WIAW: travel edition – Winthrop, WA

How is it already the first Wednesday of Summer Break? And why do I have only 2 weeks left until Summer School starts? Waaaa 😦


Yesterday I accomplished very little in terms of planning, but it took me forever and felt like a lot at the time. I made my first day power point and my very first Edublog! I’m teaching a Film as Lit class, and am creating my curriculum on my own. Luckily I’ve found quite a few great sources to guide me. Since I know there are quite a few teachers who read this blog, here are some of my favorites:

Other than planning, (I even went into school on Monday, the first Monday of Summer Break…who does that!?!), I’ve attempted to stay on top of my fitness goals…


I have a confession to make: I hate warm weather running. I know that most runners love 70 degree weather, but I am not one of those people. My body does not regulate its temperature well, and my athsma kicks in big time. My favorite running temps are the 40’s, in a tank top. I know, I’m crazy. I guess it was a good thing we had such a long winter this year. It allowed me the ability to discover that I love running.  But the past two weeks….meh, I didn’t run once! In case you weren’t aware, not running is counterproductive to my half-marathon training plan.

So Monday morning I laced up my runners and met my friend, Rhonda, and her running buddy, for a long run. Around mile 3 I had to peel off. My inhaler was doing nothing for me. So I took two more puffs and glanced down. The inhaler was empty. Oi. I had my prescription refilled, but I thought I still had 20 or so puffs left. I looked something like this:


It took me an hour and a half to run 7 miles. I was pathetic. I was (still am, actually) so sore afterward! Why, why, why did I do that to myself? I have 2 1/2 weeks until half-marathon day, and I really need to get my bootay in gear. Help motivate me!


And now what you’ve all been waiting for (ha), my foodie recap from our trip to Winthrop, WA, WIAW style.

We hit the road as soon as I got off work on Thursday. I was starving. The hubs was starving. On road trips I generally pack a cooler full of healthy snacks: sandwiches, apples, baby carrots w/hummus, waters, etc. The last week of school was crazy, however, and I didn’t have time to run to the store to get snacks to pack. The hubs couldn’t drive either (due to his knee situation), so we hit Jack’n’the Box a half hour into our trip.

So. Gross.

I’ve broken up with fast food after this trip. So has the hubs. We both got so sick afterward. I even ordered a “sandwich,” or as close to a sandwich as you can order at the Box.


That night I couldn’t eat much, as my stomach was yelling at me, so I ordered a salad and cup of soup from room service. Scratch that, I tried to order room service, but I called at 8:31 p.m. and room services ended at 8:30 p.m. The hubs walked downstairs to the restaurant and ordered food to go, and one of the servers kindly brought our food up to the room. My soup and salad combo, however, cost $17, so this was the last meal we ate at Sun Mountain Lodge.

Seeing as I am cheap frugal conscious of my bank account, the next morning I cobbled together a breakfast of a nanner that happened to be in my purse and half a cliff bar that mysteriously appeared. After hitting the lodge gym, and working out with the deer,

the hubs and I hit “downtown” Winthrop to grab lunch and explore. Winthrop is a cute, touristy, old West town near the Canadian boarder. It is adorable, and caters to foodies like myself.

Our first stop: The Old Schoolhouse Brewery.

I was very impressed with their menu. Lots of organic ingredients, lots of fresh veggies, and they support local farms. (This is something that I found to be quite common in Winthrop). We opted to sit outside, on the fabulous riverside deck.

We were both excited by the large selection of small batch brews. The hubs selected the multi-award winning Ruud Awakening IPA, and I enjoyed an honorable mention Uncle Big’s Brown.

I couldn’t decide what to eat, I wanted everything! It was a touch choice between the summer salad, portabella veggie wrap (which came with baby carrots and ranch instead of fries!), grilled veggie sandwich and the black bean burger. Ultimately, I opted to go with the black bean burger, as I was starving. I intended to order baby carrots and ranch, instead of the housemade fries, but I forgot. I wasn’t disappointed when the crispy goodies arrived, however.

