Monday, October 27, 2014

Last week was a week of food.  I made lots of delicious fall treats, because what else do you do when you're done with work at 8 am? Ok, I wouldn't done it no matter what time I work, because I love food.  I also took some other random pictures around my apartment for some added fun (aka so my family can see some of my fall decorations).

My squash collection has also grown after I got a fall package from my parents.  Neville loves to get up there and knock my new mini pumpkin down.

Tree near my apartment in full fall colors.

 I didn't want to cut up my decorative pumpkin so I bought one just to roast into seeds. Yum.

Mini apple pies, pie filling in the process, homemade hash browns, spaghetti squash pizza crust.  Not pictures: left over spaghetti squash in homemade mac and cheese sauce.  Accidentally added double the amount of butter I needed, and it was awesome.  Next on the list: chocolate chip cookies.  I've got all the ingredients, just need to stop being lazy.

Hint to my sister's Christmas present.

And as always, Neville.  Love when I hit the shutter button at the right time, he moves around so much.

And now back to listening to Taylor Swift's new cd. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Straight 800

I came out of racing retirement... in a very painful way.

I ran in the Nick Symmonds Springfield Straight 800 last Friday.  Because when else will you get to meet a US champion/Olympian, and run the only USATF sanctioned straight 800? Only in Tracktown, USA.  It was a painful experience, having only run once in the week leading up the race, but fun nonetheless. I definitely had no idea what I was doing and took it out way too fast, but I'd say my finishing time of 2:45 was fairly respectable for not being a frequent runner since I finished my track career.  And obviously I ran fully outfitted in my BU gear.

The race was right in downtown Springfield, super close to my apartment.  People from work were covering the event, and some also participated, so it was fun to get to see people I knew!  Makes me feel less like the old cat lady that I secretly am.

Bought a pretty cool shirt with my race fee, and KEZI sponsored it, so when I move it will be an extra cool keepsake from my life here.

And because I'm sure everyone is missing Neville:

What a cute, snuggly guy (except for right now, attacking the window and futon for no reason...).

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fall Festivities

Here I am in Townshed's Tea on Saturday again.  This time, to bring you part two of last weekend's adventures.

Last Saturday I went to do my favorite fall activity, apple picking.  It was not as nice as the orchard at home in New Hampshire, but I also think that the apples ripened early this year because of the hot summer, so some were already too old and had weird brown spots on them. The orchard was also missing some of my favorite varieties, but that's probably a location thing.  And I still managed to come out with way more apples than I probably needed -- a full bucket!  I'm might try and make some kind of apple treat with some of them.

I went with my friend Carrie, who had never picked apples straight from the tree, or pumpkins out of a pumpkin patch! She's from Texas, so I guess these New England fall activities aren't as common/ able to happen.  I was glad I invited here so she was finally able to experience it!

She was thrilled to see pumpkins actually growing on a vine.  It was fun to see someone who was new to it all since even though it's fun to do every year for me, it's not new.

Back at the farm stand, I finished out my fall haul with some cute mini gourds (I made a little display on my bookshelf with them and my pumpkin) and a half gallon of apple cider.  Yum.

I think I might carve my pumpkin soon, so I can get the seeds out to toast.  Roasted pumpkin seeds are most definitely one of my favorite fall foods.

Stay tuned over here.  Soon to come: a short road race and meeting an Olympian!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Alton Baker Park Adventure

I had a busy busy weekend and got to use my camera a lot!  And then of course I took forever to edit my pictures, but sometimes I get lazy when it rains (and the rest of the time...)

Anyway, whenever I go running I can believe how pretty the morning fall light is at Alton Baker Park, so on Friday instead of running, I brought my camera and tripod out to take some pictures.  Tripod, because I wanted to try and take some backlit pictures of people, but with no one to ask to be my subject... I used myself.

The frosted dandelion puffs were basically the number one reason I was excited to take morning pictures, they are so pretty.

This is one of my favorite parts of the trail to run through, because it makes me think of Alice and Wonderland and/or Narnia.

Fall isn't as pretty in Oregon as in New England, but it will do.  At least it's a state that does have a fall season (even if there's a lot of rain)!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Tea and Snuggles

I feel like I say this every month, but: I can't believe it's already October!  The weeks go by so quickly (and unfortunately so do the weekends).  It's still fairly warm, but Neville is definitely appreciating the it because I can open up the windows for him to sit in.  That helps keep the little rascal out of trouble!  I recently tied one of his jingly balls onto a long ribbon, and I think it was one of my best ideas ever -- I can throw it and wave it around to keep him occupied even when I'm cooking or eating.  You'd think a guy who loves food as much as he does would respect my meal times.
He does occasionally get tired and just want to hang out.

Aside from playing with Neville and his new toy, the week was pretty uneventful.  The biggest things of the week have yet to happen - a Pampered Chef party tonight, and some shoes I ordered from DSW should be arriving.  My life is clearly thrilling that the most important part of the week is a shoe order coming in, but who doesn't love packages?

Tea of the day: White Peony (and an almond pinwheel on the side, yum)

also, don't forget to check out my Etsy shop so I can fund more of my hobbies!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Back on the Horse

I'm finally getting back to running again, after quite a bit of a break.  I meant to go today, but I need to put more thought into what I pack to wear -- it was in the 40s this morning, and my shorts wouldn't have cut it.  I'm going to hit up TJMaxx soon to look for some discount capris/long spandex for the fall and winter months, because I definitely don't have enough.  I'm so used to being spoiled with a great indoor facility to run in!

The slight cold has been kind of nice though, it brings me back to the end of cross country season in high school, when the back of your throat got a weird dry sharp feeling in the back, and you have that weird cold sweat.  It's been kind of drizzly/gray too, which makes all of the green trees and moss seem extra bright -- very pretty, and very refreshing after a long day (night?) cooped up inside for work.

Tomorrow I will pack better and hit the trail again.  I want to run the Springfield 800 -- the only straight 800 race in the world, apparently, hosted by Olympian Nick Symmonds -- and I don't want to completely embarrassed by my performance.  I'm expecting it to be slow, but I don't want it to be too slow.  I'm too competitive for that.