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Sunkissed Raspberries

The good news: the antibiotics seem to be helping already. The tooth pain has diminished a lot. The bad news: antibiotics make me feel a little sick to my stomach. 😦 Thank you for all the well wishes! I am crossing my fingers that the healing process continues (and does so quickly).

I stopped at the produce stand to buy some fruit. I have been craving fruit and veggies all week!

The raspberries barely made it home. I sort of ate a lot of them before I got home. πŸ™‚ For lunch I cooked some more soup.

Rosemary Chicken with White Beans and Bacon = 220 calories. It was pretty good. The chicken chunks were a little too big for me to eat but I liked the soup.

I barely toasted half a bagel (so it was warm but still a little soft) and spread some light cream cheese on it.

It took me forever to eat that half bagel. I have to chew very slowly. This whole situation has pointed out to me that I eat way too fast normally.

QUESTION: Are you a fast eater? How do you slow yourself down?

The lunch should keep me from getting sick from the antibiotics. Later, I’ll eat the rest of these beauties:

Spending the afternoon relaxing, healing, sucking down water, and watching episodes of “Weeds.” This weekend is The Bite of Oregon. I had wanted to go experience it, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

QUESTION: What are your weekend plans? Anything fun going on?

Zombie Run

Remember how I got that root canal yesterday and then didn’t sleep well? Yeah, I think I got maybe 4 hours of sleep last night. I woke up not very happy this morning and have been a zombie ever since.

Especially in the two hour long work meeting this morning. I was dragging ass. I DEFINITELY did not feel up to running. To be honest, I’ve never NOT wanted to run more than today. Then I started to think about it.

  • I’m exhausted and running on 4 hours of sleep = excellent simulation of how I will be able to run in Hood to Coast completely sleep deprived.
  • I need to practice running a few times close together– again to simulate Hood to Coast and having my 3 Legs about 10 hours apart.
  • I ran last night at 8:30pm with the plan to run again today at lunch. I needed to just suck it up.

So I made a compromise. I decided to run in the gym in my office instead of the 4 mile loop I usually do.

The GOOD thing about running the Esplanade Loop is that I am committed to running the entire thing. You’re kinda stuck on the other side of the river if you decide to be lazy. So I am never lazy. πŸ™‚ But I find that when I run the track, or run the treadmill, I don’t have that same staying power and I tend to get bored easily.

Today I ran on the treadmill in the gym. It was nice, I had the gym all to myself and it was a peaceful run. Amazingly enough I was NOT a zombie once I started running!!

I ran at a fast pace, felt light on my feet, felt suddenly energized. I did about 30 minutes on the treadmill at that pace and then did a bunch of work with the jump rope and ab ball:

I felt pretty fantastic. And the best news? My legs felt awesome! No stiffness, no soreness, nothing! I was fully prepared to be slow and sore from last night’s run and I wasn’t. πŸ™‚

I still can’t get over how awesome of a workout that jump rope is! It’s baffling but I was running at a fast pace on the treadmill and my heart rate never maxed out like it did with the jump rope!

The outcome? I feel pretty awesome after my workout. Energized. Happier. Stronger. Excited about Hood to Coast!

Today’s Stats:

Time: 38:24

Calories Burned: Β 352

Miles Run: 2.25

Activities: Treadmill, jump rope, ab ball

Feeling pretty darn good about my workout right now. πŸ™‚

QUESTION: Do you have a new workout that you’ve discovered and love?

Liquid Diet

Before I get to the Liquid Diet part, last night’s dinner was good. It was back to our “norm” food. Michael blackened salmon:

I steamed a bunch of broccoli. I’ve been craving veggies with all the eating out lately.

It was nice eating food I’m used to again. We had part of a tomato left over and Michael sliced it up and sprinkled some salt on it. I topped the broccoli with Goddess Dressing.

Michael felt like the salmon was overdone and had too much blackening on it but I thought everything tasted pretty good. I usually don’t like tomatoes except on BLTs or burgers (or in ketchup form) but adding the salt to the slices made a huge difference.

