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Beach Picnic

This morning Keenan, Arlo, and I woke up and immediately headed out of the house to get some chores out of the way.  We went and paid our rent, then went to Fred Meyer to stock up on some groceries.  Our food supply has been lacking lately, so we spent quite a bit of time at the grocery store finding the essentials.  Let me tell you, we now have an AMAZING fruit collection.  I’m stoked.

Since it was such a gorgeous day, we decided to grab some ready-to-eat food to eat down at the waterfront, picnic style.  I tried a new flavor of kombucha, Guava Goddess.

It was quite good.  Not quite as much bite as the flavor that I usualy get; probably because it doesn’t contain lemon juice.  If you haven’t discovered kombuca yet, I urge you to try it.  It has weird stuff floating in it, but it’s just cultures of good bacteria that will make their home in your gut and keep the bad microbes at bay.  It tastes like fizzy juice, I just wouldn’t recommend taking a direct sniff of the bottle (take it from one who knows!).

The main course of my picnic brunch was some brown rice veggie sushi.

I ate a little over half the container with some soy sauce and ginger.  I hadn’t had sushi since becoming vegan, so it was a nice treat to find some that I could eat!

While I ate my little brunch I sat on the stairs and watched my boys play on the beach.

May I just say that my puppy dog smells significantly like rotting sea life now?? Ew!  Time for a puppy bath!

When we got home, Keenan left for work, and I ate a few berries for some workout fuel.

My workout consisted of a circuit that I borrowed from Julie’s blog, and modified for my fitness level. (She is in wayyyyy better shape than I am!)  Then I went on a three mile run around the park.

Garmin Shot:

Today has definitely been a great day so far, now I’m off to make dinner.  One nice thing about being home alone some evenings is that I get to make dinner without having to worry about anyones tastes but my own! 

❤ Lindsay

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A Good Dog Day

Happy Tuesday!!!

I hope you’re all doing quite well!  I’ve had a pretty good last couple of days. 🙂

Yesterday started out nicely, with a nice little mile-long walk with Arlo down in the park.  The pooch and I woke up before Keenan was ready, so to give him some extra, un-disturbed sleep time, we decided to go stretch our legs.

Arlo took his sweet time to sniff everything in sight.

He even found some smells good enough to roll in!

We were able to enjoy the view of the sunshine on the water.

Once we’d looped around the park I stopped at Samudra Yoga to grab an iced chai with rice milk and some breakfast.

I love that everything that they use at Samudra is eco-friendly!  Plus they have lots of vegan pastry options.  I saved my Apple Breakfast Bar until I got home.

Isn’t my Pocahontas plate sweet??  I also have a Little Mermaid plate that’s similar.

Once Keenan was up and moving, we decided to take Arlo to the dog park.  We didn’t end up staying too long, because the only other dog in the small dog area was very shy and would jump up into his owners lap every time Arlo would try to play with him. 

Got to see this on the way out though.

You know I’m a sucker for a great view!

We stopped and grabbed some Popchips to snack on, before heading out to the field to kick around a soccer ball.

I have next to no experience with soccer, but Keenan was amazing at it when he was younger, so we always have a good time just kicking the ball around with each other, passing and kicking goals.  It’s honestly a great workout too.  You get in plenty of running, plus I can always feel my legs and abs working when I kick the ball.  It also gave the puppy a chance to run around even more. 

At one point, Keenan actually challenged me to race Arlo from one end of the field to the other.  Thankfully, I won.  Barely.  That little dude can sprint!

By the time we got home I was starving.  I grabbed the leftover half of the Mediterranean wrap that Keenan had brought me home from work the night before out of the fridge and practically inhaled it.

Hummus, tomato, lettuce, red onion, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, cucumbers, and who knows what else.  I am so spoiled now that Keenan is working at such a  nice restaurant!

Once we got home, we shared some Coors Lights and veg-ed out for the rest of the night watching movies.

Obviously I took this picture part way into the beer.  Otherwise my blue cold sensing stripes would be showing.  Can’t have a warm beer!

Today, we got up and ran some errands with my daddy.  Since I didn’t get breakfast beforehand, I convinced him to buy me a chai at Starbucks while he was filling his truck up with gas nextdoor.  I am way too obsessed with chai.

When we got home from that, Keenan and I immediately left again to go buy him some new socks, t-shirts, and work pants at Wal-Mart.  On our way home we decided to grab subs from Kate’s Jersey Subs.  I got the Veggie MOP Hoagie.

It includes veggie patty, sauteed mushrooms, onions and peppers, plus fresh tomato, lettuce and onion.  Totally delicious.  And so big that I’ve only eaten half so far.  I have a strong suspicion that the other half will be disappearing pretty soon now.  I don’t want to wait so long that it will ruin my appetite for dinner!  My mom and step-dad are picking me up at 5:30 to go have dinner at Keenan’s restaurant for my mom’s birthday.  Happy Early Birthday, Mom!!!  I love you!!!

