Mid-Week Music: Houdini by Foster The People

This song always makes me want to dance.

Happy Halloween everyone!


When Miss Kate Vance became Mrs. Kate Fryrear (and other weekend things)

This weekend was a whirlwind of excitement!

Friday night was date night with my main squeeze with sushi and a showing of Perks of Being A Wallflower (which deserves/will have it’s own post).

Let’s just say that the book defines me and the movie was everything I wanted it to be!

Saturday started with a coffee date with Dannica and then a breakfast date with Steven. And then I delved into full wedding mode!

New dress from eShakti!

My best friend Karen’s sister Kate got married this weekend! I have known Kate and the Vance family forever and I was so happy to be included on this special day.

Held at McMenamins Edgefield, it was such a wonderful/joyous/heartfelt wedding that I have ever been to! Karen and I stayed overnight in the Ringo Starr room, which was so quirky and so fitting of McMenamins.

And Kate (the new Mrs. Fryrear) was a stunning bride! And it was such a delight to finally meet her main man Kirk.

And anytime I get to see Karen is always awesome. 

Sunday was spent drinking coffee with Karen on Edgefield’s wrap around porch, taking down stuff from the wedding, and recuperating from the night’s festivities!

Later that night, Steven and I went to A Chrous Line. My take? I really, really didn’t like the show. And the lighting/sound was weird the entire performance. They have some kinks they need to work out, that’s for sure!

What did you do this weekend?

Happy 1st “Runnaversary” to me!

This week one year ago, I decided I wanted to run.


I wanted to be healthier, stronger, happier. I wanted to re-live my athletic days, to challenge myself.

One year ago, I made a goal to run and to keep being active.

When I started doing the Couch to 5k program, I just really wanted to run a 5k

Then I moved on to a quarter marathon

Then a half marathon

And now I am training for my second half marathon!

And then maybe one day a marathon (maybe… just maybe…)

(If I had a dollar for every self-portraits I have on a run…)

I wish I could say that running has gotten easier. But it hasn’t. I know I will always be a slow runner. And that some runs are wonderful and blissful and that some runs feel like punishment.

But it’s something that I love to do.  And I am so proud of myself that I have stuck with it for an entire year!

Who doesn’t love a good challenge

Side note – The 12 mile run has to be postponed… I don’t have enough time! But I did do a six miler yesterday… a mile for every two months!


Mid-Week Music: Middle Distance Runner by Sea Wolf

This song used to be one of my favorites in high school. It’s really touching, definitely worth a listen.

And I don’t know how or why, but it keeps popping up on Pandora.

Oh beautiful song, I am glad we are reunited! 

Well I’m so sad tonight
And the words won’t come out right
It’s been a long day on the track
And its stamina that I lack

So won’t you run to me tonight?
Tonight we could pretend that we’re just lovers
But I’ll only ever be a middle distance runner

Well my heart is beating hard
And I’m off with a shot at the start
And my legs tremble from strain
But by the finish line I am drained

So won’t you run to me tonight?
Tonight let’s not talk about next summer
Cause I’ll only ever be a middle distance runner

Well I’m so proud tonight
Of the woman you’ve become
And I’m just too tired to fight
So my darling, I’ll succumb

But you’ll have to run to me tonight
Tonight I will love you forever
But I’ll only ever be a middle distance runner


Life is crazy random (like this post)

Short snippets in the “life of Roya”

I am excited for some fall/winter reading (snuggled up in blankets of course!)

I made these baked mozzarella sticks for Monday Night Football. They were a winner!

The farmer’s market outside of my apartment is one of my favorite fall places

Weekends are meant to be savored and enjoyed


The Timbers season wasn’t a complete bust! Bringing home the Cascadia Cup!


I finally got a Garmin! Testing it out tonight for my 4 miler

Steven is a badass at changing popped tires in the rain

I splurged and bought this dress on sale. Chevron is my favorite!

I love this mantra



The 2nd Annual RG+SQ Fall Date

As you might remember from last year, Steven and I like to do a little fall-themed date.

Last night was our little date night, complete with good food (recipes below!), cider, and pumpkin carving. My little downtown apartment smelled so wonderfully! I really like having themed dates, gives something new/different to a regular night.

I’m really proud of our pumpkins! I did the Timbers logo, while Steven made a dachshund. I forget how stressful craving pumpkins is. Intense concentration was needed (and I bet the ciders didn’t help). And no… we didn’t mean to match with our v-necks…

For dinner, I used my trusty crock pot to make Aunt Donna’s Chicken and Dumplings. The recipe is easy, delicious, and perfect for fall/winter (it also makes your house smell amazing!)

Aunt Donna’s Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings 

3 frozen chicken breasts

2 cans cream of chicken soup

2 cans chicken broth

1 diced onion

1 diced carrot

1 diced celery

1 can peas

garlic powder

salt and pepper

1 can biscuits

Put everything but the biscuits in the crockpot. Cook on low for 8-9 hours

Cut the biscuits and throw them in 1-2 hours before you eat.

I also made a quick batch of the easiest cookies ever. It’s only two ingredients  but they are delicious and perfect for fall. If you love pumpkin flavor, you will love these!

Two Ingredient Pumpkin cookies

1 box Spice Cake Mix

1 15 oz. can of pumpkin

(optional) cream cheese frosting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Combine ingredients and drop batter on a greased cookie sheet

Bake 10-15 minutes

I cut each cookie in half and put some frosting to create a little sandwich! They are super delicious and can keep in a air-tight container for a couple days!

And ta-da! Our little fall date on a rainy Thursday night in Portland.

Side note: Dannica made this hilarious meme of me from another meme. Look at how terrifying my face is! 


Short days, Long hair

So days aren’t really shorter… but the hours of daylight are fleeting! In the summer, I loved my after work runs. But now I have to be creative so I’m not stuck on the waterfront in the dark downtown during my longer runs.

You have to take as much advantage of the daylight as you can! I am saying no to the treadmill and saying yes to right after work runs.

For my after work fall runs, I head out for my runs right when I get home from work so I still have some daylight. I eat a protein bar a hour before to keep hunger at bay during my run. I also lay all of my gear out, which makes for a quick trade from pencil skirt for running capri. I did 4.5 miles yesterday, which felt great. I did a couple sprints between bridges, but other then that I kept it low key. I’m really enjoying running in the cooler weather and seeing the awesome sunset colors.

Shameless self-portrait – no filter, just Portland sky

The day before I had tried a new leg workout complete with wall sits, lunges, and “fire hydrants,” which I followed with a 4 mile run. Needless to say, I am super sore (my muscles feel like hell) and am taking an active rest day today. 

Do this. It doesn’t feel epic, but you will definitely feel it the next day.

In non-running news (and more vain news), my hair is so long!

I have had short hair since high school. And in the past two months, I have discovered the magic of the bun. Casual to classy, it takes little to no time to throw my hair in a bun. It’s also perfect for those lunch time workouts! I love wearing my hair up – it’s no fuss!

So I haven’t worn my hair down in public for a long, long time! I have gotten so many comments from everyone about how long my hair is! And you know what, it is the longest it has been in forever! Now I just need to remember that I want it long. I usually try to grow it out, but end up chopping it off since I am impatient.

Just don’t let me be around hairdressers for a bit!

Another shameless self-portrait