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If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen some posts the last few months about Doula training.  I thought I would talk in more detail about that here on the blog, partly to share information you may find personally useful, partly to talk everything out for my own benefit (blog counseling, if you will), and partly to document the process for my own memories and for those who may be considering this path for themselves and are curious about what it entails.

Depending on how well you know me, there are a few different responses you may have had to the news that I’m training to be a Doula:

  1. A what?
  2. But you don’t even have kids yet…?
  3. That’s amazing, totally perfect for you!

Let’s address those…

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This past Sunday I got together with some Portland blogger friends to try brunch at a new spot: The Sugar Cube.

With a name like that you know it’s going to be good, and it did not disappoint.  They even do my kind of math!

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The Sugar Cube story is something I think you could call typical of Portland; an amazing young pastry working at places such as Genoa and Clarklewis before striking out on her own with a food cart!  See, I told you this was a Portland story.

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Snow.  Snow.  Snow.  Snoooooooow.
Little ol’ snowflakes, Eskimo pie; chocolate and vanilla for you and I.

If you have any idea what I’m talking about, then I think you’re pretty awesome!

Speaking of snow, have you seen Portland lately?  I am so not built for this kind of cold.  19 degrees but it feels like 7.  And I have to walk the dog.

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Well, this month hasn’t gone the way I had planned.

I started out so gung-ho, ready to OWN the month and accomplish some goals, and I was doing pretty well.  Until the 8th when sinus issues decided to OWN me.

I was useless the next four days and just this week am finally starting to feel mostly normal.

Ever since allergy season this past Spring/Summer, I’ve had constant sinus and ear pressure.  It’s not usually painful, it’s just sitting there in the background, but occasionally it flares up and then I’m in trouble.  It hits my ears especially hard and causes the type of dizziness where you can’t walk a straight line no matter how hard you try.  Yeah, that’s fun.  It usually resolves itself back down to my new “normal” amount of sinus pressure, but I knew that wasn’t really normal so with this last flare up I finally went and saw a Doctor.

We have a new holistic health clinic ridiculously close by so I scheduled an appointment with their Naturopathic Doctor and she got me on all sorts of immune boosting stuff to help with the acute issue and within 48 hours there was a ton of improvement.  We’ll be meeting again soon to see how things are going and figure out how to kick this issue out for good.  I’m really happy with this ND and have been wanting to find one for a while so I’m glad I clicked with her.

One of the things she wanted me to do was a sinus flush/rinse, and I just so happened to have a NeilMed Sinus Rinse that had been sitting in the bathroom cabinet for a year or two. It’s a little different than a Neti Pot in that it uses pressure (you squeezing slowly on the bottle) to push the water through your sinuses instead of gravity just drawing the water down. Both are great options and it’s totally my new favorite thing!

Like I told the ND, my nose had not been stuffy or runny at all, and I really didn’t expect the sinus rinse to do much, but I was amazed at how well I was nose-breathing afterwards.  I didn’t think I was having issues before, but to feel the open and clearness afterwards was crazy!  I definitely plan to continue doing this, probably cutting back to two or three times a week instead of everyday, and I can’t wait to see if it helps tame the allergies this season.

I am finally feeling back to normal and excited to get back to running again!  I went on Saturday for the first time in almost two weeks, then again on Monday and Wednesday so hopefully I’m on a roll.  I’m taking it slow and adding just a little more distance each time and am currently running 1.2 miles.  I am considering signing up for the 5k at the Shamrock Run, anybody want to join me?

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How’s YOUR January going?  Are you owning it or is it owning you?

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I don’t know what it is about starting a new year but I love the feeling of endless possibilities ahead.  But why does that only happen with a new year?  Why not a new month or a new week, or even each new day?

I’ve stopped making resolutions.  They always seem to be the same thing – eat better, exercise more, save more, go to bed earlier, be a better wife/daughter/friend/coworker/etc.  I know some people like to pick a specific word, but if I did that my word would be cheese.  More of it.  On everything.  Just cheese.

So, I think I might do monthly goals and see how it goes.  The first few will probably be the same every month, but others will change throughout the year to keep it interesting.

So, what do I hope to accomplish in January?

  1. Run at least three times a week.
  2. Do some other form of exercise three times a week (Jillian, Tone It Up, TotalGym, CoreBody,.. I have too many tools readily available to make excuses).
  3. Drink a minimum of 80 ounces of water a day.
  4. At least two blog posts per week.
  5. Clean out my purse!  It’s tiny so you’d think it would be hard to accumulate junk, but you’d be wrong.  I should do this at the beginning of every month.
  6. Send out our Christmas New Year’s Happy January letters.
  7. Go snowshoeing!!  Maybe even at midnight, although I may need to do it in daylight the first time since I’ve never been.
  8. Clean off my desk so I can’t use the clutter as an excuse to not blog.
  9. Finally file all the miscellaneous papers that have been piling up.
  10. Break out the Vegetable Slicer (Spiralizer) that I bought three years ago!  Thanks to this newly discovered blog – INSPIRALIZED – I just want to make veggie noodles out of everything!  I figure this will be a fun way to incorporate some more veggies into the whole “eat healthier” thing, and my goal is at least one recipe a week with some sort of fruit or veggie noodles.  In the last 24 hours I’ve already made three different things, so I don’t think this goal will be a problem.  Wanna play along?  You can order one for yourself on Amazon here (affiliate link).

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What are YOUR goals for this year?  Did you make a list or pick a word?

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Wanna buy a duck?  A what?  A duck.  Does it quack?  Of course it quacks!

Please tell me someone else has played the “wanna buy a duck” game!  Yes?  No?  Think I’m crazy?

Well, speaking of duck, we ATE one recently!  That was a first for me, and I crossed another restaurant off my Holiday Mingle list.

Thanks to a Tweet from Portland Monthly Magazine, I learned about Departure’s December Duck tradition.  That’s not what it’s called, but I’m a fan of alliteration so they should totally start calling it that, or maybe December Duck at Departure.  Or maybe Double D at Departure?  Maybe not.

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Anyways, the Tweet took me to the article above and I just about shorted out my phone with all the drool pooling on the screen as I read the description!  I headed to Departure’s website to read more and was surprised it wasn’t on their front page but I finally found it on their Blog and the drooling continued.  I sent the link to Mr. Won’t Run and we made reservations ASAP!

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Today is a super duper special awesome amazing fantastic spectacular day!

Why?  Because, it’s Becky’s Birthday…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BECKY!!!

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If you don’t already know, Becky is one of my “internet friends”.  In today’s world of blogging and social media, it’s quite easy to make friends with strangers on the internet and I am happy to say that I have a few of them.

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Thanks to an invite from Lisa Hill PR (who I met at the Holiday Mingle), I had the chance to attend a really fun Blogger event on Monday night at Tula Gluten Free Bakery Cafe.

Tula was started in 2010 by husband and wife team Mieke (pronounced mee-ka) and Caleb Johnson.  What began in Bend moved to Portland in 2011 and they have been doing very well ever since.

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Do you eat gluten free, by choice or by necessity?  I do not have a health reason to eat gluten free, but I know people who do and I know how important it is to avoid cross-contamination.

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The Monday after a long weekend is the worst, but at least we’ll have some tasty memories to get us through.  I hope your holiday was delicious, here’s what ours looked like…

We headed North to the tiny town of Belfair, WA where my family has a little place on the water, Hood Canal to be exact.  It was a foggy drive into town.

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Thankfully it cleared up in time for the sunset.

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