Suitcase Roulette

When I pack for trips, it can go from one extreme to the other: super organized and planned to the last detail, or everything thrown in at the last minute when I realize I messed up my flight time and it’s 3 hours earlier.

If I’m traveling with Liv, our suitcase is planned to the “T” to make sure we have everything she needs. Food, water, changes of clothes, pajamas, bedding, bath stuff, toys, books, everrrryyyything. When it’s just me, things tend to be a little more.. relaxed.. which is the case with this trip.

A couple of non-workout outfits are planned:

Outfits  1 of 1

everything else is a pile of mostly Reebok goodies that will be rolled up and zipped into the suitcase. I tend to play suitcase roulette: reach into the suitcase and pray something matches.

Before my night of packing -or non-packing, rather- we all went out to Sauce for dinner.

I usually get the same thing:

a glass of Malbec,

the salmon and kale salad,


and the gluten-free pizza with artichokes, portobello and chicken.


It’s one of those meals I could eat every single day.

One of the things I don’t really love about being on vacation is constantly going out to eat. I love the food we cook at home, it’s less expensive, and there’s always the novelty of eating in pajamas. Here I am, about to head off on a trip after pretty much a week of restaurant meals. (Minus the Pilot’s amazing shish kebob dinner.)

I’m going to miss Livi and the Pilot like crazy, but I’m definitely excited to see old blog friends, meet new ones, take amazing classes and catch up on some zzz’s.

See ya in Portland, and later today with a giveaway!




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  1. Lonnie on June 26, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Are you going to Portland OR? I live just south of there. You NEED to go to Prasad cafe in the Pearl District. It’s a wonderful little cafe attached to a beautiful yoga studio, and they have the most amazing, all organic food and smoothies to die for. When I went to Portland last, I went to Prasad for the first time, and didn’t want to eat anywhere else! I love Portland.

    • katelyn on June 26, 2013 at 11:41 am

      I’ve lived in Portland my whole life and never heard of this place. Definitely want to check it out!

      • Lonnie on June 26, 2013 at 11:55 am

        Prasad Cafe

        925 NW Davis

        • Christine James on June 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm

          I second your Prasad recommendation. I work a few blocks from that place and frequent it almost weekly. Portland is chalk full of amazing restaurants – it is sometimes hard to decide which ones to go to.

  2. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on June 26, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Love the salad and pizza! Happy travels! πŸ™‚

  3. Jillian on June 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

    You’re coming to my town?! Yay!!! Portland is excited!

  4. Leanne on June 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I was JUST in Portland last weekend!! We didn’t get to cross off all our food “must-see’s” (Screen Door & Pok Pok especially), but we did hit up Voodoo Doughnuts. So worth the wait – but, if you call ahead 24 hours, you don’t have to wait in line! If you have the chance, check it out. Indulging is all a part of healthy living, right?

    • Leanne on June 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Oh, and I had the BEST vanilla latte of my life @ Mother’s. Super cute restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Not sure how much free time you’ll have, but it’s worth checking out.

  5. Lisa on June 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Packing for trips is the death of me. I definitely not the best packer in the world – though I wish I was.
    Have a safe trip and have fun! Although, I’m certain you will it sounds like it will be great.

  6. Heather (Heather's Dish) on June 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

    We’re the same way with our packing too – if Wes is coming we plan every single detail, but if it’s just me? Yeah…I never really know what I pack til I get there. It’s always a fun game to find an outfit πŸ˜‰

  7. Laura on June 26, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Have a great trip! I tend to count out te right number of tops an bottoms and ignore if they match… Lol!

  8. Meghan @ After the Ivy League on June 26, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Have a great time in Portland! I love it when restaurants offer GF pizza options, I tend to always order that too when I’m out to eat. I just got back from a trip to New Orleans, and it’s been great eating at home again! So much cheaper and healthier, but eating all the New Orleans traditional food was fun too!

