MM: April 10

Happy Monday!

BASEBALL IS BACK! The Royals’ season started last week Monday, and unfortunately, they haven’t been off to the greatest start, but the season is long, and I’m #raisedroyal!  I wore my Royals scarf last Monday to celebrate opening day!

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After over a week of rainy weather and crappy allergy / sinus problems, the sun finally peeked out Thursday of last week, and it’s been warm and windy and feeling like spring.  Everything is blooming and greening and flowering like crazy because of all the rain we’ve had.  And this is the worst view ever from where I work… 😛

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Friday, Chris and I went to the Rock the Parkway expo to grab our race packets, then came home and made spaghetti.  Jasper was quite interested in my food, as always.

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Saturday morning, Chris and I did the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon! It was my 13th half, and Chris’ 2nd.  I’ll have a race recap up later this week; I’m still working on sorting through my thoughts.  It wasn’t a good race for me, and I’m still processing things.

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After the race, we got cleaned up and met up with Chris’ best friends, who came to town from the central Missouri area.  We walked around and shopped a bit at Legends before grabbing BBQ and eating at the park.   We weren’t thrilled to walk around all afternoon after a half marathon, but I think it helped loosen up our legs a bit. I know my legs felt better, but still very tired, after all the walking.

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Sunday morning, we drove to Topeka to meet Mom and Dad, and meet little Skye puppy, before going to a family lunch at my aunt and uncle’s house.  My cousins were in town visiting, and my grandparents drove down too, so it was really nice to see everyone.  Kristen and Thayne were the only ones missing.

Skye is so adorable. I wanted to take her home!  She’s a little firecracker, for sure.

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It was really great to see everyone!

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This week, I’m going to tackle a few “to do” items on our wedding checklist, and get back on the roads once I process a bit of running stuff that I have going on mentally.

Congrats to everyone who ran Rock the Parkway, or any other race over the weekend, especially to my little sister and her team who ran the Ragnar So Cal relay and kicked butt!! Have a great week, friends!

Tuesday Mentionings: January 3

Good morning and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I had a great New Year’s weekend in Detroit, meeting and celebrating the new year with Chris’ family. We drove home Sunday and were able to stop and see Chris’ friends a couple hours from KC as well.  I have a quick little update for this week, since it’s already Tuesday!

On the plane up to Detroit, I read the book below, I spent a lot of time laughing to myself on the plane! This is a great fun read.

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I got into Detroit Thursday night, and met Chris’ parents and stayed up late talking. Friday for lunch, Chris took me to Olga’s Kitchen, a restaurant native to Detroit.  We had Snackers, which are delicious pita bread slices with spices.  Mmmm they were tasty.  We also had some steak and cheese and pepper wraps in pita bread.  It was a delicious lunch.

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Friday afternoon, we had tickets to Trans-Siberian Orchestra, thanks to Chris’ aunt who gave us the seats. They put on a great show, I highly recommend seeing them if you have the chance.

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After the show, we had dinner with Chris’ Aunt Dar and Uncle Rick, and then drove to Rochester, outside Detroit, to see these awesome Christmas lights downtown.  There were lots of people driving and walking around looking at the lights.

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On New Years Eve, Saturday, Chris and I ran 4 miles around his hometown of Allen Park.  I reached 1025 miles for the year with that run, and it was really cool to run around where Chris grew up, went to school, and see downtown.  I managed to trip on a sidewalk crack and skin my knee, so a bit of Renee stayed in Allen Park, too.

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Later in the afternoon, we went to Chris’ cousin’s house to see his Mom’s side of the family.  They had these weird candy things, called Flying Saucers.  The outside part tasted like styrofoam, and I really didn’t think I was supposed to eat it, but I was told (and shown) that it was ok to eat it, and inside were little candy sugar beads.  Quite the interesting candy, to say the least.

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We spent the rest of New Years Eve chiling at his parent’s house, and watched the ball drop together.

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Early on New Years Day, we ate breakfast with Chris’ family and then hit the road for home.  We drove and drove, and when it was time to stop for gas and lunch, we ran a quick mile, because you HAVE to run on New Year’s Day!

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We spent most of Monday cleaning up, putting Christmas decorations away, and running errands.  Chris opened the gifts from my family, and he got this hockey game, where you can freeze water in it and play ice hockey.  I sent the snap below…

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Have a great week! I hope you have a Happy New Year!

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.

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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!

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!