Hello and Welcome to 2013!

A picture our friend, Harmony took on her phone. Can you tell who's sober and who's not? I guess having a birthday on New Year's eve is a wicked combo.

A picture our friend, Harmony, took on her phone. Can you tell who’s sober and who’s not? I guess having a birthday on New Year’s eve is a wicked combo.

Happy New Year everyone! Last night was a bit unusual for me … Jesse and I went out to dinner with another couple (that part isn’t weird), I ordered a pulled pork dish and enjoyed it (I don’t really care much for pork, except bacon, so it’s surprising that I ordered this), went to two bars after dinner (I literally never go to bars. I only had two drinks all night though because I was a DD and don’t like to drink a lot), and rang in the New Year freezing my buns off at a park overlooking the city. Jesse enjoyed his birthday drinks and insisted that we all go to his favorite park, Overlook Park, and swing for a little bit and ring in the New Year there. We were only outside about 10 minutes — long enough to swing a little, countdown to the New Year, and smooch when 2013 rolled in. Then, it was time to go home. It’s what Jesse wanted and he was happy. Lucky for him, our friends and I played along. I will say though, Jesse didn’t have the best aim when kissing me at Midnight! It made us both laugh pretty hard!

Jesse and I shared this appetizer. It had a clever name for New Year's ... I think it was Find a New Job. It was a boneless chicken thigh wrapped in prosciutto with greens and balsamic.

Jesse and I shared this appetizer. It had a clever name for New Year’s … I think it was, “Find a New Job.” It was a boneless chicken thigh wrapped in prosciutto and sage with greens and balsamic. It was supposed to come with mascarpone, but we got it without.

Pork shoulder braised with cinnamon and cumin, served with greens and avocado. It was supposed to come with black beans but I ordered it without and asked for extra greens instead. I forget the clever New Year's name this dish had.

My entree, pork shoulder braised with cinnamon and cumin, served with greens and avocado. It was supposed to come with black beans but I ordered it without and asked for extra greens instead. This dish had the clever name of, “Take a Class.”

Anyway, moving into 2013, here are some things I’m looking forward to:

  1. Completing my fitness technology and healthy older adult fitness education at PCC. I have to go to school through the summer, so I won’t be done until August or September. It’s not that far away, but there’s a lot of work to be done to get there! I remind myself everyday to enjoy the process. There are definitely some perks to being a student again anyway. Live it up!
  2. Getting married! We’re not having a big traditional wedding, but plan to have a private ceremony out here in the late spring with an officiant and two witnesses (we already know who we’re going to ask to be witnesses and we conveniently have a friend that’s an officiant). I’m thinking a park up in the hills, called Council Crest. It’s where Jesse first told me he loved me. Then, in late August or early September, we’re having a party with family and close friends back in Michigan. It’s going to be fantastic!
  3. Cooking and creating more original recipes. Enough said.
  4. Learning more blog stuff. Really, I need to get a WordPress book. Recommendations anyone?
  5. Further developing my role at Recreate, once I’m done with school. I hope to be more involved and attain a handful of private clients.
  6. Meeting new friends and followers through my blog. I’m already amazed at all the relationships I’ve developed and how many people I’ve met by way of my blog. Additionally, many people have reached out to me privately seeking advice, insight, and asking questions. It’s so humbling and really, I love it.
  7. Learning more about myself. I really surprised myself in 2012. During the second half of 2012, after I was laid off, I took more risks, worried less, and paved the way to pursue my passions. I didn’t know I was capable of being so happy and life has never felt so right. I can’t wait to see where I take myself in 2013!
  8. Growing stronger, both physically and mentally. With every challenge I encounter, I have the power to decide how I want to be. I can create what I want for myself and that’s an incredible power. It’s a gift that’s in all of us, but it’s a matter of activating the power and seizing opportunities. Grab the bull by the horns, right?
Here's another. I wanted Jesse to pose nice, but it was hopeless.

Here’s another. I wanted Jesse to pose nice, but it was hopeless. This was toward the end of the night, just before we left for the park.

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About paleoinpdx

Born and raised in Alpena, Michigan, I moved to Portland (PDX) in 2008 after graduating from Michigan State University. I reside with my husband, Jesse and our cat, Dutch in inner NE Portland. I am a health, yoga, fitness, wellness and nutrition enthusiast, and enjoy cooking and experimenting in the kitchen.

13 responses to “Hello and Welcome to 2013!”

  1. PaleoPeriodical says :

    Jesse’s pics are cracking me up! Sounds like a fun New Year’s. :)

    Best of luck to you in 2013 and congrats on the upcoming marriage. Such a sweet and awesome time, I hope you both soak it all in.

  2. paleoinpdx says :

    Haha, I know, the pics are pretty silly! It was fun indeed, but Jesse is paying for it today!

    Thanks so much for your kind words and wishes! Cheers!

  3. Cinnamoneats says :

    That first pic is the best hehe, Jesse looks like he’s in heaven :) Sounds like you guys had an excellent night! :)

    • paleoinpdx says :

      Ha, thanks! We did have a great time, but Jesse is paying for it today. He had a little too much fun and has been in recovery/sick mode all day. He earned it though! We’re supposed to dive into his b-day cake tonight, but I don’t think he’ll want to eat it since he still feels sick. All he’s consumed today is water, coconut water, and a banana. I don’t care though, he can blow out the candles and I’m having a piece! I worked hard to make that!

  4. Megan says :

    I decided to not drink for the month of January and am actually pretty excited to be the sober one in the group of drunk friends, it is always funny! I think your goals are awesome and congrats on going after it post lay off. That can be tough and it really shows how resilient you can be!

  5. Julia says :

    Congratulations on successful 2012, your engagement, and best wishes for fulfilling your goals in 2013.

  6. Craving4More says :

    I love reading your goals. You are growing so much already, as I am learning reading about you. Here’s to a great new year!

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