  9. Claire on June 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    You are going to be in the pacific northwest! I live in Seattle and love the area. I haven’t made it down to Portland yet, but it’s on my list of to-do’s. I’ve been living in Seattle for just over a year and a half.

    And, totally agree. That meal sounds PERFECT πŸ™‚

  10. Jackie on June 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    That pizza looks AMAZING.

  11. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on June 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I’m actually the same when it comes to packing! It either has to be way in advance or last minute.

    I also can totally relate to not liking being away from home and your kitchen for too long. There’s something so comforting about a home-cooked meal!

    I hope you have a great time!

  12. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on June 26, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Looking forward to meeting you in Portland! Whoot whoot! πŸ™‚

  13. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on June 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Safe travels! I always bring so much food with me when I travel since I’m always snacking.

  14. Jodie on June 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Portland . Have fun and safe travels .

  15. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome on June 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I’m packed yesterday Fitbloggin too! Hoping to meet you there πŸ™‚ I think I’ve over packed and I just checked the weather, much warmer than I had expected. Oh well!

    • Fitnessista on June 26, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      and here i was worried it was going to be freeing! πŸ™‚ yay, see you soon!

  16. Ashlee@HisnHers on June 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Have fun ! I’ve always wanted to visit Portland. At least you are going somewhere with a TON of amazing restaurants if you just have to eat out for a wek πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on June 26, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      it’s a tragedy, really πŸ˜‰

  17. Lucie@FitSwissChick on June 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Safe travels!! So jealous!!
    I tend to grab a salad at a saladbar sometimes when I am on vacation and eat it in a park or even at the hotelroom πŸ™‚ as nice as it is to eat out, I get fed up after 4 days in a row.
    I always pack wayyyyy too much. And then I haven’t gor space for new things, ugh πŸ™‚

  18. Sarah @ Yogi in Action on June 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Looks like a great last night with family before heading out of town for a few days.

    Have a great time- can’t wait to hear the recaps πŸ™‚

  19. Victoria @ Reluctantly Skinny on June 26, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I love when restaurants offer GF pizza – I can’t resist ordering it just to actually have pizza for a day! Even if I want something else, I always end up ordering both and loving all the leftovers.

  20. CourtStar @ StarSystemz on June 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I LOVE exploring new restaurants although NOTHING + I mean NOTHING beats a home cooked meal! Have a safe and fabulous trip! Love + Shine CourtStar

  21. JessicaJ on June 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Let me just say that even though you have to eat out the whole week, in Portland you will have no problem finding fresh, healthy food πŸ™‚

  22. Kim on June 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Oh – you are off to FitBlogin’?!
    I thought I was going to get to go but my husband is off on a trip (and his is work) so I couldn’t go.
    Have a great time!!

  23. purelytwins on June 26, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    at fun in Portland and at Fitbloggin!!! sorry we could not be there this year!! we can’t wait to hear all about it πŸ™‚

  24. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on June 26, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Have so much fun at Fitbloggin! That’s on my list of conferences to get to eventually!

  25. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy on June 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I tend to over pack wanting to have the perfect outfit for every occasion, but in reality I end up wearing the few outfits I knew I would from the get go. And I always pack too many pairs of shoes. Have fun in Portland!

    I second the Prasad (simply from what I’ve heard of it) and Mothers recommendations. Every single thing at Mother’s is amazing – cinnamon rolls, mimosas, coffee, pancakes, the decor, etc. Also love Henry’s Tavern for good drinks and a casual menu of all kinds of food – flatbread pizzas, salads, thai, burgers, etc.

  26. Ashley @ Sweat for Sweets on June 27, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Have an awesome time! I’m really excited to see your recaps of Portland.. I’ve always wanted to visit πŸ™‚

  27. Christina on June 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I just stumbled upon your blog and i love it! I used to live in Tucson and i would get the Sauce Chicken Pine Nut Salad at least once a week. Its the thing i miss most now that i dont live there!

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