Yummy Recipes, Cannon Beach, Oswald West State Park, and Bye Bye IG and FB!

I’m now 3 full days back to healthier eating and I already feel so much better! I’ve actually ended up cutting coffee out for these three days as well but I don’t plan on that going on much longer! I’m already feeling an urge to get all the Dutch Bros and Peet’s in that I can before I leave Portland in less than 2 weeks!

It helps that I made the best dish ever though…

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I know the picture sucks because it was night time and it’s super dark in the house, but for real- so good. I bought a bag of frozen, cubed sweet potatoes and one of butternut squash and stuck them in the oven at 400 while I cubed 2 apples. I also had walnuts cooking on the stove in maple syrup and cinnamon on medium heat. Once the walnuts seemed like they were all glazed and yummy, I added everything to the dish and threw on some nutmeg and cinnamon to all the rest of the stuff and put it back in the oven till everything was somewhat soft. I’m pretty sure this is one of the best things I’ve ever made. And thanks to the freezer section, it was also really simple.

Pretty sure that has helped me stay sane on this no bread/sugar kick (I’m not counting maple syrup) because it’s just so delicious.

Yesterday I headed out to the coast to Oswald West State Park! It was a little snowy going through the north end of the Tillamook National Forest and the snow makes me so nervous! I did get an awesome view of Mt St Helen’s though! It’s kind of cool cause while I was getting a photo, a woman asked if it was Mt Hood or Mt St Helen’s. You really do get to know what they look like though! Mt Hood is much pointier and the summit leans to the north. Mt St Helen’s is a lot more flat!

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You can see some of the snow that was on the trees right in the front. Mt St Helen’s is gorgeous too, but just doesn’t have the same appeal as Mt Hood for me! I’m still dying to see Mt Rainier though! I bet it’s magnificent (I can’t believe I used that word, but that’s what I picture!)

The drive put me out just north of Cannon Beach, so I decided to make a quick pit stop! The rocks were just massive coming out of the water! I stayed away from them for the most part since it just looked really crowded up close, but it was still beautiful! The town of Cannon Beach was adorable too! I wish I had decided to spend the night there!

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I kept heading down to Oswald West but over the side of the road saw a little area that looked really awesome! The next few photos are from Hug Point!

Hug Point

Hug Point

I almost went back to my car but decided to walk up the beach a little! So glad I did, cause I found this waterfall!

Hug Point

Hug Point

I finally made it down to Oswald West and started out on the Cape Falcon hike! It seemed easy and the elevation gain was under 200 ft, but it was 5 miles round trip! I decided I didn’t want to get sucked into a 5 mile hike since I was already seeing such amazing places and my daylight was getting limited, so I walked back to the car and drove on. I came to this very short hike next, which led me to some breathtaking views! Reminded me of Australia!

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Oswald West State Park

I just sat out there and enjoyed the view for awhile. It was just absolutely amazing to see the ocean from up so high and all the rocks and whirlpools! I love the PNW! I love being near the water and love being near the mountains and I tell Jon all the time that we need to live near one or the other in the future, but you win living up here! (Except for the m’f’ing RAIN!) After my mini hike, I drove further down the coast and saw another beautiful view!

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After getting back in the car and making one more quick stop in the town of Manzanita (also cute, but not as cute as Cannon Beach), I decided to head home! I was getting nervous about the roads icing over at night even though it hadn’t rained at all, but the roads were still wet in the mountains because of the shade. Instead of heading back north to where I came from, I headed way south in hopes of roads with no snow! Good call- I made it, despite an added hour of driving time! And I got to enjoy some new views as well!

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Today I headed to the Japanese Garden in Portland. I’m sure it’s beautiful in the summer, but all the leaves were gone and it was a bit of a disappointment! The Lan Su Chinese Garden wins for my Portland gardens!

I managed to get a great upper body workout in tonight and 16 or 17 minutes of going backwards on the elliptical (gotta work that butt sometimes). My hip only bothers me rarely these days, but still am not pushing the lower body workouts! Although I can’t wait for some leg workouts that just fatigue my muscles again! These baby leg workouts will do for now though.

