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Sunday Social

It’s that time again! Time for another edition of Social Sunday. Can you tell I am really enjoying these posts?


1. Favorite breakfast food. I could eat breakfast all day everyday! My absolute favorite is an omelet from Morning Glory in Ashland, OR.

Gorgonzola Omelet with Toasted Walnuts and Camralized Onion.


I always ordered mine with a side of cheesy polenta. Holy yum!

2. Best way to spend a free day. In the woods! I think you all know by now that is my happy place. Give me a new trail in the woods and I am a happy girl! I really miss my Sunday morning hikes with friends in Oregon, but I love that my girls enjoy hitting the trails with me often.

3. Airline ticket to anywhere in the world….where would you go and why? There are so many places that I would love to visit. Ireland is one on that list. I would love to find out more about my family on my bio father’s side. Fiji is also on that list. I would also love to go back to Kauai, HI for more island adventures.

Hanalei, Kauai


View from our room at the St. Regis Princeville Resort in Hanalei, Kauai. 2007

4. You can only leave the house with one thing…what is it? My cell phone. I could call to acquire anything else I needed.

5. How do you take your coffee? Oh coffee, how do I love you? I love iced coffee year-round. I like it best with flavored syrups and creamy. At Starbucks, I order Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha. On the west coast, I love Dutch Bros coffee huts. I would order an Annihilator there. At home, I have probably 5 sugar-free syrups at any given time that I will use with a plain creamer. Or I’ll forgo the syrup and just use a flavored creamer.

homemade iced coffee

Your turn! Answer one or all of the questions above!


Flower City Coffee Watch

I have some catching up to do!

Thursday morning, OMG Becky agreed to take a trail run with me.  Love that!  We were greeted with some pretty amazing flowers right next to our parking spot.  We had to check them out!

smell a flower

Trumpet flower of some kind?

orange flower

No idea what these purple and white flowers are but they were so cool!  The purple part was literally popping out of the white onion-looking pod.


Let’s get this run started!  We are quite the sight.  Me with my ankle brace.  OMG Becky with her knee brace.

trail run selfie

People always assume we were in some sort of accident together.  Nope, we just both play hard.  But I do like to tease her that yes, being of beginner driver age, people assume that she did this to us.  Ha!


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Friday morning, I was on my way to yoga and had just pulled into the parking lot when my mom called.  She wanted to go shopping downtown and was on a tight schedule.  Did I want to go?  Now?  Oh sure, convince me.  I turned around and headed home to change.

I love going downtown, especially when I am missing my small town in Oregon.  When I was in Oregon, I missed all the sights of a big city.  Going downtown helps me appreciate being here.


window washer

art scuplture

Western Auto building


bike share

When we got to the store, it wasn’t open yet, but I smelled something to get me through the wait.  Coffee!  There is this lovely little cafe right across the hall.  I approached the counter in search of their menu when I noticed they had Starbucks cups.  What?  Starbucks?!  Yes, they served Starbucks!




About three minutes after my Starbucks find, the store opened and… and I couldn’t take my drink inside.  What?!  I had to leave it outside of the store on a lonely little shelf.  Don’t worry, I kept going back out to visit drink it since we were in the store a good 30 minutes.

I got the goodies I had come for, including this unplanned purchase.

green watch

I have to wear a watch for work and am always on the look out for a new one for variety.  This cutie fit the bill!

And don’t worry, I still got a workout in that day.  We had planned on swimming that afternoon, so I did 50 minutes of aquajogging.

What is your favorite part of a big city?

Do you stop to smell the flowers?

Do you wear a watch?

Surgery Details. Or at Least What I Can Remember.

Sassy must have been feeling left out because she decided to be sick yesterday, too.  Vomiting ensued and OMG Becky had two patients to care for.  She may be ready to jump ship.

Sassy and I have set up camp in the living room.  Me on the couch, her on the love seat.  With a couple of TV trays set up next to me to hold my necessities.

Please excuse my make-up less face.  I was told not to wear any flammable make-up or hair products to surgery that morning.  I figured it was best to avoid all make-up and hair products.  The flammability of my products was not really something I wanted to guess at.

Yesterday, I had to be at the surgery center an hour before the surgery was scheduled to start.  Once there I had to pee in a cup to do a mandatory pregnancy test.  Negative, of course.  Then I was taken into my pre/post surgery room.  I had to remove all my clothing and put on a hospital gown completely open in the back, no tying it closed allowed.  I also had to put my hair up into a fancy, disposable cap.  So pretty.  I had my IV port inserted, hooked up to some other monitoring machine and all of my vitals checked.  Next the anesthesiologist asked me a bunch of healthy history questions and we went over all things that could go wrong with the anesthesia.  Fun times.

