Saturday, October 20, 2007

LSAT

As many of you know, I (Ron) took the LSAT in June. I had this tragic experience where I forgot to do the last page of the test, sat around staring at filled in answers, and at the last second realized my folly. I had prepared with more blood, sweat and tears than ever before on a test.

So I canceled my score, with much chagrin. Then I retook it in September, with significant trepidation.

I am thrilled to say it went really well. I received my score today--a 178--one question short of a perfect score.

I am SO excited! This is just amazing.

Ron

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Kick Boxing

I am addicted. Seriously, I love this stuff. It all started one afternoon when I had a lengthy dispute with my boss about an ad. In my frustration I was looking "to punch something." It was brought to my attention that our gym had kickboxing...the rest is history.

A solid hour of punching, kicking and making mean faces...it's so therapeutic! I've been going every single Tuesday/Thursday for six months.

(Sidenote #1: It will kick your butt. Sidenote #2: My knee problems originating from marathon training have been vastly improved by this class...a lot of hip strengthening involved in the kicks).

If you get the chance, give it a try. You'll love it!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Dietary Changes

Trina and I made a significant adjustmen to our dietary regimen. After her mom's liver scare, Trina's parents (Ron and Ann) were coached by a Chinese Herbalist. He had much to say (about matters such as their tongue's appearance--I'll admit, I'm skeptical). But most importantly, he showed them a new way to eat.

This was a radical change for them, and it transformed their bodies, Ann's liver and allergies, and their quality of life. Although the change would not be so radical for us, we were inspired. Plus, they had an array of interesting recipes to help us along.

So, for our six week adjustment/cleansing, we gave up dairy, all grains, and all dessert. We also avoided processed food and any kind of artificial sweetner. Our house became a messy, occasionally rotting, cornucopia of fruits and vegetables, stacked in every corner. Our fridge and freezer are full of more of these, and lean meats like fish and turkey, and all kinds of interesting sauces. And, my favorite, lots of eggs.

The adjustment was just that, and we both struggled a little bit with energy for our more rigorous workouts. Now we can have moderate amounts of dairy, and we have about 4 servings of grain per week (but only unusually fibrous types, and no bread). Once in a blue moon we get a real dessert (although our dark chocolate macaroons are just as tasty!).

Neither of us set out to loose weight, as we were both very healthy and happy with our bodies. But, we've both lost about ten pounds. But most importantly, Trina's hypoglycemia is virtually gone. Sugar can re-create the problem, but her general blood-sugar stability is incredibly different. This has been a huge improvement to her (and my) quality of life. My allergies are also milder. And we both enjoy eating.

In fact, I get to eat pretty much as much as I want, whenever I want. And I eat most of what I want. I love it!

Trina and the MCAT

As is readily obvious, it's been a busy few months. Trina has done a great service, catching everyone up on the events of our lives. Of course, it's been boiled down and I have a few words to add. But first, a tribute to my wife. I have to brag.

Trina decided to take the MCAT in June. She basically had eight weeks to prepare if she wanted to apply to Medical School this year. The MCAT is an aptitude test, but it also requires a substantial knowledge bank. Yearlong courses in General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemisty and Physics are essentially prerequisites. And for those of you who have taken these courses in college (or who have friends who have), you know how incredibly brutal they can be.

What is truly amazing, is that Trina had never taken the latter three (and the first one was taken as AP Biology, about ten years ago in High School). Trina had just started her new biomedical research job. It was full time (although they were generous with time off right before the MCAT), and there was much to learn. On top of that, Trina studied each of these year long courses in a total of about 6 weeks.

She took the final 2 weeks to practice the actual test. Should would study, almost without blinking, for ten hours at a time. It was awe-inspiring.

Whatever her score (and she was averaging just below the median at Harvard in her practice tests), I am amazed--at her ability, for sure, but at her determination even more so. What a person to call lover and partner!

I'm so proud.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Eagle Creek




















































Yesterday Ron & I spent most of the day hiking in the Gorge. We hiked up the Eagle Creek trail - in for 2 hours and then back out for 2 hours. It was incredibly beautiful. Sadly, these are not our photos...as we forgot our camera. So, thanks to Tom Kloster for the photos. We ended a long day of hiking at Ron's favorite - Char Burger - right next to Bridge of the Gods. Then, to see Knocked Up at the Laurelhurst Theater. A very good day.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Rob & Romy















A great picture of my cousin Jossie & Rob's new baby Romy.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

BLOG UPDATED!
















It has been ridiculously long. Go back to 5/1 and start reading forward. (Photo from recent Black Butte trip with cousins...thanks for the picture Lis).

