Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Manuel Uribe

Two weeks ago (on a Sunday). Discovery Channel featured "The wedding of the world's heaviest man - Manuel Uribe".

You know I couldn't help myself and I had to record. Carlos wasn't allowing me to see it in his presence because he thinks is sad and depressing. I do too but I need to know how is story turned out.

Info about Manuel:
Manuel Uribe Garza (born June 11, 1965) is a man from Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, and was one of the heaviest people in medical history. After reaching a peak weight of around 570 kg (1,257 lbs) and being unable to leave his bed since 2001, Uribe lost considerable weight with the help of doctors and nutritionists, and by following the Zone diet. Uribe appeared on the Televisa television network in January 2006, but turned down offers for gastric surgery in Italy. In March 2007, Uribe set a goal to lower his weight to 120 kg (265 lbs). Uribe has also been featured on "World's Heaviest Man", a television documentary about his bedridden life and attempts to lose weight. By April 7, 2008, Uribe had reduced his weight to 369kg (814 pounds). His weight loss efforts continue.

In October 26, 2008, he decided to marry his g-friend Claudia. (Who by the way use to be married to another obese man - a mere 450lbs. But he passed away from cardiac arrest). Remember he hasn't left his bed for 6 years and weighing in at 800 pounds after shedding 592 pounds. He was transported to the civil wedding on his specially-reinforced four-poster bed, draped with cream and gold and adorned in bright sunflowers, on the back of a truck. Donning a white silk shirt (that took 13 feet of fabric to make - Steven Seagal style) with a sheet around his legs he waited to greet Solís as she walked down a flight of stairs wearing a strapless ivory dress and a tiara before 400 guests.

Monday, February 23, 2009


We've become regulars for Los Alamitos Race on the Base. It's our second year running the flattest course you could find since it's on the airbase.

It's a neat race, it starts with a 5k, then they have the in line skaters & challenged athletes, then the 10k and they just added a reverse tri (run, bike, swim).

It was exciting - we got there and the parking lots were full so we parked on the street. Then we both decided we needed to take a potty break. Good lord, people need to stop eating all those energy supplements. It was nasty - as if they got cleaned out (I'll spare you details). We waited and waited in the "shortest" line but I think those people had the most explosive bowels ever. They took so freakin' long. Carlos was getting impatient, he just kept saying "we should have stayed in the other line" (almost like a broken record).

We had just finished with the port o' potties and when they announced the start of the race. Carlos took off to warm up, I got in line and it was so packed that at the 11th hour he ended up starting way in the back. This race wasn't timed either so I really think he was much faster than what they clocked him at. He of course passed me as I proceeded to run!

I was tired, my running camp does up to 4.5 miles so doing the 6.2 miles was a stretch, now I know I need to start training for endurance in addition to speed.


2008 - took me 1 hour 18 minutes
2009 - I shaved off 18 minutes. I finished at 59.37 (I know it's accurate because Carlos bought me the Garmin Forerunner. The coolest gadget ever, GPS, mileage, calorie, pace, time tracker and heart monitor. It does everything but run).

WOOOOHOOOO mile official pace 9.35 min.

I've come a long way and I am most thankful for everyone's support and to God for allowing me to run! When I talked to my dad after the race he was so excited for us. He said "that really shows me that you're healthy - have a good heart and that your foot doesn't hurt you anymore."


I'm still doing my running camp - we're on week 8 but have had some adjustments. Our Coach can't do Fridays anymore so to supplement she's offering us complimentary "boot camp" classes. I tried one, I thought - I've been running it shouldn't be too horrible.

It's primarily circuit training, that includes a short run to warm up and some leg and core work. I must admit, doing lunges with 5lb weights sucks. I think we did over 1000 lunges - by the time I left, my legs BURNED.

But I survived! I felt okay afterward but the following day I couldn't get out of bed and I was walking around like a cowboy. I got worked.

