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Cats on the hot roof!

Every day in our new house is like a new discovery. In the last few days, we’ve let the cats on the roof, with supervision, and they’re so cautious and cute. 14362683_803822311962_4693677409695760545_o Tuesday, Lyra barely came up to the roof, while I was practicing yoga. Today, she was more adventurous! image Lulu also started realizing that this is one huge sunspot to lie in. image

Lily Thomas loves exploring new places. image She likes to check the perimeter 14372347_804199555962_4168767508608791681_o and scare me, by walking on the outside of the railing.

Hopefully, our kitties don’t miss us too much while we’re gone. My parents will check on them and my dad is making an awesome cat door into the garage closet to keep their food and litter contained, and away from the rest of the house!

While it’s still sunny like summer, and in the low 70s, it feels crisp, and more fall-like in Seattle. Our swim in the Sound today was brisk, but fortunately the wind wasn’t up. It may have been the last swim on the year, since we’re leaving for Italy tomorrow and when we return, the weather is likely to be colder and rainy.

Last night, a college friend of mine, took this awesome picture of Secret Beach, (our wedding beach, where we swim). I wish I had taken it, but I was biking back from happy hour in Ballard! 14352179_804055300052_8520016624036439993_o (Photo by Kirsten Rue)

Good bye for now, Seattle and ciao, Italia!

A fun foodie and outdoor adventure day!

Today was pretty awesome. It started with a 7am swim with Mr F. Sunrise swims are always gorgeous with the pastel colors over the Olympic mountains to the West. Since I didn’t take a picture, I highly recommend everyone go to Golden Gardens beach in Seattle when the sun is rising on a clear day, however sunset in the summer is even more glorious at Golden Gardens.

After we went swimming, we went to one of our favorite yoga classes, which is a great slow flow at the Yoga Tree.  We love going to this class, especially after a long week of work.

Mr. F had to work today, so after lunch, I met my friends for paddleboarding in Shilshole Bay. I rented my favorite displacement paddle board from Surf Ballard and we decided to paddle through the marina. I’m so glad that we did because we saw a baby harbor seal!! (I really wish I had brought my waterproof camera.) It was chasing a fish and circled our boards. It also popped up next to us, repeatedly, over the course of several minutes, super curious and adorable. It was only about two feet long! We almost thought it would climb onto our boards! We also saw my family friends on their boat, the Arkenstone as we paddled through the marina. Before we got to the North end of the marina, the wind came up, pushing us backwards, so it made it pretty easy to be blown/paddle back.  As if this wasn’t enough exercise, I went for another swim after, since it was nearly 90.

Mr. F came home for dinner and we got awesome barbecue at one of our favorite places, Bourbon and Bones. We love splitting a full rack of ribs there. We also got dessert at Cupcake Royale, specifically for the Blueberry Balsamic Goat Cheese ice cream. 14068465_799865805832_5280912603906593615_o The best part of this culinary adventure is, we know the goat cheese farmer!   13987441_799865077292_9053374230481843509_o Gothberg Farms makes the most amazing goat cheese and I HIGHLY recommend a trip to Bow to get cheese, or buying it at Metropolitan Market, or the Bellingham or Anacortes Farmer’s Markets.

That’s all for today! Tomorrow, I’ll prioritize packing more and hopefully get a few swims in, too!

 

 

Christmas catch up

It’s amazing that it’s already 2016 and that it’s been a few weeks since Christmas. We just took the Christmas tree down yesterday and the cats were sad to lose their new hiding spot. image We celebrated Christmas day at my parents house, image along with my grandparents, Aunt, Uncle and cousin. Mr. F and I saw Star Wars the weekend after Christmas and it was as amazing as we hoped!  image I love how there were so many tie ins to the original episodes! image Later that weekend, we noticed that one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants, Revel, had an awesome Darth Vader painting on the wall too! image

I’m loving my new yoga pants that I got for Christmas from my sisters image and in laws. image Three days after Christmas, we left on vacation to Maui!!! I can’t wait to tell you more in my next posts!