Meet Romy Eileen















My cousin Jossie gave birth to Romy Eileen on Sunday September 2nd (Labor Day weekend). She was 8 lbs, 4 oz, 20 3/4 inches long...and very cute.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Happy 33rd Anniversary















My parents were married 33 years ago today!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

MCAT is OVER!

En route to becoming a doctor, I needed to take the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). It covers 4 year-long courses (General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry & General Physics). I have taken 1 of them (General Biology). In order to apply this fall (for entrance Fall 2008), I needed to take the MCAT this August. I'll be completing those missing prerequisites (the other 3 courses listed above) beginning in September.

So, long about June 18th, I settled in to teach myself a few things. Between then and August 14th, I absorbed "enough" (theoretically) of the topics and MCAT format to pass & do well. I get my score mid-September.

Taking the MCAT involved a trip to Ellensburg, WA. This is the first year the exam is on computer and they grossly underestimated the demand. But, Ellensburg wasn't so bad. My wonderful husband drove me and took great care of me.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Weddings Galore!

Congratulations to Luke & Kim, Jen & Dave, Chris & Marie!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

That's Dr. Trina to you.

So, I want to be a doctor. For those of you who have known me longer than my duration at ISI, this comes as no surprise to you. I read the first aid manual cover to cover as an eight year old. AP Biology was my favorite course. I took Developmental Biology as a senior and Microbiology at night while at ISI for fun. So, it’s now or never! I’m excited to be taking the leap and giving this a shot.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Trina the Researcher














I started my summer research internship at OHSU. I am in the new building on the waterfront right next to the tram. Our lab (Heart Research Center) studies the fetal origins of adult heart disease. In other words, how things that happen during development “program” problems later in life. One of the reasons the heart is of particular interest to us is that the body cannot make any new heart cells after birth – each cell can grow larger, but they cannot multiply. Genes that are turned on in response to stress during development may be effective precisely because they involve some programmed cell death. But, when that person is exposed to stress later in life, if those genes turn on, they may be in a world of hurt. We’re working to identify the genes and their activities. I’ll keep you updated. At least, that is it as I understand so far. (Thanks to Andrew Hall for use of the photo).

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Ron's Birthday Present









1998, Red, GS 300. He is happy. We bought it used and got a killer deal. (Not an actual photo of our car).

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Danny & Jess' Wedding/My Birthday















On June 3, 2007, Danny & Jessica got married! I was honored they chose such a great day (my birthday =). The whole family spent the weekend holed up in the small town of Enumclaw, Washington for all the festivities.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Quitting ISI















The Monday I returned from Hawaii, I gave my notice at ISI. I had originally planned to tell them upon returning from Trade Show #2, but, leaving for the wedding right away made that less than possible.

My boss was great about it. It is weird to spend four years all wrapped up in a place and then be done with it. Last day was May 31st.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Hawaii Trip!









































































































We went to Kauai for Amanda & Scott's wedding...then, onto Oahu to stay with my family in Kailua. On Kauai we were picked up from the airport and whisked directly to a rehearsal dinner luau. The wedding was the next day up in Princeville. We rented a condo with Rick and Ann and played with them for the following several days. We snorkeled in several places, took a boat trip up the Na Pali coast and enjoyed dinner with Scott's family one evening.

Our time in Kailua was spent with my aunt Lisa, uncle Bill and cousins Rayna and Ryan.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Amanda & Scott are Married!!






























































Amanda Davis married Scott Johnson on May 4, 2007 on the beautiful island of Kauai.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Trade Show #2

Dallas, Texas. What a place. The conference was at the Hyatt Regency...the site of that large lit ball in the sky. The show itself went very well. I myself, I got sick. While my co-workers were eating steak and line dancing, I was loading up on Tylenol PM and sleeping. Fortunately for me, by the time I got home, I was feeling pretty good.

Hyatt Regency Dallas

Friday, March 30, 2007

Trade Show #1

I just returned from the International Carwash Association's Car Care World Expo 2007 in Las Vegas. With over 10,000 attendees, this is
one heck of a good time.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I'd come up with a way of creatively marketing our color-themed product. You'll see in this photo that we used clear plastic (corrugated roofing) tubes to hold thousands of ISI imprinted stress balls. You can see in the second photo that we put a base on some of the tubes and used them as ball dispensers. We gave away 2000 balls the first day. We gave away another 1200 the next day and then we ran out! We've ordered 4000 more for the next show in Dallas (4/28-5/1). We also served 37 gallons of coffee the first day, 35 gallons the second day and 25 gallons the third day. And we gave away more than 1000 bags of coffee beans. You can see in the third picture the coffee service & clients taking balls out of our dispensers. All of this served to attract record traffic to our booth & thus we had a good show. I am glad to be home.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

We've Moved!