My evening was spent reading a new library book:

And working on a project I will soon reveal. I had another sliver of fudge and a glass of milk for dessert.

Fast forward to Tuesday morning. My tooth has been bothering me for over a month now. I was able to get in to see the dentist and he told me I has to have a root canal. Of course I hadn’t eaten lunch BEFORE the dentist, so I was starving by the time I got out of there. I see a lot of soup in my future.

I got home from the dentist/pharmacy and made soup for lunch. I thought I had a creamy can of soup in the pantry but Mrs. Grass’s Soup was all I found. That’s okay because I happen to love Mrs. Grass’s soup.

Nothing like eating soup in the middle of summer!

QUESTION: Any food suggestions for me while I heal from my root canal?

Road Trip and Seafood Lunch

Saturday morning the brood got up early and we all piled into the rental car to go to the Coast for the day. We decided to skip breakfast and go to lunch once we got to the Coast. I had some ice tea and a banana when I first got up. We stopped at 7-11 for snacks and I was tempted to get a muffin or something but I got carrots and a diet coke to tide me over until lunch.

The drive from Portland to the Coast is very scenic. I knew our guests would enjoy it and they did. It’s about a 90 minute drive through forest, rolling hills, mountains, and once we get closer to the Coast–fog hanging above the trees. It’s a pretty wonderful spot in Oregon.

Once we got to Cannon Beach, we stopped at a restaurant called Dooger’s for lunch. I was starving! I got a cup of clam chowder.

It was good. I hate it when clam chowder is overdone and the clams are too chewy. This was done right. For my lunch entree I ordered the scallops sauteed and it came with toast and coleslaw.

I was glad I ordered the chowder because the scallops were tiny! They were prepared perfectly though. Not too chewy. I also had one beer with lunch. I hadn’t planned on it, but a beer sounded really good once we got to the restaurant.

After lunch, we headed down to the beach. It was the perfect summer day at the beach! Not cold, not too windy. The sun was out, and the weather warmed up as the day went one. It was such a gorgeous trip! I will post pictures of the beach in the next post. πŸ™‚

After walking on the beach for a few hours, we went into Cannon Beach to walk the town. It was packed with people. We made a few stops and one of them was to the candy store, of course!

Michael and I bought some Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge and Peanut Butter and Chocolate fudge. πŸ™‚


The step-sister’s boyfriend was like a kid in a candy store. He bought tons of candy to take back home to Texas. πŸ™‚


And I got to watch taffy be made! It was cool and mouthwatering!

I wanted to resist the sweets but it was so hard. I broke down and got a cup of Tillamook Ice Cream (mostly because everyone else was getting ice cream–and what goes better than ice cream at the beach?).

We sat outside of the candy store eating our treats and then headed back to Portland for our dinner reservations.

Food, Windsurfing and Hiking

Day 3 of the family visit was a long one!

The first stop was to Oaks Bottom Pub for lunch. I ordered the half roast beef sandwich with a salad. Michael ordered the famous “Totchos” for the whole table to try.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned totchos before. They are nachos but instead of chips, it’s tots. It’s very decadent and sometimes a gut-bomb of food. Luckily, the small plate was split between 6 people so I only had one or two bites.

We sat on the back patio for lunch and it was an absolutely gorgeous day! My lunch was pretty good. I was glad I got the half sandwich. The roast beef was a little on the dry side but the salad was delicious. It came with a lemon, garlic and pepper vinaigrette dressing. Delish.

I ordered a diet coke with lunch. I am much more successful with ordering healthy lunches than I am with dinners. I have no idea why dinner is so much harder for me, but it is. I tend to splurge more, and then of course, get a glass or two of wine AND dessert!

Michael and I thought it would be a good day trip to take our guests to Hood River. The Columbia River Gorge is really scenic and for people who have never been to Oregon, it’s a good introduction to the different types of landscapes in this area. Our guests are from Texas and two of them had never been to Oregon.

