I’m Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is a time for everyone to look back on the year and acknowledge what they are thankful for. I know not everyone does this, but I’m sure it crosses there mind at some point during the day. Unfortunately, society has become less thankful for what they have. How about we take a moment and ponder…”What am I thankful for right now, at this very moment…” It can be anything. Your health, your puppies, friends, personality, family, the weather. Whatever it is, take a moment and embrace it. Give it the acknowledgement that it deserves. I mean, what if you didn’t have that “one” thing?

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This year has been an absolute whirlwind and I don’t know where to begin, but there are so many things that I am grateful and thankful for.

1. My health. As you know, I’ve struggled with ED for many years and even though my physically may not look like it, it is still in the back of my mind. I am thankful for having the strength to continue to battle this monster.

2. My family. If you know me personally, then you know that my family is my rock. As of late, my father’s cancer has turned for the worse so I am thankful for all the memories that we’ve shared and will continue to make.

3. Kasa and Reese! Those two can be pills, but they are family and we all have our downfalls at some point.

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4. Friends/Acquaintances/Coworkers, etc. Being around people is very important to be and it helps me stay grounded.

5. My motivation. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of my self motivation.

6. Strength. Physically and mentally. This year has been very hard mentally with regards to running. I’ve been injured off and on since March and it has taken a huge amount of self will to help me get over this hump. I’m known for running, participating in races and continuing to improve. I’ve had to put all of that on the back burner for most of this year, but I’ve tried to stay positive knowing that things will change and I’ll get back into it. On another note, I’m been thinking that perhaps this was meant to happen. To help my mental and physical strength.

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7. Football. Yes, I am thankful for the sport and the Seahawks! 

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A view from our seats at the Seahawks v. Cardinals game

How are you going to spend Thanksgiving? I’ll be heading to Flywheel then the family is heading over to a family friends house to eat and watch the Seahawks play the 49ners. Go Hawks.

What are you thankful for today?

What is your favorite dish to eat?

Do you like pie?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

XO, Tara

Keeping Portland Weird

Ya hurd?

I was in Portland for 36 hours and managed to do the following:

1. Visited Voodoo Donuts.

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2. Ate 1/4 of a sugar bomb donut from Voodoo.

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3. Saw some interesting writing on the side of buildings.

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4. Visited Powell books- well saw the outside…

5. Visited at least 6 breweries….Migration, Deschutes, Rogue, Basecamp, Pints, Upright and the last one is escaping my mind.

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6. Tried at least 10 new beers.

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Stout with a roasted marshmallow

7. Ate way to much food.

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8. Visited Portland State University.

9. Walked at least ten miles.

10. Walked over the Steel bridge at night.

11. Drove almost 450 miles in 36 hours.

12. Overall, drank too much beer.

It was a great experience with the family. I would definitely go again! Especially since there are many more breweries to visit. 🙂

What did you do over the weekend?

Have you been to Portland?

Favorite spot in Portland?

XO, Tara

Hello, Three Day Weekend!

Boy oh boy, I am excited for the long weekend! How about you? Any fun plans? For most, this means that school is beginning and summer is ending. Say it ain’t so!

On a positive note, that Labor Day Weekend kicks off the official start of Football season.

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Guess what I am doing all weekend and into next week? I’ll give you a hint, it has to do with a furry animal. Yep, that is right…I’m dog sitting once again for a family friends pup named Cooper. I am becoming a dog sitter professional. Hit me up!

I typically just dog sit for my own family, so it will be a nice change to play with another pup. Kasa and Reese will be uber jelly. Sadly, the weather in the suburbs of Seattle isn’t looking so good. Rain and in the 60s. Blah!

However, there is a perk dog sitting for a couple who has an “in” at a local brewery. FREE BEER! I’ve been formally instructed to take advantage of the keg. Cheers to that.

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Let’s switch gears to another topic: the gym. My mom made the leap and joined the local gym and I am so proud of her. Joining a gym can be scary if you haven’t been for a while. But it is the first step towards changing your lifestyle and physique. I am so happy for her that I decided to quit my own gym and join hers so that we can go together when we want. It is always fun to have a workout buddy!

Here are some benefits to working out with a buddy:

1. You are held accountable.

2. Makes workouts fun.

3. You can talk about gossip during cardio. (duh!)

4. You can compete with one another.

5. You have a spotter. This increases safety!

6. Motivation.

7. Time goes by faster.

Honestly, I hope to keep her motivated and on track. I won’t be a drill sergeant, because obviously everyone’s fitness level varies over time.

On another note, I cannot wait to share my review of the Flipbelt.

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Stay tuned for my in depth review of this awesome fitness product.

What are you up to this weekend?

Do you workout with a friend or family member?

Do you prefer a “fancy” gym or a gym with basic equipment?

XO, Tara

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Manhandling Logs

Hello my friends. How was your weekend? Superb? Mine was pretty darn good. I wish the weekends would just slow down…

Let’s recap on the weekend shall we?

