For the Record: January 16, 2015

For the Record is a look back at the week that was: I share my current obsessions, weekend plans, and other snapshots from a life in progress.


2015 started, like, yesterday–how is it already the middle of January? This week was a good one, albeit busy. It started with a glorious wet and muddy hike, was filled with lots of time in the office preparing for a project launch, and ended with a welcome night at home where I did absolutely nothing. Here’s what else has been happening, for the record:

Current obsessions

Roadtripping Central Coast California

California Central CoastIt is done. In a moment of weakness earlier this week, I booked two tickets from Seattle to San Francisco. Eschewing the back-and-forth indecision that usually accompanies my attempts at budget-hunting, I clicked the “purchase” button and let the chips fall where they may. California Central Coast, here I come. Not sure I’ll be able to write let alone think about anything else between now and then.

The Biggest Loser: Glory Days

It’s a Thursday night guilty pleasure (and Friday morning motivation to work out) but watching former athletes shed the pounds they’d packed on since their glory days. Although I can’t condone the extreme weight loss approach (I mean, who loses 14 pounds in a week?), the show has become a reminder to me to take better care of myself. Who I’m rooting for: Rob. As one of the youngest (and biggest contestants), it’s been exciting to witness his physical and emotional transformation. Two more weeks to go.

Bob’s Red Mill 10-Grain Cereal

Served with a pinch of salt, chopped pecans, and dried cranberries with a dollop of butter and spoonful of honey, this warm and filling breakfast is one of my winter time go-tos. Sometimes I throw in a handful of dark chocolate chips, other times I’ll subtitute the cranberries and pecans for apples and walnuts. This cereal has never steered me wrong.

Seattle Seahawks’ Football

Reigning Super Bowl Champs. NFC West Champs. Playing the Green Bay Packers this week for the ultimate NFC crown. Am I excited? You betcha.

On tap for the weekend

Hill climbing with a friend who’s training to hike Peru’s Inca Trail. Prepping for tax season and filling out some paperwork that’s long overdue. Binge watching the episodes of Downton Abbey I haven’t seen yet. And maybe deciding on a spring sweater pattern to knit. Oh, yeah.