Monday Mentionings: January 4

Good morning and Happy New Year!!

Last Monday, I ended up staying in Hays because of the icy roads between Junction City and Kansas City.  I took advantage of the extra time in Hays by going to the gym with Dad and Kristen. Kristen and I ran while dad biked, then we all lifted upper body, per Kristen’s instructions.

Later on Monday, I spent some time with Grandma, Granddad, and Tiger, then had dinner with my family and my brother in law’s family. It was a really nice end to the long holiday weekend.

Tuesday morning, I drove back to KC, and worked in the afternoon. Jazzy was happy to be home and back to his normal schedule, which includes playing with the light on the wall.

For New Years Eve, I went to Amy’s and spent the evening with her and her family. We had Mi Ranchito takeout, ice cream, and sparking wine. Amy and I rang in the new year, and it was a perfect way to bring in the New Year.

  

Bright and early on New Year’s Day… ok not so early, it was about 10:00, Amy and I went to the New years day fun run put on by KC Track Club. This was the same run we went to last New Year’s Day.  We were even able to re-create the picture we took last year.  Amy and I were friends for about 6 weeks before the pic on the left, but I think our New Years run was one of the monumental events that really solidified our best friendship.

Unfortunately, the trails are very icy in places, and we were only able to run about 2 miles. It was a lot of fun, and a great way to start the new year. Now that we’ve done it twice in a row, I think it’s our new New Year’s tradition.

After we cleaned up, Michelle came over, and we went to BRGR to eat burgers for lunch, and then headed to Crown Center for ice-skating!!

Ice skating with these two was so much fun! Michelle had never ice-skated before, and this was only my second time.  Amy has ice-skated several times before; she was a pro! I only slept and fell once, and I wasn’t even skating at the time, I was laughing at Michelle, hanging onto the wall, slipped and fell. Clearly, that shouldn’t count!

  

While we were down town, we went to union station, and I bought the Royals World Series celebration print. Later, I framed it and hung it in my spare bedroom. It’s a great picture, and a really nice way to remember that amazing day.

This afternoon, I meet with a sports Doctor about the pain behind my knee. I’ve been seeing the chiropractor, but I think it’s time to see a specialist and see a really what’s going on. I have 3 half marathons to train for the next six months, and I’m really tired of dealing with this pain. My fingers are crossed!

I saw this photo on Facebook last night, and it made me really happy! Go Royals! Go Chiefs! I know (after googling it) that the Chief’s’ win streak started Oct. 25, but still, they’ve been defeated since Nov. 1!

I hope everyone had a really great New Year, so far I’m off to a good start, and I can’t wait to reach my goals this year!

Monday Mentionings: December 21

Welcome, welcome! This is the second to last Monday Mentionings for 2015!  Are you excited as me that tomorrow is the first day of winter, and also winter solstice, and after that, the DAYS START GETTING LONGER!!  I am REALLY SUPER EXCITED about this!

I have a few pictures to share from last week.  I found this amazing and gorgeous bird print at Pier One, and just had to buy it.  Bonus, it was on sale!  Jasper wasn’t too sure, at first, but he likes it now.

Photo Dec 15, 8 21 53 PM

I am in love with the view from my desk.  Sunny days can be a game of playing catchup with the blinds to keep the glare off my computer, but it’s 100% worth it.

Photo Dec 16, 11 21 51 AM

I registered for the KC Marathon this week, it’s really happening! A couple months ago, as I was running the KC Half Marathon, I fully decided to tackle the full distance next year, at the same race.  I’m very nervous and excited to attempt a full marathon, and I know it’s going to be a long, hard spring and summer of training, but I’m ready to challenge my mind and my body to this.  And best of all, I will do it stride for stride with my best friend.

Photo Dec 17, 8 13 17 AM

It finally got super cold on Thursday, just in time for a Groupie run!  We have a crazy warm November and December so far, and have been lucky to not have to really bundle up like the kid from A Christmas Story.

Photo Dec 17, 8 39 14 PM

Friday, at work, we had an Ugly Christmas Sweater party. We also had a food day and white elephant gift exchange.  It was neat to see everyone’s ugly sweaters, especially all the men who wore sparkly ladies’ sweaters.  I feel very lucky and happy to be a part of such a great group of people.

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Saturday was hair color day! I went a bit darker for the winter, and love the color!

Photo Dec 19, 3 31 07 PM

So after I got my hair colored, I picked Amy up to run to Old Navy for their HUGE sale, “just real quick.”  Well, we were there for about 2 1/2 hours, and after, we were famished and needed mexican food and margaritas to refuel.  It was a perfect afternoon and evening – finding amazing deals on cute clothes, then dinner with the best.  Amy even got carded for her drink. 😛

Photo Dec 19, 6 16 57 PM

Running has felt hard this past week or so, every run, even though the paces are decent to fast, has just felt like a huge struggle bus.  Sunday’s run was no different.  But, I got through it, and I’m on track to surpass my goal of 950 miles this year, probably by 20 or so miles.  Yesterday, I wrote out my running goals for 2016, so definitely give them a read over, and let me know what your goals are!

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Last thing to share for last week, I finally gave in and bought a selfie stick. When selfie sticks first came to be, I thought they were the stupidest thing ever.  I swore to never have one.  But… lots has changed.  Hah!  I wished I had one, especially when we were in Las Vegas.  It definitely would the come in handy.  Well, I found a super cheap one, and it’s even BlueTooth enabled, so I went ahead and bought it.  So, here you are, my very first “selfie stick” selfie.  For the record, Jasper wasn’t impressed.

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Folks, have a great week, Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and Happy Holidays everyone! I, for one, can’t wait to be home and enjoy family time!!