Mar 132014
 

This week has been GORGEOUS. The sun was out and it was in the mid-60’s. This combination created a palpable giddiness in the entire city. It was like everyone was suddenly in a good mood! Me included!

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It was such a nice day and I didn’t need a jacket. In fact, wear jeans was a little toasty–capris would have been nice. I got home from work and played with Bella in the yard and then took her for a quick walk before heading to the Warrior Room. I almost cancelled the class because it was SO NICE. I considered going for a bike ride instead but I went to the class and I’m glad I did. It was a fantastic class!

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It was the 1/2 Tabata, 1/2 Isolation class. We did squats, squat jumps, burpees, up/downs, deadlifts, goblet squats, two armed swing, and running. Even though I ran at the gym the day before (unfortunately it was the treadmill) doing the C25K, I went out for a jog with everyone else because it was just so nice outside.

After that I went home to clean up and Michael got home from work, also in a great mood. We decided to go out to dinner to celebrate some stuff that recently happened (more on that soon). Some of the good stuff I can share is that my promotion is still pending (they move very slowly) but I am still happy I’m being promoted. I just don’t have a date yet. Also, my cousin Anna and I are booking a girl’s weekend trip to Vegas soon! I CAN’T WAIT!

Michael and I went to Pronto Pizza for dinner. We both wanted to check it out after hearing good things about it and Amy from EatingMyWayThruPortland loved it.

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The restaurant is in a little strip mall and has that strip mall feel to it. That wasn’t great but I’m glad we tried it and didn’t let that scare us off. The service was fast and friendly. I started with a beer from a local brewery (it’s been ages since I had a beer). I got the Breakside IPA and loved it. They even carried gluten free beer (which Michael got).

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We split a small salad. As soon as the waitress said “brussels sprout salad” I knew I wanted it. I love Brussels Sprouts! The sprouts were grilled and had a smoky flavor. The warm sprouts topped the cold leafy salad and there were walnuts and small cubes of ham on the salad.

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I’m glad we split the salad for two reasons: 1) the small was actually quite large and 2) it was my favorite part of the meal. The salad was fantastic and complex! The pizza we ordered was the Clackamas. It came with pepperoni, house-made pork sausage, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

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The style was similar to Apizza Scholl’s.  While I liked the pizza, I didn’t love it. The crust was thin and crispy, the flavors were pretty good but the sausage was overpowering. It was really all I tasted.

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I would definitely return to Pronto Pizza and try some of their other pizzas. I especially want to try their white pies. Those sounded so great!

UPDATE: I just had a piece of leftover pizza for lunch and it’s better as a leftover! Very tasty indeed.

I am so ready for summer!!!

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Apr 222012
 

Lovely spring weather finally arrived this weekend! My weekend ended up being a mixed bag of fun, work, some sad news and a feeling of wanting the nice weekend to last a little longer.

Friday I had a fantastic swim after more than a week off from the pool. It was relaxing and energizing. Then I got word that my Great Aunt Margie passed away from stomach cancer. While I wasn’t close to her, I remember her and her husband fondly and I felt really sad for her family and for my Grandma (her sister). It was nice to hear that she was surrounded by her whole family at home when it happened. The whole thing touched me deeper than I was expecting (even though we’d known it was coming since February). I think the whole thing brought up old feelings and memories about when my Grandpa died when I was 17. I think that was the last time I saw Margie, and her son Tommy sang at my Grandpa’s funeral, so all of those things were kind of intertwined in my brain on Friday night. It also brought up memories of the tough times last summer. Stuff like this really does remind you that the important things in life are family and friends.

On Saturday I worked out in the gym and hit the weights hard. It felt awesome. I woke up Sunday and could barely move! I even increased the weight on the free weights to two 20 pounders. I think I’m ready to take some progress pictures soon.

After lunch, Michael and I went shopping for the first items for our vegetable garden. We got lettuce, spinach, kale and sweet yellow onions. I helped Michael plant as much as I could before I had to jet to meet a friend.

Saturday afternoon, I met my friend for pedicures and dinner together. The pedicure was long overdue and felt fantastic. After the pedicures we went out to dinner at Old Wives’ Tale on Burnside. I’d driven by it for years but never went inside. There were so many things on the menu that looked fantastic. I almost ordered waffles…I’ve been craving waffles or pancakes for weeks now.

I ended up ordering the salmon cakes. It came with a cup of soup on the side and I chose minestrone and it also came with a sesame yam puree. The yams were really interesting in flavor. I loved the salmon cakes! They came with a lemon mayo sauce that was fantastic. My friend got the Indian Burrito. It was interesting–like a bean burrito with curry and an apple chutney on top.

After a lovely dinner I went home and finally relaxed.  When I woke up Sunday morning, everything hurt! In a good way. Now for the giveaway winner of a copy of The Swing! Randomly chosen from random.org:

#9 – Barb Mitchell!

Yay! Email me asap with your mailing information and I will pass it on to the publicist. Thanks!

QUESTION: Are you planting a garden this year? What have you planted so far?

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