Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Parmesan Baked Potato Halves

I got this recipe from Pinterest! It was delicious!

  • 6 small potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • garlic powder
  • other seasonings (to personal preference) - I used bacon bits.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter and pour into a 9x13 inch pan and spread evenly across the bottom. Generously sprinkle parmesan cheese and lightly sprinkle other seasonings all over the butter. Place potato halves face down on the butter and seasonings. Place in preheated oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan. Serve on a plate with a side of sour cream for dipping.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend

We were planning to go Camping either in Homer or Seward this weekend, but plans fell through. We decided to push back the Homer weekend. This actually worked out better since Elaine and Evelyn flew in on Friday afternoon. I picked them up from the airport after working at Talkeetna on Fort Rich. We (Andrew and I) took them for a tour of base before freshening up at home and setting up the air mattress. We took them out for dinner at Humpy's and ice cream from Marble Slab. Elaine stayed up a little to chat with me before heading to bed.

Saturday I took them dowtown to the tourist shops and the Market on 4th avenue. They absolutely LOVED it! And got many gifts for family and friends. I dropped them off at the hotel around 3:30ish before heading back home. Andrew, Alex and I went to Beartooth Theatre to see 21 Jump Street.

Today we got up early-ish before heading out to hike to Bryon's Glacier and visit the Alaska Conservation Center in Portage. We got somewhat close to the glacier but stopped because the clouds began moving in fast and we didn't want to get caught in a storm. It was pretty windy too, coming off the glacier/mountain area. I wasn't expecting that.

We went to the Beigich, Boggs Visitor Center. It was named after two men who disappeared while flying in a Cessna plane in the middle of stormy weather. When we drove up to it, I thought the building looked familiar and I was right: I came here while on my first trip to Alaska while at Houghton College. I remembered because Smokey the Bear sits on a bench near the entrance and I remember taking a picture there while in college.

Then we visited the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage. It is home to native animals that have been orphaned or injured and need to be rehabilitated. There are black and brown bear, caribou, wood bison (to be released back into their homeland in December of 2013), elk, moose (3), lynx, Great Horned Owls, a Bald Eagle with an amputated wing etc. It rained a bit and it was cold, but I am really glad Andrew and I got to spend the day together. We didn't talk too much but I love to walk in nature with Andrew.

On the way back we stopped along the highway at one of the pull-offs. We walked along the interpretative, about 0.7 miles. I got really chatty then because I was nervous about running into a bear. There was a very bright orange notice put up by park rangers about a fresh bear kill about three miles away. The trail is still open, but high caution is advised. So when Andrew disappeared into the woods when we got there, I got nervous. And then when we walked the trail, I got nervous.So I talked. A lot.

Tomorrow we are having a few people over for a cookout, about 4 pm. I am hoping we are going to have a campfire with marshmallows afterwards. I will have to get more chocolate if that's the case. My friend/coworker from Sitka is coming too. As are the Bulanan's and Alex. I don't think there is anyone else.

Anyways, I have not been very good about keeping up with pictures on here so I am going to try to be better at it. I have come to realize that not everyone has Facebook or has access to the pictures I usually upload there, so I will try to upload more here. But I can't promise anything. Bear with me.

Friday, May 25, 2012

To run and not be weary; walk and not faint.

Not my shoes, but similar.

 I have a love-hate relationship with running. I've endured it through high school when I played Field Hockey and Basketball and even ran track my last two years. I ran with friends in college - but that mostly just happened my junior year before I injured my knee and had to stop for much of the rest of my college career.

Then I met Andrew. Little did I know that one day I would marry him. Then run.

The Skini Mini 6k is next Friday, June 1st. I ran this race last year. Andrew got me started mid-march last year and ran with me a lot. I finished in 34:33. Then I stopped running. I picked it up sometime last October and continued on for a few months before stopping again.

Yet I've started again. This time is different. Andrew signed me up (and paid for) my race a mere three weeks ago. Out of the 21 days, I've run about 12-15 (don't know for sure) days. I am running a faster pace than last year at this time. I can run the 5k loop in 29 minutes. Andrew runs with me when he only has 3-6 miles to do otherwise I run by myself. I like to run with others because it pushes me to go past the limit I set for myself and do better. Go farther, push harder.

This is different. All my life I've despised running - especially by myself - because I lack motivation, I'm more likely to walk/stop etc. I've been running by myself....multiple days. Rainy days (like today). Days when Andrew has a rest. Days when he runs 10+ miles. Days when I am not into it. I am running.

I hate running because of the work/energy it takes. I love running because I like the way it makes me feel afterwards. I like that my legs are toning up nicely. I like that I am getting a tan (however slight it is, I still have a shorts tan line!) I like that I can run, eat healthier and feel great.

Recently I attended a bridal shower/get-ready-for-the-wedding party. I was unable to run that day. As I drove to the event I thought to myself  "Today is such a beautiful day. It's too bad I won't be running today."

What? Did I just say that?

And you know what? When I don't run - especially on those gorgeous days - my body misses it. I am actually beginning to enjoy running by myself. I can push or go slow, I rarely stop because I know this race is a short week away. I even have plans to keep running weekly after the race. I am looking forward to doing another race in July with Erin should she come for a visit and then again at the end of August during the Big WILD Life Events.

Who knows? Maybe I will become a mid-life runner. Andrew would surely be pleased!