Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Life Lately

Forgive me, I'm just trying to unbury myself from the mounds of reading and assignments that I need to catch up on and/or are due this Friday, in addition to one of my midterms! It's incredible just. how. much. work can be assigned from one class.

Honestly, I'm not sure we'll use our dining room table for dining any time soon. It just works so well for holding stacks of books and binders...

On a more exciting note, here are a few highlights of life lately.

What I'm Thankful For...

Heat - we finally turned our furnace on for the first time this fall and I can tell you that 68 feels like a world of difference from the 61 degrees we were enduring lsat week. We were trying to hold out until Nov. 1, but no dice!

Dry morning walks - I take Jonah Bell out every morning rain or shine, so I really appreciate the mornings that are dry with just a slight fall breeze. I hate having to towel her off after she's soaking wet!

Seeing friends - Last week I had at least three planned social events, which really does something for the soul. It's so easy to get caught up in your own life and feel like you have time for no one else. The opposite is actually true. When you're the most frazzled, you likely need some social contact more than ever.

What I Need Right Now...

This yoga class. I tried it for the first time this morning after running hilly trails on Sunday and running 5 miles last night and it really helped stretch out my tight legs. I highly recommend it (and yogaglo in general)!

What We're Eating...

The manfriend has really stepped up and has been making dinner several nights a week when I've been too busy or have to stay at work late, study or do homework. But when I do have the time to cook, I'm still making some of my favorites.

Dinner last night was stacked enchiladas! Someday, I'll remember to buy the big tortillas for real enchiladas, but this version a little less tedious and a bit healthier.

This is one of those recipes that is great because it's super flexible and allows you to use whatever you have on hand as far as veggies or protein goes. First I saute my veggies and boil the chicken (or leave it out). Then, I tear up a few small white corn tortillas (I used 4 mini ones) alternating veggie protein mix with tortillas and then topping it all with a bit of cheese. Bake at 375 for 20-30 min or until cheese is melty and bubbling.

Ingredients: sauteed veggies, including onion, corn, and red pepper, black refried beans, shredded chicken, a little taco seasoning, avocado slices, a few dollops plain yogurt, 1/4 cup or so of enchilada sauce, and 1/4 cup shredded white cheddar cheese.

What I'm Reading... {beyond thrilling textbooks}

75-Year Study That Found The Secrets to a Fulfilling Life - It's really no surprise that relationships/love are key to a happy and fulfilling life, but it's nice to read it all the same.

How is your week going? Pick one of the above topics and tell me what's going on in your life regarding that topic.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall, what fall?

Thank goodness for weekends! I definitely needed this one to recover and recharge from a cold and a few big work events last week. 

The weekend was spent doing yoga, studying for a few tests I have this week, going out to breakfast, and heading out to our favorite local farm for pumpkins and tasty, affordable apples.

It was our first time out to Thistledown Farm this season and I was surprised to realize they're only open for two more weeks. Glad we fit in one trip anyway!

Manfriend picking out a few good ones for our porch.

Crunchy apples of all varieties for $1.29/lb? You don't have to tell me twice!

And no trip to the farm is complete without a few apple cider donuts. YUM.

Also, can we talk about how it's not really fall here? The entire weekend was 75 and sunny!

First run in five days = happiness. 

With a sunrise like this to boot!

And finally, Sunday afternoon was spent soaking up some Vitamin D because who knows when my legs will see sun again.

How was your weekend? Anyone experiencing fall weather yet?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bittersweet Goodbye

It feels kind of surreal to know that I'm in the last few days of employment at the place I have worked (and my alma mater)  for the last nine years. Where does the time go? I went from a lost 20-something to a more sure 30-something. I have planned a lot of big {and small} events, carried out numerous marketing campaigns, developed my project management skills, given 110 percent, and utilized my creativity here.

While it's bittersweet to say goodbye, I feel like a weight is soon to be lifted from my shoulders. I'll admit that I know I could not keep up my current schedule of a full class load + 20 hrs of office work and do well in my classes. Organic chemistry and microbiology - oy vey!

A colleague brought me this yesterday...

Excuse me while I hide the good stuff from the manfriend.

On the other hand, I have this weird sense of impending meaninglessness. Yes, I'll be going to school and working toward a bigger goal, but it doesn't seem quite as important as going to an office every day. Anyway, I'm sure I'll figure it out as I go. It'll just take some time to adjust to my new purpose and focus as a full time student.

I've been under the weather the last few days, but am determined to still get some movement in. Monday night, I put on my running shoes to walk a few miles near work and catch some daylight.

Never mind the highly unfashionable look. #keepinitcomfy

Random thoughts:
  • My wedding dress is still hanging on the closet door of our spare bedroom where I can see it daily. I just can't bring myself to put it away...
  • My macbook pro purchased in January 2008 is still kicking (for now)
  • I may just love my new Brooks Ravennas more than I loved the Addictions.
  • I'm so excited for Christmas. We'll be heading back to the midwest to visit Pete's family and I can't wait to see the newest family member born yesterday and our one year old niece (oh, and everyone else of course)!
How's your Wednesday treating you? 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

All the Things

I don't know where the time goes. Scratch that. I do know. The time goes into all the things I'm doing. Studying, working out, eating, going to work, going to class, sleeping, and homework.

As life get a bit more hectic around here, I'm trying to remember that I can only do my best with the time available to me. That means that I'm not caught up on my reading for all five classes or completely understanding it all, but I'm doing what needs to get done. And I'm trying to not get caught up in the stress that's so easy to assign to times like these.

And that's easier to do when my mind keeps wandering to upcoming fun things like all things pumpkin, Honeycrisp apples, crisp mornings and get-togethers with family and friends.

Honeycrisps - no apple compares

And runs through crunchy leaves

Now on to other fun topics like sweat and more sweat!

Last night I headed out to yoga at Hardcore Yoga in town to practice to the beat of DJ HyFi. These kinds of fun opportunities in the yoga world are limited here in Eugene, so I signed up for class as soon as it was announced.

Sweating and flowing to the beat was really fun and the hour flew by. I was kind of in shock when Chelsea said we were on our last vinyasa, but my mat was getting a little slippery so I was okay with it. ;)

I'm trying to keep exercise a regular thing even with all the commitments I have. This week has included a few sanity saving runs.

Sunday morning I set out for 7 sunny miles on Pre's Trail because weekends seem to require a "long" run whether or not you're training for something. I got my Vitamin D and then it was straight to the books I went.

Tuesday morning, Laurel and I had planned to meet at 6:15 a.m. for a run. While it was seriously dark at first requiring headlamps and a little bit of confidence, it was pretty awesome from our turn around point on.

Hello, sunrise.

And finally, pizza night. Because pizza night always sounds good. And the week's end should be celebrated with pizza.

This one included caramelized onions, spinach, basil, kalamata olives, heirloom tomatoes and mozarella. Yum.

What's keeping you sane {or extra happy} these days? Anything you're especially looking forward to this fall?