… shaking it off… and heading out in search of balance…

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not all obsessions are bad…

well i haven’t been blogging, but that doesn’t mean i haven’t been doing anything worth talking about!

work has been crazy. when you’re the new kid you have to put in extra hours. JOY! i keep thinking, if i just get past this next week things will slow down. and then i realize, this is what having a real job is like… it’s not supposed to slow down. JOY!

luckily i’ve been finding fun ways to occupy my time, or most importantly, a fun person to occupy my time with.

introducing… SOPHIE!!

for the record, i absolutely adore this child! she is happy 99% of the time, and so easy to have around. i challenge anyone to spend a day with her and not have baby fever!

i’ve always loved taking photos. no, i’m not proclaiming myself a photographer and slapping up a website.

you are not a photographer… <— that's good stuff, just sayin!

but i am obsessed with sophie, and practicing my photo taking skills on her. luckily she doesn’t seem to mind, or she’s not old enough to roll her eyes at me yet!

SO, i thought i would post some cuteness for everyone to enjoy:

obviously the portland trailblazers should be paying this child to advertise for them!

it’s not normal how sweet this child is…


and don’t even get me started on her baby feet… seriously, is there anything cuter than baby feet?

and to the writer of this book… yes, sophie will be in your next ad campaign. just leave a comment on this blog and i’ll get you in touch with her agent.

now tell the truth… how many of you reading this are contemplating plans to have a child!?!? i told you… baby fever inducing!

and finally… sophie’s hat trick!

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I’m All Grown Up!

Tonight we celebrated…

Because today I got a promotion and will no longer be underemployed!

But the celebration for me is really about the fact that I stepped out (ok pushed myself out) of my comfort zone, stood up for myself, and went after what I wanted…

I

live long and prosper…

that’s right…

anne is a trekkie, and we threw her a star trek, voyager birthday party!

she was captain janeway (obviously) and JR was her first officer, chakotay

uhura showed up… in more than one form!


and she hooked up with spock

and with worf!

haley and desi rocked the deep space nine bodysuits (how awesome are they!?!?)


chakotay found he had the hots for deanna troi

and maybe the hots for spock and captain kirk too??

captain janeway made sure her first officer was up to speed…

friends came from many quadrants to join the festivities



there were plenty of star trek eats… all inspired by our favorite cookbook





there was janeway birthday cake

we partied on the transporter


we weren’t sure if some guests were from outerspace or the land of elves??

the drinks were flowing (romulan ale, klingon blood wine, maporian ale, and trixian bubble juice)

we’re pretty sure spock had a few drinks b/c he started photo bombing…


and as i believe tends to happen given the strength of the romulan ale… some people started gettin frisky!







space… the final frontier!

high life / low life

well, at some point i hope to be able to post on a regular basis… but dang it’s been another stressful week!

but the difference is, this week also had some high points!

so let’s just get to it…

the other day at work i found out our firm had a suite at the blazer game… obviously i accepted the invitation to join everyone!

the view was pretty decent…

the spread was really fun…


nacho bar

pasta salad, veggie tray, and sw chicken wraps

the wraps were really good

gold fish snack mix, popcorn, and dessert tray

we even had binoculars on our chairs


it was a pretty suite night!!!

one could certainly get used to living the high life!

oh but that was NOT in the cards for me… the other morning, i rolled myself out of bed, complaining b/c i did not want to go to the gym, dragging and grumbling i opened the door… to a lake in my front yard!!

apparently our water main busted and had been filling up the yard and running down the street all night… that’s one way to get out of going to the gym!

we shut the water off at the curb and called the plumbers…

consoled myself with a green monster…

$2,000 later…

we have a new water main (can you see the old nasty one next to it??)… but are still waiting for the inspection before we can backfill it all…

definitely a LOW point!!

at least we’ve had some good food!

greens… literally…

i had some green veggies i needed to use up or suffer the agony of food gone bad

broc, asparagus, edamame, brussells with italian seasoning, garlic powder, and sea salt

plus a boca burger, sandwich thin, feta spread, dijon, dill pickle

and a dirty rugby player for dessert…

isn’t the teen a lil dreamboat in the making!?!?!

i guess we could sit around and sulk about the stream of misfortune and CRAPOLA we’ve all been enduring lately, but nahhhhh…

this weekend we’re busy busy busy… it’s ANNE’S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND Y’ALL!!!!!

our friend kim is in town from LA, and of course found time for snuggling

indulging in smoothies (tropical green and chocolate/cherry)



watching the teen play rugby…

and NOW, we’re off to the birthday party. it’ll make for quite possibly the best post ever… but for now, i’ll leave you with a hint as to the nature of the festivities…

=P

it’s the freakin weekend…

baby i’m about to have me some fun

ok, that’s basically a lie… there’s not much going on around here tonight.