The hubs ordered the pulled pork sandwich, which I stole a few bits of. ‘Twas tender and perfectly pulled pork, and this is coming from a gal who hates BBQ sauce and usually steers clear of pork.

After lunch we explored the town, hit the small grocery store for some essentials, and stopped by the Rocking Horse Bakery for some fresh bread.


Just like The Old Schoolhouse Brewery, the Rocking Horse Bakery supports local businesses, including Blue Bird Grain Farms wheat for their bread, Backcounty Coffee Roasters for their coffee, and Thompson Custom Meats for their sandwiches. Right up my alley, and something Foodbeat NW readers will appreciate! (my contributor bio is up – check it out!)

I also swung by the grocery store for some apples, nanners and Luna bars. Cheap hotel room eats for this gal!

Friday evening we attended the Bankruptcy Bar Association banquet. I neglected to bring my camera, however, but the food was pretty tasty. I enjoyed chicken in a dijon sauce, spring mix salad, lots of veggies and a crumbly (in a good way) corn muffin. Dessert, however, was the star of the evening: berry crumble with whip cream. Mmmmmm, happy Leila.

The next morning I made a pot of nasty hotel room coffee, and inhaled some of my Rocking Horse Bakery bread.

Oh my goodness, this bread is the bee’s knees! I was so sad to discover the bread options rotate daily, I wanted to buy multiple loaves to freeze on our way out of town.

After a quick lodge exercise room workout while the hubs was at his conference, I picked up an iced vanilla latte, dry blood orange soda, and quinoa tabouleh from a coffee shop, that I cannot remember the name of. It is across the street from The Old Schoolhouse Brewery, however, if you happen to be in Winthrop and want a cafe treat or two. They have lots of healthy and organic options to tempt your taste buds.

After grabbing our car snacks, we set out for a scenic drive on the famous North Cascades Highway…

north cascad hwy

and I realized tabouleh was a terrible car snack, as I could only eat it when we stopped at scenic points. Sigh.

The weather was not cooperating with our drive, but I did manage to snap a few pictures.

After our rainy drive, the hubs and I got back into town and intended to try something new, but wound up back at The Old Schoolhouse Brewery. It was just too good! We decided we couldn’t leave Winthrop without tasting multiple brews, so we ordered a sampler tray complete with the Hooligan Stout, ESB, Rendevous  Porter, Backcountry Coffee Stout and the Imperial IPA.

The beers paired well with some No Cheese Left Behind Nachos.

I also ordered their summer salad to go, and dove into it an hour later back at the lodge. The salad was composed of organic baby greens, avocado, craisins, mandarin oranges, blue cheese and candied pecans.

The salad itself was okay, but the coconut curry dressing was out of this world delicious! I attempted to recreate it yesterday, and then I realized I was out of coconut milk. So I created a creamy curry dressing instead. Recipe will debut tomorrow 🙂

On our way out of town the next morning we stopped back at The Rocking Horse Bakery to grab coffee and sandwiches to eat on the road. We attempted to try a delicatessen, but it was closed. I wasn’t upset about having to go back to The Rocking Horse though, no worries 😉 The hubs enjoyed a turkey sammie on their flax bread, and I had their caprese.

The caprese was your standard mozz, tomato, basil action, but it also included an amazing basil aioli and red onions. I was quite the happy camper. My eyes, however, were not. I forgot my contacts on the trip, and had to purchase some awesomely 90’s clip on sunglasses that were way too big for my frames.

I have so many pictures to share, but WordPress hates me right now. I’ve been tackling this post since 7 a.m. Seriously.

Where is your favorite close-by weekend vacation destination?

Last WIAW of the school year!

Happy Wednesday y’all! Have a hankering for pizza? Check out my review of South Perry Pizza on Foodbeat NW!

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W #1


My oh my am I slacking on my workouts! Specifically, I’m having a terrible time motivating myself to run. In fact, I skipped my long run this weekend and instead went on an enjoyable hike through Riverside State Park with the hubs and pup instead. It was pretty beautiful. But I need to get back on the bandwagon and get my bootay in gear, otherwise I am going to be miserable during my half marathon. Boo!


