Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The nephews

I have to say that it is so much fun watching my nephews grow up. Tamer loves it when I give him funny faces and it makes him laugh and is so cute. He runs to me and holds my leg, and likes it when I play the "dropping" game with him...and he's got these cute little curls that I love. Jordan loves to play on my iphone and every time I come over the first thing he asks me is "Can I use your iphone?" He is only 4 years old but he can already navigate the applications and find the games that he wants. Jordan also loves to sing songs, and has an amazing memory. Rami is quitet the athlete and he is my little buddy. We'll sit and chat about TV, play cards, and make up games to play together. He loves to talk about sports and he is only seven. He also loves to read, especially the book series "The diary of a Wimpy Kid." He also started reading a Harry Potter book that is over 1000 pages!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Washinton's Birthday Weekend (2)

Finally recovered from my illness, I was able to ride with Hani again this weekend. We started out at Burgess pool and went up foothill until it turned into Steven's Creek Reservoir. It dead ends in the Santa Cruz mountain and turns into a mountain bike path, as I saw plenty of bikers going to and from the trail. The sheeper group was on a time schedule so I made it to the sandbags (lots of flooding this year due to el nino), by 10:30 (1:20 minutes into the ride) and turned around to meet the group. We practiced descending today... Hani taught the group that when descending a hill, it is not like a motorcycle. You keep your body upright on the bike and push the bike into the turns.

Washinton's Birthday Weekend

This weekend we have had unexpected bad news. Hani's uncle passed away....My in-laws visited Isreal and Jordan for the past five months. They had been back for less than a month when they heard the news. He passed away in his sleep from a heart attack. Family rushed to my in-laws house in San Francisco to be with them, even postponing a skiing trip. At one point more than twenty people were in the house. Hani pulled out an old album and shared stories of the great man he was. He will be missed...

Monday, February 15, 2010

President's Day Weekend

This weekend was not what was expected but was a pleasant surprise. After battling a two week sickness, one of the worse in my life, I had to cancel my saturday Baarb Race (an eight hour race consisting of kayaking, navigating, moutain biking and trekking) and a snowboarding trip to tahoe. Instead, Hani and I opt for a 3 hour road bike ride over the Dumabarton bridge (they have a isolated bike lane) to Coyote Hills with his Sheeper group, and a Sunday Valentine Day orienteering meet, dinner and movie.

Saturday started on a bike with the team the Hani coaches. He currently coaches the Level 1 Sheeper group. It was a beautiful day, and this year has had the most snowfall and rainfall due to El nino. Flowers scoured the fields of Coyote Hills as we rode through the park.
Sunday, Valentine's Day, Hani and I decided to do a BAOC (bay area orienteering club), at Shell Ridge. Shell ridge is in Walnut Creek, and we decided to run the brown course (4.3 km 190 m climb 12 controls) We had the best run we have ever had and received 3rd place with a time of 1:32.27. Our usual races have been in the 2 hour range.
Hani took me to a Valentine's dinner at Divino, which had a fixed menu. It was delicious and food we had never tasted before. Hani started with the Tortino Di Baccala (Dried cod, potato, and artichoke), and I had a dish (Tellini??) roasted red peppers, squash, and goat cheese, served cold. For Dinner I had the Veal and Hani had the Sea Bass. It was delicious though it was food we had not been familar with.
We ended the night going to Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. The movie seemed like it cut out a lot of the story building leading up to climax of the movie. I would give it a B- when it comes to good movies. Two movies that I watched on video that I really liked were "This is it" and Tyler Perry's "I can do Bad all by myself". After Madea catches some children looting her home, she turns them over to their Aunt April, a nightclub singer who wants nothing to do with her late sister’s kids. But things begin to change when a handyman decides to rent a room in her basement. Now nothing will ever be the same as April finds love, faith, family--

Why I Blog

Greetings blogging world! Why start a Blog? Mostly, I'd like to start getting my thoughts and experiences on paper. I can never remember names of movies, places and experiences the way that I would like to remember them. I believe if I have a blog, I can put my thoughts on paper and possibly it would help me become a better conversationalist.