And for my last news, I decided last night to deactivate my Facebook temporarily! I also deleted Instagram off my phone. I’m sure both of them will come back sooner than later, but I’m going to try to keep off of them until Jon and I head back on our road trip at least. It feels strange not picking up my phone and browsing through there, but I find Facebook to be kind of boring anyway and it’s just a time filler. I do like posting what I do cause I know mine and Jon’s parents follow it so it’s fun for them to connect with me while I’m away, but I won’t be doing anything other than working over the next week anyway! It’s probably good to disconnect for a bit and I’m hoping to start filling my time more productively for a little while and break the habit of just getting on Facebook out of boredom. What did I do before my iPhone, anyway?!

This was definitely long enough! Have a good night, everybody!

Christmas-time greetings!

Well well well! I’m making this in the quiet of the guest bedroom at Jon’s sister before I go out to the living room and his niece realizes I’m awake! There is no peace and quiet with children around. Which I love during my visits to Florida at all times except for when I first wake up!

I finally made it out for a run on Wednesday afternoon! With all the floors, it has just been so hectic that time to run seemed impossible to come by. I probably could have found some, but I was also happy having a few minutes to relax when I had the chance. Priorities. And running isn’t number one. However, I was impressed because I planned on going about three miles and ended up going five.

Splits:

Mile 1: 8:48, Mile 2: 9:06, Mile 3: 8:50, Mile 4: 8:25, Mile 5: 7:46 Total: 43:14

I was so excited about the 7:46! I was feeling good at the start of my last mile and decided maybe .2 or .3 miles into it to try and go for a mile in the 7s and I made it! So excited!

After working Thursday and Friday, Jon and I came down to Florida. Unfortunately, I woke up on Friday morning feeling sick. I was so paranoid about having the flu because I have been surrounded my patients with the flu at work! But I realized that I seemed to have more cold symptoms than anything else. I got off work 4 hours early on Friday and I was so grateful to come home and nap before driving 6 hours to Florida!

Saturday morning we woke up in Jacksonville! I was still feeling really under the weather (slightly nauseous) and had barely slept all night, so we ate a nice Panera breakfast because I crave carbs when I’m sick and then got our gift cards from Target. I got my nails done in a nice red for the holidays!

We spent the afternoon at Jon’s parent’s house. I was surprised that we got so many gifts as a couple. We ate tons and tons of food and then went in the evening to see Handel’s Messiah. Jon’s brother in law is in the chorus. It got a little lengthy for me, but I was impressed with how awesome they sounded.

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His brother in law is in the back row, 5th from the left.

Sunday morning Jon and I went for a walk on the beach! I was hoping to run, but my throat was killing me when I woke up and I had no energy at all! So we went for about a 45 minute walk total and enjoyed some 80 degree weather for a change!

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After that, we came back to his sister, Rebecca’s, house and took a two hour nap! Like I said, no energy at all. I was still tired when we woke up but knew we had to shower and head out. As soon as we got in the car to go back to his parent’s house, I fell asleep again.

We hung out with his parents again last night. We enjoyed some leftover Christmas dinner, ping pong, and the card game Golf (which I won!). We stayed for awhile and then headed over to see his other “parents” that I also love seeing! We were only there for about 30 minutes before heading back to Rebecca’s to hang out and sleep.

And that’s where we are now! I just woke up this morning and we’re watching Zoe and Slade (niece and nephew) while Brad and Rebecca look at apartments. I’m hoping to go for a run today for once! I need to start drinking some water and eat some breakfast. I still don’t feel 100% but have no specific complaints this morning. Jon and I were taking Zicam like it was going out of style. But I’m pretty sure I can at least manage a three mile run. We need to get Christmas shopping done and then tonight, we’re going on a date with Brad and Rebecca.

Anyway, the little Zoe monster just found me awake, so I’m going to go hang out with them! Merry Christmas if I’m not back by then!