Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

It's a perfect day outside. Perfect for say, a night of trick or treating? Now that I'm just a tad too old for that, one's Halloween plans on the night of tend to be a bit more relaxed. I think we might head out to the corn maze and have a few drinks and snacks at Laura's place in hopes of giving out candy to any kiddies daring enough to knock on her apartment door. We'll see what happens.

I recently moved into a new office and I'm loving the view! This was the view from my window last week. I actually have windows now and a door and walls (3/4 walls mind you, but all the same it's a step up from the cubicle that was in the entryway of our office). My old location lent to being a part of every single conversation going on in the office, whether or not I wanted to be. In addition, this meant I was the point person to ask about a myriad of random things (jammed copiers, where so and so is located in our building, football tickets, etc). But now, in addition to having a great view, I'm able to focus on my projects a bit more.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Sugar high

Unfortunately, I'm one of those people who have just a bit of a sweet tooth. On the average work day I have to fight not to dip my hand into the candy dish every single time I walk by the front counter or make multiple stops at our snack table, which usually has some sort of baked good or leftover snack from a recent Trader Joe's trip. This is suicide for someone who is trying to maintain a healthy diet.

Luckily, however, I run and workout more hours than I care to admit and therefore am able to consume the sugar and lard without worrying too much that it's going directly to my thighs and ass.

The last few days I have practically ignored the candy dish without even trying and just ate the healthy stuff I brought from home. Go me! Until now. As I'm writing this, my coworker brings me a molasses cookie (my favorite) from the Eugene City Bakery. She knows I can't resist them and well, we just kicked some butt on an e-video we produced and sent out to our alumni. So, I guess this was the celebratory cookie instead of a glass of wine.

Interested in what makes Ducks so proud? Click here!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Halloween festivities

Saturday we had a shin dig with the running group. Luckily, I didn't overindulge and this happy pirate enjoyed a night of dancing, hanging out with friends and Halloween-themed beverages, including 'Ma's Apple Pie' and 'Blood Beverage.'

The costumes were by far the best part. Who knew a bunch of runners could be this creative? Thank you Phil and Jill for this creepy, but hilarious shot.

Candice had a little too much fun. Or perhaps she had just the right amount. Maybe it was me that needed to get a little crazy. Here she is the next a.m. with a throbbing head.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Ode to the Meme (let me explain)

“So, here’s the challenge: make a list of five strengths that you possess as a writer/artist. It’s not really bragging, it’s an honest assessment (forced upon you by this darn meme). Please resist the urge to enumerate your weaknesses, or even mention them in contrast to each strong point you list. Tag four other writers or artists whom you’d like to see share their strengths."

1. I'm blatantly honest, unless I know someone I'm writing about will be offended or hurt if they read it.

2. I think photographs are vital to telling any good story (hence the reason I take at least one of my digital cameras everywhere). Sometimes, the photographs are even more important than the words themselves.

3. I see things very visually, which allows me to be pretty artistic in my scrapbooking, using complimenting paper colors and spacing and aligning photos just so on each page.

4. I have perfectionist, type A tendencies and therefore will not publish a post until it's complete. And sometimes I'll even come back to a blog a few days later because a sentence isn't perfectly worded. Thank you J-School for instilling in me the ability to write concisely and edit thoroughly.

5. Writing is like therapy for me. Whether or not anyone is reading it, I enjoy the process of using my thoughts to create something.

PS-I'm not tagging any other writers or artists b/c I don't believe in chain letters and that's what this reminds me of. But thanks for the challenge Kayla!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Run Like Hell 1/2

Yesterday, Candice, Kristin and I (partners in crime from the Eugene Running Co.) ran the Run Like Hell 1/2 Marathon in Portland, OR.

The night before we drove up and checked into our hotel. Then we met up with a few other ERC friends for dinner at Pastini's (yumm) for some much-needed carb loading and then the Saucebox for a good drink (because what runner doesn't need a drink or two the night before race day).

Because it's 10 days before Halloween they encourage costumes. However, we seemed to be in the minority joining in on the costume contest, but we rocked them like nobody's business. Since there were three of us it made for an entertaining run with spectators yelling "oh, there's another one ahead of you" and "bzzz" and "the third must have stopped to pollenate." Haha, so funny. But the costumes definitely made the 13 miles a little more bearable.

It was a gorgeous day and the race course was cool, taking us downtown Portland and then uphill for about four miles to OHSU and then all down hill from there. Luckily, there was no rain or wind and the sun even made an appearance.

Afterward, we showered, headed to Pioneer Square for free beer and food and then did a little shopping at Nordstrom and JCrew. Lucky for me, I didn't find anything I HAD to have so I escaped with no large dent in the bank account. It was pretty much a perfect weekend.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Flossing in traffic

Some people like to sing to their radio (ok, I enjoy that as well), but for whatever reason I tend to get the sudden urge to floss while I'm driving. After several days of just wishing I had some floss sitting around on my way to or from work or running, I put an extra roll of it in my car. The way I see it, flossing in the car is better than restricting myself to flossing only in the bathroom at home and then never remembering to do it.

Yesterday, on my way to run club I was flossing it up and everyone I passed seemed to notice. I received many grins from passersby on my two mile route and I hope they all have a new outlook on the productivity that is possible while driving. Granted, it's not always the safest and sometimes I'm driving with one hand or an elbow, but I haven't been in any fender benders yet and I haven't tried flossing on the freeway.

Besides, the next time you go to your dentist, don't you want him or her to say "it's obvious you've been flossing?"

Friday, October 12, 2007

Do you ever feel like...

you're just too picky? Last night I met a perfectly nice, attractive, athletic male who doesn't do drugs (I hope) AND is in law school and yet, I really wasn't that impressed. As we talked and flirted, the whole time I'm thinking "nope, not quite what I'm looking for." The hard part is, I really don't know what it is that I'm looking for.

My friends and family continue to tell me I'm too picky and at some point you just have to take a chance. But for one reason or another I can't seem to bring myself to date someone just for the sake of dating them when I see no potential for a future. And then I have to wonder, if I did take a chance and just dated randomly, whether or not he meets the checklist, would that make it easier for me to pursue someone I'm truly interested? Part of me knows that just getting out there and getting it over with would make everything after that seem easy, but I'm a chicken.

Either way, I'm going to stand by my personal motto. I believe that no one should have to settle for less than they deserve or desire. And frankly, I'm just not desperate enough to do that yet.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Fall and all of its fabulousness

Not a lot has been going on the past week or so (other than the usual routine of working, running and sleeping). In that time however, a shift has occurred. Fall is here!

I have to admit that usually, the darker, colder days make me cranky and tired. But this year, for whatever reason, they make me genuinely happy. The beginning of Fall means the start to a number of holidays, all of which I LOVE!

Here are the things on my "Fall Must-Do" list:

* Carve pumpkins
* Put together my halloween costume (at least a few days before the actual holiday)
* Run through the haunted corn maze
* Read a few good books
* Try some new recipes
* Revamp my fall wardrobe (because you always need a good excuse for buying more clothes)
* Enjoy numerous Starbucks carmel apple ciders and cinnamon dolce lattes

So, what's on your list?