Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Pseudo-Celebrity Encounter

As many of you know, I don't own a television.  I do, however, have access to the internet and websites like Hulu that allow me to sneak some trash TV in now and again.  One of my favorite shows to watch on the Mac daddy is Modern Family.  While I may miss the Bachelor's latest make-out session and Snookie's trash talking, I never miss my favorite families. 

This past weekend, Angela and I got hooked up with opening-night tickets to Little Miss Sunshine: The Musical, in La Jolla.  Thanks to my mad babysitting skills (for the Set Designer as well as the Director), we had access to the pre-party and the after-party.  Oh yes.  We did.  It was the one (and only) moment in my life I felt like a V.I.P. 



I sat directly next to a critic from the New York Times (find his review here) and two rows in front of-- drumroll please, the one and only... Mitchell from Modern Family

In case you don't watch -- Mitchell is the one in Pink with a Teddy Bear

We were even introduced to Mitchell (I don't know his real name) and his partner after the show!  Did I get a picture?  No.  I was literally starstruck.  I felt like such a loser.  I could barely say "Hello".  I am just glad I was speechless and didn't make a fool of myself by calling him Mitchell or telling him I am thrilled that he really is gay.  Silence is a virtue - in times like these.

We went on our merry way, elated that we had met Mitchell. 

Too bad that giddyness didn't carry over to my run on Sunday.  We went up to Torrey Pines for what was supposed to be a 16 miler.  It was cut short at 11.3 due to flippin' fatigue.  I just couldn't move my body.  Lately, I've been experiencing extreme fatigue, which I mentioned earlier, may be due to anemia.  I've been taking my iron daily but have yet to notice a change in my energy levels.  I am just plain pooped every day of the week.

I am trying my best to keep a positive attitude but I am also allowing my body the rest it needs.  I am cross-training and cutting runs short if need be.  In the past, I would never stop a 16 miler at 11 miles.  This is a new Kate with new goals.  This Kate allows herself to slow down, stop and take consecutive rest days.  This Kate doesn't hate herself if she can't meet her goal pace or finish a run.  This new and improved Kate is taking up other interests like tennis, rockclimbing and surfing to avoid burn-out. 

That's right.  This weekend, Angela and I are going indoor rock climbing and shopping for tennis racquets and balls.  In high-school I was on the JV tennis team.  I was awful but I really enjoyed it.  I love racquet sports mainly because I love whacking balls around.  We have a surfing & yoga class on the agenda as well. 

I am looking forward to this time playing around with other sports and letting go of my goals.  Chicago is in the distant future, so I have plenty of time to lay off of the speed work and long runs.  This could also be a great time to go through the egg donation process.  I wrote about being an egg donor here.  The recipient couple backed out at the last minute due to financial reasons which was disappointing.   The good news is that another couple has chosen me so I may be back in baby-making business.  We'll just have to wait and see...

50 comments:

  1. When I was a sophomore, we went on a chorus trip to NYC and I got to meet Lauren Graham (Laurelei from Gilmore Girls). It was so surreal, I actually teared up, it was like the person popping out of the tv!

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  2. I love tennis. There is something really calming about spanking the shit out of a ball!

    That is so cool that you are an egg donor. That is a brave and honorable thing to do.

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  3. Indoor climbing is fun!

    PS Have you tried taking Vitamin D for your fatigue?

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  4. I'm still so happy you decided to be an egg donor! What a selfless thing to do, and I hope everything works out this time! :)

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  6. Modern Family is the best!

    I've been feeling a little uninsprired in the running department too. I've been blaming it on the weather- this whole rain/sun/cold back and forth just makes me want to lay on the couch and read until it's truly spring.

    Love that you're an egg donor- amazing!

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  7. I love the new Kate! She sounds like me!

    "I love whacking balls around." That made me laugh!

