Beef jerry and survivor.

Thankfully the migranes faded.  I took 3 ibuprofen and started drinking a Coke. I took it easy at work in the AM and by lunch or was bouncing back. 

With to lunch with my family who is in town. You’ll see them as I do more with them over the weekend. 

After lunch My coworker and friend Kate, who went to lunch with me picked blackberries outside work before heading back in

I noticed that I have shoulder bruises from the weighted squats machine 

After work the roommate and I headed to the gym. I got my swim on. 

After dinner it was dessert time!!

Roommate and I are waiting survivor while we eat, then she pulls out leftover jerky from our hike.  

And my baby is cuddling with me

As soon as this episode is over its off to bed for me!!!

How was your day?

Did you get in a workout?

Do you watch TV while you eat?

I know they say we aren’t supposed to and I agree, but being single there’s not much else to do while I eat. 

Confessions time…..

My confession is that I suffer from road rage. Anyone who rides in the car with me ends of laughing their butt off then wondering why the heck people are going so slow. By the time the car ride is over you agree with me, but don’t worry it doesn’t follow you into your car. I will tell and gesture emphatically,  not like flipping people off (they could be armed I’m not risking it) but like both hands up in the air or waving at you to get over if you are in the fast lane. Sometimes it’s bad lol. My roommate experienced this for the first time on our road trip hiking adventure.  OK confession over. 

Now for the good stuff. My post it collection at work is growing

First there was this

Now there is this

I sooooo did not want to go to the gym after work, soreness from strength training was setting in and the panda express but tired me out but I bargained with myself that I only has to spin for 20 min so I dragged my butt there

And my mom called me about 7 min in, thankfully the room was empty so I chatted with her for almost 20 min and that helped.

Then to home I went for bolognase!!!

I will leave you with my sweet sweet girl!!

Tasty Tuesday 

Good morning!!!! 

Last night I went home and cooked some food up THEN went to the gym. That was weird lol. There was definitely some bargaining about not wanting to go. 

Meal prep happened 

Making taco boats. 

Also threw some bolognase  (spelling?) Basically meat pasta sauce in the slow cooker to cook overnight. 

Hit the gym for a short swim

Definitely a short swim, I should have done 800m but just wasn’t feeling it and was running out of time. 

Then took my hot shower at the gym since home water is still cold. 

Then home, ate dinner

Freaking delicious!!! And the crunch of the romaine is sooooo satisfying. 

Then off to bed. This morning i was up at the crack of dawn to put the pasta sauce away and head to the gym for AM strength training. On strength training days I end up taking 3 scoops of my protien and greens before 9am. By the time I finish my last shake

I don’t want to see a protien shake again for 2 days lol

As training intensifies to 2-a-days most days I feel like I am living out of a gym bag. 

Have a great morning!!!

Monday Motivation




Check in on last week:

Monday: Swim 800m after work Completed

Tuesday: AM strength with trainer, Spin for 30 min after work Completed

Wednesday: Run 3 miles before work w/ Artemis This changed to a speed work after a showing at night but completed

Thursday: AM strength with trainer, Spin for 30 min after work Completed

Friday: Run 3 miles before work w/ Artemis, Swim 850m after work Did not happen, i got frusted with life and just relaxed on the couch 

Saturday: 8am Spin class, Swim 850 m Also did not happen. I was bad and stayed up waaay too late friday night so an 8am spin class was not happening and of course once you skip one workout its just soooo easy to keep skipping

Sunday: Run 10 miles This turned into a 6 plus mile hike and a 12 hour day hahaha, but it was a nice hike. 


Now for this week:

Monday: PM Swim 800M

Tuesday: AM strength, PM Spin

Wednesday:AM Run, PM Swim 850M

Thursday: AM Strength, PM Swim 850M

Friday: OFF

Saturday:AM spin class

Sunday: 11 mile run


Tomorrow is Friday!!!!!!!

Happy Thursday night.

I am starting to plan next week’s meals and was looking at snacks and this totally jumped out at me on pintrest 

This is totally happening. 

Once again I didn’t have enough snacks (something I really need to think about for next week)

So I got taco bell tacos

On the plus side it was ice cream day and I abstained. And yes I also ate the apple. 

After work I met my roommate at home and off to the gym we went! 