We went down to the water once we got to Hood River and showed them the kiteboards and windsurfers. It’s a really cool thing to watch! I really want to try both someday. It just looks like a lot of fun.

Our guests had a great time and thought it was a cool thing to watch. These people at Hood River are serious too. They have all the gear!

It was so windy down in Hood River yesterday! I don’t remember the last time it was that windy. A few times I felt like I was going to get blown away. I lost my footing and almost blew over. That never happened at 250!

After checking out the waterfront, we drove to the Old Highway 30 to go for a hike. If you remember, dear readers, this is the same place Michael and I biked for our anniversary last month.

It’s such a beautiful location, with a view of the whole Gorge!

It was a hot day yesterday and while I loved the bike ride there, it was a bit too hot to be hiking there. The shade was limited and I felt dehydrated. What’s the best thing to do when feeling dehydrated? Drink a bunch of wine!! πŸ™‚

To Be Continued…..


Stinky Run

This is how the conversation went in my head this morning:

“I should run today.”

“Hood to Coast is coming up fast. I should train today.”

“I’m a little sore from yesterday’s run and I forgot to use the Foam Roller last night…”

“I shouldn’t run today. I should rest so I don’t injure myself.”

“Maybe if I run today the stiffness and soreness will go away….”

I decided to just suck it up. I’ve never regretted a run and knew I’d feel better after doing it.

It was COLD this morning! It’s almost August and it was freaking cold this morning. I wore my pants and a jacket walking to work this morning:

This Morning

But my lunchtime run was surprisingly nice! It was hotter than yesterday’s run and there was no breeze.

I took it easy and didn’t look at my Heart Rate Monitor once. I decided to have an “easy” run and not care about time, pace or speed. And surprisingly, my run today was faster than yesterday’s run by 2 minutes!

Today’s Stats:

Time: 34:09

Calories Burned: 443

I did a bunch of stretching after my run, paying particular attention to stretching my hips.

I was extra stinky after today’s run. I’m usually not a stinky person when I exercise. Today was not the case!

Extra long shower, extra deodorant and I felt much better! I got back to work and ate my leftover half halibut and leftover couscous for lunch. I also iced my hip/sacrum just to be safe. So far, so good.

On another note, I’m glad that everyone enjoyed Rae’s interview about being pregnant! I loved reading her answers (and not just because I know her) and hope she’ll give me an update after the baby is born. πŸ™‚

Tonight will be dinner out #2!

Updated to Add: When I used to swim at the community pool I’d sweat chlorine. πŸ™‚

QUESTION: Do you have a favorite deodorant that works really well for super sweaty workouts?

29 Days and Counting

I saw the news update in my RSS Feed that the Steel Bridge walkway was closed, so I knew ahead of time I had to run over the top of it.

Today’s run was pretty good because it wasn’t very hot out. The sun was out but there was a cool breeze.

Because I had to run over the Steel Bridge top, and I also ran towards OMSI before crossing the Hawthorne Bridge, my time wasn’t fast. I added some distance to my workout so that explains it. I’m alright with that. I don’t feel like I need to be super fast right now. I am more concerned about adding mileage and being comfortable with running distances.

Today’s Stats:

Time: 36:43

Calories Burned: 487

Today I realized there are 29 days left until Hood to Coast. 29 days. Oh. My. God. Less than a month! I’m sort of at a loss as to how I train for it. Here is where I am confused:

  • My fitness level is pretty high with all the cross-training I do. I’m not concerned about being “out of shape” for the run.
  • Since I work out all the time, do I *really* need to amp up my training??
  • How often should I be running for the next three weeks to prepare?
  • Do I really need to get up in the middle of the night to practice running at night (I will have to do one leg of the race in the middle of nowhere at like 2am)? And if I do, is it safe to do it by myself?

QUESTION: Has anyone participated in a running Relay Race? How did you train?

Curried Tuna Salad Lunch

Sunday morning’s swim was relaxing as opposed to being a strenuous workout; mostly because I woke up sore from Saturday’s weight lifting. I didn’t push myself and just let my body tell me how fast I could go. After 45 minutes in the pool, I relaxed in the hot tub, steam room and sauna for a bit.