We are famous.......

Last year, we ran the Carlsbad 5000 - it's touted to be the world's fastest 5k. I think it's because most of the elite runners come out for this ...... which is nice to be able to see them up close in their element but they skew the results. They only give medals to the first 250 finishers. So my chances of ever getting a medal are diminished.

While we are in the beer garden after the event, a photog snapped our picture.

Over the weekend, our friend Emily e-mailed us this:
"OK, I just got a brochure in the mail for the Carlsbad 5000 and, no joke, the picture that we took as a group is in it. It's the one with, from left, Carlos, Maria, Heather, Brownie, Elle and then me and Sissy in the back a bit. I laughed so hard. The pic is about the size of a postage stamp so every looks GREAT ;-)"

Here's the full size picture for your enjoyment:

Wish us luck - we're signed up for it again (April 5th) if anyone else is interested!

Have you seen this?????

I was about to go to sleep one night and the TV was still on. I caught a glimpse of the "As seen on TV" marvel. You all need to check it out.

Did you see the intro??? It's a plastic curved contraption that you put on your head (so you no longer have to tease your hair) you place this thing and you cover it your top layer. You can then wear your hair like Amy Winehouse.

1. I think this came out too late, that style was so 2007-2008
2. Do people really think it's cool?
3. What's with the tacky name "BUMP IT"
4. Why are they selling you 4 pieces for $19.99 (maybe cause it's crappy)?

I especially like the picture gallery:


I'm elbow deep in the harvest (well for most of my crops). Things we've eaten: lots of cilantro, oregano, rosemary, broccoli, romaine, and bronze leaf lettuce. Still pending: white cauliflower, purple cabbage, artichokes.

We're lucky due to the consistent rain my plants are loving it! And we've been bug free (for the most part). But yesterday as I was weeding noticed that my purple cabbage has a new "friend". It looks like little purple/transparent cells. I know it's a fungi (I think). So I started to research
organic pesticide.

I found one that was garlic based but when it asked for fish emulsion - I knew I was in trouble. First of all, I don't even know where I'd find it, secondly my dogs would be garden in record time, trying to figure out what the funk was all about. I rather not. This is what I've found so far. Some sound pretty easy!

Soap Spray:
Another way to stop the slugs is with soapy water. That's right, you can just use your old, dirty dishwater! Collect some of the water in a pan and pour it into a watering can or even use a pitcher to pour it over the plants. This works really well on hostas and mums, but also can be used on other hardy plants. Many bugs do not like their lunch spoiled by a soapy aftertaste! For a stronger solution, mix 3 Tablespoons of liquid detergent into a gallon of water, I prefer Dawn, but any will do. Use this weekly.

Alcohol Spray:
This spray really is great for houseplants. This especially works on meal bugs.
1/2 cup of alcohol
2-3 tablespoons of dry laundry soap
1 quart of warm water
Mix all ingredients and spray immediately. You don't have to let this set, but you can't store it either. This solution must be made fresh for each use.

Salt Spray: (this is the one I need - I think)
This solution is used for cabbageworms and spider mites.
2 tablespoons of salt
1 gallon of water
Just mix and spray!

Garlic Spray:
Garlic spray is great for getting rid of cutworms, wireworms, whiteflies, and slugs too.
1 garlic bulb
1 quart of water
1 medium onion
1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
Crush the garlic, mincing it fine. Add finely chopped onion to the mixture, while adding the rest of the ingredients except the soap. Wait an hour before adding the soap to the mixture. The spicy ingredients must sort of stew or steep, almost like tea. After an hour, add the soap and your non-toxic spray is ready to use! This can be stored in the fridge for a week.

Dead Bug Spray: (I would never do this but I had to post)
Another way to beat the bug problem is by taking some dead carcasses of the same insects and mixing them in water. Use one pint of water and 1/2 cup of slug carcasses.

