Friday, December 31, 2010

Cruise - Day 3


Skipped my workout on day 3 as we got in to port at 7 am and were breakfasted and off the boat by 9 am.

Pulling in to port in Cabo revealed craggy rocks and ocean vistas... Mazatlan was a little different. From the balcony of the parent's cabin, we could see the Corona/Pacifica Brewery and a lot of city.

The cruise ship from the top of a hill in our little cab!

We all piled into a cab and took off for a tour of the city! Honestly - it was not my favorite stop.

The city was overwhelmingly poor and I had a rather saddening sense of making a vacation spot out of other people's poverty.

The scenery from the city definitely beautiful, though and I got to use my mad Espanol skills (courtesy of Mr. Joe Bennett) with cabbie Ruben. Amy would be so proud...

My finest moment?

B asked Ruben whether they had earthquakes and poor Ruben's english gave out. "Que dice?" (what did he say?) I replied:

"uuuhhhh.... el quiere saber si tienes.... uhhhh... movimiento de la tierra?" (uhhhh... he wants to know if you have... uhhh... earth movements.)

We stopped at a lighthouse that had the city's first cannon.


And an iguana named Wanda.

(the guy laughed when I told him "Mi hermana tiene un iguana que se llama "Bowser")

A lizard named Wanda.

Ruben dropped us off in the Golden Zone with a promise to return in 2 hours to take us back to the ship. We made good use of the time.

Lobster platters for the fam! ($13)

Margaritas and guacamole for me!

On the way back, we stopped at the Dolphin Memorial and watched a guy jump from a retardedly high tower into a very small space between the rocks.

(was too amazed to remember the camera in my hand.)

We headed back to the ship - feeling a bit ... borracho... from the margaritas and spent the rest of the waning afternoon the sun deck - looking out over the jungle and reading books. (and sleeping off the margaritas.)

Apparently, it was "Italian" night in the dining room that evening. Vegetarian meal option was sub par... 200 + waiters primarily from the east Indies singing an italian love song was priceless.

Tomorrow: Puerta Vallarta!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

we interrupt this program...

We interrupt this program to bring you an important update on the current state of the union (or: 2010 goes out with a bang)

1. After a not-so-much-sleep night, yesterday I was almost late to my 6:30 am spin class as the car was almost out of gas. Not my favorite way start a day.

2. Managed to swing home for a quick nap... but the house was 20 degrees below zero (as measured by desert lizard heat standards) and sleep was not an option despite fire, heating pad and innumerable blankets.

3. When I showed up to my 2nd spin class 15 minutes early, I panicked as my iPod wasn't in my backpack.

Not to worry! I have a back up CD! Which choked after the first song.

So I taught the class with my OTHER back up CD... which happened to be power yoga. At least I didn't sing.

4. Thank god I got to go home and take a hot shower!

Where I promptly flayed my shin while shaving (thank god no sharks live in my tub which doesn't drain and looked like a scene from Jaws.)

I then tore a frightening amount of hair out when my brush caught on a tangle.

B got up at noon (yes. noon. yes I was up at 5:30 am.) and put me on the couch with a mug of peppermint tea and Young Victoria on Netflix so that he could go for a run without fearing for my safety.

Despite his efforts, foul mood brought on my morning madness lasted through bed time.

I'm happy to report: today was much better.

iPod was at the Country Club (in the iPod dock where I had left it) waiting for my 9:30 spin class and I ran to Golds after to work on Kettlebell Military Presses and Pull Ups!

Made a spice "cake" which Brian only ate after I doused his in cinnamon-orange powdered sugar glaze. Apparently whole wheat flour, flax egg-replacement, stevia and pumpkin does not a fluffy cake make?

Got the upstairs office under control and tackled most of the laundry mountain - and brought you this lovely update!

You will now (well... tomorrow) be returned to your regularly scheduled Christmas vacation recap.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cruise - Day 1 and 2!

Hello and almost Happy New Year!

This week: Recapping our Christmas vacation as I plow through 4 spin classes, business accounting, waiting for the Mountain View City Hall to open so I can get my business license (CLOSED!? Dec 24-Jan 3!?) and getting myself ready for 2011!

SO - without further ado...

