San Diego – the Fun

Hey friends!

Last week in San Diego…well, it was life changing.  We flew in to Spokane last Friday night Saturday morning (EARLY), then drove home a bit later Saturday morning.  I was tired, and ready to be home, but inspired and motivated to work hard.  This post will be mostly the fun stuff…I’ll get into the program stuff a bit later 🙂  And I still have a Graduation post to write….haha!

The UCSD Multifamily Intensive Therapy is vigorous, challenging, and INTENSE, but motivating and inspirational.  The facilitators and therapists are caring and very competent, and through the week, a general sense of comradery is developed between the families.  I would highly recommend it to anyone struggling with an Eating Disorder.  I’ll talk more about the program in another post 🙂

Are you ready to see some fun San Diego stuff??

Monday morning, we needed to be at Rady Children’s Hospital (where therapy would take place) bright and early to get all set up and checked in for the week.  Our hotel, the Holiday Inn (in Mission Valley) didn’t have continental breakfast, but they did have a nice little restaurant, so we had breakfast there the first morning in town.  Here is my “little” parfait!  The fresh strawberries were AH-mazing.

Even though we were busy all day, we were sure to get some touristy sight-seeing in!  Our first adventure took place in Old Town San Diego.

  There were palm trees…

…and nifty buildings.

Dinner was our first stop, though!  We checked out the menu for El Fandango, and liked it, but were completely won when they gave us a 15% of coupon!

Here we are, goofing off a bit while waiting for our scrumptious dinner

Besides the obligatory chips and salsa, mom and I shared a salad to start.

Here’s my dinner – chicken tacos…REAL chicken tacos.  Corn tortillas rather than flour, big chunks of chicken, lettuce and tomatoes, topped with queso fresco or cotija.  The beans and rice were flavorful and soft, and the guacamole was SO fresh!  This was my first experience with authentic Mexican food and man…I can’t even look at Taco Bell!

The next evening, we decided to check out the La Jolla beach.  One of our friends from the program told us about the seals and lovely beach, and we decided it would be a great place to check out.

  God gave us the perfect weather for our beach excursion!

And we got the PERFECT parking spot.  We stepped out of the car, walked a couple of feel to a railing to look down at see this!!!

Perfect backdrop for a photo, don’t you think?

Well, I certainly thought so! 🙂

We wandered a long for a bit, and looked back to where we parked…how gorgeous is this?!

Mom sent us down to the rocks to snap this photo before we set off on a dinner-searching expedition.

We found this little place, Krafty Krepes.  They have crepes and paninis, and being hungry, I opted for…..

…a turkey and avocado panini.  It was SO.MUCH.FOOD!  But it was so tasty!  Flavorful deli turkey gave it some staying power,  while  the avocado slices and mayo made it creamy.  The  bread was slightly buttered and perfectly toasted.

And we all got free salads to boot!

And of course, sunset by the beach was BEAUTIFUL!

Our last night in town, we went back to Old Town…we just really liked it!

I only remembered to take a photo of my dinner…

But it was so great!  We went to Cafe Coyote which is apparently quite the happenin’ place!  We got a table right away, though, and made our decisions.  I went with one chicken taco and one potato taco.  Yes, potato taco.  Served in corn tortillas as well, the quality was right up there with El Fandango.  The potato taco was interesting.  I expected diced potatoes, but they were mashed…and SPICY!  I enjoyed it, but the chicken taco was my preference.

That brings me to the end of my best photos!  We had a really great time in San Diego, but don’t let this give you the false assumption that it was all fun and games.  I think I can truthfully say that last week was some of the hardest ED work I’ve done.  I’ll write more soon.

Blessings!

Beth

 

Life was Just Happening, Part 1

Hello!

In my last post, I mentioned that I’m behind on posting blog-able events.  Here is an attempt at catching up – at least a bit!

A couple of weeks ago, my roomies and I woke up early (well, for a Saturday, at least), packed up a cooler full of lunch, jackets, bocci ball, and a frisbee and hit the road.  Destination: Fort Casey.  One roomie had never been there, and the other hadn’t been in years, so we decided that for and end-of-the-year celebration/quality time session, we just had to go!  And of course, copious amounts of photos were taken.

As soon as we were ready, we hopped in my car and thus begins our epic adventure.

We were seriously excited.  Obviously.

Our first stop?  The ferry.