On Friday, I was able to get out of the office early to enjoy the weather. When the boss says, “Tara get outta here!!” I’ll definitely take him up on that. I was out like a rocket. I immediately headed to my parents to grab Kasa and my mom then we headed to Soaring Eagle to go on a quick trail walk.

 014<—- This girl is always up for a  W.A.L.K. Unfortunately, Kasa now knows how to spell walk…we are doomed when it comes to trying to keep it a secret.

Post trail walk lead to a run to the store and a quick stop at the local Desert Sun. Yes, I do tan. Nuff’ said. Immediately after finishing my bronzing session, I received a text stating that step brother decided to come into town…hello impromptu visit. It was great seeing him and catching up on life. We ended up watching Divergent too. I was pretty stoked and I actually enjoyed the movie. I highly recommend it.

Saturday began with some prepping for the Music on the Lawn Party. My step dad and I decided to create a pizza station for the event. This means alot of prep. And since I am a wonderful step child, I offered to assist in the process from the beginning to the end.

 Since I was knee deep in dough and making pizzas all evening, I didn’t even snap a picture of any of the pizzas. However, we were a hit. Everyone loved the pizzas. I may blame the fact that I didn’t take any pictures of the pizzas on this:

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So good and I am not sorry if I had too many.

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There was a lot of dancing going on. Even the one year old’d got down with it.

Throughout the evening, I was asking many times if I was doing the Lake Sammamish Triathlon. At first, I said no because I didn’t know much about it at all. Apparently I am behind on the triathlon race circuit. I was immediately convinced that I should do the Lake Sammamish Triathlon with everyone this year. BTW, the race is in two weeks. Perhaps I should get my shit together. 

I thought it would be great to get my shit together on Sunday by heading home to get my road bike and tune it up.

Done and Done! I took the bike on a quick 10 mile ride around Sammamish just in time to witness this…

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The picnic table is coming along. After a few “test” runs on wood that we wouldn’t use with an overall success, it was time to split the wood that would be used on the picnic table. I was in charge of viewing and video and picture taking. Yippeee.

Take a guess at how long it took to split this long piece of wood….Here’s a hint, less than 30 minutes.

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The aftermath.

Only one more to go for the sitting areas, I think. But I don’t really know.

I won’t be going into the logging industry anytime soon. Totally not my thing.

What did you do this weekend?

Do you like to build things?

Do you have any upcoming races?

XO, Tara

The Johnson Wedding

Let me just start off by saying how HAPPY I am for my oldest dearest friend Erika on tying the knot. I definitely had to hold in the tears when I saw her walking down the aisle.

What a fun wedding it was. Between the beautiful wedding, vows, booze, BBQ, more booze, dancing, and the rest is history.

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“I do”

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The venue was breath taking. It was held at Kelley Farms in Bonneylake, Washington.

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Yes, we had too….

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And, we had to take a selfie.

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The beautiful bride and groom.

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The “Erika Special” was a hit…definitely got people loosen’d up. Then the unexpected happened……029

I caught the bouquet… I must find a boyfriend first….

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Cheers to the beautiful bride.

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After the drinks start flowing, it’s time to dance!

The rest of the night was full of dancing. I don’t typically dance, but you know the “Erika special” helped me out.

I had a marvelous time with my family at Erika and Josh’s wedding. It was beautiful and I am so happy for them. I’ve been given instructions to find the one since I am next to get married due to catching the bouquet. No pressure…. ekk!

Do you dance at weddings?

Outdoor or indoor weddings?

Have a great Tuesday!

XO, Tara

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Hello from the Big Apple!

Absence makes the heart grow fonder? Did you miss me?! Hope so! 😀

I won’t say the same for the rain that decided to make a comeback yesterday. Rain, rain, go away!

This week has been busy busy at work, especially due to the upcoming trial next week. Luckily, I’ll be shadowing my coworker, to gain trial experience. Two thumbs up!

With both of us gone all next week (except for Friday) that means we need to get as much done for our other cases as possible. Heck, no pressure there….

Let’s stop talking about work and get back to my latest trip back east.

You can catch my other recaps hereherehere, and here.

Last time I checked in about my vacation, I was praising about my running in the heat and humidity in New Jersey. While visiting my wonderful family (Hello Kate, Dana, Owen and Mira!) in New Jersey, my mom and I ventured into the Big Apple twice by ourselves.

Day 1: Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Times Square.

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Artwork on the way into Central Park.

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Rockefeller Center

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Much needed selfie

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Times Square.

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Balto!

Day 2: World Trade Memorial Fountains, Canal Street, Little Italy and Soho.

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It was an emotional time. 

After making a wrong turn and heading downtown instead of uptown, we finally made it to Canal Street and Little Italy (no photos…boo).

Did I mention we went downtown 10+ blocks before we realized what we did? Oh ya my feet were telling me. Other thank my feet cussing me out, I loved visiting NYC. I cannot wait to go back to visit NYC and New Jersey in years to come.

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Especially to see these beautiful people!

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my recaps of my much needed vacation!

Have you been to NYC or the east coast?

Do you like to travel? If so, where?

When on vacation, is there something you HAVE to do? Eat something? See something?

Have a marvelous Thursday!

XO, Tara