Saturday, December 31, 2005

Out With A Bang!


My hand is ok! I spend all yesterday morning going back and forth between doctor's offices because the xray tech was out on vacation. Turns out my hand is not broken. The doc said just to ice it, take motrin for the pain, and use it as it will heal faster than if we wrapped it up. I'm like "uh, ok". I had not been able to do anything with my right hand for the past two days...it hurt like hell. The night I injured my hand, my parents, myself and other family went out to dinner. We had sushi, and you can imagine me trying to use chopsticks. That was not happening, so I had go honky-mofo style and use a fork (sorry that offends anyone, but I am half honky mofo myself and am pretty sure that gives me the privilege to use that term...hehe). Anyway, today the swelling has gone down and I am able to use my hand pretty well in spite of the stiffness and soreness. The best thing that came out of this is that I got keep the xrays! This was the 3rd time my right hand has been xray'd and I have always wanted to keep them...they're just so cool! Now I have them! I will replace the generic pic with the real deal on Monday (I have the ability to scan 35mm slides and xrays at work! Awesome!).

So how did this happen? Surfing of course. It was a red flag day, so the current was pretty strong. I was very careful getting into the water, but because the tide was super low, there was backwash coming from 3 directions. If a longboard isn't nose first into a wave, the energy of the impact is extremely intense. Well, because of all the backwash, I wasn't able to turn the board fast enough to punch the nose through the main wave coming in. I had to keep my board in control, but the energy it transfered went right into my ring and pinky finger, jamming them back and out. I managed to paddle out thinking the pain was temporary. Once I knew it wasn't going away, it was extremely easy to catch the forever, endless breaking waves in. I was so disappointed! Looked so fun and everyone was saying they were having a great time! That was my window to surf, and now I am not sure when the weather will let up and I can surf again. *sigh* At least it was just my hand and not my head and I am able to surf at all! I am thankful that's all it was.

Well, I am still feeling a little under the weather, but I should be going out to a New Years Eve Party later on. I had a lot of options, but if I am not with my family, or a girlfriend, I spend it with my best friend Ami.

Happy New Years Everyone!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Snow Kidding!

So moving on towards New Year's weekend, I've got plans to go up to Lake Tahoe. I got the snowboard out and the snow gear. It should prove to be a nice reprieve from the usual. I can't wait. Below are pics of last year. I finally got an adaptor for my one digicam and found snowboarding photos....well, one of me..the other is of Alison scraping the ice off my windshield. I told her she was waaaaaay more experienced at doing that sort of thing since she was from New Hampshire. A native Californian such as myself has no clue what do in such a situation.






PS- It's all good between her and I...I guess I just needed a little patience ;)

Monday, December 26, 2005

After The Event

Ah, another Christmas came and went. It was a good one this year! I had lots of friends and family around, some I haven't seen in years. It been a long time since I had the feeling like I was having a "real" Christmas, which meant having everyone there. My family had been scattered in the last several years, so it hasn't been the same (like the get togethers we had when I was a kid).

I tried to go surfing yesterday, but it just looked like a lot of work for whole lot of nothing. I decided not to suit up and go in. Besides it was raining, and it is so difficult to get dressed in the rain.




I haven't heard from her since the day she told me she didn't feel the same *sigh* I did email her the day after (thursday) and haven't got a response, which is not normal for her. She's probably been busy with family and friends in town and I am trying my best not to freak out. I mean, I trust her, but at the same time I don't want her to change how we've been interacting as friends. I wonder if I blew that when I told her how I felt. I think it's a difficult position for us both.

Live it by day I guess.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Whatever Comes to Mind

I think I am just posting to let go of the thoughts that have been occupying my brain. First, my parents are coming into town tomorrow. We are gearing up to see our enormous family. I am supposed to have breakfast with Alison and Briana tomorrow morning. I really could use the company, since I haven't seen anyone since Wednesday's let down. I guess that's why we have friends. I was invited to a company dinner this evening, and to my surprise I was really into smiling at all the pretty ladies around at the restaurant. I felt invincible for some reason. Even though I was turned down by a girl I was really into, it somehow boosted my self image. Perhaps because she was very flattered and said nothing but great things about me, which in turn flattered me. There's just a mutual admiration, trust and appreciation between us, to which she seems to recognize fully. Pretty good for just a 3 month surfing/email friendship. I am really proud of myself for not freaking out (although there were questionable moments), and proud of her for being so considerate and conscious of my feelings (which I knew she would be). Amazing...People can still surprise you.

The surf has been big, blown out, and stormy. I am not sure when I will be able to surf again :( With all the events that have happened I really needed to release this built up energy. Can't surf, can't inline skate, pools are close. So I went jogging. Twice this week, in the rain. Both times I came in soaked.

*yawn* it's bed time. Tomorrow is a new day. Thank you all for your support in my recent girl-troubles. Hopefully things will turn around again. Looking to the future...

Hope you all have a great holiday weekend!! Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Let Down

Well, as you can see from the title that things didn't turn out to be what I had hoped (See previous post comments to get idea of whets going on). She was very sweet about it all and extremely positive. Unfortunately, she isn't into women. *sigh*

What can one do... She means a lot to me as a friend, and all can I do is smile and support her decisions. Oh well, I am sure there are other opportunities in the distance.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Eve of Happiness

Gosh, there's a lot going on right now for me. I am on the cusp of something great happening and I will keep you all posted once it happens! I did get out in the water Friday and Saturday! Friday was great, a lot of what is going on has to do with that night's events. Saturday, it was getting stormy, so it was hard to really get any good rides in. Now, it's completely blown out and nasty out in the water :(

I promise to reveal this big something once it happens. I just don't want to jinx it! Stay tuned!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Game of Tag

I've been tagged by Girl On The Blog to write 5 weird habits of mine. Strangely, I am at a loss as to which of my habits are considered weird. Let's see...

