Can Hup and Steph handle the San Francisco Marathon?

Today when I was done working out and was grabbing my stuff from the 24 Hour Fitness locker room I noticed a t shirt that a guy was wearing next to me. The shirt had a logo on the back that included the Golden Gate Bridge, a tennis shoe and some text that said In Training — 7/26/09 — San Francisco.

Me, being the genius that I am asked the guy, “So, are you running a marathon in July?”. He confirmed that he indeed was going to run the San Francisco Marathon and that it was going to be his first time giving it a shot. He also said that he’s run a couple of half-marathons before, but that in his mind running a full marathon is the real deal. I would have to agree with that statement.

I then started telling him how Stephanie has said that she won’t marry me until after I run a marathon (not to mention it’s #5 on our 50 Goals For 2009) and how we’ve talked about running one together before our wedding date on August 29th. To that he asked what the heck I was waiting on and told me that I had better get moving on it if I’m serious.

This actually got me thinking about whether or not Stephanie and I could actually be ready in just 4 short months for a marathon. I mean, it’s almost exactly one month before our wedding, which is perfect timing and not to mention that the long distance training runs will give us plenty of time to hash out the rest of our wedding details.

I mean, we did dominate an 8k a few weeks back — how much harder can a marathon be?

I have a feeling that I had better get some inspiration from the Ultra Marathon Man, Dean Karnazes. You know, the guy that ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. That makes training for and running one marathon pretty easy, dontcha’ think?

So what do you think? Can we handle the San Francisco Marathon? Let us know in the comments.

Pandora makes me and my BlackBerry both happy

On any given day I probably listen to about 5-6 hours of Pandora on my laptop. I know that sounds like a lot, but I literally turn it on when I wake up, when I am getting ready, when I’m at work, when I get home and before I go to bed. Heck, I even fall asleep to it sometimes and would all of the time if Stephanie didn’t mind.

Anyways, just when I thought that I couldn’t possibly become more of a Pandora Fanboy, they go and do the unthinkable — they create a freakin’ BlackBerry application. Yep, those 5-6 hours now went up to about 7-9 now that I can rock Pandora on the train and wherever else I want to listen to some tunes. Stephanie loves it too and has been using it a ton in the car on the way to work. Like I said, it’s pretty much amazing and if you have a BlackBerry you need to. Get. It. Now.

Oh, and I wanted to give a quick thanks to the Dockers San Francisco for sponsoring the launch (even though I’ll probably never buy any pants from them).

Wedding Update: We have a Jr. Bridesmaid dress!

My mom is awesome….for realz.

This past week when she was shopping with my sister, Megan (aka BIG NASTY), she found an amazing dress for both of Stephanie’s Jr. Bridesmaids. Check out the dress below and let us know what you think. I let her explain it more a little later, but I wanted to get something posted real quick before I forgot about it.

Also, there are two other things that I want to mention before I post this thing up for all of ya’ll to see:

  1. We have had some amazing help with our wedding plans so far. I could write a whole blog post (and should) about all of our friends and family who have been helping us get our Indiana wedding ready from over here in California. If you’ve helped and you’re reading this right now — THANK YOU!!!
  2. I am officially writing on some new and improved blog software, which I’ve been meaning to do for a long, long time now. Stephanie and I are really wanting to step up our game a bit when it comes to this blog and the old, outdated stuff that we’ve been using just wasn’t cutting it. I practically spent all day today upgrading the software, changing hosting providers and moving over the domain, but I’m happy to report that it’s all gone very, very smoothly (which I am honestly amazed at). So, as long as this entry posts the way that it’s supposed to, we’re good to go.

Thanks and keep it real ‘n stuff, yo. Chat soon.

Operation Aisle Style Re-Cap

I guess that I can say now that as of last week I am “officially” a model, haha. Even if it were only for one time, I might try to hang onto that title for a bit. It sounds so cool.

