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NYE

My New Year’s Eve started with the gym:

Per usual! Thankfully the gym wasn’t crowded! I did my body weight exercises, free weight routine, weight machines then finished up with the elliptical. I was feeling ok but a little on the run-down side. I don’t know about you, but I am SO ready for summer…!

After the gym Michael’s mom and stepdad came over to babysit Logan while we had a date! I had NO idea what our date was. Michael planned it all and it was a surprise. He just said we had to be ready to go at noon.

First stop: lunch! I had no idea where we were going and was pleasantly surprised when we went to Papa Haydn’s! One of my favorites. It was pretty busy but we got a table right away.

Michael got the Pale Ale on tap and I got this gorgeous looking Bloody Mary:

It was spicy! YUM! Lunch was slow, which was perfect! We had time to relax, didn’t feel rushed, could have ADULT CONVERSATION and enjoy each other’s company in a calm, quiet setting…can you tell we were ready for a date “night”? 😉

We both got the Croque Monsier except Michael got his with ham and I got the turkey. Instead of fries or a salad I asked for the seasonal vegetable because it turned out to be Brussels Sprouts and I love sprouts! They were really good, too. Of course, the fries at Papa Haydn’s are to die for, so really you can’t lose whatever you order. I’m super happy with my lunch.

We chatted about Vegas and planning a potential trip in 2017. We’ll see if it actually happens. We’ve been away from Logan overnight once and will be away from him overnight in January, but a whole weekend? I don’t know that I am ready for that quite yet. But it was fun to imagine a little vacation getaway. We both agreed that it would be nice to stay at The Venetian.

We hung out and finished our drinks and relaxed and then got dessert to go for later. As we left the restaurant it started to SNOW!!

The next stop was nearby in Sellwood, The Moreland Theater. We’ve never been to that theater and we’ve both been curious, so it was cool to finally check it out. It was built in 1926! It was really old and reminded me of that old fashioned theater we went to in LA. (I wish I could remember the name of it.)

We saw Rogue One. It was okay. I am not a Star Wars fan so it’s kind of lost on me. But I can see how fans would be excited about it. I told Michael that I just can’t get into movies or TV shows that have fake creatures and fake languages…and he countered with Game of Thrones, which I love. So, yeah, I really can’t explain why GOT is ok but Star Wars doesn’t do it for me.

After the movie we had one more surprise stop to make for our date.

A new phone!! A Christmas tradition we have is giving each other a card and in my card this year he said that I’d get the rest of my present on NYE. YAY! My phone (the iphone 5S) has been buggy for awhile and every other day a message pops up saying I am out of space on my phone–no matter how much I deleted off it! It is so nice to have an upgrade.

We went home and we had originally planned on making Cornish Game Hens for dinner but they weren’t defrosted! Even though we took them out of the freezer two days ago….sooo we put in a frozen lasagna. And opened a bottle of wine that was a gift from Michael’s sister:

Pretty fancy New Year’s, huh? 😉

Dessert was the Bourbon Ball we bought at Papa Haydn’s:

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Day

Our tradition for New Year’s Day has always been snowshoeing on Mount Hood. I even did it last year when I was like 30 weeks pregnant (and my snow pants didn’t fit)! But this year we skipped it. Logan is too small right now to take him up there in the snow. Hopefully next year!

I was a little bummed about not snowshoeing. But I went swimming and was pleasantly surprised that the gym and pool was pretty much empty. I guess everyone else was nursing a hangover.

Sunday night we had some friends over for dinner. Michael made his mac n’ cheese:

Turned out great as usual! Our friends brought a delicious salad: spinach, blueberries, pine nuts and a homemade basil vinaigrette.

Comfort food + wine + good friends! We played Cards Against Humanity and talked into the evening. It was so good to have some adult time and catch up with friends. Being sick so much lately we’ve kind of been holed-up in our house.

It was a good New Year’s!

Spring Cleaning

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?