The last two weekends, we've been out and about...
Weekend before last, we decided to go down to Portland's Saturday Market because we'd never been before. We enjoy the farmer's market in Vancouver a lot, and figured this would be a bigger and more interesting one. We figured out where it was and were amazed at the crowds of people. It actually is considerably different than Vancouver's - the V one is heavily based on fresh fruits and vegetables, with some homemade things (crafts/woodwork/gifts/homemade foods) and a food court of sorts. P's is very based on booths of stuff, a lot of homemade things and things that seemed a little overpriced in places. No fruits and veges at all. There were a lot of ethnic booths, and clothes, and quite a lot of jewelry. The booths went on and on, we thought we'd made it through them, and then there was another section, and across the street, and another one, and everywhere! Pretty phenomenal. With that many people gathered around, it *was* hard to see though.
We were so close to Pioneer Place that we headed over to the mall to see what movies were playing. At least 2 things were out I wanted to see: Transformers and Die Hard. Die Hard wasn't playing, but we were within 20 mins of Transformers (which is not on amazon yet to put in this post as a movie, sigh) at a matinee time, so that was perfect. Even though I knew nothing barely about them from my childhood, it was a super movie. We were really surprised that the theater was pack a couple weeks after opening).
We started to walk through the mall, but nothing was super enticing to look at, so we headed over to Macaroni Grill. We had a delicious meal, wow my dinner was so good I can still taste it, so that was perfect.
On Sunday, we went and hung out with my siblings at Lisa and Jon's house. We had a nice time, and got to sit and play a great game of Bohnanza with Jon, I've never had that much fun with that game before! 3 players really is fun.
Then this weekend that just happened, we didn't know what was going on with the family and mom wasn't home, so we did our own thing. Some books were due back at the library, and I'd been wanting to look at general craft books rather than just looking things up online, so we went to the BIG library. Then I wanted to get some fresh fruits and veggies at the farmer's market (Vancouver), so we went to see what was there. There were a TON of people because of the Hawaiian festival in the park. And not really any good fruits/veges that I wanted to pick up, so we just walked around for a bit and then left. Because we were downtown, we headed to Thai Orchid for lunch, I love the lemongrass chicken with peanut sauce. During dinner, we started talking about upcoming birthdays, and then drove around looking for a gift afterwards. Oh, and stopped at Z Games, where they had some nice new games (couple of Rio Grande, the publishers of many of the ones we own) we hadn't heard of (it's fun to look, we didn't buy anything). When we got home, we played some board games (I won both, I think!) and then watched the next Netflix disk (I need to update my movie sidebar with those).
Yesterday, we were going to just stay in, but decided to continue looking for a gift idea (no luck, but at least we know where it *isn't* :P) and that took us down to Clackamas to eat at Claim Jumpers. I varied from my norm (Tillamook Cheeseburger is divine) and got a Citrus Chicken Salad, and it was okay, but not something worth driving down there for. We did the mall walk, and didn't find what we were looking for, but it's good exercise (over a mile) and it's really fun to see the progress on the remodel they are doing.
Overall, we've really had some great together time lately, and these kind of activities get us talking and exercising instead of staying in all the time. My legs continue to be sore, so we went slow everywhere. I keep telling myself that the more walking I do, the better they will be, but it doesn't work that way every time! So we walk slow and I take chances to stretch my ankles when we stop for a minute and sit down when there's a seat. :) I really love my husband, it's great to have someone who doesn't mind just doing this kind of stuff together.
I'm finally packing up the videos from the shelf that were cluttering up the way. They are all so old and have been recorded so many times over that they probably aren't even useful any more!
Example from the top one:
soaps, Angel? Miss match 10/24
I just realized that I haven't listened to any music or turned on the TV at all today. It's odd that I've been in almost complete silence all day long!
Well, I guess I did hear the music of my game (DS this morning, PC game for like 20 mins mid-day) for a little while there but that doesn't quite count!
I've been doing a lot of cooking the last two weeks. Here's some of the more notable dishes:
Of course, we've had other more simple and less healthy things in between and eaten out as well (the trip to CA was in between these two weeks).
I also made a delicious cake last week - Butter layer cake with sweet lime curd from the Cake Doctor cookbook. It was a little more work to make the lime curd, but it was SO very good. I was inspired by the orange cake that E's mom made while we were in CA. I probably should have made a half batch because it's a huge cake. Luckily, it's lasting well even after 5 or so days!
My goal is to find more vegetables and fruits that I enjoy eating and creating meals around them. I'm not trying to complete turn around everything all of a sudden and loose a gazillion pounds, just make baby steps towards the right behaviors to start, and that doesn't mean cutting cake out of my life ;) It does mean continuing to cut back the bad things and making smarter choices.
Added: This was the post I was writing during the power outage yesterday, luckily I didn't loose it and I realized the problem when it timed out uploading the cake pic! Last night's dinner was Quesadillas on the grill and Green Chile Rice (theredkitchen), but with lowfat cottage cheese+lemon juice instead of sour cream, and it was really just fine that way. Tonight, we'll go shopping again and hopefully I'll have a good list of things I want to make for us to shop for by that time :)