The Operation Aisle Style event at the W in San Francisco was such an incredible fashion show and experience. I felt like I was experiencing every girl’s dream for a day. I had my hair and make-up done, got to rock out an amazing anti-bride dress, and I got to strut my stuff on a runway in front of hundreds of people, flashing cameras, and a ton of press. It seriously felt like I was a part of The Hills or now, The City on MTV, haha… that’s my best way to relate it to anyone… it really is like how they depict it on those shows :)

I arrived at the W around 3:00pm for hair and make-up. It was fun seeing how an event like this is really pulled together. Everyone is running around in their black outfits complete with clipboard, blackberry and red-bull in hand. It’s a crazy and exciting environment. There was so much excitement leading up to the show that I barely even felt nervous. The room for the show was decorated beautifully and there was even a stage in the back for The Hooks amazing set after the runway show. After our hair and make-up was complete we met with the runway coordinator to run through a quick walk-through of the details of the runway walk. We had to quickly learn our order, steps and turns for our part, and then try to remember it all amidst all of the commotion.

The time finally came, and we could see from back-stage that the room was filling quickly with some of San Francisco’s finest! The nerves were starting to set in a little at this point, I’ll be honest. After my dressing assistant helped me put on my sleek and rocking lime green dress, we all lined up and waited for the show to begin. The dj set the music and we were off! I was number 7 to walk, and it was a totally surreal moment. It’s almost impossible to see anyone in the crowd due to the shower of camera flashes from the moment you walk out onto the runway. This is the part where I might have allowed a bit of my excitement and nervousness overtake me… you see, I went just a bit too fast. All of those years of running didn’t exactly make me out to be a “slow” and graceful walker :) Some people teased me for being the “runner” of the show, but that’s alright… I’ll get the hang of it. Good thing I still have my runway coach to help me out with my walk for future shows 😉

After the show was over, they announced the winning designer and we all had a great time listening to the band rock out and socializing with random fashion lovers of the city. I feel so truly blessed to have this experience. I met so many amazing people, and hopefully I will have the chance to do something similar again someday. For now though, I will just keep practicing that walk…

Here’s some links to some of the amazing photos taken that night by local photographers… enjoy!
Henry Sun
Gene Kosoy

Huh, how *do* they make decaf coffee?

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The path that Stephanie and I walk every Saturday morning

As Stephanie and I were doing our weekly Saturday morning walk down to Whole Foods and Peets Coffee to grab some breakfast (see the path on Google Maps), we somehow got on the subject of how decaf coffee is made. You see, a while back I decided to cut out the caffeine from my diet due to the fact that it was making me feel even more wired than I am normally, not to mention that I was beginning to feel like I had to have coffee, a Mountain Dew or some type of boost during the day to make it through. I don’t like to feel like I’m addicted to stuff, so I simply cut it out of my routine. It wasn’t easy, but it somehow worked.

Anyways, Stephanie still loves her caffeine kick, so when we go to Peet’s Coffee during our walk on Saturdays I either pass on getting a drink or I grab a decaf version of whatever she ends up getting (which this morning was a vanilla latte). Well, as I was ordering my decaf version (Stephanie calls it the ‘grandpa’ version), I asked Stephanie how decaf coffee beans were different from regular coffee beans. She had no clue what the difference was, so I asked the guy who was making our drinks. To my surprise, he didn’t have an answer for me, either, which I thought was interesting.

When we got home I jumped on The Wikipedia so that I could find the answer that I was looking for. As usual, Wikipedia didn’t fail me and within a matter of seconds I was reading all about Decaffeination. Here’s a summary of what I found out:

Decaffeination is the act of removing caffeine from coffee beans, mate, cocoa, tea leaves and other caffeine-containing materials. (While caffeine-free soft drinks are occasionally referred to as “decaffeinated,” some are better termed “uncaffeinated”: prepared via simply omitting caffeine from production.)