Again, there was some serious excitement amongst the ranks!

And before we knew it…we had arrived at the highly anticipated destination: Fort Casey!  Our first item of business?  Explore the bunkers and guns.

For the record, you’re never too old to play in the bunkers.  Basically, it’s a playground for adults big kids. Point proven #1.

Point proven #2!

After exploring for a bit, we went to a particular part of the bunker that has AMAZING acoustics.  It makes even the smallest voice sound big – so imagine four voices…in harmony!  We sang as many songs as we could remember — and even had a passerby add his bass voice to our rendition of Amazing Grace.  Proof that you don’t always have to be in a church service to worship God!

But all that singing sure did make us hungry…

So we set up our picnic.  And got comfy 🙂

But Marisa and I had a surprise.  We decided that our roomies are SO great that they needed some awards.  So we put our heads together and invented some pretty snazzy certificates.

Yes, that does say “Brown Trout Wrangler Award”.  And yes, that’s a plunger.

Here is one of several awarded to Nikki.  Others included “Late Night Champ”, “Spunktastic Quirkny”, and “Best Listener”.

And here is what happens when you’re laughing hysterically and a sudden gust of wind comes up…and you’re STILL laughing hysterically as you dive for the awards shouting, “SAVE THE CERTIFICATES!!!!!!!”  I love these girls.

After lunch, comical games of frisbee, and many many rounds of bocci, we decided to take a walk to explore another set of bunkers.

We saw this little feller along the way.

And then we arrived at our destination.  But now the question was…how do we get down there?  The answer?

Uh…very carefully?

You got this, Nikki!

Like a champ!

We came upon these stairs with an open door.  Where would they go?  Into the depths of the hill?  Would it be creepy?  Would it be an adventure?

Who knew it would just be an old bathroom.  Ha!

After thoroughly creeping ourselves out/getting adrenaline rushes in the depths of the bunkers, we decided to mosey on back to the main part of the fort for more singing and some beach time.

Are they just the greatest??

Marisa tried waving at the ferry.  Who knows if they actually saw us though…

Marisa also snapped this prime shot.  I seriously giggle every, and I mean EVERY time I see it!

In case you ever wondered…yep, this is how cool my roomies are.

No explanation needed.

Photo credit: Elizabeth.  Caption Credit: Nikki.  So much love/loveliness.

Here is proof that even big kids get tired after playing all day!

But what an excellent day it was.  I can think of few things better than spending the day with wonderful, Godly women, exploring, adventuring, sharing a meal, and rejoicing in the God-painted beauty of the creation and people around us.

As captioned by Elizabeth, and quoted from Switchfoot:

Part 2 is coming your way soon – until then, “may the peace of the Lord be with you.”

Blessings,

Beth

 

 

A Saturday Tea

I just love this time of year – the sun shows its face a bit more often, and we pull out our spring clothes – lighter and brighter colors, flowy fabrics, and short sleeves.  It just makes anything you do that much more enjoyable!  Even cleaning becomes fun! 😉

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of going out in the sun and wearing some bright-colored, spring clothes to have tea and lunch with a few dear ladies – Marisa, Jocelyn (Marisa’s mom) and Sherry, three of the sweetest ladies you’ll ever meet.

We convened at Three Cups of Tea, a cute little tea shop in Bothell.  It’s such a sweet little place – lots of bright colors, flowers everywhere, and perfectly portioned light entrées.  It really is the perfect place for such a lunch time meeting as this.

Each tea-drinker receives a unique and lovely teacup and a personal tea pot.  I loved the delicate flowers and gold edging on my cup!  If only I could take it home… 😉

Before we knew it, lunch arrived.  I chose a half turkey-cranberry sandwich with a side salad.  This sandwich was a perfect choice!  It had a nice, light amount of turkey, which contrasted nicely with the cranberry-cream cheese spread.  The lettuce provided a nice crunch against the soft, pillowy croissant style bread.  Yum!

Marisa and Jocelyn both decided on the individual-sized quiche.  It looked pretty tasty to me, and both ladies quite enjoyed their choice!

Sherry opted for the curried chicken sandwich with chicken noodle soup.  Despite my lack of curry-love, this sandwich looked pretty tasty.

Look at this adorable heart-shaped scone!  So precious – especially when it’s served with jam, lemon curd and clotted cream in a heart-shaped dish!

