Monday, February 20, 2012

Oregon's Everchangin' Weather ...

Each day is kinda like a surprise. We never know from day to day,
whether the sun will make it presence, or if it will just rain on
our parade. Those weather people on the news try to tell us -
only to fail us time and time again.

I continue to be pleasantly surprised this year.
After 15 years in Oregon, I have learned -
The good ole saying is true ..
"We're in Oregon, wait 5 minutes and it will change"

We have been overjoyed with some overly normal
warm days. Sun shining days, where we can open
a few windows and take in the outdoors, and watch
those sunsets, that are just Gorge -


And as those clouds start to roll in the next day,
we can be surprised by a random rainbow in our backyard -


And on the third day, we wake up to a whole lot
of this white stuff. Its pretty, and oh so cold.


Three beautiful days in a row, and in which
I'm blessed to be able to enjoy
all of this without leaving our home. However -
if I had the choice, I would choose the warmer.
I'm no fool - the sunshine has it presence.
The world is just a little more brighter that way.

Besides it gets the littlest of the Little's out to play -
Alyssa got to come play, and how big she is getting.
Smart girl she is - she has learned early on in life to not let
go of that death grip on her cookie.
Hold on to what you want girlfriend ....


Cooking makes the husband happy, and with our ever
changing busy work schedules, his favorite meal it not
made nearly enough for him - because seriously he would eat
this every day.


A little home made mashed potatoes &
Captain Crunch Chicken goes a long way in this house.
With me being a vegetarian, I have never tasted
the stuff, but he swears on it. It's golden color
tucked between those bean greens and taters
look pretty though.


Captain Crunch Chicken Recipe: I use boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders. I dip in a egg wash, and coat with crunched up cereal. I chop up the cereal in a food processor and grind it up until there are no more chunks. I fry it up in a little canola oil until golden brown.

I made a change to my website .. you can now find me by just going to

Happy Presidents Day - I'm off to enjoy the rest of my three day
weekend - hoping the sun will re appear soon.

Monday, February 13, 2012

happy [heart] day.


February has been my New Year's month. My new beginning. January is so cliché, right? For me, the long drawn out holidays from Thanksgiving, to Christmas, to New Years carries through to my birthday on the third day of February. So why not carry out the celebrating a lil' longer?

35. I feel 25, but somehow that 35 is sticking out to me in red flashing lights. How did I get here so fast? I'm not so sure, but I'm certain it wasn't too long ago I was having those birthday sleep over parties with all my childhood friends.

When I was a kid, 40 seemed old, like ancient old, but now that its appearing on the horizon, its a little real, like really real. Oh, but the old age saying is true, the older are the wiser. I feel this could be the truth. I feel wiser. I've learned a lot in these 35 years, but I feel I have finally come into my own. I'm more grateful, I'm not afraid to speak my truth, and It's ok to say no. And the most important one, when my favorite song comes on the radio, its ok to stop and sing like no ones listening (my poor husband) ~


Welcome. Welcome to my new year. Day 13. I'm averaging an hour a day of exercise. And I throw in the word "average" because I did miss a day, but I made up for it the next with two hours of exercise. And I kicked my butt the rest of the day, because one hour is a lot better then two. I don't think I'll be missing another day soon. Day 1,2 and 3 were hell. After not being on a regular exercise regimen for a good 3 or 4 months, getting back into it was not easy. But now I kinda look forward to it. Its a time to turn up the tunes, or catch up with shows on Netflix. Its the time for me. A time I am not compromising.


By day 13. I've shed 2 minutes off my mile. A few pounds have disappeared too. And this damn elliptical kicks my @ss each time, but I keep going back.

As Valentines Day comes, I'm forever thankful for my Valentine. My partner in crime, the apple of my eye, my everything for the last 15 years .. but just as important is taking care of yourself this Valentines Day. I came across the quote from the good ole Lucy, and isn't this the truth?


I've welcomed February as a month for me. Taking care of myself. Loving Myself.
Join Me.

Happy Valentines Day.
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