My eating is all over the place. We hit up The Flying Goat 3 days in a row last week. Ummm, yeah. I also had the aforementioned McDonalds and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. I’m still not eating any candy, but I’m not eating healthy by any stretch of the imagination. When I get stressed, I eat. I’m trying to focus on running and strength training to get the extra amped up energy to release itself, but it isn’t working.


I’m feeling pretty lethargic to be honest. I had some blood tests run a few days ago, and am hoping to hear back soon. I’m assuming nothing to be alarmed about, but things are all sorts of off lately. So aside from that, I know if I focus on the above to areas a tad more, this area will fall into place.


Today’s meals are totally not going to be photographed. After today there is only 1 day (3 hours, actually, not even a full-day) left in the 2010-2011 school year, and I know I won’t have time to photograph anything I eat. Will I even have time to eat? Thank goodness for Larabars!

So instead, you get Weekend eats today. Weekend eats are much prettier (and often more enjoyable) than work-day eats, wouldn’t you agree?

Saturday breakfast:

Pumpkin pie oatmeal: oats, vanilla, cinnamon, vanilla almond milk, chia seeds, 2 TBS canned pumpkin, 2 TBS raisins, 2 TBS pecans

Saturday Lunch:

Cantelope, dill pickle spears and a black forest ham sammie on carmelized onion rye bread I picked up at the Spokane Public Market this weekend 🙂

Seltzer spiked with frozen pineapple chunks and fresh pineapple sage from our, (ahem, The Hubsgarden. Really. I have a black thumb) garden.

Lunchtime reads:

Bitter End by Jennifer Brown. I finished it, but it was a difficult read.

Dinner (all grilled by The Hubs)

Lemon mustard grilled salmon on a cedar plank

Grilled Romanze potatoes, picked up at the farmers market that morning, tossed with olive oil, s&p, green onions and chives from our garden.

Interlude for a little movie action.


And a little Flying Goat snackage afterward:

Housemade A Street Chips with Murray Salt and Vinegar

And some of this may, or may not, have been consumed.



What is the best thing you ate today?

WIAW iPhone edition

Have you ever watched extreme couponing? I’ve got it on in the background (first time semi-watching), and wow, these people are kinda crazy. I mean I am all for a good deal, but 57 bottles of (high fructose corn sugar added) bbq sauce? 100 packets of top ramen? No thanks. I was, however, pretty impressed with the free toilet paper and diapers. As well as the double coupons (but I don’t think any of my local grocery stores actually do that).

But I digress, back to regularly scheduled W’s.

W#1: Weigh-in

I’ve been majorly slacking this week. I only ran 7 miles on Saturday, and I was supposed to run 10. Woops. I got up late, hit the road late, and needed to turn back early. I also hit a major wall at mile 5. No bueno. I did a little HIIT action on the elliptical this morning. It wasn’t awesome, but it was something. I’m hoping to hit the pavement for a 5 miler before work tomorrow, but I can make no guarantees. Those 7:45 a.m. Thursdays don’t help my half-marathon running plan much.


I forgot my camera today. So you get a few craptastic iPhone photos. Meh.

Pre-gym snack-a-roo: 2 dates.

Breakfast: Peppermint tea and pumpkin pie oats (1/3 cup quick oats, 1 TBS chia seeds, 2 TBS canned pumpkin, 2 TBS raisins, 1/2 tsp cinnamon)

Lunch: an orange that was a major B to peal, resulting in an orange massacre

& whole wheat penne, grilled chicken, tomato & herbtastic sauce.

(last night’s photo is much prettier, so you get that instead)

Afternoon snacks: bell pepper + grape tomatoes

and my favorite non-Greek yogurt: Cascade Fresh Lemon Chiffon. So delicious! And it’s local (Seattle) with a clean ingredient list.

A nanner was pictured, but was never consumed.

Upon returning home I whipped up a batch of quinoa/chicken/veggie salad, (recipe to come). I am anxiously waiting for the quinoa to chill so I can eat!

