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Lately

Well, I’ve gotten the first daycare cold of the season! Logan gave me his head cold last week. So far it’s pretty mild but lingering and now turning into a cough. 🙁 I took it easy over the weekend and tried to get some extra rest. Michael picked up pho for dinner, which is magical when you’re sick!

My gym membership expired recently and I re-joined. There is a new gym in my neighborhood that is REALLY nice. The pool is gorgeous and overlooks the river. Everything is brand new.

I tried half of a spin class in the new gym (I was late). It’s been about three years, at least, since I’ve been to a spin class!

It was fun and hard work! I was drenched in sweat by the finish. I used to go to spin class once a week religiously in the winter time, mostly to stay in cycling shape for summer biking. But since having Logan, I am spending less time in classes at the gym simply because I just can never count on making the schedule.

My workouts have been fairly consistent. I’m still working out 5 days a week, but during the week with my new work schedule, I am working out at lunch time in my office gym. It’s not quite the same and it’s a fast, rushed workout, but it’s better than not doing anything. On my lunch time workouts I usually use the elliptical and do some quick free weights, or I run on the treadmill.

It’s not ideal. But I just don’t have time to go to the gym after work anymore–especially if I want to see Logan after work. Once he starts going to bed at a later hour, I think it will be easier to fit in a gym session once or twice a week. But for now, this is what I’m doing to make it work.

I still have 13 pounds to lose to get back to my pre-baby weight. Sigh.

In other news…it’s been over a month since Yggdrasil passed away. It’s been a hard time for me. It’s getting better, but I’m still sad and I still miss him. I don’t think about him 24/7 anymore, which in a way is kind of sad in itself, but when I do think about him I get teary-eyed and miss my cuddle buddy. It’s so hard having someone who was with you for 15 years suddenly not be there.

Maya is having a hard time, too. She cries a lot. I know she’s lonely and misses Yggdrasil. It makes me wonder if I should think about getting another cat so she’s not lonely. 🙁 I don’t know that I’m ready. But one thing that has been kinda nice, Maya is now coming out more and wants me to pet her. This is something that hasn’t happened since she was a kitten!

Lately she’s even started jumping up on the bed to get pets! She’s still super skittish and it doesn’t last long, but it’s progress. 🙂

It feels like summer is officially over here in Portland. The mornings are dark and cold. We still have some nice weather in the foreseeable future, but I’m kinda looking forward to fall!

I think it’s going to be a fun autumn with Logan. He’s older now and going to the pumpkin patch will be really fun this year! It’s so cool seeing everything through his eyes. 🙂 I got his Halloween costume and I’m super excited to see him walking up and down our street trick or treating!!! It’s going to be too adorable!

This is the costume I WANTED to get, but…not for almost $50! LOL

Haha! Michael made a good point in that Logan wouldn’t have kept the ears/beard/hat on anyways, so…probably for the best.

Alright, time to wrap up this wrap up. Happy Fall!

P.S. It’s already snowing up on Mount Hood! 😀

 

 

The Randomness

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That’s kind of how I feel right now. Shell-shocked!

Life has been crazy lately. My already jam-packed schedule pretty much exploded for the month of June and the beginning of July. We’ve had a lot of changes at my work and there’s been retirements and new staff and I was whirling around in a tornado of taking care of that. I was in charge of training the new hire (who is totally awesome, by the way) and at the same time training my co-pilot (Ashley, who is also amazing) AND I got myself a little promotion too! I will be working temporarily in a new position. My current position has been in administration and this new opportunity is more in line with what I was originally interested in doing for a career when I first came to this office.

I’m really, really excited about the opportunity. It’s for 90 days and could be up to 6 months, not quite sure yet. I love the team that I am joining and words cannot describe just how thrilled I am to learn this new job. So I’ve been kind of overwhelmed the last few weeks with all of this stuff. Trying to coordinate and train the new people, go to all the meetings I’m involved with AND somehow fit in my training.

As you can imagine, I’ve been mighty tired. I also don’t know how this will effect my blog. I usually write my posts at home or on my lunch and breaks during work but I often brainstorm throughout the day. I get ideas and such and will kind of jot things down. I don’t see that happening for awhile now! I will be too busy. But I’ll do my best to keep a somewhat normal blog schedule. 🙂 One thing that has definitely been falling by the wayside is reading other blogs and commenting on posts. I will be catching up on everything very soon!

My garden! It’s been doing fairly well. The kale is pretty much gone. I started seeing some aphids, despite planting marigolds in the beds to keep them away. I tried some natural remedies to get rid of them but it didn’t work. I chopped that down and I’m hoping they will grow back without the aphids. The rest of the garden is good–tomato plants are huge but no blossoms yet. The jalapenos and pepper plant is starting to get little peppers. My flower garden is doing well too.

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I recently had a lunch date with Michael. Since he started working downtown we talked about getting lunch together and never did. Partly because I only take a 30 minute lunch and partly because I almost never eat lunch out during the week. This week we met up at E-San on SW 10th and Washington. He’s been raving about it for months as his favorite Thai cart. He likes it because it’s easier to order gluten-free and it tastes great.

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I got what Michael recommended, the Pad Mamoung.  It was a stir fry and SPIIIICY! Even ordered as a “medium” spicy. It had fresh mango with bell peppers, broccoli, onions, Thai basil and chili sauce. You can get chicken or tofu or just the veggies. I got the chicken. It was delicious–surprising in flavors. The sweet mango was such an odd flavor combined with spicy chicken and the veggies but I liked the combination!

We sat in the nearby park and ate our lunch together. The food was good–the wait for the food was not great. My recommendation is to order ahead of time and call them so it’s ready when you pick it up. The line was incredibly long and after ordering it was nearly 30 minutes before we actually had our food. Anyway, I ate about half and saved the rest for lunch the next day.

The kitties are doing well. Fat Kitty is still fat. Maya is still shy. But here is a cute photo of them waiting for me to get home from work:

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What you don’t see in that picture is Michael also waiting for me to get home so we could watch more episodes of Homeland. He’s totally cracked-out on the show and we’ve stayed up way too late lately watching it!

Finally, Michael and I booked our trip to LA! I am SO excited and a little overwhelmed with booking it on my credit card! Thankfully I should have it all paid off by the end of August when we go, but still, seeing that number was a little overwhelming. So we are staying three nights in Hollywood and then 2 nights in Santa Monica right by the pier. I have a list of things to see and do–most of it is free, which is awesome–but if you have any other “must sees” please tell me!

That’s about it for now. What’s going on in your life?