Mar 212016
 

Think they’re ready?? 😉

Saturday was such a nice day in Portland! 65 and sunny! It was so nice out and I was feeling a bit stir crazy and sick of laying on the couch watching Netflix…Michael suggested we go check out the new food cart pod in Happy Valley so we went there for lunch. There were a bunch of different carts and several looked appealing. I definitely want to go back and try some others. I ended up going to the Hot Box BBQ cart and it was SO GOOD!

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I got the pulled pork sliders–2 of them. The Classic was pulled pork with pineapple, BBQ sauce and coleslaw on it. So delicious. The other slider I got was the Volcano–my FAVORITE! It came with homemade jalapeno pepper jelly, crispy onions, and sriracha mayo sauce that was to die for. It was just the right amount of spice and I absolutely loved it. So yummy.

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Just the right size, too. Loved the buns and they were slightly crispy. I can’t wait to go back and get another one of those Volcano sandwiches! Michael went to a different cart and got a rice, black bean, chicken and avocado bowl that came with homemade tortilla chips (they were great). We sat outside with Bella and ate our delicious lunches.

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After lunch we went out to Powell Butte for a nice long walk in the sunshine. It was my idea. Michael kept asking if I was up to it. But I was ok, just slow. The weather was perfect and even though I’m not in “hiking” condition right now I knew it would be an easy enough one to do because it’s not too steep, part of it is paved and it’s close to home. Bella was SO EXCITED!

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I feel bad — the weather has been so terrible all winter long and then towards the end of the pregnancy I was just not feeling myself physically and was really limited in what I could do so hiking was one of the first things we stopped doing. Which sucks because Bella loves it so much. I’m really looking forward to doing more of it this spring/summer.

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We did a very slow stroll around Powell Butte park and took a few breaks. Bella got to run around and sniff everything and there were tons of dogs and people out enjoying the nice sunny day. It just felt really good to be outside getting some Vitamin D.

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We ended up doing 2.5 miles in one hour. I burned a little over 200 calories. That was my workout for the day!

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The rest of the day was kind of uneventful. Laundry, House of Cards on Netflix and then a spontaneous invite from friends to go out for Thai food. I didn’t really feel like hanging around the house so I agreed to the dinner date, even though I probably should be taking it “easy” and staying close to home!

We went to Siri Thai and it was a really nice place. The food was good, the service was good and there wasn’t a huge wait for a Saturday night.

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It was really nice to go out with our friends and their kids, eat good food and get out of the house! 🙂

Feb 222016
 

Saturday turned out to be a really lovely day in Portland! After some gloomy, stormy, rainy weather it was finally dry and sunny and slightly warm (ish). I didn’t sleep well the night before (getting up to pee hourly–fun!) but I managed to get my butt out of bed and go to the gym. I’ve been skipping the weight lifting the last week or so. So Saturday I just did the elliptical. My heart rate was a little on the high side so I went slow and easy on it to keep it lower. Pre-pregnancy when I used the elliptical I usually had the resistance at a 10 or 11. First and second trimester resistance was around 8. By the third trimester I was down to like 6. This time? It was at a 4! Oh well.

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Since it was such a nice morning Michael went for a run and he took Miss Bella with him. He’s been taking her running with him lately, which is awesome. She needs the exercise and is a good running buddy. I miss running!

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The one little bummer about Saturday is that it was finally a decent day and probably would have been the perfect day to go hiking. But that’s not in the cards for me right now. I just wouldn’t be able to do it. Walking is difficult (but somehow swimming and the elliptical aren’t too hard for my body at this stage). I also miss hiking! I hope we get a chance to do a lot of it this summer.

Michael and I had plans with friends for lunch. The original plan was to try out Red Sauce Pizza (a few people have recommended it). Unfortunately, we got there and it was closed for some reason! We improvised and ended up at Jerk Pizza down the street. It was your typical pizza joint. I was really hungry! I got a Greek salad to start. It was pretty tasty.

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The four of us shared the White Pie–it was mozzarella, ricotta, garlic and basil. It was really good! Michael and I both agreed that the flavor was great but that we wish the crust was slightly thicker. It was a little on the too-thin side for both of us. Despite that, the pie was tasty.

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Our friends were child-free for the day so we ended up spending a few hours just hanging out chatting after we were done eating. It was nice to just hang out and catch up. And who knows, it might be the last social outing Michael and I have for awhile!

The rest of the weekend was spent spring cleaning the house. Like obsessively. Cleaning, organizing, doing tons of laundry. I even took down drapery and washed those. I re-organized the pantry and the hall linen closet. I think it was a combination of nesting and of just wanting the house perfectly clean after being a bit lazy this winter!

Also, Michael and I finally saw Straight Outta Compton. It was such a good movie! I am so glad we finally saw it. It was excellently done–the casting was great, the acting was great, the story was so well done and I really enjoyed it! And it was also great seeing the backstory of musicians I loved as a teen.

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I can’t express it enough that it was well worth watching.

Sunday (after another sleepless night) I went swimming, we took Bella for a walk in the neighborhood and I worked on house stuff. More spring cleaning!

Dinner was baked chicken breasts marinated in a sesame ginger sauce, sauteed kale and some brown rice rice. I really liked the marinade and will definitely use it again.

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Overall it was a good weekend even though I don’t feel like I got everything done I wanted to do. How was your weekend?