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  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE Modern Family! So cool that you got to meet him! Why is it that just a person can turn us into teeny boppers again?! I mean really?! ;) A few months ago I got to wait on BJ Novac from the office....that was pretty cool! I was super nervous though that I would spill coffee on him or something! ;)
    You totally deserve to do new things and not totally concentrate on running. Mixing it up is a good thing! I love playing raquetball! I suck, but when the hubby and I used to have a membership to LA Fitness we would always play together! Enjoy this down time from running!
    AND, congrats on being a baby mama! That is so awesome that you chose to do something like that for another person!

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  9. So how was the play? Really enjoyed the movie.

    Sorry that running hasn't been treating you well lately, but you've got a great attitude about it.

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  10. Love that show - I would be totally starstruck too :) Glad you are listening to your body and embracing the joy of running - and other things! I loved tennis too, and I was also awful - but I remember practicing at home against the side of the house and pretending I was Tracy Austin...I've thought about taking lessons but have been chicken. Maybe I should reconsider!

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  11. How is this Pseudo? This is a full on celeb encounter. I loooooooooooooove Modern Family, so I am totally jealous.

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  12. Indoor climbing is a ton of fun and a great workout! Be advised that you may not be able to hold utensils afterwards so plan to go out for fingerfoods. :)

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  13. Ok, I would have been tripping all over myself to get to "Mitchell!" I LOVE that show--one of the best ever. And I loved the movie LMS, so would rpobably love the musical as well.

    Good girl on listening to your body. Keep the ears open!

    And how nice are you to be an egg donor? What an amazing gift.

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  14. All in stride, sweets. You are a superior athlete; you know your body better than anyone. Kudos to finding something new to do and exploring! I'm jealous that you get to surf. I really, really want to learn how to do it!

    I do hope that you figure out what's going on with your body. You're definitely in my thoughts!

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  15. Good for you for taking needed rest! I need to take a page out of your book for sure. ;) You have so much time to get ready to dominate Chicago!

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  16. That's crazy - you met a celeb!! His name is Jesse Tyler Ferguson, according to Wikipedia :)

    I was anemic last year. I had a lot of pamphlets about how your iron absorption is maximized if you take iron with Vitamin C, so if you eat an orange before you take your pill it could speed things up!
    Have you seen your Dr about this though?

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  17. Oh yeah!!! I HEART MOD Family so much! I'm envious!!

    And, I no likey you feeling run-down :( Do you take Iron supplements?

    You are going to donate one of your eggs?! Wow! You are so selfless and I admire you so much, Kate.

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  18. I LOVE MITCHELL!!!! You lucky dog.
    sorry you've been so tired, hope that clears soon maybe you need a needle in your ass.

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  19. I Love Jesse!! that is his real name!!! that's my favorite show! I am with Kovas..vit D and also B12...my Dr put me on both after I had a "severe" weigh loss (over 70 lbs) and it did help, it is not always iron the problem.

    I have 2 kids. It was not easy gettting pregnant for me. For one of my dearest friend it was impossible, she had to use an egg donor. She has twins now. I can tell you that as a woman but also as a mom I admire you a lot. That is a huge gift that you are willing to give someone. You will change someone's life. That is HUGE.

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  20. I am so jealous you saw Mitchell. I love love love him and modern family. Congrats on becoming an egg donor. That is amazing and something you will feel proud of forever! You are an inspiration :)

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  21. I love Modern Family! So cool!

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  22. "I love whacking balls around." HAHAHAHA. It's a good thing you're a lesbian. Men tend to frown on that.

    I'm so sorry you're still not feeling like your spunky self! After seeing your last post, I was hoping you were feeling better. Maybe you should have bloodwork done just to see exactly what you're deficient in?

    Oh, and surfing?! Kickass!

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  23. WHOA!!! That is SO COOL!!! I absolutely LOVE that show! It's hilarious!! Sorry you feel sluggish.. Keep taking the iron though! It takes about 2 weeks for you body to product more red cells. Hang in there, it will get better soon :)

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  24. What a fun night!