I’d actually better get going so I can get all cuted up for dinner!  Have a fantastic night!

❤ Lindsay

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Mountain Love

I may have stayed up slightly past my bedtime last night, but I guess God decided I needed a little extra sleep last night, because my phone died during the night (okay, my bad, I forgot to plug it in) and my alarm didn’t go off!

Instead of waking up at 8am to have a nice morning to get ready for work, I woke up at 9:28, woke up Keenan, and started running around frantically.  The ferry I should have taken leaves at 9:45, and I usually leave the house at 9:30.  Obviously that wasn’t going to happen, so we decided to make the drive around, which gave me a few extra minutes to change, brush my teeth and touch up yesterdays makeup that I didn’t wash off before bed last night.

I grabbed an apple out of the fruit bowl and took off.

We ran down to the yoga studio to grab a chai and see what vegan treats they had for the day.

After I took the picture of my “chai”, I took a sip and realized that something was wrong… she gave me a latte!  I was pretty sure that she had at least gotten the soy part of the order right, since she had asked me whether I wanted plain or vanilla soy, but this was definitely not the spicy deliciousness I was hoping for.  Since I was in a hurry, and didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, I decided to just drink the latte and let it be.  No drama.

I also got an energy bar, which was really good.  Lots of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.

After the breakfast stop, we got on the freeway.

I had my favorite road trip buddy in his usual spot on my lap.

After a while he woke up from his nap to share my apple with me.

Sleepy face!

This dog loves apples!  It’s crazy!  Most of the time I actually just bite off little bits of apples and give them to him.  Almost makes me feel like a mama bird, but slightly less disgusting. (Only slightly.)

The view driving through Tacoma was pretty spectacular.

In Tacoma, we jumped onto I-5 to head back up to Seattle.

Problem with living on a peninsula is that you have to drive all the way down to the closest bridge, which connects us to Tacoma, which is still a half hour drive from Seattle.  Missing the ferry is no small deal.  It takes about half a tank of gas to get to Seattle and back, not to mention the $4 toll at the bridge. Boo. 😦

Driving past Boeing, we got a great view of the other set of mountains, the Olympics.

I must say, I definitely chose a great day to miss the ferry.  It was gorgeous, so getting to enjoy some different scenery was a major treat.

Soon, we caught sight of the city.

I love sky line shots.  And Seattle.

The two large buildings in the foreground are Safeco Field, where the Mariners play, and Qwest Field, where the Seahawks and the Sounders play.  I also went to see Kenny Chesney and the rest of the group touring with him back in like 2006.  It was awesome.  Any other country music lovers out there?

I made it safely to work right on time.  Thank goodness I didn’t wake up any later than I did!

Work Food

In my rush, obviously, I didn’t have a chance to grab any food for my meals at work, so I had to do some sleuthing in the hospital cafeteria.

On my first break, I decided to mow down on these crunchy tacos.

With black beans, brown rice, lettuce and fresh pico de gallo, they were even reasonably healthy!  Win!

My second break, I grabbed some sauteed chard and veggies from the line.

No offense to my wonderful co-workers, but this was awful.  It had been sitting out for too long, and just wasn’t palatable.  I gave up after a few bites, and moved on to the Thai burrito that I bought to go along with it.

The ingredients were great, and so was the taste.  It was quite peanut-y, and every once in a while I would get a bite that was nice and ginger-y. Yum!  It was also quite filling.  And check out the nutrition info!

Notice the 19g protein and 39% iron!  That certainly won me over! 🙂

My final at-work meal was a big bowl of the vegan chili.

This was so spicy that I was almost sweating by the time I finished it.  It was sooo good, and veggie packed.  I heart chili.

I finished up work, and took the bus down to the ferry, as always.  The sunset was breath-taking, so I figured I’d show it off to you guys a bit.

I must mention, that any pictures that I post of any of the mountains in the area are nothing compared to the real-life view.  Sometimes it feels like you can reach out and touch the peaks.  I will say it again, I love living in the northwest.

And another sky line shot, just for good measure. 🙂

I picked up an extra shift tomorrow afternoon, so I’m going home to get my sleep on.

Have a good night and good eats!

❤ Lindsay

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Pike IPA

What’s up?  Did you have a good day?  Cause I did. 🙂

Actually, the beginning of my work day wasn’t so awesome.  I got on the bus to go to work, and the bus driver seriously missed the turn to go up the hill to the hospital.  He couldn’t figure out how to turn around so we ended up driving down through Pioneer Square and down 1st Street all the way back to Belltown, on the other side of town, before he finally got back up to 3rd Street and drove back across town to get back to the original bus route.  I was late for work, but luckily I was able to call ahead and let them know what was going on, so I didn’t get in any trouble.  Still, kind of a crazy start to the day!

