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

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hey, remember me??

so anyone who potentially reads this blog is probably long gone… nevertheless, here i am!

i wanted to pop in with an update b/c… well, frankly… someone in our house is getting larger and LARGER… thank sheba it’s NOT ME!

remember this fuzzy little bear!?!?

well, it’s been 8 months, and let me tell you… things have changed!

they’ve changed to the tune of 115 lbs!!

i can’t even tell you how much we love this guy… so rather than articulate, i’ll let his disgustingly adorable face do the talkin:

of course the slobber comes with the territory

he’s a big rugby fan… can’t you see how excited he is!?!?

cute cute Porter Blue…

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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

a day in eats…

i figured, more for myself than anything else, it was time to document a complete day of eats. but before i dive into that, a little randomness:

i hope no one missed the “double mctwist 1260” wednesday night!?!?!

shaun white kicked some serious olympic bootay in the halfpipe… he is unbelievable!!

JUST SAYIN

ok that’s all… let’s get to the grub!

well i started with a cup o’ sludge in the awesomely tacky square dancing mug!

the other day when my friend nakia and i went on our whole foods lunch adventure, i picked up a few little things, one of them being chobani. i see it all over el mundo de blogs, but i had never tried it before (i usually eat stonyfield oikos or TJ’s greek yogurt), but since i was at whole foods i figured i’d give the chobani a whirl.

0% pomegranate chobani, 1 serving bare naked fit vanilla almond granola, and a few frozen organic cherries (also from whole foods)… overall a good combo, but i think i would have preferred it with regular yogurt instead of flavored.

i know i’ve said this before, but the bear naked fit almond vanilla granola is so good… check out the whole almonds in it!

nakia and i went for a walk during lunch today. look what greeted us!!!

the sun found portland!!

you know you’re from portland when……. you encounter the sun shining in february and say, “whoa, where did that come from??”

the 45 minute walk or so made for a great lunch adventure. adding that to the interval elipticizer workout i did at the gym this morning, i’m going to go ahead and admit that i feel good about my activity level today!!

i hadn’t packed lunch, so after our walk i stopped at Spoons and got their veggie wrap, which they say is served on lavash, but once i got it back into work and opened it up it was actually just a wheat tortilla… LAME!

despite getting screwed with the tortilla, this wrap was really good. they put a light curry sauce on it… i ate the first half with the tortilla, but the second half i opened up and just ate the guts.

about 3 p.m. i started to encounter a gentle but increasingly annoying growl in the tum, so i silenced the lil buggar with the other half of my pb&j larabar

yes, i had it closed up with a binder clip… i am so totally opposed to stale food… i don’t even like to risk it. SEAL IT UP!

when i got home i was hungry, but not quite as hungry as porter…

(no charge for the shot of my super cool retro kitchen floor)

he cracks me up when he eats!
totally sprawled out, face straight in the bowl…

the boy has no shame!!

anyhooo… i didn’t want to eat dinner at 5:30 b/c there’s no way i would last the rest of the night without getting into snack after snack after …. you get the idea.

so instead i had a snack

baby carrots with mango/peach salsa.

it was good, but random, and awkward to eat. baby carrots don’t scoop salsa very well…

i also had an un-pictured Tj’s light string cheese.

i knocked the last real world off the dvr, did some other stuff, ummm i guess i can’t really remember. clearly all i was thinking about was dinner, which as it turns out… was part deliciousness, part random.

random:

we love these little chippers! i suppose we should run it by the undisputed chip queen at GDW, but my guess is she would give them a thumbs up…

and for chips, i don’t think they have bad stats

and the deliciousness!!

dave’s killer bread, organic dijon, TJ’s artichoke hearts, TJ’s fire roasted red pepper, and feta mixed with a tiny bit of light sour cream (helps the feta become more like a spread, rather than crumbling and falling all over the place)

this sammy was really good! i had seen caitlin say a couple times that artichokes had a meatyness (obviously i’m not quoting her given that “meatyness” is definitely not a real word) that made them super satisfying. she’s right! plus they just taste so rich, even though they are so low in calories!

