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Thanksgiving

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.

Stuffing

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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Peace

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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Coffee

My idea of a great morning is a long run and then a nice cup of coffee.  Growing up I never thought I would be a coffee drinker – my parents weren’t at all.  Then I met Dave in college and he enjoyed it.  We would go to late night diners and get coffee and I soon became hooked.  I started with cream and sugar and then switched to cream and equal – I know gross.  I had been using equal for years much to my husband and mother-in-laws dislike.  They would both send me articles on how bad it was for me.  I knew it was but this past year I have really taken an interest into what I am putting in my body and have really started to make sure I am eating fresh food.  I realized this summer equal had to go so I just stopped.  It took me a bit but now no sugar just soy creamer and coffee.  I have now officially become that person who really enjoys the taste of coffee:) 

Happy Friday and coffee day. 

Best coffee in Portland.

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One of those weeks

This week was just one of those weeks.  I had an awesome weekend with the husband in New Mexico and I loved my math conference but I came back to a ton of work.  Between teaching night school, the quarter ending today for school and having multiple papers to submit to finish my last grad class I am feeling a little overwhelmed.  Suffice to say last night I was crying on my ride home….oh yeah and I left work at 6:30.  Not late for some but remember I get there at 7:30 so that’s a pretty long day.  I was overwhelmed to the max and just not sure how I was going to make it.  A good cry and talk with God helped a lot to ease my mind.  Oh and my amazing husband who just hugged me:)  Tonight I am relaxing finally with still a lot of work to do but caught up for today so today is good.  I also came across this picture of the husband and me:

This was on our honeymoon over 5 years ago.  Love that man even more today and so blessed by him.

Happy Wednesday

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Toes

I know this is a random post and I promise I will have a wedding post up soon, but this one came to me in the shower and I just wanted to know does anyone else have really crazy toenails?  Let me preface this with the fact that I found out my toenails were different when I was in high school.  By that time I was obsessed with running but I had yet to learn to buy shoes a half size bigger because your feet expand while running.  Hence my toenails took a turn for the worse and were just gross for a lack of better words.  I never really minded and just kept them covered with toenail polish for the rest of high school and through college.  Right before my senior year I decided to check out my toenails since I knew the days of good insurance were about to be gone:)  My doctor described lamisil.  You know you have seen the commercials…but here is a reminder:

Little did I know that this drug also requires your liver to be tested every month due to how strong the medication was.  Yeah I wasn’t to pleased about this and the medicine only achieved me having a lot of stomach problems.  Anyways I kind of forgot about it and put it to the side until I started training for marathons oh and Dave made me use my own toenail clippers:)  Yeah they were that bad.  I made another appointment after my second marathon and the podiatrist said that my toenails were bad but not fatal.  He said if it didn’t bother me to not worry but that I had one of three options: 1 remove all my toenails, 2 have a laser go over them with not a very high success rate, or 3 just live with it.  Yeah you can guess 1 and 2 weren’t looking so hot so I chose option 3.  Cue 3 years later.  You ask why are you telling us this because my last marathon took a beating on my toenails….so my question is does anyone else have this problem and if so any suggestions for me?  Right now I guess I will just continue going on with life and running because I figure this if this is a problem I have life is pretty good:)

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A nice surprise

This weekend has been pretty amazing aside from the fact that I had a visit from Mr. Laryngitis…yes my sweet husband made that one up.  After an awesome run on Sunday in the drizzling rain I started to feel a bit run down.  Slowly a sinus infection started working it’s way into my system and the fact that I work in a school.  While I love my kids I don’t love the illnesses they bring with them.  By the end of school Thursday I literally had no voice.  This happens to me every year since I have been in college.  If you know me at all you know I love to talk..which is why teaching is great for me but getting sick is not.  Thank the Lord I had Friday off already because I hate taking days off.  True fact I mean I went to school the day after the marathon…probably not a good idea but oh well:)  Anyways I woke up Friday morning feeling great with no voice.  I ended up resting and cleaning in the morning while the chimney cleaner checked our chimney.  I was pretty excited because Dave and I love fireplaces and since it’s pretty damp here I feel like I can start fires after the first rain which was two weeks ago.  The chimney inspection came out great.  I went for a great 8 mile run after and then rested.  My sweet husband came home on Friday and brought me lunch and finished working from home.  Our house was clean and later that night our good friend Jon Brinks came into town.  He’s pretty great and is on his way to Japan and China.  We are really jealous as we did this trip two years ago and can’t wait to go back.  He changed his reservation to have a layover here because he loves it here.  He was our first visitor last year.

