30 November 2009


Well, yesterday I ran the Seattle Marathon. It seems that a lot of people didn't believe my earlier blog where I announced I was going to do this. Maybe it was this entry last year about my exercise routines that made it hard to imagine me running a marathon. I personally think that my training since May should have been an indication I was serious, but whatever.

This was probably the hardest thing I've ever done (besides that time I watched a whole season of Gilmore Girls to impress this girl I was dating in college.) But when things got really hard and I wanted to give up, I just kept thinking about Andrew George's amazing overtime TD reception to give BYU the win over Utah on Saturday. That kept me going.

I happened to beat my goal of four hours and finished in 3:57:03. Now, the overall winner finished in 2:33:26 but what's more impressive--running for nearly four hours straight or running for two and a half hours straight? Exactly. Plus, I won my division. Here's my medal:

You can't read it but it says, "First Place, Fetchers Over 30 Who Had Never
Run More Than Three Miles Before This." (But why do I look like I'm on drugs?)

Here are some photos from the race:

I was running so fast that I was just a blur. (Wow, I have great posture, too.)

Here I am near the finish line. It was at about this time that
I decided to never run again.

Here are the shoes I wore. A guy at the running store said they weren't right for my body type and tried to get me to buy another pair. I ran in them anyway just to spite him.

Before/After. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Or that
my nipples would show through my shirt.

Anyway, thanks to all who donated to my charity, the Hope Heart Institute, to help further heart disease research, education, and awareness. I didn't raise the $1 million I was hoping for, but I did raise a decent amount. Hopefully those Nigerian investments I made last year will come through soon to make up the difference.

26 November 2009


This year I'm thankful that Honda only charges $325 to replace the broken side mirror (just the glass) on our car. That seems very reasonable.

20 November 2009

Movie Review: New Moon

Last night I went to see the midnight showing of the new Twilight movie. A bunch of friends and I dressed up as Edward to show how devoted we are to this amazing phenomenon sweeping the nation. It makes me so proud to know a fellow BYU alumni wrote such an amazing series of literature. With any luck these books will be considered classics by the time my kids are in high school.

So, about the movie. AMAZING!!! Duh!!! The tension between Bella and Edward was as thick as Charlie Weis' gut. I could totally relate to Edward because I know what it's like to want to suck a girl's blood but she "just wants to be friends." Stick with it buddy and maybe you'll get Bella in the next movie.

As for the fight scenes, SO AMAZING!!! I was a little surprised when the werewolves and vampires started the big final fight by walking towards each other snapping their fingers and singing like in West Side Story, but let me tell you--it really worked. But I will say that at the end when Edward reaches into Jacob's chest and rips out his beating heart as the other vampires yell, "Finish him!" it really seemed like they ripped off Mortal Kombat. Oh well. I still loved it.

Finally, the birth scene was a little scary. When Bella was in labor with the vampire baby I was as antsy as Charlie Weis in line for a buffet dinner to see what it would look like. Then the whole theater made a collective gasp as the doctor said, "It's a boy!" and it latched onto his neck and killed him. That is one feisty little vampire!

Anyway, if you're like me, you're going to love this movie. There's enough action to keep you guys from falling asleep and just enough romance to get your girlfriends to want to make out with you when you get home. See it!!!

16 November 2009

Result 2 of about 127,000

I'm afraid Oh Pepper? has been kinda boring lately. Not here's-50-photos-of-my-kids-and-a-mundane-summary-of-what-we-did-today boring, but more like watching-a-Matthew-McConaughey-romantic-comedy-boring. There are some good parts but mostly you know what's going to happen before it happens. So I've been thinking that it may be time to shut the doors to Oh Pepper? for good. It's been a great 2+ year run, but recently it's felt like the better days are behind us. That is, until I just noticed that if you Google the phrase "mayonnaise is gross," Oh Pepper? comes up as the second hit.

As you can see, Oh Pepper? even comes up before a blog that is actually called "Mayonnaise is gross." So even if I never deliver another A+ blog again, I will feel like my contribution to the world wide web is complete. You're welcome, internet (and Al Gore.)

10 November 2009

Dear Sesame Street,

I grew up watching you. My mom thought cartoons were evil so if I wanted to watch TV, it was either you, Mr. Rogers, 3-2-1 Contact, Electric Company, or nothing.

Studies say that kids who watch Sesame Street are smarter and it must be true because I'm a genius. In fact, I started kindergarten when I was four years old (until my fifth birthday one week later.) Coincidence?

So happy 40th anniversary to Big Bird, Snuffalopogus, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, Grover, Count, Bert, Ernie, and the other talking puppets (but not that dorky newcomer Elmo) who helped me learn about counting and the alphabet. I owe you one.


06 November 2009

Because This Is Normal

My mailman just asked me if I wanted to play Playstation with him sometime. I told him sure. Then he put my number in his cellphone.

04 November 2009

Halloween Recap

Well it's November so you know Halloween has come and gone. As you can see, this year I dressed up as a loser (or looser for those of you who think it's spelled that way.)

Not as good as last year's costume complete with real mustache,

but not bad. Also, we have tons of leftover candy and Robin has been hoarding all the Twix bars on her nightstand. (As you can see, she also keeps a lucky quarter at her bedside to keep the scary dreams away.)

So, I thought we should have a little lesson about sharing.

The Twix have now been redistributed to the living room. Please come on over and enjoy yourself a delicious Twix bar.