Thursday, February 23, 2012

Oh, the places I've been going

So it's been a good 20+ days since I've posted an entry. I did get my laptop back a week or so ago but I've been so busy with work that the last thing I've wanted to do was post at the end of the night.

I've been busy though collecting new blog material! Also, busy taking fun pictures for blog entries to come. I know you all know what that means: I'm going to take forever to update. But I've been doing some cool stuff and going on some nice hikes so I'm hoping to get to these pictures sooner than later.

Our books at work are closed for the year and taxes are ready to be filed so I'm taking 3 days off (plus the weekend) since I've been working 6 day weeks to get them done. On my one day off a week, I have been having a lot of fun and being pretty active, but I really do need this break.

Some of the things I want to post about are the art class that Anise and I took. A hike up to Triple Falls with my friend, her daughter and Anise. My trip up to seattle for running. And finally, the promised kitchen post.

Oh friends, it'll come! I lost everything on my harddrive and a lot wasn't backed up (Dad, I do have the wedding video, SEND ME THE STORAGE! haha!) but I have my laptop back and I'm slowly loading everything that I need onto it. I have a lot of pictures on my camera that I've been collecting since the laptop died so once I upload those - you'll get posts!

I just wanted to let you know I miss writing so I'll be back soon. Since I was working so much I have all this time off and I'm hoping to make it back up to Meadows tomorrow if the weather is good! I'm sad though because I just tried them on and realized my snow pants don't fit at all anymore. I put on an extra layer today and they still slid off so I need to rig them up or see if I can do a quick take in of the waistband. I'm so happy to be in better shape though!

So onto my vacation!

Yesterday was a pretty stellar first day off. I had gotten signed up for a focus group on oral health care because let's face it, I'm kind of nerdy when it comes to that stuff. I was pretty excited to be a part of it and plus they pay you $125 for your opinions. It was downtown Portland at some fancy hotel and they even paid for Valet parking, so that was pretty nice! They always overbook those things and I was sent home with the cash in my pocket after 20 minutes - so very cool!


I took advantage of the free parking and walked to Powells to use my $20 giftcard from my boss (from a white elephant exchange on Xmas). I browsed around for awhile and got a few recommendations from people. I like dystopian and some science fiction books so a few of these were recommended by staff members and also by the internets. I love Margaret Atwood and wanted to get the Year of the Flood but I'm still reading Oryx and Crake. I welcome any suggestions of any books! I like the vibe of 1984 and Farenheit 451. I loved Handmaidens Tale and I need to read Brave New World (I don't know why, but I keep forgetting to get it from the library!!)

BUT the main reason why I went to Powells yesterday was for the book on the left. I had borrowed from a coworker the previous weekend. William Sullivans 100 hikes in Northwest Oregon and Southern Washington.

I had been looking for a book to take along with me on some recent hikes and this one was perfect! I paid a little more for the newer edition, even though I'm sure not much has changed, it did have some pretty color pictures.

Since I've been hiking a little bit more recently I realized that I really do need a good pair of hiking boots. I want a great pair but I'm cheap so I'm looking for deals. Sierra Trading Post has some pretty amazing sales on closeout and older models, but I want to make a list of boots they have on there so I can go try them on at another store.

We have an outlet mall nearby that I was going to go to today but I don't think I'm going to make it. I hate malls but I love good deals. I also desperately need a pair of new jeans. I have one pair that fits me because I sold a lot of my nice other pairs to a store back last year when I really needed money. The ones they rejected (because they weren't stylish/new enough) are in a bag to go to goodwill or go to a friend. I really only need two pairs of jeans and I'm a happy girl. I have a $10 gift certificate to the Gap so I'm hoping to score a pair for under $40.

I'm holding steady at my low 140's weight. I should be losing more but I think I'm cheating a little with certain foods. I've been a bread baking fiend and I know that doesn't help so I'm going to stop for now. I'm also going to stop buying the delicious soft french cheeses to accompany my breads and stop buying gelato. I could probably eat 1/2 of a baguette with cheese in one sitting. I love carbs!! Since I've gotten back to about where I want to be I've eased up a little but I do need to stick with this!

I'll also admit that I'm feeling really guilty about not running as much as I should be. It took me the motivation to go and buy some cheese last weekend to get my long run in, and it wasn't even as long as it should be. I'm way off track with my 1/2 training but I'm still running and that's good. Speaking of which, I should probably go today!!

Yesterday after Powells I went to Scrap and Vintage by the Pound. Both of these places are pretty amazing and everyone kept telling me I needed to go. A lot of the clothes in the vintage store are clothes that only a sewing guru would take on, but I found a really cute mod style (I think?) pink dress that with a few darts for a better fit and a couple small alterations, I think it'll be super cute! The color in the picture is a little bit off, but it is very pink. I love projects!

Scrap is like a DIY person's heaven. They have everything you could ever want from scrapbook making, soap making, fabrics, dyes, markers, wood, glass and just about anything else you can think of to craft. It is all so inexpensive!! I came home with some new stamps, a few different colors of ink that I didn't have, some more stickers and scrapbooking paper (for my card making) and then some pretty lacy seafoam green fabric with a dark brown faux suade contrasting fabric for something fabulous. If I can find a nice pattern it would make a really pretty button up dress with contrasting trim. Or maybe just a flirty skirt. I spent $8. Yay!

Finally, I've been eating a lot of fish recently. Whole foods has a special right now where fresh Cod is $7.99/lb and it's seriously amazing. Last night I put a little bit of blood orange oil in a pan, a tiny bit of lime juice, heated it up pretty well and added the cod along with asparagus, broccoli and spinach and put the lid on to steam. There wasn't much oil, just a bit for flavor. I finished it with a tiny amount of white truffle oil. I snapped a quick picture because it looked so good. It was delicious.


Shamrock run is in a month!! I can't wait!