Saturday, February 06, 2016

2016 Oregon Road Trip Day 4

Up early, Sharon and Tom headed back to Sacramento. They had lunch in Ashland. They made a quick stop at the New Clairvaux Vineyard in Vina. Tom is a wine club member there. They were back in Carmichael before 6 pm. It was a long day covering more than 460 miles.

Sharon and Tom made a previous trip through Oregon to Gonzaga in 2007 [To Gonzaga, Continuing Towards Spokane and Finally to Spokane]. The entries for this year's trip are here.

Friday, February 05, 2016

2016 Oregon Road Trip Day 3

In the morning, Sharon and Tom hiked along the Row River Trail. They headed into town over a couple of covered bridges. Sharon noted that it paled in comparison to Lithia Park in Ashland.

In the afternoon, Sharon and Tom stopped at the Iris Winery. Afterwards, they continued to the King Estate Winery. Tom is a wine club member there. They picked up the wine club shipment and then had dinner in the restaurant. The drive home from the restaurant was an adventure. They found themselves in an odd mixture of fog and rain.

They spent a second night at the Village Green Resort.

Sharon and Tom made a previous trip through Oregon to Gonzaga in 2007 [To Gonzaga, Continuing Towards Spokane and Finally to Spokane]. The entries for this year's trip are here.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

2016 Oregon Road Trip Day 2

Spending the morning walking in Lithia Park, Sharon and Tom got a late start. They made one stop at the Hillcrest Winery outside of Roseburg. Sharon and Tom really enjoyed this stop, including talking to the owner. From there, they continued on to Cottage Grove. They will be spending two nights at the Village Green Resort.

Sharon and Tom made a previous trip through Oregon to Gonzaga in 2007 [To Gonzaga, Continuing Towards Spokane and Finally to Spokane]. The entries for this year's trip are here.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

2016 Oregon Road Trip Day 1

Sharon and her brother Tom are off on a road trip to Oregon. They made a previous trip through Oregon to Gonzaga in 2007 [To Gonzaga, Continuing Towards Spokane and Finally to Spokane].

Leaving Carmichael about noon, they hit some winter weather on I-5 above Yreka. They eventually made it to Ashland. They finished the night with dinner at Amuse. They spent the night at the Ashland Springs Hotel.

I can't remember the last time I was in Oregon. It may have been almost 35 years ago...

Monday, February 01, 2016

Dinner with the Sanborns

After watching Creed, Sharon and I met the Sanborns for dinner on Sunday night at Paul Martin's American Grill in Roseville. We spent part of the evening planning another Sea Ranch trip. Everyone had prime rib, except me; I had braised short ribs...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Creed

With the Oscar nominations finally announced, Sharon and I are working to see the rest of the nominated films. Sunday afternoon, we went to see Creed at the UA Theater in Roseville.

This is essentially the seventh film in the Rocky franchise. The film stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson Creed, Apollo's son, and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa. It also features Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashād. For his performance, Stallone was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, his first Oscar nomination since the original film.

I need to go back and watch some of the older Rocky films. Sharon was reading summaries of the seven films while we were driving home. I don't recall ever seeing Rocky III. While I was wandering in and out of the room, Sharon and Jack watched the original Rocky film a couple of years ago.

I liked the film more than Sharon did. I thought that the boxing sequences were very well done. In a strange coincidence, I started watching the 30 for 30 Volume 3 film Chasing Tyson while running on the treadmill this weekend. Although I think that Sharon favors Christian Bale's performance in The Big Short, I think that Sylvester Stallone has a shot at the Oscar for the best supporting actor.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

2016 Jesuit Booster Crab Feed

Sharon and I went to the Jesuit Boosters Crab Feed with Tim and Kathy, Kevin and Donna, Rod and Julie, Tom and Janie. I had bought a table for ten and then bid on and won the Royal Table. The Royal Table included: front row parking for four vehicles; front and center seating; fine china and linens; bar service at the table; and a host of personal attendants. It was a very nice evening!

This is the fourth year in a row [2015, 2014, 2013] that we have gone. We also went once with Tom and Becky when Eric was at Jesuit.

Taking advantage of our licensed driver, we had Jack pick us up and bring us home after the event.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Kairos 128

Jack spent most of the week at Kairos 128 in Applegate. The Jesuit High School Kairos Retreat began after school on Tuesday and ended early on a Friday evening. This was one of five Kairos retreats each year. Sharon and I went to a Candlelight Prayer service for the retreat on Tuesday night.

