danced to the movie Dirty Dancing.  I’m happy the photos stopped! Though I do think Jamie may have some..

Part 3 to come…

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What a weekend (Part 1)

What a weekend!  I’m not ready for it to  be over and get back to work tomorrow.   This weekend was full of family, food and tons of fun!  Let’s start with Friday…

(Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about Yosemite Part 2.  It is coming, I’m just waiting for everyone’s pics so I can use the best ones)


Friday was Bike to Work Day in San Diego!  I think this was my 3rd year participating.. I love trying to hit up as many booths as I can in between my house and work.  Now that I’m closer to work, that is more challenging.

I managed to find two stops.  The memorable one was at Tri-City Wellness.  I have never seen a stop like this.  Typically you will find two people sitting at a table with some maps, mini bars, maybe some drinks and t-shirts if they are one of the t-shirt stations.

Tri-City Wellness‘s stop was amazing.

They had free mini massages.

Hot breakfast burritos!

The burritos were filled with eggs, beans, cheese & salsa I think.  Very delicious!

I stocked up on all the mini bars and samples they were giving out.

And picked up my new t-shirt

Besides what I have pictured, there was a news van, Elektra bikes for show & a Zico rep with free coconut water!

As per usual I got my share of goodies.  I’d say it was a successful ‘Bike to Work Day’


It was a rare occasion where my sister & brother were in town on the same weekend! We took advantage of the situation and got the whole family together!

Todd and I left work a little early & hopped on the Coaster headed downtown.  We met my family at Basic in East Village.

Basic serves New York style pizza in a very urban industrial like building.

The whole crew except for Todd who was picking up our tickets at this point.

We started with Racer 5 on tap!

Any place with Racer 5 on tap is a new favorite!

We ordered two large pizzas and devoured them very quickly!

One pizza was a white pizza with spinach, artichoke hearts & mushrooms.

The other was red with pepperoni, black olives & green bell peppers.

The pizza was delicious. We had no leftovers!

After dinner we headed over to Petco Park for the main event of the evening.

We watched the Padres play the Mariners.

I have no photos at the game so you’re going to have to trust me on this one.  The Padres lost, but we enjoyed ourselves!  Good family fun =)

After the game, Todd and I hopped on the Coaster and called it a night. 

Great start to the weekend!

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Yosemite 2011 (Part 1)

**Take Two – I had this post 75% done.  When I went to finish it, it was gone!  I guess I didn’t save it .. though I’m positive I did!! Soo frustrating! Now for round two!**

Hello Yosemite!! 

Every Spring for the last 3 years (I think?) Todd and I meet his family in Yosemite National Park for an extended weekend camping trip!

We stay in Housekeeping Camp that consists of huts with three walls, a canvas cover and a canvas curtain.  As you can see there is also a covered ‘patio’ where we cook and prep before sitting at the campfire!

My bed was the top bunk this trip.

We arrived Thursday around 2pm and it was a BEAUTIFUL day (mid to high 70s)!  I was expecting highs in the 50s, so weather in the 70s was a pleasant surprise!

Once everyone settled in, we went for a stroll around the valley.  Spring is definitely the time to visit Yosemite!  All of the water falls are bursting with water & the crowds are a minimum.

The Merced River winds through the valley and through the campgrounds.

Half Dome at a distance.  I’m so glad I climbed it when I did (backpacking trip 3-ish years ago).  During the season when the cables are up, you now need permits 7 days a week!

For some reason I love this picture.  This random dead looking tree with Upper & Lower Yosemite Falls in the background.

Thursday was a very low key day.  After our little stroll we set up camp, started a fire, and ate some of Lisa’s amazing chili & salad.  No pictures =(  I made it an early night because I had a big day Friday!

Rock and Roll Marathon is on June 5th!!  That means this weekend was my longest run of the season!  To be honest, I was terrified!  I was running solo (without VAVI), I was in Yosemite where I’ve never ran before.. and there was a little more altitude than I’m used to at Sea Level!  I decided to get this run out of the way Friday morning to leave the rest of the weekend free!

I woke up at 5:45am and started running just after 6am.  Pre-run breakfast was a banana because I wasn’t going to wake up an hour earlier to eat more!  The banana would have to do.

I did some research to find the best running route in the valley (no hills).  I saw a 12.5 loop on Map my Run and thought I’d do that twice.  Turns out my loop was a little different than the 12.5 mile one and was actually 17 miles!  Well, 17 miles including a couple out and backs.  I did get lost a couple times having to turn around at dead ends.  One of the trails I was running on led me to the river.  There was so much water that my trail was in water!  With my mini detours, the loop was 17 miles meaning I just needed to do a smaller loop to get to 22!  It was perfect!

Todd joined me on my run at mile 15!  He rode next to me on the beach cruiser for the rest of the way.  It was a great change in scenery to have him there. We talked and I listened to him as he sang to me!  He also brought me coconut water, refilled my water bottles & fed me Cuties for the last three miles.  I think those cuties were life savers.  The act of peeling them and then eating them kept my mind occupied.  I had my own traveling aid stations! Does that exist race day??  Thanks Todd!  You were awesome.

What more can I say about that run.. it was AMAZING!  The miles flew by as I admired the scenery. I took photos along the way & kept my eye out for wildlife bears!  It really was night and day difference from last weeks 20 miler.  I didn’t hit the wall I hit last week!  I think I hit a mini-wall at mile 20.5ish but I was so close it didn’t matter.

Overall Stats
Time: 03:32:38
Distance: 22.01 mi
Elevation Gain: 583 ft
Calories: 2,495 C

22 miles completed! Now I feel ready to tackle 26.2!

