Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rain. Dark. Cold.

Sounds like the last day of November!  I just got back from a run in wind and rain...I feel better, but it was a pretty crappy run overall!  oh well.  I was just glad to get it overwith.  This time of year seems to be the absolute worse for running outside.  Its just so hard to get motivated!  ugh.

Now, its time for some turkey enchiladas for dinner!


Monday, November 29, 2010

Recovery Monday!

I really have a case of the Mondays today!  I woke up with a runny nose and not ready to get out of bed!  Then, I forgot to put the coffee pot underneath the filter, and consequently spilt burning hot coffee everywhere!!!  A was not very happy :(

I think it should be a quiet day around the office today...which is good.  I've got a lot that I should finish before heading out to Belize!  I also need to get Christmas presents and send those to my family.  I know what I'm going to get, so that is no problem!!!  I also have to finish one job application...fun times.

Enough of that boring stuff, I had a great weekend!  It was awesome to have so many people at our house, and Thanksgiving dinner was a great success.  The turkey took about an hour longer than it should have, but it was pretty juicy and everything else that I made tasted delicious.  We are moving our way through the leftovers, but we made a pretty good dent in them over the weekend.  On Thursday night we watched two Facebook related movies.  The first was Catfish, which is excellent!  That's about all I can say about the movie, except just to go see it and then talk about it :)  The second was "The Social Network."  A and I had watched it a few weeks ago, but it was good the second time around also!

Friday was a world-wind day at Clear Creek, then home to watch two football games!  The Ducks won!  and then we watched the first have of the Boise-Nevada game, when it appeared that Nevada was down we went out to Saraveza and asked to put the game on, thank goodness we did that!  What an ending!  Especially when your guests are from Nevada :)  This began a long night out and about....

Saturday consisted of waffles and OMSI, then out to the Portland City Grill and finally dinner at the Fish and Chip shop on N Killingsworth.  We ended the night at the Alibi and countless YouTube videos at home on the projector.

I'm getting more exhausted just writing all this out!!!  Yesterday was pretty chill and A and I had a nice quiet evening.  We discovered the HD channels on our new TV, and that is pretty awesome!  I think we might need a new DVD player now......we shall see.

I did not take very many pictures this weekend, I should have taken a few more :(  I am saving up for travelling!!!!!!!!  I can't wait!  There is going to be lots of time for reading on the beach and it will be awesome to be in some hot weather again.  I have missed the beach!!

On that note, I should get back to work!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Frigid Tuesday!

Greetings from a frosty Portland!  We got a little bit of snow last night and now it is freezing cold!  Not too cold, but definitely cold enough.  Tonight its supposed to get down into the teens, but back to 30s/40s and raining by this weekend!  Fun times.

I am working at home again today (awesome!).  I am being much more productive than yesterday, at least with the thesis stuff.  I still have lots of cleaning to do!  The fun really begins tomorrow though.  I got my stand mixer in the mail yesterday, so I am all ready to go!  Tomorrow I need to make pies, stuffing, gravy, and breakfast....there was something else......ah yes, rolls.

I'm pretty excited all around.  Now, if only the house could clean itself....that would be awesome.  A few things on our agenda for the weekend include Football, and the Clear Creek Distillery.  Hopefully we will get in some XC skiing also!  and then there's that whole eating thing...awesome.

All this talk about Thanksgiving is making me hungry!  I think its time for an early lunch.


Monday, November 22, 2010


A and I had a really nice weekend!  We did some XC skiing on Saturday with the dogs near Mount Saint Helens.  We skiied on the Kalama XC trail for a few hours until the snow got too sticky up high, then it was time to go back down.  There was only a few other people out and about, so we had to break trail pretty much the entire way.  It was a great workout, and tired out the dogs!  They were pooped.  

After all that skiing, I made some chana saag and naan for dinner.  I was skeptical about making saag at home since I enjoy it so much when we eat out, but it turned out delicious!  There was lots left to freeze, so it will make a nice dinner in the future. 