The retreat was led by a team composed of 8 seniors who have made Kairos and 8 faculty/staff members. The activities on Kairos promote and build community, foster trust and openness, and encourage reflection. The key themes were: knowing oneself; discovering Jesus in a personal way; recognizing and responding to Jesus’ call; and living the message of Christ.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

SmartRoom

Following up on last year's SmartHospital project, I spent three days in kick-off meetings for the SmartRoom project. The SmartRoom project includes Cerner Capacity Management, MyStation, RoomLink and Infusion Management. Additionally, it includes integration with Rauland Nurse Call, Stryker beds, Baxter pumps and Centrak Real Time Location Services (RTLS).

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Grand Island Shrine

Grand Island Shrine
Also known as The Little Shrine at Sycamore

National Register of Historic Places #1974000508

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This marker is located 8 miles south of Colusa on CA 45, Colusa, California. The GPS coordinates for this location are 39° 06' 56.9" N 121° 56' 12.6" W.

Grand Island Shrine

Grand Island Shrine

Site of the first Catholic mass to be said in Colusa County, May 1856. In 1864, a Catholic mission was conducted and a large wooden cross erected to commemorate the occasion. Masses, pilgrimages and visits were made here continuously thereafter. In order to preserve the identity of the place, Father Michael Wallrath secured a deed from Mrs. Anna Myers to this parcel of land and constructed a small shrine from hand kilned bricks in 1883.
State of California
Point of Historical Interest
No. COL-001

Grand Island Shire

Grand Island Shire

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Kairos Parent Candlelight Prayer Service

With Jack taking off to attend Kairos 128, Sharon and I attended a parent prayer service at the Chapel of the North American Martyrs.

Seniors who have previously attended Kairos led the Kairos Parent Candlelight Prayer Service. We heard first-hand what Kairos is about and what Jack is experiencing each day. Jack and all of the boys on Kairos 128 were called by name and remembered in prayer. We went forward and lit a candle in his honor. When the service was over, we took that candle home as a remembrance.

We have known several of the boys and their families since kindergarten...

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Breaking Bad: The Final Season

Sharon and I watched the finale of the final season of Breaking Bad. We finished Season 1 in September of 2014, Season 2 in February of 2015, Season 3 in May of 2015., Season 4 in December of 2015 and Season 5 in January of 2016.

The final season of Breaking Bad premiered on August 11, 2013 and concluded on September 29, 2013. Then final season includes only eight episodes.

In 2014, the final season was nominated for sixteen Emmys. It won six Emmys, including: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series; Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series; Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series; Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series; Outstanding Drama Series; and, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series.

Sharon was not particularly satisfied with the finale. While I have often heard Breaking Bad talked about as the best television series ever, I am a little put off by the gratuitous use of murder. The best example of this is the murder of Andrea in the next to last episode of the series. As I said at the end of season two, the show is not very life affirming...

Sunday, January 24, 2016

ESPN 30 for 30 Vol 3: Angry Sky

Running on the treadmill at home over a couple of nights, I finally watched Angry Sky. This is the thirtieth and final installment of ESPN's 30 for 30 volume II. An episode guide for Vol II is here. 30 for 30 Volume 3 debuted on October 13, 2015.

The film is based loosely on the book Magnificent Failure: Free Fall from the Edge of Space. In the mid-60's, Nick Piantanida, a truck driver from New Jersey, attempted the same parachute jump from the edge of space as Felix Baumgartner and Red Bull.

Piantandia had a film crew following him around in the early 1960s. As a result, there is some amazing footage of him and his two unsuccessful attempts. Additionally, the film includes interviews with his widow, brother and a number of other key figures.

This is an odd film. There is no doubt that it is a fascinating story. Nick Piantanida was a larger than life character. It is amazing what he was trying to accomplish on a shoestring almost 50 years ago. There are parts of the film that are hard to watch; too much like watching a car crash in slow motion...

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Celebrating Sharon's Birthday

To kick off her birthday, I took Sharon to dinner on Thursday night at the Farm at the Carneros Inn. We had talked about snowshoeing on Saturday, but the weather didn't cooperate.

Sharon did the Mama Bootcamp in the morning. When she got home, we spent some time in the jacuzzi.

We spent the afternoon at the Mall. I gave Sharon a gift certificate to White House Black Market for her birthday.

Sharon, Jack and I finished the day going to Mass at St. Ignatius. Afterwards, we went to dinner at Cafe Vinoteca for dinner. We finished the night with cupcakes and one more present at home.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Carol

With the Oscar nominations finally announced, Sharon and I are working to see the rest of the nominated films. After going to dinner on Thursday night to kick off Sharon's birthday celebration, we watched Carol at the hotel.

The film is based on the novel The Price of Salt (also known as Carol) by Patricia Highsmith. The book was published in 1952.

The film stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Set in 1952 in New York City, the film tells the story of a young aspiring photographer and her relationship with an older woman going through a difficult divorce.

