Monday Mentionings: November 21

Good morning friends! Happy Thanksgiving week, for those of you traveling or having family and friends travel, be safe and enjoy your time with loved ones!

Last Monday night, I went with Chris to the recording studio that his band has been using to record a song, to hang out while they finished something up.  Afterwards, we wanted ice cream, and I asked Siri where to get some ice cream, and the response she gave is below.  Weirdo.

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Tuesday, after work, I made a yummy and easy dessert for Friday’s “dip food day” that we had at work.  It was a cherry cheesecake dip, and it went over great! Recipe below:

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. Greek yogurt cream cheese, softened.
  • 10 oz. non-dairy whipped topping.
  • 1 c. plan nonfat Greek yogurt.
  • 1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
  • 21 oz. can of cherry pie filling.

Instructions:

  1. Beat together cream cheese and non-dairy whipped topping until well combined.
  2. Mix in greek yogurt and sweetened condensed milk until combined.
  3. Spread into dish.
  4. Top with cherry pie filling.
  5. Chill until ready to serve.
  6. Serve with graham crackers or vanilla wafers.

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Thursday night, Chris’ band had a show in Westport.  They did great!  I can’t wait to see them play again Dec. 10 (here) and Dec. 17 (here)! If you’re in the KC area, you should come out and watch!

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Friday, it got COLD! It was like 60 or 70 degrees all week, then a huge cold front came in, and it was in the 40s Friday.  Saturday morning, it felt like 24 degrees, but Chris and I went out and had a beautiful and chilly run anyway.

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Later, we ran a few errands, and also visited The Container Store (for the first time ever)! It was such a great store, we will definitely be back.  After errands, we saw Dr. Strange, which was pretty good!

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I’m really excited for Kristen and Thayne to fly in, and Chris will also join us to make the trip home!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Tips for Running in the Cold

I had the wonderful opportunity last night to attend the KC Running Co. “Winter Wonderland” Running Event!  We had a fun little group run, then had some delicious food and listened to a great presentation about dressing appropriately for the colder weather.

I’d like to share some of the tips that KC Running Co. had about dressing to “feel good to perform good.”

  1.  If you walk outside and you feel comfortable, you are probably overdressed.  What this means, is that your body heats up when you run, and if you walk outside ready to run and are feeling comfortable, you have too many layers, or too much clothing on.  Once you start running, you will overheat.
  2. If you walk outside and feel freezing cold, you are dressed too lightly. What this means, is that you will likely be cold throughout your run, and you need to add a base layer of clothing to ensure your body temperature doesn’t drop while you are outside running.
  3. If you walk outside and feel a bit chilly, you are dressed perfectly.  You need to dress like it is 10-15 degrees warmer outside than it is.  So if you walk outside and are a bit chilly, but not freezing, and not comfortable, you are likely dressed perfectly for the weather.  You want to be a little chilly at first, because once your body warms up from running, you will be dressed perfectly.

These tips from KC Running Co. are perfect. Many times I dress like I want to be comfortable, only to burn up while I’m running, which then causes me to chill drastically once I’m done running, because all the sweat is trapped and then cools once I stop moving.

KC Running Company’s tips for layering are as follows:

  1.  Start with a base layer, something that is close to the body, and not cotton.  This layer will help trap your heat and keep it close to your body.  A wicking material will wick away the sweat, so definitely don’t choose cotton, because that will stay wet and heavy and cool you down.
  2. An insulation layer is second, and it provides insulation!  It can be looser fitting, but not so loose that it doesn’t trap the heat inside.
  3. Finally, if it is cold enough for three layers (think, 3 layers for 30 degrees or below, generally), then add a protecting layer, such as a windbreaker or water resistant shell.  This is also where you add in reflectivity for night running.
  4. Lastly, don’t forget to cover your head – headband for your ears, or earmuffs, a beanie to trap your head heat, and even a balaclava or face mask if it is cold enough, to help keep your lungs from inhaling really cold air.

KC Running Co. has tons of awesome options for winter or cold weather running.  This post was not sponsored by KC Running Co, but I am a member of the running group there, and love this store so much!  Thank you, KC Running Co. for the awesome information and for always keeping us runners warm, safe, and happy!

