Thursday, July 05, 2007

Robaldo v Rooney. You decide.

I'll bet the Coventry School Boys are regretting not signing this amazing footballer! What's Rooney got that my Rob hasn't--besides good looks, of course.

Rooney's Nike Ad

Robaldo's Nike Ad Remake

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Big long sausage

Do you ever do this--put your finger tips together so they make a straight line. Hold them out in front of your face and then look at the horizon line behind them so your fingers are slightly out of focus. Can you see a sausage link connecting them? Rob can. In fact, last Sunday, when we met up with Shelly and Aliyar he shared an even more interesting story.

Earlier that day he had been taking a shower. You may not know this but Rob always sits down in the shower. And then stays there for ages. On this particular morning, he was practicing the finger sausage trick in the shower. Then, with both legs out in front of him, he realized if he looked just beyond his toes letting his legs go slightly out of focus, it appeared there was a big long sausage running the entire length of his legs. I can't say why Rob wanted to tell this story in public but I can tell you, there is no better audience for this kind of thing than Shelly and Aliyar.

"Shaliyar" live in Spain and we haven't seen them since our wedding two years ago (where Shelly did an amazing rendition of "There's no earthy way of knowing" from the original Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.) And we had never met their nine month old daughter, Violet, who is a gorgeous little thing.

Five things I love about Shelly and Aliyar:
1. Whenever we see them, it's as if no time has passed at all. We just seem to pick up where we left off and we always have fun.
2. They make us laugh and, perhaps more importantly, they laugh at our jokes.
3. They have a really great friend, Norm, who lives in SF. For some reason, we only get together with him when Shelly and Aliyar are in town but we always enjoy seeing him when we get to.
4. Aliyar can recite line after line after line of Alan Partridge, Black Adder and numerous other English comedies. Even better, he doesn't get tired of us when we're doing the same.
5. Shelly reads our blog!

Love you guys, it was great to see you!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

26 point 2

I tell you what, this year has felt like a marathon. More specifically,it's felt like the final 1/2 mile in a marathon. The part of the race where you feel like you're too close to give up but too far to feel inspired and driven. The feeling of lead in your shoes and a couch on your back and the thought that shortly, you'll have reached the finish line and a great sense of accomplishment will begin to replace the tiredness in your body.

Not being one for metaphors (was that even one?) on Friday I turned it into a reality. Meaning that in October, I will be running the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco. Not only did I register for the marathon, but I also registered for The
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training®--the world's largest endurance sports training program. TNT provides training to, among other things, run marathons. They also raise money to find a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma.

As many of you know, Rob and I have a close friend that was diagnosed with a rare form of non-hodgkins lymphoma earlier this year. Through her, I witnessed the miracle of modern medicine and am happy to say that today, six months later, she is in remission. Sadly, we have two very close friends each of whom has a brother who was diagnosed with cancer. One is currently putting up one hell of a fight and we are hoping for his recovery. The other passed away a week ago and we attended his funeral over the weekend.

I hope my participation in this Team In Training and my fundraising might make a small difference in the lives of people who are battling cancer and in the lives of the people who care for and love them. I hope I have even half the strength of these three people while I am running that race.

If you would like to support me in my endeavor, you can do so here:

Kari's TNT Page

If you want me to run in honor of your friend or loved one, I would be happy to.

And, of course, if you want to go on a run with me in the next couple of months, by all means send me an email!