Thursday, September 18, 2014

Game-day recipe contest

So my friend from back in my KOIN days wanted me to know about this fun contest she's working on.

The Game Day Chef Challenge is a chance for football fans and foodies from Oregon, Washington, Arizona and California to win tickets to college and NFL games, a Duck game, the Rose Bowl and $25000 in gas!

All you have to do is submit a favorite game day recipe by Sept. 30 (click HERE for more info). The key is that one ingredient has to come from a Chevron mart (the prize is gas, right?!)

Five regional winners will be selected to have a cook-off before the Duck game on Nov. 1. They get to go to the game, too. A panel of celebrity judges will select the winner, who will get to go to the grand finale cook-off at the Rose Bowl. And they also get to go to the Rose Bowl game!

Rebecca says Oregon has the fewest entries so far... so this could be your big chance :)

Good luck :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


So I broke out the reflective vest this morning... It was dark!
With the flash... I'm so visible :)
I love clouds!!!!!!
I finished up just as Brad left for his ride to work:
He's been doing brick workouts with an early run and then an immediate bike to Wilsonville. I think we should start doing duathlons :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Red sun

Too bad this photo didn't capture the true beauty that I saw this morning on my way to work!

A wildfire, just about 25 miles away, has the sky full of pollutants. It makes for bad breathing but amazing sunsets and sunrises. The sun was a ball of red this morning. Cameras never tell the whole story.

I hope you saw it :)

Seattle always loses when I'm there

Mom and Dad offered to pay if we wanted to join them this weekend for some Mariners baseball in Seattle. Yes, please!

First, Dad and I beat the sun up for a bike ride. 
I ended up with about 12 miles. At the end of the month, Dad and I are doing the Harvest Century together (we're doing the 45-mile route). We've been riding lots this summer to prepare, and it's been fun to have a biking buddy :)
We got on the noontime train, made a stop at our Tukwila hotel and hopped a bus for the stadium in time for the evening game against Oakland:
Last time we were there, I nearly froze in shorts and a T-shirt. So this time, I packed a light jacket, a puffy jacket and a fleece blanket. And it was 80 degrees with no wind - of course.

The first 35,000 fans got a King Felix shirt!
It was a good game, but we ended up losing in the end. They always lose when I'm there :(
Sunday, I got up early (early considering how late it was when we got home from the game!), ate some complimentary hotel breakfast and hit the road:
The Interurban and Green River trails ran RIGHT behind our hotel! Still on my run/walk interval program, I did run 3 minutes, walk 2 minutes - times 9.
It was a great run! The sun was out but it wasn't hot yet. I had a view of Mount Rainier. The trail was flat and pretty. I felt strong. My only complaint was that the trail was a little unpopulated for my taste. There was a sketchy guy hanging out, and I ended up running really fast to put some distance between us so he didn't decide to follow me. I really don't like to feel unsafe on my runs. I would have preferred a running buddy.

We all worked out, then it was time to head back to Safeco Field for the Sunday day game. Such a cool train station - and right next to Century Link and Safeco:
Sunday's game was pretty sucky. The team did poorly. Oakland played well. The crowd was less-than energetic. We lost.

But a warm, sunny day at the ballpark with the family is always fun :)
And it was so fun to have Leslie and Ronald join us!

Monday, September 15, 2014

(good) dinner and a (crappy) movie

The past two Discovery Runs took us to Perfect Pizza on the Tualatin Commons lake. I'd never heard of this restaurant, but then it also showed up in my Groupon e-mail. I decided that was a sign... we needed to try it out.

Friday evening, we drove the 2 miles to Perfect Pizza and ordered a half Perfect Veggie and half South of the Border. It took a really long time to get our order - we even took a stroll around the lake while we waited. But the guys all apologized numerous times - good customer service. Also, it was 6 p.m. on a Friday night. A busy restaurant is expected.
The pizza was excellent! The crust was that perfect, crispy, pizzeria style that is so good. And the toppings were plentiful, fresh and yummy! And the 14" was only $16.99. We will definitely be back :)

(Oh - our only complaint was the music. They had heavy metal on the PA, which we thought was a strange choice for a family restaurant. Fortunately, it wasn't loud.)

We got home and vegged out. Brad was working on something in the other room and I crawled into bed and flipped through Netflix looking for a mindless movie to watch. I settled on The Wedding Pact.
It was so bad. Seriously cheesy and B-rate. I didn't even mind when Brad came in to go to bed and I had to turn it off.

If you're looking for good pizza in the Tualatin area, check out Perfect Pizza :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

No. 38

I was shopping with Mom at Costco when I spotted the latest Sue Grafton, W is for Wasted, for just $4.49!

As soon as I finished No. 37, I dug right in. It's long and filled with microscopic print, so it took a few days. But I finished yesterday afternoon, forgoing my post-work nap for a reading session in the recliner.

As always, Grafton didn't fail to provide a good mystery, weaving story lines and providing suspense to the end.

What will she do when she gets to Z??

Any other Grafton fans? Eryn's up next. If anyone else wants to borrow, let me know :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Time for the blinking light

The air had a strange feel to it when I hit the road this morning for some early miles.

Yesterday brought high east winds and very low humidity to our fair city. This morning, the winds had died down and shifted. But the air felt hot and cold at the same time. It was odd. Maybe it was the low humidity??

Still working on my start-from-scratch run/walk program, I ran 2 minutes, walked 2 minutes nine times. Wednesday's kickboxing class totally kicked my butt - possibly from lots of long intervals. I'm still really sore, so I did just a shakeout bike ride last night and then kept my run slow this morning.
I managed 3.33 miles, all before the sun popped up:
I even added a blinking red light to my bright-green shirt this morning for extra visibility. Might need to get out the reflective vest soon!

Yesterday's crazy wind stripped most of the leaves off my dogwood. Boy, it sure looks like fall now!
Nick Allard mentioned rain in the forecast and I almost wet my pants with excitement! From Intellicast:
I cannot tell you how happy that makes me :)

Mom posted this on Facebook this week. Describes me to a T!
I hope the forecast holds :)