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?

Jan 192016
 

I have to confess, I don’t really like the term “babymoon”. It’s kind of cheesy but…it’s a nice idea. One last holiday as a family of two before becoming a family of three. When we started talking about doing something, I foolishly considered Vegas. I mean, we both LOVE Vegas and this could be the last opportunity to go before the baby…I can go to Vegas and not drink. It’s not about the drinking for me; I love the atmosphere, the food, the glitz, the trashiness, the gambling…But in the end we decided not to spend the time/money going to Vegas and I’m glad we did. Something a little more low-key was what I wanted by the time the mini-break was upon us and I was glad we decided on the beach.

Even though Bella loves the beach we decided not to take her with us this time. We wanted something relaxing and about us and the one drawback to bringing Bella is that we can’t leave her alone in hotel rooms (she’ll cry) so it makes it difficult going to restaurants and such. Besides, Bella needed some puppy play time! So she spent the weekend with her Auntie Amy (the dog walker) and her boyfriend Raja. 😀

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You think she was excited to go?? 😉

We decided to go to Pacific City, near Lincoln City. Pacific City happens to be a place we’ve been before–when Michael and I biked Reach the Beach! It was kind of a blast from the past to drive part of the route we biked! And to see the monster hill we biked up (and where I threw my bike chain!). We stayed at The Inn at Cape Kiwanda. Michael got a Groupon for it, which was nice.

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Saturday morning I worked out, we packed and ate lunch and Amy picked up Bella. We were on the beach by mid-afternoon. There was a nice break in the rain so we had a chance to go for a walk on the beach. It wasn’t raining but it was stormy. The waves were huge and the tide was coming in.

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There was a lot of froth on the shoreline, too. It was cool to see. While we were walking there was a break in the clouds and the sun came out just a little bit. Sure it would have been nice to have a perfect weather weekend but even stormy weekends at the beach are fun.

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One odd thing–there were bunnies all over the place at the hotel! They were so cute. And you could buy bunny food for 50 cents and feed them (which I didn’t). I guess that’s why there’s so many bunnies hopping around the yard.

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Our room was on the top floor and had a deck and view of the ocean across the street. We had the deck door open the entire weekend so we could hear the ocean. It was nice. The hotel had a “happy hour” on Friday and Saturday nights. We went down for a little bit. Michael had some complimentary beer, I got sparkling cider and they had a cheese plate out where I ate way too much smoked Gouda (it was so good).

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Then we walked across the street to the Pelican Pub & Brewery for dinner. I was craving fish and chips and that’s exactly what I got! And I have to say it was one of the better fish and chips I’ve ever had. Perfectly crispy, great flavor, beer battered fries…it was absolutely excellent! Michael got the fish tacos. It came with a southwest quinoa salad that I had a bite of and it was really tasty.

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Part of the Groupon gave us a credit for dinner and a free beer for Michael. He got the double IPA (which looked and smelled amazing…cannot wait to have my own soon!).

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The place was packed but the food came out really quickly. Dinner was excellent. We got dessert to go. It was a key lime mojito torte. We hung out in the hotel room and ate the cheesecake in bed. PERFECT.  😀 It was so so good.

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Falling asleep to the sounds of ocean waves and rain is most excellent.

Sunday

Sunday morning we went to a local hole-in-the-wall called Village Coffee Shoppe. It was an odd, quirky little place. A mom and pop type cafe, small with limited seating and a simple and cheap menu. They definitely liked the decorations and the place looked like Valentine’s Day had exploded in there! They even had a sign on the wall counting down the days until Christmas….LOL

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Michael got a sausage omelette and I got the french toast. The french toast was decent. The coffee was really good. After breakfast we went back to the hotel. Michael wanted to watch the Seahawks game and I had intended on working out in the small hotel gym (it had a treadmill, stairmaster and bike). But I sat down in the chair near the deck, listening to the rain and ocean waves and decided to take a nap instead! I’m not the type of person that takes a nap–like ever. Unless I’m sick. But I was suddenly so sleepy. I crawled into bed, Michael kindly took my shoes off (yes I am getting to that stage where I need help with my shoes) and promptly fell asleep for over an hour!

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Once I woke up, I was itching to get out of the hotel. There was a break in the rain so I decided to go for a walk on the beach while Michael worked out with his kettlebell and finished watching the football game. It wasn’t too windy and the walk was kind of nice. The beach was really quiet.

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I ended up walking nearly 2.5 miles, went back to the hotel to shower and change and then we drove to Lincoln City.

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We spent an unlucky 30 minutes at Chinook Winds Casino, then walked around the outlet mall. I got a nursing bra for cheap and ended up buying some really adorable and SUPER CHEAP baby clothes at the Carter’s outlet. Everything was on clearance. We got a few cute outfits and some newborn mittens. By this time we were both getting hungry after skipping lunch so decided to have an early dinner.

Dinner was at Kyllo’s Seafood restaurant in Lincoln City right on the water. We shared the spinach artichoke dip (it was SO good!).

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Michael got the blackened salmon Caesar salad and I got the clam chowder with garlic bread. It was so delicious. The entire meal was perfect and just what I’d been craving.

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We made it an early evening and relaxed watching a movie in bed in the hotel room. The whole weekend was really relaxed and leisurely and exactly what I wanted. I got this photo from Amy:

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Bella caught with her boyfriend Raja! So cute. It was nice to hear she was having such a fabulous time on her own puppy vacation!