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Mother’s Day

Dear Mom,

Sorry for being the type of kid that needs to try everything once:

  • swimming lessons
  • piano
  • tap dancing
  • t-ball
  • ballet
  • violin
  • soccer
  • synchronized swimming
  • baritone horn
  • petting farm attendant
  • choir
  • jazz
  • basketball
  • bike safety
  • field hockey
  • girls science
  • student council
  • football
  • refereeing
  • yearbook club
  • rugby
  • volleyball
and thank you for being there through every single step.

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Did you watch?  I started watching at 5:00am and decided to simultaneously semi-successfully bake brioche rolls.  I spent the morning burning a trail between the kitchen and tv trying to be there for all the perfect moments.  I absolutely loved Kate Middleton’s dress…I am sure it is hard to pull of modern/chic while trying to get it approved by the royals.

But I have to say….the absolute best dressed for me were Queen Elizabeth and the bride’s sister Pippa.  The Queen had the perfect shade of yellow (which is the colour she wore the last time I saw her at age of 9) and her hat is just fabulous.

And oh my goodness Pippa’s dress…it is just stunning:

{images via InStyle}

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Across the pond

All my thoughts seem to surround Europe lately.  Firstly, my mum is there visiting family which makes me miss them a lot.  Can’t you just smell the Appel Pannenkoeken from here?

Secondly, I have been preparing for the Royal Wedding tomorrow.  It is on at 3:00am PST (which is a bit too early for me) so I will be tuning in around 5:30am.  I will also be starting with coffee, but will definitely work tea into my day somewhere.

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Done and Done.

Pictures above are two very happy people who finished the 10km run today.  And oh what a day it was.  Since we hadn’t trained (read: exercised consistently in months) I channeled my inner runner and made a big pasta dinner the night before (carb loading-it’s supposed to help I googled it).  Erin also made a fabulous rhubarb crisp and we opened some wine but that isn’t part of the ‘inner runner bit’.

Race day came early the next morning, we had signed up to volunteer so were pleasantly distracted.  Unfortunately, pre-race we had a chance to look around-there were gadgets I couldn’t name, watches, mesh things, warming up and people that looked like they did this type of thing every weekend.  To top it off the 5km racers had different coloured racing numbers so we would have stuck out like sore thumbs if we tried to switch teams.  In the end, we finished in under an hour and were very pleased with ourselves.  I was also extremely pleased to run through the finish line and be handed a water by Miss Oregon Earth (I love beauty queens).

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The Dirty Dozen

Typically when someone sends me a group email I delete it without opening it.  It is a bad habit that has gotten me into some pretty sticky situations before.  Today, Erin came home with a print out which he immediately attached to the fridge of “The Dirty Dozen” (foods that are highest in pesticides/that you should buy organic) and “The Clean 15” (lowest in pesticides).  When I commented on how cool it was, he said it was a forward from my mom.  Thanks mum!!!

Dirty Dozen (highest in pesticides/buy organic)

  1. Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Bell Peppers
  8. Spinach
  9. Cherries
  10. Kale/Collard Greens
  11. Potatoes
  12. Grapes (imported)

Clean 15 (lowest in pesticides)

  1. Onions
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapples
  5. Mango
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Canataloupe
  12. Watermelon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Sweet Potato
  15. Honeydew Melon

In other news…I am slowly slowly adjusting to life without Vili.  He has such a huge place in my heart I cannot wait to see him again.  It is official that if/when I get a puppy of my own, I will definitely be “that lady” who is insane about her pet and thinks they are the most gorgeous thing on earth (without question).

Saturday we are running a 10km race…without training and in front of Erin’s co-workers (who I am sure HAVE been training).  I meant to start running again but here we are two days before race day and I think the last time I went for a run the year ended in a zero.  I am just hoping the start time is early so I can hide behind the blanket of darkness and not completely make a fool of myself.

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When my dad & V were here last week they gave us “The Portland Stairs Book” by Laura Foster (they even picked it up at Powell Books…so very ‘Portland chic’).  The book contains maps of hikes around all of the city’s hidden stairs.  We tried one of the walks last weekend, a little 5 mile jaunt that left right from our place.

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