I’m also going to be eating a little bit of this fabulous three cheese semolina bread Costco was sampling a few weeks ago. I love La Brea bread so much. We purchased their cookbook a while back, but the process is insanely difficult, so we’ve yet to make a loaf 😦

Later tonight I know I’ll be nibbling on some raw (vegan) cookie dough balls, (recipe tomorrow!). I cannot wait to dig into these!


Do you shop with coupons? Are you an extreme couponer? Do you watch Extreme Couponing?

I rarely use coupons. I only ever clip them for products I already purchase. I also often get coupons with my receipt for things I buy often (Greek yogurt, milk, butter, etc.), and I shop with sales in mind (after I meal plan according to the sales).

Yoga feet

Today I have Three (3) W’s for you. Watch out, I’m a triple threat.


W #1: Weigh In Wednesday

Yoga and I do not get along. I’m sure I am doing it wrong. The first time I attempted yoga I brewed a pot of coffee, (after hearing how relaxing it was), popped in the DVD, and got to work. A mere five minutes in and I was sweating away, pushing pause, and cursing myself for attempting to drink coffee while working out.

The second time happened not too long ago. I had a brand spankin’ new (and very cute) yoga mat rolling around the back of my car for months and needed an excuse to get my butt in gear. I found a 40 minute free class on On Demand and got to work. It was tollerable, but not enjoyable. I haven’t done it since.

I know yoga will help my running stamina and will help prevent injury, (I am prone to shin splints, rolling ankles and pulling muscles). The videos aren’t working, and I know I need someone to physically show me how to do the moves properly. And even though Groupon and Living Social keep spitting up yoga studio deals left and right, I just can’t bring myself to bite the bullet and sign up for a class.

Maybe in the summer I’ll explore the yoga offerings at the Y, (none of their classes work with my current schedule). Until then, I’ve got (brand spankin’ new) flip flops made from yoga mats.

Thanks, Ali, for introducing me to these fancy feet enhancers.

In related news, I went shopping in my closet again. After a lot of trying on, sorting clothes, banning sweaters to basement containers and washing loads of laundry, I am happy to report quite a few things from years past fit.

Now that the weather is improving, these beauties may need to come out and play.

Also exciting, these cute slouchy pin stripe (size six!) pants *almost* fit. They zip and button, and don’t look half bad. But sitting and breathing are still an issue. I purchased these slacks back in 2007, and they didn’t really fit me then either. But they were on clearance, and I am a sucker for a sale. I figured one day they would fit. It appears that one day is right around the corner.

Maybe they *almost* fit because on Sunday I pulled on my big girl panties after Saturday’s whine fest, (not to be confused with a wine fest, which would have been a lot more fun), and hit the pavement for 10.11 miles.

*Not true. My legs were swollen sausages Sunday evening.

And I ran through Riverside State Park, passing the Bowl and Pitcher along the way. I can’t believe I live less than 3 miles from this gorgeousness.

Oh my God. I ran ten freaking miles. Me. Inhaler girl. Shin splint extraordinaire.  I ran wobbled downstairs a few hours after my run to gloat brag tell the hubs how proud I was of myself. Only five and a half weeks and I can proudly call myself a half-marathoner!

W #2: What I ate Wednesday (WIAW)

Below is really what I intend to eat today. Last night I was simultaneously cooking dinner and packing my lunch. Why not take nice photographs (well nicer than quick working snapshots) while I already am snapping away at my newish recipe creation?

Breakfast (too ugly to photograph) will be oatmeal made with 2%, cinnamon and dried cherries, (pre-made on Monday, I was out of Almond milk – waahhh – situation remedied tonight). Since it is so ugly, I’m sharing oats made this weekend instead (with cinnamon, vanilla, half a nanner, blueberries and pecans).

Snacks will include watermelon, fage plain Greek yogurt + thawed (unsweetened/frozen) pineapple, and some tomatoes + yellow bell pepper.

Lunch will be an orange with some leftover curry chicken salad from our backyard BBQ potluck this weekend.

Dinner will be leftover taco pie. Mmmm cheese.

