The Awkward Pair

My dinners over the last few nights have been quite interesting. Mostly because I am too fatigued to put any effort into my meals. Two nights in a row, I blended up a monster green protein smoothie and had a side of pretzels, cheese, pita chips, turkey and guacamole.




The Green Machine Shake. 

1 cup ice

1 cup water

1 scoop Vanilla Designer Whey

1 cup spinach

1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum

1 tablespoon PB2

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1 teaspoon stevia

Blend and demolish. 


Spicy is where its at and it is delicious….

And yes, I’ll have the smoothie and guacamole at the same time. Sounds disgusting right? Perhaps to most; however, I must be the 7% that finds it to be just fine. HA!

I hope that I am not the only one that gets super lazy when it comes to preparing dinner when you are completely and udderly drained. So drained that the idea of food is not appealing, but overall a necessity. This is where I’m at. So tired, wanting sleep, but also needing to feed my body so that it will make it through the next day.

Ok, enough with my two cents. It’s time for yet another day at trial, luckily its the home stretch!

Enjoy the day!

XO, Tara



Twelve Joyful Miles


Yes, this girl is still alive and kicking even after two 12 hours days. I never thought that I would be at the firm at the crack of dawn and work till nearly 6 pm. However, the experience has been great!! I cannot get into any details, but the experience has been a blessing. I’ll be able to take what I’ve learned from this case and use it in the future.

Long days mean that workouts are even more essential especially for clearing the mind and zoning out. That being said, lets rewind back to last Saturday. I knew that trial would begin Monday and I knew a long run would help clear my mind.

I decided that Marymoor would be a great place to let loose. Plus, its a flat paved path with trials on the side and plenty of water fountains. Why not work on my tan in the meantime? Done and done!

After twenty minutes, I was in the zone and feeling good. I decided that I wanted to run to the Woodinville/Bothell rest area which was about six miles from my starting place. Going back to basic math would mean my run would be 12 miles roundtrip. I haven’t ran 12 miles since the Mercer Island Half Marathon in MARCH! I can’t believe I said that. March?

But….I’ve been injured so I cannot beat myself up for that. I felt good during the run.



My family was shocked but applauded me for my long run. I took the rest of the day off…sitting on the couch and catching up on trashy TV of course. 😀 I earned it.

The run definitely helped me zone out and not worry about the upcoming week. Running has always been a stress reliever. Running is like my personal counselor.

Does running act like a counselor for you?

What activity helps you tune out when times get rough?

Any advice for me?

XO, Tara

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Work Ethic

I’ve sustained my mentality over the past few weeks and I’ve determined how to remote into my works database which can be a good and bad thing. I’ve been called out for emailed after 7:30-8 p.m. at night. Apparently, that isn’t acceptable; however, I need to stay on top on emails/actions items. I also found out about delayed emails. Wooo!

Being able to remote into work during off hours has its benefits and negatives,


1. Being awake of emails coming in;

2. Linking the emails to TWX;

3. Putting together a strategy, if needed;

4: Following up on meetings or rescheduling.


1. Working off hours;

2. Too many actions items to accomplish;

3. Potentially, more help.

I am not here to complain at all. I just need feedback overall and I would appreciate any and all feedback.

What are your plans for the three-day weekend?

Any recommendations?

XO, Tara


Fun Facts Friday- Week Twenty

Hello Friday. Thank you for arriving at a great time.

I only say this, because my co-workers and myself have been commuting up to Everett to the courthouse for a trial. It’s a long drive and more often than not, there’s alot of TRAFFIC. F my life. However, I’ve learned alot throughout the whole process. Witnessing the end product is great, but stressful too. I give mad props to my co-workers who have taken lead….it’s been nice to shadow them.  Good job team!

I feel like I’ve done nothing at the office since I’ve been away. This is hard, but everything will rev back up next week. Lord help me. Ha! Ok, enough with the work download….

It’s time for Five Things Friday.

1. If you haven’t figured it out already, I love being on my own. Having my own space is amazing. I love that I can decor it however I want. Also, I am far enough away to actually feel that I am by myself. 15 minutes makes a huge difference.

2. Laundry. I don’t have a washer or dryer. That being said, I get to go to my “parents” on the weekends to do laundry. Hell no, I am not going to a laundromat. Been there, done that back in the day. Scarred me for life.

3. Baking has been no existent this year. What the hell is wrong with me? Oh wait, changing jobs, learning new duties, moving….that makes sense. I.NEED.TO.BAKE.NOW. I’m after that banana bread.

4. I’ve eaten eggs every single day for the past two weeks. Yes, eggies. Egg whites to be more exact. Scrambled and put into some wrap like dinner thing. I am sure people would laugh. But hey, Tara is eating protein and that is all that matters.


