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Hungry Mommy

Perfect holiday gift for an easy dinner at home from Queen Creek Olive Mill

So if you don’t know yet, we adopted a puppy this week.  His name is Merlin.  We are striving to welcome him into our family as a well-adjusted puppy while also trying to keep his big sister, Guinie, our 11 yr old Maine Coon mix cat at ease.  Currently this involves her watching him from a comfortable distance across the room…Gonna take it as a win that at least they are in the same room…

Our new addition, Merlin, playing with his leash in his new yard.
Our new addition, Merlin, playing with his leash in his new yard.

While we had already started 2016 with a fair amount of cooking at home, this new addition to our family will come with even more cooking at home.

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Cooking 2016

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2016 is getting off to a delicious start.  Our veggie garden is in full bloom and several times a week we enjoy fresh veggies from our garden.  It is quite different eating food that you have grown yourself.

For over a week, D has been craving a pork burrito from a place he enjoys, so I decided that tonight’s Sunday supper would be my first attempt at homemade carnitas burritos.

While I enjoy making corn tortillas, I opted to buy flour tortillas for this endeavor.

I pulled out a recipe from my recipe binder that I found in Real Simple, but it was not quite hitting the spot.  I popped over to Joanie Simon’s site and discovered a recipe for carnitas that seemed perfect.

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100K Tune Up

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Several years ago in the midst of one of the many Saturdays and Sundays I spent in yoga teacher training, I looked down at my hand and saw that my wedding ring had split. Yikes! Thankfully, I did not panic and even more gratitude that I had not lost in somewhere in our many adventures.

I took my ring to the wonderful team at Topper Jewelers for what I coined a 100K tune-up. Right around that time I had taken my car in for a 100K tune-up and it occurred to me that in life we often don’t take the time to tune-up.

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Pace Setter

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After my last half marathon, I decided that if I want to break 2 hrs I will need to run with a pace setter. Starting with the 2 hr pace group at my last race made me realize that if I am going to break 2 hrs, then it will be running with a pace person.

I started this post in December of 2013, but never posted it. Initially, I wanted to break this time in early 2014, however we got to well, moving and early 2014 was a clusterf$%k.

From the draft that I started, “I am starting to train to break my PR on February 2nd. I will be running a race, I am just not sure which one just yet.” This is a very telling quote. At that point in 2013 I knew there was a significant possibility that we would relocate to Arizona, however we had not told anyone yet.

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Getting Healthy

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Sometimes life gives you more than you can handle. Ok, maybe it happens more than we realize. Over the summer, I made a commitment to get healthy by January. Then (gratefully) my business took off and the getting healthy piece moved to secondary. Still hiking and what have you, but it was not my number 1 priority.

The thing I am learning is that when you set a goal, you really need to make that your focus and trust that everything else will fall into place. It’s really not possible to have 5 #1 goals. It is possible to have 5 goals just not all of them at #1.

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Oh my, the Vine 2015

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Sometimes in life, we just need to trust the path. It is unknown and full of adventure and discovery, especially when we let it unfold in front of us.

In 2009, the homebuilding industry especially in the Bay Area was facing many challenges. I was set to attend PCBC, the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, and did not know who I would see as many people had been laid off. Times were tight, but it turned into the opportunity of a lifetime that I wrote about here (please forgive the wacky formatting as I no longer work for the builder).

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Life Lately: June & July 2015

After 18 years of hearing about Longport, we finally made the visit and it was totally worth it.

When you say you are going to write more, it is probably a good idea to actually take the time to write alas life lately has been well, busy and FUN!

Apparently, I have been to busy having actual fun to write here, which is not such a bad thing to be honest. I am definitely of the mind set that being face to face or voice to voice with people in our lives is the best part of life.

Of course, I still enjoy snapping photos of our fun, so without further adieu, here is our life lately in reverse order:

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