And it is very likely that Skittles will be consumed at some point.

W #3: What will I do with my hair?

If you’ve been reading a while you may recall I am somewhat obsessed with my hair. But I’ve been attempting to grow it out, and have subsequently avoided just a trim appointments over the past few months. The reason being, just a trim can easily turn into me chopping all my hair off. So I have a few ideas in my mind, but I’m not sure what I will do when I arrive for my appointment later this afternoon. What do you think I will do with my hair?

Cut option

Cut optionyes this goes against growing it out…

Bang and color option

Color option


Do you practice yoga? If so, how often? DVD’s or in studio?

What is the most exciting thing you ate today?

What do you think I should do with my hair? I’m bored. Again. (always)

Weigh in Wednesday 12: Capri me.

My computer is being very fickle. At first I thought I was experiencing wordpress connectivity issues, but now I am realizing I have a full-blown computer slow-down situation. I’m getting ready to head out of town for a girl’s weekend with these ladies,

and am leaving my computer behind in the very capable hands of The Hubs. I expect her to be running at full capacity by the time I return (hint, hint, Hubs).

So until this issue is resolved my posts will be on the short and sweet side. Ha, like I can ever tell a story in a concise fashion. I believe this is a hereditary issue, so I’m okay with it.
This week’s weigh-in Wednesday is brought to you by The Gap. More specifically, The Gap in 2006. I purchased a pair of black capri’s on clearance during the summer of ’06, and haven’t been able to fit into them since since the summer of ’08. I tucked them away in a large blue rubbermaid bin, and waited until I could fit into them again.

Upon discovering my work week would be filled with sunshine and high* temps, I dusted off my trusty blue bin and explored the contents on Monday evening. I was pleased to discover that not only did the black capris fit, so did multiple pairs of shorts I thought I may never wear again.
Hallelujah. I don’t exactly have any extra disposable income lying around right now, so I felt like I was shopping in my own (somewhat stylish) closet.

Today I wore my favorite black capris and received many complements. State testing, however, prevented me from nabbing my regular lunch buddy to snap a photo. And now they are covered in dog fur, as Rilo loves to squeeze through my leg and the wall, even though she can’t really fit.

In related news, I’m attacking my half-marathon training plan, and am making some great progress! I ran Bloomsday (12K) with an 11 minute/mile pace. This Sunday I ran 8.11 miles in 1:35. Yesterday I ran 4.69 miles in 54 minutes. So I am hovering between 11 and 12 minute miles. My goal is to get to 10 minute miles, and then I will reassess. I’m open to any suggestions for improving my speed.

What are you proud of this week?

Weigh in Wednesday 12: How you doin’


Why, thanks for asking, Joey. Unfortunately, I’m not doing so well.

Although we’ve had record breaking precipitation* this week, there is still something in the air that is nagging at me. My eyes are itchy and red, to the point where a student noticed…from about 10 feet away…while I had my glasses on.

*watch the video…oh no, puddles!

I look something like this.


And I feel something like this.


But I’m not one to complain*.  I’ve been trying to dive into my workouts (and last remaining runs before my 12K this weekend – eek!), with full gusto. But my body, well, it just isn’t getting along with my brain at the moment.

*total lie. But I always have a solution when I complain. I’m nice like that.

My training plan included a 5 mile run this morning. At mile 2 I knew that was not going to happen. While I always hate running on a treadmill, at least the built in television will help me along. But today the ONLY thing news stations deemed worthy of coverage was the fact that Obama finally produced a copy of his long form birth certificate.

Really? Seriously?

I decided to cut my run short, (for more reason than the obnoxious “breaking news” coverage), and just do a 5K. Sadly, I totally missed the cut off for the Jelly Bean 5K, but a 5K just didn’t fit into my training plan* last week.

*by plan I mean: something I totally made up on my own based on my lame self not getting into the correct mindset earlier in the year.