BUT this morning… someone came up with a new game!



if there’s any question about whether we’ve got a water dog in our house… porter’s new morning game is to stick his whole head into the shower and get it all wet.

silly furry child!

and for those who are wondering… 85 lbs!

i’m feeling lazy, so in the style of one of the hippest chicas around… this is going to be quick and dirty!

i am getting into the habit of coming home from the gym in the morning and packing my food for the day. i know, it’s not that exciting nor is it a novel idea, but hey, i’m celebrating the baby steps!!

i packed a supa tasty salad…

naked… but of course i didn’t leave it at that…

morning star buffalo fake chicken nugs

light ranch / frank’s swirl.

all mixed together for lunch, this was a WINNER WINNER UN-CHICKEN… ummm… lunch??

i had breakfast at work…

some green monster action

1c almond milk
2c spinach
1 banana
ice

i know the green monster is not new to a lot of people, but on the off chance it’s new to anyone reading this… trust me when i say TRY THIS SMOOTHIE! try adding spinach to any smoothie… i swear on my doxie’s life you cannot taste the spinach! and adding spinach to your diet can work wonders! energy, skin glow, etc.

just do it! and then come back and thank me!

work was a freak show… so dinner was my go to i’m exhausted and do NOT want to cook spot…

laughing planet!

i love having a place so close to my house where i can snag something quick, but not horrible for me!

plus, it’s such a fun place…


i had the green chile burrito with tofu on a whole wheat tortilla

never fails to be delightful!

we actually don’t have much planned for the weekend.

until sunday anyway…

i LOVE the oscars… and i hope i’m right when i say i think steve martin and alec baldwin are going to be hilarious!!

did you see “it’s complicated”????

are you an oscar fan? who do you think will take the top prizes??
according to roger ebert, this year is too predictable:
best actress – sandra bullock
best actor – jeff bridges
movie – hurt locker

do you agree???

i’m torn about best actress… sandra bullock has put the years in, but something about me is pulling for gabourey sidibe…??? did you read “push”… or see “precious”?? there aren’t words…

for a complete list of nominations, go HERE

not so mad iPhone skillz

sup suckas!?!

so last night, the teen was monopolizing my right arm (aka macbook) so that he could get his homework on… i had a brilliant idea to just post a little blog entry from my iPhone. OMG i’m a genius!! i’ve got mad skillz!!

ummm i either couldn’t or was too dumb to figure out how to post photos from my iPhone… a blog post with no photos? PASS

so here i am this morning to do a quick recap of yesterday’s happs… my hair is wet and i’m supposed to leave the house in about 20 minutes, so this is going to be snappy and most likely, kinda lame.

don’t say i didn’t warn you!

breakfast…

desk drawer oats, splash of ff hazelnut creamer, dollop peanut butter… i stirred in the PB before i thought to take a photo

lunch

i took my friend nakia on her first tour de whole foods during lunch, and we partook of the HOT BAR. chile verde chicken over lettuce with cheese and cilantro/onion…
O
M
G
if there’s chile verde chicken perfection, whole foods found it!

i have a feeling nakia and i will be making the trek to the hot bar more often, as she was pretty much overtaken with joy upon entering the healthy living mothership!

later i enjoyed half of my first ever larabar

after work i hopped the train and headed up to Portland State so my ol pal JR could give me a ride home since anne had a meeting, and i was therefore, stranded downtown.


i used to ride the train everyday when i lived in the ‘burbs… yesterday reminded me of how good the people watching and listening others’ conversations is on the train!! haha

walking to JR’s office i was also reminded…

i love these bikeracks that appear all over the city…

a lil bit of trivia for you…

did you know 30% of portland commuters do so via bicycle??

