Catching Up!

Well, hello everyone!

 

I have been hesitant to write because I have not written a recap of my 31 Things post. So I am here to say—that’s coming! Scout’s honor!

In the meantime, here’s what’s been going on in my vida loca:

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(That’s me on the right, mugging for the camera with my best friend Abby, at my birthday bash in February.)

 

I am fast and furiously at work on Modified Style, a fashion show fundraiser I help organize every year.

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This is the third year. It takes place Sunday May 1 at Disjecta. It’s an awesome show for an awesome cause (we’re raising money for Sisters of the Road, Children’s Healing Art Project-CHAP, and Out to Pasture Sanctuary). To buy tickets, head here.

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Vida Vegan Con is also shaping up quite nicely. It’s the world’s first ever International Vegan Blogging Conference taking place in Portland this August and is going to be quite spectacular, in my humble opinion. We have AMAZING people involved—everyone from Isa Chandra Moskowitz to Colleen Patrick Goudreau to Mama Pea. I’m going to spend the whole conference in awe of the sheer amount of ridiculous talent that will be in Portland. Tickets are sold out, but we three organizers will do a few giveaways in the next few months (so keep an eye on Get Sconed and Vegtastic Voyage, hint hint).

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If you’re a reader and you’re planning on coming, say hi to me in the comments! I’d love to ‘meet’ you!

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And look for our ad in the next edition of Veg News!

My mom and little brother came to town recently, and along with my older brother, we headed out to the coast to visit Grandma. It was a beautiful sunny day. A bit windy, but absolutely gorgeous.

My mom and my older brother both write blogs, by the way! Check them out!)

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My grandma called ahead to her favorite lunch spot to ask about ‘vaygun’ options. Even though she thinks my older brother and I are crazy for being vegan, she tried to accommodate. As a Portlander, I’m used to fancy tempeh bacon and vegan cheese or chicken shenanigans every place I go; it’s not often I find myself somewhere where there’s nothing vegan on a menu and they have to customize something for me. It was kind of cool. Winking smile

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They made me a deliciously huge salad. The owner made the salad for me herself. She kept stepping out of the kitchen to ask questions like,

“Do you eat eggs?” (No)

“Do you eat cranberries?” (Yes)

“Can you eat almonds?” (Yes)

“What about a whole wheat roll?” (Yes)

“Do you eat oranges?” (Yes, but I don’t want them on my salad.)

She created a gorgeous beast, and I ate (almost) all of it. I left the cherry tomatoes b/c they weird me out.

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We then headed down to the beach and walked along the sand, spotting kites and birds and shells.

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My grandma’s dog Lacy! Isn’t she cute? She’s quite a handful. Smile

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There was this adorable book store run by an Irish lady. It was messy and disorganized and reminded me of what a bookstore would look like if I owned one. I’m not saying I’m messy, I’m just saying my nickname as a child wasn’t “Messy Nessy” for nothing.

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We had such a nice time. I love spending time with my family. My older brother is heading back to South Korea to teach within the month, so I’m trying to soak up all the time I can get with him.

 

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We’re goofballs.

I took a trip out to Multnomah Falls last weekend. It’s only a 45 minute drive from Portland. The falls are majestic and simply gorgeous.

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If you’re coming out for Vida Vegan Con this August, I highly recommend scheduling some time to drive out here. 

And of course, I’ve also been eating delicious food. Some recent eats:

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And I went for a run on the waterfront a few days ago. Lookit how pretty it is:

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And one more thing; I’ve been listening to a few songs on repeat recently. This song, by Langhorne Slim (a recent Portland transplant and a fellow vegan, I hear) is hauntingly and sweetly sad. Sorry for the downer, it’s just lovely.

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I did it!

Abby and I nailed the valentine fanconi anemia 5k!

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The weather was dry and actually kinda warm out. Perfect race weather! People got dressed up valentine-y, which was really cute. Abby and I will dress up next year if we run this race again.

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We finished in about 45 minutes, which is super rad for the amount of training we put into it.

My training plan worked really well. I’m planning on marketing it, but I’ll share with you the key points right now.

JANESSA’S TRAINING PLAN

1. Go for two runs the week before your race.

2. Drink anywhere from 2-4 glasses of wine the night before each training run.

3. Feel like poo in the morning of your training runs and have a hard time running.

4. On the night before your race, abstain from alcohol, drinks lots water, and go to sleep early.

5. Bam. On the day of your race, you’ll feel so much better and running will be so much easier when you’re properly prepared that the race itself will be a breeze.

You can modify this plan a bit, if you like. For example, drink a cocktail instead of a glass of wine, or go for more training runs than just two. This method is what worked for me though.

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All kidding aside, I’m super stoked. I’ve tried the couch to 5k training plan a few times before, but just got bored. I like this new way better. I’ll run 3 miles repeatedly until I can run the whole way [Abby and I stopped to walk 3 times, for about a minute each, so I’m estimating that within the next month I will be able to run the whole 3 miles without stopping]. Then I’ll up mileage to 5 miles until I can run the whole way, and just keep adding mileage. Throw in some official races for motivation and fun, and pretty soon I’ll be running like a champ.

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[hee hee I love this picture. this girl does not look happy to be here!]

I had so much fun, and I’m proud of myself! I totally didn’t think I’d run in a 5k before my 31st birthday, and now look at me. Yay!

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Valentine Fanconi Anemia 5K

As part of my 31 things to do before my 31st birthday,  [February 28th, 2 weeks away, augh!!!] I’m running a 5K bright and early tomorrow morning.

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The course starts at the Morrison bridge in downtown Portland and snakes along the river to Moody Blvd. I’ve never ran with hundreds of people before. I have a feeling it’s going to be loads of fun. I stopped by foot traffic today to pick up my bib number and free race hoody.

I planned on taking a picture of the cool purple hoody to show you, but it’s too comfortable. I tried it on five hours ago and now will never take it off.

I don’t think I’d even know what a bib number is if it weren’t for the certain healthy living blogs I read every day. Thanks, ladies!

A bib number is a piece of paper with a number on it that you attach to an article of clothing you’re wearing before you start the race.

The race is a fundraiser for Fanconi Anemia research, which is a rare genetic disease that targets children and young adults. Many blood disorders, including leukemia [which my Dad was diagnosed with, though his leukemia didn’t come from anemia], often lead to bone marrow failure. A transplant may be the only cure. 

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I’m proud to support such a good cause and looking forward to running along the Willamette River with Abby.

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They’re also offering free testing to know if you’re a good match for the bone marrow registry. I’d like to get tested to see if I’d be a match.

If you have never been tested to be on the bone marrow registry, please decide to do so today.  It could be one of the best decisions you ever make. The decision to do what you can to try and save a life… It certainly doesn’t get any bigger than that.

The life of someone’s child…someone’s brother, sister, best friend or parent. Imagine it were your child, family member, or friend. And then imagine how much you’d be hoping for that life saving match…

Testing will be available at no cost the day of event.
You really can make a difference.

okay, off to bed for a good night’s sleep before the big 5K tomorrow!

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A spot of good news—My new laptop should arrive on Monday. This means that by next week, I’ll have a computer that has a working shift key, control key, and USB port. YES!