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

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head of the class!

we just got home from puppy class!!!

but first, a few other items of business!

a) i was away for the weekend, and b/c the reason for a trip to seattle was a sick family member, i really didn’t take many pictures, and we didn’t get much of a chance to enjoy the city =(

i did manage to capture a couple highlights though…

i snagged this snack when we stopped for gas, and paired it with a delicious bottle of water… i hadn’t seen this variety of chex mix before, and when the options were basically this, or…

i easily made the decision to love my arteries!

it was good… spiiiiicy!

2) then one evening we were finishing up dinner at chef liao in seattle (where i had buddhist tofu), when, as i moved toward the door to leave, i nearly scoffed at the bowl of mints sitting there, until… OH MY HECK… could it be!?!?!?

IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!

the chinese good luck candies!!!!

you do not even understand the meaning of these candies!!! i have loved them since i was a wee one… my sister and i used to fight over them when they were included with our fortune cookies at my family’s favorite restaurant growing up!

i actually squealed when i saw them sitting in the bowl, and yes, i took every last one, and do NOT feel bad about it!

then i took the photo and sent it to my sister. her response via text message:

“ARE YOU KIDDING ME? helen never has those anymore”

hahahahhahahahaha i knew she would be jealous!!

CLEARLY the highlight of the trip!!

sooooo coming down off the chinese good luck candies high

d) I’M EXHAUSTED!! the weekend was draining, and all i wanted to do when i got home tonight was hit the couch… BUT instead i put my brain to work and figured out something quick to make for dinner before we had to head to class.

and i have to say… i am pretty impressed with what i was able to whip up in about 20 minutes!

very basic but delish salad…

i jazzed up some romaine, spinach, and cucumber with a few sundried tomatoes

and some new balsamic i snagged at TJ’s…

i apologize that my pacific northwest pale skin is so bright it detracts from the rest of this photo!

then i busted out one of my favorite christmas gifts again, and went to work on some zucchini…

and remembered i hadn’t yet tried to the new sauce i’d bought at costco…

(yes, i had to pull it back out of the recycling to snap the photo… i told you… I’M TIRED)

check out the whole basil leaves and garlic hunks in this sauce!! MOM knows what’s up!!!

i tossed some TJ’s meatless meatballs in the sauce for the teen’s benefit

and poured it over the spiralized zucchini…

and shoved some pre-cubed butternut squash into the oven for a few with just some salt n pepa
(i know it’s probably more expensive, but the pre-cubed butternut squash from costco is SO nice to have around… hey, i’m just sayin!!)

all together now…

quick and delish!!!

then it was off to class… we’ve been a little nervous for class b/c three of porter’s siblings are in his class! you know, don’t want to disappoint the family!

there was play time (shocker the newfs are surrounding the water dish)

lessons…

roundup…

and THEN… porter’s moment to shine was upon us!

so besides the 4 newfies in the class, we also have…

maverick!!

and stewart!!

so b/c porter lives with two small dogs… he got picked to be the first big dog to mingle with the little guys… WE WERE SO PROUD!!

(yes, they’re all the same age)… porter was very good with the smaller pups, and further impressed the professor with his on leash skills!

clearly porter’s at the head of his class!!

oh good grief i’ve got to get to bed… but ONE more item of business…

my go to senorita for all things chocolate has posted a bomb ass giveaway!!!

do you have any idea how bad i want a vita-mix!??!?!

REAL REAL BAD!!!!!!!!!!!

you can win too… by going HERE and showing katie some love…

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injury reserve…

we have a doxie on the injury reserve at our house…

farley hurt his back. it happens from time to time (life is hard when you’re a foot and a half long and 2 inches tall)… i was hoping with a bit of rest he would get better, but given that he was in the above position for two days straight and yelped whenever anyone went near him, this morning i decided we’d be making a trip to the vet!

as long as he’s got his monkey…

porter does not have a sore back!


i hauled my cookies to work this morning, even though i didn’t want to, and enjoyed some greek yogurt, pumpkin, and granola…

all stirred up it basically looked like snot (yum) but tasted pretty good!

i only worked a 1/2 day so i could get home and take the patient to the dr., and secretly i was kind of excited about this (not the injured back or vet part), but b/c i could make lunch at home, which meant i could dig into the mound of groceries i stocked up on this weekend…

so much good HEALTHY food! i figured if i was going to resolve to get healthy, i needed to clean out the nast and replace it with the goods!

so for lunch…

bbq sunshine veggie burger, potato/lentil baked chips, pickle, pineapple

the sunshine burgers are the BEST brand of veggie burger, and this one was particularly glorious!

with the veggie burger and sandwich thin (you really should try these sandwich thins by the way)… i added frank’s sweet/hot bbq, lots of spinach, and peppercinis.

after spending considerable time and money at the vet, we got home and got the patient settled. we decided to tackle putting up the molding in the party room downstairs (for anyone who doesn’t know, i recently bought my first house and it’s a work in progress)… so we busted out anne’s new compressor and nail gun, and went to town!