In the case of coffee, various methods can be used. The process is usually performed on unroasted (green) beans, and starts with steaming of the beans. They are then rinsed in solvent that contains as much of the chemical composition of coffee as possible without also containing the caffeine in a soluble form. The process is repeated anywhere from 8 to 12 times until it meets either the international standard of having removed 97% of the caffeine in the beans or the EU standard of having the beans 99.9% caffeine free by mass. Coffee contains over 400 chemicals important to the taste and aroma of the final drink; this effectively means that no physical process or chemical reaction will remove only caffeine while leaving the other chemicals at their original concentrations.

Interesting, eh? I also found out that in 2004 there was a new type of Coffea Arabica coffee bean found in Ethiopia that contains about half the caffeine as the normal stuff.

Also, if you happen to be curious about the caffeine content of different types of drinks, check out this handy-dandy chart that I found. The most interesting thing that I noticed was that a Red Bull contains 80mg of caffeine, while a Grande Starbucks coffee has an incredible 330mg of caffeine! Yeah, that’s a lot.

Stephanie’s modeling debut featured in San Francisco’s DailyCandy

My super-fantastic friend Kathy just forwarded me today’s San Francisco DailyCandy because the event that Stephanie is rocking out tonight for her first-ever modeling debut, Operation Aisle Style, is featured in it! This is pretty awesome, seeing as DailyCandy is one of the most popular and trusted websites when it comes to figuring out what to do with your free time. This gets me even more excited for tonight and I wasn’t sure if that was even possible…I mean, you would think that I’ll be hitting the runway by how giddy I’m getting over here. I guess I’m just proud of Stephanie and can’t wait to see her all dressed-up, made-up and done-up tonight. She’s going to make one super-hot punk rock bride. :)

For all of you planning on heading to the W tonight to catch the action, get ready to get after it and I’ll see you soon!

Wedding Wednesday: The rehearsal dinner, hotel stuff and some honeymoon chit-chat

Cheers to another awesome Wedding Wednesday!

We had yet another awesome Wedding Wednesday here in Palo Alto tonight and this week’s topics were as follows:

So, those are some of the highlights of tonight’s Wedding Wednesday, any suggestions, comments and advice on any of this would be much appreciated. I mean, we’re pretty new at this…

Archana thinks we’re hilarious and we agree

So it seems that Archana Ramachandran, whom Stephanie and I met last October in SF, has really grown to enjoy (become addicted to) our videos. No, really — I’m not just saying that, she even let everyone know about it earlier this week over in her blog…and of course, the Internet never lies. :)

Thanks for the props, Archana and keep an eye out for some sweet, new videos coming atcha’ soon.

Also, if you have any ideas for a video that we could do (no, not those kind of videos), let us know in the comments — we’re more than happy to take some suggestions from all of you.

An amazing dinner with some new friends

One of the things that I probably enjoy the most in life is meeting new and interesting people who seem to have great outlooks on life. People who fit this mold aren’t always easy to find and most of the time you tend to meet them accidentally during some of the most random times in your life.

I mention this little Hup fun fact because when Stephanie and I went to the Love Dare couples event at our church a week or so ago, we ended up meeting an amazing couple whom we’d never seen before during service on Sundays. Their names were Matt and Christen (yes, they blog, too!) and they seemed super cool and really down to Earth, which, if you ask me, usually seems to be a pretty solid combo.

Our new homies, Matt and Christen

After meeting at church that night, we hit it off pretty quick and as we get to know them more and more it’s actually kind of crazy how much stuff Stephanie and I have in common with them. We quickly scheduled a night to have some dinner together so that we could get to know each other better, which actually ended up being last night.

The dinner that they made was ridiculously tasty — it was lasagna with garlic bread and we brought along some salad. That dinner was topped off with some of the best tasting gingerbread that I’ve ever had, fresh strawberries, ice cream and of course some Reddi-Whip, which Stephanie really, really likes.