I have one more run planned before race day, (Sunday), and I am determined not to let my allergies get me down! I’ve been tracking my mileage and I’ve noticed a few things:

  • I am getting faster. I’m running, on average, 12 minute miles. When I started I was running, on average, 12:30 miles. This is still slow, mind you, but faster for me.
  • My endurance is up quite a bit! My walking breaks used to be a lot longer (2-4 minutes) and would happen with much greater frequency (every 3-5 minutes). Now I am running, on average, about 8 minutes before I take a break, and I am walking 1-2 minutes.
  • I am enjoying myself more. When I did my long run on Saturday I actually got sad when I turned the corner on the street that is at the crest of my loop. I wanted my run to continue. Me! The girl who never thought* she could be a runner.
*Seriously. When we had to run the mile in elementary school we would hoof it down the street to Wa-Hi (the high school) and run our laps around their track. Once we passed the starting point we would have to hold up a finger (1-4), signifying how many laps we had completed. I would generally run 2, hold up a 3, and only finish my 3rd lap because everyone else had already finished!

Seeing these accomplishments in bulleted format renew my faith in myself that I can be a runner. I think after Bloomsday (12K) this weekend I will feel like I can actually call myself a runner. Right now I am considering myself a pseudo-runner. Or an almost-runner.

What exercise goals did you/do you plan to accomplish this week?

New and Improved! Weigh in Wednesday

Wow, haven’t had one of these in a while!

If you’re new to the blog (hi!) you may have noticed a Weigh-in Wednesday tab at the top. You may have also noticed that it promptly stops on Week 10, when I discussed the scale, the thin ideal and why I was giving up weighing myself for one month. Turns out I enjoyed NOT weighing so much (after a few anxiety striken days, mind you) that it has now been 8 weeks. Last week I discussed how much better I feel now that I am not weighing myself daily on my Running Foodie guest post. I can’t say that I wont ever go back to weighing myself (never say never), but for right now it is working out quite well.

So my new and improved! weigh in Wednesday will be centered around other means of determining my weight loss, mainly inches lost (which I don’t obsess over, like I did the number on the scale), exercise goals and accomplishments, and most importantly, how I feel!

Up first, my measurements. I am pleased to say my waist is 1.5 inches smaller than it was in January (this is the only area I’ve ever consistently measured). My exercise goal is to finish Bloomsday (a 12K in 11 days) without dying.

And today, I feel awesome. Last night I discovered the wonder that is the Epsom salt. I knew they were for soaking, but I didn’t know the difference between Epsom salts and bath salts. I figured they were one in the same. So I never explored them. But yesterday I was so incredibly sore and stiff that I decided to stop at Walgreen’s on my way home to pick up a bag. I took a nice 20 minute soak, read my book and went to bed at 9 pm (glorious!). I didn’t feel any different last night, but when I woke up this morning. Ohmigawd! I had absolutely no stiffness! My 5 mile run this morning was a breeze. I know, I know, I was totally living under a rock. But now I am a believer. Epsom salts rock my socks.

After my 5 mile run I inhaled another eggcellant breakwich.

And then I ran into my PA (Principal’s Assistant) and double high-fived her – she ran the Boston Marathon on Monday! Woot Woot! I was annoying the crap out of asking her lots of running questions and learned I should also take magnesium pills at night to ease my soreness/stiff muscles.

My lunch was composed of fabulous leftover potato pizza and a colorful salad.

Later on I snacked on an apple and a pineapple chobani (the BEST flavor).

Oh, and I also had a Fresca. I haven’t had soda in quite a while, but I saw my co-worker drinking one and immediately HAD to have one. It was fabulous.

After a quick trip to Costco, (yes, twice in one week), to pick up more Epsom salt, spinach, (no skittles), and lettuce I assembled leftover meal #2 for the day.

Butter-not squash enchiladas + salad

I can hear the Epsom salts calling my name. I am looking forward to a nice hot Epsom salt bath this evening. I’m sure you probably aren’t supposed to take an Epsom salt bath two days in a row, but I felt so amazing that I decided I would do one on evenings I run. While running is the form of exercise I feel most amazing and fit after, it is also the one that causes the most stress on my body.

What is your favorite form of exercise?