New Orleans, it has been fun

This past week, I had the pleasure of meeting my coworkers in the beautiful city of New Orleans, Louisiana*.

We stayed in a pretty awesome house in the Garden District. Here’s a look at some of the house:

 

Everything here is really close and within walking distance. However, if you feel like it’s too far, you can always catch a street car. Here we are traveling on the street car:

Along the walk we got to see some beautiful homes:

 

We arrived just a few days after the annual Mardi Gras celebration, so beads were everywhere!

While here, we decided to visit a cemetery. I found this interesting because of the difference in how they do cemeteries here, it was kind of neat:

 

When I think of New Orleans, I tend to think of Jazz music and seafood. Since I’m not a big seafood eater, I tried to enjoy the food the best I could:

 

My thoughts on NOLA overall, it was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to come back. See you in October!

*Those of you who are catching up, I work for Automattic and we are a completely distributed company, working from our homes all over the world. A few times a year we gather together to work on projects and spend time as a team.

 

New Orleans, it has been fun

Automattic runs in NOLA

This week my team is in New Orleans, Louisiana for a meetup. Everyday myself and two of my coworkers have been going out for runs. 

You may have heard of my coworker, Joe, he’s got a great blog called Crazy Running Guy. He started his meetup out like he starts every one-running from the airport, to our meetup location. This time it was about a 15 mile run, in the dark! 

I haven’t had that crazy of a run with him but we have seen some pretty cool things including the Mighty Mississippi and even some giraffes! 

   

      

So if you think every computer nerd is lazy and sits behind their computer screen all day, meet part of the Automattic runners:

  

Automattic runs in NOLA

Mid-winter Blues

As a runner, I hate the winter. Yes, there are days that I will go out and run during the winter but my conditions are these:

  • No snow on the ground
  • Above 25 degrees Farenheight 

Only two. Not asking much. Lately, neither of those have been met. 

I enjoy outdoor running in the cold, it actually makes my lungs feel open and my body feel refreshed. But when the temps get below 25 and I can’t feel my nose or the frozen snot coming out of it, I have to call it quits. 

I also will not run if there is any snow on the ground. People around here do not shovel the best and my luck would have me slipping on a slick spot and injuring myself.

So when those conditions aren’t met…to the treadmill I go.

It’s been over a month since I ran outdoors. I’m really having a rough time with this treadmill situation. 

Next week I’ll be in New Orleans for work and I cannot wait to run outside! 

But for the time being, I’m stuck in the mid-winter running blues. How do you combat the awful treadmill? I’m open to suggestions to make it more “interesting”.

Mid-winter Blues

New Music to Live By

Music surrounds us. Some people listen to music while working, during exercise or even just to have on in the car. What does the music you listen to make you feel? Happy? Excited? Sad?

I’d like to share the most recent album I purchased. Response by Woodside Worship. Woodside is the church I attend and we are a worship church. This past week, our worship team released our first album of songs written entirely by our team, similar to Hillsong United. And guess what? As I type this, the album is #8 on the iTunes Charts for Christian music!

If you aren’t typically a listener of Christian music, I encourage you to have a listen. You may be surprised by how you feel after hearing some of the songs. If purchasing the whole album is too much, perhaps try listening to their song “Can’t Be Broken” on Vimeo:

Click here to purchase on iTunes.

New Music to Live By

My Second Birthday

Birthdays are something we celebrate often with family and friends. In fact, this week there were three birthdays that I celebrated! My grandma’s (would be) 83rd, Steve’s 29th and my dad’s 56th. All right in order too (January 20, 21, 22).

So you can imagine I’ve had a busy week with celebrations. On top of that, and working, I was also watching my new niece for 3 whole days (babies are a lot of work! But they are worth it).

However, in that time, my birthday went by and I totally forgot to celebrate it. My second birthday. Yes, I’m turning 30 this year, so not my actual year 2 of life birthday, but something that is a bit more special.

baptized2 years ago, on January 20, I was baptized. I was reborn in Christ and have a new birthday. How can I have possibly forgotten that?! As time goes on, we celebrate this day less and less, it’s not our “actual” birthday, so what’s the big deal? Well, I think it should be a big deal. To me, forgetting was a reminder of how I’ve started to fall back into my everyday routine and not have the relationship with God that I was desiring 2 years ago. It’s served as an eye opener to me that I need to be better about my relationship with God.

 

I’ve been working on making my schedule more “workable” for myself lately and I think I’m going to try starting my day off reading a devotional, praying, and just being in God’s presence. Maybe I’ll notice the days are brighter (not that my days are dark now).

I look forward to my renewed journey.

 

My Second Birthday

Ranch “Fried” Chicken

I’ve been on Weight Watchers for some time now and you get tired of eating the same old thing. I’m also a big Pinterest fan. So, I decided to put the two together and look for some new WW friendly menu items that I could try. Now, keep in mind, my boyfriend is not on WW so I need to make food that not only tastes yummy, but doesn’t taste like “diet” food. 

Last night, I tried out this new Ranch “Fried” Chicken recipe and it was a success! I think I will make it again. Maybe you will enjoy it as well.

Ranch 'Fried' Chicken

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: Nana’s Recipe Box

Ingredients

  • One pound boneless/skinless chicken breasts (I used tenderloins)
  • One Hidden Valley Ranch packet
  • One cup fat free sour cream
  • Two cups corn flakes



Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
  • In a zip lock bag crush up two cups of corn flakes and add the ranch packet in (I saved about a tablespoon of the ranch mix for later)
  • Dip the chicken breasts in the ff sour cream then place the chicken into the corn flake/ranch mix. Coat well. 
  • Sprinkle remaining ranch mix on top of chicken for added flavor.
  • Place chicken breasts in a non-stick pan and bake on 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cooked through.

Ranch “Fried” Chicken

Lady’s first year

Today marks Lady’s one year in her fur-ever home! 

One year ago today, I went to Petco and adopted a little 8 week old puppy from the Michigan Humane Society. Our lives have not been the same since. She has brought much joy (and some frustration as any young fur child will) to our lives and is a huge part of our family. Today, in celebration of her one year living with us, we will take a trip to the puppy bakery for a special treat and she will be treated like a princess (how this is different than any other day, I’m not sure lol).

I look forward to many more years with my little Lady!



Lady’s first year