B's wonderful family took us on a cruise to the Mexican Riviera for Christmas this year.

A cruise virgin... I found it all stupid exciting (especially the fitness center!) I didn't take nearly enough photos, but loved every minute of it.

We left from San Pedro - Los Angeles on Sunday... It was rainy and nasty - but we were looking forward to sunnier weather!
San Pedro Dock

Poked around a bit that evening, goofed off and did PUB QUIZ! at the Piano Bar...

We lost by 3 points - but I'm giving myself bonus points for remembering that the legendary founders of Rome were Romulus and Remus and for inappropriate and hilarious photos of ... well.. you get it.

First day of cruising (Monday) was spent:
  • Investigating the Ship
  • Eating.
  • Climbing the Rock Wall
  • Hitting up the Fitness Center for a dirty sweaty workout
  • Eating.
  • Reading my book, curled up on a lounge chair!
  • Eating.
  • Watching a terrible comedian
  • Watching other people eat...
Quite relaxing and all around very happy!

Day 2 was Cabo San Lucas!

We put in to port at about 10 am and - after a brutal workout and yummy breakfast of oatmeal with dates and walnuts - we piled off the boat to check out the beach!

We had beers at the Mango Deck Laid around and watched a glass bottom boat nearly capsize (were too stunned to take photos, but imagine three guys bailing water out with a large cooler while a terrified tourist in a life jacket is man handled into another glass bottom boat.

Apparently this first boat capsizing wasn't going to stop HER from her tour!)

In other news... a college aged couple was given free margaritas for trading swimsuit bottoms in less than 30 seconds while being pummeled by waves.

Dude did not get her bikini bottoms on "all the way" before exiting the surf and I saw ... ahem... a lot.

15 minutes later, a girl jumped rope sans bikini top for a free shot of tequila.

Other than that: Cabo was beautiful.

Dinner was fancy shmancy that night!

and entertainment for the evening was a ventriloquist. Kinda creepy.

And even creepier that B has taken a fancy to the craft...


Day 3... Mazatlan! Coming up tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

I'll Be (am) Back.

Highlights of my Mexican Riviera Cruise

1. Nearly braining the Predator with a relatively heavy Zip Line Pulley when he jumped out of the selva at me during a jungle excursion on the original Predator Set in Puerta Vallarta...

2. Showing off Arnold-Worthy arms in Cabo...
3. Spending Christmas with a beautiful family aboard a beautiful ship in the middle of the beautiful ocean...

Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo!!!

(detailed posts coming up!)

Saturday, December 18, 2010


That's "vacation" in Spanish - As la Navidad will be spent soaking up some sun!

(There's a flag on the play - garbage disposal backed up smelly black water into our kitchen sink at T-Minus 1 hour to Departure - but the maintenance man is doing his thang as I type.)

Other exciting events this week:
  • Locking my keys in my car 5 minutes before a kickboxing class while it's raining and cold.
  • Said kickboxing class scaring the sh*t out of me. - I can honestly say I have never been allowed to put on gloves and wail on something the size of a human while a big man yells at me.
  • Me realizing that I REALLY need to take pictures of this kind of thing for this blog or you will all probably give up on me...
  • Finding a two-for-one Mystic Tan coupon and obtaining said melanoma-free color without incident.
In any event - I didn't have the a) time b) presence of mind or c) mental capacity to get guest posters for BOTH of my blogs... so run by and check out Zen Pulse for your fun fix this week!

Featuring: Recipes, workouts and possessed dolls!

I PROMISE to take lots of pictures while we're away. I can't tell you guys how much I need this vacation. While a blessing, this has been one of the most difficult months in my *ahem* twenty.....three years.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Hoppy Bird Day

my first thoughts out of bed this morning:

1. I'm 23 again... I'm 23 again... I'm 23 again...
2. I need to sweat this one out.

So - as a measure of youth preservation, I headed to 7 am hot yoga at my studio.

It was a Christmas "tree" series! Grabbed a quick cup of green tea with my amazing instructor after, then came home to this little beauty for breakfast.

Isn't she gorgeous? Beet Greens, Apple, Ginger and Carrot

Thanks to a VERY belated purchase with wedding funds dedicated to a juicer by a former client (Hi, V!) - Jack LaLanne is my new boyfriend. Seriously.

