wanna be a baker

I'm a 26 year old biologist trying to figure out my life while enjoying my love of food and science. I'm a certified diver, a runner and a traveller. I have run 3 5ks and 4 half marathons.

5k: 28:21

HM: 2:24:02

I quit my Chemist job in 2012 to travel and teach in Asia. I'm now home and working.

Someday I'll have my dream job.

I made the thing #gif #notjif

Chicago. Half marathon #5.

Firstly, the race was very difficult for me. I didn’t train like I should have and I have had an injury since January.

Early Saturday we set out with coffee in hand to the McCormick Center for the race expo. Here I got my bib number, shirt and loads of swag. My college roommate and her fiancé also were running so we met up to go through the expo together. Afterwards, we test drove Mazdas and got Starbucks gift cards. I never get coffee from there but now I could get one for free (or the price of my email, address and phone number depending how you view the word “free”). We grabbed lunch at Grand Luxe Cafe. I had the black bean, rice, beet veggie burger and everyone else had pasta.

Brooke and her fiancé headed home afterwards and Rob and I ventured down the Michigan Mile. We grabbed a bottle of wine then hailed a cab back to our hotel. The hotel! It was so nice. We had a glass each then fell asleep watching Wedding Crashers.

Rob volunteered handing out water during the race so he had to be there at 5:30. I grabbed the shuttle around 5:45 and made my way to the start line. My corral didn’t start until 7am. Miles 1-3 were good, I had a great pace but then my darn legs decided to be jerks and tighten up on me. The rest of the race was very difficult and after mile 9, I had to do a lot of walking. It’s always disappointing and leaves me feeling defeated when I have to walk. But to be honest, I think I would’ve done some serious harm had I not walked.

And as always, the medal was a major aspect to the race. This years was really cool, it had the bean on it. I had to ice my legs back at the hotel, picture me sitting on the floor of the shower with bags of ice over/under my legs.

Getting that granola fix #granola #camping #wisconsin #upnorth #fleamarket

Getting that granola fix #granola #camping #wisconsin #upnorth #fleamarket

Day 2: Sunday in Minocqua

Sunday we slept in just a little bit and around 11 we were off in the boat to la lunch place that was right on the lake. It took about an hour to get to it because a lot of the way was “no wake”. It was really nice to take it slow and be able to take in the beautiful scenery (I will do a post on this next). We sipped bloody marys on the way to lunch.

This was the parking at our lunch spot. We docked up and had a 30 minute wait for a table. Audra and I had bloody marys and I had a riverwest stein beer chaser (Milwaukee represent!). I had the fish tacos with a side salad. Delicious!

After lunch, I took a little nap on the boat. The sun went away and the waves got a little bigger so we all had to bundle up in our sweaters and towels. Summer vacation, right?

We got dropped off at the beach in Minocqua. We took a brief nap since it was too cold to swim. Napping seems to be a reoccurring trend in our vacation.

Then we watched the Min-Aqua Bats ski show.

Day 1: Saturday in Minocqua

After about 4.5 hours on the road and a brewery pit stop in our old stomping grounds, Stevens Point, we made it to Minocqua. We picked up some groceries then went for a bike ride on the Bear Skin Trail.

After the bike ride, we had pizza with my parents and went out to the bars. Our first stop was Otto’s, a German beer bar with a really nice beer garden. Our next and final stop was The Big Brown Jug. There was a cover band playing everything from Katy Perry to Social Distortion. Audra and I snagged a front seat to the dance floor where we had prime people watching opportunities.

And Audra thought it’d be a good idea to do sexy poses in front of the sign of the place we’re staying.

She also wanted to take a picture of me at 2am in front of the bay, which if you’re observant will notice it’s dark and there’s no way that will turn out. So I took that as an opportunity to document the moment.

People watching. We did a lot of that last night.

Wipe yer paws! #vacation

Wipe yer paws! #vacation

@audi_gee_golly and I having margaritas. She had a carne asada torta and I had a bean and cheese pupusa. I’m so happy she’s here!

@audi_gee_golly and I having margaritas. She had a carne asada torta and I had a bean and cheese pupusa. I’m so happy she’s here!

5 years.

It’s been wonderful. I have never loved him more than I do now. Simply stated. Cheesy maybe? But oh so true.

So we actually have never really celebrated an anniversary and we hadn’t really had an exact date, we just knew the general time frame. Every year we pick a new date, whichever day seems most convenient or in the case of this year, a few days of celebrating.

A few months ago (or longer), we tossed around the idea of going on a trip somewhere. It just wasn’t in the cards, not this year anyway. So since neither of us has ever had a professional massage (Thai and deep tissue physical therapy massages don’t count) and we both had been whining about our aches and pains, Rob booked us a couples massage downtown Milwaukee.

We sipped complimentary champagne (3 each) and orange and/or lemon water. We requested classical music but they just had “relaxation” music playing which was fine, I fell asleep while she worked my legs. After the massage, we did a steam shower which I wasn’t a big fan of during. I felt like I was going to die, I couldn’t breathe very well. Once we were out though, I felt amazing. We had a private dinner waiting for us after the showers. Rob ordered a club sandwich and I had the blackened tuna which was phenomenal. I think it would be simple to replicate, I definitely will attempt to. I’m so glad I started eating fish again. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE vegetarian and vegan food and I eat that way 90+% of my week but special occasions or family gatherings make dining so much easier. The vegetarian option were $16-$20 pasta dishes or a Greek salad I knew I could make better at home.

Apparently these tiny ketchup, mustard and mayo jars are common but I was so excited about them. They’re so cute! Right?