The film received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Achievement in Costume Design and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score. Blanchett was nominated for Best Actress, while Mara was nominated for Supporting Actress.

Sharon compared Blanchett's performance in Carol to her performance in Blue Jasmine. I don't believe that either Blanchett or Mara are going to win an Oscar for their performances. The film is not in the same league as the other Oscar nominated films that we have seen so far. It is a little slow and overwrought...

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Kicking off Sharon's Birthday Weekend

With Sharon's birthday on Saturday, she met me in Napa. We went to dinner at Farm at the Carneros Inn. We had a very nice table near the fireplace. We split Bone Marrow Custard and Carnaroli Risotto as an appetizer. For main courses, Sharon had Seared Daybook Scallops and I had Superior Farm Lamb. We enjoyed the ambience of restaurant. The food was good, but not great.

Wandering back to the hotel, we finished the night watching Carol.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Breaking Bad: Season 5

This weekend, Sharon and I finished watching the fifth season of Breaking Bad. We finished Season 1 in September of 2014, Season 2 in February of 2015, Season 3 in May of 2015. and Season 4 in December of 2015.

The fifth season of Breaking Bad premiered on July 15, 2012 and concluded on September 2, 2012. Season five includes only eight episodes.

In 2013, the series was nominated for thirteen Emmys and won its first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for the first half of the fifth season. In addition, Anna Gunn won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

I enjoyed season five a lot more than season four. I am looking forward to finishing up the series with the final season!

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Monday, January 18, 2016

1,604 miles running and 401 miles cycling

On our trip to Florida in Summer of 2004, I started to play with the idea of running the American River 50 in April of 2007. I committed myself and started to train.

In 2005, I ran slightly less than 1,630 miles.

In 2006, I ran slightly less than 1,680 miles.

In 2007, I ran 1,721 miles. This included successfully completing the American River 50.

In 2008, I ran more than 1,925 miles!

In 2009, I ran 1,832 miles.

In 2010, I ran 1,700 miles. This included two full weeks off during the trip to Spain in the summer.

In 2011, I ran 1,763 miles. This seems impossible in a year that I took almost nine weeks of vacation!

In 2012, my goal was to start cross-training. I ran and hiked 1,441 miles. This included two full weeks off during the trip to Italy in the summer. Additionally, I cycled 1,133 miles. Most of this cycling was done on a stationary bike. I covered 1,016 miles virtually biking across America.

In 2013, I ran 1,521 miles and cycled 1,092 miles. My goal for 2013 was to best both the running and the cycling totals. I accomplished the running goal. Additionally, I was going to try and lift at least 48 times (4 times a month) at Arden Hills. I failed in this goal.

In 2014, I ran 1,583 miles and cycled 886 miles. I averaged 30.4 miles running and 17.0 miles cycling every week! My goal was to restart a sit-up, push-up and light routine that I have done in the past. I failed in this goal.

In 2015, I ran 1,604 miles and cycled 401 miles. My goal was to work out with weighs 52 times this year; I have failed over the last three years at my strength training goal.

For 2016, I am looking forward into 2017. Like the American River 50 in 2007, I looking for a physical challenge in 2017. I am toying with the idea of a 100 to 120 mile hike along a section of the Pacific Coast Trail in Northern California [Boreal Ridge on Highway 80 to Chester on Highway 36].

Sunday, January 17, 2016

43.2 miles

I ran 43.2 miles last week (Sunday to Saturday); essentially a 10k everyday for 7 days. My body feels pretty good.

This is the most miles that I have run in a week since November of 2011. There was a week in early 2014 where I covered 44.5 miles, but that included a 11.5 mile hike on New Year's Eve day and a 7.8 mile hike at the Larkins.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Brooklyn

With the Oscar nominations announced on Thursday, Sharon and I are working to see the rest of the nominated films. We actually got a better start this year than in past years. Spending some more time doing some research, I have already seen five of the eight films nominated for best picture. Saturday night, we went to see Brooklyn at the UA in Roseville.

The film is based on Colm Tóibín's novel of the same name. It stars Satires Ronan. Set in 1952, the film tells the story of a young Irish woman's immigration to Brooklyn.

The film was nominated for best picture, while Ronan was nominated for Actress in a leading role. This is actually the first of this year's nominated performance for best actress that we have seen. Brooklyn was also nominated for best adapted screenplay.

Sharon gave it an "8" and placed it ahead of The Big Short and Revenant on her list. I wouldn't rate it quite as high. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the movie. After I read a little about the film before we went to see it, I almost tried to talk Sharon into seeing something else this weekend. I am glad that we went... The movie exceeded my expectations.