Got out of bed early to go do yoga. My work has a woman come in twice a week to provide yoga sessions. She’s really good and my coworkers are really funny first thing in the morning. Five days until Columbia Gorge Marathon!
I have a freezer full of Hatch green chile and a desire for some pasta. This is the recipe I loosely followed. My cheese was a blend of mild and sharp cheddar. I topped my mac & cheese with Panko bread crumbs for some added texture. And I also used a lot more onion than the recipe called for. I didn’t use elbow pasta but what I had on hand.
This is a pretty easy recipe where you could add some mushrooms, can of stewed tomatoes or whatever. I do recommend letting the mac and cheese sit after it comes out of the oven. No just because it’s really hot but it will set and be more of a casserole than the stuff that comes out of the blue box.
My mom sent me an early birthday present. The Kindle Fire 7 arrived yesterday and all ready I’m pretty hooked on it. I love the physical feeling and smell of books but dislike having to wait for my next library hold. And carrying enough books in my luggage and bags to keep me occupied for my trip. I can generally rip through one book per flight if the subject matter is light. That means roughly 3-5 books per trip. Andy’s mom gave me a Kindle a few years ago but I must have read too many books too fast on it. It stopped working after a few weeks and I was never able to get it back up again.
I’ve all ready downloaded 4 books and as soon as I’m finished with my last physical book, I will transition to the Kindle Fire 7.
Last Sunday me and a few colleagues traveled to Cincinnati to a client visit. Last time I visited, I flew in Monday night and flew out Tuesday afternoon so this visit was fun as it was a bit longer. We actually got to walk around a bit too.
Oh so busy this week. Andy is getting ready for a big fencing tournament this weekend and I have a big project launch. That combined with an upcoming business trip (me) and Design Week. Calgon, take me away.
I stress baked almond poppyseed muffins. Sure it was a mix. But I worked a long day that included an onsite client meeting and a party.
I’m excited that Andy’s going to put all of his hard work into practice and that my project is coming to fruition but I will be happy to sleep in on the weekend, have dinner with Andy, and take regular lunches at work again.
This last Saturday I drove out to the Columbia Gorge Marathon course to get in a good long run. The sun was just coming up and it was so pretty.
The marathon course is pretty hilly and based on my performance last year, I need all the training I can squeeze in. This year I plan on taking the early start so that if afternoon rain and wind move in, I’m not out in it as long as I was last year.
We left for Maui on Friday and once we arrived, we went to Kaanapali to pick up our packets for our respective races. Mom was running her first race ever: Maui Taco 5k.
I was a little grumpy as I just wanted to get them and go to the hotel. But the ride over there was long and parking was sparse. Plus it was the hottest time of day and we had to walk from the parking garage through the open hotel.
I convinced Mom to grab a hat the Expo. She found a super cute one:
We finally got the hotel and relaxed by the pool for a bit.
Mom ran the Maui Taco 5k on Saturday despite very warm temperatures.
It was my first time providing runner support and I loved it! It was so exciting to watch Mom run off with the huge group of people. I tried to provide all of the lessons I’ve learned over the years but probably just confused her.
She ran a great race and had a smile on her face the entire time. And it was hot. I don’t know if you can tell from the photo but basically she’s drenched it sweat.
After the race we ate and then went to the beach where Mom found an abandoned boogie board.
The next day I ran the Maui Marathon. I just want to reiterate how awesome it was to have my mom take care of me post race. She got me so much water, brought me food, wiped my face off, and carried a bunch of my stuff.
The next day we went snorkeling.
Turns out that I get seasick. Really seasick. Snorkeling was awesome and I want to do it again. With a lot of Dramamine. A lot. Mom was a pro at snorkeling. While I looked like a beached whale she was able to easily maneuver around.
The next day we watched the sunset on top of Haleakala which meant the tour bus picked us up at 2:40am. Yep. It was cold and windy up there.
Then we biked down to Paia. It was so much fun. If you go to Maui, definitely do this! (I have video which I will edit and post later)
There was beach and shave ice. The next day we went to Paia to shop and look around.
Then we went to Big Beach which was fantastic!
The surf was so strong at Big Beach that you would get knocked around by the waves. That was fun.Mom and I both laughed at each other as we took the boogie board out to try our luck. Each time we would end up getting knocked over into the water and drug along the sand.
All in all it was a great vacation. I had so much fun hanging out with my Mom.