MM: July 17

Hello! It’s been a while! Life has been a little crazy lately! Between traveling to Hays and Detroit, celebrating birthdays, finishing packing and then actually moving and unpacking, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to post. I’m back!

We are all moved in to our new home, everything is unpacked and in it’s place. It is so nice to have Chris’ stuff out of storage, and to have combined all our stuff in a larger and better space.  We are also about 30 feet from one of the properties pools, which is SO nice.  I’ve been doing a lot of pool running to help rehab my knee, and to try to keep some fitness while not running.

My surgery is scheduled for a week from tomorrow… I’m a bit anxious about it, especially since the last couple weeks, my knee hasn’t been hurting at all. I even ran 2 miles last week, trying it out, and had no pain until after a mile in.  I know I need to go through with it, but it’s frustrating that now the surgery is scheduled and I haven’t been having pain.

Chris and I have been biking a bit more these past few weeks, a couple weeks ago we biked about 10 miles around our new neighborhood, and yesterday, we biked at the gym in the cycle studio because it was just so dang hot out.

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My parents were in town a couple weekends ago, we spent a lot of time eating at lots of our favorite places, we visited my favorite bike store and Mom and Dad got some sweet new bikes, and we chilled by the pool for a while too.

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Jasper and Chris have the cutest little relationship. Jasper loves him so much and is constantly jumping on him to cuddle, way more than with me. Be still, my heart.

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Jasper has been enjoying his new backyard area, exploring and sniffing and watching birds and is pretty happy. We had to cat-proof a few areas of the fence; the first time he was out there he snuck right into the next door neighbor’s backyard. I think all the holes and gaps are covered, now.

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Friday night, Chris’ band played in a Battle of the Bands. All the bands were really good! Chris’ band didn’t make it to the next round, but it was still lots of fun to go and watch everyone play.

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We used our new grill for the first time last night! We grilled hamburgers and corn on the cob. It’s nice to be able to grill outside instead of using our George Foreman grill inside every time we want something grilled.

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The Detroit Tigers are in town this week, and Chris and I will be going Thursday to cheer dem Roys on. 😛

Have a great week, friends!

Monday Mentionings: May 16

Monday again!

Last Monday evening is one I won’t soon forget! I go to cycle class [almost] every single Monday evening.  I call my Mom after work on my way home, or to the gym, etc, EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.  Well, last Monday was no different.  I called Mom on my way to the gym (about a 2-3 minute drive from work), and she didn’t answer.  I didn’t call her a second time, because by then, I was at the gym.  I figured I would just call her after the gym.  Apparently, Mom’s phone didn’t actually register my call, so didn’t have a missed call.

When I finished with my hour long cycle class, around 6:30, and made it down to my locker, I heard my phone buzzing, so I answered it real quick.  It was my sister, and she said Mom had lost me, and to call her right away.  I called Mom, and she told me Amy was on her way to find me, because I wasn’t answering my phone.  By the time it was all said and done, I think I had 4 missed calls, a voicemail, 8 text messages (from 4 different people) and 2 calls to the gym to find my whereabouts.  Amy was about halfway to my house, and I imagine my mom was minutes away from hopping in the car to drive 4 here herself!

I was just in cycle class!  I’m thankful and lucky to have such an amazing family and friends, who care about me enough to track me down when I go missing, even though I wasn’t lost or missing.

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There’s really no caption for this.  It’s just Jasper, doing what he does, napping and being adorable.

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Thursday evening, Mom and Dad got to town for the weekend.  Amy came over, and Dad rode his bike while Amy and Mom and I ran a few shakeout miles.  It was absolutely gorgeous out, and we had a great few miles on the trails.

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Friday morning, Kristen flew in, and Mom, Dad, and Kristen came to see my office building.  I got off at noon, and we hung out all afternoon, and went to Grinders for pizza and calzones that evening.

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After dinner, we laid out our flat runners, and Dad said he wanted to do a flat Dad.  Kristen laid out Flat Dad to match the rest of them.

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Saturday morning we got up WAY early, and made it to Bucyrus, KS about an hour and a half before the Running with the Cows half marathon and 5k.  I’ll write a recap later on this week, but it was a great race, though I had a little less than perfect race.  Half marathon #9 in the books!  Kristen raced the 5k, and won! I’m so proud of her!

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We celebrated with Ted’s Cafe and margaritas!

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Sunday, after sleeping in a tiny bit, we all got up and around, and made it out to Shawnee Mission Park, where Mom and I ran a short shakeout, and then Kristen ran her long run, and Dad and Mom and I biked along.  It was a beautiful day, and a really fun run/ride/adventure.

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Sunday afternoon, Kristen had to fly home, so we drove out to the airport and back.  It was sad to see her go; the weekend was really fun and went really fast.  Mom and Dad and I hung out Sunday night, and had some ice cream.  Mom and Dad bought a fold up wagon, and Jasper had to check it out.

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Well, that’s about all I’ve got for today!  I’ll get my race recap out this week!  I hope your week is great!

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!