Thursday, May 1, 2014

Spring. Has. Sprung

Just when I thought I couldn't love Oregon anymore, Spring happened. I didn't think I had been missing out on Spring all these years but alas, while Southern California's weather is gorgeous, it is also fairly consistent (read: season-less). There's something really magical about the way our Pacific Northwest gray skies give way to bits of blue and the daffodils and tulips start to put on a show.  Remind me that I said this as we prepare for a week of rain next week after 80-90 degree days this week.

Show offs.   I mean, really.
One of the funny things that happened with the advent of Spring is that I actually found myself hungry for salads again.  The cold, rainy winter months made me crave warm soups and comfort foods.  Now I just can't wait to dig into salads and crisp veggies. I had the chance to visit my relatives' wonderful produce stand at the Albany Farmer's Market last weekend (hi Brian! hi Ruth!) and came away with most gorgeous bags of salad mix. Tell me you are not jealous that there are yellow flowers in my salad.  Threw in some blueberries, sunflowers seeds and Gorgonzola and dash of olive oil and drizzle of balsamic vinegar it was pretty much the best thing ever!

Salads.  Reunited at long last.
Besides my job (which I love!) the other claim on my time of late is my renewed love affair with running.  I joined a running club when I moved up here and it has been awesome.  I am getting faster and just signed up for my first 1/2 marathon in a long time.  The plus side is that I get 4 solid days of running in Monday through Thursday.  I mean, solid.  I've already run 27 miles this week and I haven't even done my long run yet. Amazing. The downside is that I don't get home until almost 8 p.m. most nights which makes for one tired chickadee who just wants to eat dinner and watch something on Netflix (I'd love to say I come home and read a book or something but I'll be honest I fall asleep within 2 minutes of picking up a book).  I've got to find that balance I suppose, but the good news is that up here in the Pacific Northwest it stays light out for.e.ver so I think there will definitely be some food photography/recipe creation happening in the very near future.

Loving my new Sauconys and nifty water bottle!
And I could live in these Nike Epic running tights.
Pity they aren't up to dress code standards for the office.
In the last few weeks I've travelled to St. Louis for business, visited my dear friends in Albany and took a sojourn to Pumpkin Hollow (darling little Americana craft boutique), celebrated Easter with my new church family and my extended family, got my new furniture delivered, had multiple facetime dates with my fam and discovered that I am sad when I run out of my Suave dry shampoo because, let's face it, I really am lazy when it comes to washing my hair.  Yep, I'd say my life is pretty full right now.  And I'm loving every minute of it!

Pumpkin Hollow.  Doesn't the name alone just make you long to visit? 
I promise to be back soon!  With recipes!  Thanks to you all who still ask about this 'lil blog.  Apparently people still read it which just makes me feel happy.

Cheerily,
Amy


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