(you know you’re jealous of my sparkly gold vinyl bench!!)

then i decided i’d been craving artichoke hearts long enough… so i made up a quick dip, which actually turned out pretty tasty! most artichoke dip recipes call for mayo, and i happen to think mayo is one of the most disgusting foods ever created!! so i made a mayo free artichoke and sun dried tomato dip!

1/2 cup 0% plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes (if packed in oil drain or blot off as much oil as possible)
1-1 1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese (i used about a cup of light cheese to keep the cals/fat down a bit)
14 oz can/jar artichoke hearts… drain and chop them
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon frank’s hot sauce (or more if you want it spicy… in retrospect i would have liked it spicier)
a sprinkle more of cheese for the top

**i kept mine basic like this, but i think you could also easily add something like crab or shrimp to this dish**

mix it all together, then spread into a shallow baking dish… bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese on top is melted/browning

a couple action shots…


magic bullet… woop woop!!!


served with mary’s crack!!

after a long walk with the meandering one, and getting the patient his meds and making him comfortable, i decided i needed a cocktail, and not of the “mock” variety!

*vodka
*club soda
*POM
*splash of lime

dinner votes were tallied as i sipped my libation… and breakfast pizza won!

we didn’t have any generic hashbrowns, so i pulled out another christmas gift… zeee spiralizer!!

flatouts, pizza sauce, spiralized yukon gold potato…


then i topped with tempeh bacon, scrambled egg/egg white, plenty of spinach, and a little bit of low fat cheese…

while the pizza was baking at 400, we had a small photo shoot!

speaking of bacon, jack never knows his bacon(aka tongue) is out b/c he has a little overbite! hey, all our pets have a touch of misfit.. we wouldn’t have it any other way!

i wonder if he’ll be larger than many others in his puppy class!?!?!

bruthas from anutha mutha…

(he’s all newfie in this one)

and when the pizza was done… viola!

(oh, i splashed mine with frank’s and it was fAb!)

and i’m out to soak up some awesomely bad dramatic television… THE BACHELOR is on!!!!!

but i leave you with this question… do you like bad tv? b/c i do! i admit it! i mean, i watch the smart stuff too, but sometimes there’s just nothing that beats awesomely bad tv (bachelor, real world, jersey shore, gossip girl ETC)… does it make me less of a person!??!!

not built for speed

some people…

are not built for speed!

yesterday morning porter and i set out for a walk through gabriel park

i’d like to be able to say it was a nice bit of exercise, but with this person on board…

i’d say it’s more of a… meander!?!? it was still a good walk though, and we got home just in time to meet the plumber, who was a jerk and told us we needed all new pipes and good luck asking our home warranty to cover it.
ok then.. nice having you… BYE!

luckily my college friend ash came by shortly after that with her cute Cute CUTE daughter london!

london proceeded, at 18 months old, to operate my iPhone…

i mean, she was actually working the iPhone… london could unlock the phone, then she would open an application. ashlee would say, “close it” and london knew the button to hit to close the application she had open. then ashlee says, “where are the photos” and london scrolls over, and hits the icon for my photos! HILARIOUS!

seeing ash always makes me happy… and london is SO cute!! she pretty much has the blondest hair i’ve ever seen!

after they left anne and i made our way cleeeeeeear to the other side of portland to meet JR and Nikki at a local store to check out some flooring and tile for home projects.

JR was up to his usual antics…

we just looked around, no decisions were made. i do kind of think these bubble tiles would be fun for a backsplash though…


we also had to go to home depot and the grocery store, so we stopped by the house to scoop up fuzzy… home depot is good for socialization for the pup (he’s always a big hit!)

porter was super excited to ride in the car…

we cruised through uwajimaya (if you live in portland and don’t shop here, knock it off! go check it out!)

we decided to throw together an udon dinner

it was simple, but SO good

*udon noodles
*broccoli
*bean sprouts
*celery
*rock shrimp (uwajimaya has such good fresh seafood)
*sauce was really basic… miso paste mixed with a little water, tamari, garlic

we capped off the night with a movie and a little bottle of sparkling sake we also snagged at uwajimaya

if you live around here and haven’t yet discovered sake… knock it off!
make the trip to sake one in forest grove. they are SO nice, knowledgeable, and you’ll be surprised how good sake can be!

i’ll leave you with a little apology… for my craptastic photos as of late. as you may recall, my sister dumped an entire pomtini all over my little camera, and i’m still a little shy when it comes to hauling my bigger but superior camera around with me. after seeing the above display though, i promise to cut it out with the iPhone photos (at least for the most part)!!