Since the weather is supposed to turn to crap later on this afternoon, rather than deal with Portland's commute with the addition of snow, I am working at home today.  I just got back from my Thanksgiving grocery shopping!  Thank goodness that is over.  I was happy to get it out of the way before it goes really crazy at Fred Meyer!  I hope that the turkey thaws in time to brine the sucker........fingers crossed.

Our house will be invaded by 5 additional people and 2 dogs this weekend....it should be a good time!!!  Nothing on the agenda besides eating, football, Clear Creek distillery and potentially some XC skiing!  Sounds like a great weekend.

In other news, our wedding stuff is really taking shape.  Paying lots o' money to secure the caterer and photographer.  After the new year, we will probably have to start making the invitations and other stuff.  I really don't want to think about it until after Belize!  

My new stand mixer just arrived!  woot woot!  Thanks Oma for the early Christmas present.  

Time to get motivated to run in the rain and get back to work.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Work at home Wednesday was a success!

I had an extremely productive day at home  yesterday!  I went for a good run with the dogs, and luckily I timed it before the storm came.

Then, it rained.
and was windy.
and rained some more.

I started the 100 push up and 200 sit up challenge yesterday by doing the initial test for both.
I did 6 push ups (kind of pathetic, but I am not surprised); and 90 sit ups (which is the level below the highest one).  Anyway, I think this is a good benchmark, and I am looking forward to continuing this process!!!

I also bought a turkey for Thanksgiving.  It is strange to go grocery shopping in the middle of the day!  But also quite refreshing.......and much less annoying.

I also got some work done (shocking, I know!).  I also found out that it was GIS Day yesterday!  and then, we discovered this video through a friend:

It is awesome!  and nerdy.  Meanwhile, I made some pizza for dinner last night.  The pizza included red peppers, mushrooms, red onions, and turkey pepperoni/red sauce on one, then ricotta cheese mixed with basil on the other.  My crust was slightly off, but not too much.  

The storm seems to have moved through now, and we biked into work this morning.  It is MUCH colder out though!  BUT, that means snow in the mountains and I can't wait to get out XC skiing this weekend!

But, first, its time to get some thesis work done!  Onwards!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy

I'm pretty sure that the past three days have been the most productive days I've had in awhile!!!

Firstly, I got a wedding dress!  It was the first one I tried on, and then I tried on about 16 dresses total, but the decision was easy.  The lady helping us was super helpful and energetic!!!  All in all, I am pleased.  I am even more pleased that it was not a long drawn out process.

The rest of the weekend was spent shopping, and driving/walking around Portland!  All in all it was a nice weekend, the weather didn't really cooperate, but it IS November.  It was nice for my mom to visit also and just do some more normal things in life.  We also ate really well.  Sushi, then some tasty pizza from a food cart, Vietnamese sandwiches and homemade chili for the football game on Saturday!

The buffalo chili recipe was basically 3 cans of beans, two cans of tomatoes, 1 lb of buffalo, 1 onion, 2 bell peppers (red/green), 1tsp cumin and 2tbsp chili powder.  Throw in crock pot and voila!

I think that is about it for now.  I am pooped!  We did nothing today.  Nothing at all, and it was fantastic!  Onwards to a productive week!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Its been that kind of day.

However, I feel inspired right now....by what you might ask?

This seems like something I should do.....starting next Monday after my mom comes this weekend :)  Now this I will use the blog to report progress....its perfect also because we are going to Belize/Mexico in 6 weeks...


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Just my opinion and stuff...

Greetings from a soggy city!

It started drizzling right as I left for my morning run.....and pretty much hasn't stopped all day.  It is also cold out there...winter has finally arrived!!!