and while it has caused some “share the road” issues, i think it’s fabulous and i don’t mind sharing…

it was pretty much farley and i at home last night, so i made some dinner

tj’s whole grain bun, boca shroom/mozz veggie burger, pickle, spinach, feta

i added some carrots with a drizzle of low fat ranch

photo after my first bite… oopsie!

and a ginormous orange…

i watched the olympics (i’ve become a fan of snowboard cross) and farley…

well, farley was really busy…

the olympics… what’s your take? summer or winter? favorite events??

i used to love figure skating, but this time around i’m finding i am enjoying the skiing (with the exception of the event where they ski with the rifles strapped to their backs)… and i’m really excited for the half pipe!!

sushi-gasm!!!!

holy dinner high!!

but first, a couple things to say:
a) Jillian + Susan = Love/Hate Relationship
2) last night after work i hit the gym, and 30 minutes of hard cardio flew by as i rocked out to some great tunes. it reminded me… a good playlist can get you through just about anything!
d) i’m heading to seattle tomorrow, not for a fun weekend, but i’m not gonna lie, i’m hoping that between hospital visits, we can still enjoy one of my favorite cities on the west siiiiiiiide

i have some eats to cruise through… i’ve been kickin butt with staying on the healthy track:

breakfast:

0% greek yogurt, my favorite granola, BIG HUNKS of pineapple. i’ve been craving fruit, why i crave it during the season it’s least available is a mystery to me!

if you had to guess whether i was running horribly behind this morning… right!

Lunch:

lunch today was Nong’s Khao Man Gai (b/c my friend at work has been begging me to take her so she can try it)… holy moly this joint was hoppin today and it took us about 30 minutes to get our food. WORTH THE WAIT
(here’s an old photo b/c i didn’t take any today)

Nong… i heart you!!!

Dinner:

this picture sucks, but i was tired and faaaaamished after the gym last night, so this was all the effort i gave it!
at our house we call this dinner “a bowl”… it was black beans, a little rice (admittedly, white rice, although i prefer brown, i wasn’t cooking, so i didn’t complain), salsa, lite mexican shredded cheese, dollop of 0% plain greek yogurt, and a little bit of yumm sauce.

now for dinner tonight… let me tell you, when you have a gift card AND a coupon, AND haven’t satisfied your craving in more than a couple months, you know what you do???

IMMEDIATELY GO TO BAMBOO SUSHI!!!

i don’t care where you live, or where you eat sushi…
BAMBOO SUSHI IS KING!!! <— go here! read about this restaurant!

Bamboo Sushi is the first “sustainable” sushi restaurant in the United States!! (i know there is also one in london, not sure where else)… in general terms, this restaurant is very careful about how their fish is caught, where it comes from, how it gets to them, and whether things are in season or not etc etc. i also love that the owner is a 28 year old guy! REALLY, i encourage you to read about bamboo sushi, the owner, the practices etc… it’s a neat story/concept!

but most importantly, i mean let’s be honest… THE SUSHI IS A-FREAKING-MAZING!!!!!

we hit it up tonight with a group of friends… the result… Ginormous Sushi-Gasms!!



(much love for the SAKE FLIGHT)

(that roll with the red sprinkle… is topped with sake poached pears… PHENOM)

(one way to recognize a good sushi restaurant… this salmon does not have any of those white fatty lines running through it… LEGIT)

and finally, my favorite part of the meal…

a humble little bowl of red crab sashimi… *drool*

on top of every single bite i took being to die for… i’m going to take this moment to say that i was proud of myself at dinner tonight!
– i shared a sake flight (as opposed to having several glasses to myself, or ordering up several cocktails)
– i didn’t eat anything tempura or otherwise fried
– i only ate until i was satisfied… not until i just couldn’t stuff in anymore food

and i realized, it made for a very pleasant, guilt and discomfort free evening.

hey, i said… i’m celebrating the little triumphs in 2010 too!

Question… i never thought i would like sushi (and honestly, i still pass on cheap or mediocre sushi), but the good stuff… GET IN MY BELLY!! is there any food you never thought you’d eat that you’re now in love with!??!?!