Then the surgeon came in and we talked about the surgery itself.  Found out I would need to stay off my foot for the first two weeks to allow for proper heeling.  The doctor also removed the half cast the ER had put on.  While he was doing that I told him I had felt like the top my foot was on fire since the cast was put on.  Once he got the cast off, we saw why.  I had developed a facture blister on the top of my foot.  Ouch!  Luckily, it wasn’t full of fluid or on what would b the incision sight.  Do yourself a favor, do not Google “fracture blister” images.  So gross.

My fracture blister looks a lot like this PG-version I made for you.

fracture blister

He explained that since my break was a fairly, straight horizontal break, screws were probably not an option.  They would install a metal plate through a 3″ incision that would then be closed with stitches or staples.  I started crying a little bit at those words.  A scar, especially one that large, had never entered my mind.  He told me they would give me two pain blockers, one below and one above the surgery area.  I was told I would need to stay completely off my foot for two weeks with it elevated.  The goal is to not bump it all so the bones will fuse back together straight.  If I bump it, they could fuse at an odd angle or worse, not at all.  Then we might have to do surgery again.  As you can imagine, I am trying to be very, very careful.  I do not want to go through this again!

After my chat with the surgeon, I was wheeled back to the surgery room.  It was so cold in there!  Then I was transferred over onto the surgery table.  That is the last thing I remember.  No counting down, no more speaking of any kind.  The next thing I remember is being back in my pre/post surgery room for recovery.  Someone was calling my name and saying I was having a hard time waking up.  I just wanted to go back to sleep.   I hadn’t slept much since the break on Monday.  Too much pain to sleep through.

The surgery had lasted just under an hour. My parents and youngest daughter were in the waiting room, watching a screen that showed the patient number assigned to me.  It showed where I was in the process.  In pre-op, in surgery, in post-op, etc.

Finally, they called my mom in to go over instructions with her since I obviously was in no shape to remember a thing they were saying.  The gist of it was I am to double up on my pain killers.  They do not want me to wait until I feel pain to take the meds or I will be in a lot of pain and unable to control it.  I have set a recurring alarm to go off every 4 hours so I won’t forget.  I was told I may be nauseous from the anesthesia and that is common in women.  They had already given me a prescription for anti-nausea meds since I don’t do so well with pain killers anyway.  (I am allergic to Hydrocodone.) I also need to eat with when I take the pain killers to help with nausea.  But I was to avoid spicy and greasy foods.  Sad because I really wanted my favorite Chipotle veggie bowl with medium-spice corn salsa.  Grrr.  But I could have ice cream, the other thing that sounded really good!  And I was hungry!  I wasn’t allowed to have any food or drink since midnight.

Once I got home, I was ready to go back to sleep.  The anesthesia was hanging on.  I like that stuff!  My mom went on to work.  And my dad got me some essentials.  My favorite Belfonte Birthday Cake ice cream!

Belfonte Birthday Cake Ice Cream

Healthy Choice Country Vegetable Soup.

healthy choice country vegetable soup

And then he asked if I wanted him to go to Starbucks for me.  YES!  Iced White Chocolate Mocha, please!

Starbucks iced white chocolate mocha

Honestly, yesterday I didn’t feel much pain at all.  Today I can feel a little bit of pain.  But it actually hurt more before the surgery then it does now.  But that may be a result of the pain blocker still hanging on.

I am sporting a new half cast, an ice pack behind the knee, and a non-skid hospital sock.  I’m sexy and I know it.

half cast, hospital sock

And this will be my look and location for the next couple of weeks.  I have a follow-up with the surgeon this Thursday.  then a week after that, another appointment to take the staples out.  I plan on talking to him about when I can start activity again and what it might consist of.

I know at some point, the half cast will be replaced with a boot, but not sure when that will be.  I also need to visit the DMV office to pick up a temporary disable parking permit for when I am allowed be out and about again.  No hurry to be out there anytime soon, especially since we have ANOTHER snowstorm with 6-10″ of snow coming tonight.

I apologize if this post is rambling or repetitive.  These painkillers are making me a bit more loopy, as evident in the record number of misspelled words I had to correct in this post.  And now I feel like I need another nap.  I have been awake a full three hours.  That’s okay.  I’m pretty sure sleep promotes healing.

What are you doing this weekend?

A First! Kombucha

Friday was my only day off this week.  It was a day full of random errands that needed to be done.  Starting early with a trip to the store to pick up a few ingredients for a chili cook-off to happen on Saturday.

shopping cart

I picked up a little something new to try…

synergy kombucha

Kombucha!  I thought it was… just okay.  It wasn’t bad, but not really anything I think I would feel the urge to have again.  But at least now I know.

Next on the agenda was a doctor appointment.  After leaving there I passed through a small community lake area and saw several emergency vehicles lined up.