About 3 blocks. But it's a cool new place. I took a few pictures mid-move. Things are messy, but you can get a sense of what it looks like. We're sending out a "we've moved/christmas letter/photo" thing, so if you want to get it in the mail, send me an email or leave me a comment with your address! Special thanks to Rick/Ann, Phillip/Emily & Kristiane for all their hard work helping us move!


























































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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Ode to Westlake

It was a good place.

There were the leaves, the lights, the snow. The ceiling, the mold, the swamp. It was our first apartment.

We're out of there!












































































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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Mexico!

We went to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for 9 days. It was absolutely wonderful. We stayed in this fantastic condo right on the beach that we found on craigslist.

All in all an incredible time. We went to a timeshare presentation! It was great...we got a bunch of free stuff, and Ron certainly doesn't have a problem standing his ground =). So, after they dropped their price from $30K to $13K + 2 weeks anywhere in the world, we walked away...entertained and grateful for the toys. We ended up going on this dinner cruise, scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing and parasailing all for 50% off or free. Plus, they gave us $60 cash to take a taxi back to the airport. My advice...if you want to buy a timeshare...start by saying no...you'll be surprised how low they'll go!

And now for a few pictures...here's the view from our condo (yes, that's our own private hot tub), timeshare resort we visited, on the parasailing boat, me & the sunset, Ron & his beloved fruit salad, where we spent most of our days & the dinner cruise. It was a great trip.






























































































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Monday, February 12, 2007

Back from Vacation (sigh)

I forgot to post that we were leaving. We just returned from nine WONDERFUL days in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Here's what I was doing yesterday...



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Monday, January 29, 2007

Work is BUSY.

Tradeshow season has officially begun. I am up to my eyeballs in work. I'll admit, I enjoy the diversity of my job this time of year.

Last Friday I was wrestling an 8' tall piece of clear corrugated roofing into my not-much-longer-than-8' Camry. Thursday I spent the majority of the day with a heater and a cardboard box larger than myself warming up a shipment of black plastic lids so we could assemble the packages. Then there's the mundane things - figuring out how much ground coffee it will take to serve approx 10,000 booth visitors, trying to estimate if the delivered banner is its proper length - by laying down next to it (I know I'm 5'2"...that should help), visiting 9 stores in an afternoon searching for a suitable "skirt" for our iCashier display (it stands over 8' tall with a 6' "waist"). Plus creating ads, websites, writing articles and the like.

We've been doing this color campaign for our graphical service review for a while now...I've got red, yellow & green coming out my ears. Unfortunately I can't let you in on any top secrets until the shows (3/26-3/28 & 4/28-5/1), but suffice it to say, we will be marketing our colors. And the process of doing so has kept me quite busy.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Dinner at Christie's

Our friends Christie & Darren had us over for dinner at their Sellwood condo on Saturday night. It was truly delicious. These people are amazing at creating food that is both beautiful and tasty.

So, now that we've enjoyed their culinary abilities twice in a row...it's time for us to take up the mantle and give it a try. They've pre-emptively forgiven us for our inadequacy in the kitchen. We'll let you know how it goes (you might check her blog post-meal for an alternate perspective on the experience =).

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

TWO YEARS!

It's official. We've been married for two years. What better way to celebrate than be iced into our house? That's right, on our two year anniversary, inclement weather favored us and we got to spend the day together!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Congratulations Courtney & Ehren!

Ron's cousin Courtney Davis married Ehren Raschdorf on January 15th at Somerset Christian Church. She was a beautiful bride and he a handsome groom.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Congratulations Jessica & Robert!

Ron's cousin Jessica Moore married Robert Arndt on January 5th at the Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom. It was beautiful!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Best New Year Ever.

Ron surprised me for New Years. For the last three years, I've planned events and several of them have been busts. (Have you ever heard of Wallbangers? That's another story). This year, while driving home from Christmas, he said he was planning it and it was going to be a surprise.

At 4pm on New Years Eve he told me and I was so excited I actually started jumping up and down. He took me to the Champagne Ball downtown Portland. The plans included an overnight stay at the Hilton (where the ball was being held). He wore a black suit, I wore a black/silver sparkly dress. I'd never been to a ball before!

It was exactly what you'd hope a Champagne Ball would be. Several ballrooms with live bands, people dressed to the nines wearing goofy hats and toting noisemakers. Appetizers and desserts abounded. We danced and danced and danced. We drank champagne and we danced. At midnight we were on the dance floor (with about 1000 new friends) covered in confetti and ribbons and a HUGE balloon drop. I've ALWAYS wanted to be under a balloon drop! It was festive on steriods.

When the party was over, we headed up to our hotel room and slept so hard (champagne and dancing will do that to you =). We had a late checkout (2pm) and enjoyed room service for the first time ever.

It was a magical evening.