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?

Thursday Thoughts: November 13

Over the weekend, Kristen and Thayne flew in, and we went home to visit Grandpa.  He has been very sick with his pancreatic cancer and treatments, and was in the hospital last week.  Just before we got home, he was transferred back to the nursing home to continue healing and fighting the cancer.  We wanted to go home and see him, since Kristen and Thayne won’t be home over Thanksgiving.

Since James was out of town (in warm and sunny California!  More about that later.) and Jasper has been left home alone over a few weekends lately, I decided to bring him along to Hays.  He travels pretty well, considering most cat’s despise car rides.  He had his moments of crying and needing attention, but overall he did really well.  I’m glad he is able to travel well, and I’m so glad Mom and Dad don’t mind him taking over a room of the house while we are in town.  He has never been boarded, and he’s had some trust issues since he was a kitten, and I don’t think boarding would go over well.

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While I was in Hays, my favorite Bria was kind enough to make time to do my hair.  YAY.  It’d been since June since I last had it colored and properly cut, I’m beyond grateful that she was able to work me in.

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Like I mentioned earlier, James went to California last weekend, for BlizzCon. His very favorite gaming company, Blizzard Entertainment, has a convention every fall to introduce new games and expansions of current games, have panels with the artists and developers, and have game demos.  James has tried to get tickets for at least 8 years, and they historically sell out within minutes, but this year he was lucky enough to finally get a ticket! He flew out to California last Thursday and came back home late Sunday night.  I’m so happy he was finally able to go! Look how handsome he looks! ❤

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While we were in Hays, we got to spend some time with uncle Steve and aunt Leann, and little cousin Ava! It  amazes me how smart she is, and how big she’s getting.  It’s hard to believe she’s 7 years old already, and is in first grade.

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We also spent quite a bit of time with Grandpa, though he was sleeping for most of it.  Uncle Stan also drove in from Nevada to spend a week in Hays, I hadn’t seen Stan since last fall when James, Grandpa, and I went to Reno and Lake Tahoe to visit.  Kristen and Thayne hadn’t seen him since my wedding 3 and a half years ago.

I wish the circumstances were better for everyone to be home, but hopefully Grandpa will continue to fight his cancer and get stronger.  He’s been confused lately, the last several months’ activities and his sickness have really been taking a toll on him.  If you’re one to pray, my family and I would sure appreciate any prayers, good vibes, or positive thoughts.  I thank you in advance.

Get well Grandpa, I love you.

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Not too much else happened this week.  I was off work Tuesday for Veteran’s Day.  Thank you to all the past, present, and future veterans, for your sacrifice and for ensuring freedom.

It got really cold this week, I had to break out my hat, gloves, and other winter gear to run in.  It was pretty cold the last couple nights on my run, but the crisp air is pretty refreshing.  I also bought a headlamp for night running, and hope to write a review soon.  I’ve used it a couple times, and I not only tell a difference in my ability to see, but I can also tell oncoming traffic can see me, cars have been moving over further than previously, and have moved over sooner than without my light.  Look for my review this weekend!