5. I giggle when I hear the word "rack". This would be normal if I were like a 10 year old boy, instead of a 31 year old woman.

4. When I get into work in the morning, I yell "GOOD MORNING" and scare the crap out of everyone. Gotta make they're all ready!

3. I look on craigslist every morning to see if someone is selling my dream surfboard: A single fin Classic Noserider, 9'4"-10' (preferably white, triple stringer with nose and tail blocks). It's ok if it's a little beat up, as long as it's water tight.

2. Every three months or so, I re-image my computer. Being the tech admin for my company, I want be sure that I follow the same ethics for my own system.

1. I sing everything to the A-Team theme song. Try it, it works for everything! "I got tagged...I... got ... tagged"

Sunday, December 11, 2005

December to Remember

Thank you all for the warm birthday wishes! T'was indeed my birthday on Friday and I apologies I did not mention it earlier. Everyone at work remembered and they even got me a cake *sniff* Later that evening we headed downtown. San Jose is actually beautiful this time of year...They really try to make it as Christmasy and festive as possible. We had Thai for dinner and then decided we really wanted to AeonFlux because we had heard it was so bad. Alison looks at Ken, Ami, and myself and says "Can you possibly keep quiet?" She was referring to our in-house habits of renting an overly dramatic, "serious" movie and completely tearing it apart through the duration with witty, snide remarks. Kind of like Mystery Science Theatre uncensored. We call it "Bag A Movie". So back to Flux, we were able to contain ourselves somewhat - but after we couldn't hold the snide and witty back! Example:


Those boots she's wearing have compartments in the heel...you know to store things like tampons, breathmints, lipgloss, and Charlize's outfits.

Anyway, we were entertained and we had a fun rest of the evening. Now for the surf. It was sooooooooo fun this weekend! Nice swell came in! I went solo yesterday. Today, Nicole and I ended up getting in the water at the same time and paddled out together. I was surprised I kept track of her with waves breaking everywhere and the spread of people all over. There was a lot of movement and a lot of water coming in and trying to go out. I caught several waves which took me right up to the beach and it was a loooooong paddle back. They were worth it... steep and fast with white water unzipping quick behind you. I was taking the waves to the left, getting the most velocity out the wave. I didn't go right once. The elusive Hannah paddled out towards the end of my session. By that time it was getting cold and my arms were shot. It got the point where I was shaking, and Hannah said something about hypothermia, so I figured it was time to go in. It was pretty sad, I was so cold and tired I couldn't even catch a wave in. There were many opportunities and I missed them all, so I had to paddle in. A good time was had however, and I will be going surfing again tomorrow. Pretty good for my first of many December session to come!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Laggin

So sorry that I haven't posted, but it's been pretty hectic. I have been trying to read everyone else's however, with some success! It was my birthday was yesterday, so I will be posting more on that, either this evening or tomorrow morning. The surf looks to be right, so perhaps there will be a report on that as well. Hope you all are doing well! Stay tuned!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Variation on a Theme


I had a very different surf session yesterday evening, but with some recurring themes. My friend Jessica from my envirn.bio class decided to come along with me. She has surfed before and is still learning. Cowells was extremely and painfully flat, even with the negative low tide, so we decided to check out the eastside and go over to Pleasure Point. Even there, it was flat, and with the negative low an annoying rock reef was exposed. It did look fun, so we decided on paddling out at 38th. Getting through that reef was just obnoxious! One moment you are in 2 inches of water, next step it's waist high! Lots of dips and holes, not to mention slippery sea grass. We finally made it out and had a great time. The sunset was amazing! It's a little different than Cowells in that you can actually see the sun go down in the horizon. The colors were pure orange and yellow and it just glassed off like you couldn't imagine! Almost mirror-like. Jess and I were the last two out of the water. That seriously was my kind of evening. Mellow waves, no crowds, and a lovely evening glass-off with a spectacular sunset!

I almost forgot! Reading Jason's post about the bar this weekend reminded me that I was actually very social this weekend! It was very busy! Saturday I beer-bonded with my good friend Patty. We have this ritual where we sit down have some beers and bond. There were a lot of new people there to meet and talk to, all Patty's friends. She's actually the reason I started drinking coffee. She works at a coffee shop that I used to frequent and I had the biggest crush on her. I told her how I felt, but she was seeing someone at the time. We decided to be friends, and now we are still good friends after 5 or 6 years. She is still someone I absolutely just love (like family) and trust completely and I wouldn't have it any other way. The other event I had on Saturday was for a new friend of mine from work. She is leaving our company and moving on, so there was a dinner for her. Porsha is awesome has been wanting to hangout for awhile now, so it was cool to socialize outside the realm of our jobs. And Sunday I hung with Jessica, from class as stated above. She is my most recently made friendship and we really get along well. It was so fun to drag her all over Santa Cruz yesterday and she got to meet some of my other friends. It was very interesting to have all these different levels of friendship occur in one weekend, and very enjoyable. I forgot how well I do in groups of people. Perhaps I should do these things more often.