Monday Mentionings: February 22

Hello everyone, and happy Monday! This past week has been such a nice week, weather wise, at least in the midwest.  Temps got into the 70s here in KC, and it actually was as warm as 91 degrees in Hays one day last week.

Tuesday was actually pretty windy, but Amy and I got in a few miles before it got dark! I didn’t even have to use my headlamp.  I’m beyond excited for lighter evenings.

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The fountains were turned on at work last week. It was neat to watch the groundskeeper in his boat, getting everything ready to go, and then they were on! Spring is coming, indeed.

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Thursday evening was a super fun evening! First off, it was nearly 70 degrees!!!  Secondly, my bestie roomie came with me to the group (she’s in the white shirt next to me), and she even ran a couple miles with my best Amy and I!  We test ran in some cool Hokas, I tried to get a runfie and it was blurry (but still fun). The wind though… OH. MY. GOODNESS.  That was some strong wind.  Wind, plus a gnarly uphill into the wind made for a difficult second half of the run.  Afterwards, Hoka and KC Running Co had Oreos for us!  Then, Amy, Michelle, Jenn and I went to grab a bite to eat (and custard) at Culver’s.  Yummy!

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Friday, a coworker  brought these Sesame Crisps to share.  He is originally from China, and recently visited family in China, and brought these back.  They were not actually as green as the photo, and they kind of tasted like dirt and popcorn and tea all together.  The consistency was the weirdest, it was like compacted very fine, damp sand… how you can touch sand like that and it kind of crumbles part, that is what this was like when I put it in my mouth, it kind of dissolved and disintegrated.  It was very strange.  It was not bad, it kind of didn’t taste like much, but the consistency was so strange.  It was really cool to try this though.

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Friday afternoon, Michelle sent me the picture below.  Jasper jumped up and laid on the other end of the couch.  He’s been slowly growing accustomed to having her live with us.  They’ll be best buds soon. 😉

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Friday evening, it was just so dang nice, I had to get out and run a couple miles before my parents arrived.  There were so many people outside, walking, playing in the park, running, cycling.  It was a gorgeous evening, I just couldn’t pass it up.  Shortly after I got home, Mom and Dad got here!  We went to K Macho’s to eat, the first many great food stops during the weekend.

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Saturday morning, I took Mom and Dad to The Athletic Club of Overland Park, where I have a gym membership.  We took a cycle class, and sweated buckets!  It was a lot of fun, I’m really glad they were able to come to class with me.

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Saturday for lunch, we “opened up” the Joy Wok Chinese buffet.  We arrived at 10:55 (in the morning, hahahaha) and were the second people in the door.  Surprisingly, there were about 6 or 7 tables of people ready to eat right at 11.  Chinese brunch, anyone?

After we ate, we checked out the deals at Scheels, REI, and the KC Running Co store.  I kind of got in trouble for riding the fat tire bike at Scheels – they told me I could test ride it, but I had to take it outside to the track, I could get hurt by hitting my head on a rack, or falling over into a display.  They apparently don’t know how good of a bike rider I am. Ha!  I guess these fat tire bikes are the coolest thing right now, there were fat tire bikes up to $2,000.

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We also had to stop by my old neighborhood and see how Edgar the Swan was doing.  He saw mom and torpedo’d all the way across the pond to check her out, and lunged at her a couple times.  He made sure to follow us as far as he could as we walked back up the trail to the car.  That is one angry swan.

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After some more shopping and wandering around Overland Park, we headed back to the apartment for a bit.  All of the sudden we heard what sounded like an ice cream truck.  Lo and behold, there was an ice cream van playing La Cucaracha driving through the apartment complex.  Not sure if that’s legal or not, but this guy was certainly taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather!

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Later Saturday night, we went to Grinders Stonewall for some amazing pizza.  I had seen and heard about Grinders in the Crossroads district, but hadn’t realized there was a Grinders in Lenexa.  It was amazing; I’ll definitely be going back!  Mom and Dad each had a calzone, and they were the biggest calzones we had ever seen.  I had a pizza, and it was delicious.  Even cooler, this location of Grinders is in an old house turned inn turned restaurant.  It was very unique, and very tasty.

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Sunday morning, Mom and I ran on the trails, while Dad biked along with us.  It was a bit chillier, but still amazing weather for February!  We saw 3 deer, multiple squirrels and robins and blue jays and ducks, and we even got to watch a woodpecker peck for a minute.  It was really a beautiful morning on the trails.

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Then for lunch, we went to Burg and Barrel and had some good burgers, and got to see Amy and chat a bit too! This sign in the bathroom made me giggle.

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Dad enjoyed piling toys on Jasper yesterday afternoon, then we strung out all his toys in a row, and he promptly sniffed them and laid down on them.  This kitty is spoiled, but I love him.

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Overall, it was a great week, and a suburb weekend with Mom and Dad.  I loved having them in town for the weekend.  I hope everyone has a great week, enjoy the weather, and the last week of February!

Thursday Thoughts: Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!!  I hope everyone enjoys a relaxing day with family and friends, and NOT shopping! Shopping is for Friday, folks!  I do wish you and yours the happiest and merriest of Thanksgivings, enjoy the time with the ones you love.

Last weekend, James and I went to the clubhouse at our apartment complex, and had a chili lunch, it was really tasty.  It’s been quite a while since either of us had chili. They were missing the cinnamon rolls though! I think it must be a German thing, having cinnamon rolls with chili.  I’ll have to tell them for next time. 😉Photo Nov 22, 12 30 59 PM

On Saturday, I ran a loop that included stopping by the little pond where my buddy Edgar the Swan lives.  I didn’t really know if swans migrate like geese, so I figured I’d run by and see if he was still hanging around.  He was.  He wasn’t happy to be sharing his little pond with a bunch of migrating Canadian Geese.  He was sure to chase me and bite at the rocks.

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The geese were sure to stay on the other side of the pond, away from Edgar.  When Edgar tried to follow after me, the geese took off and landed on the other side of the pond, and then flip flopped it again as he followed me back up the path.  I was lucky enough to get a picture of a goose flying/running away from Edgar.

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Jasper and Toothless.  This picture makes me giggle with glee.  I put Toothless on top of Jazzy’s cube, out of the way, and later Jasper curled up underneath.  Adorable.

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Also adorable… when Jasper doesn’t realize his tongue is sticking out while he’s sleeping.

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As a surprise to take home for Thanksgiving, I baked my very first 2 pies this week!  I have baked pies before, but it’s always been under Kristen and Mom’s instruction.  Kristen has taught me Grandma’s pie crust over the last few holidays, and I was really glad to be able to replicate it.

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Aside from burning the crusts a little bit, and having to throw out the first batch of pie crust because it was too dry and flaky, I think they turned out pretty good, and hopefully they taste good too!  Cherry pie is my very favorite kind of pie. I can’t wait to have some this weekend with both sides of my family.

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Don’t forget to get your entry in for the Road ID giveaway! Deadline is Monday December 1 at 7:00pm!

Do you eat cinnamon rolls with your chili?  What’s your favorite kind of pie?

Happy Thanksgiving!