I went to a friend’s house for lunch. She needed help unpacking after her move so she bribed me with yummy curry tuna salad. πŸ™‚ Instead of a sandwich, we put the tuna salad on top of lettuce and a scoop of cottage cheese and called that lunch. It was delicious!

For dessert she got an “Extra Sweet Tuscan cantaloupe”. It’s really good and much sweeter than regular cantaloupe!

This isn’t the exact recipe that my friend used because she never cooks from a recipe and it changes every time!

Curried Tuna Salad

Canned albacore tuna (drained)

chopped green onion

chopped red pepper

chopped apple

chopped onion

chopped celery

mayo (or plain yogurt)

curry powder



I’ve recreated something similar on my own and I add shredded carrots and pickle to it too. I love the idea of just putting it on top of a salad instead of eating it as a sandwich. Saves a lot of calories! And it was so filling I really didn’t need the cantaloupe with it.

Is Tuna good for you?


  1. Tuna, like other fish, is full of omega-3 fatty acids. These help to eliminate erratic heart beats, and that lowers the risk of blood clots and heart attacks.
  2. Triglycerides

  3. Triglycerides are a type of fat that–when present in great amounts–contributes to high cholesterol. Eating tuna lowers the triglyceride content in a person to normal, healthy amounts.
  4. Stroke

  5. Since eating tuna helps prevent blood clots and also improves blood flow, it can help prevent strokes. Eating only 1 to 3 servings a month is enough to lower the risk of stroke in a person.
  6. Skin

  7. The omega-3 count in tuna is greatly beneficial to skin care. It helps to reduce inflammation, which helps reduce the risk of sunburn and skin cancer.
  8. Liver

  9. Tuna is a good source of selenium as well as omega-3. This is important in liver health, which helps to promote detoxification of the body.

QUESTION: Do you have a really good tuna salad recipe? Share it!

Working Out the Beer

Saturday morning I slept in (thankfully) and did not wake up with a beer hangover…Luck of the Irish!

I made an Amazing Grass Chocolate shake for breakfast.

I added protein powder, Benefiber, banana, Greek yogurt, frozen strawberries, cantaloupe, carrot, and oats.

I added water instead of milk.

Blended in my Magic Bullet and breakfast was served!

After breakfast, I went to the gym. I hadn’t been on the stair-master in over a month because of my injured sacrum but after yesterday’s run I was feeling surprisingly good so I gave it a shot. I eased into it and felt no pain, so committed to working out on the stair-master for my workout. I did the speed intervals and fat burner settings for about 45-50 minutes and then did my weight routine. Honestly I was feeling sort of tired but I muddled through the workout with decent results:

Today’s Stats:

Time: 1:07

Calories Burned: 592

When I got home, I ate a snack (Greek Yogurt and the other half of my banana) and later for lunch I heated up some Trader Joe’s Split Pea Soup (100 calories). It was good!

Now off to dinner!

Beer: It’s What’s for Dinner

aka The Oregon Brewer’s Fest!

I had yesterday off as a vacation day to continue the annual tradition of partaking in lots and lots of beer. πŸ™‚

The OBF is one of the longest running craft beer festivals. It’s held downtown on the waterfront under tents (which is a blessing in the hot summer sun). A mug, guidebook and 4 tokens are $10. A friend who was volunteering for the OBF gave me 13 extra tokens, so I was set! One 4 ounce taste is 1 token. A full beer: 4 tokens.

Michael, Jeremy and I arrived around 1pm and immediately got food. Bratwursts from Gustav’s tent! Mmmm. Only complaint: it was difficult to eat with one hand.

A few weeks ago, I sent out an invite on Facebook for friends who would be interested in meeting up with us. The law of inviting people to events: Invite 90 because 10 will show up. But that’s okay! I had a GREAT time with the friends that met up with us; including a “new friend.” Jenn and I had a mutual friend on Facebook and I used to see her posts on his status and they cracked me up, she was hilarious. Eventually I sent her a friend request and the rest is history. We met for the first time yesterday at OBF and it was great!