Had a great weekend! Started Saturday with a hot yoga class that made me want to practice a LOT more. It kicked. my. ass. and had me begging for more.

Dad came in to town for a day, so we hit up Arastradero Open Space preserve for a like walk/hike, then changed and walked to Mountain View for dinner at Cascal after a request by the dad for tapas!

Yummy Yummy tapas sampler and a couple glasses of wine and the boys shared an adobo short rib that looked super tender and juicy. Bummed I didn't take any pictures (again) but we sat outside under the heaters with Christmas lights, fun music and candles. It was the best birthday dinner since PJ's Taco Night last year!

Stopped for birthday gelato on the way home - Tiramisu/Creme Brulee for dad, Honey Lavendar for me! Then a rousing round of Wii Mario Kart!

Playing catch up (again!?) today with ZenPulse online marketing and blogging! Had a bit of a rough "personal" week last week - so I'm starting this one off with a birthday and a bang!

Friday, December 10, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... in D.C.

Apparently D.C. got their first snow, according to this morning's Facebook reports. Me? I have little stuffed snowmen scattered about my apartment and some snowflake lights around our door.

It's 55 degrees and rainy outside. Merry Christmas!!! :)

Recap of the last week: Loony tunes.

  • Half Moon Bay! Brian and I went up to San Francisco to pick up a few things, and drove down Route 1. It was stormy and ominous and beautiful.
  • We stopped at a place called Barbara's Fish Trap for dinner (try eating vegan in a place like that... I dare you...) and found this lovely guy hanging out.
He looked perturbed by either the weather...
or by the tattoo that could be a turn off to the lady fishes...

  • Hot Yoga-d. Cleaned. Laundro-Mat-ed. Trained.
  • Seriously. I'm wondering if Monday actually happened, except that I'm quite sure my client is military pressing 18# kettlebells on her first try. Baller.
New toys.
  • Taught 6 a.m. Power Yoga @ Golds. Worked out. Worked at Starbucks while a creeper next to me coded avatar porn on virtual world. (I wish I was kidding.)
  • Attempted to attend Kickboxing with the fabulous Lori. Was thwarted by a schedule change and opted for Whole Foods cafe while this sunset happened.
  • Taught a wonderful yoga class for some wonderful ladies in San Jose.
  • Power Yoga-d. Fought with Google AdSense. Taught Spin @ Golds.
  • Attended a mixer with a friend and decided that drive-by networking sucks. We made sweet potato latkes instead after making at trek to Ross for a box grater.
photo stolen shamelessly from her facebook page...

  • Awoke to a pounding headache and spent my morning on the couch doing NOTHING.
  • Spent my afternoon with Lori @ the Whole Foods cafe (anyone see a pattern emerging?) and watching Tangled. SO CUTE!
  • On an unrelated note, I have added a Chameleon in my updated letter to Santa.
  • That brings us to today! My lungs are staging some kind of revolt. Sister has told them to step up. I am begging them to do just that before I lead a hike tomorrow morning...
Am promising more regular posting this coming week! I miss you all terribly and will pay you for comments. Seriously.

Then go comment here. I won't pay you for those comments - but you'll at least get a fitness tip in return.....

Happy Christ-ma-hanna-kwanza-ka! (sp?) I'm not freezing my ass off!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Kittens, Catch Up and "I Kick Ass" News.

I checked with their agent and, apparently, the kitties have no issues with their images being published on the internet.

And so I give you: The Kitties.

'dis my basket. you go 'way now.

we is sleeping. why you wakes us?

nom nom nom

There are six kittens in all... Let it be known that I have actually considered driving to Phoenix in order to kidnap at least three of them.

Holy Crap News: It's December already. WHAT?!

Christmas decorations are up and my birthday is in less than two weeks. For the first time in my life... I'm kind of not ready. I will now qualify as "late twenties" which is dangerously close to "early 30's"

SO not ready to be an adult ...

I Kick Ass News: I was the only student for a 7 am yoga class this morning and had the most amazing one-on-one session with my fave instructor. With a little encouragement, I was here

and damn close to here before I fell over... a lot.

Just a few short weeks at Yoga Belly in Mountain View has pushed my practice SO. FAR. If you're in the area - PLEASE check it out!