The valley was so different at 6:30am as the sun was rising.  You could see the sun peaking above the mountains.  I snapped away with my iphone!

This was the road I ran on for a good amount of time! Sorry it’s a little fuzzy but I wanted you to see how beautiful it was!

The elevation in the valley was around 4000ft.  Being at Sea Level most of the time I was a little worried to see how it would affect me.

Elevation Gain: 583 ft
Elevation Loss: 583 ft
Min Elevation: 3,864 ft
Max Elevation: 4,034 ft

The sun rising above Upper Yosemite Falls.

Bridalveil Falls.  We need to do this hike next year!

My only goal for this run was to run and not walk! My plan was to consciously try and run slower than usual!

Summary 03:32:38 22.01 09:39
1 00:10:15 1.00 10:15
2 00:10:54 1.00 10:54
3 00:09:56 1.00 09:56
4 00:09:49 1.00 09:49
5 00:10:14 1.00 10:14
6 00:10:28 1.00 10:28
7 00:09:39 1.00 09:39
8 00:09:42 1.00 09:42
9 00:09:34 1.00 09:34
10 00:09:33 1.00 09:33
11 00:08:35 1.00 08:35
12 00:09:02 1.00 09:02
13 00:09:12 1.00 09:12
14 00:09:05 1.00 09:05
15 00:09:10 1.00 09:10
16 00:09:29 1.00 09:29
17 00:09:48 1.00 09:48
18 00:09:14 1.00 09:14
19 00:10:09 1.00 10:09
20 00:09:55 1.00 09:55
21 00:09:19 1.00 09:19
22 00:09:24 1.00 09:24
23 00:00:02 0.01 06:16

Looking at how these paces are all over the place and knowing that my Garmin lost satellite signal randomly, I don’t know how much I trust it.  All that matters is that I ran 22 miles!

Post Run ice bath was in the river!! It was sooo cold! I didn’t last in there for more than a minute (if that!)

After eating some breakfast leftovers and showering, we went as a group to hike to Lower Yosemite Falls.

Todd & Beatrice

Love the attitude in both of them! If only Beatrice had her eyes open!

Angela & Theo

Hiking meant playing on rocks!

Todd & Beatrice

And rock walls!

Mark & Beatrice

And more rocks..


And tree limbs!

Upper & Lower Yosemite Falls

In this photo you can see Upper & Lower Yosemite Falls.  The hike to Lower Yosemite Falls takes you to the base of it.

Lower Yosemite Falls

There was so much water it created wind & lots of mist!  It felt like it was raining at times!

We had a great little hike with some great views!

Friday’s weather was once again beautiful! We spent the rest of the afternoon before dinner at the beach! Yes, at the beach!  There was a sandy area along the water where we set up our chairs & played some horseshoes, bocce & napped.  I napped =)

What a day!

Dinner was Matt’s famous hamburgers we are excited for every year!  Toppings included sauteed mushrooms and onions.. cheese.. avocado..

And bacon!

(Oh and of course the usual lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard & ketchup)

We all ended up taking pictures of our burgers because we were soo proud!  This photo was my favorite.. but I couldn’t tell you who’s burger it was.  I just know it’s not mine because it has mayo on it!

We also thought the bite picture was necessary!  It was!


Me! (Yes that is my MITITW poncho! It was a staple!)

Matt (a.k.a. The Chef)


Even Beatrice had to show off her dinner as well!

Dessert was smores by the campfire! I created the Nutella smore!!  Beatrice made a Nutella & Peanut Butter smore!  They were amazing!  I wish I had a photo!

Part 2 will include Saturday & Sunday!


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Homemade Mamma Chia

At the Carlsbad Half Marathon Expo, I was introduced to Mamma Chia.  Mamma Chia is a juice drink filled with Chia seeds!

If you’ve read the book ‘Born to Run’, the Tarahumara are the ‘running people’ most of the book is based on.  They are a Mexican tribe of super athletes who run super long distances for fun!

A staple they used to fuel themselves through their runs is Chia.  Yes these seeds are the same seeds used to make Chia Pets from a long time ago.  Do they still exist?

Check out this site for many great nutritional benefits to the chia seed.

I use Chia seeds pretty much daily.  Breakfast is typically ‘Overnight Oats’ containing about a tablespoon of chia seeds.  When mixed with liquid, the seeds ‘gel up’ which is awesome for bulking up oatmeal.  You feel fuller because you have more to eat!  Because they hold so much liquid, they are great for endurance athletes to help sustain them in long hours of physical activity.

I am not a nutritionist or a doctor.. so do your research!

Anyways back to Mamma Chia.  I loved this drink and thought how easy it would be to make it myself!

It took me until now to actually try it out! (Carlsbad Marathon was in January)

Most of the Mamma Chia flavors contain lemon and/or lime as well as some other fruit flavor.  The flavor above is Cherry Lime.  I decided to try Strawberry Lime since it is strawberry season!

I put a pint of strawberries in my magic bullet & blended until I got a strawberry paste.

I then added the juice of a lot of mini limes until I liked the flavor.

At this point I added maybe 3 scoops of Chia seeds to the strawberry lime concoction, then added water to thin it out.  Store in refrigerator overnight to get the ‘gel’ like consistency.  At this point you can add more Chia seeds if you want it thicker or add more water to thin it out.  You may want to add sweetener of some kind but I opted not to because I enjoy it a little tart.

Can you see the ‘gel’ like consistency?

Now for the comparison shots.

Looks pretty good right?  There are so many ways to experiment with this!


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