On my first break I chowed down a kale salad that I made this morning.

It included kale, a few grape tomatoes, red bell peppers, Vegenaise (I would normally use avocado, but we were out), cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and sunflower seeds.  It was actually really good.  Would have been better with avocado though.

On that same break, I discovered that I had a voice mail about a job that I had applied for a couple months ago at a different hospital, wanting to ask me a few questions, and possibly set up an interview.  Unfortunately, by the time I received the message, she was already gone for the evening, but I should be getting a call back on Friday.  I’m pretty stoked.  It’s a full-time position (currently, I’m only working 26 hours a week), and the hospital is quite a bit closer to home than where I’m at now.  I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed on this one! 🙂

My second break, I finished the rest of the Subway sandwich that I bought earlier in the day.

Again, yummy!

I also discovered that the Heat beat the Bulls, and that my boyfriend had decided to come meet me in Seattle after I got off work!  I got off at work at 9, but the ferry wasn’t until 10:30, so he wanted to hang out.

When I was off, I met him down by Pike Place Market, we grabbed a six pack, and we went to his friend Kristina’s apartment to chill for a moment.

It was our first time trying the Pike IPA, and I must say it was really good.  Nice and smooth.  Even cooler because we were drinking it just a few blocks away from where it was brewed. 🙂

Anyhoo, I’m gonna say goodnight, and enjoy the rest of my ferry ride with my wonderful boyfriend.  You have a fabulous night and I will see you on the flip side.

What’s your favorite micro brew?

Mine would have to be the Ridgetop Red from Silver City Brewery in my hometown of Silverdale, Washington.

❤ Lindsay

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I Love the Northwest

Hola!  Como Estas?

I’m doing swell.  I just enjoyed a great couple of days off from work, and am currently enjoying the gorgeous day that we are having up here in Washington.

I woke up bright and early to go to the dentist this morning.  Just my routine cleaning.

Always good to feel so fresh and so clean, clean!

I went home and got my ass handed to me by Jillian.

I’m in worse shape than I thought, because I was definitely having difficulties, even just with level one.  Burn, baby!

I’m currently enjoying a brunch of green smoothie and a leftover Not-Chicken Salad pita.

You definitely need to try that recipe for a quick and easy lunch solution.

Obviously, I titled this post “I Love the Northwest” for a reason.  When I moved back to Kitsap County from Pullman last May, I had forgotten how much I loved the area that I’m from.  Then, a couple of my friends showed me a trail, just a few miles from where my parents live, and it made me fall back in love.  It is soooo gorgeous.  This time of year, especially, everything is alive and in bloom.  With yesterday being as beautiful as it was, I decided to take Keenan and Arlo out and show them the trail.

The trail is only a bit over a mile, but it’s almost completely on a hillside, which makes it a bit of a workout.

You start up here.

And ended up down here.

The trail was pretty muddy, and for some reason, Keenan decided to wear his $1 flip-flops, so he ended up doing most of the hike barefoot.

Such a mountain man.

I’m glad that I live in a place that makes being outdoors such an easy and wonderful experience.

What’s your favorite motivation to get outdoors?

❤ Lindsay

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Red Robin Burger and Lots of Basketball

Hey!  How’s your week going so far?  I had a fun couple of days off from work.  It involved basketball…lots of basketball.

Sunday night, I played poker with Keenan, our neighbor, and some of their friends.  It was a house game with a $10 buy-in.  I had never played poker before in my life, unless you count playing on Keenan’s phone.  I wasn’t the first to get out of the tournament, but I was close to it.  I really wasn’t getting any good hands though.  Gambling always makes me nervous anyway, not really my cup of tea.

Monday, I drove out to Silverdale, where my parent’s live, and met up with my dad to change my car insurance company, and finally get my own policy.  Yes, I am 24 and was still on my parent’s insurance.  It ended up being a great switch for me.  I’m actually saving over $100 a month by switching from Geico to State Farm.  Definitely nothing to complain about!

After the business was taken care of, I met my friend, Molly, to get pedicures and coffee (well, chai, for me), and chit-chat.  I absolutely love getting pedicures, and I thought about taking a picture, but my toes are definitely not cute enough to put on the internet.  I chose a pale pinky-nude color by OPI.  I wish I could remember the name.  OPI always has the funnest shade names.  I also managed to just about cut off the circulation to my legs by pushing my skinny jeans up to my knees. 😛

Post-pedicures, we headed back to my house to go watch the NBA playoff games at my neighbor’s house with Keenan.  I don’t know how I always manage to get so into the basketball playoffs, even though I’m really not a huge sports fan.  My state doesn’t even have a team anymore, since the Sonics became the Oklahoma City Thunder.   The two games of the evening took about four hours, then we all headed home for the night.