The obligatory photo of me eating…did I mention that sandwich was tasty!?  I think my favorite part of this photo, however, is the elderly fellow in the background.  He looks like he’s thinking “Oooooh, is that my lunch coming?”  Love it.

Here’s evidence of Marisa getting a bit silly with the camera.  Because I obviously wasn’t being silly at all!

Now, aside from being insanely cute and having delicious food, Three Cups of Tea has a special spot in our hearts.  Two years ago, the four of us ladies came here for a little brunch get-together.  At the end of that meal, we took photos of each other from across the table.

Here is Sherry and Jocelyn then:

And here they are now:

As lovely as ever!

And now for the children then…

And here we are now:

How time flies!  We almost look like grownups!  But not quite.

I just love spending time with these ladies.  They are undoubtedly my Seattle family!  And with graduation quickly approaching – Marisa’s next weekend and mine in a few months – lunch dates like this become even sweeter and more precious than before.

What joy!

This Saturday (as in yesterday) my roomies and I spent the day adventuring together on Whidbey – I promise, there shall be a full recap!  Once I get my photos organized… 😉

Take care!

Blessings

Beth

Weekending at its Best

Dare I say…Spring has arrived? *crosses fingers*  Two gorgeous weekends in a row, plus nice days in between…it looks promising!

A couple of posts ago, I told you about Evening, the formal event at my school.  Evening was great, but it basically served as a kick-off to a fun and relaxing weekend.  Photo montage……and go!

Our first (major) stop was Millersylvania State Park.

“Millersylvania State Park is an 842-acre camping park with 3,300 feet of freshwater shoreline on Deep Lake. The park, filled with trails, is abundant in old-growth cedar and fir trees. Millersylvania was constructed almost entirely by hand in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.” (source)


This was our lunch view.

And this was our lunch!

We took pictures of each other taking pictures…

…and drew on our Montana roots to make sure we didn’t get lost on the trail where we saw…

…lovely flowers!  Mom, are these some type of lily?

 

After wandering the trails for a bit, we decided to head back North.  After a quick stop by my apartment, we were off to…

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Tortilla chicken soup and green salad for me,

BBQ chicken wrap for Ron!

I may or may not have stolen fries. 😉

By this time, we were still bursting with energy tired like old people, so we headed for some dessert, then Ron took me back to my apartment.  Oh, and I had homework.  But whatever. 🙂  Any guesses on dessert?

Sunday morning, Ron came bright and early to pick me up to head to church, and then, we were off to the Tulips!  If you’ve never been to the Tulip festival…go.  You won’t regret it!

After a quick stop for lunch (that I forgot to photo), we were off to Roozengaarde, a very popular tulip destination.

The colors and variety are breath taking.  Don’t believe me?  Scroll down.

Aside from the fields, there are decorative gardens.

The obligatory in-the-tulip-row shots…

And don’t forget the daffodils!

Oh, and here’s my favorite tulip variety sign.  Ever.

Apparently there’s a tulip called “Ice Cream”.  Too bad it wasn’t blooming yet!

After wandering the tulips for a while, we decided to make our way back south.  And we were feeling some pizza!

Zeek’s to the rescue!

They have about a million pizza’s to choose from, but we decided to design our own.  Only after munching on some cheesy bread sticks, though.

Salad was involved, but alas.  I forgot to take a picture.  It was tasty, though!  I mean, it doesn’t get much better than greens piled with tomatoes, cashews and gorgonzola!

But the pizza.  Ohhhh man!

Marinara, mozzarella, chicken, tomatoes and basil.  Simple and delicious.  The best!

Any guesses on dessert? 😉

Shocker, I know!

Did you notice: My bad friend, ED, wasn’t invited…and he didn’t show up.  🙂

Well folks, that sums up my weekend!  It was a nice little break before the madness of finals sets in.  By the way, finals are the week after this.  Oy vey!

Coming soon: a recipe or two, another lovely weekend recap, and some big news!

Blessings,

Beth

Evening – the Event, Not the Time of Day

Hello friends!  Goodness, time flies when you’re a busy college kid.

I don’t know about you, but I had a jam-packed and FUN weekend!  I almost feel like I need a weekend from my weekend, but that’s beside the point.  There is WAY too much to put into one blog post, though, so I’ll start with Friday night.

