Aug 032015
 

I had a lot of grand plans for Saturday. Originally Michael and I were going to meet some friends downtown for the Flugtag and we’d discussed riding our bikes down there to get in a workout. Then Portland had a streak of 100+ degree weather and by Saturday I had zero desire to go ride my bike in that kind of heat and then sit outside unshaded for several hours then to bike home. Michael agreed. His commute home Friday in 103 degrees was pretty miserable.

Instead I headed to the gym. I did my warm-up and then my weights. This was my routine:

Kettlebell swing (traditional) with a 25 pound kettlebell 
Bent Over Row (30 pound bar)
Calf Raises
1 Leg Romanian Dead Lift
Bicep curls
Squats
Chin Ups

Then it was time for abs:

My physical therapy ab work: the Cobra, the crunch/hold, glute bridge with leg up, bird dogs and planks on my elbows. After doing 40 minutes of weight training I did a 2 mile run on the treadmill. It wasn’t the greatest run, I did a lot of walking, but it was okay.

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After the gym I was famished and craving a cheeseburger (and had been for several days). Michael and I had a little date for lunch at Foster Burger. Thankfully they had icy cold air conditioning, too. I love the art work at the restaurant–band posters. It’s a fun walk down memory lane and Michael having grown up in Portland had been to a bunch of the shows posted on the wall.

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Probably not the Vanilla Ice one, though. :)

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We shared an order of fries. They were okay–not as good as the Little Big Burger truffle fries! I also had an iced tea with lunch.

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I got the Foster Burger with American Cheese, sauteed onions and tons of their “special sauce.” Their burgers come on these AMAZING brioche sesame buns from Philippe’s Bread. I love that they use a local bakery for their buns and these buns are so good. I need to make a trip to this bakery to see what else they have.

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After that I went to the grocery store to stock up on some snacks. I took some suggestions you guys had and got some higher protein options. I picked up some granola, avocados, mini bagels, hummus and some cucumbers and a bunch of fruit. I’m going to experiment with some combinations to see what works. Like having a string cheese with the fruit, mini bagels with the hummus or avocado. We’ll see what works!

Sunday

This time it was Michael’s craving. He wanted pancakes so we had pancakes for breakfast! He makes them about once a year. It’s not something we have often (in fact the pancakes I had at my family reunion recently were the first ones I’d had in a few years I think). I was happy to go along with his craving.

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They turned out perfectly! He used bread flour. I feel like they were thicker and fluffier than normal. So tasty!

After that I went to the pool. It’s been about three weeks since I’d been swimming and it felt sooo good to get back in the pool. I hadn’t lost it, either, so that was good. I did 2000 yards in just under 50 minutes. My hamstrings were so sore and tight–the squats and running combo does it to me every time. Then I spent the rest of the day doing relaxing things. Like a pedicure and reading a book. Perfect Sunday. :)

Dinner:

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Baked lemon and dill salmon, kale salad and a baked sweet potato. Around 600 calories total.

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Jul 222015
 

I left off on my last post about the scavenger hunt! It’s a huge part of our family reunion. My uncle Mike has done it for 30+ years and he does a great job! I asked him this weekend how long it takes him and he said about 3 months to make it. That’s so amazing.

It’s evolved over the years and gets bigger and better every time. In the earlier years it was mostly having to find things–worms, ladybugs, spiders, pennies from a certain year, etc. Then he added trivia questions (which is fun). Then he started adding competition based games–like relay races and stuff. Like I said, it’s different every year.

The teams were boys vs. girls. We were Team G3 (Girls 3). It was me, my aunt Linda, my mom, my aunt Maureen, cousins Lea and Melina and Mia and Noa and Di.

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This year the stuff we had to find was hard to figure out at first. He gave us a list of like 6 things we had to find. Except no one knew the words. At first we thought it was a word scramble–unscramble the letters and then you know the words for the items you have to find. It took us a bit to figure out that it was actually just words in other languages–German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, etc. Once we figured that out we could find the items (lady bugs, spider, etc).

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There was a race where you had to run from the starting line to the end of the garden where there were buckets of water balloons in soapy water (which were really hard to hold on to) then run back and tag the next person in your team.

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Then there was the bowling competition. That is always fun! And of course we’re all quoting The Big Lebowski as we play. MARK IT ZERO! Next up was a really funny game! One team member had to run from the starting line to the end of the driveway, fill a skillet with water, then run back and pour the water into a bucket. The team with the most water in the bucket at the end wins that competition. Except–it’s really hard to run with water in a skillet and NOT spill it. AND people from other teams were throwing tennis balls and water balloons at the runner to get them to spill the water (hence the helmet). Here is a video. See below:

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Hahaha! It gets pretty competitive. Next up was throwing a giant rubber boot. The team that throws it furthest gets the points. It is surprisingly hard to throw the boot. Try it sometime. It doesn’t go very far.

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Then the grand finale: there was trivia questions involving the family history (like what year did the family reunion start? 1981. What is Grammy’s birth date? How did the barn burn down? It was a nut drier. Etc…)

Then each team had one final task. The boy teams had to find a girl’s swimsuit, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, lipstick, a towel and flipflops and then put it on and run back to the judges to get your points. The girls had to get a baseball cap, board shorts, sunscreen and boy flipflops. Check out my uncle who was enjoying it way too much. :)

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And the winning team:

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Our team won! Go G3!!! Girls rule. :) And of course there is a trophy:

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It was so much fun. It was a REALLY hot day, though, nearly 100 degrees, and we were all melting in the sun. A few times I had to go into the house to cool off for a few moments because I was feeling light headed.

After the scavenger hunt we all went down to the river to cool off! I could NOT wait!

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The water felt FANTASTIC in 100 degrees.

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After swimming and cooling off it was time for the potluck dinner. It’s so good. Everyone brings two dishes and there’s so much tasty food. I went a teeny bit overboard. But…..I had to have sweated off and burned off some of those calories during the scavenger hunt, right?? Potluck:

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A few different kind of salads and casseroles, a piece of fried chicken, some meatballs, and my aunt Maureen made grilled cheese sandwiches on the spot which was probably the best thing I’ve ever eaten. LOL So good.

Saturday night there was another bonfire and s’mores and just hanging out. It was so much fun. In the past we used to sit around the campfire and sing and several people brought their guitars. I’m a little sad that we didn’t do that this year. It was almost my favorite part of the weekend. (This is the reason I know ALL THE WORDS to “American Pie”.)

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Sunday morning we woke up and my aunt and uncle made pancakes. It’s pretty much the only time of the year I eat pancakes and they are amazing.

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It was so good to see everyone! And to spend time with my grandma. She was doing great! And she looks great for 93 years old.

We packed up the campsite, hung out a bit and then made the rounds to say goodbye to everyone. Then it was time to hit the road. We had to get home to pick up Bella.

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My cousin Kristin hitched a ride to Portland with us, which was nice. We got to spend some time together, hang out, chat. We all were super excited to shower and get clean clothes after camping all weekend and then we went out to lunch at Laughing Planet. We all were craving vegetables. 😉 We dropped Kristin off at her friend’s house and then went back to the house (where we discovered our AC broke over the weekend and it was HAWT).

What a wonderful weekend. Going back to “reality” and work on Monday was so hard. I could have used one more day to decompress before going back to reality…

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