MM: August 21

Hello! Happy Monday, and happy Solar Eclipse day!  At the end of last week, I got my stitches out, which I was very happy about! It’d been just over 3 weeks since the first surgery, and I was ready to have them out, for sure.

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Friday night, Chris and I went to the Royals game with a bunch of RTS work friends. RTS hosted a tailgate and then we all went in to watch the Royals. It was great to hang out and see a Friday night game, complete with summer fireworks at the end.

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The stairs, on crutches, sucked bad.  My arms were killing me by the time we got up to our seats.  Ugh, quite the workout. Luckily, I didn’t have to go down until the end of the game. If I would have had to use the restroom or something halfway through, it’s very possible we just would have gone home because all those stairs were not cool.

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Saturday consisted of running errands and then relaxing at home. Jasper chooses Chris to cuddle with 97% of the time. He loves Chris so very much. Chris and I have been watching Ozark on Netflix, anyone else? It’s kind of confusing (we are in the middle episodes, I think we’ve watched 6 so far) but interesting and I want to find out what happens.

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Sunday morning I was able to bike for 40 minutes! I’m able to pseudo-bike – I can peddle with only my good leg, per the doctor and my physical therapists. My left leg can simply go through the rotations. It’s more difficult than you’d think to only peddle with one leg, but the cages on the peddles help.  I didn’t go far, and I didn’t go fast, and there was no resistance, but it felt good to be able to cycle a bit.

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Looking forward to this week, I hope to see the eclipse today, and then Chris’ band has a show Friday – if you’re not doing anything, come up to St. Joe and watch them play at Cafe Acoustic Friday night.

Have a great week! PSA: Don’t look directly at the sun!

It’s Spring!

Spring is here in Kansas City, and I couldn’t be more excited! I like all of the seasons, but towards the end of winter, I am just done with it! I want warm weather, light evenings, and non-brown landscapes.

Some of my favorite things about spring:

Lightness in the evenings!
Being barefoot.
Not having to wear a coat.
Flowers and trees blooming.
Animals out and about doing their fun little animal things.
Race season is around the corner!
No gloves, ear warmers, or multiple layers to run in.
Sandals, and with sandals, pedicures!
Baseball season is close!
Being able to have my screen door open.
The smell of rain.
Birds chirping.
Tons of people outside walking, biking, playing in the parks…
Craving salads and fresh fruits and veggies after heavy winter meals.
Warm sunshine on my face.

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What are some of your favorite parts of spring?

Anything you don’t like? For me, it’s my allergies.  UGH!


Thursday Thoughts: September 4

In an effort to post more regularly, I’m going to try to write an update post weekly, on Thursdays.  So, welcome, one and all, to my first “Thursday Thoughts.”

On Monday evening, after the Labor Day 5k that morning with James, we went to the Royals game.  My work gave out free tickets for donating blood, which is just an added bonus to saving 3 lives!  The Royals beat the Rangers 4-3, and are still in 1st place.  I’m not a huge baseball fan, but it really has been fun living in KC this summer with the Royals doing so well.

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It was the second Royals game we have gone to this summer, and we will get to see them play one more time in a couple weeks when my parents and Grandpa visit.  I also really wanted a huge hot dog, and was pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted.  Not sure it was $7.75 good, but it sure was tasty.

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We ended up leaving right before the game ended, and right before it started raining.  It was a fun night, and a great end to a great Labor Day weekend, and I’m glad we are able to go to a few games in the summer time! Go Royals!

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Tuesday, I attended my third KCRC Groupies run.  KC Running Company just opened up a store just a mile or so from my apartment, and I couldn’t be more excited.  Tuesday was the grand opening, and I got a few awesome KCRC shirts, a jacket, and did a group run before having a hot dog! I’m looking forward to taking my mom to the store when she visits in a couple weeks, and I’m very much looking forward to getting to know some of the Groupies, and making new running friends.

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After the run, I Facetime’d Mom, and Shay puppy.  I miss my puppy.

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Jasper has adjusted to city life so well, he loves watching the birds and bugs outside, and gets to go out on the balcony a few times each week.  He has been trying to chase and catch the sphinx moths that have been out lately.

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Today I drove to Wichita for work, what a boring drive! I’ve never done that drive before, and it certainly wasn’t my favorite!  It has been getting darker earlier and earlier.  I welcome the cooler temperatures, but am sad to see the summer daylight go.  I can’t believe it’s September already, and find it crazy that fall will officially be here in 2 short weeks.  With a short holiday week, it feels like this week has flown by.

Are you looking forward to fall and winter, or are you hating to see summer go?