Currently

Just popping in with a few current happenings in my life!

Reading:

Gone Girl:

Book Club is the 7th! Our first (and hopefully not the only meeting)

My project management textbook. I may or may not have 3 chapters to read and play catch-up with the study group.

Listening:

Gone Girl Audiobook (I also have this on audio) because I can’t always read on the bus.

T-Swift’s new CD.
I’m specifically listening to “All you to do do was Stay” “Blank Spaces” “You are in Love”

Crafting:

An “Advent Activity Calendar” This is just a wall decoration with a fancy title and intentions to do holiday activities.

A work in progress
A work in progress

Drinking:

Stash’s Christmas Eve tea
Maple Brown Sugar Dunkin’ Coffee (mixed with my Dunkin’ Decaf)

Baking:

PB chip oatmeal cookies and spiced crinkle cookies. I need to practice one more recipe before my holiday cookie exchange!

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Eating:

Stovetop Popcorn in coconut oil with stevia and sea salt. YUM!

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Last Week in Fitness/Life

Last week’s workouts:
11/16/2014-11/22/2014

Sunday:
10k race that felt easy (!!?) 58:16IMG_3658

Monday:
30min ab class and a short hour bouldering. If I was less afraid of falling, then my climbing skills would exponentially improve. Alas, I don’t trust my biceps to support me at such heights.

Tuesday:
Aquafit with a friend followed up with a sauna sesh. This felt like a yoga class, but in a speedo. I was unexpectedly SORE the next day.

Wednesday:
Back/Chest, 4 sets of squats at 70lbs, and a 4.2 mi run. This left me with a nice sore back for a couple days and a nice reminder to not skip leg day so often.

That night we went to see Interstellar with a group of friends at Redmond’s iPic. Go see it (or rent it later) if you haven’t yet, it’s a long movie that moves quickly.

Thursday:
Rest: I baked 2 dozen Spiced Crinkle Cookies thanks to the help of a Devil’s Food Cake box mix.

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Friday:
Back/Bi/Tri and 20min stairmill and 30 min cycle.

I also helped my friend jump her car and nothing exploded!

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Saturday:
Rest:
We made pumpkin pancakes for brunch. My friend and I then started on a festive pinterest project, get at me Christmas!

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This video. I’ve shown it to everyone I’ve come across and you should do the same!

Scenes from the Weekend

Preparing for Diwali performance- check the hair!
Preparing for Diwali performance- check the hair!

 

Pumpkin patch day- the cutest gourd.
Pumpkin patch day- the cutest gourd.

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Making bagels! I'll link the recipe i adore!
Making bagels! I’ll link the recipe i adore!

 

My Diwali dance girls- gotta love "work" projects.
My Diwali dance girls- gotta love “work” projects.

Photos that are actually from this weekend:

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Post 10K treats. Clam chowder, bacon and eggs, and of course mimoas.

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Ran a 10k! 3rd for my age group out of 5 people (haha).

 

And that’s a wrap.

Cheers!

Marvelous in My Monday #2

Linking up with Healthy Diva Eats again this week!
Marvelous is… spending a Saturday afternoon at the mall with the housemate and a new friend.

Never leave the mall without a fro-yo fix
Never leave the mall without a fro-yo fix

Marvelous is… making a new friend on a Saturday night. “YOU DO DDR??!” “What time do you take lunch? I’ll bring my quarters…” …..This happened…and this was not a female, surprised? Me too.

Ok, it wasn't this drink, but this old picture is much more visually pleasing.
Ok, it wasn’t this drink, but this old picture is much more visually pleasing.

Marvelous is… baking Pumpkin Banana Bread, using this AWESOME recipe.

Marvelous is… cleaning up my room and the kitchen, [you know you’re an adult when…] whilst watching True Blood.

Marvelous is… streaming the SuperBowl (GOOO HAWKS) because we are both too warm to leave the couch and then eat the fresh banana bread.

I'm in!
I’m in!

Marvelous is… looking forward to attending an author’s reading of new DDR friend’s mother’s book.

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January Goals Recap

For January I created a personal calendar, cuz that’s how I roll, to keep myself accountable of the goal I had made and posted.

Let’s focus on the positives for the month and what I accomplished.

  1. Lift 3x a week and on off days get in my walking. Yes, and done without relying on my FitBit.

Hmm…yes…that was the only goal that I met for January. Now, moving on to the goals I’d like to try for a second time or be intentional about this month.

  1. Read 30min everyday.
    –I have at least three opportunities for this everyday; either way of the commute and before bed. I WILL make a dent in Night Circus this month. No excuses.
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  2. Work related–Finish a few trainings that are hanging over my head during downtime.
  3. Have 14 “No Spend” days. I’m saving for a trip to Europe and I have such a habit of going to the grocery store 3x a week. 1 trip a week is all I need if I prep better on the weekends. This past week I was exceedingly good at eating through my pantry, and as a result I have very little surplus.
  4. Practice yoga 7 times in February and continue lifting 3x a week
    [even if it’s just from this website and not an in person class. Some yoga is better than none!]
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  5. Go to bed (lights off) by 10:15
  6. Brush teeth at 9:00pm…I just keep putting it off..and then snacking. It’s a bad cycle.

