Project Discover Week #12

Project Discover Week 12

When I say it's been a hell of a week, let me tell you, it's been one hell of a week!

I don't know who was more nervous going to take the PMP certification exam, me or Mr. Misadventures. I dropped the hubby off at 7:30 a.m. on Monday and sat at a coffee shop for four hours with my stomach twisted in knots while he took the test. I returned to pick him up at 11:45. 12:00 came and went 12:05, 12:07, as the minutes passed I was certain it didn't go well. But then at 12:10 Mr. Misadventures appeared waving a fist into the air and I knew all the months of studying like a pre-law student had paid off. Woo-hoo!

And how do two people on an Atkins diet celebrate? With a plate of meat of course!

Podnah Celebration

I had been wanting to try this neighborhood bbq place and Podnah's did not disappoint. We had great wedge salads with a housemade blue cheese dressing that was to-die-for. We tried the beef brisket and pulled pork by the pound served with North Carolina vinegar-based sauces. It was the perfect way to mark the occasion without breaking the diet.

Also during that lunch, we decided we needed a break. I've have had Hawaii on the brain, but my compilation post this week was a total coincidence, I didn't actually think we were heading to the islands anytime soon. But as you can imagine, it's not too difficult to talk 2 travelers into traveling! So….on Sunday we are headed to Kauai!


I have been wanting to visit the Garden Island for a LONG time, so I am head-over-hills happy we are doing this. We are flying in and out of Seattle because it was cheaper for us than flying from Portland plus we both had job interviews in Seattle so it just worked out perfectly.

I know a lot more people in Seattle than Portland and each time we come up from Portland I try to reconnect with someone. This week we had a real treat. We had dinner with our old neighbor from Berkeley. He's the one that actually convinced us to buy our house, he greeted us with such open friendliness, he even came over to the house while we were visiting it for the first time to show us his electric bill – the house being LEED certified and solar, the bills were minuscule.

Anyway, we absolutely adored him and his wife and kids and were super sad when they moved to Seattle 2 years into our living in Berkeley. But we're not sad anymore!

I was worried that this week I would actually gain weight. It rained all weekend through mid-week so no walks. And, it is much harder to control the carbs when you are staying in a hotel and eating restaurant food even with careful selecting and planning. But I lost 2 more pounds, bringing me to 10 pounds loss total, so I couldn't be more thrilled!

Kauai here we come! Poke salads and Kahlua pork galore!

Poke Party
From our trip to Kona in 2015 – poke party!

I will be trying to do a digital detox. Giving you a peek into my editorial calendar, next week I've got a post coming up sharing the best Mexican food in San Francisco, an awesome guest post from Lauren of The Down Lo, a sponsored post about Charlotte, and another guest post from San Diego blogger Karissa Ancell of A Fresh Start on a Budget, so you'll have plenty to read next week. Come out and support them!

Thanks for supporting this week's guest poster Morris who wrote a wonderful post on the Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Perfect Kid-Friendly Road Trip. I'm in the process of writing more guests post as well and have one coming up on one of my favorite travel blogs soon. I'll keep you posted.

I will be more active on Instagram than I have been, so you can keep up on my Hawaiian adventures there.

I'm going to writing about this whole process in a separate post, but I also began culling old posts. I deleted about 150 posts so far with lots more to go. There is something therapeutic about it!

Project Discover is my weekly series originating from my 2017 word of the year, discover. Besides looking for a job I am focused on three things:

  1. Discover(ing) Portland
  2. Discover(ing) Exercise
  3. (re)Discover My Blogging Mojo

That's been my week, what have you been up to?

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Project Discover Week 12






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  1. Paula Moore Barber says:

    Just returned from a wedding in the beautiful Bluegrass area just south of Lexington KY. I’m so envious of all the mowed green grass in that state. Two days after the wedding, my the mother of the bride, drove down to Gatlinburg TN to finally land in a gorgeous cabin located in the Gatlinburg Falls Resort, not to far from the Main Street in town. It’s a very busy street but jammed packed with cool stores and restaurants. Driving a bit further down the road leads you right into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s the most visited NP in the US, so I’ve heard. Gatlinburg suffered a huge fire last year but has been busy restoring occupied areas ever since the fire. It’s an area of our country so worth the visit!

  2. Paula Moore Barber says:

    In my comment above, I meant to say “my friend, the mother of the bride, and I” (went on this trip, along with her dog).

  3. Loving your blog! I’m from the Seattle area (Tacoma) but my family settled down in KY a long time ago. The Pasific Northwest has a special place in my heart!

  4. I hope you are enjoying your digital detox and your time on Kauai! I had a wonderful time on that island several years ago and would re-visit in a heartbeat. What an incredible place.

    1. P.S. Congrats to Mr. Misadventures on passing his exam!!