Monthly Archives: November 2011



Dinner last night : avacado and grilled cheese with coconut curry butternut squash soup 🙂

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Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge Day 2

So I am completing the second day of this challenge which is Favorite Holiday Tradition New or Old.  Christmas is by far my favorite holiday of the year because it’s Christ’s birthday, my birthday exactly a week before, I get two weeks off, and I get to see family.  Growing up our tradition was always make a great breakfast, open presents, then go to Grandma’s with the whole extended family.  Dave and I have continued that tradition when we lived in the Midwest but we have alternated with families every other year.  One of my other favorite traditions is going to church Christmas Eve – I love the candlelight service.  Now that we live in the Pacific Northwest going back to see family for Christmas is a little more tricky.  This past fall I got to go back to Michigan twice for two weddings and Dave got to go back to Chicago for a wedding and work thus we have pretty much used up our flight quota for the year.  Hopefully next year that will change but luckily we have started a couple of traditions for the two of us since last year we stayed in Oregon as well.  First I love decorating the house – I already have the tree up and some decorations in the house.  Second I love playing the Pandora Music station 24/7.  I know Dave does too:)  Our tradition is a Christmas Eve service, a nice breakfast in the morning, lots of skyping with families, opening presents with families over skype, and then just enjoying the two of us.  I also love planning a menu complete with fun drinks for Christmas dinner.  While I wish we could go back and celebrate with family I love that the two of us have started our own traditions.  I think what we try to do as well is remember the reason for the season.  

Have a happy Tuesday…..I am a little tired today after working until 9 last night but I was welcomed to an awesome dinner of Vegetable Bibimbap.

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Fabulous Holiday Challenge Day 1

I am linking up with Neely from A Complete Waste of Makeup for her fabulous holiday blog challenge.  The first day challenge is: Fave gift received EVER.  This challenge may be a little silly but I am really trying to get into the blog world and thought I would try this out.  Looking back over the years of Christmas presents I can say my favorite gift every was my engagement ring:)  Dave and I went out the day after Christmas to what I thought was just going to be snowshoeing.  We had spent Christmas Day with my whole family in Grand Rapids, MI and went out the next day to Traverse City.  I had just returned from living in India where I was teaching so I was really really excited to spend some one-on-one time with Dave and to go snowshoeing.  He was really nervous the whole drive but I had no idea what was going on and was still a little jetlagged so I didn’t notice at all.  We had a great breakfast and then went and rented snowshoes.  We then changed in the bathrooms and I remember he took forever.  We hiked for about 5 minutes and then we stopped.  He took some stuff out of his backpack and said he had a surprise.  He did this all the time so I didn’t think anything of it:)  Then he got down on one knee and I honestly thought he was joking for a second….but then he proposed.  I don’t remember much except crying, laughing, and exclaiming are you really serious????  He gave me the most beautiful ring and I of course said yes.  December 26th of this year will mark 6 years later.  Thanks for such an amazing Christmas gift babe!

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Wedding Post

It has been way too long but in October I had the priviledge of going back to Michigan and being in this one’s wedding:

Matt and Hannah

Hannah and I met when we were 12 and have been friends forever but I think our friendship was solidified when she was my roommate in Hungary on a mission trip when we were 16.  Let’s just say we realized a lot about how neat or not neat we were and the power of the toilets when they flush:)  In college Hannah, Kristen, and I had a yearly trip to IU and Hannah would randomly come see me at Taylor or we would meet.  While I was bummed that she was gone in the Peace Corps for over 2 years I have never been more proud of her.  Hannah has always inspired me with her love and compassion for others, how giving she is, and how passionate she is for those less fortunate.  I can honestly thank her for encouraging me to really think for myself.  The wedding was beautiful and seeing how happy Matt was when she walked down the aisle was amazing.  Also amazing getting to spend time with my amazing friends – I hate how far we live from each other but loved that I got to spend two weekends with them this past fall.

Andrea, Matt (Meg’s fiance), Megan, Luke (Kristen’s husband), me

Kristen and me

My sister-in-law and my mom

I also got to see a lot of family that weekend.  It was an awesome weekend and I am so glad I got to go.

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New Look

Check out my design for my blog. I made the switch to wordpress and am hoping to do even more stuff from my blog. The new address is

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I have to say Thanksgiving for Dave and I was particulary relaxing and wonderful:)  Our day started with the birthday boy enjoying fresh coffee and me enjoying a nice long run.  I then made us a breakfast of eggs, some breakfast sausage for him, bagels, and cinnamon rolls:)  We enjoyed all of this upstairs in our newly decorated loft area.  We didn’t have furniture until Wednesday when our new couch arrived for our living room.  A chair will be arriving soon but it’s being made.  We spent all of Thursday upstairs watching football and skyping with family:)  We then started our vegetarian thanksgiving in the evening.  I made homemade stuffing and green bean casserole and Dave was in charge of the rosemary mashed potatoes with mushroom stuffing:)  Overall everything was amazing although I am still perfecting the homemade green bean casserole.


