Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Back into the gym

Today's workout: 3o min. on the elliptical and 1 hour of turbo kick.

If you've ever been to turbo kick before, you know that learning a new round for the first time can make you look like you are jumping around with ants in your pants. I tried my best, but i'm sure I looked quite embarrassing especially since everyone else looked like they've done the routine a million times.

I'm a few days late but Santa Mommy was very good to me this year.

Some lovely wunder unders from Lululemon. Mine are purple on the top

This beauty. Now I just have to get to Bloomingdales to get a few links taken out.

My sister also got me a top from Lulu and Mama gave me some shopping cash as well that I will probably blow at Lululemon in the near future. I dream at night of scuba jackets.

It's been nice being in Napa for the holidays. I get to be around my family, good friends, eat, drink and be merry at places like Morimotos and Rutherford grill. Oh, and it's not a bad looking place either.
If it isn't raining tomorrow I'm hoping to go for a 9 mile ish run. The longest run I've done so far during my training is only about 6.5 miles. I did 8 miles the other day but it was split into 2 parts. I already picked out my route and clothes so i'm hoping the weather cooperates. I've run in the rain before but last time I did it I was on base in Germany on one of their "running trails" and I ended up getting lost in the woods, stuck and mangled in a blackberry bush and soaking wet so i'm still a little hesitant to run in the rain. Maybe I should just be hesitant to run new running trails that take you into the woods and then abruptly and rudely stop.

I'm now going to attempt to get off the couch, I've been here for quite some time now after I took my post gym shower. I atleast have that accomplished. Maybe i'll be a nice daughter and do some cleaning and take the dog on a walk.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Home for the Holidays

That's right, I am BACK. Back in the fabulous United States that is. I arrived in Napa last night around 8ish after a zoo-ish of a 11 and a half hour flight. I could have been in the cargo area though, I was just so happy to be getting home. I'm pretty I cried a little when we landed because I was so happy, the non-english speaking family sitting next me probably thought I was a little crazy. They also gave me a strange look when I pulled out a little airport bottle of vodka out of my purse to put in my bloody mary mix. Oops, I had extra euro change and needed to calm my nerves. Don't judge me.

Already I have been to In n out, Target, and Trader Joe's, just a few of my favorite places. Being back has been great, just a little overwhelming. And my driving skills arn't really up to par after not driving for 3 months. I may need to brush up on those skills. My sister has already banned me from driving while she's here.

The jet lag has been awful. I was up at 6:30 this morning, wide awake. And now its only 5 and I can barely stay awake. This 9 hour time difference is killing me.

After all the traveling chaos I almost forgot Christmas is in just a few days. I'm excited :)

Now if only I knew what to do with my life now.... We'll get that figured out, maybe next year?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Light at the end of the tunnel

This will finally be me tomorrow. No more stopping at London Heathrow where all the problems are, causing my flight to get cancelled not just once, but twice. I went to the airport yesterday and after 3 hours of standing in line I now hold a ticket for a direct flight to SFO for tomorrow. Goodbye Germany, goodbye snow and goodbye flying nightmares (let's hope at least). I am so happy and relived that I'm going to make it home before Christmas. After this nightmare experience all I want is to be home, safe with my family.

And Santa, if you at feel sorry for me after this whole fiasco, this is what I want for Christmas...
Love, Lacey

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dear Santa, please get me home for Christmas.

Already one of the girls flights has been cancelled again and mine isn't looking much better. This is slowly turning into a disaster. We are in the process of trying to get to the airport to try to get direct flights instead. We can't even call the airlines since they're phone lines are so busy. Moral is getting low here between the 4 of us and our food supply is getting low. Please help us :( All we want for Christmas is to be home in the USA. Ughhhhhh

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Stranded in Germany

Apparently mother nature decided Europe needed a really, really white Christmas this year. Not cool mother nature. As I type this my flight was supposed to be landing in San Francisco. Instead I am sitting in my apartment on base in Germany. 5 out of the 6 of us were connecting in London to go to the USA and due to snow London airport was closed today and all our flights were cancelled. Super duper. It's a good thing I am writing now instead of last night, I was not happy at all when I found out I was staying here for a few more days.

