Friday, September 7, 2012

labor day weekend

After working a six night stretch at work, Brandon and I headed up to Bellevue Friday afternoon. I got off work Friday morning and first went to breakfast with some co-workers. After quite a few busy nights in the ER, we celebrated being done for a week with delicious mimosas and yummy food at one of our fav spots, kenny & zuke's in downtown pdx.

I was pretty exhausted by the time I picked Brandon up from school. Fortunately I didn't have to drive...that would not have worked so well :) I slept the entire way while Brandon listened to his new favorite album (lecrae's new release, gravity...check it out). We arrived in Bellevue around 3pm. I barely remember transferring from the car to the couch. We celebrated our momma Teng's birthday that evening with the fam bam at Joey's Bellevue. It was fun to be with the entire family and share fun memories together.

Saturday morning I met up with two of my best friends, Heidi and Lindsey. We had coffee at Zoka's in downtown Kirkland (my old stompin' grounds). It was fun to catch up with them and feel like we were right back where we left off. The weather was perfect - sunny & 75 degrees. That afternoon we attended Liz & Dex's wedding in Seattle, WA. It was fun to see old friends and college buddies. It was a fun time to be had by all - great food, great company, and ofcourse lots of dancing. We also got to meet up with the 1 month old newlyweds, Mark & Natalie.

Sunday our dear friends Jon, Christine, little Sam, Andrew, Jenna, and Big Sam joined us in Seattle for a fun day of adventure. All the guys are in med school together while all the ladies are RNs. We have so much in common. We met up with some other med school friends (the Jones) at Red Robin to enjoy some tasty burgers and fries. We then headed to the ferries to catch a ferry over to Bainbridge Island. We explored the island, walked along a trail, picked blackberries from bushes, laughed, Jon and Christine acted out the "I'm flying Jack" scene from the Titanic, took lots of pics, ate ice cream, and enjoyed great conversation. Before we headed back to Bellevue we explored Pike Place Market for a bit. Phew. What a day! It was so fun, but pretty exhausting. We were all ready for food and a long nap :) Susan threw together an amazing BBQ and birthday celebration for Jenna. We had yummy food and cake. We then capped the night off with a kinect dance game in the family room. It was pretty entertaining. Little Sam enjoyed it too!

We headed back to Portland Monday afternoon after grabbing a bite to eat with the fam. Overall, we had such a blast with family and friends. Brandon and I are so blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful friends and family that we can do life with.

I'm headed back to work for the next 6 nights. Not ready to go back...but I can't complain much I just enjoyed a week off :) I love having a whole week off at a time, but it's always rough the first night back.

Here are some pics from the weekend -

Christine, Catherine, Jenna
on ferry to Bainbridge Is.

Sam & Andrew

Teng Family celebrating Susan's birthday

Me & My Hubs

Jon & Little Sam

Headed to Liz & Dex's wedding

Heidi, Catherine, Lindsey
College Roomies

Med school buddies
the 4 MDs to be
the 3 RNs (1 missing in this pic)
the 1 RN/MD to be :)

Next week I will be at my year in the ER. Crazy how time flies...

Until next time, enjoy this amazing weather and weekend (for those of you that have it off) ...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

6 months recap

It's been quite some time since I blogged last. I thought I'd remedy that by doing a recap of the last 6 months to catch everyone up!


  -- attended a few trailblazers games with the hubs
  -- worked my usual 3 nights a week
  -- celebrated my mom's birthday and my father-in-law's birthday
  -- was a panelist at SPU (my alma mater) on a nursing panel for senior nursing students
                       ...freaked them out a big :)
  -- st. patrick's day dessert with jon, christine, & sam (med school friends)
  -- my sister-in-law and cousin came down from seattle for a visit
  -- hosted a dear friend's bridal shower at my apartment
  -- went to bellevue, wa. for spring break with my hubs to hang out with his family
  -- watched lots of march madness


  -- watched the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship game
  -- more blazers games with the hubs
  -- work, work, and more work...
  -- took a day trip to pacific city beach on the oregon coast with some dear med school friends
  -- hit up the nike employee store and got some things
  -- worked extra at work...


  -- celebrated lots of birthdays (my 25th, my dad's bday, my sister-in-law's bday, my uncle's bday, etc)
  -- worked a bunch
  -- my sister and brother in law came down to visit for a weekend
  -- coordinated ben & caitlin's wedding on my birthday - so much fun!
  -- birthday dinner with friends at red robin
  -- headed to north carolina to see my parents, sister and extended family -- such a special time.
              family time....



  -- farlow family reunion in north carolina
  -- hung out with my mom and dad who came in from singapore
  -- worked some more
  -- celebrated father's day
  -- celebrated anna & bri's first year anniversary
  -- enjoyed the first day of summer
  -- coordinated another wedding (in olympia, wa.) for a lovely couple (jeremy & anna) and played
     florist with my sweet friend, jenna.
  -- went to spokane, wa. with my hubs and some good friends for hoopfest


  -- celebrated my sister's 23rd birthday
  -- worked
  -- went to atlanta with my hubs to visit the otts and whittinghills and hang out with my mom
  -- chick-fil-a...lots of it
  -- sweet tea and southern accents
  -- braves game in atlanta
  -- went to bellevue for a quick visit at the end of the month


  -- spent some time with my mommy dearest in pdx
  -- back to bellevue again for visit #2 this time to celebrate mark & natalie and coordinate their
  -- went back to bellevue for a 3rd see our cousins from Minnesota who came in for a visit
  -- went hiking near mt. rainier (paradise)
  -- BBQs

Brandon started year 2 of med school at OHSU the end of august. he has mixed feelings...he is sad that he has just wrapped up his last summer off "ever" as he states. on the other hand, he is happy to be back in class and in a routine. Updates to come on this journey called "med school" later. We just got back from Labor day weekend in Seattle/Bellevue. I will blog on that next. Pictures and stories to come from that weekend. 

well, that's a wrap for now. until next time...

Monday, February 6, 2012

Harvest Blend

Haven't been on the blog in a few months...took a little siesta but now I plan on trying to at least post something monthly. I have a nice week stretch off work so I decided to use some of my free time to create some new healthy meals. Here is my first of hopefully many. Brandon and I have been trying to eat healthier meals and this inspired me to try new things. I'm not a huge recipe I just made this up.

Harvest blend - I picked up a bag of "Harvest Blend" grains at TJ's the other day. It's basically a medley of orzo, couscous, baby garbanzo bean, red quinoa, and lentil. Yummy even when eaten plain.

Here is how I made it:

1/2 package of Trader Joe's Herveat Blend Medley
- I used low- sodium chicken broth to cook it -
Chopped cucumber
Chopped grape tomatoes
Chopped bell peppers
Chopped artichokes
Chopped kalamata olives
Balsamic vinegar and EVOO

Chill and serve.

Makes a delicious healthy meal or side! Enjoy.