Preparing for 3Day Breast Cancer Walk

This year I’m not a walker. After 2 years of aggressive training and fund raising – I’ve decided to contribute to the walk by volunteering on the CREW.

Flash and I are on the ‘Grab & Go A’ team. We have our camping bags packed, our 50′s outfits ready and are looking forward to our mandatory CREW training day tomorrow. 50′s outfits you ask – yes our crew team is dressing in a 50′s theme. Can’t wait to see the guys in poodle skirts. Flash will be dressed as Buddy Holly / 50′s Prom King. I’ll be a Pink Lady from our all time favorite move – GREASE.

In previous years Flash would come out to the cheering sections and support our walking teams. I can’t wait to share this entire 3 day experience with him.

Wait till he sees the camp of thousands of ladies!!! Darn – this means he doesn’t have to wait in line for a shower.

I’ll post an event recap and photos next week.

Most importantly, I dedicate this event to our beloved Uncle Ronny, Grandma Broman, Grandpa Gordon and Grandma Smith- all of whom we lost to cancer. We love you so much.

Why giving back is so important during economic down turns

Ever since I can remember my family and I have done what we can to volunteer or give back. That reminds me, I should nominate my mother for QUEEN VOLUNTEER. I can attribute my inspiration from her. Thanks mom.

Well, we’re really bumping it up these last couple months and will continue to do so in 2009 and beyond.

Past ‘giving backs’ include:

Flash and I will volunteer on the 3Day Breast Cancer Walk CREW next week. 4 amazing days of cheering on the walkers. Our crew team decided for a 50′s theme this year. Stay tuned for updates.  I’ve walked the previous 2 years. And raised close to $5000.

My latest interest and drive is with micro loans. If you don’t know what they are – read up here.

I’ve had the pleasure to recently become a member of the Women’s Global Network here in San Diego. gWave has recently donated to sponsor an entrepreneur woman in Bukoba, Tanzania.  Please stay tuned for details as we’ll be connected and obtain photos and the story of who we are helping. Pay back on micro loans is an astounding 98% and sometimes higher.

So why is this so important. Well, I’m tired of watching CNN, I’m tired of everyone else getting down due to the media. Well people, time to reach outside your bubble and look at the reality of the rest of the world. Or those even living in our own town. If you have a roof over your head and job – then suck it up. Gain some perspective and volunteer. Nows the time to reshape old habits and create new ones. If you have a little extra to spare, then share with someone who needs it more than you do. I promise, it WILL make you feel better.

More later…

San Diego Brewers Guild Beer Festival

I love beer. There, I’ve said it. It’s out in the open now. You know it and I know it. I can now write this post without restraint.

I like all kinds of beers. I like ales and lagers; stouts, porters and pales; import and micro; light and dark; imperial, dubbel and tripel; lambic, gueuze and fruit. I was able to taste many of these different kinds recently.

On Saturday night Mel and I attended the San Diego Brewers Guild Beer Festival at the Balboa Park World Beat Center. The festival is a non-profit event benefiting the Brewers Guild and the Beat Center music program. Thanks to a friend’s recommendation we purchased the VIP tickets, and boy were we glad we did. The VIP tasting was from 5-7 and was significantly less crowded and had some special beers available.

San Diego has a world renowned group of local breweries. While San Diego and the West Coast in general are known for our strong IPA style ales (my personal favorites) most breweries are branching out into many different styles and experimenting with lots of different ingredients. We sampled many of those different beers. Below is a list of beers we tasted during the 3 hours we were there. I certainly wasn’t taking tasting notes, but I can say that each beer was excellently made.

  • Green Flash Le Freak Belgian Style IPA
  • Pizza Port Solana Beach Barrel Aged Stunna Shades Stout
  • Coronado Brewing Saison by the Sea
  • Alpine Beer Company Boris Barrel Aged Imperial Coffee Stout
  • AleSmith/Mikkeller/Stone Belgian Style Triple Ale
  • Rock Bottom Belgian Abbey Ale
  • Rock Bottom Espresso Oatmeal Stout on Cask
  • Karl Strauss Sour Red Blend
  • Firehouse Autumn Ale
  • Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi Golden Ale
  • Green Flash Palate Wrecker Imperial IPA
  • Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA
  • San Diego Brewing Company Hopnotic
  • Alpine Beer Company Icabod Bavarian Spiced Dunkel Weizen
  • La Jolla Brew House Nut Brown Ale

I highly recommend the Brewers Guild Festival and specifically the VIP session next year to any San Diego beer fans.

Gordon’s Go Green

So now that the elections are over, I can actually think again! Ever since I watched Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth I’ve been trying to find easy and simple ways to lessen our carbon footprint. Months ago I bought a bunch of the Wholefoods and Henry’s reusable grocery bags. I used them once, shoved them in the hall closet and forgot all about them. I realized these bags should be left in my car trunk, that I needed more than 2 and that it’s ok to reuse the plastic vegetable bags. Every bit helps. I’ll continue to hold myself accountable and ask that Flash remind me to use our reusable grocery bags.

Going Green Baby!

Going Green Baby!

The next step is to purchase 3-4 more so that we both have our own personal supply of reusable grocery bags in our cars.

For the last week, I’ve consciously questioned everything I’ve thrown in the garbage at home. We live in a high rise building, so I do know there is a large recycle trash can in the underground parking. It collects paper, plastic, glass and aluminum. However, the trash shoot is at the end of our hallway which makes taking out the daily trash very simple. Getting to the recycle trash can involves a couple more steps of getting into the elevator and trucking down to the parking garage. I think we can handle a couple more steps. But Flash asked, “where are we going to collect/store the recyclables?”

We live in a 800 sq ft condo, no pantry space and barely enough room for our dry food! So I’m on the hunt for some great containers. Still researching and will keep you all posted.

Vote!

San Diego, CA – 8:30AM PST Nov 4

We voted this morning. We arrived at 6:40AM to a small line and were in and out in no time once the polls opened at 7. The rain started shortly after we got back into the car, thank you to the sky for holding out for us!

PLEASE get out there today and vote. It’s an honor and privilege we have as Americans, don’t take it for granted! No matter who or what you vote for, just do it, let your voice be heard!