Cold water rescue training!

cold water rescue training

This route also included part of my previous commute.  I noticed something new along the way…

vintage phone booth

A vintage phone booth?!  Not sure why it is there.  It’s at the end of someone’s driveway on a concrete slab, but it appears to be empty.  Maybe it’s a shelter from the elements for a child while he/she waits for the bus?

Then I arrived at my next destination.  A race course!

Sassy and I are registered for a race next month.  I wanted to check out the route.  Another lake to run around.  Yes, please!

Isn’t it pretty?

Then it was coffee time.


I felt I owed it to myself after trying the kombucha.  😉

After a few more picture-less boring errands, it was time to get back home for my girls arrival from school.  And that meant it was time for our run!  Sassy lead the way on our warm-up walk.

It was windy.  Like 30 mph winds.  It was fun when it was flapping our shirt arms like wings.  And then a gust would literally blowing us sideways.  Fun times for sure.

Once we hit the woods, the trees cut the wind a bit.  Sassy lead the run until the final minute when OMG Becky decided to blow past us both to sprint to the finish.

And then she died.

Do you like kombucha?

When is your next race?

So Much Happy

Guess who has approval from her doctor to start running again?…

Spartan Cheerleaders

It’s me!  It’s me!

Yes siree bob!  I get to give it a go.  I will try it this morning and hope for the best!  I am also trying out a new gym this weekend.  Yoga here I come!  I am going to make myself try a new class at least once a month.  I have a fear of new fitness classes even though I really enjoy them once I start.

I also need to get better at tracking on DailyMile.  Maybe that will be my New Year’s resolution.  Like I need to add another thing to my list.  But maybe the more I add to the list, the more likely I am to actually follow through with at least one thing this year…

Do you use DailyMile?  I just recently noticed a pretty cool feature on there.  You can track the distance on your gear!

dm gear

You just list the gear/shoe/etc, name it whatever you want, then when you do a workout, you click on details and pick the gear used.  It then keeps track of the distance on that gear.  You can then retire the gear from rotation when you no longer use it.  How cool is that?!

I am blowing my own mind today!!

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Last night my girls and I went to Culver’s for dinner before church.  I always get a kid’s meal (grilled cheese with deluxe toppings) that comes with a single topping frozen custard.  This was my custard they created last night.


Equal parts Oreo and custard!  It’s like they totally get me!

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Suggested gifts for the coffee addict me in your life.

keep calm mug

As seen at Dillard’s.  So cute!

travel coffee cup

I can’t remember if this cup was at Dillard’s or Kohl’s.  OMG Becky pointed it out to me.  She even modeled it because she knew I would want to share it with you.  She knows me so well!

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25 Days of Blogging Christmas Challenge

13. Favorite Christmas Book

The Night Before Christmas!  Is there any other?  😉

Reading this book with my daughters is part of our annual Christmas Eve tradition.

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One of my favorite bloggers, Jacqueline at Skinny Chic Blog, is giving away a pair of Free-Flex inserts.  Check it out!

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How do you track the distance on your gear?

What is your favorite Christmas Book?


Monday Oops

As previously mentioned on my About page, I don’t really cook.  Mainly because I get bored with it and am easily distracted.  Not a good personality trait when you’re dealing with open flames!

Case in point…  This morning I prepared my coffee cup with my usual creamer and sugar, then reached for the coffee pot.  As I poured it into my coffee cup, I noticed it was pretty weak coffee.  Almost clear…  Yep, I had made a pot of hot water.  My skills are undeniable, but what the heck happened to my coffee?!  I then opened the top of the coffee maker and realized I had apparently forgotten one of the four, simple steps to making coffee.

  1. Place cup carafe under drip.  Check!
  2. Fill water reservoir.  Check!
  3. Insert filter.  Check!
  4. Place coffee grinds in filter.  Oops!  I must have been distracted by something shiny.

I am currently waiting for the coffee pot to finishing brewing a second time.  I hope your Monday started better than mine!


What was your last Monday morning oops?

Trees For The Win

A few of my favorite things about my town as seen during my latest walk.

Preservation!  Be it the preservation of buildings or nature.  Streets and sidewalks here are hardly ever straight because more often than not,  they are built around existing trees.

Look at that sidewalk!  There is nothing straight about it.

Coffee shops.  A cup of coffee enjoyed on a coffee shop’s deck.  Gorgeous sky!

Art in the making!  Long lines at our vintage movie theater.  This was part of a local film festival.  Our town is always the place of something being filmed and shown.

Street artists!  It’s not uncommon to hear street musicians playing in this park or a number of other spots downtown.  This guy was playing a didgeridoo!

Great walk!

What makes your town so special to you?