Every spring, here at Northwest, we have an event called “Evening”.  Basically, think “prom-minus-the-dancing”.  We all dress up, go out to dinner, then meet at a fancy venue where our student committee provides dessert and coffee etc, along with some entertainment.  This year, we heard an improv group…they were alright.  But the real fun of Evening is getting all fancied up and seeing your school friends outside of school.  Are you ready for some pics?  Aaaaaaaand go!

We often go in groups to Evening rather than with one “date”.  My group consisted of (from L to R) Melissa, Marisa and Elizabeth, and….

…Ron, our fearless driver…and my date!

The weather could not have been more perfect!

Ivar’s on the Seattle waterfront was our dinner choice – and a tasty choice it turned out to be!

Oh, and by the way...ED wasn’t invited.  No sir.

Here is my dinner: I started off with a sourdough roll – soft, warm, and basically dinner roll perfection.  And they even gave us SOFT butter!  Next, Ron and I split an appetizer of crab cakes.  They were served with a tangy tomato relish (maybe with balsamic?) and a spicy aioli.  For my entree, I had grilled lingcod with  fresh asparagus and VERY garlicky yukon gold potatoes.  My tummy was full, but it all tasted super good!

 

A sunset of dreams.

And lovely, squinty eyes. 🙂  We were probably laughing.

Evening took place at the Experience Music Project (EMP) at the Seattle Center.  And I can’t go to the Seattle Center without snapping a shot of our dear Space Needle!

The EMP is an interactive museum, mostly of the history of Rock n’ Roll.  This tower-like structure of guitars is one of the most popular highlights.

Here is the “interactive” part of the EMP at its finest!  There are several rooms in which to “jam”…they have some combo of drums, guitar, bass and keyboard.  We like to pretend we’re rock stars, obviously!

As this year’s Yearbook Editor, Marisa had to give a short speech – an introduction to the yearbook, basically.  She rocked it!

Melissa threw caution to the wind and volunteered to be part of the improv show – she succeeded in entertaining us!

Here’s me with the date!

And just in case you ever wondered, me and Beyonce (also known as Michelle) frequently sit together in chapel and make music jokes.  Uh-huh!  And she’s pretty stinkin’ awesome!

All of the roomies – together in our finery!  I simply adore each of these girls.  They are all beautiful (beautiful) gifts from God, willing to help me as they can on my journey, because they love.  Ohhhh I love these girls!

Stay tuned for the rest of my weekend!  It was jam-packed, let me tell ya!

Blessings,

Beth

A Lovely Easter Weekend

I hope you all had a great Easter, filled with sunshine, loved ones, and the Joy of our risen Savior!  I certainly did 🙂

My Easter loveliness wasn’t limited to Sunday – nope, it began on Saturday with a trip to meet my roommate’s (Nikki) grandma.  The day could not have been better for a drive – warm, soft breeze and SUNSHINE!! 

We were treated to this breathtaking view.  I mean!  And check out the PERFECT placement of that little tuft of cloud on top.

But the main event – the thing we were most excited for – was meeting Nikki’s grandma, most commonly known as Lightbulb.

And you can see where she gets the nickname!  This woman just sparkles!  She is so full of joy and happiness – I found myself just smiling the whole time I was with her.  She has so many stories, ranging from growing up on a farm in Montana and learning how to track animals to surviving the Great Depression.  Talking about enriching conversation!  Oh, and she thoroughly enjoyed the green tea frape and cake pop we brought her.  Yes, she is that hip.

After our wonderful visit, we headed to Nikki’s house to have a delicious dinner (courtesy of her sweet mom) and watch the movie, “One Fine Day”.

I was too busy having fun to remember to snap a shot of dinner, but here’s the picture from the Taste of Home website!

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Let me tell ya…these were SO tasty!  Rich, slightly spicy, soft…basically, comfort food wrapped up in a neat little tortilla package.  And what college kid doesn’t like a home cooked meal?  Yeah, I don’t know either.  Thank you, Debbie and Rick!!

And then came Sunday.

It was the perfect sun-shiney weather that we always hope for on Easter.

First up, church!  The stage was set for a string ensemble, and was complete with a Cross.

After the service, it was time to head to Marisa’s house for Easter dinner – and some serious traditions.

The table was beautifully set.

Each place setting held a festive napkin and a special Easter Petit Four.

