30 Days of Maternity Selfies

Hello loves,

Sorry I haven’t been posting much, but I’ve been busy making a human!!!  That’s right, I’m pregnant.  Super duper pregnant actually. My bundle of joy is due any day now and just might be the first baby of the New Years!  Life is never going to be the same again and I can’t wait.   =)

My pregnancy journey hasn’t been fun, but I couldn’t let the time pass without recording a few memories.  I present 30 days of maternity selfies. At least one photo each day for every day of November.  It was tough to stay motivated when all I wanted to do was eat ice cream and lounge in sweatpants all day, but I’m so happy that I stuck with it!   Check out the finished results below.

Expect lots of baby pictures coming your way!  Until then, Happy New Years!  I hope 2015 brings amazing adventures to you and yours!

Love,

Young

 

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iPhonegraphy: LA Marathon Edition

I FINALLY DID IT!  I ran a my first full marathon!

I’ve trained 4 times before.  And I’ve failed 4 times.  I had every excuse under the sun:  knee injury, deadlines, new puppy, you name it. Once even I gave up training because I wanted to sit on my butt and eat chicken wings.

But it finally happened at the Asics LA Marathon on Sunday March 9th.

I take that back.  It didn’t just happen. This time around I worked my butt off for it.

After months of long runs and carb loading (pasta diet is the best diet ever btw) I lined up with 21,828 runners to begin a 26.2 mile trek.  From the start I channeled my marathon spirit animal: the tortoise.  It didn’t matter how long it took, my only goal was to finish.

Taking it slow and steady I was able to soak much of the LA scenery as the course winded from Dodger Stadium down to the Pacific Ocean.  Even with all the awesome neighborhoods, the best sights were the people.  A few other characters along the way:

  • Runner in a Aztec warrior costume.  Wearing sandals too.
  • The pro speed walker who was passing up runners left and right (me included.)
  • Group of grandmas, wearing too much makeup and neon fanny packs, supporting each other to the finish line.
  • Little kids holding up signs way too big for them to cheer runners on.
  • Firefighters using fire hoses to cool off runners in the 81 degree weather.
  • Teen wearing a shirt that said: “I run this race for someone who can’t.”

As the hours passed I lost all interest in the surroundings as switched my attention to convincing my feet to move forward. Miles 20-24 were hard. My feet were saying, ‘ouch what the hell.’  My brain was thinking, ‘it would be wise to stop now.’  My heart shouted, ‘don’t listen to those other two and keep going.’

When I finally saw the ocean around the 25 mile mark, I don’t what came over me but I cried. And I cried hard.

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to put down in words the crazy emotional wave that came over me upon realizing that this crazy life goal of mine was about to be checked off my bucket list.  The feeling that I could do anything I set my mind to.  Believing I was unstoppable.  Yeah it was a beautiful feeling.

Still crying, I picked up my pace to cross the finish line. My time was an hour and a half more than I anticipated but I didn’t care. I finished. I could now call myself a marathon runner. =)

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left to right, top to bottom:

  1. A stranger salutes during the singing of the Star Spangled banner at Dodger Stadium
  2. Palm trees: The view above me for much of the race.
  3. Running by the beautiful Disney Building
  4. I’m in Hollywood baby!
  5. Getting some motivation from local cheerleaders in front of Mann’s Chinese theatre.
  6. Running on the Walk of Fame
  7. Lots of great street art everywhere
  8. My shiny medal
  9. Relaxing at the beach post marathon. Can’t feel my feet anymore at this point.

Not pictured: My post marathon meal, a bacon wrapped hot dog.

iPhonegraphy: January Edition

Hey folks, I updated my archive page with a spiffy new design and categories. Have a look to see what I’ve been up to for the last year!

While looking back at my post I realized that I haven’t posted any iPhone pics lately so I wanted to bring the category back with an update.   I’ve said before and I truly believe it, ‘the best camera is the one you have with you.’

