MM: July 24

It’s Monday, and I’m having surgery tomorrow! *insert big eyed anxious emoji* For those who don’t know, I’m having the screws from my ACL surgery in 2009 removed tomorrow.  The doctors believe the screws have been pushing on a tendon and the nerves behind it, causing the increasing pain I’ve been having over the last couple years, made worse by running. I’m very hopeful that it will alleviate my pain and allow me to get back to running!  Anyway, since it’s Monday, I have a few pictures to share with you from last week!

I was able to get a couple miles in with Jenn last week, and boy was it hot out. UGH it was hot! We sat with our legs in the pool after that ridiculously hot and humid run. It was nice to get a little run in with a friend before surgery. Hopefully in a couple of months, I’ll be able to get back to weekly runs with friends!

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I also got some miles in on the bike and on the ARC last week.

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On Thursday night, Chris and I went to the Royals/Tigers game. The Royals had a really good game, and the Tigers did not. We sat in Gordo Nation, and it was lots of fun to get the t-shirt and cheer ‘dem Roys on to a great win.

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We got ice cream at the game, and I just had to put the little hat on Jazzy when we got home. He hated it, but he was beyond cute.

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Saturday morning, Chris and I biked to his eye doctor, to pick up his new pair of contacts. It was super warm and humid out, but we got in our long ride and ran an errand. Win-win!

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Also on Saturday, we saw the new Spiderman movie, got flowers to make the bouquets for our wedding, and did some other wedding stuff.  I planned on saving the bouquet making for the next couple of weeks when I’m laid up with my knee, but I caught the “get stuff done bug” and now all the bouquets are done! I will need to figure out boutonnieres, but that can wait a bit!

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Jasper has really been enjoying all the new spots to lay in our new townhome. Every time I look up, he’s laying somewhere new.  I think he’s happy here, and I know I love it here.  It really feels like home.

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Have a great week! I’ll try to post next week, but if I don’t, I’ll see ya’ll in a couple weeks! I hope everyone stays cool with this crazy heat!

MM: July 17

Hello! It’s been a while! Life has been a little crazy lately! Between traveling to Hays and Detroit, celebrating birthdays, finishing packing and then actually moving and unpacking, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to post. I’m back!

We are all moved in to our new home, everything is unpacked and in it’s place. It is so nice to have Chris’ stuff out of storage, and to have combined all our stuff in a larger and better space.  We are also about 30 feet from one of the properties pools, which is SO nice.  I’ve been doing a lot of pool running to help rehab my knee, and to try to keep some fitness while not running.

My surgery is scheduled for a week from tomorrow… I’m a bit anxious about it, especially since the last couple weeks, my knee hasn’t been hurting at all. I even ran 2 miles last week, trying it out, and had no pain until after a mile in.  I know I need to go through with it, but it’s frustrating that now the surgery is scheduled and I haven’t been having pain.

Chris and I have been biking a bit more these past few weeks, a couple weeks ago we biked about 10 miles around our new neighborhood, and yesterday, we biked at the gym in the cycle studio because it was just so dang hot out.

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My parents were in town a couple weekends ago, we spent a lot of time eating at lots of our favorite places, we visited my favorite bike store and Mom and Dad got some sweet new bikes, and we chilled by the pool for a while too.

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Jasper and Chris have the cutest little relationship. Jasper loves him so much and is constantly jumping on him to cuddle, way more than with me. Be still, my heart.

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Jasper has been enjoying his new backyard area, exploring and sniffing and watching birds and is pretty happy. We had to cat-proof a few areas of the fence; the first time he was out there he snuck right into the next door neighbor’s backyard. I think all the holes and gaps are covered, now.

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Friday night, Chris’ band played in a Battle of the Bands. All the bands were really good! Chris’ band didn’t make it to the next round, but it was still lots of fun to go and watch everyone play.

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We used our new grill for the first time last night! We grilled hamburgers and corn on the cob. It’s nice to be able to grill outside instead of using our George Foreman grill inside every time we want something grilled.

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The Detroit Tigers are in town this week, and Chris and I will be going Thursday to cheer dem Roys on. 😛

Have a great week, friends!

One Year

My my my, how things can change in a year.

A year ago today, I spent most of the day texting back and forth with a boy, the second day I’d spent most of the day texting him.  With flutters in my stomach, I texted this boy and said I was planning on going to an appointment after work, and then I was going to Joe’s KC BBQ.  It was more of a statement than a request for a date, but he agreed to meet me later that evening.

After a delicious dinner and 3 hours of talking, we agreed to meet again on the weekend, to see a movie.  Once the movie was over, we spent another 3-4 hours talking and walking and sharing gelato.  We waited 3 or 4 days before seeing each other again, and from then on, spent nearly every evening together.  We watched a baseball game together, having calzones at Grinders, and shared our first kiss. We had our first run together a week and a half after we met.  He waited for AAA with me when I locked my keys in my car.

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We talked and talked and talked.  For two relatively quiet and introverted people, we talked a lot.  Sometime between that first run together and our first 5k together at the end of July, I knew that this boy was something else, and that our relationship was different.  We hadn’t even quite been together for 2 months when I knew our relationship was going somewhere.  We told each other we loved each other, and I felt it in every bone of my body.

Before we knew it, the holidays were upon us. I invited him to Hays for Thanksgiving, and then we planned for me to fly to Detroit after Christmas for the New Year.  We spent 12+ hours driving home on New Years Day, including stopping in Indiana to run, singing and laughing and listening to books on CD, and meeting Chris’ best friends on the way home.  6 days later, on the 6 month anniversary of our meeting, Chris dropped down to one knee and asked me to marry him.  The half year whirlwind of our lives together was just truly starting as I said yes.


Now, 6 months later, we are well on our way to planning our wedding, we just moved in to our new townhome together, and we’ve built our lives around each other. All of  this in just a year.  It feels like so much longer than a year, it’s been a lifetime lived in this year, and I can’t wait for many more years to come.  I honestly couldn’t be any happier than I am with Chris.

4 months from yesterday, we’ll say “I do,” and in 4 months, exactly 16 months after I met that boy at Joe’s KC, we’ll wake up and for the first morning of the rest of our lives, we’ll be husband and wife.

Happy 1st year anniversary, my forever love.