Archive for March, 2009

Yummy Crackers

Posted: March 30, 2009 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Anniversary & Spring Break Trip

Posted: March 29, 2009 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Last weekend, Natalie and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary.  It is hard to believe that 12 years have passed, but it is amazing to think of all of the adventures we have already shared!  This year, we packed up the minivan, loaded the kids and took an overnight trip to Newport on the Oregon Coast, by way of Roseburg for cousin Ava’s 1st birthday.

Allie Is Ready To Go

Allie Is Ready To Go

The road greeted us with slushy rain as we began our trip.  Despite the less than ideal weather, the drive went smoothly.  We arrived in Florence in time for lunch at Mo’s, where we each had a bowl of clam chowder and Allie ate saltine crackers.  Since the weather wasn’t cooperating for walking around old town Florence, we just got on 101 and headed north.  I absolutely love the scenery driving north from Florence, especially near Heceta Head and the Sea Lion Caves.  It is my favorite stretch of the coast.  Traffic was slow-ish, so we had lots of time to enjoy the view!

We arrived in Newport mid-afternoon and checked in to our hotel room.  The room was clean, comfortable and in a pretty good location, so was perfect for us. 

After we had unpacked, we hit the road again.  I have always wanted to visit the Rogue Brewery and I was finally able to on this trip.  Luckily, they were having a garage sale and I was able to pick up some swag on the cheap.  I got a couple Eugene City Brewery glasses (another Rogue Brewery in Eugene) and a Dead Guy Ale T-shirt.  We next walked around the brewery and bought a couple of beers to take with us.  I got a Chipotle and a red ale.  I wasn’t able to take the guided tour, but I found this on YouTube:

After my stop, we drove north to Lincoln City so that Natalie could go to the outlet mall.  Allie probably made out the best because Natalie found a good baby clothes sale.  After closing down the outlet mall, we were all getting hungry and found a seafood restaurant along the highway.  I had salmon and it was OK, but I could have cooked it better.  That sometimes happens when you’re the “Barbe-cutie” 😉

The next morning, I woke up early to take a run on the beach.  Here is a link to the map of my run.  It was a beautiful morning, although crisp, and it was my first time ever to run on the beach for exercise.  It was perfect!  I was still feeling strong at where I had planned to turn around, so I continued another 5 minutes.  On the return, I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to run up the hill leaving the beach and the few others back to the hotel.

Rain But No Wind

Rain But No Wind

Once we got our fill at the complimentary continental breakfast, we went Geocaching and logged 2 of them before the rain started to pick up.  We then decided to grab some lunch before going to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.  Unfortunately, the line to get in the aquarium was way too long to be waiting in the cold and rain, so we decided to explore elsewhere.  We tried our best to fly Grant’s new kite, but there were only sporadic gusts and lots of rain.  We, at least, got our picture taken with the kite.  Interestingly, the beach we were trying to fly the kite happened to be the place that I turned around on my run that morning. 

Yaquina Lighthouse

Yaquina Lighthouse

Anyway, we did finally find a fun indoor activity as we explored the Yaquina Lighthouse.  The Cape Cod style lighthouse was only used for 3 years before a new lighthouse was made a few miles up the coast.  The inside of the lighthouse was decorated how it would have looked when it was being used and gave an interesting insight into the life of the caretaker.  We all climbed to the top floor and explored every room before heading to the basement for a little video presentation.

On the way home, we stopped again in Florence, but this time we had an ice cream break at Dairy Queen because the kids were being such good travellers (and Natalie and I felt a little guilty about not getting to go to the aquarium).  For dinner, we stopped for Chinese at Lok Yaun in Eugene.  I forgot just how much food you get there, not to mention the complimentary ice cream afterward.

We all had a fun time and were grateful to be back in our own beds!

Dessert Favorite

Posted: March 18, 2009 by jgrantmarshall in recipe

As many of you know, I try to watch what I eat.

OK, you’re right…  I obsessively watch what I eat, as evidenced by the food log in my right hand column. For over a year now, I log on everything I eat to keep an accurate total of calories consumed. I aim for about 2000 calories right now and try to follow Zone Diet proportions of 30% protein, 30% fat and 40% carbohydrate at each meal to maximize my CrossFit performance.