It was so cool to finally meet her and her boyfriend Steve. I think we have a lot in common! Yay for new friends!

Now. For the BEER! I had quite a few that I really enjoyed. Here they are IN ORDER of awesomness.

1. Deschutes Freshly Squeezed IPA

I am really new to IPA’s. For a long time I just drank wheat ales (like Hefeweizen) and told myself that IPA’s were too much beer for me. Surprisingly enough they aren’t! The Deschutes yesterday was a light, citrusy beer that tasted like SUMMER to me.

Color: Light Amber

Hoppiness: Medium High

ABV (Alcohol by Volume): 6%

2. Vortex IPA (Fort George Brewing Co)

This was a shocker to me. I usually don’t like super Hoppy beers but it was GOOD. According to the guidebook, “The brewers add four different hops twice during the boil and three as dry hops. Enjoy the Vortex!”

Color: Dark Amber

Hoppiness: Very High

ABV: 8%

3. Fearless Scottish Red Ale

Fearless Pour

This is the beer my friend Sam was pouring. It was a smooth red ale that wasn’t too hoppy. There was a sweetness to it too. I couldn’t quite figure out what that was….caramel? Flowers? I don’t know but it was good!

Color: Dark Amber

Hoppiness: Medium Low

ABV: 5.3%

4. Great Northern Brewing Wheatfish

This was the first sample I got at OBF yesterday. It’s a “safe” beer, pretty standard wheat beer and usually what I would order. It tastes like a light lager, crisp and smooth. Not bitter at all.

Color: Golden

Hoppiness: Medium Low

ABV: 4.8%

5. Bridgeport Stumptown Tart

This beer tasted like summery, tart raspberries and citrus. But it was smooth and sweet at the same time. Normally I would shy away from a muted brown beer thinking it was overly hoppy and coffee flavored, but Stumptown Tart is not this!

Color: Light Amber

Hoppiness: Low

ABV: 7.7%

We hung out for most of the afternoon. More friends showed up, more hanging out, more beer. Michael got some garlic fries and shared with everyone. Good stuff!

We were clearly too many beers to the wind. That picture just embodies it. πŸ™‚ Time to hit the road!

It was getting pretty crowded by the time we left. We all walked a few blocks to Koji’s Sushi.

We all parted ways and Michael and I headed home. I took a hot bath with Lavendar Epsom Salts and we passed out. πŸ™‚ It was a great time!

QUESTION: Do you have a Brewfest in your town? What’s your favorite beer?

A Gloomy Run

What the heck is going on in Oregon? It was supposed to be sunny and 85 degrees all week and instead, this is what I saw on my run today at lunch:

Yes, those are dark, gloomy clouds! And it was even cold, too. I didn’t pack for a cold run this morning…so I had to just suffer. Luckily I warmed up pretty quickly on my run.

While I was running I saw a guy running with his greyhound. It was a beautiful dog. That could be me someday!

Michael and I have been talking about getting a dog for awhile now. He wants to wait until the kitchen is completely done being remodeled–which I think is a good plan. We also can’t decide on what breed to get. I like:


Greyhounds, or Italian Greyhounds (just smaller versions I guess) or a French Bulldog:

French Bulldog

Michael wants a Pug:

Pug Face

And we both agree a Black Lab would probably be best.

Black Lab

My requirements are: doesn’t shed like crazy, not a huge dog, and WON’T EAT MY CATS! It would also be nice if the dog could go running with me.

QUESTION: Which of these breeds do you recommend? Either from personal experience or just your opinion?

Anyways, the little Greyhound running the Waterfront was a bit too fast for me to keep up with. I let it go and watched as they got further and further away. Then I saw that the Hawthorne Bridge was up. Dang it!

I hate when the Bridges go up! As a result, my run time isn’t great. I went the long way (over by OMSI) and slowed my pace down so that by the time I got to the bridge it would be open again.