Stay warm, friends!!

Thursday Thoughts: December 18

This week has been a trying week, especially for my family.

Friday, I got a very sad phone call, my family’s cat, Cooper, was hit by a car and he passed away.  Cooper was the most lovable, cuddly cat you’ve ever met, he would snuggle you to death, and drown you in happy purring kitty drool.  RIP Cooper, we all know you’re getting belly rubs and chasing squirrels and mice in Kitty Heaven now.

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Saturday, I came home to Hays to spend a little time with Grandpa.  He had been doing progressively worse, and the Hospice nurses and family in town thought he would be leaving us over the weekend.  Just after midnight this morning, Grandpa passed away.  I am so thankful I got a chance to see him and talk to him a few more times before he went to see Grandma.  I wrote him a little letter, reminiscing on just a few memories.

He was such a fighter, one of the strongest men I knew.  It was really sad seeing some of Grandpa’s friends come in and see him, and to see how touched his brothers and sister are to have family close by.  Grandpa has touched a lot of lives, and he will be missed, but I have no doubt in my mind that he went straight to Heaven to be with Grandma.

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Sunday morning Mom, Kristen, Shay and I went on a run; it was nice to spend a little time on the pavement after having a few days off last week and again this week.  I had hoped and planned to run 100 miles (at least) in December, because my total as of the end of November was 800 miles, and I wanted to make 900 miles, but with traveling and Grandpa’s condition, I took 4 days off last week and have taken off 2 days this week… I’ll try to maintain my mileage through the holidays, but doubt I’ll reach 900 for the year.  I’ve outlined my goals for running in 2015, check them out here.

Granddad also ordered some Altra’s, this week, and I was pretty excited that Golden Harper, co-founder of Altra commented on my Altra Torin Review post.  Mom is looking at some Altra’s too, we’re going to be an Altra family soon!

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Clockwise starting with puppy feet, Shay, Kristen, Mom, and Me.

Tuesday night we made chili and cinnamon rolls at home, and even though Kristen and Thayne put some icky dry Mustard, Paprika, and Cumin in it, it was pretty tasty.  Since moving to KC and having chili a few times since I’ve been there, I’ve noticed that nobody has chili with cinnamon rolls, it must be a German thing.  Ya’ll are missing out, not having your cinnamon rolls with your chili.  I think Thayne takes it a bit too far though, he puts his cinnamon roll at the bottom of his bowl, then piles chili on top.  I tried taking a bite of chili and cinnamon roll at the asme time, and it was pretty tasty, but I don’t think I could have a cinnamon chili bowl like Thayne.

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It’s finally feeling like December weather outside, the weather has been so warm lately, it’s kind of refreshing and nice that it is finally cold.  And now that it’s cold, we can have fires! James and I have had a couple fires, and Dad’s started a few since I was home this past week too.  Lucy, Mom and Dad’s little kitty, loves laying by the fire, her fur is so warm and toasty, she just loves it.Photo Dec 16, 6 50 28 PM

I got to see my very favorite Christmas lights/decoration while I was in Hays.  This house ALWAYS has this display up, and it reminds me of driving around looking at Christmas lights as a kid. Photo Dec 16, 10 12 51 PM

Grandpa was still fighting the good fight on Wednesday, so I decided to go back home to KC for a couple days and get back to work.  Driving home on Wednesday afternoon, I started listening to Serial Podcast.  I’ve heard of a lot of runners talk about listening to this while they run, and it is apparently the HOTTEST podcast on Earth right now.  I binge-listened to 5 episodes on my way from Hays to KC, and can’t wait to listen to more.  I definitely recommend it, very captivating, I can’t wait to find out what happens.  It’s a true story about a murder that happened in 1999, and getting to the bottom of who really killed the young woman.

Today, I’m going to finish up some laundry and head back to Hays to be with family and stay through Christmas, and James will join for the funeral and for Christmas.  I can’t believe Christmas is in a week; are you ready?  Have you ever eaten cinnamon rolls with your chili?