Rain Boots

Driving a stick shift in rain boots is tough. Portland has had a few really wet days. Fall is definitely in the air.

Rainy days

Rainy days

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.