Okay, February…BRING IT!

These types of videos are trending right now..Is this not the craziest thing you’ve seen? She used her music video to show awareness of the retouching that goes in the media.

 

Do you have any February Goals?

Cheers!

Working and Working Out

I am sore. Phew.

This week I’ve made it to two spin classes…the last time that happened must have been in early Fall. It’s a feel good burn.

I love the feeling of getting stronger.

My spin days are complimented with usually two, but aiming for three days of lifting. I spend all day in a comfortable seated squat- AKA my office chair.

BOY, is it different when you put a weighted bar across your shoulders. I can feel my booty thanking me, as well as my knees. The knee joints are asking for another few weeks of lower impact exercise and I am more than willing to just run 2 maaaaybe 3 times a week. Last week was 3 runs and the week before just a single 3 miler.

I want to spend the next few weeks building up my strength again and creating a regular lifting routine. It may not be a set in stone plan, but at least hitting all the major muscles twice a week. This girl wants to feel and be strong!

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Shorts weather?!!

Work has been trucking along, thank goodness! We all agreed that the holidays wereI much too stressful, but the timing of our event couldn’t have been helped. The past two weeks I have grown tremendously in my role.  I’ve had a couple great one on one meetings, better at follow-up, and have used my past mistakes to guide me. This sounds textbook perfect, but it also helps my e-mail is not swamped with everything imaginable. No matter how many things I flag or auto-reminders I create something seems to be left when I receive 50 (plus!) e-mails a day.

These next few days I’m aiming to catch up with friends. Besides planning the “Best Friend-iversary to Europe” I have dropped the ball on a couple friends even with lovely nudges from them via Snapchat. I MISS YOU, I DO! I will call you back and not flake this time, I pinky swear. 20140129-223507.jpg

Casual Friday wear….the only pair of jeans I own that fit. womp womp. The back of that shirt is very lacy…the front does no justice for its overall effect.

Fun Fact of the day. I write most of my personal thoughts on yellow sticky notes…I also store them in my wallet to bring home so these thoughts are not floating around at work. Currently- these lovely thought filled sticky notes are lost and riding around on the Metro Transit of Seattle. Random person who finds these notes, I hope you aren’t having the same problems as me and you have a better method of collecting your thoughts; apparently my personal diary method needs a rework.

Best moment of the week as of now: Deciding BFF and I should each make our own PPT Deck and present our ideal vacay trip. We will share screens and take notes and type questions in the Lync window during said presentations. Ohhhh, work humor.

Does anyone else use lync??
Ping me?

P.S. OBSESSED

CHEERS!

Marvelous in My Monday #1

Marvelous was…

Hosting brunch for 15 of our lovely new and old friends.

The layout included 18 eggs- scrambled
15 bagels
12 homemade Blueberry Streusel Muffins
Strawberries on Strawberries
Apples and Oranges
and english style of pigs in a blanket.
They wrapped pork in puff pastry and it. was. heavenly.
Fresh salad dressed with pecans and a vinaigrette

4 bottles of champagne
3 gallons of orange juice

the game Anomia and a bouqet of fresh flowers.

This is how we do brunch
This is how we do brunch

Unfortunatley, we started in waves and never got to take a full picture of the spread. The crew showed up between the hours of 11-12:30 and the last few people left around 3:00.

A fun, full, and exhausting morning.

Marvelous is...laying on the futon for 8 hours on Sunday early church service and a quick 3 mile run.

Marvelous is...the homemade chewy bars I’ve made for the week.

Marvelous is…longer days. Can I hear a “woot” “woot” for the blip of light still left at 5:15pm?!!

Marvelous is…seeing a great hometown friend this weekend. As brief as it was, it’s always great to see hometown peeps.

[I stole this image from a friend’s instagram…she’s better at brunch pictures than me, whoops!]

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Marvelous is…preparing for this week ahead, it looks to be another low key week (fingers crossed)

Marvelous is…making the Blue Apron dish with my lovely housemate and looking forward to two more meals from this great service!

The Nepalese dish...don't ask me how to say it unless you like gibberish!
The Nepalese dish…don’t ask me how to say it unless you like gibberish!

Here’s to a good week!

Cheers

The Soup

More specifically, the soup I ate all week. It was inspired by Mama Pea’s “Peas and Thank You” Spicy African peanut slow cooker soup.

It was inspired, but when it came down to the ingredients I had, and what I would and wouldn’t purchase the outcome is very different.

INSERT- Sweet Potato and White Bean SOUP!

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I used:
For about 3-5 servings depending on size.
About four 1.5 cup servings.

3 organic sweet potatoes
1 can white beans
2 Stalks celery
1/3 onion
1 large carrot
Cayenne
Cumin
Garlic Salt
Cinnamon

It probably is more suited to be classified as a chili, it thickens as it sits, but I add more water after to have something my bread can absorb as I inhale.