nona anita’s italian crack!

did you miss the tacky mug shots over the weekend!?!?!
i’m sure you did… so let’s get right to it!

in case you can’t tell what kind of dog that is..

right!
i enjoyed a cup o sludge in this gem of a mug, along with something that will shock you…

hey! it’s my thing.. for now!

and then the gifts started rollin in…

homemade pomegranate jelly from ryan and melissa

a bucket o’ sin from Nikki

for this Nikki will pay! she knows i can’t eat sugar at work… or I crash harder than Rusty the Narcoleptic Dachshund!!

pressing on…

then sharnel, my most favoritest person in my office, brought me a gift!!!

omg sharnel is THE BEST! it’s so cute…

and a lil ornament from her son…

lunch was a necessary gossip session with the girls so we could rehash the weekend’s events… too much chatter and solving of the world’s problems to take photos, but it’s really all about the dinner tonight anyway!!

JR was off work, so he promised me weeks ago that he would make me Nona Anita’s famous lasagna… it’s widely known that i have a deep and abiding love for lasagna. i’ve been dying to try this Tarabocchia family recipe, and tonight was the big night!!

i do not have nona anita clearance for the recipe, but you probably don’t want it anyway… this is definitely a once a decade indulgence, but i loooooooooove JR for taking the time to make it for me, homemade noodles and all!!

INSTANT NIRVANA

nona anita ought to sell this italian crack on the streets of jersey!

hey, i combined it with a large amount of salad…
with every green you add, it makes the lasagna healthier, right??

and some fruit…

(i love this old photo of haley and cody with santa in the background… what cute brats! haha)

so NOT a healthy dinner, but hey, it’s all about balance right?!?!?!??

we all had dinner and watched my favorite holiday movie… (which JR had never seen and i have NOTHING to say about his serious lack of holiday movie culture!!)

and while we watched the movie, haley was going to brush porter… b/c she just knew he would be cooperative…


when she could see success slipping away… she got serious…



and we’re done!

introducing… the tour de tacky

i’m on a mission see…

we have a cupboard full of coffee mugs at work… and as long as i’ve worked there i’ve often come across a cup and thought, “really???” so the other day i decided, i am going to, one by one, use all of the questionable, inappropriate, odd, ugly… in a word, TACKY coffee mugs in our office.

i will call it… THE TOUR DE TACKY

yesterday was the inaugural day. if it was to be the first, it had to be special.
BEHOLD!

that’s right! i found this gem hiding in the very back of the cupboard… Square Dance Tonite

talk about starting off right! that first mug might be hard to beat, but don’t worry grasshoppers… there are plenty more where that came from!

take one last look before we move on…

so this morning after day 3 of doing “The Shred” with Jillian, and gulping down a random and only marginally satisfying breakfast

i found day 2’s dose of tacky!!

can you appreciate the off white nasty color of this mug? you may be thinking, well this mug isn’t so bad… oh but you haven’t see the other side yet!

bwahahahaa seriously? who leaves this mug in an office of 45 people!??!!? it took us a few minutes, but we figured out who these sweet childrens are, and it tells you how long the mug has been at the office… the kids in these photos are about 22 years old now!

i think i’m going to enjoy the TOUR DE TACKY…

so lunch was from what i call “little pazzo” b/c it’s next to and is like the little deli side dish to a fancy restaurant in portland called “pazzo”
they have various salad/veggie/panini/soup/bread choices

i got the special where you pick which 3 side salads you want

*roasted root veggies
*spinach/fennel salad
*roasted sweet potato salad

their salads are SO good and so not drowning in oil/butter etc.

the spinach salad with red onion, fennel, pine nuts, and a little parm cheese is pretty much my favorite thing on their menu

YUMMMMMMMM

after work i hiked up to Powell’s to meet anne for some swift holiday shopping… after a serious book hunt, i was SO hungry, and we were two blocks from Whole Foods. you know what that means… HOT BAAAAR

i snagged a few items i’ve been wanting to try but have not found at other grocery stores (i really try to avoid Whole Paycheck but sometimes you can’t find things anywhere else)…

*new flavor of bear naked fit granola (my usual haunt only has vanilla almond)
*tempeh bacon… look Mama Pea… i finally get to try it!!
*sunshine breakfast burgers! i blame a certain Chica who Snacks for making me hunt these down!

WF hot bar served at home…

*curry tofu
*roasted mixed veggies
*rice AND 1 piece of naan (yes, i know that’s carb carb, but i was hungry and had to save some of the veggies for everyone else)

curry tofu = pure joy

i also snacked on some blue corn baked chips and tequila lime salsa, but dove into it so fast i wasn’t able to snap a photo

after dinner i thought i’d take the dogs outside to run around.
i decided farley probably didn’t want to go…

so it would just be porter and me. we got outside and he chased the ball two times, then spent 10 minutes like this

and mustered enough energy for this

people ask me if porter’s wild and hard to handle b/c he’s such a big puppy… HA! right, a real fireball!

i guess that’s about it!

