Tis the Season! Christmas Pickles & 10 milers

Recap on life

(yes, I am a horrible blogger)


It’s getting festive at the University of Portland Marketing department!


IMG_4686Work Christmas party at Voicebox! It was so much fun singing karaoke with the entire division. Not only did I win a $50 Nordstrom gift card (and no… not because of my singing), but the party was for a great cause. We ended up raising a good amount of money for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital!

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Afterwards, I went to celebrate the fabulous life/birth of Miss Katie Yochim



Holy Christmas Shopping Santa! Steven and I rocked it this year. I might have gone through the entire Target store twice.


Fun fact: Steven has this nickname for me… “Pickle” And when we discovered there was something of a Christmas Pickle tradition, we knew we had to be a part of it! After a little bit of searching, this Pickle finally has her Christmas Pickle!


Afterwards we had a low-key evening. Steven’s housemate is a foster mom to two adorable kittens! And the great girlfriend I am, a made a sick Steven a Christmas cake! Man, I love easy, box cakes.




Brunch with one of my favorite couples, Matt & Bridgette!

IMG_4736After brunch, I knew I had to get in a long run. And man, was it horrible! With less than a week until the half marathon, the runner in me knew I needed to do a 10 miler. It was cold, rainy, and painful. But I did it!

Screen shot 2012-12-11 at 3.33.58 PM10 miles never looked so ugly.

Afterwards I just felt sick and beat down physically… which unfortunately moved into my Monday.


I woke up Monday feeling super sick. I blame: hanging out with a sick boyfriend, my long 10 miler, the fact that everyone seems to be getting sick, I’m getting older and my immune system hates me.

I unfortunately had to stay home from work and totally babied myself. Basically my dad was spent chugging Dayquil, drinking way too much tea while sprawled on my couch watching HBO’s Big Love.


(if you don’t watch this show, you should!)

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One bright spot in my sick day is that I received a beautiful housewarming gift from the fabulous Erica Jornlin! Her life in Chicago sounds wonderful and I am so excited to visit her (and Karen and Eric) in the Spring!

IMG_4743As for today, I am thankfully feeling way better! Nose is still sniffly, but it’s manageable. Poor Steven though sounds like kermit the frog! Sick boyfriend needs to feel better!

tis the season for sickness!



So… I am running my second half marathon…

And I really don’t feel prepared.

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I know I say this about every race I run. But this time seems different.

Don’t get me wrong, I am really excited for the Holiday Half. I will be running in NOPO (my territory), in a fabulous homemade tutu (thanks mom!), with my friends & family supporting me.

But running-wise, I don’t feel ready.

With the whole moving, life stress, and the fact that it gets dark at like 4:30 (ughhh), I just haven’t been able to fit in a lot of my training runs. To top off the fact that I don’t want to run during my lunch break, you can basically say that I haven’t really run at all in the past month.

And staring at the half marathon course is just freaking me out

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But I do workout everyday… and I have made a conscious effort to run my long weekend runs. But will that be enough? Who knows.

What I’m really going to focus on is having as much fun as possible on December 14. Because honestly, if I’m slower then my first half marathon time, no one is going to care but me. So here it is people, I AM GOING TO BE SLOW!

I’m deciding right now that I am going to be the girl, fists in the air, running in a tutu, and having a fab half marathon experience!

(I also promise not to skip my 10 miler this Sunday)


The Big Move

I officially moved into my big girl apartment this weekend!

And I LOVE it!

Before the big reveal, big thanks to my wonderful family & boyfriend for the move! I couldn’t do it without them – they totally rocked it!


Also, big thanks to all my friends who offered to help me move/sent me encouraging texts through-out the day!

Sneak peek – my new big girl mostly decorated apartment!






SPICY Chicken Rigatoni

I made this for dinner a couple nights ago and it was incredible! Steven loves spicy food (he will put hot sauce on anything) so I was intrigued by this recipe.

I haven’t used red pepper before (besides sprinkling on pizza), but damn, those little flakes are spicy!

This dish is super flavorful and spicy. The peas add a little texture and the rigatoni cuts the spice just a bit so your tastebuds don’t totally explode. Pair it with a caesar salad and some wine and you have yourself a great meal!

I found this recipe on Pinterest, and it seems to have come from the resteraunt Buca di Beppo. I have never eaten there before, but their spicy chicken rigatoni is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Buca di Beppo’s Spicy Chicken Rigatoni

olive oil
1/2 tbs crushed red pepper
dash salt
dash black pepper
1 tbs chopped garlic
2 chicken breasts, sliced
3/4 cup Marinara sauce
1/2 cup Alfredo sauce
2 tsp butter
can of peas
box of Rigatoni pasta
toppings: parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper
Cook Rigatoni according to the package
In a pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add crushed red pepper, salt, black pepper and garlic and sauté. Add sliced chicken and coat in spices mixture
Add the Marinara and then the Alfredo and bring to a simmer. Cook until sauce thickens slightly and chicken is completely cooked. Take off from heat and add butter and peas to sauce.
Toss pasta and sauce together and ENJOY! 

The Holidays are Here!

… and damn do I feel busy!

My Thanksgiving was so wonderful this year! And I had such a great little vacation from work. But instead of relaxing, I was on the go the entire time (which is how I usually thrive).

But wow, today I am feeling worn out!

Little recap of my extended weekend


Started with a 6 miler (I’m really not photogenic after a run. Remind me that later…)

Went to Steven’s grandparents for some Quirk/Hanna time!

Went to my parent’s house for some G-E time!


Packed up some of the apartment. Man, I have a lot of stuff… Thank god I don’t have to move my stuff outside at all. It was pouring buckets on Friday

Found my new favorite Starbucks holiday drink! Creme Brulee latte with two pumps toffee nut and a dash of sea salt. Oh my god, it’s amazing…

Grotto date with my mom to hear Steven’s opening concert! So much fun, but so much rain/wind!


Went to Rogue to sit by the fire/watch the Civil War/drink beer

Double date with my parents to see my mom’s favorite cover band The Melody Butchers


9 mile run. It wasn’t pretty, but I did it!

More packing… I have so much stuff.

The move is happening on Saturday. Basically I need to get my butt in gear and just get rid of stuff/pack!

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?