I timed it just right and didn’t have to stop and wait. I got back to work after cleaning up and doing A LOT of stretching and had my lunch: salad with Asian Sesame dressing and leftover blackened salmon.


I think I’ve discovered what part of my pain is…Running at lunch and then going back to work to sit for hours causes everything to just LOCK UP. It’s not pretty. I stretch, I get up frequently but it still seems to happen.

Today’s Stats:

Time: 32:36

Distance: About 4 miles

Calories Burned: 440

QUESTION: Those of you that have desk jobs, how do you keep from locking up?

Bad Food Day

Saturday morning we got up and went to breakfast before starting up on the kitchen. I got the French Toast. Not the healthiest item I could have ordered but I was craving French Toast and I knew we wouldn’t be eating lunch.

I also loaded up on coffee.

The tiling didn’t go as well as we had hoped. The difficult cuts Michael had to make with the wet saw proved to be more difficult and more time consuming than we had expected. Our friends Erika and Charles came overΒ  in the afternoon to help. Charles and Michael worked on cutting the tiles and I did the other stuff. I put the adhesive down and used the trowel to spread it on the floor (that was Michael’s job last time) and then I laid the tiles down. Erika helped a lot by handing me tiles, spacers, and paper towels to clean up the mess. We got almost all of the tile installed! There are a few left to do that we couldn’t do yesterday because of the cabinet legs. Today we’ll remove those and install the last few tiles.

I used knee pads another friend lent us and they helped but boy did they hurt my skin!

The front and back part of my knees were rubbed raw. Note to self: wear pants when using knee pads. On a cool note, the burn cream I used on my sliced palm seems to be a miracle cure! The gash is already healing and almost gone.

Since our friends helped so much we got dinner after we done tiling. Michael picked up two pizzas from Papa Murphy’s and some beer. We sat out on the deck and grilled the pizzas.

I was starving! Only eating two meals a day is not good. I ate two slices of the Hawaiian pizza and two slices of the low calorie thin crust pepperoni (not pictured).

And a few of these:

I slept hard last night and woke up feeling sore and stiff. I made Michael and I scrambled eggs, sausage and toast for breakfast (too tired to take a photo this morning) and then headed to the pool.

Best Swim Ever

I’m wondering if eating only carbs on Saturday lead to my fastest, best swim ever? I got in the pool expecting to be lethargic but was a speed demon instead! It felt effortless in the pool and I wasn’t sore or stiff! I swam for 45 minutes total but what I’m most excited about is swimming half a mile in 16 minutes. Half a mile = 18 laps = 36 lengths. I swam 36 lengths in 16 minutes. That’s my best time yet! It would have been 15 but I stopped once to fiddle with my goggles.

Honestly, I was upset about something and that fueled my swim. I tend to workout harder when I’m upset. I don’t know if it’s just that I’m not paying attention to the workout or what, but those workouts tend to be much more intense.

The guy I was sharing the lane with was a good swimmer too. I was much faster though. When he was done swimming and I had stopped to put on my hand paddles, he said, “Thank you for kicking my butt today!” I was a little surprised he was talking to me but then he said, “You are a really fast swimmer!” We chatted for a moment about how often and how long we both swim for. He thanked me again for putting a pace on him because he was trying to catch me. πŸ™‚ That was cool. Honestly, he was a good swimmer too. He had the face of a 40-something year old but the body of a 25 year old. Clearly he swims a lot and lifts weights. It’s kind of funny being able guess what people’s primary sports are (swimmer’s bodies are a dead giveaway!).

I languished in the hot tub after my epic swim session and then decided it was time to get going (I could have stayed in the hot tub for hours today I think). Today we will lay the last few tiles…there are 2 that we can’t do today because there’s one piece of the hardwood floor in the kitchen entry way that needs to be fixed before we can do those two tiles in the entry way. But we’ve made a lot of progress and it’s totally awesome to see how it looks almost finished!