Steps:
Chop onion and sauté.
Add sweet potatoes that have been chopped to quarters.
Add white beans- reserve part of the liquid to add.
Add approximately 2.5 cups water.
Add diced carrots and celery.
Add all spices to taste.

You can see how precise I was as I prepared this.

It tastes great on its own, BUT– it also tastes really good with mozzarella and avocado added on top.

Happy Sunday!
I’m off to dance class!

Cheers!

WIAW on New Year’s Day

Goooood Morning!

Can I start with the fact I LOVED that I only worked two days and then NYE happened =Wednesday [AKA Hump Day] was a no work day. It was almost like they could read my mind. 

“We knew you really didn’t want to
come back to the real world, so, as a gift to you,
NO WORK WEDNESDAY!”

I’m not kidding when I say I felt like crying when I set my alarm for Monday morning. This may emotion was likely amplified by the lack of sleep I gave up in order to see as many friends as possible that were in town when I was home.

It was worth it.

In actuality, that Monday and Tuesday were okay. I felt slightly more secure in my abilities those two days, but that doesn’t mean I want to go…ever. That’s why it’s called work.

Thursday will be (was) a WFH morning and then part 2 of the fire drill in the afternoon in office, to get devices shipped out to our next conference in late January.

Moving on…


NYE was short and sweet.

"Shots"
“Shots”

Friends, cake, dancing, “Happy New Year,” drive home, and in bed to sleep by 1am.

The perfect amount of social for me, but that also meant my breakfast was at 11:00am the next day.

Thank you days off and sleeping until 10:00am.

Without further ado; pictures of my food courtesy of weird angles from my iPhone-

Pre-breakfast: My newest obsession. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk and Early Grey Tea. It tastes exactly like the Duke of Earl’s I LOVED from my campus cafe.

Sir Earl Grey brightening my morning.
Sir Earl Grey brightening my morning.

B: Thai food leftovers with scrambled eggs.

Mmm..does that not look appetizing?! ....that's rhetorical.
Mmm..does that not look appetizing?! ….that’s rhetorical.

L: Mahi patty with a drizzle of alfredo sauce, Sprouted Grain bread and butter, veggies.

More like a snack
More like a snack

S1: Pretzel Slims with Sunbutter, Mini Clif Bar, Yogurt and frozen berries. Followed up with a mini Krackle chocolate bar.–The least appeasing picture.

The clif bar and chocolate missed the picture
The clif bar and chocolate missed the picture

D: Sweet Potato and White Bean soup. Topped with mozz and 1/4 of an avocado. Eaten out of a mug.

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S2: Moosetracks [Woo! Safeway Brand]

I attempted to get the spoon in as a mustache..not quite there.
I attempted to get the spoon in as a mustache..not quite there.

Most of the day was spent in my room laying on my…futon. Remember…my bed deflated…

These are all really sad sentences to write. *Sniff* Am I actually 23?
My BIG GIRL BED AKA a MATTRESS AKA a FULL [not a twin..thank god] arrives the 10th!
Until then! I’m sleeping on the slightly hard, springy, futon. At least it’s pretty? Royal Blue.  My color.

My current nest of a bed

CHEERS!

It’s Laundry Day

Sum it up Sunday!

Today has been incredibly productive. The 9ish hours of sleep must have something to do with that…and skipping the gym and church service.

It’s Laundry Day!

Early Christmas present to myself, drum roll please–Dirt Devil Versa!
We made a house trip to Target to restock on most supplies, but my main reason to go was for this baby. (Isn’t the lighting in our apartment FAB?! yah..not at all)

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Today I have re-arranged my room and Vacuumed and swiffered it.
I have also cleaned the kitchen floor in this order; Vaccum, hands and knees scrub, and then swiffer for good measure.

I had the breakfast of champions…a cookie and a chocolate cupcake –made with SO much love from the housemate. Followed with a great milky coffee.

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Lunch included one more of the cupcakes…but I also had green things, fruit, and protein..so it’s okay, right?

(Note: we ate 15 cupcakes in 2 days..between three of us. WIN)

Currently, sitting in the good ol laundry mat to get a bulk of blankets washed. It’s past due that they get washed and the laundry mat has huge washers which are efficient. The efficiency makes up for the cost and inconvenience of driving the 6 blocks when we have a moderately working set in our apartment.

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I went on a date last night….

With my housemate!
Yah, it was lovely bonding time, but I’d prefer the other form of a date as well. (If you know any mid 20-something bachelors in the PNW, let me know…end pleading)

We dressed up and went to the Cinnebar to enjoy a boozy milkshake and the new Jennifer Lawrence flick.

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Currently…
Reading– Night Circus
Sore from: This Holiday workout! It’s a doozy.
Listening to-Glee Holiday Station
Eating– The end of my refrigerator before I’m home for 5 days
Wishing– I could have a real Winter Break
Planning– on Starting the 3 day lifting program
Enjoying– Modern dance classes!
Looking Forward to- Seeing all of my high school friends when I’m home this week!

1 more sleep until Oregon!