Spun for 30 min

After I finished cycling I went upstairs to the den of cardiovascular to find my roommate, she was still on the step machine so I figured, if you can’t drag them out of there, join them, so 6 minutes of stepping I did. My calves were on fire!!!!

I had a diet coke today and it was yummy. I rarely drink soda so I really savor it when I do

Do you drink soda?

What is your favorite fast food place?

Mine is Del Taco, thankfully the are only 2 in Oregon and neither are super close by. 

Happy Tuesday!!!!

Today started off good, i hit the gym and had a training session with my trainer. It was hard but didnt kill me, we backed off a bit so that i wouldn’t be soooo sore that i couldnt do anything else hahaha.

Then off to work i went!

So i have a designated bowl at work that i use just for oatmeal that i keep stocked in my drawer, AKA second breakfast.


I would say this happens at least 2-3 days a week. I make the oatmeal then fill the bowl with water and let it sit until just before i leave then i wipe it out for tomorrow

Oatmeal turns into cemente if you dont soak the dish or clean it right away.

I have been being good so far this week and bringing fruit for snacks, like this delicious nectarine

I knew I was going to workout twice today and didn’t bring enough food so on my lunch I hit taco bell for some crunchy tacos fresco style 

Later came my delicious 2nd lunch

My slow cooker apricot chicken and rice

After work I headed to the gym for a 30min spin

This is the look on my face when I am tired and forgot a 2nd shirt for my second workout so I put in the stinky still damp shirt from this mornings workout 

Then I headed home quick to see the puppies.

This is what I come home to most days

Release the kraken!!!!!

Click on the word kraken so see the video. 

She was very excited about dinner, she got leftover apricot chicken juice in her kibble. 

Did you enjoy your dinner as much as she did?

I did I had more kielbasa sausage 

My small life

It’s funny how our lives  lives go through cycles, this time last year my life and my community consisted of hudreds of through hikers and through hiking blog readers. Some of that is still a part of my life, i may not be a through hiker but i am a hiker. But now i am back in Oregon and my life consists of going to work, working out, hanging at home with my dog and the occasional date. Yes i am part of the running community and am becoming part of the triathlon community but i am very much alone up here.

Don’t worry this is not a pity party post.

But really, none of my immediate family is here, i have no close friends here. The one wonderful woman i hung out with on a regular basis moved to the other side of the country. I am averaging seeing 1 other woman and her fiance about once every other month. But that is it. So it’s time to take the bull by the horns.

I have made exercise a priority and now meeting people will be as well.

I have joined 2 book groups and RSVP’d to these groups April event so yay.

Also i joined a few running groups and RSVP’d to a short run the weekend after the tulip festival ends. I WILL put myself out there. I need to build a base of people here.

If you are interested in meeting people I used there is something for everyone.

On a side note i got lots of planting done last night!


Planted 3 small rows of onions in this 10 gal smart pot


Got 2 rows lf corn and peas in each brown planter and planted 2 potatoes in the potato bag


The bottom opens for easy harvesting!

How are you?
How long did it take you to establish your base of people where you live now?
How did you do it?


Happy Friday!!!!! I am going to try and keep this short because i took the other dream water that i bought earlier in the week and its kicking in.


Most of work was good today. The department i work in had a little pot luck for belated St. Patty’s day.


We had 2 delicious soups, both vegetarian :mrgreen: and some delicious gluten free dairy free corn bread with vegan honey butter.


My contribution was veggies and fruit.


Another coworker brought fruit and donut holes……i may have  had a few too many of those lol. I snacked all day.

I had some surprises waiting for me at home, well not really suprises since i ordered them lol.


My Road ID came!!! It’s basically an ID bracelet witn emergency contact information and relevant information for emergency responders. Since i dont have a training parter i figured it was time to be responsible. There is even room for a fun saying!
Mine says: Beast mode, you got this.


I also added this fun little tag for $5. Gotta love the motivation.



My triathlon shorts came!!! Cant wait to run in them this weekend amd bike in them on Tuesday! I ordered a top too but it was a bit snug so i am going to return it and go up a size.


I enjoyed some ‘ you’ve got mail’ tonight. Such a cute movie. And yes the TV in my room is a million years old lol. But it works so I’m good.


I went with some simple top ramen for dinner. And now its sleep time.
Good night!!!!
Hope you had the Friday night you wanted 😉