Oct 262015

What a week! Last week was kind of a roller coaster of emotions.

My week started with an annoyance…I had to wear a heart rate monitor for 24 hours. I was having issues with heart palpitations off and on–which my doctor said can be a normal part of pregnancy because of increased blood levels, lower blood pressure, etc. She didn’t seem too concerned about it and gave me the option of either wearing the monitor, or waiting to see if they go away. Michael panicked a little bit. :) So I wore it.

I got fitted Monday afternoon, with electrode pad things attached to various parts of my chest like this:


And then the device hooked to my waist (about the size of an iPhone). I was supposed to hit a button on the waist device whenever I felt a palpitation or got dizzy. Then I had to keep a paper journal of what time the event happened. Of course the 24 hours I wore it, I barely had any symptoms. I got to take it off Tuesday evening–thankfully! The sticky pads kind of irritated my skin, it was a nuisance to wear and I felt self-conscious wearing it. It takes about a week to get results. I’m not too worried. I’ve had my heart checked before (a regular EKG) and everything was fine.

It was a super busy week, Michael was busy and had plans Wednesday night, I was busy with the usual routine…I was feeling tired and burned out and even though we got great news about the baby and feeling happy, I was ready for a little break. The ultrasound was amazing but emotionally draining (which neither of us had anticipated!). And, sadly, we’ve barely had any time for our usual walks and playtime with Bella.  :(


Thursday we finally had some free time and could actually spend it together so…date night! We let Bella stay out of her crate (we’re still testing her again) while we went out to dinner.


We went to Fillmore Coffee in NE Portland. I’ve wanted to go for awhile now because a coworker’s husband is the owner and she’s been telling me about the place for months. She gives me updates on the rotating beer taps (before she knew I was pregnant) and I wished I could actually partake! The rotating taps are great! All local beers.


Michael got the Double Mountain Killer Green IPA. (ABV 7.6%, IBU:96) He said it was outstanding. I’ll take his word for it. Double Mountain is usually a great beer, so I trust his opinion. They also had a few other local beers and a cider on the menu.


So Fillmore is a coffee shop with a little bit more. It’s a big, open space with concrete floors, cool art on the walls, high warehouse ceilings and repurposed wood on the walls and bar. Nice jazz music mellowed out the mood. They have coffee, tea, beer, wine, cider. Plus they have some pastries, bagels, etc. The menu is small and simple–and all vegetarian or vegan. They had half a dozen pizzas on the menu to choose from and a few salads. The pizzas are super cheap, too.

We ordered the spinach salad to share and the White Truffle Oil Ricotta Pizza. My coworker has been raving about this pizza for months and I’ve been dying to try it.

First, the salad. Simple but fantastic. I know for a fact they get all their ingredients from a local organic place. The salad was fresh and delicious, full of flavor. Spinach, tomatoes, red onion, cheese and vinaigrette dressing. Michael raved about the salad–especially the onion. He said it was the perfect red onion (crunchy and spicy, his words). I liked the salad a lot and wished we’d ordered two instead of sharing.


Now, the pizza!

We watched them make it, periodically rotating the pizza in the oven, and as he brought it to our table I could smell the garlic and truffle oil. It smelled heavenly.


I guess the pizza chef used to work at Apizza Scholl’s (Michael’s favorite place in Portland) and the pie was very similar. It was small (6 slices total) and the crust was very similar to Apizza Scholl’s. The dough was fresh, perfectly baked, the truffle oil was amazing (I love truffle oil). There was seasoning and ricotta cheese and fresh mozzarella–it was decadent. I am a HUGE fan of this pizza!

We both agreed that we wished the pizza was slightly larger. While we both felt satisfied and certainly didn’t need any more pizza after eating the whole thing, we both WANTED one more slice… it was that good! 😉 Seriously, loved the pizza! I would definitely go back for this pizza and the salad, too. It was a nice treat.

The place had a cool vibe and lots of local people came in to hang out and seemed like regulars. There was also one of those wooden train tables for kids to play with. There was a cute little toddler there having a ball with the train set. It was fun to watch (and we might need to get one of these things for our little nugget!).

Our stomachs full and satisfied, we got home to discover this:


Shenanigans. I have no idea what they were getting into but I know when I walked in the door Bella and Fat Kitty were racing through the hallway. SIGH. Chaos in our house. Always! Just wait, fur-babies, when there’s a real baby chasing both of you!