YUM!

i polished off the evening with a mock POMtini… sometimes you need a real POMtini… but tonight, just a little soda water, POM and splash of lime did the trick!

so there you have it… a day of every single thing that made its way into my belly.

how’d i do??

kraut fondness

Cam: My dream for him is that one day, he’ll be on the Supreme Court.
Mitchell: Why Cam?
Cam: So at parties I can tell people my partner is one of the Supremes.

Does anyone else love Cam from “modern family” as much as i do?!?!?!

wow, that was a random intro…

hi everyone!!

pretty sure i’m on a sauerkraut high… i’m not sure why exactly, but i busted into a jar of sauerkraut a couple days ago, and have not stopped yet!

the other night for dinner i attempted to create a kraut centered dinner. i think i had reuben in my head, but went with homemade russian dressing???

i’m not gonna lie… it tasted about as bland and disturbing as it looks! the dave’s killer bread was KILLER (sidenote: if you haven’t discovered dave, do it!!), but the turkey was dry, the dressing was weird.

FAIL

but there was a silver lining…

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

i have come to terms with the fact that i love sauerkraut… it took me a while (when i was young i pretended like i hated it b/c everyone else my age thought it was gross) but i am embracing my fondness for kraut!

a couple days after my fail, i was at one of my most favoritest places and saw that allie had properly created a healthy living appropriate reuben at home!!

omg it’s like she was speaking directly to me!!

so for dinner that night…

flat out reuben and salad!!

SO GOOD!

i’m not gonna lie, last night, after porter’s sisters beat up on him in puppy class…

i may have possibly might could likely ate…

oh, does that look familiar??

this morning i was thinking there’s probably a way to have kraut oats???
but i chillaxed and went with something basic, but delightful

i was actually running so far behind this morning, that i didn’t arrive at work with breakfast. so i popped into the newly remodeled little store in our building and figured given my procrastinating prowess, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep some oats in my drawer at work…

i took an early lunch so i could scoop up farley boy and take him to the dr. to be de-frankensteined…

we waited for the dr… and in true farley fashion…

he was totally obsessed with the fact that he could hear noises on the other side of the door, but could not get out there and see what was goin down!?!?!

the dr. removed all of farley’s staples (bye bye frankenstein) and was so impressed with how quickly he’s recovered (his pimp walk / limp is almost completely gone)… that he doesn’t have to go back for any followup appointments!

with the good news we jetted back home. i had to make something pretty quick for lunch, and anne was sending me incredibly subtle hints like, “you have time to make me one of those flat out reubens, right??”

so… welll…..

hey, i didn’t have the salad with it, so it was like a totally different meal!!

and the best part…

the jar is not empty yet!!

dinner was royalty… BAMBOO SUSHI… nikki and jr had a gift card AND a coupon.

things started like this…

and b/c nikki and jr were still stuck in traffic, i did this…

(it’s how they pour sake… they overflow it into the little box below… something about signifying abundance… ok ok whatever, just drink it!!)

then the rest of the dinner was pretty much like THIS

i came home to catch up on modern family since i missed it last night

and b/c i was really good and did not have dessert at the restaurant, i whipped up some impromptu magic bullet ice cream deliciousness

– almond milk
– POM juice
– banana
– splash of vanilla extract
– lots of ice

magic bulleted to perfection

then thrown into…

my almost empty sauerkraut jar… HA! kidding.

we’re not there… yet!

so tell the truth… do you like sauerkraut!?!? are there any foods you always liked, but were afraid to admit it b/c you knew people would think you were weird/gross… ????

p.s. speaking of foods i love… anne is giving away some new chobani for kids… cruise over… you too could be a CHAMPION!

you saved my marriage!!

a lot of people don’t know that i moonlight as a superhero to marriages on the brink of disaster! last night, duty called!! my good friends nikki and jr have what i lovingly refer to as a “shit show” going on in their lives right now! jr just took on major responsibility at work, nikki is taking an incredibly stressful class, AND they are remodeling their kitchen!
no, i mean a SERIOUS remodel…

yesterday after talking to both parties about the fact that they had to put cabinets together so the contractor could install them, but they had just brought the cabinets home the night before, and if they aren’t done the contractor will fall behind schedule, and then, basically, the world ends… i realized that the bottom line is, they are both too stressed out to think rationally!

SO i told jr if he took me to see farley after work we would help him construct the cabinets.

i got to see my son for the first time since friday! he was doing pretty well, but i’m not gonna lie, the 12 staples down his back were a little hard to see.