Fettbot travel health and fitness tips

My Aunt asked me this weekend about health and fitness suggestions, so I thought I’d share my travel health and fitness tips on my blog too!
I use the 12 Minute Athlete App  when I don’t have a lot of time or options to work out (http://www.12minuteathlete.com/app/). It’s a great core workout in a very short timeframe. It also gets my heart rate up and makes me sweat. Initially, I had a really hard time completing the 3 sets of 6-30 second exercises since they’re pretty intense, but after a few times they’ve become easier however not pleasant. If I’m feeling more like a yoga session at home or in the hotel room, like after a long flight, I use Yoga Studio App. It’s Hatha yoga with 15, 30 or 60 minute options (http://yogastudioapp.com/). I really like the 15 minute relaxation yoga class right before going to bed.
I generally eat pretty healthy at home, but I find it very difficult to avoid carbs entirely while traveling for work. Thus, I try to do yoga or the 12 Minute app every day on the road, especially if I’m not walking over 10,000 steps daily! (Side note, working from home makes it difficult to reach this goal, but running through airports and hospitals makes this a real possibility!)
Every morning, regardless if I’m on the road or at home, I try to drink Athletic Greens, as a healthy veggie and superfood start to my day (https://www.athleticgreens.com/v5). Mr. F and I first learned about it the Four Hour Body book which is also a fun read. This supplement also focuses on happiness, immunity and nutritional healthy ingredients, which is especially helpful when I’m trying to be healthy and there are not a lot of great food options at the hotel or nearby.
The Athletic Greens directions suggest you drink it when you first wake up (on an empty stomach) but wait 30 minutes before eating, so this is usually when I do the 12 Minute Athlete App.
If I’m home though, we typically make smoothies for breakfast after the Athletic Greens. Since I’m lactose intolerant, I use kefir (there are several brands and some are also organic). It’s available at most grocery stores in the milk section.
Here’s one of my favorite recipes! http://www.fettbot.com/2014/11/06/pumpkin-pie-smoothie-recipe/ You can see our awesome Vitamix in this post which we got at Costco. We love it and use it daily, sometimes twice a day!
When I’m at home, I’m very lucky that Mr. F makes nutritious meals mostly substituting carbs for another vegetable serving. For example, at lunch yesterday, he made a salad with poached eggs, shaved fennel, parmesan and pepper,10486205_722860370342_8790223008158232276_nand for dinner, we had pork chops, avocado, broccoli, a little salad and a side of sriracha, garlic and lime aioli. 10957014_722865779502_3064106855384998589_n While traveling, I try to look for gluten-free options and sometimes the best options on the go are EPIC bars (http://www.epicbar.com/) or a big salad with protein. However, there are long days that a burger is the best option.
To round everything out, I take a few vitamins including fish oil with high DHA and EPA, vitamin B and D. My doctor/naturopath suggested this combination to combat Seasonal Affected Disorder (or the lack of sun in Seattle!)
What are your healthy food and fitness tips while traveling?