Yesterday, Keenan and I got up, and decided that instead of going for a run, that we would go kick around a soccer ball at a nearby field.  I only played soccer for one season when I was seven, but I was definitely down to go play around.  I think it made me happiest to go play soccer, because of how happy it made Keenan.  He played soccer for most of his life, and even played in college, plus he was really good back in the day, so it’s kind of his thing.  You can tell he’s really in his element when he’s got his cleats on.  Seriously though, just running around, passing the ball and kicking goals ended up being quite the workout.  I was definitely breathing heavily, plus my legs are sore today from using new muscles.  Changing up your exercise is great way to keep from being bored with your activities.  Also, it keeps your body guessing, which can prevent your fitness level from plateauing. 🙂

After playing, we went home, got all cute-ed up and headed out to Red Robin to get some dinner and watch game two of the Heat vs. Celtics series.  Guess who dominated again… the Heat!  Of course.  Lebron James scored 35 points, to which I told Keenan, “Booyah!” and did a little happy dance.  Because I’m mature like that.

I also decided to play undercover blogger and grab a Blackberry pic of the delicious Red Robin burger.

I ordered the Pub Burger with a Gardenburger, and no ranch or cheese.  Red Robin will actually make any of their burgers with a Boca Vegan Burger or a Gardenburger.  Pretty sweet deal.  The picture is too dark to see, but it contains sauteed onions and mushrooms, and tomato slices.  It was bomb.

I also ate about twice that many fries with ketchup, and enjoyed a Pyramid Thunder Head IPA and a Classic Mojito.  I can’t resist bottomless steak fries or Mojitos.  They’re definitely two of my weaknesses.

We went home to watch the other basketball game, with the Thunder vs. the Grizzlies, then went home and went to bed.

Today it’s back to the grind, as usual.  Time to go feed some hospital patients!

What’s your favorite vegan food from a normal restaurant? 

What do you like to do as an alternative activity to standard running and walking?

Have a good one!

❤ Lindsay

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How to Start on Your Path to Health Part Three

Did you all do something Earth-friendly yesterday?

I decided to go pick up trash in the park near my home.

Arlo and the bf helped.

Of course we took time to stop and smell the flowers.

After our trash collecting adventure, we watched the Boston vs. New York NBA playoff game, and I enjoyed a Blue Moon Spring Blonde Wheat Ale or two.  The Celtics smashed. Or course. 🙂  (I’m rooting for Miami, but the bf is pulling for Boston.  We’d love to see a Celtics vs. Heat round 2!)

After the game, we went home and I cooked up dinner.  Quinoa, zucchini and Mama Pea’s Mmmm Sauce.  Simple, but delicious.

The curry flavor of the sauce really stood out to me, in a good way.  I’m having leftovers for dinner tonight. 🙂

How to Start on Your Path to Health Part Three

Congratulations! You have been working hard for the last two weeks to establish healthy habits in your life that will lead to a better, more energetic future!  How are you doing on your goals from last week?

If you missed the first two parts of my How to Start on Your Path to Health series you can find them here:

This week is simple.  If the time limit of your goal has not yet been reached, then continue working on that goal, plus add another goal.  Refer to Part Two to learn to how to set the best goals for you.  If your goal was just for the week, and is now complete, then come up with a new health-related goal to work on for the next week.  You can also build on the goal that you accomplished this past week.

My task for you this week is reading labels!  No, I don’t mean the calorie, fat or carb contents.  Percentages aren’t what makes a food.  Instead, I want you to break these old habits and just start reading the ingredients in what you’re purchasing.

When you take the time to find out what’s in your food, I bet you’ll be really surprised at all the nasty stuff you’re putting in your body everyday.  All the preservatives and dyes at the end of the list, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and enriched wheat flour at the beginning of the list.  When you see these, I challenge you to put them down and find another product with a shorter, better ingredient list.  They may cost a little bit more, but this is your health we’re talking about here.  Those extra dollars you’re spending now could keep you from spending many more dollars for medical treatment in the years to come.

Not only will your body thank you, but your taste buds will as well.  When you finally get used to not having HFCS and other bleached, overly processed ingredients in your diet, you will realize how much better REAL food tastes!  All the complexities of the flavors of healthy, organic foods will be realized.

Give it a try and let me know what your thoughts are throughout the next week!

Did you accomplish your goal from last week?  If not, what do you think was your biggest barrier?

What will you be doing this week to improve your health??

❤ Lindsay

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