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My Head on A

This is me.

This is me with spring allergies.

(source)

Mother Nature, why so cruel?!

Grass, juniper & walnut pollen are out of control right now and due to get worse over the weekend.  I need it to stop.  Like now.

Are spring allergies kicking your trash right now, too?  

Mother Nature, The Tease

Saturday was ME day.  The original plan was to go to work.  And then I slept in and went for a run instead, thinking I would just go in later.  Then I realized going to work sounded like the last thing I wanted to do yesterday.  You have to understand, one of my offices, the one I was going to work in yesterday, is more like a bunker.  The only windows are across the front of the building.  And my office?  It’s in the far back corner.  Sometimes I need sunlight in my life!  And after spending long hours in there on Friday, I wasn’t ready to repeat it again on Saturday.  I might go in today.  We’ll see…

My run was great!  It was lightly raining, but spring was all around in full bloom.

I love how these bushes create a tunnel.  I will have to share a photo of them later in the summer when all their leaves have appeared.

After my run, I took a shower and wanted to go for a walk downtown to run a few errands.

I went to our farm/garden/home/pet store to get cat food, the post office and Pita Pit to pick-up lunch.  Love their veggie pita!  Guy behind the counter had the funniest shirt on.  The front was the usual Pita Pit logo, but on the back it said “Rolling Fatties in Town, OR!”  So funny!  Our town is very liberal.  Very accepting of everyone and all lifestyles.  Very different from the conservative, Midwest culture I grew up in.

The shirt made me think of this song about Oregon.  If you have ever been to Oregon, you will immediately recognize how true this song is!

 

Back to my walk.  The rain continued for most of the it, but would occasionally break and show off a bit of blue sky.  Enough to hope the rain was going to stop.  It did not.  Mother Nature can be such a tease!

Ugh.  Look at those gas prices.  $4.19 a gallon!  I can only imagine they are going to continue to climb through the summer.  I am seriously considering getting a $50 monthly bus pass to get to work and just parking my car.  Or maybe even selling it.  Many people here don’t own a car.  So many people walk or bike as their main mode of transportation.  I totally would if I worked here in town.  But I work 3 towns over in the “big city.”  I would have to ride the bus.  Something to think about anyway.

Yesterday was day 6 in the 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge.  I worked on my pina colada recipe, hoping to improve it.  I think I succeeded!

  • 5 oz. frozen pineapple
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 cup vanilla coconut milk
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • container Fage Mango Guanabana Greek yogurt (not pictured)

This recipe is a keeper!

What do you usually order at Pita Pit?  I always get the veggie wheat pita with grilled onion, spinach, avocado, black beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, cucumbers, black olives, pickles, feta cheese and tzatziki.  Yum!

What are the gas prices in your area?

Could you reasonably live without a car?