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Favorite photos from 2014

It’s hard to believe that two years ago today, Mr. F and I were driving across the country from Chicago to Seattle. This time last year, 644558_10100757430340580_280595830_n my cousin Jessie was on rotation in Seattle!995597_10100757219039030_314307336_n We had Jessie and my sister, Janie over for New Year’s Eve! We were so good last year that we went to Yoga Nidra on New Year’s day. 1520662_655977239672_1548714077_nJanuary was filled with nice walks around the neighborhood 1508206_656042967952_1696454004_n and Discovery Park. Our college buddy, Bryce Andrews wrote his first book, Badluck Way1526571_657557552712_1892758688_nso we went to one of his book signing stops in January! 1506142_10100783934376280_45603466_o More of my awesome Wisconsin cousins came to visit when Jessie finished her rotation. My good friend and co-worker, Caroline1468498_658816719332_470768728_n joined me in Fargo in January in Fargo, where it got to a low of -20F!!! We were worried our eyelashes would freeze! 1654184_659043335192_1863254923_n Meanwhile, Seattle was in the 40s in January and sunny. 61524_659473647842_825236326_n Andy Mac met me in the O’Hare Airport at the end of January as we were both flying around the country for work! February was a fun travel month with a trip to St. Louis where my wonderful mother-in-law made me a delicious birthday cake!1902806_661433385512_926044476_nI also got to visit more great co-workers in Irvine, CA! 1604780_660850204212_476932181_n Gracielli and Marie are some of my favorite people too. 1601402_661743548942_310478977_n Mr. F made an amazing scallop dish in February. We also celebrated Andrea’s bridal shower, 1653420_661961242682_592766771_n bachelorette party and wedding! 1622613_663503726532_2136506475_n Andrea and Mike got married February 21st. I also went to Boise for work and 1924530_662263621712_1039736467_n we celebrated 1625652_662669218892_2121023546_n Rusty’s and my mom’s birthdays in February too, before Mr. F and I went to Maui for our birthday trip.1898082_663588821002_530034296_n10014680_664033519822_602566810_n Our favorite restaurant quicky became Star Noodle and we ate there 3 times in less than a week. 1979893_663488302442_1675916276_n This was one of my favorite dishes and there were so many to choose from! 1965080_663559844072_1092458705_n  1975156_664033694472_134054900_n We had so much great food and loved snorkeling with the turtles around Black Rock too. 1939973_664458732692_308636671_n 1780689_664460823502_967323827_n Our favorite Seattle restaurant last year was Dot’s.1236886_666344318962_1744619135_nWe went there a lot especially for brunch/lunch after yoga before it closed. 1176107_665453793582_1398777950_nColleen, Mr. F’s cousin and basically sister, came to visit in March and we had lots of fun shopping and wandering around Fremont.  10172696_668205294552_7658501432778008988_n We went to the Gramercy Cellars Spring Release in Sodo with Mohit in April. 10310657_671694547062_7680370796816148268_n  The last day of April was so warm that we went paddleboarding. It was an excellent start to a long and unusually sunny summer! 1901218_673378237932_3336416778003814503_n In the spring, we continued going to yoga regularly, 10390513_673541026702_6057884284796395034_n I also returned to Irvine to co-monitor with Gracielli, 10334426_673943200742_8361447631747206299_n Mr. F started swimming regularly in Puget Sound, we also went to Walrus & Carpenter. 10347542_674065775102_4818325924827903267_n For Memorial day weekend, my parents, sisters, their boyfriends, 10320994_674597025472_2244985998060748925_o my aunt and uncle, Mr. F and I went to Kauai. 10321151_674646955412_1773062862532930785_o We had amazing condos in a lush jungle on the beach. 10313955_675524975852_8720844093808432643_n The snorkeling was better in Kauai than Maui,10365789_675234433102_7602809610074534186_n perhaps because there were more remote spots and more turtles! 10300497_675235386192_826565280255475667_n In May, we met Mohit’s girlfriend who lived on a houseboat. She knows how to throw a great party but doesn’t want her picture taken!10340011_675344188152_6770236748684158827_n In May, I returned again to Irvine for work and this time, Gracielli and I went to the Pelican Hill Golf Club for dinner. The view was stunning, 10382750_675754495892_14817736305815650_n especially at sunset!10410555_675856276922_178156474173730954_n 10394489_676475151692_4967273111071597756_n We paddleboarded and swam more in May. In June, I won a Tern foldable bike and Ibex giveaway! 10452440_677652187902_7611072802403039310_n We started biking more to the beach! 10390350_679041358992_6128460681243013960_n In June, we went to the Doubleback Release party in Walla Walla with Mohit! It was held at the McQueen Vineyard overlooking Walla Walla. 10364006_680147487302_330239980466649250_n I also had a work excuse to visit Colleen in Colorado and see her new house. Shortly thereafter, I saw Beav in Boise at his parents’ new house overlooking Boise.  10521728_680834884752_8141941060453754289_nHe had just gotten out of rehab at the time. 10423982_681410880452_6497078939316640491_n The beginning of July was rainy in Seattle, but I didn’t mind because I got to go to Oahu for work and Andy Mac went with me,10443498_681892350582_9071078491796745058_n even though she was 8 months pregnant! We even had an awesome room that looked at Diamondhead! 934749_682326171202_7909462492454943292_n  In August, Mr. F and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary 1910006_682513396002_6445199734051133038_n and we went to Lummi Island1510974_685431308482_759516321463778296_n for the weekend. 10527516_685448209612_3344030789358341253_nThe water was a lot colder there!10703776_699181463062_9050385202345410200_n  One of my favorite dishes, Mr. F made this summer was a tahini chicken salad. 10624891_691237413002_7066029192570209537_n I saw Beav in Boise again in August when I was there for work. 10603447_694375569112_3483899481843900469_nOur garden10671292_696569018422_8888623800032822531_n and neighborhood had tons of sunflowers blooming this summer. In September, I had a great work excuse to visit my cousins in Milwaukee, 10703962_695077467502_4881146807386218973_ndownload plus drive down to Chicago for Kiki’s bachelorette party! We had an epic time and we went to my favorite Chicago restaurant, 10353046_696396050052_1367634967281287849_n Piccolo Sogno Due. As if September wasn’t awesome enough, I returned to Oahu for work with my co-worker, Norah10403591_695695733492_5093608330006180819_n10710875_696146999152_4742436414146267656_n and we went to an amazing yoga class together too. 10253808_696760624442_2264410213192680163_n I also went to Spokane with my co-worker, Gracielli for a problem site and we ran along the Spokane River together before work. 10653538_696569223012_7456489904495297253_n Mr. F and I swam in the Sound every chance we got and in between my travels. In late September, I returned to Chicago for work and got to see my cousin, Katy and her adorable baby. We walked through the Lurie Gardens and it was perfect. 10698499_697161580922_9007534550334073739_n In October, I flew back to Milwaukee for work and for my cousin, Kiki’s wedding. 10703734_10101067168837150_4513124236877244138_n My cousins are soo awesome. 10690025_699428258482_1486412143643332541_n1978827_701528299982_2465328052929865087_nBy the end of October, I was getting slightly travel weary and started looking for new jobs, but Mr. F and I kept our spirts up by dressing as Lana and Archer for Halloween. Mohit and his girlfriend were amazing hosts for Halloween too! 10423760_703149825432_5435644545036952438_n10676221_703161551932_7774871399834529332_nI interviewed for a new company and received an offer within 2 weeks. 1972316_702335232882_2396412918345500485_n November 12th was the first day at my new company! It’s a top 3 Contract Research Organization plus I got a promotion and a raise!!! Thanksgiving was sad 10408074_10205518199740146_7261028726146892731_n because Beav’s funeral was the weekend after but we’re trying to focus on the positive. We had friends over for New Year’s Eve 10881507_713257973622_65909644625553307_n and even though, I have a cold, we had a great time! 10421963_10102474451905368_7649709993622157084_n Happy New Year! Here’s to great memories and friends!