Green Bean Casserole

Goodness on plates

On Friday we slept in until 10am something we rarely do and then had leftovers for lunch:)  We ended up just going around the Northeast of Portland later and got ice cream in waffle cones…I had salted caramel ice cream and Dave had Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache.  This place was amazing and was called Salt & Straw.  Everything was homemade and delicious.  When we came home I found out that my final 69 page paper for Capstone project for my Masters was accepted.  I got up at 6am today and gave my oral presentation over the phone to my adviser.  I am officially done with everything for my masters!!!!!!  It’s an amazing feeling and to celebrate I went for a long run.  Dave and I went to Meat, Bread, and Cheese for lunch.  Let’s just say that it should probably be called Bread as my vegetarian option was lacking and Dave’s sandwich literally had one piece of meat.  We decided on a whim to go wine tasting in the Willamete Valley.  We went to Erath which was good but then we went to Tori Mor which was amazing.  Awesome views of the mountains and surrounding area, a Japenese influence, and amazing wine.  Dave and I are currently enjoying the rest of the evening:)

Happy Saturday!

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A Day of Thanks

Today is an extra special day because it is not only Thanksgiving but it’s husbands birthday!!!  I know he is one of the lucky ones that due to the date of his birthday the 24th his birthday lands on Thanksgiving every 6 to 7 years:)  So today I am thankful for my amazing families, my awesome friends, a body that allows me to exercise and run marathons, running itself, my job and the amazing coworkers and students I get to interact with, the God I get to serve every day and last but not least my husband:)  We have known each other over 9 years and I still find new things about him.  He is the love of my life, my best friend, my partner, the one who makes me laugh, and listens to me when I cry.  I don’t know what I would do without him and I thank God every day that I am blessed to spend my life with this man.  Dave and I are looking forward to him being the King of the day – a birthday tradition his mom started, an awesome brunch we just enjoyed, relaxing, and then a great turkey-less dinner tonight:)

Happy Birthday Husband!!!!

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The first of my D.I.Y Christmas decorations. Instructions are on pinterest-follow me @runnic18

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This morning I woke up and felt peace.  This is something I normally feel but the last 3 months have been some of the most stressful I have ever encountered.  Between being in 2 amazing weddings in Michigan, teaching full time, teaching night school one night a week, traveling to a math conference, and finishing up my masters I have been pretty stretched.  The last 4 weekends for me have been spent writing huge papers and submitting them for my class.  Every weekend I would wake up and the paper would be on my mind.  But this morning I submitted my last 2 papers.  I still have to put it all together and do a power point but I finally feel peace.  I am seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.  I can finally enjoy Thanksgiving and husbands birthday:)  I have been seeing so many posts about Thanksgiving and what people are thankful for.  For lack of time I didn’t participate but today I am thankful for peace, peace that comes from knowing I am almost done and knowing how grateful I am for God and his guidance through all of this.

Happy Saturday – I am off to enjoy the day with husband and have peace.

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T-tests and the Little Things

I know funny name for a blog right?  Well not if you are a math teacher:)  Or if you are collecting and analyzing data which I have been doing for the last 2 months for my last ever grad school project.  I have slowly well I guess quickly been plugging away at doing my masters at Western Governors University.  It’s an online university and I recommend if you are self-motivated or if your husband is in his last semester of grad school and is in class 3 nights a week until 10:30 (like last semester):)  This combined with me doing this all summer has led me to my last class.  I have been doing a crazy research project that included a lot of information and teaching of a method by George Polya to my students.  Everything is done and now I am writing up my results stage 5 and 6 of 7 stages for this project.  Tonight I was doing a t-test which tests whether or not there is any difference in my data collected.  Now I think this stuff is really interesting and I have done it by hand in my stats class in college but that was quite a long time ago.  Thank you you-tube for showing me how to do it in Excel and thank you students for creating a difference:)  I really just ran into our living room to tell Dave that I had a p-value that was statistically significant and yes folks he knew what I was talking about:)  I know we are nerds but I love it.  It’s the little things that make my day.  Now off to enjoy my Saturday night of rain, a fire, a clean house, fresh made tofu, and a glass of wine.

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