I have a new flight, but it's not till Tuesday, TUESDAY. Also, I will be by my lonesome, all the other girls are headed out on Monday. Very sad and true story. Let's pray that one doesn't get cancelled. I'm leaving with the other girls early Monday morning and then I will stay in a hotel Monday night in Frankfurt that camp paid for. I am getting nervous though, Christmas is a week from today. If this next flight get cancelled there is a chance we will spending our Christmas in the airport or a hotel. Please pray that the weather clears up and that we all make it home. In total there is about 20 camp A people that had cancelled flights and are still over here. I'll keep you posted.

On the bright side my hotel has a spa, gym and looks pretty spiffy. Napa sounds way better though.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Adventures on Ramstein AFB

Today I woke up a little later than expected. I had a little too much fun celebrating Friday last night. We were supposed to take the train to Frankfurt for the Christmas market, but Liz and I decided to stay home. Maybe we'll go tomorrow. It's supposed to snow and be practically 0 degrees, so we'll see.

Our day ended up being pretty eventful. Please excuse my gross appearance, I didn't shower this morning. Oops.

First we went to Macaroni grill for a nice meal.
Next we took some pictures of big planes.

Then we enjoyed latte's at the E-club.
Did some gambling, I even won 1o bucks! And yes, there is a casino on base.

Next stop...Commissary. We got yummy sandwiches, this is a 1/4 sandwhich. You can also get a 1/2 or a whole. Ridic. I should also mention that this only costs $3

I'm going to miss this place, not the snow though. Living where it snows is not fun. The other day I slipped and fell walking to work. I'm surprised I didn't break anything. Donations of snow boots would be greatly appreciated. My vans just aren't cutting it.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

If you havn't figured it out by now, I kind of suck at updating my blog. I have excuses though, don't worry.

1. I work 40 hours a week (yes, I know most people do, but I'm just getting used to it)
2. I travel out of the country every weekend (I bet you don't do that, now do ya?)
3. I spend way too much time on facebook (um, ya, no comment)
4. I spend any extra minute in my day trying to get a run in, which is hard enough.

Enough excuses for now. Snow has arrived in Germany. We heard many rumors over the weekend in Barcelona that it has been snowing like crazy while we were gone. I found it hard to believe, even harder when I arrived home and saw, well no snow. Apparently it had melted, sure. But, sure enough the next morning when I left the house at the god awful hour of 06:00 (I switched to the morning shift, at least I get off by 15:00 now) the ground was COVERED in snow. At first it was super magical and I felt all warm and fuzzy inside but then reality set it, I almost slipped and died and it was no where near warm, more in the neighborhood of 15 degrees. Did I mention I have to walk to work? Yes, in the snow. But don't worry it's only up hill one way.

Rewinding a little bit, Thanksgiving in Barcelona was absolutely amazing. I couldn't say one of the best because I had to spend it sans my family. I missed them dearly and can't wait to make up for it during Christmas. On the menu for Thanksgiving dinner was tapas, paella, and cheap luke warm wine. Not exactly the best food, but the location made up for it. Everything about Barcelona is fabulous. They take siesta's (naps) daily, party till 6 in the morning, the weather is gorgeous (it was sunny and in the high 50's when we were there) and everything you see looks like something out of a fairy tale. One of my favorite things we saw in Bcn was the magic fountain show. It's kinda like the Bellagio water show is Vegas but way better. They even played "my heart will go on" during one of the shows. I'm pretty sure I cried a little. Our hostel was great, no one got mugged and we got to stay 3 full days compared to our normal 24 hours.

I only have 16 more days left in Europe. Ridiculous. On the itinerary for the next few weeks, homework, lets be serious though, not, Christmas market in Frankfurt, possibly Belgium depending on the weather and that pretty much brings me to December 18th where I will have to endure another 24 hours or so traveling across the Atlantic, yay me.

One last thing, I would like to request that everyone does a little snow dance for me so that it snows ridiculous amounts and the CDC will have to close. I need atleast 1 snow day in my life, we didn't get to experience those in California. Poor us, I know.