Friday, November 20, 2015

m u s i c

a few tunes i'm diggin these days...

bonobo // the keeper // banks remix

cathedrals // unbound  

grimes // realiti

that's all for now. tgif.



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

las vegas

mel and i went to the aao meeting in las vegas over the weekend to attend classes at the ops meeting. the ops is the professional society that we earn our continuing education credits from to stay current with our imaging certifications. we were part of a funny photo scavenger hunt on friday night. it was silly, but we had fun.

i ran into my boyfriend while there. well, a wax version of him anyway. mel took our engagement photo;)

we ate at a place called yusho on saturday night. it was a fantastic meal. i had the hamachi. mel had the pork belly ramen. we got a couple of appetizers too.

i won twenty bucks on the one dollar slot machine. it bought us 2 waters and one small toasted coconut gelato to share. sad.

we rode a roller coaster.

The end.



a play, food, sex, music | random things

kimberly has been preforming in east highs production of hairspray for the last few days and o and i went to see it last night. that girl can sing! she sang and danced and we loved it. it was so fun to watch her. i am so proud of her! i love being her mentor. so does o.

i made something really tasty last week. even though the photo isn't very appealing.
roasted a butternut squash
browned maple pork sausage
added sage, thyme, garlic, sea salt, pepper, red pepper
sauteed onions and crimini mushrooms into the sausage
cut the squash into large sections and served the meat mixture in side of it
it was sweet, spicy and flavorful
i steamed some kale and actually mixed it into my meat mixture. o hates kale so i didn't mix it into the whole thing. because like i've said before, i am a good wife;)

this little late bloomer in my front yard last week

o and i went and saw the new james bond movie a couple of weekends ago. it was super good.

i'm pretty sure we had the best sex of our lives recently. seems it is getting better with age. is that a real thing?

we are so excited for the holidays!

daughter is coming to concert in salt lake city!!! daughter! i never thought they would come here. o got our tickets already and surprised me early one morning right when i woke up. you should go too because they are fabulous and of course their label is 4ad. let's just go ahead and revisit this amazing song.

we had a dinner (friendsgiving) with a few couples at our friends recently and it was awesome. the food was fantastic and the conversation was the kind that goes on for hours and touches on bits of everything. we had such a great time.

um, toodles for now.



trail scenes //\\ wintery lake blanche

 peaks // sundial, dromedary, sunrise and one of the twins in this panorama. not a shabby view!

 it was such a good day of running:)

i have been absent from the inter web for a while! lets catch up shall we...a couple of weekends ago i did a trail run up to lake blanche on saturday morning. it was gorgeous. 35 degrees, blue sky and sunshine. i talked with some cool people up top. i met a guy about my age who lost both legs just below the knee in afghanistan. he was super positive. he even gave one of his polls to a woman who had hiked up with her baby in a pack because it was snowy and really slippery in a few sections and she was worried about hiking down. he told her she needed more than he did. he moved to utah because he wants to snowboard. he wants to board in the paralympics.

he had a pair of salomon trail runners on his prosthesis. the same ones i was wearing. he asked me if they were comfortable. he said he couldn't tell and laughed! he puts thousands of miles on them and they are his favorite ones. i think salomon should have an advertising campaign highlighting some people like this who are out enjoying their passion despite hard physical limitations they could let hold them back, but they don't. no professional athletes. no athletic models. not in this campaign.

live life. be kind. stay positive. be grateful. recognize how good you have it. fear is the opposite of joy. you can find adventure if you want to. go get it. if you want it.



Friday, November 6, 2015


i jello molded one of my coworkers office supplies including his reading glasses last night. he was a good sport. and, i suck at making jello molds.

yesterday was arms and chest day with my trainer. she is evil;)

my butt and legs felt like lead on my run this morning. i. went. so. slow. call me crazy, but i love running early in the morning in the fall and winter. it is quiet, cold and magic.

going with my book club gals to try out current tomorrow night. i hear it is tasty!


i am making up a dish for dinner tonight with roasted butternut squash, hot sausage, sage, mushrooms...sounds perfect for the chilly fall weather. i feel some dancing in my apron coming on.

i am taking vic up a mountain in the am! nothing intense because i don't want to scare her.

kimberly is going with o and i to see the new james bond flick tonight. looks kind of dark? we shall see. we love us some james bond.

i have been watching audrey hepburn movies lately.

we had our friend jake over for dinner this week and its so fun catching up. he brought dessert from omar's rawtopia. i cannot wait to go there and try everything he makes! seriously so good.

have an adventurous weekend full of weekend sex and mountains and snow and sleeping in!



Tuesday, November 3, 2015



be sure to vote!!!

had me a fantastic trail run saturday morning. i figured i would take advantage of the last the day the gates would be open in millcreek and ran up to dog lake. found snow. winter is around the corner!

hung out with neighbors and handed out halloween candy.

i could not sleep saturday night, so i got out of bed before the sun sunday morning and went for another run.

o's brother, justin, had us over for dinner sunday night. he made coconut curry and it was delicious.

we got to spend some time with kimberly on sunday evening.

had me a leg day with my trainer yesterday. getting stronger!

weekend sex is better than week day sex. in my humble opinion;)

made these pumpkin brownies to take to work on halloween and to share with my neighbors. not a healthy treat, but people love them and halloween only comes once a year! they taste better refrigerated.

pumpkin brownies

4 eggs
2 c sugar
1 c butter
1 c canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c flour or 1 c almond flour + 1/2 c coconut flour
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp cinnamon

9x13 greased pan
350 degrees
25-35 minutes


8 oz cream cheese
1/2 c butter
2 tsp vanilla
2 c powdered sugar

i got nothin. borrrrrring.

toodles for now.



