Here we are in the second half of 2016… wow, has time ever flown by! And I have not been very consistent with writing on my blog (major understatement). I have missed writing on it, but somehow I am always. doing. something. Almost literally. I keep thinking of things I would like to write on my blog, but then never take the time to actually write them. So what have Mike and I been up to that I am apparently never at my computer long enough to write a blog post these days?
Well, for starters, Mike has continued to be busy with travel here and there and that keeps both of us on our toes (always prepping for him either coming or going). It looks like that’s finally going to slow down a little which will be nice. It’s getting difficult to keep explaining to Piper why her best friend is gone.
I’ve also been continuing my running, and my running buddy and I had a great half marathon three weeks ago!
We’ve signed up for a full marathon in Portland in the fall and are really excited! We’re planning to train together through the summer… we have both helped each other become much faster over the past couple of months.
I also picked up boxing several months ago and am kind of in love. I’ve been taking 2-3 classes a week for the past three months, so at this point I’m committed. I ordered my own pair of boxing gloves so that I can stop using the gym’s. I ordered them partially because it’s time to take my boxing relationship to the next level and partly because my mom thinks it’s the funniest thing in the world that I’m learning to box and she wants a picture of me in Rocky shorts wearing my boxing gloves. I’m way too embarrassed to ask someone in my boxing class to take a picture of me with my gloves on (like… do I think I’m Floyd Mayweather or something??), but if I have my own gloves Mike can take my picture himself. Anyway, the boxing gloves are on the way, with a picture of boxing Karena to follow in the near future.
Mike and I also finally started an herb garden on our roof! We carried tons of soil and heavy planters up to our roof. And by “we”, I mean “Mike”. I carried nothing. I’m a boxer and a runner, not a weight lifter. ;)
For the first round of the herb garden, I only planted basil, silver thyme, parsley, and rosemary.
Round 2 occurred when the nursery we go to had a Fourth of July sale… 40% off all herbs!!
Phase two consisted of one additional (and healthier-looking) basil plant, golden thyme, oregano, and mint. The mint is in a separate pot in the planter because apparently that’s how you do mint so that it doesn’t take over all of your other herbs.
Mike and I also picked up hiking! We went on a big hike up Mount Si over the Fourth of July weekend. Eight miles roundtrip! The website says that he first four are solely uphill, and Mike and I can vouch for that. Four miles steadily and steeply uphill!!
The drive to Mount Si was only 45 minutes… so close!! It was also very cloudy, but we figured that climbing a mountain is probably better on a cool, cloudy day than on a hot, sunny day.
The sun actually ended up coming out, but the trail was almost entirely shaded by all of the big, old trees. The hike was amazingly beautiful.
The view from the top was amazing.
In other completely and totally random news, I have picked up adult coloring. Has anyone heard of this as a thing?? The pictures have much finer levels of detail than children’s coloring books (and thus require more work to stay inside the lines). Apparently it’s good for your mental health too. Bonus! I find it relaxing to sit down with my uber adult, detailed coloring book and colored pencils. And tell myself it’s way more adult than what I did when I was five. ;)
For the Fourth of July, Mike and I didn’t watch the fireworks (even though they shoot them off about a mile from our house so we really should have gone). But I was really busy coloring and Mike was looking up record players online, so it was pretty hard for us to justify leaving our house. We did go over to a friend’s house who was having a dinner party earlier in the day, though, and that was so much fun! It is blueberry season here in Washington, so there were loads of fresh blueberries on sale at the grocery store. So I ended up making blueberry bars to bring, and they were well-received. :) We ate outdoors because it was so nice outside, but it got colder as it got darker so then we all ended up inside for dessert.
In addition to looking up record players, Mike has been busy helping me with the herb garden. (It’s a good thing someone was strong enough to carry all those bags of soil to the roof, because Piper and I certainly weren’t.) He’s also been researching lighting fixtures because he wants to add light to our kitchen and put up a pendent light in the kitchen. I helped select the pendent light, and then I’m staying out of it. This is definitely a Mike kind of project.
Also, we finished watching this season of Game of Thrones. And by the way, for a season that was as ho-hum as this season, it sure went out with a bang!! I will NOT post any spoilers, but oh my gosh! That final episode of this season had my jaw dropping after the first twenty minutes.
So, long story short, things are plugging along here. Mike, Piper, and I are enjoying the summer. Well, we mostly are. Piper has another UTI, but at least this one can be treated with pills instead of daily injected antibiotics like last time. And so it goes. That poor girl. She’s a lot crankier when she has a UTI, though, so she’s been a little difficult to live with lately. Even more queenly and intolerant than her normal queenly and intolerant self. :)
Our first CSA produce delivery is next week, so I’m very excited for some new cooking inspiration from all of the farm fresh produce… I literally can’t wait! I’m so excited that I texted Mike in the middle of the workday to let him know that I was excited. Clearly I only communicate about important matters. ;)
And work continues to be busy for both Mike and me. Mike is doing some work that he finds more interesting these days, so that’s nice. And work is really busy for me too. I somehow managed to get myself promoted again, this time to technical lead for my team. I keep thinking about that phrase about everyone getting promoted to their own level of incompetence (is that something from Dilbert and the pointy-haired boss? Where did I hear that phrase?). I keep feeling like I’m going to hit that point soon if I haven’t already. That point where I’m out of my depth and am just being incompetent at my job and really need to be demoted to get to a productive point again.
And that’s our life in a nutshell these days! Hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth and is looking forward to the second half of 2016!