Monday Mentionings: December 26

Merry Christmas!!!! I hope everyone enjoyed a family filled weekend with good treats and the best company.  I have a few photos to share today, as I travel back home to KC.

Chris, Jasper, and I celebrated Christmas early last week, because we had a busy week and then we both went opposite directions for Christmas.  Jasper had more fun playing with the tissue paper than with his jingly ball and crunchy turtle, but I’m sure he’ll get around to playing with them too.


Sisser and Thayne came to KC Thursday night, and we had Joe’s KC BBQ, of course.  It was tasty, as always. I had my first Z-Man sandwich, with chicken instead of pork.  Tasty!


I drove home Friday after work, and Jazzy was my travel pal.  Chris drove up to Detroit, and I’ll be flying up later this week to meet his family and ring in the New Year in Eastern Standard Time!


Friday night, we chilled at home after having nachos and margaritas. I helped Mom and Dad set up their new iPhones!


On Christmas Eve, we spent most of the day at Grandma and Granddads, having pizza, opening gifts, and playing games.  It’s always great to spend time with family, and I’m so thankful for this family.


Later in the afternoon, Mom and I ran, it was beautiful out! I even ran in shorts… ON CHRISTMAS EVE!  I was getting chilly by the end, as the sun was about to set, but it was so beautiful outside.  I was dressed in gray, and Mom was dressed in Santa and Sparkles.  And a jingle bell, that jingled with every single step of our 3 mile run.


Jazzy has been adapting to the life of travel pretty well.  He’s not allowed out with the other kitties, because there have been fights in the past, and I really don’t want blood spilled! He’s been able to roam the house on several occasions, either when Mom and Dad’s kitties are outside or with different rooms barricaded off to keep them separated.


Christmas morning was spent with Mom, Dad, Kristen, and Thayne, and rotating kitties in and out of the living room.  We opened gifts and had cinnamon rolls for breakfast.


Later in the afternoon, after a freak Christmas Day thunderstorm, I went out for a run, and Mom joined in partway through.  It was SO windy outside, but sunny after the storm.  It was really nice to see no cars at any businesses.  I saw a few people outside walking, and I even saw a Santa riding a motorcycle, but I didn’t see any fellow runners.


Christmas night we had pheasant and cheesy potatoes, which is probably my very favorite meal ever, and watched football, played with phones, and enjoyed the fireplace.

I’m really excited to fly to Detroit to meet Chris’ family.  The holidays are so special to me, and I’m so thankful to be able to see everyone I love and spend time just being together.  I’m not sure if I’ll have a post next Monday, so if I don’t get a chance to post, be sure to have a safe and happy New Year!!

Monday Mentionings: December 19

Good morning and happy Monday! Less than a week until Christmas, are you ready?!  I’m really excited to go home for the long Christmas weekend and spend time with family.  Last weekend I found these adorable kitten mittens, without fingers, and had to get them! My hands often get cold at work, and these little mittens are not only adorable, but super cozy too! And I can still type!


Last week at work, we had an Ugly Christmas Sweater day, and it was a lot of fun to see everyone dressed up in their ugliest sweaters.  I remember doing this last year, I had only been with RTS for a month; it’s such a fun group to work with.


Friday night, Chris, his band mate Katie, and I went to The Midland to see Third Eye Blind, The Strumbellas, and Judah & The Lion.  We took the streetcar for the first time, and it was so convenient.  I highly recommend parking at Crown Center/Union Station and taking the streetcar up to P&L if you ever need to!


The concerts were great! I had never been to the Midland, and it was such a beautiful venue!  And talk about some great performances, especially by the Strumbellas!



My aunt and uncle happened to be in town for my aunt’s company Christmas party, and they were staying at Crown Center, we were able to stop by and get some hugs after the concert.  Steve sent me the pic below from the top of the hotel, and it’s so pretty, I just have to share.  Chris and I have actually been to Crown Center the last 3 weekends in a row!


Photo courtesy Steve Schumacher.

Saturday early afternoon, Chris and I went to the gym to run.  All night Friday night it had drizzled, and by the time we got up Saturday, everything was icy.  We got in a few miles on the treadmills, hit the heavy bags for a little bit, and did some rowing, before going home.  It was snowing while we were at the gym, and was really pretty to watch out the windows.


We ran a few errands in the afternoon, including going to Guitar Center.  That’s a place I had never ever been to in my life, and during the last 6 months, I’ve been there a handful of times.  I had to try out the guitar fedoras, I think I probably need one of these in my life.


Saturday night, we braved the snow and ice and ventured to Chris’ band’s show in Lee’s Summit.  Carmen and Adam were also able to make it out, and we got to hang out a bit before the show.  It ended up being a really late night, but a great show and fun company.


Sunday I really needed to get in a long run.  It’s been a couple weeks, and I wanted to get 6-8 miles in, and I was really hoping I could manage 8 on the treadmill.  3 Netflix shows and some Chief’s football later, 8 miles were done!  The rest of the day was spent chilling at home, because DANG it’s cold out.


Jazzy was all about the snuggles last night while Chris and I watched Harry Potter.  He laid on me for about an hour while we watched the Half Blood Prince.


I hope everyone has a great week leading up to Christmas, and stays safe traveling to see family and friends.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everybody!!

Monday Mentionings: December 12

Good Monday morning! Less than 2 weeks until Christmas! Last week, I bought Chris’ and my stockings and put letters on them. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  And of course, Jasper’s tube and mousie are in the picture too.


It’s finally gotten really cold around these parts. Thursday night, it felt like 14 degrees with the wind chill, and that’s about as cold as I’ll tolerate for running.  I ran to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription, and ran home.  It was chilly, and once it got dark it felt even colder.


Friday evening was the work Christmas party.  My team is below, the 3 guys I work with day in and day out.  It was a great party, and I’m so lucky and grateful to have such a wonderful company to work for.


And of course I had to get a pic with my work bestie, Jenn.  We hung out most of the evening, and had some delicious finger foods and desserts.


After the work party on Friday, I went to Michelle’s apartment for a get together she was having.  It’s always great to see Belle, I’m so glad she is in KC now.



Saturday morning, I decided to get my long run over.  It was cold, but felt ok since I bundled up.  It was a rough run in terms of how I felt… I definitely haven’t been drinking enough water since it’s been colder out.  I really need to work on upping my water intake again.  I got through 8 miles, and then got some chores done before Chris came home from work.


Saturday night, we drove up to St. Joseph for his band’s show at Rendezvous.  The show was great, and I can’t wait to see them play again this Saturday at Captain’s in Lee’s Summit. If you’re in the KC area, you should definitely come out and watch his show (it’s free!!).


We got home really late on Saturday night, so we enjoyed sleeping in a bit, then ran lots of Christmas errands. By the time we got home Sunday evening, it was definitely time for relaxing.


Have a great week! Stay bundled up!