Sunrise Yoga

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!

New yoga mat.

New yoga mat.

Green Chile Macaroni & Cheese

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.

Hatch green chile macaroni and cheese

Hatch green chile macaroni and cheese

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.

Delicious!

Delicious!

Kindle Fire 7

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.

Kindle Fire 7

Kindle Fire 7

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.

Cincinnati (Through Pictures)

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.

The biggest creakiest bed ever.

The biggest creakiest bed ever.

John in front of his favorite Cincinnati restaurant Sotto

John in front of his favorite Cincinnati restaurant Sotto.

Street view

Street view

The weather was great.

The weather was great.

4 flights of narrow stairs to the top!

4 flights of narrow stairs to the top!

Of course there was some beer.

Of course there was some beer.

And some smoking. (not me.)

And some smoking (not me)

After getting back into Portland at 10pm, home at 11pm, and bed around 12:30 - I was tired the next day.

After getting back into Portland at 10pm, home at 11pm, and bed around 12:30 – I was tired the next day.

Super Crazy Busy Week

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.

Stress muffins

Stress muffins

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.

Columbia Gorge Marathon Training Update

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.

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Mark Hatfield Trail Head (just East of Hood River)

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.

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View of the Gorge from the course looking East.

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I trucked up this long hill without stopping. I was actually trying to beat the speed walkers that appeared out of no where. I did beat them finally.

Maui

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:

Mom needed a hat for her 5k.

Mom needed a hat for her 5k.

Start of the Maui Marathon!

Start of the Maui Marathon!

We finally got the hotel and relaxed by the pool for a bit.

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Mom ran the Maui Taco 5k on Saturday despite very warm temperatures.

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Couldn't resist posing with this guy.

Couldn’t resist posing with this guy.

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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.

Finish Line!

Finish Line!

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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.

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Mom with her boogie board

Mom with her boogie board

And there was shave ice. A lot of shave ice. It was all SO good.

And there was shave ice. A lot of shave ice. It was all SO good.

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.

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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.

More shave ice.

More shave ice.

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.

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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)

She's ready to go!

She’s ready to go!

On the beach in Paia

On the beach in Paia

And more shave ice.

And more shave ice.

There was beach and shave ice.  The next day we went to Paia to shop and look around.

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Then we went to Big Beach which was fantastic!

Mom at Big Beach

Mom at Big Beach

Big Beach

Big Beach

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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.

Do I have to leave this place?

Do I have to leave this place?

All in all it was a great vacation. I had so much fun hanging out with my Mom.