(just a small photo… didn’t want to gross anyone out!)

and we went to work on the cabinets… apparently when you’re 6’10″… you work better lying down???

and a sample of the finished product…

this morning i was greeted at work by a beaming and more relaxed nikki, and a “thank you haiku” in which she expressed her gratitude, complimented my cabinet constructing skills AND informed me we saved her marriage. pretty good for one little haiku!

tonight there was less drama, and fewer heroics. however, we did have a pretty bomb ass dinner, so i figured i would share it with you!

we are french dip fans at this house… but i am less and less interested in any kind of red meat
so i haven’t had french dip for a while, but i have been craving it… DILEMMA!!

then it came to me… turkey dips??

so at the grocery store over the weekend anne helped me pick out an uncooked turkey breast (i wanted nothing to do with already cooked turkey, and especially not turkey “lunch meat”), but the only turkey breasts available were big hunks of skin on turkey breast.

ok, i realize i’m 29 and should be over it, but i’m not gonna lie, any skin on meat immediately activates my gag reflex upon me laying a hand on it, so a compromise was in order! as we’re standing over the turkey section in the grocery store i said, “OK, you skin it, i’ll do the rest”

right! DRAMA!

she agreed… so this morning before work, anne removed all the skin from the turkey breast, then we put that in the crock pot with the following additional ingredients:

– 1 jar peperoncini rings (peppercinis, banana peppers, whatev!!!)
– 1 packet dry italian dressing
– 2 packets dry au jus (we use lawry’s)
– we eyeball the water but basically until it comes about halfway up the slab of meat… less water obviously means stronger au jus, more water, weaker au jus… very scientific!!

we set the cock pot on low and headed out the door

on our way home form work the teen called and said the delicious smell coming from the crock pot was making it impossible for him to study for his finals. i have NO idea where he gets his dramatic side….???? wha? don’t look at me!!

when we walked in the door and lifted the lid…

the whole house smelled like french dip… it was intoxicating to some of us.

anne sliced up the turkey breast and put the slices back into the crock pot with the au jus and banana peppers.

jack tried to get someone to explain to him why we gave him a home haircut that resulted in a mullet…

while i made some salads

we toasted some whole wheat rolls, put a little horseradish on them, and served it with the salad and a toddler size serving of straight mashed potatoes

these little dippers are SO FREAKING GOOD!! i loved having the banana pepper rings in there so i can eat them on top of the sandwich.

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OH pardon me… i was wiping my drool off the keyboard!!

sometimes i forget how easy the crock pot can make my life… toss the goods into the crock in the morning, and when you get home… dinner is ready!?!?

do you use the crock pot? what’s your favorite crock pot recipe??

keeping ourselves busy

since we got the news about farley boy’s serious back injury, we’ve been trying to keep ourselves busy.

we’ve been entering to win a fun giveaway compliments of the fabulous GC

engaging in home improvement therapy…

(i think carpet is yucky, especially since we have pets, so when we bought this house and pulled up the carpet, for some reason, WHO KNOWS WHY, there is a section of the hardwoods that had been damaged with a paint sprayer!?!? your guess is as good as mine..)

working on our skills for puppy class…

munching on apples…

trying a little eggy twist on the beloved GDW spicy oats

sneaking greens into the teen’s smoothies…


then last night i headed south to spend some time with oregon’s cutest girls!!

i even caught a great little sunset on the way…

(not bad for photos taken with the iphone while i was driving)

i had already planned to spend saturday evening with the ladies of the pea household, and really, there are no better girls to be able to hang with when you’re feeling down!

i mean, who wouldn’t want to have dinner prepared by a maiden and a ballerina??

well, with a little help from mama pea…

and lulu chilled with a skinny cow…

these girls are SO cute, and i adore spending time with them… it was just what i needed last night.
THANKS PEA GIRLIES!!!

after a fun night, my morning continued with my first brunch food gasm!!

the teen was begging for real meat (*insert chest pounding and grunting*), so i promised breakfast sandwiches with meat


(everything is better with Tillamook Cheese)

i had help sampling the canadian bacon…

i love breakfast sandwiches, and this one was SUPA TASTY


the first bite of this sandwich i took, i actually said, outloud, “oh my gosh… YUMMM”
i checked with the boss, G$, and she confirmed… it’s a food gasm!!

so i guess, given the circumstances, it’s been a pretty good weekend.

in fact, it’s about to get even better….

football, blue moon, and a greexican (greek/mexican) snack plate that i hope would make the kick ass Snackface proud!!

