Archive | June, 2011

//berry delicious

21 Jun


so i came home to a nice little surprise last night. just after i talked myself out of skipping that oh so delicious bipartisan caramel coffee milkshake (which i’ve been sneaking off with at least once a week), i wandered in on something that would satisfy my sweet tooth. and i have to say, the grapes are perfectly crisp bites and the blueberries are perfectly ripe, but in all honesty, these are the most delicious strawberries i’ve ever had. EVER. thanks mom!

today i wondered… how will i make these into a meal. and lucky for me, my whole foods app, which all i have to do is type in my ingredients on hand, gave me this sweet little number:


i will use grapes instead of raspberries or blackberries, with spinach and i might only have gorgonzola & blue, not goat. but i can’t wait til lunch time!

//awesome people hanging out

20 Jun

so… i just have to give a shout out to the awesome people hanging out together tumblr.

this is a whole lot of greatness in all one place. these are some of my favorite combinations. i’d give something similar to my right arm just to be a part of some of these kick backs…

madonna, sting & 2pac

john krasinski & will arnett

bob marley, mick jagger & peter tosh

prince william, kanye, prince harry & p diddy

james dean & sammy davis jr

henry ford, thomas edison, warren g harding & harvey firestone

and that is just the beginning! there are some pretty phenomenal things happening…check it out, who are your favorites?

//run, catie, run

3 Jun

warning: there are a few preliminary explanations before we get to the meat of the story.

i first must explain the reasons why i run. i also should mention i have in my repertoire an amazing ability to outline. i would like to give credit to the tag program, during my 3rd grade year, to know the ins/outs/theory of outlining down the whens, wheres, and why of a hyphen. and it seems the most fitting (by fitting i mean: efficient-i’m all about efficiency) structure for explanation. (i’ll even break my commitment to all lowercase letters)

Why I Run

(in order from most superficial to least)

I. To Get Tan- Yes I am serious

A. I get bored laying out

B. I can count it as a workout

C. Occasionally I even add oil on my legs, so I don’t get only shoulder tan.

II. For Sport

A. Competition (my core could be made of this)

1. To have 3 sport patches on my letterman’s jacket at my sophomore year

2. Suicides

a. Usually a form of punishment- coaches make you

b. I just wanted to cross the lines first

B. Exercise

1. Cardio

2. Convenient

a. wherever you want

b. whenever you want

c. as long as you want

III. Necessity

A. For my life- I haven’t experienced this yet

B. From the law

1. Only once

2. I can’t go into more detail here


A. A place I rarely reach

B. Even when I try

C. I like to close my eyes at this stage- usually I get too scared to actually do it

ok, so this is where the story picks up, at roman numeral four. the other day i was at stage four (as i’ll refer to it from now on.) i went to glendoveer to go on a run, i’ve had a crazy schedule and was missing my morning workouts so thought of running (stage II. B. 2.) i like glendoveer for a few reasons… 1. it is about 2 miles which is the perfect distance for a jog that i will have to go all the way around instead of cheating. and makes really great increments if i choose to go another lap. 2. it’s nicer to look at than the street. 3. it’s not too scary, there are always golfers around.


and to give you an idea of my state of mind, i need you to play this video. i’ve been listening to amos lee’s mission bell and this song was on my playlist:

did you really press play??? humor me.. let it load a bit, then move forward.

ok, now the real story begins. so there i am enjoying glendoveer (and their use of signs. first, i followed the parking lot one, that tells joggers not to go past a certain point, it is ringside parking only.) next i stretch and then i turn on mission bell. i realize i am at stage 4. i get through the first song, then the one you’re listening to (you better be) came on. and now i’m at IV. C. where i want to close my eyes.

i noticed in the parking lot there were barely any cars (only nice ones-which i think means they’re golfers-not runners) so no one would notice me running, eyes closed and judge me.

because this was one of my first runs in a while, i decided to go for it. let go of my fears of running into something, and i was on a wide path, mostly straight.

i should also tell you, how nice it smells.

it’s raining. but light rain. and warm rain. it’s perfect.

i’m surrounded by trees and it smells so spring like. it smells like i am in the middle of no where and just woke up, unzipped my tent and stepped out onto a wildernessy camp ground, with the essence of dew.

are you there? can you imagine it?

close your eyes for a second and take it all in…

i’m running with eyes closed, then one eye closed just to peek, then both again closed, assured this is exactly how this moment was intended to be. and then, it happened so fast. i ate it. i ate mud. i somehow slipped and found myself on my rear end. i opened my eyes. as i was picking myself up, i noticed another nice sign: “joggers, be cautious. with the recent rain, the ground is wet and slippery.” indeed. thanks glendoveer. for your too late warning and for your irony. next time please put a sign on the beginning of my path that says, dear stage four runners, don’t close your eyes.

enjoy the rest of the song!

//check, check, check!

2 Jun

lodging accommodations, check.

travel accommodations, check.

happiness & longing, check. check. check!

fiji & honeymoon, here we come! (pictures from pinterest)

(i’ve wrote enough “check’s” the word looks misspelled, is it?)

ps: if you have any fijian ideas… let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

pps: i usually never spell check, i did today and good thing because i originally misspelled ‘mispelled’


//hump day

1 Jun

as they call it. (according to my friend nicole; i’ve never actually heard anyone else i know use this expression..but that could just because it’s awkward)

however, i do feel like i am getting over the hump (if that’s what this expression means). the past couple of weeks has been crazy with internships, work and classes among other things and feel like i am finally starting to breath. the main thing consuming my time as of now, are invitations! which i am excited about. and thankful for my dear friend rachel and her amazing mind and hands. they will be finished, i’m willing to guess in the next 24 hours. YAY.

other enjoyments… yesterday i spent the day in the dalles/hoodriver with my mom doing wedding things and taking a break at double mountain brewery ย in the beautiful sunshine. i was considering not coming back, but fortunately for you portland, you decided to put an 85er in the forcast for saturday.

among my purchases on our adventure were a straw tote i’ve been longing for but holding out until the price was right, and $20 seemed much more reasonable than the offer i received from j.crew (though i do love you j.crew). and two books. TWO BOOKS I DON’T HAVE TIME TO READ. but two books worth my lust.

first, i saw on rachael ray a while back (to be clear, i don’t really watch day time tv unless it is regis & kelly or the last few episodes of oprah, so this happened to be the 1 time a year i deviate and caught this), a cook book by gwyneth paltrow called my father’s daughter. a tribute to the time spent with her father and their celebrations of life with food.

on first glance, i’m excited to try these recipes:

for kyle

for maria

for me

for everyone

secondly, i saw a trailer for the help. most likely on the 1 episode of rachael ray i saw ๐Ÿ˜‰ i’m making it sound like i watch so much tv, or perhaps i’m in denial and this is my wake up call.


i was intrigued with the combination of my heart’s passion for social justice and recently finishing a class on diversity and race. AND since we all know the books are better than the movies i decided to read before (if) i watch.

so whenever the window opens in my schedule, so shall this book.