Blend the water and insects until mixed well and then put into a plastic container or glass jar. To use this, pout into a sprayer and squirt a few drops on the affected plants. You can freeze this mixture for storage. *Beware: Do NOT use flies, ticks, fleas, or mosquitoes in this solution! These insects carry many communicable human diseases!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Rain and Running

Our running coach had to reschedule Friday & today's run due to the rain. It's been consistently wet so we've been staying off the roads. To compensate, I decided to hit up the gym on Friday. I did the bike for 15 and then I did the treadmill. I realized that I dislike being in doors when I workout. I know, I can always rely on people watching but when the 50+ old man in front of you is drenched in sweat and the lady next to you has a sweat thong going on....I prefer not to look.

It also has a caged up smell. I getting ready to run but the bounce on the treadmill was bothering my foot. Instead I decided to just walk. I felt so confined, wasn't sure where to put my hands or how to move without falling. It was a sight to see! But hey, a workout is a workout and you have to cope :D

Update: I finally got my picture on the OC Trail Runners sight. I'm OFFICIAL ......

We had signed up for the OC Chili Winter Trail Series at O'Neil Park in RSM.
It was still raining, our friend Aaron joined Carlos & I on our very wet and cold run. Due to rains they modified the course to only include paved roads. (We were suppose to go up some gnarly dirt hills). I got lucky, my running mate Cindy opted to show up so I had a running partner. The rain was continuous, it didn't let up - my time was 41.20 minutes (and I think we did 3.6 miles) so that's about 11.28 minute mile. I was hoping for better but I'm glad I showed up. My friend Cindy was #1 in her age group, Carlos was #4 in his age group!

Truth in advertising - after we crossed the finish line we made a b-line for the hot chili. No joke they had original and vegetarian options. I was hoping for some corn bread but that was wishful thinking. We ate our chili, had some muffins, drank some water (Aaron brought some refreshing beer to help warm us up). The organizers had a raffle and we were all WINNERS. Aaron & Carlos won water bottles and I scored a free pair of SHOES.

I know, I'm pumped! I'll try to post some of our pictures (most look blurry because of the rain but you get the picture)


I've been keeping up with my BIGGEST LOSER and I was practically screaming at the TV when the silver team got booted off. I so wish they would have kept Karla and kicked Joelle - she's not worthy. She was one lazy SOB, poor Karla did all she could to stay alive but it wasn't enough. Thankfully, in the recap Karla was looking good. She's not rail thin but she's made some great progress.

Then on TOP CHEF messed up. I can't believe they kicked off Jaime (the tattooed lesbian) with a refreshing flavor pallet (granted she primarily focused on scallops) but still.... Instead they kept lame Leah. I think I'm done, I can't finish watching it anyone. I no longer have a favorite. To mess with them I'm rooting for Karla. She's quirky and wavy gravy -- but you never know.

I'm past due on this one .........I hate (I know it's a strong word) Nadya Suleman. You know who I'm taking about, the single mother (of 14 kids) on welfare with collagen in her lips. I just don't understand how someone can be so selfish and not take into regard human life. In the link below, she's been interviewed and sounds completely moronic. Her mother states that her daughter is incapable of caring for the kids. Poor kids, that's all I have to say.

Here I go again ...............

I'm back ...........

We've been getting a lot of water around here. Which, if you think about isn't have bad because my lawn is becoming green once again and my plants keep getting bigger.

I finally got some broccoli bunches sprouting up, my cliantro is refreshing, my lettuces are crispy and fresh... I'm still waiting on the onions, and purple/white cabbage. But that will come in time.

I need to start conceptualizing my next plantings .... so stay tuned (I'm pretty excited). And hopefully I'll build my cold box this weekend!

We have tons of b-days this month:
Alejandrita (our niece)
Madrina Maria
Cousin Jose Luis
Cousin Jorge

HAPPY B-DAY TO ALL, if I missed any (SORRY) :D