Monday Mentionings: March 28

First of all, I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! I have SO many photos to share with you this week! I’m going to just do a quick sentence per picture, to get through them all!

My week started out with a Bestie date with Belle at Red Robin, including lots of bottomless fries!

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Belle and Jazzy are bae.  (most favorite picture ever!)

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He was thrilled at having his picture taken so many times last week.

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Amy and I had a super hill run and we stopped to take a selfie at the top of a crazy hill.

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We ran super fast on the way down.

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It rained during our last mile, and poured after we finished running.

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Wine and kitty.

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Amy found the way to Jasper’s heart: whipped cream.

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I made the easiest “cake” ever, ice cream sandwich cake, for food day at work.

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Lots of snuggles before leaving Jazzy and heading to Hays for the weekend.

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Just some of the beauty of Kansas along I 70.

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Dad discovered Snapchat.

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I ❤ Hays’ tag.

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Saturday morning as I was getting ready to run, somebody was watching my every move.

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Before running with Mom and Shay, I headed out for 5 miles; I ran to the north water tower and back.

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After 5 solo miles, Mom and Shay joined in for a virtual 5k for Rett Syndrome. (links: GP2C, Sparkle Athletic, Rett Syndrome info)

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Hays sure was chilly for Easter weekend, especially with the strong winds.

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Saturday morning after an 8 mile run, I FINALLY got my snoball!!!

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It was so amazing.

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Michelle sent me lots of Jazzy snaps so I wouldn’t miss him so much. I ❤ this picture!

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Sunday morning, Mom and I had a great 4 miler, sunny, but still chilly!

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Grandma and Granddad came over for Easter dinner, Gordon got lots of snuggles.

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Sad to leave Hays, but I’ll be back soon!

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The snoball for Chelle made it 3 and a half hours all the way to KC!

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Yesterday was Jasper’s birthday – he turned 9, and got lots of treats!! Happy birthday little bear!

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Have a good week, friends!!

Monday Mentionings: March 21

Good Monday morning, friends! Spring is here (yesterday, in case you live under a rock)!

Last week, the grass turned green, and the sky turned blue and it looked like spring, until, of course, it turned cold and gross toward the end of the week.  My view at work is still amazing, by the way.

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Monday after work, I rode my bike 10 miles to State Line and back, on the trails.  I saw several deer on my little trip.  Spring is so pretty!

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It was my first true bike ride on my new bike, besides riding her home from the bike store. The hills weren’t as tough as I was imagining, so I guess my time spent on the cycle bike in cycle class has been paying off!

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Michelle was out of town for a few days last week, and Jasper missed her, I think.  You can tell because he’s laying on top of her clothes hamper.  He was here for at least an hour Monday night.

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Both Tuesday and Wednesday nights, Amy and I ran our favorite 5 mile loop around the neighborhood.  2 fun, successful runs, done and done!

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Thursday, I had lunch with Amy and Joshua before they picked up Amy’s mom from the airport for a visit.  I love hanging out with this little one.  He asked me to be his girlfriend this weekend.  Watch out, ladies, he likes the older gals.

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So, there’s this “trophy” at work… the “reply all trophy.” You are awarded the trophy by hitting “reply all” to an email that clearly shouldn’t be a reply all. Well, you can see where this is going… on Friday, I was awarded this prestigious honor, by accidentally replying all to an email that was not meant to be replied to everyone.  So now it sits, at my desk, until it can be “awarded” to the next lucky individual. It’s really a fun little quirk about working for RTS, another reason it’s such a fun and great place to work.

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Friday night, since it got chilly again, Michelle and I had chili, cinnamon rolls, and wine.  Perfect Friday night.  For those of you not from the mid-west, do you eat cinnamon rolls with your chili? It was something we grew up doing in western KS, and so many people give me odd looks when I mention it, but it’s just about one of the best things ever.

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Later on Friday night, Jasper and I watched Scandal. He got sleepy though.

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Saturday morning, I went to cycle class.  Before cycle, I wanted to run a couple miles on the treadmill.  I consider the photo below a success, because my knee started hurting while on the treadmill, and instead of pushing through, I got off and stretched it (the stretch below is how I somehow get the pain in my knee to go away.. thanks Dr. Shabel!).  Once I hopped back on the treadmill, I felt about 90% better!  I finished my run and went to cycle class.

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I met up with Amy and her family for brunch, and then did a bit of shopping.  Later, we hung out at her house, and I helped show Joshua how to ride his bike.  No better way to show him than to ride his bike myself!

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Then it was haircut/hair color time!  I ended up going quite a bit darker than I have in a while, and chopped off about 3 inches!  It is a tiny bit shorter than I wanted, but it’ll grow in no time, and be perfect!

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I’ve finally joined the club (a couple weeks ago) and downloaded snapchat.  I could not stop laughing at the two pictures below.  Oh my goodness. I still crack up when I see Kristen’s. I hope you get a laugh out of it too! (my snap name is renfle if you want to add me. 😛  )

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I’m super excited to go home this weekend for a short visit over Easter! I hope everyone has a great week, and a good Easter!

Thursday Thoughts: April 2

Once again I’m posting a very short Thursday Thoughts.  Time has been flying by, and I’ve been very busy with non-bloggy stuff.  Last Friday was my baby’s 6th birthday, Happy Birthday Jasper!  The top left picture is from the day James and I adopted him, he was so tiny!!

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Last Sunday, I ate the best burger I’ve had in KC.  I had a long run that morning, and made it through 9.5 miles, and then devoured the hamburger and mac and cheese from BRGR in Prarie Village.  Best burger I’ve had in KC.  Share in the comments, you KC people, where the best burger in KC is… I’ve been craving some good burgers since last summer, and this one I had at BRGR takes the cake so far!

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Monday was the end of March, read about my running stats here.  Yesterday, I posted a challenge for April, to complete 1000 push ups, 2000 squats, and 3000 sit ups between April 1 and April 30.  It was NOT an April Fool’s joke, it’s for real! Read my post here, and join me! I’ll post my progress on twitter daily, and once a week, here on Thursday Thoughts, I’ll track my progress.  So far, on day 2, I’ve completed 90 push ups, 120 squats, and 150 sit ups.  I’ll likely do a few more squats tonight, and try to get at least 50 more sit ups in.

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I’ll leave you with this:

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Happy Easter!