Dogs, Warby Parker, and Groceries…

Life with a Husky looks a lot like this, in case you’re wondering…

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You should have seen the rest of my black pants. They were COVERED in hair. I spent about 10 minutes brushing Wilson yesterday, and I think the birds will now be our best friends.

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She’s just like her mom. Mila and I are huge fans of late-night popcorn snacking. I enjoy sharing the bowl with my best girl.

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A couple weeks ago I came home from work and did my usual 30-second scan of the apartment for any trouble the dogs may have gotten into while I was gone. On a good day, it’s just a piece of paper shredded up. On a bad day, it’s a chewed-up pair of glasses. Yep, you heard me. My glasses.

I have had a strong 10-year relationship going with my old Vera Wang glasses. I wear contacts all day but right before bed I’ll pop them out and wear my glasses the rest of the night. I never really wear them out of the house, but I still felt the pain of not having them at night – for example – Steven put on a movie I had never seen one night before bed. Since I had already taken my contacts out, I couldn’t watch it with him. It was a sad night.

I got my annual eye exam in January this year so I knew I had a current prescription but I really didn’t want to take the time to go to a store and shop for new glasses. Enter: Warby Parker. Warby parker

I went online and selected 3 (you can select up to 5) pairs of glasses I wanted to try on and they shipped them to me for free!  After I tried them on, I put the return shipping label back on the box and shipped those babies back – for free! Then I went back to their website, selected the pair I liked best based on my at-home try on, uploaded a copy of my prescription, and BOOM…done!

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These bad boys arrived in the mail 5 days later!

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I’m a fan! And I’m so happy I can once again see at night! Also, for every pair of glasses bought, Warby Parker donates another pair of glasses to a child in need. Thanks Warby Parker for making it super easy and convenient to replace my dog-destroyed spectacles and for putting a little more good out into the world!

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Some other randomness from this week so far…

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Had my fastest run, ever. I’m used to holding a 9:45/mile average pace on most of my runs. I love seeing the results of all my strength and cardio training paying off in my running! I’m thinking a half marathon may be in my near future.

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Sweet hubby enjoying Phil Knight’s (Nike founder) memoir he released last week. Each employee got a copy of the book and Steven decided to steal it and start reading before I had a chance! “Babe, this book is crazy!” He seems to be enjoying it so I’ll let it slide…

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We got a Costco membership last week and when I was putting our groceries away, I realized I buy a lot of things that are staples in our house that are either extra-large size (see above jar of peanut butter) or in bulk.

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We are always stocked with big bags of broccoli and peppers. We cook with these almost every night.

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The same with chicken. We go through a 10-lb bag of frozen chicken breasts every two weeks.

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I marinate or season said chicken and broccoli in gallon bags pretty much every night. It’s the easiest way to make sure everything gets evenly coated with oil or seasoning.

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Two seasonings that we use weekly, so I buy the industrial size.

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Same with the olive oil, industrial size lasts a couple months.

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And eggs, we eat a LOT of eggs in our house. Every morning  we are both munching on scrambled eggs so we buy two dozen at at time.

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In other news, unrelated to my kitchen…

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This is super exciting! Atlanta is getting a new dome, under construction as we speak, that will open in 2017 and now they will get to host the Super Bowl! Way to go, ATL!

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Yea, this is basically life right now. Hope you guys have a great rest of your week and enjoy the long Memorial weekend! We are going to get some hiking in, some eating, and some grilling with friends from work – woo hoo!

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While Steven is Away, and Our Weekend

When Steven goes out of town, my week looks a little different. For instance..

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Mila protects me in the bathroom at all times. She never leaves my side. Perfect guard dog.

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I spend a majority of my weekly grocery store trip perusing the wine aisle.

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A typical Monday night.

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I spend quality time with the laundry. I make it a goal to have all the laundry done by the time he comes home so all I have to wash are the clothes he took on his trip.

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We do a lot of this.

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And this.

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Did I mention, wine?

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My work is really great and lets me work from home in the afternoon while Steven is gone so that the dogs don’t have to stay home all day by themselves. Mostly it’s because they would get into trouble if left unsupervised.

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When Steven is gone and I have to play single parent, I’m not as good at managing my time in the morning. I usually end up over-stuffing my gym bag because I have no time to pick out exactly what outfits I want to wear to workout and after my workout. I stuff a ton of different tops and bottoms into my bag and hope that when I dig through it in the afternoon, I find at least one combination that works. I’ll have to work on time management before we have real children, although I’m already notorious for over-packing on trips. Oh well.

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A typical outfit for me. I realized this week that my style has not changed one bit in the last 10 years. Flip flops, jeans, and a baggy shirt…all day, erry day. Maybe one day I’ll grow up and start dressing like I care about what I look like. For now, I’ll stick with my college-kid swagger.

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Side note – literally the best invention. It fills up my water bottle so fast! It’s the little things.

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Steven finally came home and all returned to normal in our world. We were walking to the Portland State University Farmer’s Market on Saturday and he saw the bike racks and decided they looked like that horse thing in men’s gymnastics? You know what I’m talking about? He literally said to me, “Take my picture and tell everyone I’m practicing for the Olympics!” I sure did miss this goofball!