And Joce kept busy in the kitchen!  Let me just say…this lady knows how to cook. 🙂

What do we do while waiting for dinner time?  Take pictures, of course!

A lovely bunch of ladies, wouldn’t you say?

Need I say more?  Didn’t think so.

And then…the dinner bell sounded.  Or maybe my tummy just grumbled loudly.  At any rate, the time for food had arrived!

Asparagus, yams, green been casserole, ham, rolls, and the scalloped potatoes were on there way….

And naturally, I had salad!

Oh, and then there was dessert.

Are you drooling?  ‘Cause this molten chocolate cake could make anyone drool!  Fresh from the oven, these cute little cakes are slightly crispy on the outside but warm and gooey on the inside.  Strawberries (or any berry) makes the perfect accompaniment, especially with a dollop of whipped cream.  So.GOOD!

I also tasted the strawberry shortcake, which was the perfect blend of sweet and buttery.

And who says we’re too old for jello eggs?  Not I!

You know what else we’re not too old for?

Microwaving peeps.  And peep jousting.  Traditioooonnnnn, tradition! ……TRADITION!  Sorry…Fiddler on the Roof moment…. 😀

We were like children, watching, waiting to see who’s peep would poke the other first.  Laugh, but don’t judge – it’s Easter tradition!

I ended my day at Marisa’s with our other tradition – playing “The Phantom of the Opera” on piano while the other ladies sing…which I don’t have a photo of.  But believe me, it happened, and it was joyful!

With all that delicious food, you might be wondering how everything went from an Eating Disorder perspective.  Check back soon for how I coped with a weekend of delicious (but challenging) eats!

And to close, let this, the Joy of Easter, lift your spirits on this Monday!

Christ is risen from the dead

trampling over death by death

Come awake come awake!

Come and rise up from the grave!

Blessings,

Beth

A Mom Visit

Hello friends!  I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since my last post…time flies when you’re having fun doing homework, I suppose!

On Monday, my mom stopped by on her way to visit my grandma.  Although it was a super short visit, I enjoyed it and am quite glad she got to swing by!  Too bad my dad had to work and couldn’t come with her.  But hey.  Only a few more weeks till the end of the semester! 😀

Mom and I did the typical “mother-daughter” thing…we went shopping.  Along with some necessities, I picked up a few fun little things:

This sweatshirt, from Target –

 

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Comfy, light, springy – I’ve worn it at some point every day over the last 3 days…ooops.  Oh well 🙂

This book –

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I’m currently on page xxvi – as in, I’m not past the introduction – and I’ve already underlined SO many things I can relate to and understand.  It’s almost unnerving how similarly “Ed” can affect people.  But I’m really looking forward to reading this book.  It’s even written to be easier for people with Eating Disorders to read; the chapters and sections are shorter, which accommodates short attention spans and lack of focus commonly seen in people who are under-nourished due to an Eating Disorder.  I’ll let you know how the book goes!

Oooooh and I found this excellent devotional journal!

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If you’ve never experienced anything by Beth Moore, you’re missing out.  God has given her a gift for speaking right to the hearts of women from any background, at any place in their lives.  This journal is designed to go along with her book, “Get Out of That Pit” which I haven’t read, but so far, I’m really enjoying the journal anyways.  By the way, I’ve been through Beth Moore’s study, “Breaking Free” , which I would highly recommend, and I bought her book “Praying God’s Word” which is an EXCELLENT study and prayer tool.

Mom and I also had dinner, but the highlight came after dinner. *drum roll*…..we went to Dairy Queen!!!  Not that I was excited or anything *cough-cough*.  My recent experience with cookies n’ cream seems to have whet my appetite…cause the only thing I could think about after dinner was an…….

Man!  So good!  It was like ice cream nirvana.  How can something as simple as vanilla ice cream and crushed oreos be so good?  Wait.  Don’t answer that.  It’s ice cream!  Seriously, though, this was tasty!  Just what I wanted – and the perfect way to cap off our mom-daughter evening.

And we very intentionally took a picture of me EATING said blizzard.  I just apparently don’t pose well when eating.  Oh well.  I’ve got bigger fish to fry!

Well there you have a little summary of my mom’s visit – it was definitely a nice diversion from the typical homework-filled evening.  I may or may not have skipped my two classes the next day to do work…shhhh 😉

In observance of Good Friday, here is a little something to chew on:

Have a blessed Easter.

Beth