Here’s my January:

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From left to right, top to bottom:

  1. Happy New Year’s folks!
  2. Perfectly symmetrical telephone pole spotted on my jog.
  3. My dog Jack is not ready to admit New Year’s partying is over.
  4. Color swatches at the Motor Trends Auto Show.
  5. Day dreaming as planes fly overhead.
  6. Homemade pancakes and bacon, or what’s left of it at least.
  7. Took this pic while driving by Coleman Ave.  The frame of the new SJ Earthquakes stadium at sunset.
  8. Jack is ready for his 10th nap of the day.
  9. I really like the color red.  Not pictured: red iPhone case.

New Year’s might be over, but lucky me I get to celebrate it again this weekend! Chuc Mung Nam Moi (Happy Vietnamese New Year!)

I’m definitely looking forward to what February has in store.  Especially the return of the Walking Dead.  Honestly I’m more excited over this than Valentine’s Day!

What are you excited about in February?

iPhoneography: Puppy Edition

Meet Jack. My handsome black and white tuxedo wearing French Bulldog pup.

Since February this guy has turned my world upside down. Whoever said having a puppy was like having a baby was right–furry babies with razor sharp teeth that is.

I’m not gonna lie, I experienced some post partum puppy syndrome with the lifestyle change. Right after the initial ‘omg you’re so cute you can eat my finger and I wouldn’t get mad at you’ phase is the ‘will I have to spend the rest of my life cleaning up poop?’ phase. Forget about sleeping through the night or a social life for a while. Oh and there’s no frustration like finding a stinky brownie surprise to wake you in the morning.

But for all the trouble, one look at those dopey little eyes and I can’t stay mad at him for long.

Truth is, he’s a funny little guy with a lot of personality. He thinks pigeons are bowling pins. He goes gaga over Cheerios. He wrestles with pitbulls like he’s 60 lbs heavier. He turns into a total ham for pretty girls walking down the street. Having him around makes my day brighter. Nothing like coming home to a dog who not only wags his tail but shakes his whole backend when you arrive.

I’ve only known him for a few months, but this is the beginning of a beautiful thing. Enjoy some shots of Jack.

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iPhoneography: January Edition

“The best camera is the one you have on you.”   And I truly truly believe that with every ounce of my being.  With that I present the January installment of my iPhonegraphy series. 9 of my favorite photos and a rundown of my month.

This January was a pretty decent, if not a little bit on the slow side.  If I’m gonna be completely honest, I can feel the beginnings of a rut.  Life is going great and I’m so grateful for what I have, but I’m starting to feel a bit restless.  Maybe it has something to do with winter–actually I know it has a lot to do with winter.  But you know the feeling you get when you need to refresh the soul? Breath some new air.  Inject some change.  Yeah I have that feeling.

So my goal for next month is to shake things up. Outkast style like a Polaroid picture.

Who know maybe all I need is a fluffy ball of happiness into my life?  One that barks and poos?  Yes folks, it’s official,  I’m puppy shopping!

It hasn’t been easy choosing.  I’ve visited 10 different animal shelters looking for a furry friend.  And each time my heart breaks when I see a scared little dog that has no idea why he has been abandoned.  That damn Sarah Machlaughlin song replays in my head, “IN THE AAAAARMS OF AN ANGEL.…” and I want to save them all.   But at the same I know I’ve got to be choose wisely because it’s going to be a lifetime commitment.  I’ve come across a few good pups but no mutual magic yet.

This puppy shopping is a lot like dating and I just haven’t met ‘The One’ dog yet.  Maybe Valentines day will change my luck?

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Left to right, top to bottom:

  1. Loading up on Iron at Walmart.
  2. Fishbone the cat enjoying the afternoon.
  3. Abandon Christmas sock monkey I found in the grass.
  4. Saw this girl at the Fremont Animal Shelter. Someone adopt here please!
  5. Latte love.
  6. Light on the San Jose Tech Museum.
  7. Angels and demons at St. Joseph Basilica.
  8. Rainbow jars at Ranch 99.
  9. Headphones on, world off kind of night.

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