In addition to blogging and a shift towards plant-based foods, I am toying with the idea of running the Portland Marathon this year. The Portland Marathon is October 6th, giving me plenty of time to think about it.  I ran the Portland Half Marathon last year with my sister and afterwards thought, I could totally do a full marathon. It was so inspiring to see Runners of all ages, shapes and sizes crossing the finish line after 26.2 miles.

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There was a time at around mile 5, when I started to get a really bad side stitch and of course thought I was about to die for about a half mile, but after that it was just put one foot in front of the other.  Running with Celeste was really encouraging and such a great bonding experience.  We are not runners. Besides a couple miles here and there, and running a 10k together, we never really accomplished mileage in the double digits.  Albeit, it was only 13.1 miles, but it was something I had no intention of ever doing or no idea I could even do in the first place.

halfCeleste, Jordan, and I after running the Portland Half and Full Marathon, 2012

So why a full marathon?  Because the husband completed the Portland Marathon last year and really is encouraging me to train for this years marathon with him.  26.2 miles is only 13 more miles that what I’ve ran before… As unappealing as a full marathon sounds, the feelings of accomplishment I had felt after running a measly 13 miles could be doubled?!  That feeling, I could get used to.

In training for the Portland Marathon, I will be running in a couple half marathons this year, probably a few 10ks, and maybe even the Shamrock 15k, depending on all the race fees.

What are your favorite runs? Any tips, tricks?


New Year, New Goals

We are already 20 days into 2013. Where does the time go?  One of my new years resolutions is to finally stay current with my blogging.


Also for the new year, I have decided to live a vegan lifestyle,  or at least try it out for a couple months to see if it is sustainable in my every day. I have lived a mostly vegetarian lifestyle for over a year, and finally decided after watching a variety of documentaries (1, 2, 3) that following a plant-based lifestyle  is the direction I would like to go.  I always thought cheese was going to be my downfall, but I have yet to miss that little blob of dairy.

For some people going cold turkey when trying to switch to a different lifestyle, while others are more fond of a gradual shift. I had been eating meat less than once a week for several years, with the last year being more like once a month I would have fish. I switched from milk in my cereal to almond milk and stopped eating bagels with cream cheese.

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Little by little I made changes, which i thought were insignificant until I realized one day that I was practically a vegan.  Whats more is, I became really fond of cooking and learning new techniques in the kitchen. I will also be sharing recipes soon.


While I am loving the energy I have now, i am still working on improving aspects about my lifestyle to fully encompass a animal cruelty-free me. If you have suggestions on animal-free clothing, personal care products, shoes, etc.  please let me know.

St. Patty’s Day Picks

Top of the morning to ya! This week has been crazy.  I am at the end of winter term and am busy studying for finals and finishing projects for school. Anatomy and Physiology has been kicking my butt, so I have decided to take a term off and finish part 3 of the 3 part series of A&P summer term. I am hoping by then, the professors will have shuffled around so I can see how it goes with with a different professor.

Anyways, getting back on track… Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, so I thought it would be fun to do my top picks, inspired my St. Patricks Day. Click the images for the source..

Love this wall color

Fun way to brighten up a tiny bathroom

Charming stairs!

via etsy

live simply

Rewind Candles, love that they are recycled out of wine bottles

Great day time look to avoid getting pinched.

Whatever you have planned for your St. Patty’s Day, I hope that you have a fabulous night!  Jordan has a 15k the next morning, so he made it plenty clear that he will not be going out :(.  It may be a girls night or I may have a quiet in with him…

Coast Trip

A couple weekends ago, my husband and I took a trip with some friends of ours to Gearhart/Seaside for a couple days of R&R.

Look at that Sea Mist

There was lots of wine and beer drank, movies watched and board games played.  My favorite new board game is Trivial Pursuit’s Bet You Know It.  If you haven’t played, Bet You Know It basically mixes gambling and your traditional Trivial Pursuit.  So much fun!

Trivial Pursuit- Bet You Know It

In the mornings, we walked the 2 blocks to the beach.  We played catch, Bear got to play with other sea dogs, and searched for sand dollars.

the path to the beach

 I failed to find a perfect sand dollar 😦

Bear and her two friends

I personally loved looking at all the coastal cottages and sea homes. My favorites had bright white trim and fun colored door!

love the Adirondack chairs that echo the white trim on this home.

some of the larger homes were ocean front. Personally, I love the less grand homes, but you cant beat that view.

If you haven’t been to the Oregon coast, I suggest you put it on your bucket list. I’ll leave you with one last picture from the weekend.

Music on Mondays

Songs I can’t get enough of….

Fun.-We Are Young.

Love this song! Perfect for getting my day started, I always listen to this while getting ready.

Jason Mraz- I Won’t Give Up.

Oh, this song is so perfect.  It is such a great relationship song, and reminds me of The Vow- which was such a sweet movie.


Anyways, Happy Monday Everyone…Tell me, what have you been listening to?