I feel much better after the past month or so I've been trying to get my running more organized and sort of with the food.  While I am not perfect, naturally, the choices I have been making are smarter and I feel better for that.  *YaY*

Lots of stuff going on this week....busy with work and then my mom coming on Thursday.  I've made appointments at two bridal stores and I hope that goes well!  I think that wedding dresses can be forgiving, but I'm nervous about the saleswomen being too excited about stuff.  My mom and I are pretty low-key, and not really stoked about going out to buy the dress.  *sigh*  I'll try to put on a happy face on Thursday, especially because we really only get to do this once!  So that's pretty cool.  I feel like things are coming together wedding-wise, and after this marathon-wedding madness over this weekend we should be in pretty good shape.

One thing that I've been thinking about lately as I peruse various blogs, especially more "lifestyle/food" blogs, as opposed to food blogs that have recipes only, is that I could not imagine taking photos of every single little thing that goes on in my day.  Especially taking like 2-3 photos of every meal!  I just don't understand.  To be quite honest, I am not really that interested.  I enjoy reading what people do, and a few pictures is great.  Its just the constant commentary on everything, is that enjoyable to do an activity and then write about it later on that day?  Even a mundane activity such as an afternoon walk or bike ride.  I just don't know.  That's great for people who can do that!  I just don't think that there is enough time in a day for me to do such a thing.  Perhaps my blog will never be popular or read by anyone else *shrug*  that's fine.
I've been enjoying writing a few posts a week, everyday would be nice but probably not feasible.

Anyway, that's what I think about while reading my Google Reader.

Back to science.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sneezing Saturday

Good Morning!  The sneezing is from all the cleaning that we have done this morning.  Nothing like having a group of people over to watch the Ducks game to motivate us to clean!  It also provides us with a clear deadline (12:30).  Excellent.

Last night we went out to our new favorite bar, Saratoga.  I should mention that this place is only two blocks from our house!  I ordered some soup, but it was wayyyyyyyyy too spicy.  So, I ended up getting a portobello burger instead.  It was really good, especially now that Jubleale is on tap around town.

After that, we headed out to Mississippi to hang out with friends and eventually made our way to see "Due Date" in St. Johns.  This movie is hilarious!  It was painfully awkward at times, but I think that is the point.  Zach Galifinacus (?) is really hilarious!!!  His awkward humor is really funny to A and I.

I think that's it from around here, the rain is coming back tonight and it is going to get dramatically colder this week.  But, my mom is coming to town on Thursday to go wedding dress shopping!  yay.

Onwards to finish cleaning and go for a run!


Friday, November 5, 2010

I have a case of the......Friday's?

It seems like nothing has gone right this morning so far....

I forgot about the tomatoes I wanted to ripen....and they rotted and were disgusting.

Then, I get to work, (there was a nice bike ride in the mix), and go to eat my oatmeal.  Now, I added some pecans that were in the spice cabinet....they absorbed all the flavors and rendered my oatmeal inedible.  What a waste....I tried eating some, but no luck.  *sigh*  Luckily, I brought a muffin so I've got something to eat.

Let's see what the rest of the day will bring!  I did hear a rumor that the frozen yogurt place on campus is opening today and will be half-price today!  that's something to look forward to.

On that note, time to get some things wrapped up today.

What's on the docket for the weekend?  Ducks game tomorrow, but it starts at 12:30.  I'm not going to watch the whole game!  That's for sure.  Then its going to rain all day Sunday.



Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Deciding.......what to watch!

Its election night!  That's about all I have to say about that.  I voted!  It'll be interesting to see how the election turns out in Oregon.....probably won't know until tomorrow.

Wedding progress this week....we got a good catering proposal back today!  Which is encouraging.  We'll probably go with it unless something else happens.  Next step, wedding dress shopping!  I'm trying to be excited about it.  Hopefully I'll pick some good shops to go to!!!

We got hair cuts tonight at Aveda!  Which is always good.  Then a quick dinner at Rogue and back home to watch the election stuff.

Lots to do tomorrow on "Work at home Wednesdays".......I hope I get it all done.  Things are busy and stressful between work, the wedding and life stuff for the next few weeks.  Then, a great Thanksgiving weekend followed by a trip to Belize!  all good things.  and with that, time to sleep.