This is us wine tasting last year.  He got in at 10 and then we stayed up way too late.  Of course I talked way too much but such is life.  We love when Jon a.k.a comes because he is a foodie like us so he’s always up for great restaurants.  We got up early for brunch at Tasty n Sons.  First off this place is amazing.  They are owned by the owners of Torro Bravo an awesome tapas place that we went to for Dave’s birthday last year.  We went to Tasty n Sons this summer with my brother for Happy Hour and it was awesome.  They have small plates like tapas and big plates but we had not been for brunch.  Let me just say it was worth the 45 minute wait but then most brunch places in Portland are:)  We started off with Stumptown coffee while we waited.  Then Dave and Jon had Bacon covered dates.  Jon and I both got the Chocolate Potato Doughnut with crème anglaise which was amazing.  Then the three of us shared small plate of their special which was a mini biscuit with gravy.  Amazing.  Then I had Cast Iron Frittata with grilled corn, gypsy peppers, caramelized onions, feta, Dave had Moroccan Chicken Hash with harissa cream & over easy egg and Jon had Burmese Red Pork Stew with short grain rice & eggs two ways.  It was amazing.  It sounds like a lot of food but it’s more of a tapas style restaurant.  It was amazing.  We then dropped Jon off for his flight to Japan and Dave and I drove home.  The sun finally peaked out which was awesome.  I stayed in and did schoolwork all day including finding 15 articles for my grad class.  I was able to work out later and now Dave and I are enjoying a fire and wine:)  I still can’t talk which is killing me but overall I feel good and am enjoying an awesome relaxing night.  Thanks Jon for visiting us we loved it even if it was short.  We are off to make dinner and hopefully search online for some furniture ideas….we have no furniture for our upstairs and our lawn chairs are ready to go back in the garage:)  Any ideas?  Our friend Ciara was living there until a week ago but now she is gone so we need to furnish it:)  Suggestions are greatly welcome:)

Happy Weekend!

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Portland Marathon

As I am sitting here in my warm bed working on school work for my grad class and school work for my classes to teach tomorrow it is hard to believe that I ran a marathon this morning.  Yep I ran my fourth marathon today.  I am sure you are all dying to know if I am sick of them yet or if I am still going to run another one.  Well don’t worry today further solidified how I can’t wait to run another one:)  I know I am sick but I had the best run ever today so I can’t wait to do it again.  I have been training for this marathon since this summer although if you know me you know that I am an avid runner and had a great base so I didn’t start doing official long runs until August.  I wasn’t sure how this one was going to go especially after the exhaustion I felt from my whirlwind wedding weekend that included a half marathon….but that weekend was so worth it.  Also this is the first marathon I have done as a full fledged vegetarian.  Best decision ever for me at least.  Anyways I tapered this week and yesterday Dave went on a two mile run with me:)  We also weather proofed our house.  We put up all of our screens and storm windows and painted our back deck with weather sealant.  Seems like not a lot but those windows were a beast.  So glad they are up and that yesterday was nice because it’s raining today:)  Anyways I made an awesome veggie pasta and salad last night in preparation for today.  I got up at 5, ate a cliff bar, drank a ton of water, and then Dave graciously drove me downtown.  I know he is the best.  I was in corral A which was awesome.  My goal was to break 3:20 so being logical I lined up with the 3:10 pace group. I have tried this before and it didn’t quite work for me but I went for it.  The race was awesome.  I have never ran a marathon in my city and it was great to be familiar with the sites.  A couple of tough hills but I am pretty used to them now.  I saw Dave at mile 20 which was awesome and it was right by my high school.  I stuck with the 3:10 pace group until about 22 miles and then slowed down a bit.  I also stopped for a 50 second bathroom break.  I won’t go into details but let’s just say that I used bushes over a porta potty since none were near and it definitely saved time:)  I had a terrible cramp in mile 24 but it went away and I sucked it up for the last mile.  Official time: 3:13:56.  I am beyond happy with that as it was a 6 minute P.R. for me.  I am pretty sore now and smelled so bad that Dave had to roll the windows down and put heat on:)  Best part of the race by far was seeing Dave at the finish line and then hugging him.  Something about him watching the races and being my biggest fan is pretty amazing.  The Portland marathon overall was amazing.  I have run Boston and Chicago which are incredibly well run and this ranks up there with them.  Also I got a shirt for running, a finisher shirt, a tree to plant, and a rose.  Portland rocks.  I will leave you with a picture that Dave took of me while I am going to go and walk to the bathroom a task that will take me quite a bit due to how sore I am:)

Me with my running swag – the tree to plant and my rose:)

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Blessed

I started today feeling caught up and ready for my classes.  By the end of the day I was struggling to find papers and my classroom was a mess:)  Pretty typical but what made it worse was the work I had due for my masters class.  I am on my last class and then I just have to do my capstone and then I am done.  I need to finish by the end of November otherwise I have to pay for another semester.  This should be doable but today I felt the crunch.  I worked on the power point all weekend but needed to add more information.  I have a meeting tomorrow night with my capstone adviser so I just wanted to be done with the power point.  I had a minor freak out with my sweet husband.  You know what he did?  Made an awesome dinner of soy chicken nugget tacos and who took out the garbage in the rain.  Tonight I was reminded again how blessed I am with my husband.  Not to brag but he is amazing and pretty good looking too:) 

Happy Hump day in 3 and a half hours on the West Coast:)

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