Monday Mentionings: June 20

Hello and Happy Monday! I have a very short MM today, because I actually didn’t take a single picture from last Tuesday through Friday! I was very busy with work once I got back from Milwaukee Monday evening, and the week just flew by!

Saturday, I met up with a friend in Lee’s Summit, she and I used to work together.  We had lunch and caught up a bit.  Of course, we forgot to take a picture.  Later, I met up with Amy and Joshua for a bit of shopping.  I climbed up into this jeep thing at Scheels to take a pic with my best little buddy.

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Sunday morning, Amy and I ran 7 miles with the Groupies, early, before it got too hot.  It was still warm, and we were lucky enough to run through some sprinklers, and at the end, we were rewarded with cold icy towels.

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I signed up for my very first duathlon this past weekend too! It’ll be July 10, at Shawnee Mission Park.  I bought a bike rack for my car, so that I can easily take my bike to the duathlon and other places to ride.  Yesterday, I wanted to make sure I kind of knew what I was doing, and set it up and took my bike for a little car ride to test it out.  Have you ever done a duathlon or triathlon? Any tips for this first timer?

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Yesterday was Father’s Day (Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!), and I was looking through some old pictures of Dad and me.  I found these two from Royals games way back in the day.  The one on the left is from 1989, and the one on the right is from 1999.

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Last evening I got some really sad news.  Our family’s dog, Shay, died last night.  She had been struggling with an injured back leg and was in quite a bit of pain with it, and very quickly, it became very swollen this weekend.  After a trip to the vet, cancer was found in her bones and in her lungs.  She was my girl, and I was her girl.  Everyone in our family was very close with Shay, we all had a strong connection.  She was my running buddy, my best girl.  I’m beyond sad that she’s no longer here, but I’m so thankful for the time I had with her.  She was the best dog, and for 10 wonderful years, she made my life, and everyone she came into contact with, happier.  She exuded joy, and I’m so very grateful she was a part of my life. This was the last picture I took with her, from when I was home over Memorial Day.  Rest well, puppy, and chase after all those squirrels.

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Thursday Thoughts: December 18

This week has been a trying week, especially for my family.

Friday, I got a very sad phone call, my family’s cat, Cooper, was hit by a car and he passed away.  Cooper was the most lovable, cuddly cat you’ve ever met, he would snuggle you to death, and drown you in happy purring kitty drool.  RIP Cooper, we all know you’re getting belly rubs and chasing squirrels and mice in Kitty Heaven now.

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Saturday, I came home to Hays to spend a little time with Grandpa.  He had been doing progressively worse, and the Hospice nurses and family in town thought he would be leaving us over the weekend.  Just after midnight this morning, Grandpa passed away.  I am so thankful I got a chance to see him and talk to him a few more times before he went to see Grandma.  I wrote him a little letter, reminiscing on just a few memories.

He was such a fighter, one of the strongest men I knew.  It was really sad seeing some of Grandpa’s friends come in and see him, and to see how touched his brothers and sister are to have family close by.  Grandpa has touched a lot of lives, and he will be missed, but I have no doubt in my mind that he went straight to Heaven to be with Grandma.

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Sunday morning Mom, Kristen, Shay and I went on a run; it was nice to spend a little time on the pavement after having a few days off last week and again this week.  I had hoped and planned to run 100 miles (at least) in December, because my total as of the end of November was 800 miles, and I wanted to make 900 miles, but with traveling and Grandpa’s condition, I took 4 days off last week and have taken off 2 days this week… I’ll try to maintain my mileage through the holidays, but doubt I’ll reach 900 for the year.  I’ve outlined my goals for running in 2015, check them out here.

Granddad also ordered some Altra’s, this week, and I was pretty excited that Golden Harper, co-founder of Altra commented on my Altra Torin Review post.  Mom is looking at some Altra’s too, we’re going to be an Altra family soon!

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Clockwise starting with puppy feet, Shay, Kristen, Mom, and Me.

Tuesday night we made chili and cinnamon rolls at home, and even though Kristen and Thayne put some icky dry Mustard, Paprika, and Cumin in it, it was pretty tasty.  Since moving to KC and having chili a few times since I’ve been there, I’ve noticed that nobody has chili with cinnamon rolls, it must be a German thing.  Ya’ll are missing out, not having your cinnamon rolls with your chili.  I think Thayne takes it a bit too far though, he puts his cinnamon roll at the bottom of his bowl, then piles chili on top.  I tried taking a bite of chili and cinnamon roll at the asme time, and it was pretty tasty, but I don’t think I could have a cinnamon chili bowl like Thayne.

Photo Dec 16, 6 58 56 PM Dad and Shay had a really special cuddle time with Shay.  She lays down if you try to pick her up, so Dad picked her up and then flipped her over like a baby.

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It’s finally feeling like December weather outside, the weather has been so warm lately, it’s kind of refreshing and nice that it is finally cold.  And now that it’s cold, we can have fires! James and I have had a couple fires, and Dad’s started a few since I was home this past week too.  Lucy, Mom and Dad’s little kitty, loves laying by the fire, her fur is so warm and toasty, she just loves it.Photo Dec 16, 6 50 28 PM

I got to see my very favorite Christmas lights/decoration while I was in Hays.  This house ALWAYS has this display up, and it reminds me of driving around looking at Christmas lights as a kid. Photo Dec 16, 10 12 51 PM

Grandpa was still fighting the good fight on Wednesday, so I decided to go back home to KC for a couple days and get back to work.  Driving home on Wednesday afternoon, I started listening to Serial Podcast.  I’ve heard of a lot of runners talk about listening to this while they run, and it is apparently the HOTTEST podcast on Earth right now.  I binge-listened to 5 episodes on my way from Hays to KC, and can’t wait to listen to more.  I definitely recommend it, very captivating, I can’t wait to find out what happens.  It’s a true story about a murder that happened in 1999, and getting to the bottom of who really killed the young woman.

Today, I’m going to finish up some laundry and head back to Hays to be with family and stay through Christmas, and James will join for the funeral and for Christmas.  I can’t believe Christmas is in a week; are you ready?  Have you ever eaten cinnamon rolls with your chili?