Monthly Archives: November 2011


Yesterday was my birthday! I’m now officially closer to 30 than 20… not sure how I feel about. How does one celebrate their 26th birthday? Well, last post your read about my weekend celebration but that didn’t mean I didn’t get my celebration on yesterday as well.

First up was getting beer milkshakes with my friend Katie.

Because what’s better than lunch after spending quality time with the cadavers?

We then went to our Anatomy and Physiology lecture. That’s the first time I’ve ever gone to class after having a drink but I’m pretty sure the only thing my professor in that class would have been mad about was that we didn’t invite him along.

The next stop was a track workout with TnT. There are no picture however because it was pouring almost the entire time, and the lights at the track were out. That’s right, first track workout of the season was on my birthday, in the rain, and in the dark. It can only get better from here on out!

The last stop of the day was Fire on the Mountain for chicken wings.

The gang
Sabrina was pretty excited about it all. Also, notice the purple beads, I wore them alllllllllllll day. Everyone needs a little birthday bling.
Chris is, once again, not so sure about everything.

In all it was a pretty damn good birthday. Thanks everyone for the wonderful company, messages and calls! You made me feel very loved. I’m extremely excited to see what this year brings, hopefully at some point 26.2! Only seems fitting to do that during my 26th year.

Best and Worst of the Weekend Birthday Style!

Yes Leslie, I know my birthday isn’t until tomorrow, settle down. I did do some birthday celebrating this weekend so it’s getting some love in this post!

Best: Jen and I went to our first TnT run of the season!

Jen finishing her run!
Do we look cold?

I had a great time meeting all the other fellow runners, coaches and mentors. The run was just a 2 mile loop near Grant Park so we got to look at all the beautiful houses while trying not to trip over the uneven sidewalks and piles of leaves. The runs may start a bit early for my liking but it’s much easier getting out of bed at that hour knowing you get to see an awesome group of people before, during, and after your run, and I’m certain it’s going to make getting long runs in much more enjoyable than when I was training by myself.

Worst: did you know that if you get the bartender to supply you with maraschino cherries all night that your puke will be pink? I may only get drunk on average once a year but when I do, I like to go all out.

The start of birthday celebrations! I have awesome friends.

Best roommate ever. John Hodgman isn't so bad either.
Anna being adorable, Chris being only slightly ok with the situation.
Nicole, the other birthday girl!
We make the transition from running clothes to going out clothes quite nicely.
Thanks for letting me sit on you Anna, sorry about running off with your shoes.

Best(s) and Worst of the Weekend, and the Coolest Marathon Recap

Bests: Jen and I met with Morgan from Team in Training to discuss fundraising ideas on Saturday and it was extremely productive. Our first event that we’ve already launched is the Yellow Bungalow Brigade Mini Marathon – Virtual Run/Walk! Check out the details, get your friends together, donate, and start the New Year off right. We also have a few other events planned for the coming months, some that might include free beer. That got your attention, didn’t it?!

With our first training run this Saturday and since winter is setting in here in Portland and will be sticking around until probably May, Jen and I went shopping for some winter running gear. First stop was Kohls, major success. Adidas shorts for $7.50? Yes please.

The next stop was Next Adventure because I had a $40 Portland Perks coupon. What can you get at Next Adventure for $40? Smart Wool socks, ear muffs, gloves, and reflective strips with blinking lights so I can avoid getting run over while running in the dark since the sun sets around 4:30 these days. Watch out winter running, I’m coming at you with layers.

Maybe I'll pull a Joey and wear everything all at once.

Worst: I woke up Sunday morning to my roommate’s cat meowing incessantly. I finally figured out that she puked in her food dish. Now, I’ve seen some bloody, gross things while volunteering in the ER, but I’ve concluded that there’s nothing more disgusting than cat puke, or any mammal puke for that matter.

Awesome NYC marathon report: check the NYC race report from New York Times cartoonist Christoph Niemann, so creative and hilarious.

Team in Training and the Eugene Half Marathon

My friend Jen and I signed up for the Eugene Half Marathon with Team in Training!

See, we have the shirts to prove it.

We’ve signed up as a team, The Yellow Bungalow Brigade. The name comes from our nickname for Jen’s house, the Yellow Bungalow. The outside of Jen’s house is actually white but the living room is bright yellow, so it works.

I first learned about TnT back when I was a teenager and my soccer coach, Juli, did the Avia Wildflower Triathlon and a few of my teammates and my mom went to cheer her on. I didn’t quite get what TnT was, I just saw that everyone was yelling ‘GO TEAM’  to people wearing purple, which Juli was. Then for about 10 years I didn’t think about TnT, until this June when I signed up for the Chicago Half and wanted to raise money for a cause. The Children’s Cancer Association was the perfect choice for me for that race since I volunteer with them and since I wanted to do the training on my own. This time around I want to be part of a team that trains together and TnT is perfect for that.

The other thing I love about TnT is that it’s part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and raises money for LLS. Take a look at how much LLS had put into research for finding cures for leukemia and lymphoma here. Blood cancers suck, let’s find a cure!

The kick off party for TnT is next week and our first day of training is in a week and a half, and I couldn’t be more excited!