FINALLY… THANK YOU SO MUCH for your encouraging/supportive words about farley!! we have definitely decided to get him the surgery, no matter what it takes… even if we have to start having blog bake sales and lemonade stands to raise the dough!!!

going off the deep end

so is it weird that i wanted to watch a show tonight just b/c the previews include the brandi carlile song, “dreams“??

the new show is “the deep end” and i guess it’s supposed to be about first year attorneys in a big firm in LA. so far i’m not very impressed.. but i suppose i’ll give it another shot next week. i just don’t understand why these shows about firms/attorneys are so far from reality… no one in the firm is nice to the new people? all the attorneys are rude to the staff? every person is a slut???

tangent right out of the shoot?!?!? NICE!

anyhoooo… i dont have that many comida photos b/c i posted breakfast this morning

and the lunch i was supposed to eat yesterday, was also already posted.

wow, cool blog post tonight, huh???

have no fear! being short on words is seldom a problem of mine. so of course, i have a few other things to say!

first off, i realized last night that my chip drawer is so full it’s embarassing! and then i thought, heyyyy i know someone who will be impressed.. ALLI!!

apparently we’ve been into buying healthy-ish chips lately…

another thing i’ve been into buying… is nut butter! and here’s where i go off the deep end again… for some reason when i attempt to eat healthy and get things in order i have a huge fear of fat!! now obviously i don’t always have this fear… b/c if i did, i’d probably be too thin, which is clearly not the case.

but when i attempt to make better choices and go on, say… a healthy binge!??! fat freaks me out!!
so after reading some healthy living blogs and starting my own journey, i was intrigued by how many people love nut butters… i thought i’d give them a try, and as it turns out… i too love them!

but then suddenly… TOTAL PANIC!! nut butters have quite a bit of fat!! i can’t eat those AND lose weight! i know people say the nut butters are healthy, and that they actually lost weight when they started eating them… and i know this all takes eating anything in moderation into account… but i just can’t stop fretting and worrying about a single bite of nut butter going down my pipes and immediately latching onto my ass!!!!!

to conquer fear, i did this last night:

(there were also pretzels involved)

and how do i feel you might ask???

TERRIFIED!! i spent the whole day today wanting to eat peanut butter but being too scared…

like i said… off the deep end!

so after freaking out all day about fatty nut butter i jetted home after work, knowing i promised to make my friend JR breakfast pizza for dinner, spiralized some potatoes and then hit the gym for a quick/intense workout before he showed up!

you can’t see me, but trust me… i have my proud face on! normally i would have said, well, i have company coming over, there’s simply NO time for a workout. good grief, what has 2010 done to me!??!

breakfast pizza got the thumbs up!


for the masses:
– an italian herb flat out
– TJ’s pizza sauce
– spiralized yukon gold potato pre-baked (they stuck to the pan, so this needs a remedy)
– pancetta
– scrambled egg
– sprinkle of shredded cheese on top

then some franks to top it off… b/c everything is better with FRANK

for me:
– flat out
– TJ’s pizza sauce
– scrambled egg
– spinach
– artichoke hearts
– sprinkle of shredded cheese
and… FRANK

served with a basic salad (mary’s crack makes great added “crunch” to a salad!!)

and to tie it all together… a bogle chardonnay in the good ol’ WUPILP (willamette university public interest law project) auction glasses. back from my days of saving the world one unpaid legal internship at a time!

i even packed up a dinner to send with JR for his wife Nikki b/c she was taking a class and couldn’t join us for dinner..

i’m being healthy AND nice?? someone check my temperature!!

after dinner we lounged…

some of us with our tongues out…


some of us without…

and some of us still on bed rest due to back injury…

poor little dude!

SO… not that it’s worth going off the deep end for, no matter what the answer is, but… my fear of fat… mainly nut butter fat… is it rational? are nut butters reserved for people who are already at a healthy weight?? or can i eat nut butter and still lose weight??