day off

Too Much To Do

I had a day off on Monday because I thought my parents were going to stay a few days but they ended up having to go back to Seattle that Sunday night. I decided to keep my day off and try and enjoy myself and relax. Yeah right. Sadly, when I take time off I end up doing a bunch of stuff that’s not usually that fun. I wish I could say “the laundry, etc can wait for another day” but I can’t. πŸ™


I did get to go to the Warrior Room and that was good. It was a morning class and one I hadn’t attended in a long time so that was good. We did a bunch of burpees, two kettle bell swings, high pulls, lots and lots of squats and upright rows. (I was very sore the next day!!)


The Warrior Room is doing something new–Boot Camp! I signed up for a Boot Camp class in a few weeks and I’m excited to check it out. I will review it after I give it a try. After class, iced coffee from The Painted LadyΒ (it was salted caramel!) was a must. It was going to be a hot day! On a side note, our roses are so pretty and in full bloom right now:


I was glad I went to the class first thing. The day was going to be really nice and I wanted to get outside to enjoy it. Unfortunately, I had a really bad headache all day so it kind of put me in a bad mood. I got started with some gardening after my workout and at least I got rid of most of the blackberry bushes in the yard! Check out the calorie burn:


So with the Warrior Room and gardening, I burned over 800 calories for the day! I got cleaned up and had lunch outside on the deck while I read my book and listened to some music. That part was nice. I got to relax and enjoy it a little bit. But then of course my mind starts listing all the things I had to get done and couldn’t enjoy just sitting there anymore.

I ended up running a bunch of errands and doing not very fun stuff. SIGH. It put me in a bad mood and on top of my horrible headache that wouldn’t go away I was just grumpy! I did treat myself to something that improved my mood a little bit:


I stopped at McDonald’s for an ice cream cone! 150 calories and it was worth it. It was a nice, cool treat and something I don’t get very often. That did cheer me up a teeny bit. I went home and relaxed with Bella for the rest of the afternoon.


She is so funny. She was having puppy dreams and would twitch and flex and it is so hilarious to watch! Michael and his dad were out for the day golfing (poor Michael could only tag along because his back is still in bad shape) but when they got home Michael and I made dinner.


I picked up some fresh cod and Michael blackened them in the skillet. I baked asparagus with some fresh parmesan cheese on top and we put the cod on top of a bed of lettuce. On top of the cod I put some peach mango salsa, which is a great combo! Dinner was really tasty. Michael’s dad loves to eat seafood when he’s visiting and I was happy to oblige. It’s been ages since I had cod.

My day wasn’t really what I wanted it to be and I wish I had forced myself to skip the chores and errands and just relax. I have such a hard time doing that. πŸ™ Even though I was grumpy I’m still glad I took the day off. At least now I can relax a little this weekend and not have a TON of things to do…right? Right. Pffft!

Playing Hooky

After a recent burst of summer-y weather, I vowed that the next day it was sunny and warm I’d take a vacation day and enjoy it. With the wedding and stuff I have been saving my vacation days but I had enough to spare one. I ended up taking off Monday to extend my weekend. I had nothing planned other than enjoying 0% chance of rain and the possible temperature of 74 degrees.

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I packed a backpack and water and Bella and I were off to play in the sunshine! I got an iced coffee, we filled up the gas tank and then drove to East Portland for a hike. I decided to do Powell Butte Park. I’d heard of the park before but had never been. I decided Monday was a good day! I didn’t want to drive all the way out to the Gorge for a hike and I’m glad I gave this local hike a try. I’d like to do it again with Michael.

They are doing construction at the park so the visitor parking lot is closed. I parked at the bowling alley across the street from the entrance road and Bella and I hoofed it up the steep road to the park. The hardest part of the hike was the first 1/2 mile trek TO the park!


The park was pretty empty. We came across a few other people with dogs and Bella did a great job! She didn’t bark at any of the strangers except for one. The park is under massive construction. Not sure what all they are doing but I did see parts of the park were closed for habitat restoration. There were also tons of newly planted trees.



The park is supposedly popular with cyclists, hikers and horseback riders. I saw evidence of horses on the trail but didn’t see any horses on our hike. The summit of the park was pretty barren; there were some trees but mostly it was just views of the surrounding mountains. It was a gorgeous lookout from the top!

The sun was out, the skies were perfectly blue and it was warm out there. Bella and I hiked on the Wildhorse Trail and then it hooked up to the Orchard Trail. The path started to lead downhill and wound into some trees. The hike turned into a more typical Oregon hike–through old growth forests.


The only sound was the breeze through the trees and the birds hiding in the branches. It was very peaceful. I followed the forested trail downhill for awhile and decided to turn around. I’m glad I did. We’d hiked a lot longer than I had expected. The trail was deceptive–it didn’t seem very far.

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It was a pretty warm day and most of the hike was out in the open. The sun felt really nice. We stopped many times for water breaks. We turned around and headed back the same way we came. I loved seeing the mountains! I found a map after the hike that showed all the trails. I’m not sure which ones are under construction but I was impressed with how big the park was!


I’ve hiked on my own many times before. I’m always aware of what’s going on around me, pay attention to other people on the trail, and just be smart. I liked having Bella with me! We got back to the car and had more water before heading home. Β We did about 4.25 miles total. It was such a nice way to spend a day off!

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When I got home Bella fell asleep on the couch (snoring) while I cleaned up and had lunch. Lunch was leftover cashew chicken from the weekend and it really hit the spot. I’d worked up an appetite!

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I ran a few errands–one being a trip through the car wash! My poor car hasn’t been washed in months. And Bella got the exciting experience of going through a carwash. I posted a video of it on my instagram if you’re so inclined to check it out. After a day in the sunshine, Bella and I finally sat down to relax a little. She fell asleep and snored on the couch. πŸ˜‰

When Michael got home I gave him his birthday present and made dinner. Even though we’d had Italian for his “official” birthday dinner, we ended up having Italian again! I opened a jar of my homemade marinara sauce made entirely from the tomatoes, rosemary, onions and basil from last year’s garden. I cooked some Trader Joe’s pesto tortellini, browned some turkey into the sauce and opened a bottle of red.


For dessert I tried something I saw on Pinterest. You take the crescent roll dough, roll some Rollos into it, bake it and it’s all melty and gooey on the inside. For about 180 calories, it’s a nice treat! It was a little weird but tasty. Kind of reminded me of the croissants that have chocolate baked on the inside.


We watched Game of Thrones and ended the day. It was such a nice day off!