 

Christmas time with the family and friends

10802025_712113167822_7025102799591146801_nChristmas Eve was spent at my Grandparents and Uncle’s house for the White Elephant Exchange. 10625042_712113312532_8062429934124491936_nTootie is always the life of the party and is full of laughter. She even loves selfies with the family. 10806317_712114340472_6107366440520767763_n 10392278_712114325502_5763378556352072477_n   1610840_10101146729616710_750216991358699932_n Christmas morning was at my parent’s house. The tree was filled with lots of vintage ornaments and great memories. 10854489_10205718653311360_8472377558158044253_o Christmas dinner was at Urbane with the Vega-Nortons, Grime, Menard, Ketchum, Gothbergs, Talbots and Fettes. 10882349_712310811742_3356631743989912597_n It was fun affair.

Yesterday, the day after Christmas, Mr. F and I both had to work but we were able to meet old friends for yoga. I loved see my high school buddies!10882162_10101652330124253_5954432324928538530_n We had a great time at the Golden Beetle in Ballard.

Sadly, I woke up today with a cough, body aches, and super low energy. We went to yoga but decided to have a lazy afternoon and evening. So we’re enjoying Chinese food while watching the Interview.

Happy Christmas Eve!

Happy Holidays, everyone! 10678700_711993148342_3670345498364235343_nWe’re prepping Christmas morning breakfast by making a vegetable root hash before going to my Grandmother’s White Elephant gift exchange in a few hours. All the presents are wrapped and ready to be taken to my parent’s house for Christmas morning tomorrow! We had a lovely yoga class this morning where the mantra was: “May All Beings Be Happy and Free”!10868097_712058751872_288255990014396640_n

10410141_711738179302_4024037521596835752_n  Yesterday, Andy Mac and I got manicures and pedicures before I got my hair cut and colored. My hair is almost black now! I’ll post more photos soon.

“The Christmas Waltz”

Frosted windowpanes
Candles gleaming inside
Painted candy canes on the tree

Santa’s on his way
He’s filled his sleigh with things
Things for you and for me

It’s that time of year
When the world falls in love
Every song you hear seems to say
“Merry Christmas
May your new year’s dreams come true”

And this song of mine
In three quarter time
Wishes you and yours
The same thing, too

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs. (http://youtu.be/FVaFoAIVzok)