Business News: I am teaching again! I got job at Gold's Gym in San Jose! All classes are listed on my home page - with locations - if you're in the area and want to pop by.

Landing this position has been huge for me. In meeting people and starting to teach again, I feel like Zen Pulse is over the first hump and am fully believing that after the 1st of the year, it's going to explode! What a blessing, right!?

The ever-amazing sis has set me up with a Facebook page for the biz-nass! Click below!

Life here is blessed - as I hope yours is. Please call or email if I haven't talked to you in a while... Things have been so buys, but I love you all!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Giving Thanks for a California Thanksgiving!

Happy Saturday after Black Friday after Thanksgiving!

Haven't been around as I have been posting lots of leftovers recipes and "stay smaller than a bus" posts over at ZenPulseBlog!

Was in a bit of a funk as I had hoped to go home this year for Turkey Day as we are FINALLY close enough, but it didn't work out for a bunch of reasons. It's been an OK week, though!

Started with a new client, spent lots of time working on my business plan and had a great Thanksgiving with friends.

Oh. And have done LOTS of power yoga. $40 for 30 days unlimited at Yoga Belly in Mountain View. Between the power yoga and the power drills I've been doing at the gym I feel...well... powerful! Success of the week: NAILED side crow today.

Thanksgiving Morning, I led a family hike at Lexington Dam in Los Gatos. We had two families plus B and Me. It was chilly but beautiful!

Dinner was at Lori's! I am a horrible blogger and took NO. PICTURES. of Thanksgiving Dinner. I was too overwhelmed by the goodness!

On the menu:
  • Rosemary + Lemon Cornish Game Hen
  • Mashed White + Sweet Potatoes
  • Sprouted Grain Cranberry-Apple Stuffing (Vegan)
  • Caramelized Pecan Sweet Potatoes (Vegan)
  • Orange Date-Cranberry Sauce (Vegan)
  • Grandma's Cranberry Dressing (Raw+Vegan)
  • Pumpkin Garlic Knots (Vegan)
  • "Almost Raw" Pumpkin Pie on a Raw Date-Pecan Crust (Vegan)
Photos should be up over at What Runs Lori soon. She and the boyfriend saved Thanksgiving! (B and I were thiiiiis close to making spelt-crust pizza and playing Wii...)

Today's hike was not so good.

It was a bit grey and chilly here, but bundled and drove 30 minute to the trail head... where it was pouring rain. Turned around and drove the 30 min home. grrr...

SO. I hit up a KICK. ASS. hot yoga class at my new favorite place to be and sweated my mat too slippery to stand on. Have been pretty antsy-in-my-stretchy-pants the rest of the day.
  • Grocery run to Sprouts.
  • Changed clothes.
  • Made Mollie Katzen's Peanut Noodles.
  • Ate Peanut Noodles.
  • Changed clothes again.
  • Paced around for a while.
  • Started bread in bread maker.
  • Did Dishes.
  • Made almond milk.
  • Did more dishes.
  • Paced around some more.
Could be an interesting evening if this keeps up. May need to crack my $3 bottle of wine from Sprouts a day early...

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Spirited Vegetarian Weekend!

It's chilly in here! :) If this is winter though, kids... I'll take it! A little hot tea and some fuzzy socks is the perfect remedy for grey skies and a little rain.

(Given that I'm still slightly traumatized by Snowmageddon 2010, I could not be more grateful for our new climate...)

Aside from waiting by the phone for the day's picture of a teensy kitten, I have been digging back in to yoga, learning raw foods (new to me and SO. AWESOME.) hanging with friends and building ZenPulse.


1. Yoga: Joined up at Yoga Belly in Mountain View for a trial months and I'm hooked! Heated power yoga taught by warm, welcoming, energetic instructors. SOLD.

2. Raw Foods: Just when I think food couldn't get any more exciting - Lori walks in! Briefly considered kidnapping her and keeping her in my kitchen after she dropped a raw tuna salad recipe on me, used the words "spirulina" and "dulse" in the same sentence and "threw together" a batch of chocolate macaroons following a kettlebell ladder drill with me yesterday.

Also - the Cafe Gratitude desert cookbook is now temporarily in my possession. I either need to make a lot of friends who like cake or start running distance or my jeans are in trouble...

