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: September 14

It’s Monday again, already! The weeks have been flying by lately.  Last Monday was Labor Day, and I spent the day with Mom, as she was in town for the long weekend.  Monday morning was the Labor Day 5k, you can read my recap here.12028940_10100333549257183_1313688055_nAfter the race, Mom and I met up with Michelle for lunch and a few errands.  It was a fun day, and a perfect end to a really fun long weekend.  And just for Belle, smile emoticon.12023087_10100333549217263_1568650360_nThursday evening, the group at KC Running Co surprised Amy for her birthday, with cupcakes!  A few of us from the group also pitched in and gifted Amy her first Garmin watch! We ran a nice 3 mile loop, and it was warm, but leaves have been starting to turn and fall.  Autumn is just around the corner!12000064_10100333549222253_1501297195_n11998506_10100333549252193_277363201_nSaturday morning, Amy and I went to run at Shawnee Mission Park, which is something we’ve wanted to do for a while.  It was the most perfect, gorgeous, beautiful morning.  Amy got to break out her new watch, and we ran 4.1 (for Amy’s 41st birthday, on Saturday) beautiful miles around the lake.11998541_10100333549272153_1708184176_n11998491_10100333549232233_1721676381_n12026549_10100333549277143_1532000676_nAfter our run, we met Amy’s husband and son for lunch at Culver’s, which was delicious.11998541_10100333549207283_1867208315_nWhile Amy celebrated her birthday, my Dad also celebrated his birthday, with Mom, in Lincoln, at the Huskers game!  They are birthday twins! Happy Birthday Dad!11933492_10155979693985333_3856933831489124887_nSaturday night, Amy and I got back together, and ventured over to Lee’s Summit to look for a visor, which is the most comfortable and perfect visor ever, and had no luck finding it, even though the store said it had “limited quantity.”  Note: the store said limited quantity means it is not in stock, but the product number is still in the computer.  That’s not what “limited quantity” means to me, or the rest of the world… Alas, we did a bit of shopping and had dinner at On the Border.  PS, I’m not sure who started the thumbs up first, but it’s become our signature pose.11998363_10100333549242213_1006958259_nSunday morning came very early.  The second of three 10k races was yesterday morning.  Jasper wasn’t too happy about me waking him up at 5:20.  The Plaza 10k race recap will be up later this week, once the official photos are released, because I’m hoping a couple of them are really good!12021768_10100333549267163_152221374_nAmy and I finished the race together, hand in hand. I’ll write more in the recap, but it was really special, and meant a lot, especially with a 4+ minute 10k PR!11997320_10100333549212273_1330869848_nI was looking through my last year’s Plaza 10k pictures, and see a lot of change in myself compared to last year.  More on that, later.  Last year’s race recap is here.12021752_10100333549237223_1733448391_nSunday afternoon, I had a lovely little nap, with this little fur baby.  The weather has been cooler through the weekend, and he’s been way more playful, but also more snuggly.12000069_10100333549227243_552436867_nAnd for some reason, he decided not to sit in his chair (yes, that is HIS rocking chair… he is visibly distraught if someone sits in HIS chair), and squatted on the end table for awhile yesterday evening.  Weirdo.12025356_10100333549247203_767835272_nHave a great week, friends! Fall weather is HERE!

Thursday Thoughts: December 11

Sunday I wrote about our visit to the Plaza with James’ parents to see the lights.  Saturday night after the Plaza, we relaxed at home, and Jasper was finally feeling better enough to snuggle.  We took him to the vet on Thursday night because he was acting very lethargic and not wanting his treats or food at night.  He ended up having a pretty high fever and was given an antibiotic shot.  By Saturday night, he was acting much more like himself, and by Sunday you’d never know he was sick!

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Sunday morning I got up and went to run with the Groupies.  I hadn’t been to a Sunday run for a while, I like my sleep on Sundays!  It ended up being a great run, I ran 6.5 miles, which is further than I’ve gone in a while.  I’m slowly but surely building up my mileage for the Rock the Parkway half marathon in April!  I’m hoping to attend at least 2 Sunday morning runs with the Groupies each month.  Going to the group runs should help me prepare for several reasons.  I generally don’t run in the mornings, I like to run after work, so running in the mornings will help me figure out a race routine, and running with the Groupies will definitely help mentally build my confidence since I usually run solo. You can see my half marathon training plan post for Rock the Parkway here.

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Sunday evening, we took James’ parents to have their first KC BBQ!  James and I overlooked the fact that Joe’s KC BBQ (previously called Oklahoma Joe’s), the most well known BBQ restaurant in KC, is closed on Sundays! We took them to Burnt Ends, which is near James’ work.  It was pretty tasty!

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When we got home, we watched the I Love Lucy Christmas special, and Jasper had a nice cuddle with Wayne.  It was a fun weekend, nice and laid back.

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This week, I had a work meeting in Topeka, and my boss gave each of us a small plaque. She said it was a fun way to remind us to stay confident in the field, as we often talk to clients who change their stories a lot.  Super cute.  I put it on my desk by my lamp and little owl that Granddad and Grandma brought me from Wisconsin a couple years ago.

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Today is Belle’s birthday! Happy Birthday!!!!!  Michelle, I may not see you often, or talk to you regularly, but that doesn’t mean you are out of my mind.  You have a most special place in my heart, and I’m so lucky to have you as my bestie and in my life.  I can’t wait to see you over the Christmas break! xoxo

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Tonight, James and I are going to an advanced screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  I won two tickets from my favorite radio station, Mix 93.3 in KC, and we get to see the movie a week before it comes out! James is super excited, especially since he reviews the movies for our paper and news website in Hays.

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I hadn’t seen this quote in a long time, but when I saw it again this week, I fell in love with it all over again.

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Do you run with a group? Has it helped your running? For those of you in KC running the RTP half marathon next April, are you planning on attending any of the Groupie Runs on Sundays? If so, let me know and we can meet before or after! I hope to go to at least 2 a month!

Only 2 weeks until Christmas!