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Normalizing, Finally

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Last night was a really great night for me, in more ways than one. First, I got to hang out with my amazing friends Tamar, Ollie, Rob and Caleb altogether for a fun family dinner and for the first time in WEEKS, I managed to get a full night’s sleep!! Ever since Japan, I’ve been on a really horrible sleep schedule. But, thankfully, last night I was able to sleep for a solid 8 hours and I am feeling so much better today because of it. At last, for the first time in far too long, I’m starting to feel like things are getting back to normal. More »

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Race 3 Of 4: The Walt Disney World Marathon, 48.6 Miles Over 4 Days

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Yesterday was a very long, very tough day for me so I’m very thankful that our girl Shannon was able to hold down the fort while I tortured myself running the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon. As you are probably very well aware, I spent the last half week running a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon and yesterday’s full marathon at Walt Disney World as part of the inaugural Dopey Challenge. All told, I ran 48.6 miles over the 4 day excursion and I managed to do so without dying. The experience was challenging and I’m very glad that I did it but I sincerely doubt I’ll ever do something like this again. That said, despite all of the pain and very hard work, I did have the greatest time ever this past long weekend. Because the marathon was the longest of the 4 races (and longer than the previous 3 combined), there was a lot of opportunity for fun photo ops … and I took advantage of every one :) More »

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Race 3 Of 4: The Walt Disney World Half Marathon

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Welp, I’ve run 3 of my 4 races this weekend and while I’m happy about the accomplishment, I’m trying DESPERATELY not to think about the fact that tomorrow’s 4th and final race will be LONGER than the 3 races I’ve run thus far. OY! But, we’re not talking about that right now … right now we’re talking about how I just ran the 2014 Walt Disney World Half Marathon. Last night, I grabbed dinner with my friend Joel, his wife Stephanie and their son Court to carbo load for today’s race … then I was up at 3AM again to hit the streets of Walt Disney World to run another 13.1 miles. I met a PITNB reader from Detroit and got medaled by my dear friend Aurora … plus I got to take photos with a bunch of really great Disney characters so … all in all, it’s been a pretty sweet day thus far. More »

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Race 2 Of 4: The Inaugural Walt Disney World 10K

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Early this morning I got up, got out and ran the first ever Walt Disney World 10K race which was race 2 of the 4 races I’m running for the Dopey Challenge here at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL this weekend. Yesterday, I grabbed food with a couple of good friends after I ran my last race and rested up as much as possible for my run today. Altho I’m half done running my individual races, I’m nowhere NEAR halfway done with all the miles I’ll have to run cumulatively. OY! Still, I’m having fun here at WDW so, really, that’s all that matters :D More »

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Movie Review: ‘Her’

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Surprisingly I felt pretty good the morning after my first half marathon of 2014 so I managed to actually get a lot accomplished. I did a huge bulk of my laundry yesterday and finished in time to meet up with Darion for dinner and movie last evening (we saw Her and it was great). After the movie, I made my way to the Kibbitz Room inside Canter’s Deli to help my friend Jeremy celebrate his birthday. I figured I’d show up for a drink but ended up staying well past midnight. It was bizzy, productive and very fun day. More »

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The First Race Of 2014

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After spending most of the day lounging around the house (and still NOT doing my mounds of laundry), I had to rally and get out of the house last night because I had a freaking half marathon race to run. OY. For the first time, I almost bailed on a race altogether because I just didn’t feel up to running it. Adriana signed up to run the 5K portion of the New Year’s Race last night and honestly, if she hadn’t signed up I probably would’ve skipped the race. But, I didn’t want her to run by herself so I got suited up and made my way downtown to meet up with her. I’m glad I did run because I actually felt great for the entire run. I hadn’t run at all since Honolulu early last month so I was worried but thankfully, it turns out that I had no cause for worry at all. More »

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Public School Education

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Last night I met up with my friends Emma and Josh for dinner and drinks after I made a quick run downtown to pick up my race materials for the New Year’s Race tonight. Yes, I am running another race tonight. I think I signed up for this race shortly after I ran it last year and, well, I kinda forgot about it until I got an email this week reminding me. I’m just getting over my jet lag so I hope that won’t be a problem but, honestly, I can’t say that I’m all that excited about running 13 miles later tonight. BUT, last night was fun. I was anxious to see Emma and Josh because I wanted to give them some gifts I brought home from Japan. We had a really nice night of catching up. More »

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The Saddest Goodbye

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And so … I am home again. Earlier today (which is actually later today), Adriana and I packed up our bags (more than we came to Japan with) and said our sad goodbyes to Tokyo. We always knew that our trip to Japan was going to be amazing but we had no idea just how truly amazing the whole experience would turn out to be. From the start, we had the best time … and it kept getting better and better and better. Over the past 10 days, we learned a lot about ourselves, about each other, about a new part of the world and we got to make really great new friends. Honestly, after a week on any vacation, I usually feel ready to return home. This trip was different. It was with heavy hearts that we had to tear ourselves away and fly back home to LA. More »

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Hello 2014, Big In Japan

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HII!!!! I’m still in Japan!!! I wasn’t sure if I would have time to post anything today since we are just about out the door and on our way to the airport bound for home but I have a tiny bit of time to post a few photos from my last full day here in Tokyo and our first day of 2014. Needless to say, thing felt pretty rough first thing in the AM after our raucous NYE but we didn’t have time to suffer. Our friends Ian and Yuki took us to the local shrine here in their neighborhood to get blessed and make wishes for the coming year and then we spent the rest of the day walking around and talking. Last night, a bunch of Ian and Yuki’s friends came over for a late night hang which turned into a later night hang which turned into a wee hours of morning hang. Yes, the Tokyo Social Club goes hard here :D More »

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Goodbye 2013, Meat Me In Hatagaya

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My last day of 2013 was so epic, so fun. We got an early start by running a few errands around town before we settled down for a final Shabu Shabu meal (which was all you can eat so, of course, we ate like Americans … to the point of getting “meat high”) to close out the year. Our gracious hosts returned from their holiday so that we could all ring in the New Year together … by singing KARAOKE! Oh and early in the day, we felt a small earthquake that really made our trip to Japan complete. I hope YOU have as much fun on New Year’s Eve as I did last night :D More »

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