Run, Bike, Eat, Hike

I’ve been a very bad blogger of late. This is weighing heavily on my conscience.

It isn’t like I haven’t been doing anything.

I’ve been running, er, walking, thanks to the couch to 5k program.

I’ve been entertaining a nine month old, apparently at this age they want your attention all the time. Everything you touch, they want to touch, everything you give them to touch goes straight into their mouth. I don’t know who to worry more about, Ella, or the iPhone.

I got a new swimsuit for my upcoming trip to Peru. Let me tell you, ruching is simply amazing. I’m not yet back to my pre-baby playing weight, and honestly, I don’t know if I ever will be, and ruching, well, it just helps hide some of that. Not that I look like this gal, but you get the hint.

Oh, and I started bike commuting! I’m proud to say that I made it home that first day, uphill, without getting off and walking my bike. I am, the slowest, SLOWEST rider in the Rose City.

And finally I went hiking in the Gorge with some coworkers. It was stunning, absolutely stunning. The woods of the PNW are particularly magical. Moss hangs from trees, tall evergreens create an unreachable canopy, and switchbacks reveal cascading waterfalls at every other turn. As a kid my girl scout troop took frequent advantage of such beauty, and while I can’t say I didn’t appreciate it, I did stop wandering out into the forest once I hit high school. Man, I wish I hadn’t.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit I had no idea what to wear and what to bring with me for a 4 mile hike

“Wear loose-fitting clothing,” Matthew grumbled when I asked for his advice at 7AM. “Ella too?” I asked earnestly. “Is she the one hiking?” um, right

Lunch, however, came together in an instant. I made a little tomato and burrata salad with basil, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, and placed it over cubes of frozen chibatta. By the time we reached our lookout spot, three falls, the tomato juice had soaked through the bread resulting in an impromptu panzanella salad. Highly recommended for hikes, picnics, or lunch when you don’t have access to a refrigerator.

 

Tomorrow I have a blogging conference with the fantastic Oh Joy, and hope to come back refreshed and inspired.

Promise to be on better blogger behavior. Promise.

 

 

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