3. Zen Pulse: If you are ever looking for a way to learn internal validation - start your own business. This has been the biggest challenge and biggest blessing I have every tackled!

I'm planning a hike for Thanksgiving Day, training clients and working on starting boot camps in 2011 while I build a decent website from scratch and blog a few times a day!

4. Friends: Happy Birthday, Emily! Had an awesome time eating yummy food, drinking wine and playing board games with new friends on Saturday. Brian and I can't stop talking about what a blessing it is to have met such great people in such a short time.

Sunday was spent working out with Lori, cooking from my new fave cookbook, eating and cracking my head open on the "ceiling" that slants underneath our staircase. I have a giant lump in my noggin and I was actually unable to read properly for about 20 minutes after impact. 1 point stair case.

SO. Hope you are all having a wonderful Thanksgiving week! Things here are nuts - but would expect anything different from me and the B??

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Holy Crap...

...My mom found a litter of kittens in her garage! It is all I can do not to go get a) my cat and b) at least two more teensy little mewing balls of fluff and bring them back here.

(That's not her kitten. Picturemail refuses to give up the photo of her with an armload of fluff. Adorable.)

...I do not have ONE NIGHT this week that is free. HOORAY! I am teaching and training and playing and partying and selling all week! It's such a cool feeling to have a life that is so full and rich.

...I have FRIENDS! I had green juice with at Whole Foods last night, I am partying it up with E&C for a birthday on Saturday and attending a big ol' girlfriends potluck on Sunday.

...My hips are frozen. Again. Pretty much the only downside to this week is that SOMEONE who knows better neglected her mobility drills and shot her flexors. Again. Lots of foam rolling for me and king pidgeon for me... OUCH.

...I love my hubby SO STINKIN' MUCH.

...It's almost Thanksgiving!

...I have a lot of work to do!
I'm feeling a little bit overwhelmed with business/marketing "stuff." Which I'm taking as a good thing, because it means I have lots of good ideas. Now: R.O.I.

(Shameless Plug: Know someone who wants Personal Training? Call me!
Also - I'm starting up a new hiking group soon. Call me!)

...My kitchen is a mess. Because there's awesome soup cooling on the stove!

...I need a nap.


Go check out!
Today's rather paradoxical postings: Sleep More. Sit Less.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day Trip to San Francisco!

Made an oh-so-quick trip up to San Francisco with the in-laws today!

First stop: The Ferry Building for Blue Bottle Coffee and my usual take-home souvenir: Sharffen Berger Blueberry Lavender Tasting Squares!

Then we took the cable cars up to Fisherman's Wharf. I love the creaky, vintage cars with glowing wooden interiors and Air-Stream RV shape.

(I also love men who sport waxed handlebar mustaches, wear hats and carry a cane!)

Made a quick stop at Boudin's for a sourdough fix - the J family loves their bread!

Had just a little taste of the world-famous crusty bread, and spent most of my time wandering around, craving the fun odds-and-ends for the kitchen.

Then we went to Ghiradelli Square before taking the trolley back to Market Street for dinner. The Ghiradelli ladies were giving away Peppermint Bark - I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

A quick dinner at California Pizza Kitchen off Market Street (Split Pea + Barley Soup and White Bean Hummus + Whole Wheat Pita), a decaf coffee + steamed soy milk at Starbucks to ward off the chill while we walked (THANKS, MOM!) and I headed back home to San Jose via BART/Corolla.

Leading a hike tomorrow morning, coffee with a new friend tomorrow afternoon and a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a friend tomorrow night!

Don't forget to check out - Great post about rest and recovery!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Insanity Continues...

  • I got back Saturday night - felt like death.
  • Cleaned like a maniac and hosted Book Club Sunday - felt like death
  • Played Catch-Up on Monday + back/lunge workout - felt a little less like death.
  • Crashed Tuesday - NAP ATTACK! + shoulder/squat workout + yoga class -less like death but insanely Sore.
So that brings us to Wednesday. B's parents get in tonight for a 5-day visit. Can I throw in here how happy I am that I'm not doing 40 hours a week right now?

