Quinoa & Cones

As previously mentioned, I have a little thing for food blogs.  You should see my inbox.  It’s basically all blog subscriptions all the time.  I love it.

I may not be in the kitchen much these days but reading about all those amazing recipes makes me feel like I could be making them one day.

One of my usuals is Two Peas and Their Pod, written by Maria and Josh, a cute couple out of Salt Lake City.  I love that their recipes aren’t scary.  You know the type… 24 ingredients and 35 steps that takes 10 hours from start to finish.  This isn’t that type of blog at all.  Their recipes are user-friendly and the ingredients are typically pantry staples.

A perfect example is the Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime (and mint) Dressing.

I made it yesterday to take to a girl’s night with the college friends and it’s so light and refreshing; the perfect Summer dish which I will definitely be making again!

In other news, Koko went to our favorite Vet today.  We noticed on Wednesday that she kept licking at the top of her front, left paw and other than typical dog grooming she really doesn’t do that.  The licking wasn’t constant and she seemed fine otherwise, wasn’t babying the foot at all, so we took the wait-and-see approach.  Eventually we noticed what looked like a lump/sore/protrusion of some sort at the base of her nail so I called and got an appointment.

Thankfully it doesn’t seem to be anything serious.  Vet thinks she may have had a thorn or somehow got a cut and with all her licking it has swollen and can’t heal.  He gave us some powder to put on it twice a day to numb the area a bit and give her some relief but she has to wear the cone!

The only other experience we had with the cone was shortly after we got her and she broke some toes on her back, right paw.  Mr. Won’t Run couldn’t take it and he took the cone off her a few minutes after we were home.  That cone was a stiffer plastic and it extended farther so I think she’s having an easier time adjusting to this one.

Except when she runs into something, then she freezes in place and I laugh at her.

She let the PetSmart gal put it on her and only pawed at it a few times.  We even went for a walk and she seems to be accepting it, hopefully Mr. Won’t Run will too!

Blog Birth Story

While contemplating the switch from Blogger, I started thinking about what I really wanted to blog about.  Was it just going to be about our life, married with one dog and no kids yet?  Or about foodie stuff like recipes and restaurant reviews (we have both worked in food service so we’re particularly critical when we go out).  Or would it be “green” and talk about the alarming number of chemicals we’re putting on and in our bodies?  Or maybe it would be about my recent jump back into exercising and rediscovering that I enjoy running?

I realized I didn’t need to pick one particular theme and that I wanted to blog about all of it since each one of those is part of who I am.  I want to keep friends and family updated on what we’re doing in life and the things that are important to us, and if a stranger happens to stumble upon the blog then I hope they find something here to enjoy as well, even if they just come for the Koko Puff fluff of which there will probably be a lot!

You would think that figuring out what to blog about would be the hard part, but I find naming the blog is even harder.  If you have ever started a blog, website, or business of any kind you probably know that coming up with a name can be quite the ordeal.  You think of one you like only to find out that someone else is already using it, maybe the blog name is available but the domain name isn’t, or maybe someone on Twitter is using the name and that could be confusing down the road when readers or customers want to follow you.

So, on a lazy 4th of July holiday in 2012, as I sat on our bed with my laptop on my lap (imagine that) and my husband napping beside me, my mind went something like this:

          Hmmm, what would I name it?

          I’m getting back into running, maybe something about that…

          Like when I posted that pic of baklava on FB and said that I work out so that I can eat it.

          Ooh, how about Running for Baklava?

          But then people might think I blog about Greek food which I totally don’t.

          What else do I love to eat?

          PASTA!

          I’d run some extra miles for pasta for sure!

          Will Run for Pasta!

          But wait, maybe that sounds like I’m mocking the people who stand on the corner with “will work for food” signs.

          That’s silly, anyone who knows me know that I wouldn’t do that.

          Well, let’s see if the name is even available, it probably isn’t…

          Blog name on WordPress… Check.

          Sweet, WordPress says I can buy that domain and host through them… Great.

          Better check FB and Twitter just in case my blog goes viral and I end up giving Pioneer Woman a run for her money!  Better to grab it now and not use it than want it later and not be able to get it.

          Facebook… Check.

          Twitter… Check.

          No way!  The first name I come up with and it’s available everywhere?!

          Has to be a sign, right?!

          Thank you Lord for making it so clear to proceed!

          Like the cranes lining up for Spider Man! (the latest movie was pretty good)

So there you go… my blog-naming story.

Kind of like a birth story but with less blood and pain.

What’s your story?  Blog or birth, I’d be interested in both!

Coming Soon

Stay tuned for a new blog!  Until then, here’s what you need to know:

I am…

  • living and working in beautiful Oregon
  • almost 34 (tick.tock.tick.tock)
  • married almost seven years to my best friend, he’s pretty cute, we’ll call him Mr. Won’t Run 😀
  • doggy mama to the sweetest little Aussie mix girl
  • rediscovering my love of running
  • about to start blogging my health and fitness journey

You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook.

Looking forward to sharing my journey with you and hearing about yours as well!