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schlepping it


Now that I’m living further from work, my commute has increased in length (20-30 mins vs. the new and not improved 40-60 mins). I’m sort of starting to dread it already and I’m only a few weeks in! To make my commute less dreadful I’m working on easing myself into a new schedule to go with the new commute. Before the move, I could get my sweat on at crossfit or hot yoga and go home and take my sweet time getting ready but I don’t have all that spare time anymore.

The new plan is to workout on my way to work (hot yoga and crossfit are both about half way between home and work) as a strategy to break up the commute a bit. Plus traffic is not as bad in the wee hours of the morning. I was telling a friend recently about the plan to work out on the way to work and she said she was envisioning me doing crunches in my car. Haha! If only I could multi task like that….if. only. Luckily I have a gym and locker room at work where I can shower and get ready for the day so that will be a huge part of the reason that I’m able to do this. Here are a few things that I plan to do in order to make this work.

1\\ Pack a gym / shower bag. 

To include:

Nuun, Larabars, other emergency snacks.

All the necessary get clean stuff…shampoo, conditioner, facewash, etc.

Makeup. Brush. All my “get ready” girly stuff.

Flippy floppies.

2\\ Make a workout schedule – and stick to it!

I’ve been half-assing this lately and I finally need to suck it up and get back in the swing of things. I think it will look something like this:

mon : rest \ tues : crossfit \ weds: sprints or run \ thurs : hot yoga \ fri : crossfit

sat: hike or something fun \ sun: walk

3\\ Make to-go breakfasts.

morning glory muffins

hard boiled eggs


4\\ Pick out my outfit for the next day. 

UGH. This is hard for me. I’m terrible at getting myself dressed because I usually try on at least 4 different outfits before I leave the house. PLUS I’m deathly afraid that I’ll forget something important – like underwear.

We will see how this goes – I’m hopeful it’s a strategy that I can maintain. I’ve already tried it out a couple of times and it worked pretty well but I’m worried about the extra effort this takes the night before and whether or not I’ll be able to keep it up. Hopefully it gets easier the more I do it.


summer wish list 2013


This Memorial day weekend we took a break from packing and wedding planning and headed to Eastern Washington. The weather wasn’t nearly as warm as I would have liked but it was a great chance to slow down and disconnect for a few days. We fit in 9 holes of golf, burgers, beers and lots of down time reading in lawn chairs. It was fabulous and made me think that no matter how busy and overwhelmed I might feel, there are so many things that are worth slowing down for.

I cringe a little to be writing yet another to-do list but with summer fast approaching and so many exciting things happening so fast, I want to make sure to take a few breaks to enjoy the season because it’s my favorite time of year.

1. washington brewers festival

2. throw a graduation bbq for my little sister (in our back yard!)

3. read a few new books: on my “to read” list: Becoming a Supple Leopard, Belong to Me, Never Let Me Go, A Feast for Crows

4. do a double header game day (sounders game + mariners game all in one day!)

5. get out on the water on a boat, paddle board or jet ski

6. find a summer perfume

7. make these refreshing looking drinks and the best iced coffee ever

8. see an outdoor movie

9. grill up one of these yummy recipes

10. get married! 🙂

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I’m probably late to the game on this one but, I discovered Humans of New York via Swiss Miss and I have been glued to my computer looking at every picture. Brandon takes photos of strangers in New York and shares them on this site. I think the quotes and bits of information about each person are my favorite part.


clean eating plan


I mentioned a while ago that I had sort of fallen off the wagon after my whole30 in January. Easter weekend was no exception and I went to bed Sunday night feeling terrible.  Clearly an adjustment is in order. I don’t plan on doing another whole30 or anything but these changes are how I plan to get back on the wagon – rather than dragging behind it. 🙂

1. Meal plan – During my whole30 I would sit down every weekend with my cookbooks, laptop, grocery list and meal planning notepad to map out the week. I plan to bring this back. If I know it’s going to be a busy week I’ll keep it pretty simple – breakfast totally makes for a decent dinner. On the other hand if I don’t have a lot going on I love trying out new recipes form one of my favorite cookbooks.

2. Grocery shop  – On good weeks this happens on Saturday or Sunday. On bad weeks it might not happen until Tuesday but being prepared with the groceries I need for the week’s meal plan cuts down on all those little trips to the store and makes the week run a lot more smoothly.

3. Cook protein – Having hard boiled eggs, baked chicken thighs or plain old ground beef is super handy when I need to throw together a quick lunch. Add some frozen veggies and it’s a meal.

4. Be flexible -Although I love having a perfectly planned menu for the week, often times life just happens (as it does) and I have to do some reshuffling. I’ll swap plans for the day or just swap out a complicated side dish for something quick and simple. If I try to stay too “on plan” it will likely end in tears and bad decisions.

5. Make decisions – Duh, right?! So important and sometimes, SO difficult! Make the good decision. Think about the consequences and really weigh whether or not something is worth it.