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Went to the Farmer’s Market with one goal in mind – peonies!

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We found some other goodies and came home happy.

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I let him pick lunch on Saturday and we ended up at Sweet Tomatoes. This boy loves salads.

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We headed up to the bowling alley Saturday night as per usual. Then, we hit up our favorite Thirsty Lion.

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9:30pm happy hour, we owned you. Sushi, spinach artichoke dip, and burger sliders rounded out the night. By far one of the best parts of Oregon is all of the restaurants with happy hour. It wouldn’t be a typical weekend for us if we didn’t indulge in at least one happy hour.

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I also owned this strawberry rhubarb white chocolate cheesecake. The crust was made with chocolate and hazelnuts. This is no exaggeration – literally the best cheesecake ever. In the world. Anywhere. Ever.

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Sunday we caught up on some recorded TV shows, watched some golf, then headed out to do adult things. Like sign up for a Costco membership…and get caught in the torrential downpour as we walked the .25 miles back to our car. Thanks, Oregon.

And, for some Monday motivation:

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I hope nothing but good things come your way this week. Keep adding to your pile!

 

How Sweet It Is!

Sorry for the MIA status lately. Steven and I have been busy loving on our sweet family and friends t he past two weeks! It has been so refreshing, just what we needed after moving almost two months ago.

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First, all of these guys came for a visit. Steven’s step-dad, sister, and her boyfriend were our first Oregon visitors and we had a blast exploring together. Some highlights…IMG_2735

Enjoying downtown Portland and the live music.

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Enjoying happy hour together.

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I introduced everyone to our “donut Saturday” tradition. You know the apple fritter is good if it’s as big as the plate.

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All that sugar and carbs prepared us for our hike to…

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Multnomah Falls! It’s one of the most famous sites in Oregon.

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The view from the bottom was breathtaking, but we had to hike up to the bridge too to catch a glimpse.

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I can’t wait to go back and do the full hike all the way up to the top!

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After a weekend of indulging and imbibing, this was such a glorious place to find myself first thing Monday morning. Spin class is one of my favorite things ever.

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Then I got to watch Steven’s intramural basketball game at the Nike gym. It’s so much fun to watch him play!

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Thursday, we took it to the skies and headed back down south, home to GA for our sweet friends Matt and Rachel’s wedding!

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Bride, bridesmaids, and flower girl before the rehearsal! The weather was absolutely perfect. They could not have asked for a more perfect May weekend in Georgia!

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You know, just getting the party started with my favorite friends!

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There are no words to tell you how much I love these people. There were lots of tears, not a lot of words. It was good for the soul to see them and laugh with them again. Ok, moving on, since if I keep thinking about it I’ll probably start tearing up again…

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I definitely had the most handsome date there 🙂

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The new Mr. & Mrs. Hendricks! We had such an amazing time back home. Now, it’s back to work, the gym, and…SLEEP!

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Heading home for the first time since moving away, that was hard. It was a hard one, friends. My heart is full from all the fun we had, but it’s definitely the hardest thing in the world to leave your favorite people behind. I can’t wait to start planning my next trip home!

Running Around and our Visitors!

Just a few things from last week…

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A chilly morning run on campus for run #1 of the week.

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Sunrise runs really are my favorite.

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Mid-week run with my furry friends was run #2.

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A little speed work on Friday morning makes run #3.

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Happy hour Friday! We hopped around Friday night, starting at our favorite little Mexican spot, Chevy’s. We had some margs and queso – yum! If you need me on Thursday, I’ll be here, celebrating Cinco de Mayo!

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We felt like we needed something a little refreshing so we stopped by a sushi restaurant. Steven ordered WAY too much sushi (it was great leftover on Saturday!).

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Hit up our second home for a few games.

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Then found our way back to the first place we went after moving – the Thirsty Lion. Beer cheese soup and spinach and artichoke dip rounded out the night quite nicely!

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Fun little run on Saturday completed my 4th run of the week. Dragged Steven along with us (not pictured – Mila and Wilson)! He was real excited, can you tell?

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Sunday was a beautiful day and we took our little outdoorsy butts back to Forest Park for a hike. You can’t tell in this picture but that’s looking STRAIGHT down a giant cliff…the trees go so far down, it looked like we were up really high. It was a neat little hike!

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Not the best picture, but off in the distance you can see Mt. Hood! View of this mountain never get old, I love when it’s a super clear day and we get a glimpse.

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Finished off the weekend with some grocery shopping and of course Trader Joe’s flowers! Dinner Sunday night was at Rock Bottom Brewery in the Pioneer district but, unfortunately, I neglected to take pictures. The food was yummy but we didn’t deem it picture worthy.

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Some of our favorite people are coming to visit us this week/end! She’s coming from Cali…

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He’s coming from Michigan!

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If you need us, we’ll be showing our first visitors around our new city! Hurry up, weekend! Don’t remind me, it’s only Tuesday…