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

h a p p y f u l l m o o n + stuff

i went running very early this morning under the big full moon light. it was glorious.

i was barfing at work yesterday. it was not glorious.

kimberly and i made caramel apples over the weekend. some rolled in toffee and chocolate. some rolled in miniature m&m's for the neighborhood kiddos. we also watched watcher in the woods with o. kimberly had never seen it before. gotta watch the spooky movies in october.

we invited all our neighbors to go to the star party at the stansbury observatory on saturday night. we caravaned out there and had fun even though it was cloudy. o's dad showed how everything worked. then we all came back to our house and had caramel apples and tea.

i went up grandeur peak on saturday. i moved fast and it was fantastic. almost stepped on a tarantula. and, i ran into my cute cousin kate!

my book club gals and i walked to dinner at manoli's. i mean, if you are going to meet to talk a bout a book, you may as well have amazing food and in their case wine, to enjoy while you're at it! we are reading the gifts of imperfection and it is blowing my mind. and, quite frankly, so is the fact that these amazing, intelligent, funny, beautiful women are my neighbors and friends:)

i'm using a lot of commas.

o and i wandered over to strut your mutt saturday morning so we could pet all of the english bulldogs.

the full moon is my favorite.

vickie gave me flowers yesterday. i love her.

i got the lamb burger and had them hold the bun;) it was good.

toodles for now lovers.



ps i love october

Thursday, October 22, 2015

b a k i n g | pumpkin goodness

we had friends for dinner a couple of nights ago. i made my black bean sweet potato tacos and this for dessert...

Pumpkin Cheesecake

For the crust:
Approx. 2 c pecans (I didn’t measure!)
¼ c firmly packed brown sugar
4 tbs ghee (clarified butter)
Pulse in food processor until it is as fine as you want it. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch spring form pan and set in the fridge while you make the filling.

For the filling:
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 lb. cream cheese, at room temperature
3 eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree

In a small bowl mix the brown sugar and spices. In a larger mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until it is smooth and creamy. Gradually add the sugar and spice mixture and mix very well. Add the eggs and mix until smooth and then add the pumpkin puree.  Pour into the crust and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer pan to wire and let cool completely. Refrigerate.

the filling is from is from this william sonoma recipe. the crust is my own. i whipped heavy cream with pure maple syrup for the top and everyone loved it!



s c e n e s

pc: o

o and i took kimberly to lagoon saturday night. we had a great time rain and all! i packed a picnic for dinner and we wore our rain coats and o watched the utes game on his phone while we were waiting in lines;) kimberly is the funnest:)

i keep a few succulents outside on our patio and it's just about time to bring them in for the winter. the other day the little guy above had a perfect little water droplet on top and i thought it looked so pretty.

i made a gigantor pot of taco soup last week. it's the soup makin time of year. i made it spicy and added fire roasted tomatoes, roasted red peppers, lentils and ground turkey to my usual list of things. i used black beans this time too and whole cumin seeds. topped it with cilantro, avocado, jalapeno, green onion and lots of fresh lime juice. i will post the recipe some time...

that's all for now...



trail race //\\ frary peak hill climb

 pc: o

 pc: barb

i ran the frary peak race on antelope island saturday morning along with some of my buddies. it was a gorgeous day for a race and i love small, local races. plus, antelope island is just so awesome. 

o came out with me and we saw the sun come up. there were lots of bugs and everyone was loading up on the community bug spray. my legs still got eaten up. 

anyway, this race is done as a time trial with 2 runners starting every minute. the trail is narrow so this works well. the race is up the peak and back down. i am totally pleased with my performance considering my limited time spent just running and i gave my best push. i finished in 1:21 for second female and no one has bested my time of 1:14. which means, i still hold the female course record. woot! i like it! they put me down as 30 years old. hah! i'm suddenly 7 years younger. no thank you. i do NOT want to repeat my thirties. 

good times had. toodles for now.



Friday, October 16, 2015

^^ f r i d a y ^^

i've been having so much fun getting in a lot of steep evening trail runs the last couple of weeks. finishing just before the dark comes. the sky is all pink and the air cool. autumn. is. tops. i take my head lamp and wrap it on my wrist just in case;) the bottom half of my legs are all scratched up. i've been exploring some new ways, which has lead me to some good bush whacking. plus, i just rammed my leg into a low branch. ouch.

my nephew peter(jules little boy), had an unfortunate accident at the beginning of the week that fractured his skull and caused bleeding in his brain. life flight flew him from new mexico to texas where there was a neurosurgeon. thankfully, with lots of prayers from lots of people he was released from the hospital today without needing surgery. what an ordeal for poor jules and her little family. it will be nice for jules to be able to go home after a week in the same clothes and underwear sleeping in a hospital bed with peter. my parents will arrive at her house today and will be able to help out and she and petey can do some recovering. dani and carlee will be so glad to have mommy home.

kimberly went to her first homecoming dance! she looked so pretty. o and i had her over for dinner and went to the movie last week. we are taking her to lagoon on saturday night. frightmares!

i made the best curry last night.

and ate it.

i have six more weeks with my trainer. she is a killer. i love it.

i am doing something exciting in the morning, but i am not going to tell you about it until afterward. it could go way better than i hoped or it could just be sucky. TBD.

well, i don't have much to say today. have an exciting and adventurous weekend!



Tuesday, October 13, 2015


from weekend walks with o...

Monday, October 12, 2015


a new restaurant opened up just a block from our house. manoli's. o and i walked down there for date night to try it out. it did not disappoint. it is a greek small plates place and the decor and vibe are fabulous. lots of white! my favorite. light unfinished wood, white chairs, white menu's with gold print...very simple, modern and clean. the service was fantastic and the food came quickly. we will be back soon. in fact, my lady friends and i are having our book club gathering there at the end of the month;) yum.