5. The family and I were going to go to Sequim Bay to go Halibut fishing and clam digging , but damn the weather had to take a turn for the worse. My step dad will bare the terrible weather and mom and I will continue to decorate my place, go out to the Raging River to watch our friends band play and hang out.

Maybe next time the weather will cooperate. I’ve never been Halibut fishing before.

What are your weekend plans?

Have you been Halibut fishing? Or fishing at all?

Have you witnessed a trial before?

Have a marvelous Friday and weekend if I don’t check in!


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Mother’s Day Weekend Shenanigans

Woah. This past weekend was full of shenanigans. It’s mother’s day weekend and all and I spent the entire weekend with the family.

Let’s start with Saturday. A local community nearby hosts an annual garage sale. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t the best, but my mom and I managed to hit up some garage sales. I actually found a few items. Brace for it….


A mini rice cooker and a potato peeler. Score.

Following our epic garage sale searches, we went to an antique place in downtown Issaquah. Sadly we found fun items, but the prices were “too big.” I remembered that back in the day, we’d go to Snohomish to visit the antique shops. I kept this in my radar….Post antique shopping was cutting down a tree and random errands then dinner and a movie.

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We watched Labor Day. Overall, the movie was okay. It was slow in the beginning and that is hard for me. If it doesn’t catch me in the beginning you can find me on my phone or something. lol. We watched the entire movie though.

Sunday started off with a quick 4.5 mile run….sadly it didn’t end well. I swear that I’ve actually injured something in my hip and knee. I was in serious pain by the time I got home. I had the pleasure of limping all day on Sunday. Call me the gimp. I am actually really mad about it.

Post run, we went to Soaring Eagle to walk Kasa.


Just way too excited. She may have pee’d herself.

Following the walk, it was time to change the plans and head to Snohomish to go antiquing.

It was a beautiful day for a drive to Snohomish and I was determined to find some new items to the new place.


But first, a coffee.

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Mother’s Day cheers.



Do you recognize? Fred Flintstones “new” vehicle.


Joe and I just Pinterest-ing.


Got the window frame on the mantel. Still alot to be done. I’ll be spending alot of time of pinterest looking for ideas.

Overall, I had a great weekend minus the fact that my hip/groin/knee hurts alot when I run. I think that this year will not be a running year. Perhaps a biking year. I cannot believe that I am saying this. Maybe I need a doc’s opinion.

Anywho, this weekend was fabulous. On another note, I’ll be viewing a trial all week so there is a good chance that I’ll be MIA. I am warning you now.

That being said, have a great week!

What did you do for mother’s day weekend?

Do you like antique shopping?

XO, Tara

Organized Chaos

You’ve probably heard only a few times about how busy I’ve been at work lately. I feel bad, because I haven’t been able to write as many posts or at least put my whole heart  into them. I will get better at this, I promise!

However, since work has been so busy especially with all the changes, I’ve had to learn to become more organized. I’ve always been a pretty organized person who hates procrastinating; although, I’ve had to learn to adapt to a new environment and prioritize myself to their needs. Sometimes its like organized chaos. Things that are top priority on my list may be different from the attorneys.


With that being said, my co-worker and I have learned how to prioritize everything without feeling too overwhelmed.


1. Put together a “short list” of all the things that you want to do each day and prioritize them.

2. Meet with your boss/attorney/head honcho every day and go over the short list. Find out what is priority for them and adjust your list.

3. After the meeting, tackle each project one by one. Try not to jump from project to project; mistakes tend to happen if this occurs.

4. Work with one another.  My co-worker and I work together to tackle our short lists together. We may have different items on our list, but we still check in with one another throughout the day to see what has been done.

5. Check items off your list and praise yourself for finishing items. This is the ultimate reward.


What are your tips for staying organized when there’s too much to do?

I hope you’re having a great weekend.


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Stepping Stones

Absence makes the heart grow founder right? Right!



This week has been a whirlwind. Literally. That being said, I decided to bite the bullet and quit my second job at Flywheel. After a lot of thought and advice from others, I knew it was the best decision. I’ve just been overwhelmed lately. Overwhelmed is an understatement actually. More like dazed, flabbergasted and beat.


My body and mind has definitely told me that I am close to my breaking point. I hate feeling like I am not giving my all to something that is important.

This week, I have learned that I cannot just push my emotions to the side.


Instead, I need to pay more attention to my emotions and listen to what they are telling me. Bottled up emotions only leads to destruction.



This week really opened my eyes and I feel like I honestly made the right decision. Luckily, Flywheel understood completely, which made me feel 100 times better! What a relief.

I apologize for the emotional/intense post on a Friday. But hey, it is FRIDAY! A bigger reason to be happy.

After this week, I will be much happier and I am very much okay with that.

What are your plans this weekend?

Have you been in my shoes before?

Have a wonderful weekend!


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