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Eat All the Vegetables: CSA Adventures

09.18.14

After taking two summers off from gardening, I’m back to discovering how green my thumbs can be. I had considered doing a CSA at the beginning of summer and then decided to DIY with gardening and farmers market. I started out this spring with some container gardening – think super small planters, not a container box on the ground. The arugula, strawberries, butter lettuce, and basil did really well until June or July. And after moving mid-summer, suddenly I had a 75% volunteer garden! We’re still overflowing with tomatoes – cherry, sun gold, heirloom, roma… There’s a little bit of basil still hanging on, tons of Read more…

49 Things to Do Before Summer Ends

08.22.14

With 31 days of summer left, I’m starting to feel like I’m running out of time to experience all the summer stuff I love. But I feel like this every year. Summer in Oregon is pretty much the best thing ever. My summer list is a little Portland-centric, so feel free to replace things with your local, summer fun time places and things. 45 Things to Do Before Summer Ends: I’m bolding the stuff I still want to check off! Go berry picking - (does the yard count?) Go to Sauvie Island Camp in the backyard Do a backyard fire – s’mores Invite Read more…

Happy Girls 10K – Bend Oregon

06.05.14

This is a quick race recap post about my running adventures. Check out my Running page for more info on races and how I started running. If you haven’t been to Central Oregon, add it to your list! 300 days of sunshine, epic views of the Cascade mountains range, and a booming beer scene. Plus, one of the funniest things about Bend, is as a pretty outdoorsy person, being there makes me feel like a total amateur. While the Pacific Northwest has a good deal of people who like to get out on the weekend and hike etc., Central Oregon is full of athletes Read more…

Shamrock Run 15k – Hills, Hills, Hills!

03.18.14

When I signed up for this race in January, I registered for the 8k. Friends ended up registering for the 15k and since it was free to change distances later – and peer pressure of training with friends is more fun – I opted for the 15k version! Unlike my first half marathon, in the weeks leading up to the race I was a lot more nervous about my training – or lack there of. I felt like I’d not put in enough distance in my long runs. Most of the weekends that I should have been doing some longer Read more…

My 2014 Goals

01.04.14

Happy new year from the sunshine state! Now that I’ve reviewed 2013, here’s what’s cooking for 2014… My 2014 Goals: Live / work remotely for at least a month – internationally this year Blog twice a month here on Powered by Tofu and weekly on my business blog Max out my IRA Go to a conference again Run another half marathon and another shorter race (8k or 10k) Pick a monthly fitness challenge (this month I’m doing the new Nike+ Coach 5k Intermediate program) See my niece 3-4x (I better get going on this one!) Visit a new North American Read more…

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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