I spend the rest of the evening relax, thankfully, thinking about that truffle pizza… :)

Jul 142015

On Saturday I hit the gym early for some reason. It wasn’t crowded, which was nice. I did weights (I’ve been adding pull-ups and chin-ups to my routine lately!), my physical therapy exercises and body weight exercises and then went for a run on the treadmill. It was one of those runs that was FABULOUS. Where I didn’t feel the need to walk, that I felt like I was too slow and sped up the treadmill and my legs just wanted to RUN. It was a fantastic 2.75 miles and then I walked down the stairs in the gym and all of a sudden my knees were like “we are not HAPPY!!!!” It wasn’t good. :( Despite that my knees were doing okay, as long as I didn’t go down any stairs…I burned 646 calories! Wowza.

Michael and I went to the Mississippi Street Fair next. It’s been about two years, I think, since we’ve been. Of all the street fairs in Portland it’s my favorite. I like the vibe and there’s a bunch of different stages with different kinds of music playing. It’s always crowded, so be prepared. This year it wasn’t quite as crowded as it was in the past, so it was slightly easier to walk up and down the street checking out the booths.

First stop: LUNCH. We decided to bag street food and went straight to a restaurant. Little Big Burger. It’s been a really long time since I’ve been there. I like that the burgers are not ginormous. I got a cheeseburger and we split an order of their AMAZING to-die-for truffle fries.


We wandered around and saw some of the booths (lots of arts and crafts and jewelry) and there was music everywhere. I’m not sure what this instrument is but it was fascinating to watch.


Does your cat need a bowtie? I think it might! I almost got Fat Kitty a bowtie (this photo kinds of looks like him!) but I knew he’s never let me put it on him and would either a) give me the grumpy cat face or b) immediately take it off and destroy it in a rage. :)


We walked around a little bit and met up with some friends. Our friends that came over for the 4th of July were hanging out doing the kid stuff (bouncy house) so we hung out with them for a little bit.


Michael got two t-shirts and I got one (I will wear the shirt soon and post a photo–it’s so Portland). I ALMOST got a Sasquatch bumper sticker. Almost.


We left our friends and met up with some other friends, who also have a daughter the same age as Rowan (2.5). It’s such an adorable age. We walked up and down the length of Mississippi with them and looked at the booths (she got a Kimchi Hot Dog for lunch which really fascinated me–I might need to try that combo soon). I bought a jar of kimchi from the hot dog vendor (can’t wait to eat it!). Then we ended up at Ecliptic Brewery.



It was a cool, modern, high-ceiling and concrete floor and walls kind of a place with a ton of outdoor seating. Our friends ordered some food and drinks. The Orbiter IPA was a really smooth, balanced IPA. It SMELLED like a super strong, hoppy, intense bouquet of citrus and it smelled like it was going to be a face punch IPA, but once you took a drink it wasn’t like that. It was very mellow, which was kind of odd. Our friends shared their appetizer order of deviled eggs with us. They were topped with a sardine, which I didn’t eat. They assured me that it was the best part but…yeah, no thanks. I love deviled eggs, though!


After hanging out drinking and talking at Ecliptic we realized it was pretty late in the day and walked back to the cars. Check out Charla’s super awesome cobalt blue shoe in this picture:

Somehow it seems fitting with the Willy Wonka quote and I don’t know why. :)




I went back to yoga!!!

I hadn’t been since March when my back went out. One of the moves that hurt the WORST with my whole back issue was downward dog. As I continued with my healing and did physical therapy, downward dog was still something I couldn’t do at all. It was a benchmark for me. I periodically checked to see if I could do the stretch and for months and month, not at all.

I decided recently it was time to give it a try again. I tried downward dog at the gym one day as a stretch and didn’t have the immediate, searing pain in my low back so thought hmmm, maybe it’s better? I decided on Sunday I’d give it a go, with the caveat that if it hurt, I’d leave the class. I warmed up with the elliptical and then went to yoga class.

I spent the majority of the class subbing child’s pose for downward dog. I did to downward dog a few times in class, and it was just fine!! But I defaulted to child’s pose just to be safe. The rest of class went really well and I was able to do most of the stretches in class and I was SHOCKED to find that my balance hadn’t decreased after months off. I’m guessing that the combination between doing the One Leg Romanian Deadlift for my knees and all the core work I do with physical therapy for my back have maintained my balance (thank goodness!).

There were a few rotations in a lunge that felt not fabulous but overall it was a great class.


After class Michael and I went and saw Jurassic World! I was so looking forward to seeing it. I knew it wouldn’t be as good as the original, of course, but I had high hopes. Then…I started hearing from people it wasn’t great. I was disappointed and dragged my feet in seeing the movie but we finally had a free afternoon so I caved.


How was the movie? It was okay. It was fast-paced and had some exciting moments. There were definitely a lot of cheesy moments that made you groan but they’d switch gears pretty quickly so you didn’t have time to dwell on the cheesy for too long. Overall it was a decent action movie. Just don’t try to compare it to the original too much and you’ll enjoy it.