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Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Biz

    Wow, that dish looks amazing, but you had me at sriracha! I went to Southern Illinois my first year – I got a field hockey scholarship. Sadly, they dropped the field hockey program after my freshman year and I never went back to school.

    I am so proud of my daughter because she just finished her junior year in college! She stayed home the first two years and went to community college to get her Gen Ed’s out of the way (saving lots of $$!!) and she got an academic scholarship at Roosevelt University and moved in with her boyfriend last year. She loves living on her own, commuting to school and working 30 hours a week!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Have you ever thought about going back to school?

      That’s great about your daughter. What is her degree in? I also went to community college. I got my AA degree because I was working full time while I went to school full time (fun huh?). I intended on going to Portland State afterward to finish my degree but I got a job in the field I was studying and thought I would get some on the job training and experience. After 6 years now, I realize this is not the field I want to be in! LOL

  2. Roz@weightingfor50

    Beautiful photos Lisa. And great looking recipe!!! Have a wonderful Thursday.
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  3. hannahviolin

    Why yes, I AM a fan of classical music 🙂 I went to the Cleveland Institute of Music, a day’s drive from home and loved it.

    You should totally take violin lessons!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Do you have to have your own violin? Or do some instructors have extras you can use?

  4. Lori

    How cool that the orchestra used period instruments, too! I actually was a performance major (horn) and got a masters degree. I was working on my doctorate and realized that as much as I loved music, I couldn’t fit very well in academia and would have been miserable.

    I went to SUNY Potsdam for my undergrad, Michigan State for my masters and did doctoral work at CU Boulder. I traveled a lot!! 😀
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Wow! That’s so cool to learn about you. I didn’t know that you had such an advanced degree in music. Do you still play the horn? My brother played the trombone in highschool (I didn’t play anything) and went to Ireland and Japan twice with the band. Also met his wife in the college band. He’s going to be in academia but he seems to love it.

      1. Lori

        No, I don’t play the horn any more. It’s a bit bittersweet to play it. One reason why I decided to play guitar was to bring music back into my life without it being so emotional.
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        1. Lisa Eirene

          I get that. I have similar feelings about the piano. Hated it as a kid but kind wish I could still play…but at the same time don’t. LOL

  5. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    Boy, that campus is gorgeous! I went to North Central College, a small school in Naperville, IL. I loved it! 🙂
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      It’s a really pretty campus–picture perfect!

  6. bethh

    That recipe looks good! I bet if you saved the sesame oil and sprinkled it on after cooking, you’d get more of its nutty flavor.

    I went to a gorgeous college outside of Boston called Stonehill – it’s got a great reputation in New England, but no one here’s ever heard of it!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Great idea. I’ll try it!

      Boston sounds wonderful. Still haven’t visited…

  7. Jess

    Yummy sounding recipe, thanks! I’ll put that on my ‘to make’ list. Or, even better, my boyfriend could follow those instructions so I can put it on his ‘to make’ list instead!!

    Classical music? No thanks. My ex was a musician and played mainly classical and jazz. The amount of concerts I had to sit through… No thanks! Here in NZ it isn’t common to move away to study, unless you live in a small town without a university nearby, or the degree you want isn’t offered at the closest university. I studied in Auckland city for my diploma and in a suburb about 30 minutes away (by car) for my degree.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh bummer, sorry you burned out on it!

  8. Beth

    I went to Rutgers and then to American University for my masters in public communication… where I met my husband on the first day of school. I’m not doing anything career-wise like I thought I would – maybe at some point when my son gets older I’ll get back to it – event programming is what I’d really like to do and I do a lot of that as a volunteer at the moment and also work with my husband.

    I played the clarinet as a kid – didn’t stick with it into high school. My son (5th grader) is playing and absolutely loving percussion and I hope he sticks with it! We’re thinking about starting him on either piano or guitar in addition.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Public communication sounds like a good base for event programming. I’m sure you’ve looked into it, but what about a job with a nonprofit that does a lot of charity events to raise money? A friend works at Ronald McDonald House and plans all the events. She seems to love her job.

  9. sue

    very good recipe. i used boneless chicken thighs, instead of chil sauce I used hoisin sauce and added red pepper flakes, also doubled the onion poweder and added sesame seed during the cooking since you said you like more sesame taste.

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