Random Thoughts This Morning:

1. My living room is still missing a bookcase but I have picture frames hanging over where the bookcase should be. It looks like someone stole the whole thing and left a gaping hole in my feng shui.

2. Can BioFreeze go bad? I'm missing that icy burn...... except for the finger I just stuck in my eye. F*!!!

3. I desperately need my foam roller... It is in the van in the parking lot that is at least 500 steps away. That's 500 reasons to flex my hips and a flight of stairs on the way back. Tangential thought: I had better be a least *this much* closer to those damn pull ups. My lats are so sore it aches to breathe!

4. Steel cut oats with soy milk and walnuts is the bomb.

Congrats to a certain dear friend on some amazing job opportunities/life changes opening up! WOO HOO!


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Saturday, November 6, 2010

alive. barely.

Hello, good and faithful readers!

I have emerged from the deep end of the continuing education pool, dripping with all sorts of good information and ready to go collapse on my deck chair in the sun and drink a margarita.

My allegory makes no sense you say?

Reasons this could be the case:

1. I have been in driving rental cars, sleeping in strange beds and eating from the not-so-easily found vegetarian resources of restaurants and/or Target for going-on 8 days.

2. My brain is so full of new smarts and places to find other new smarts that other neural pathways (e.g. literary) seem to have gummed up a bit.

3. I haven't seen my hubby in going-on 8 days.

4. In my quest for new (I just typed "knew") knowledge, I picked 8 hours of "smarts" classes and no hours of "sweats" classes and haven't gotten in a really dirty workout in a few days.
5. I just used the word "dirty" for a workout. A consequence, not an antecedent, but it seems like an appropriate bullet point.

I would like to thank: ACE for an amazing conference, the Baxter family for a place to stay during said conference, and the San Diego Airport for having free WiFi.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Phoenix (or, why my sister is the best)

I fell asleep last night in a wine/candy corn-induced coma after watching How to Train Your Dragon, cozily ensconced in my sister's bed with a teensy little dog curled up in my lap.

The refined sugar almost sent me into tachycardia, I almost peed myself during an attack of the giggles and the quote of the day is: "Trolls exist. They steal your socks!" I love coming to visit my baby sister!

Backing up...

Got up in Austin at 3:00 am yesterday morning (alarm set for 4:00, but mother-nature sent me an earlier call in the form of a raging thunderstorm...) and was on a flight to Phoenix by 6:00.

Sis picked me up. We went back to sleep for 3 hours.

She headed to work and I headed to the gym once I managed to get up. Had a great upper body/intervals workout and finished up with lunch at Chakra4 - a 100% Organic/ 100% Vegan Cafe I stumbled across on my walk to LA Fitness.

Chakra4 was amazing! It was the sweet little tea house with really cool energy and a menu chock-full of raw/vegan options. I opted out of the raw route as I needed some high-quality/bio-available protein after a heavy lift and nuts weren't going to cut it. Quinoa pilaf and hummus to the rescue!

Had a hummus and veggie "wrap" but substituted Tuscan Kale leaves for the tortilla. Anyplace that will give me kale instead of gluten is a win in my book! (Tirzah agrees.)

A little laundry. A little Law and Order. A debate on which theater to patronize... and we walked to:

1. PetSmart to look at discount Halloween Costumes for my niece.

2. Fry's/Redbox to procure How to Train Your Dragon.

3. Traders Joe's to get wine and frozen edamame (read: dinner)

4. Yogurtology to get Pumpkin Spice and Oatmeal Cookie fro-yo

5. Home to make edamame, drink wine and watch movie

(Sidebar: sugar and I have a love-hate relationship. dairy and I have a hate-hate relationship. I was up at 6 am, paying for the yogurt, wine and wine-induced candy corns with what still feels like a college-grade hangover. It was worth it. )

I love sister time!

Hiked Camelback this morning, then headed to True Foods for lunch! If I had unlimited resources and a few spare hours, I would use a giant "claw" (you know, like the arcade game) to uproot this restaurant from the Biltmore, helicopter it to Mountain View and plop it down .25 miles from my house... staff and all.

On my way to San Diego for the ACE Fitness Symposium now! Am staying with some truly generous friends of my dad while I'm here and am so grateful for their hospitality. Meetings tonight and my 12-hour day of volunteering tomorrow!