After we stuffed ourselves with some delicious food and awesome conversation, it was time for Matt to bring two of their favorite housemates out to play, Miss Silvia (their expresso machine) and Rocky (their coffe grinder). You see, Matt and Christen LOVE their coffee and after tasting their homemade, fresh-brewed concoctions I can see why. It was probably the best coffee that I’ve ever had and I’m not just saying that to be nice. I mean, it was REALLY tasty.

Meet Miss Silvia — she’s pretty awesome

Meet Rocky, the coffee-grinding extraordinaire

After like 5 hours of great eating, conversation and fellowship Stephanie and I finally took off back home and as we drove back we kept on telling each other how awesome the dinner was and how blessed we were to find such amazing people out here in California. All I’m hoping is that this was just the first of many, many more dinners with Matt and Christen that are still yet to come. I mean, I’m sure that Silvia and Rocky miss us already. :)

Oh, and one last thing — Christen also let us know that by having dinner with them we’re actually taking care of one of our 50 Goals For 2009 — sweet!

40. Meet more non-tech people
– somewhat of a struggle to do so out here in Silicon Valley, but I need to meet some more people that don’t understand what HTML and SEO stand for

So, I guess I’m going to be a Model…

Sometimes (actually a lot of the time for us) crazy and random things happen that turn out to be quite a fun adventure. I truly believe that it is through these occurrences that the most amazing and beneficial things come about. This happens to be one of those times.

About a week ago, Ryan told me he was going to contact our friend Redgie about trying to get me involved in the upcoming Operation Aisle-Style event at the W Hotel in San Francisco. I knew it was a long-shot, but stranger things have happened and I figured it was worth a try. Then, BAM a few e-mails here and there and next thing you know I’m headed to a runway casting for the event. Our wonderful new friends Carolyn Gerin (the founder of and Mikalah Burton (her fantasticly spunky sidekick) were so generous and helpful in working me into the show. I cannot thank them enough!

The pre-fashion show environment is pretty crazy and hectic but I loved every minute of it. I walked in and met my designer and tried on my first dress. Unfortunately it ehem…didn’t quite zip up all the way…but no need to panic, someone else fit the bill. I tried on the second dress and it fit like a glove, and I was happy as well because I really loved the dress!

Let the photos begin — I love this dress!

I’m going to be the most awesome rocker bride, ever…

Then on to the panel of hair and make-up, design description, accessories, and music. Here, the designer basically tells each person what they want their models to look like, what intro they want given to them, what music they want playing, and what accessories they need. It’s so cool how they pull a show like this together and it takes a lot more than what I have ever imagined it to be.

So much jewelry, so little time.

So there’s the random details of how I’m now going to be in this uber awesome fashion show next week. My only problem is I have no idea how to walk like a runway model. I’m not good at it, period. I’ve been practicing like crazy though, so hopefully I’ll be able to pull it off and fool a few people into thinking that this is not my first rodeo. Unfortunately all of those years of being the “sporty spice” type have rendered a somewhat ungraceful Stephanie… but who knows… practice makes perfect right?!

Here’s the deets just in case you’re in the area and you want to come to this amazingly fun and fashion forward event:
It’s Thursday, March 12th at the W Hotel in downtown San Francisco, 6:00-10:00 pm. There will be two fashion shows: one featuring Project Runway Star Austin Scarlett’s Kenneth Pool bridal gown designs and the other featuring The Art Institute of San Francisco’s newest “rising star” designers renditions of the alterna-wedding dress. These dresses are truly amazing and I get to rock a sweet lime green punk rock dress complete with fishnet stockings and a peacock feather bouquet…. WHOOP!

Until Thursday I’ll be practicing my walk back and forth in our little cottage while my fabulous runway coach… Ms. Hup critiques my every step and turn 😉 He’s good though…. I don’t mind learning from the best! Check out the video below or over here on YouTube to see what I mean.

p.s. This might actually help us out with one of our 50 Goals For 2009:

3. Figure out Stephanie’s next move
– find a new career path or back to school for nursing? just some options

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