And an excuse to post old photos and link back to previous entries.
Marie tagged me in this questionnaire. Her answers made me laugh so I decided to answer the questions too, albeit after Christmas. I was a little behind on my blog reading.
1) What is my current health related goal?
Exercise more and eat more veggies.
2) What is my biggest irrational fear?
Mice and rats really freak me out. I don’t even like fake versions that look realistic. I’m not scared of Fievel or Mickey though.
3) Do I enjoy wrapping presents?
No. I didn’t wrap any this Christmas. I did place a couple in bags. Sean did all the wrapping.
4) What is my favorite cross training activity?
Strength training and stairs, but not a stair climber. Basically a BHIP class (workouts are a mix of strength and conditioning, cardio tends to be Tabata/interval style).
5) If you came to visit me, what would we do?
If Marie visited I’d imagine there would be some running (if she doesn’t mind slowing down for me), a play date with my boy and her girls, beer at Father’s Office and really delicious Mexican food. Maybe we’d go to “shoppertainment” center like the Grove for the snark value.
6) I have two weeks off work and two round trip plane tickets to anywhere. Where would I go and who would I take?
Jamaica or Mexico with Sean. We postponed our honeymoon and then never got around to it because I got pregnant and Sean had a new job. All our vacation time was saved up for maternity/paternity leave.
Xavi can come along too since he doesn’t actually need a plane ticket. And we could get babysitting in Mexico with family members. Maybe.
7) What’s the most embarrassing thing to happen to me during a run or a race?
My most embarrassing running moments didn’t happen while racing. However, it did suck to be so slow during a trail 5K that I was still on the out and back course when the male racers started. The trail wasn’t very wide so I had to scoot to the side and literally was left running through the dust they kicked up.
8) Three best days of my life? Or at least the top three that come to mind.
The day Xavi was born.
The day Sean moved out to LA. We were bicoastal for the better part of the year. His move was delayed due do a snowstorm so it was really happy relieved when his flight was finally scheduled and I picked him up at LAX. Our wedding day was memorable and I was happy, but it was also a bit stressful.
The late March day in 1998 when I got my admittance letter from UCLA. I was so relieved that USC wasn’t my only option.
The 2012 LA Marathon was awesome too. I feel like someone else earned that sub-4 because I can’t see myself getting there again.
9) Okay, so I HAVE to eat a fast food
meal. Which restaurant would I choose and what do I order?
I’m like Marie and don’t have an aversion to fast food. I had In-n-Out less than a week ago. For lunch or dinner I’d go to In-n-Out (cheeseburger with all the toppings plus grilled onions, fries and a diet coke). For breakfast I’d get the sausage egg McMuffin from McDonald’s, hashbrowns and vanilla iced coffee. Damn, now I’m hungry.
10) Have I ever met a celebrity?
Yup, but I’m always super cool about it because that’s how us Angelenos act around celebs. I was in a Destiny’s Child video; you can play the Kevin Bacon game with me and Beyoncé.
I’ve met some basketball players (Magic Johnson!), The Simpsons voice actors and my favorite band Café Tacvba.
I’ve also met some of my favorite writers (Sherman Alexie and Sandra Cisneros), but I don’t know if book signings really count as meeting or if they are celebrities.
11) Share a pic of myself in non-workout clothes.
Thanksgiving family photo. That was the picture that doesn’t look like my kid is trying to grab my breast.
12) If I could choose to have a “do over” and switch careers, what would I choose and why?
I like Marie’s answer:
Whatever job pays the most money for the least amount of work.
In college I had a high degree of contempt for selling out and basing your career on earning power. Now that I’m a mom and thinking of the cost of raising a kid, planning for retirement, etc I’m kicking 20-something year old me.
I’d likely pick something in the biomedical sciences because it’s been drilled in me that with a research background in the sciences so many career doors open up. I could do what I currently do, but at a higher level (with more money!) and still feel like I was making a difference in increasing educational attainment rates for Latinos.
13) If I won an Olympic Gold Medal, how do I think I would react?
Probably like Leo Manzano. I’d do a victory lap with both the US and Mexico flags.
14) What do I want for Christmas?
Sean and I switched lists of potential items. Mine was above. I got the Girl With Curves t-shirt and sneakers. Sadly they’re too big despite being my size.
15) What skill do I lack?
Just one? I lack a lot of useful skills like applying eyeliner properly and sewing. But I don’t really miss those much. So, I’ll go with getting Xavi to sleep without relying on nursing and sleep training.