Jump Rope Workout

Since I’m not swimming tonight, I went to the gym in my office during lunch. I didn’t feel like putting my body through another run this week after my pulled muscle on Wednesday. I decided it was okay to do a light workout instead of my usual balls-to-the-wall-burn-as-many-calories-as-you-can kind of workout.

I decided to skip the treadmill and do the Elliptical machine.

The Elliptical is a good choice for people who have joint pain, or can’t run.

Low-Impact Elliptical

I did about 20 minutes on the elliptical machine, but nothing too crazy like I usually do. Actually, the elliptical machine is the machine I used to use the most when I was trying to lose 100 pounds. I did a combo of swimming and then the elliptical. It wasn’t until much later that I tried doing the treadmill.

After the elliptical, I hopped on the exercise bike for about 5 minutes and decided to change things up a bit. I grabbed an Ab Ball and the jump rope.

The rest of my workout was sort of like a “Cross-fit” workout. I’d jump rope pretty briskly then jog to the weight machines and then back to the jump rope.


Jump Rope

To this:

Then I added the Ab Balls to the routine. I did this a few times, back and forth, until I was dripping with sweat. Man! Jump rope workouts are sweaty!

Then I added free weights to the routine.

In hindsight I should have skipped the elliptical and exercise bike and JUST done the weights/ab/jump-rope combo. That was a much better workout in itself!

Before you dismiss the jump rope as just a kid’s game, try it! It’s hard work and it’s a great workout. My heart rate spiked with each jump and I tried to do the jump rope faster with each set.

Finally, I did a bunch of stretching and some yoga moves.


It was a good workout, even if I didn’t burn a ton of calories. It felt good just to move. Not only that, it’s good to change up your workout routine once in awhile to avoid boredom and plateaus!

Today’s Stats:

Time: 36 minutes

Calories Burned: 275

Final Thought: Jump Ropes Rule

Tonight we start the kitchen remodel again and will be doing it all weekend. I will be burning plenty of calories this weekend!

QUESTION: Are you doing anything fun this weekend? And have you ever incorporated a jump rope to your workout routine?

Pasta Salad

Last week I mentioned that I would post a pasta salad recipe that I was taking to the potluck. Here’s the original Martha Stewart Recipe:

Rigatoni with Goat Cheese

Serves: 6

1 lb rigatoni

1 1/2 cups crumbled goat cheese (about 4 ounces)

1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Topping Suggestions:

1/4 cup sliced pitted black olives

1/4 cup chopped or torn herbs

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

1/4 cup slivered sun-dried tomatoes

1. Cook the pasta in salted water, drain.

2. Return the pasta to the pot, toss with goat cheese and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Sprinkle the pasta with any or all of the suggested toppings as desired, serve immediately.

So since we were going to a family reunion with a potluck dinner AND it was supposed to be insanely hot out, we wanted to make something cold.

I cooked the pasta and then put it in the fridge to cool it down a bit.

I sprinkled olive oil on the cold pasta, mixed it together, then sprinkled goat cheese on it.

Then sliced olives and grated Parmesan cheese.

According to the Recipe Analyzer, a serving is about 350 calories.

I took this pasta salad to the potluck this weekend. It tasted pretty good but it wasn’t as popular with the crowd as my No Bake Cookies. I think part of the reason is because there were tons of pasta salads already. Also, it was pretty dry. I probably should have added more olive oil to it before serving it. Oh well! Live and learn. I’d try the recipe again and see if I could get it just right.

Leaving Washington

Sunday was a really nice day and we drove home from Poulsbo, managing to avoid all traffic. We lucked out. On the way down, we stopped at Burgerville to eat lunch. I was cranky because of my tooth and had decided I would just never eat again. Real mature, I know. Michael convinced me to eat. He said that if I was already in pain WITHOUT eating, why not eat food and still be in pain?

I got the Halibut fish and chips but instead of the chips, I got a side salad.

Fish Minus the Chips

I was actually really impressed with the meal. For fast food it was incredibly tasty — especially the salad.