OH, but since we’re talkin tacky… i wanted to leave you with this… that i spotted sitting in my neighbor’s yard the other day

NICE!!

dorm room fever

stay tuned for why i’m convinced it’s a real danger!

as for us, we’ve been kinda occupied…

i call him fuzzy…

there has been breakfast…

potty training…

getting to know each other…

really delicious lunch…

-one slice ezekiel toast with a wedge of laughing cow, avocado slices, and frank’s
-one slice ezekiel toast with almond butter and a drizzle of honey

then this afternoon haley told us all her classes for tomorrow were cancelled, so we decided to grab what i’m certain was a healthy and super nutritious quick and fake afternoon pick me up…

and made the trek to oregon state to get haley!!

upon our arrival haley informed us she had to register for classes so we could just come up to her room real quick and wait for her.

something immediately kind of churned inside me… i didn’t realize right away what it was, but upon entering haley’s room i realized it must have been my gag reflex getting limbered up!!

dorm room fever… here is why i believe it is
a) something you can really contract,
2) something that should be feared, and
d) THE reason i will never go in haley’s dorm room again!

BEHOLD:

not SO bad you say?? wait, here, come in closer…

O…..M…..G ‘nuf said!

i said, “RAMEN NOODLES???” and she proudly said, “i traded an easy mac for a ramen!!!”
ohhhh, wellllll, you are quite the master barterer!!

she saw me taking this photo and said, “hey, i have 8 a.m. class. i NEED coffee” … umm ok sure, i am not going to judge anyone for drinking coffee, but are you collecting cups to sit on the corner in hopes of making some extra money??? THROW THEM AWAY HALEY!

can you guess whether this bag ended up in the back of my car for the trip home… have you done even one load of laundry since september haley???

and finally… the real GEM…

so do we think they wash the utensils prior to eating with them, or just use them right off the floor!?!?!?

N
A
S
T

speaking of eating… while all i really wanted to do was find the nearest clinic and get a tetanus shot, we decided to grab some dinner before making the trip back to portland.

haley may have subjected us all to dorm room fever, but she did come through with a dinner recommendation.

cafe yumm is a cute little place right off campus, and it was YUMM (go figure)… i’m not sure what came first, the chicken whole bowl or the egg cafe yumm, but they are pretty similar, and equally yumm.

i would say cafe yumm might win simply b/c you can buy their yumm sauce to take home with you and enjoy whenever you want!! so of course i snagged two…

YUMM!!

welcome home porter!

today was THE day!

i started off with some greek pumpkin soup (it sounds weird, but dont judge!) a la Kath using the last of my favorite granola…

then i powered through the rest of the morning determined to keep my desk from looking like it did yesterday (yikes!!)…

lunch was upstairs at portland city grill… i love this restaurant, up on the 30th floor of our building, but i used to get their club sandwich religiously. i was determined today to make a better choice.

i think i did pretty well!

to start…
-baby greens
-hearts of palm
-cucumber
-feta
-a very light vinegarette

then i had the risotto

this dish was SO good…
-edamame
-corn
-red/orange peppers
-awesome mushrooms

i ducked out of work early and we made the trek out to bring porter home!!

it’s been two weeks since we’ve seen him, and we were surprised to learn he officially weighs 28 lbs!! he’s only 9 weeks old people!
hahaha

after signing the necessary paperwork, chatting with some other local new puppy moms, we loaded up our boy and headed out!

he just looks like a big fluffy bear! he wasn’t a huge fan of the car, but we got him settled (a little tension with the bossy doxie, but nothing more than we expected)…

i grabbed a super nutritious and involved dinner…

and my football watchin companion… and settled in for the Boise State v. Utah State foozball game!

GO ORANGE, GO BIG BLUE… FIGHT, FIGHT… B S U!!

we love our kellen moore!! we ❤ #11!!!!!!

Utah State kept it interesting for a little while, but eventually my Broncos started pulling away…

look at my beautiful blue and orange peoples!!!

farley kept an eye on porter for a while…

and porter was really rowdy!!

so farley finally gave up too… and everyone was totally chillaxin…


so much for a crazy first night… cody and porter headed for bed…

and he’s already called us twice from the basement worried that porter wouldn’t go potty, and now porter’s on his bed, but he’s panting a lot…

aww cody’s a first time mommy… it’s so cute!! haha

tomorrow is our friend nikki and jr’s annual “pre-thanksgiving dinner”… so i’ll be back with a full report of the happs and eats.

peace