Ladies (cupcake) Night

Nothing is better then your three best friends, copious amounts of white wine, and some delicious vanilla cupcakes.

I got together with Dannica, Danielle, and Jamie for a wonderful and much-needed ladies night! A quick Google search, some improvisation, and an impressive pastry bag, we baked some delicious cupcakes.

Vanilla cupcakes à la Rolo with buttercream frosting 

Adapted from Joy of Baking


1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

2/3 cup granulated white sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Zest of 1 large lemon

1 1/2 cups  all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup (60 ml) milk

Bag of Rolos

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners (zebra ones are cool…)

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl whisk together the lemon zest, flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add the flour mixture and milk, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Place one Rolo in each cup

Evenly fill the cups with the batter and bake for about 17 – 20 minutes

Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool (or dump them in the freezer like we did…).

Frost cupcakes and pretend like you know how to use a pastry bag!


2 cups confectioners sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons milk or light cream

Mash the butter until smooth and well blended.

Add the vanilla extract and gradually beat in the sugar.

Add the milk and beat until frosting is light and fluffy.

Add a little more milk or sugar, if needed. 

Optional: Eat many cupcakes and then go to a Karaoke bar. Four girls singing “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is a must to end a cupcake night perfectly…


Join the Sweat Pink Race Program!

As you all know, I am a proud Sweat Pink Ambassador.

A wonderful idea that has been thrown around the ambassadors is the idea of having a Sweat Pink Race Program! And the wonderful ladies of Fit Approach obliged, and we are now in the process of creating the team!

By joining the Sweat Pink race team, you will get some fun pink swag, join an awesome community of women, and you can meet up with other teammates at local races. This program is a great way to meet some new friends and have the support you need during training and race season!

The program includes:

  • Cute, dri-fit Sweat Pink tank or tee
  • Sweat Pink wineglass
  • Access to various fundraising events
  • Sweat Pink swag (buttons, shoelaces, etc.)

Registration is open until July 6! Cost for the team is $35, but use the code SPARoyaG to get 10% off!

Go and sign up now!

two years.

There was this guy named Steven… who decided to date this girl named Roya. Two years later, they are still both blissfully happy.

These two years have been so wonderful! A whirl-wind of laughter, love, and growing up. I am truly the luckiest girl in the world.

I love you SQ!


 October 2010

January 2011

May 2011

One year – June 2011

August 2011

October 2011

January 2012

April 2012


I ran, I drank, and I survived Hash.

Warning: if you are easily offended, do not click the links and more importantly, do not go to a Hash run. Like ever. You have been warned.

Because I am an amazing friend (and Dannica begged and begged me) I went on my first Hash run last week.

Hash is an international group — a “drinking club with a running problem.” It’s non-competitive running club that can be found in most cities around the world. It’s like an exclusive club that’s open to everyone… if you are brave enough!

Just imagine 50+ adults running, drinking, and acting totally crazy on a Wednesday night. That’s Hash. 

Last Wednesday, I went with Dannica (who goes regularly) to the Portland Wednesday Hash group, known as the Portland Humpin’ Hash House Harriers. And honestly, it was one of the most insane times of my life. For $5, I had an intense Wednesday night!

One of the best parts is that you never know what trail or route you are taking. The race leaders, known as the hares, dictate where the path is with flour. They leave false trails to dead ends, in which you have to find your way back to the right path. When someone yells “on on,” you know you are one the right trail. It’s an insane game of follow the leader, and no one knows where the leader is.

Along the way (after many creative/dirty/preverse songs), you stumble upon beer checks. There, everyone comes together, and drinks some beer. And then onward you go… Be prepared for other checks… let’s just say they involve body parts… (sorry people, I keep this blog strictly PG-13)

At the end of run, you have what they call religion which consists of food, kegs, crazy songs, and drinking rituals.

Dannica promised me it was just going to be a 3 mile trail run (haha). 7.5 miles later, I had completed my first Hash! The hares had us running on the freeway, through public parks, in tall grass fields, through a graveyard of moving trucks, and down steep hills. One point we were in a marsh, which was where the first beer check was. Mosquitos apparently love me…

There are all of these crazy rules that they have during their weekly runs. When Dannica was informing me of all the rules, I had a mild panic attack!

For starters:

  • If you are new, they will refer to you as a virgin. You will also wear a bright orange vest that says “virgin” on the back.
  • If you are a virgin to Hash, you must state your name as “Just ____.” So for the entire night, I was Just Roya.
  • Everyone in Hash has a name. All very creative and extremely dirty. Never refer to your friend by their real name.
  • Don’t talk about work.
  • Don’t wear your brand new Nike frees. If they think your shoes are too clean, they will make the person you brought you drink beer from your shoe.
  • Everyone new has to go through this ritual at the end. Just be prepared to finish your beer and hold your cup over your head…
  • Have fun!

Even though the rules were intense, and I didn’t know what was happening most of the time, I had a blast. Everyone was super nice and you can tell they are all a tight-knit group.

I left the run exhausted, muddy, sweaty, and a little buzzed!

It’s definitely something that I think most of my friends should do. If you are up to trying something new (and you aren’t offended easily!), then you should do it! It’s an experience, and if you are brave enough, it’s totally a fun way to spend a Wednesday night running/drinking/debauchery-ing with new friends.

There are different Hash groups from Monday-Thursday around Portland, check out the calendar to find one near you!

Countdown to Sunday – Cascadia Cup

The countdown begins to Sunday.

My beloved Portland Timbers will be taking on the Seattle Sounders for the first of three matches this season.

Things are about to get real… This rivalry is over 40 years old and is as fierce as ever. If you are a Sounders fan, let’s not talk until after Sunday for both of our sakes.

I am way just way too excited. To see the match and to bask in the epic-ness that is Jeld-Wen Field on game day. I just want to fast forward to 2 p.m. Sunday.


Blissfully Normal

Almost everyday I get a variation of the question “what’s new with you?”

And it feels weird to say this, but I usually don’t know how to respond. My life is blissfully normal right now, I literally don’t have much going on!

I work, I run, I cook, I hang out, I go out, I happy hour… (I make up verbs…)

and then repeat!

I was thinking about it and it’s really astounding to think of the contrast between my life this year and last year.

I mean, this time last year I was in a whirlwind of craziness. At any point last year my responses would have been plentiful to those questions. This time last year, I was…

Graduating college

Working two internships

Moving into my downtown apartment

Going to Iran

Going on job interviews

Getting a job

This time last year, my life was in a flux. But I loved it.

And now I am loving how everything has come into place. It’s nice to take a step back and see how things formed and shaped over the course of the year.

My life is now blissfully normal, which is perfect. 

Have you ever noticed this contrast in your life?