The salad was impressively fresh and the dressing was good too. Here is our receipt with my calories:

Not bad for 550 calories!

You Got Talent?

I left off with our Tour de Poulsbo biking adventure. My cousin Kristin grilled up a bunch of different kinds of hot dogs for lunch. I had one smaller hot dog and just a few potato chips. My tooth bothered me all weekend long and I did not enjoy eating any of the amazing food. It was a HOT day on Saturday. The sun was beating down on us and sucking all the moisture out of our bodies. I tried to hydrate as much as I could.

I love our family reunion camp-outs because it’s so comfortable and fun. All the comforts of home (bathroom, shower, electricity) but with a tent!

Saturday Lunch


Here is a picture of my 89 year old Grandma and me shortly after lunch. My Grandma is a very special woman in my life. I have always felt like we were two peas in a pod, or like I somehow was born with her personality and soul. As a result, I have a soft spot for her! She lives in Seattle and I try to visit as much as I can. When I was a teenager, I went to the North Seattle Community College in the Running Start Program (a program where high-school students could go to a local community college instead of high-school to get both high-school and college credit at the same time. Basically I’d take 1 class and get double the credit!). Since I was in the neighborhood, I’d drop by Grandma and Grandpa’s house a few times a week to visit with them.

Grandma and Me

My Grandma was a pretty progressive woman in her day and age! She moved out of her house in her early 20’s with her sister to live in their own apartment. Definitely NOT something an unmarried woman in the 1930’s did! She had a job, was responsible AND a good dancer! She would go dancing every weekend with her sister. What a feisty woman! She married my Grandpa at age 28 and immediately had 5 daughters.

I got to visit with Grandma a bit this weekend and that made me happy. We were all kind of sitting around visiting and talking about the old days. The little kids were racing around playing with water balloons and eventually (and inevitably) the kids started hitting the adults with the water balloons! I fell victim as well:

Water Ballooned!

I got Ballooned!! Honestly, it felt pretty fantastic on such a HOT day! One of my aunt and uncles (who are amazing cooks) brought freshly caught and smoked salmon for people to munch on.

Smoked Salmon

And then Uncle Dick (Master Cyclist) arrived with FRESHLY CAUGHT CRAB and CLAMS from his back yard! Seriously. His backyard is Puget Sound and they get it fresh every day:

Fresh Crab

I love crab. It’s probably one of my favorite “seafood” eatings!

Check out these clams!


Fresh and yummy. I believe the clams were steamed on the grill and they served them without anything. They were so fresh there was no need for butter or sauce at all.

Fresh Clams

They also brought oysters but I passed on those.

The seafood was eaten in record time!


The kids were running through the Sprinkler and I joined them. It was refreshing.

Sprinkler Fun

The rest of the afternoon on Saturday was our family Scavenger Hunt. My Uncle Mike plans the whole thing and we split up into teams competing for the EPIC trophy that’s been in the family for 25 years. There was a water balloon toss, scavenger hunt, trivia and then a talent show! This was Michael’s first experience with my extended family summer gatherings and it was quite the experience! He had a great time though. Here are just a few pictures of the Scavenger Hunt:

Balloon Toss

In the past, we all got really competitive with the Scavenger Hunt. A picture of the other teams:

Talent Show

Talent Show

Sadly, our team did not win. As a team, we really didn’t have any talents. Oh well! It was still fun. Our team came in third, so at least we weren’t last! And dang, I am soooo not a performer! I am mostly shy in group situations and definitely NOT the performing type. Either were my other team mates. Our Team was a bunch of book-nerds who would rather just watch everyone else. And I’m okay with that. πŸ™‚

I Gots No Talent!

Side note: It’s Sunday night now when I’m writing this. We got home today and watched the Tour de France from Saturday and Sunday. Boy, poor Lance!! What a sour ending to a career. I hope he decides to try one more Tour de France so he can leave on a positive note. Check out the video footage of the first crash of the day: OUCH!

QUESTION: Have you been in a talent show? What did you do?