Thursday Thoughts: October 30

James and I had a busy weekend back home last weekend, including Granddad’s Hall of Fame induction.

I had my very first Subway Salad the other day… and I don’t know why I’ve never had one before.  It was Delicious with a capital D.  Mmmm!!  It was pretty much the best thing ever.  Subway has a spot in my belly and in my heart.

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I also got my Charity Miles “Run America” shirt in the mail this week.  The shirt was free to those who ran/walked at least .1 mile every day for Team Red White Blue and at least .1 mile every day for Wounded Warrior Project, both, for 22 days before September 11.  I usually run for ASPCA, and throw a smattering of other charities in my rotation, but for 22 days, I walked at least .1 for one of the two, and did my normal run for the other.  My shirt came in the mail the other day, and I’m proud to have earned it, thank you Charity Miles!

If you are interested in walking, biking, or running to help raise money for Charity Miles, read my review here, and get the app here for your iPhone, and here for your Android.

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On Wednesday, James and I attended a Meet and Greet with Dr. Martin, the new President at Fort Hays State University.  We had both met her previously, but she came to Leawood on the FHSU Media Tour and Alumni Association to meet a crowd of FHSU grads.  It was a nice gathering.

After the Meet and Greet, we went to Red Door Grill to watch the Royals in Game 7 of the World Series.   They had special Royals Blue Margaritas that were super tasty, and the burgers were delicious!  It’s too bad they ended up losing the series, but we really enjoyed getting to go to three Royals games this summer and enjoyed becoming Royal.   It really has been a great summer for baseball in KC.

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Tonight at the KCRC Groupies run, I made a new friend and we ran together for a few miles!  It was also costume night, and everyone got free Run Local shirts.  I think I have nearly every shirt now… they are taking over my closet!   Thanks KCRC!

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One of my new favorite websites is rwzelle.com.  Zelle is a site for women’s running, by women runners.  If you have a few minutes, read a few articles and see what you think.  It’s a great site that left me feeling uplifted, excited, and inspired.

From their site:

“There is no one single “type” of woman runner. We come in all sizes and shapes. Some of us love to race, others just knock out the miles alone, never toeing a starting line.

That is what is makes this sport so awesome – there’s room on the road and trails for all of us.

Running has woven into the tapestry of our lives.

Think of Zelle as the place you can add your own thread.”

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Home Sweet Hays

Last weekend, James and I went home to Hays.  We spent time with family and attended Granddad’s FHSU Hall of Fame Induction.  But FIRST, we had to get a snoball! Mmmmm Hays tradition!  Read about Granddad’s induction on Saturday here.

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Cooper loved the extra hands to scratch him and laps to snuggle on.

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I missed my puppy so much! We took pictures of the leaves in the backyard on Sunday.  Mom and Dad’s property is the most gorgeous lot for fall colors.  There are so many different trees and shrubs and vines.  The colors were amazing.  I know Dad might feel differently about having to rake all the leaves, especially since leaves were falling like rain, but it sure is pretty.

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Sunday morning, Mom and I took Shay puppy on a run!  I’ve missed running with Shay.  And I’ve missed running with Mom too of course.

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After our run, we took a drive in the bug… to get a snoball!

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We had a BBQ with James’ parents and Grandma, then saw Grandpa at the nursing home for a little bit before we left town.  He should be able to go home soon, he’s recovered well from his surgery, and has started chemo.  It was really nice to see him, but I hope he gets to go home soon.

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The weekend went so fast.  I’m glad we are able to go home on weekends, and I’m really glad we’ll be able to  go home again in a month for Thanksgiving.  OH MY GOSH Thanksgiving is in a month! Where, oh, where, did this year go?!

Granddad’s Hall of Fame Induction

Over the weekend, James and I went home to attend Granddad’s Fort Hays State University Sports Hall of Fame Induction.  Granddad has been scorekeeping for the basketball games at FHSU for over 50 years.  The write up in the Hall of Fame announcement says:

“Eugene Fleharty has been a constant supporter of Fort Hays State Athletics both in service and financially for over 50 years.  Eugene and his wife, Jo Ann, are members of Fort Hays State’s Difference Makers.  They were major contributors for several of the recent improvements at Tiger Stadium (softball) on the campus of Fort Hays State University.  He has served as the official scorekeeper at Fort Hays State home basketball games for over 50 consecutive years, a roll he still serves to this present day.  Fleharty was a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Fort Hays State University from 1962-1999.  He was Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences for 11 of his 37 years at FHSU.”

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Saturday morning James and I joined Grandma and Granddad, Mom and Dad, my Dad’s sister Debbie and my cousin Ann, and my granddad’s brother Gerald and his wife Cindy for a brunch and the induction ceremony.  (I accidentally missed James in this picture!)

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Campus was so gorgeous.  I wish we had gotten more time to walk around campus, but I was able to snap a quick picture out the window of the Union.  James and I both went to FHSU.  Being back on campus was special, we definitely missed seeing the seasons change this fall.

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During the speeches introducing some of the other inductees, Granddad walked over and gave me this note.  I laughed out loud.  The Huskers were tied at the time, but went on to win the game.  I was sure to keep him updated throughout the rest of the brunch and ceremony.

Funny story, during my parents’ wedding (October 1st), Granddad actually had a radio in his suit pocket with an earphone in, listening to the FHSU game.  The man loves his sports, and he isn’t afraid to show it!

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FHSU Athletic Director Curtis Hammeke introduced Granddad, and he and Dr. Mirta Martin, the new FHSU President, presented him with his Hall of Fame plaque, and then Granddad said a few words.

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I can’t believe James and I never took a picture here… this is at the top of the spiral grand staircase in the FHSU Union.  Go Tigers!

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After brunch and the induction ceremony, we had a few minutes before the football game.  Mom and James and I picked up Ava to take to the game, and we stopped to see Jasmine at Indigo, and to get a Bubble Tea!  I don’t think Ava loved trying bubble tea, but she did love Jasmine.

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We went to the game, and the weather was perfect.  So perfect.  FHSU ended up losing to Northwest Missouri State, but it was fun nonetheless!  Ava had fun watching the dance team and cheerleaders, watching the band at halftime, and meeting Victor E. Tiger.

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After the game, Grandma, Granddad, Mom, Dad, Aunt Debbie, Ann, James and I went to Gutierrez for dinner.  It’s our favorite restaurant in Hays, and it was tasty!  Once dinner was over, we went back to Mom and Dad’s and had S’mores.  Grandma didn’t think she had ever eaten a S’more, so she had (maybe) her first S’more ever!

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It was a really fun day, I was happy to spend so much time with family, and to see Granddad accept his well-deserved award.  Read about the rest of our visit back home in Hays here.