Anyway, in the past year, I have done a lot of trial and error with food choices and meals, so I am considering blogging about some of the things that I tried and liked.

I have a new dessert-ish type thing to share that I’ve had a few times now.

Yogurt and blueberries.


  • 1/2 cup of Nancy’s Non-fat Plain Yogurt (60 cals)
  • 1/4-ish cup frozen Blueberries (big bag from Costco is AWESOME, 20 cals)
  • 5-10 Pecan halves, crumbled (50-100 cals)
  • 1 tablespoon Honey (64 cals)

That’s it.  About 200 calories & roughly in the Zone.  Most importantly, though, is that this is much yummier than pre-stirred, syrupy yogurt.

Anybody else try this and like it?  Other recommendations?

Carson’s Birthday Party

Posted: March 15, 2009 by jgrantmarshall in family
Tags: , ,

We had a blast yesterday at, my nephew, Carson’s 4th Birthday party at the Rainbow Park/Playground/Showroom in Eugene.  Grant wrote about the party this morning and I will see if I can get him to type it up for you.  Until then, enjoy our YouTube video!

Kid Interview: How well does Grant know me?

Posted: March 15, 2009 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Here’s another Q&A idea from Facebook that I want to share with you. I asked Grant a series of questions about how he views me and I then posted his answers. Fairly accurate, but a few zingers in there, as well.

Have a good week, Everyone!

Ask your kid/s these questions and write down their answers exactly as they respond. A-dor-able!

Interview between Grant and me:

1. What is something I always say to you?
Grant: I love you!

2. What makes me happy?
G: When I’m a good boy.

3. What makes me sad?
G: When I have bad behavior.

4. How do I make you laugh?
G: By making funny faces.

5. What do you think I was like when I was little?
G: Lots of fun, like playing soccer.

6. How old am I?
G: 23 years old

7. How tall am I?
G: 20′ tall

8. What is my favorite thing to do?
G: Play games with me.

9. What do I do when you’re not around?
G: Work on the computer.

10. If I become famous, what will it be for?
G: For being a champion in basketball.

11. What am I really good at?
G: Soccer & basketball.

12. What am I not really good at?
G: Underwater hockey.

13. What is my job?
G: Fix computers.

14. What is my favorite food?
G: Pancakes, eggs & syrup.

15. What makes you proud of me?
G: Getting money for us to eat when you go to work.

16. If I were a cartoon character, who would I be?
G: Roger Rabbit

17. What do you and I do together?
G: We sometimes play soccer together.

18. How are we the same?
G: We’re both boys.

19. How are you and I different?
G: You have glasses and I don’t… & you’re bald!

20. How do you know that I love you?
G: You give me a kiss every night.

21. Where is my favorite place to go?
G: To Hawaii. Have you ever been to Hawaii?
Me: No, but I think you’re right.

My (Mostly) New GPS

Posted: March 7, 2009 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized
Tags: ,

First off, I want to thank everyone for the birthday dollars that went toward purchasing my new-to-me GPS.

I picked out a Garmin GPSMap 60CS on EBay.  Although not new, I have a good idea that the unit was hardly used by the previous owner because there are no scratches, buttons are not worn and there were only about 3 waypoints stored in memory.  Besides the physical aspects, the price was about 1/3 of what it would have been new.  It was a good purchase and a great birthday gift!

Why a new GPS?  Well, my old one was… old.  Technology has progressed and the features of my new GPS make life easier.  My favorite feature is that it connects to my PC with a USB cable.  This makes it fast and convenient because USB is fairly superfluous in today’s electronic world, with most of my peripherals also requiring the same mini-USB connection (MP3 player, phone, etc.).  Garmin also does a GREAT job making the GPS communicate with the PC, allowing me to upload Geocaches directly to the unit, upload Google Map addresses directly to the unit & also to download tracks that I’ve taken to my PC which, I think, I can then share as a Google Map.

Grant and I have already found at least 4 Geocaches and hope to find more as Spring starts to warm up.