    The egg donor thing looks so interesting. I thought about doing it a few years back myself. I thought learning about the process, etc was all so interesting.

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  25. I love Modern Family! How cool is that?! :) Sorry you're still feeling tired. Good for you for listening to your body and giving yourself a break! hope you figure it all out and get back to being full of energy!

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  26. i haven't seen modern family yet but i've heard awesome things about it. if it's on hulu, i'll definitely be checking it out!

    sorry to hear you're still feeling burnt out, but i think you're plan to try new things sounds great and i like the sound of this new you : )

    is it weird that i'm already super STOKED for chicago?!?! and meeting you of course!

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  27. I think it's way cool that you don't own a television. I'd love to get rid of mine except A) my wife would kill me B) my daughters kinda enjoy watching it C) our Wii would go to waste. Still, I barely watch TV.

    I ran into a few celebs last week in your neck of the woods, down at the USD stadium, but I was there for work and it's different seeing famous people up close as a member of the media.

    I don't think I've had any random celeb encounters. Oh, my wife saw some actor at Disneyland once but I didn't recognize him, some Noah Wiley or something, I dunno :)

    My SIL has donated eggs before, pretty cool to be able to do that. Good luck!

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  28. That's not pseudo-celebrity - that is MAJOR celebrity and I would be totally starstruck..

    It's great re the egg donation - keep us posted!

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  29. 'I love racquet sports mainly because I love whacking balls around.'

    Yes.
    And I love pool mainly because of the thrill of using a big stick to smack hard little balls into one another!

    ...in non-ball related news, it has been such a pleasure to watch your journey unfolding from afar, and I am happy to hear that your yoga practice has continued in my absence. Did you stick with the Friday night class?

    I will be returning to SD and Pilgrimage in April, starting with subbing (already have some hot classes lined up) mid month. I would love to see you, and maybe even get some coffee or delicious vegan food after--have you been to Soltan Banoo?

    This little pregnant cat on my lap is just a few days from birthing, so stay posted for updates and pictures!!

    light
    z

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  30. I also do not have television. (I have tv...just not cable...we use it for movies and wii) BUT...Modern Family is one of the only shows I'll go out of my way to catch up on too. It's so funny. I love how you're listening to your body. This week I took a week off from running to prioritize my life but next week My half training starts. I'm hoping to feel fresh and renewed rather than sluggish. :)

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  31. The new Kate is a smart Kate. It's great you're able to listen to your body and not be upset about it either.
    That's so cool that you met Mitchell. I love that show! I would have been star struck too!

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  32. Little Miss Sunshine The Musical?! OHHH MYYY-- I have to see it! And Mitchell?! How amazing is that?!

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  33. I'll admit that we watch Modern Family on Hulu, also! It's cool that you met "Mitchell!"

    Good for you not getting frustrated or upset about your runs. Just have fun--it's life!

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  34. hehe, you would be a frozen mess if you lived in Los Angeles. I went to undergrad at UCLA, and had at least one celeb spotting a week. I realllly miss that! it never got old!

    The iron dilemma...I posted today about how after one week of taking a supplement, I actually DO feel more energetic. Already! what!? May be placebo. may be that that when I was feeling most lethargic, it was right after my period (i.e., lost a lot of blood).

    I hope you are able to solve this and find a way to feel stronger. It was really frustrating for me too - for about a month -- of just feeling super depleted, and especially crappy while running. let me know if you want the deets on what pills I've been downing...

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  35. OMG!! Modern Family is my favorite show too! And ...I watch it on Hulu too! Can you tell we're sisters??

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  36. That's so great that you are taking up other sports. Rock Climbing and surfing sound super fun!

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  37. So sorry to hear you're feeling drained. Sounds like the timing is at least convenient. I've been feeling like I want to relax in my running lately too. Better to slow down than quit from burnout, right?

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