Monday Mentionings: May 30

What a week! I can’t believe it’s Monday again, let alone Memorial Day! Happy Memorial Day to everyone, thank you to all who have served.

Last Monday, I ended up having to stay at work a bit longer to help a client on the phone.  I missed going to cycle class, so I headed out for 4 solo miles instead.  It’s been raining so much lately, and it was pretty humid, so I had a few minutes after my run in the shade of this gigantic and beautiful tree.

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The tree was just so gorgeous in the sunlight.

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Tuesday night, Amy and I ran a few miles, and then I relaxed with Jasper.  I also had a bit of reflection about my last day of my 20s, because Wednesday, I was going to turn 3o!

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Wednesday was my birthday!  I ran with Amy in the morning, had a carrot cake at work, and had dinner and went to a painting class with Amy and Michelle after work. It was the perfect day!

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I also got my new medal holder in the mail this past week.  My previous medal holder was full! I ended up putting all my half marathon medals on the opposite wall.  Now I have lots of new spots to fill up on my new holder!  Both of the medal holders are from Running on the Wall.  I love how everything turned out.Photo May 29, 8 49 27 PM.jpg

Friday, after work, I drove home to Hays for the long weekend.  This sight will always mean I’m home.

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Saturday morning, I headed out for 5 solo miles, before Mom joined me for the final 2 miles.  I hoped to run 8 miles, but I was pretty wiped out after my 5 miles, and only managed 2 more! Half marathon #10 is in less than a week!  Anyway, while I was running, I ran a bit on the bypass, and had to stop and take a selfie with the horses.

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After we were finished, we took Shay on a short little walk.  She’s been limping with a sore back leg, so she can’t run with us, but she sure wanted to.

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After our run, I finally got my snoball! YAS!  Cervs is the best.

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Mom and I had lunch with Ava at The Q, another of Hays’ best.  We went topless in Mom and Dad’s bug.

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Saturday night, we went to Jalisco’s for my birthday dinner.  I was able to stretch my birthday through the weekend!  I was even given a birthday shot, wahoo! HAH!

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Sunday morning, Mom and I ran a few miles, and then took Shay for a short walk.  Sweet girl.  After our run and walk, Mom and I went to the cemetery in Munjor.   Something amazing that happened: So last fall, Mom put an electronic solitaire game out at Grandpa’s grave, because he loved playing his solitaire game.  While we were at the cemetery yesterday, we rearranged some things, and Mom picked up the solitaire game, and it started dinging the WIN WIN WIN sound, and even showed the WIN on the screen.  It has been oustide in the cold, snow, and in the hot, rain, wind, dirt, for over 6 months, and the dang thing turned on, and had a WIN!  I guess Grandpa’s been playing solitaire out there. =)

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Sunday afternoon, we watched the Royals win (for the third straight game of being down and coming back in the last few innings!!)  Mom and Dad were cooking/grilling for dinner, but first, Belle and I went to get a snoball on Sunday afternoon.  Mmmmm. So good!

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Grandma and Granddad came over to eat burgers, brats, corn on the cob, and cheesy potatoes.  MMMM!!! So much great food over the weekend.  Granddad had fun playing with my snapchat.   Love this so much.

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After dinner, Michelle came over (her parents live at the opposite end of the same block as my parents), and Steve, Leann, and Ava came over too, for dessert.  When it was time for Belle to go home, we went topless in the bug again for a little joy ride!

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It was the perfect end to a wonderful weekend, and the best way to end a birthday week! I’ll be going home this afternoon, and already can’t wait to come back again for the 4th of July! Did you have a nice Memorial Day weekend? Have a great week!

My Birthday in Pictures

Wednesday I turned 30! 30!! I had a fantastic day filled with love.  I have lots of pictures to share!

My 30th birthday started with 3 miles with Amy! Unfortunately, we took our run inside, because it had been storming all night.  We had a nice 3.0 mile run for my 3.0. See what I did there. =P

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I was surprised at work with a carrot cake (one of my favorite kinds of cake) and a card filled with birthday wishes from my coworkers.  Yes, I had carrot cake for breakfast.  It was my birthday, so it was perfectly acceptable.

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After work, Amy and Michelle and I went to dinner at Jose Peppers.  Margaritas, nachos, and queso.  Perfection.

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After dinner, we went to Grapes and Paints for a wine and painting class.  I had some birthday wine, and we sat down to paint a cherry blossom tree at dusk.

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My best people.

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Mini cupcakes and wine, perfect dessert while painting!

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Loves!!!!

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So, before I show you my painting, this one was displayed in the studio.  It looks EXACTLY like Jasper! I am going to keep my eyes open and see if they have this one coming up.

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Ok, the suspense is over, here’s my cherry blossom painting!

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Our paintings! They are all so different, which I just love! We had so much fun!

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I had some good snuggles with Jasper after I got home.  It was a perfect end to a great birthday.

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Last night, I hung up my painting next to my other two tree paintings that I’ve done in the past.  As long as you stay several feet away, they don’t look terrible! haha! The closer you get, the more obvious it is that I am not a skilled artist!

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I’m so excited to go home this evening and spend the long weekend with my parents.   Thank you so much to everyone who wished me happy birthday.  I truly appreciate all the love from everyone!

On the Eve

As I pictured this day in my head, many years past, I always pictured turning 30 with wide eyes, and a racing pulse.  30 years old was OLD to me, when I was younger.  30 year olds had families, mortgages, never-ending jobs… I didn’t want to be 30!

Here, on the eve of my 30th birthday, I feel calm and satisfied.  I feel like my 29th year on this earth has taught me a great deal.  A great deal about myself, about life, and about living.  I feel as though my 29th year has shown me who I am, and who I’m going to be for many years to come.

One year ago, on the eve of my 29th birthday, I was in Hays, with my family.  I was 3 days away from my divorce being finalized.  I was less than 2 months into my new lease, living in my own apartment, by myself.  I was working at a job I wasn’t too fond of, but hadn’t found anything better.  I had lost my grandpa to cancer 6 months prior.  I cried a lot at many of the changes happening in my life, and they were not all sad tears.

Fast forward to today.  I am spending my last day of my 29th year at a job I truly love, and am excited to go to every day.  I am about to go running with my best friend, like I do many times per week.  I have been single for over a year, and could honestly not be happier.   I realized how unhappy I was in my marriage, and though I would have fought to save it, I have grown stronger and happier and more myself because of the divorce.

I have learned about myself over these last 12 months.  I’ve learned that I like my apartment tidy and organized.  I’ve learned that I won’t get tired of pizza, even if I have it every Friday night.  I’ve learned that I like to go to bed in the 9s and that I like my routine, but also like exploring and trying new things.  I have learned to let go of relationships that do me no favors and weigh me down.  I have learned to cultivate relationships that lift me up and help me grow.

I’ve grown up in my 29th year, and in my 20s in general.  I am not the same person I was a decade ago.  I don’t think I would recognize that person I was from a decade ago, I have grown much more confident, self assured, stronger, and mature.  I’ve become myself, defined by me, not by others.

I am who I am today, turning 30 years old tomorrow and full of happiness in my life, because I fought hard to become me.  Happy birthday to me, I’m looking forward to this new decade.  Cheers!

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