Monday Mentionings: May 30

What a week! I can’t believe it’s Monday again, let alone Memorial Day! Happy Memorial Day to everyone, thank you to all who have served.

Last Monday, I ended up having to stay at work a bit longer to help a client on the phone.  I missed going to cycle class, so I headed out for 4 solo miles instead.  It’s been raining so much lately, and it was pretty humid, so I had a few minutes after my run in the shade of this gigantic and beautiful tree.

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The tree was just so gorgeous in the sunlight.

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Tuesday night, Amy and I ran a few miles, and then I relaxed with Jasper.  I also had a bit of reflection about my last day of my 20s, because Wednesday, I was going to turn 3o!

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Wednesday was my birthday!  I ran with Amy in the morning, had a carrot cake at work, and had dinner and went to a painting class with Amy and Michelle after work. It was the perfect day!

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I also got my new medal holder in the mail this past week.  My previous medal holder was full! I ended up putting all my half marathon medals on the opposite wall.  Now I have lots of new spots to fill up on my new holder!  Both of the medal holders are from Running on the Wall.  I love how everything turned out.Photo May 29, 8 49 27 PM.jpg

Friday, after work, I drove home to Hays for the long weekend.  This sight will always mean I’m home.

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Saturday morning, I headed out for 5 solo miles, before Mom joined me for the final 2 miles.  I hoped to run 8 miles, but I was pretty wiped out after my 5 miles, and only managed 2 more! Half marathon #10 is in less than a week!  Anyway, while I was running, I ran a bit on the bypass, and had to stop and take a selfie with the horses.

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After we were finished, we took Shay on a short little walk.  She’s been limping with a sore back leg, so she can’t run with us, but she sure wanted to.

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After our run, I finally got my snoball! YAS!  Cervs is the best.

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Mom and I had lunch with Ava at The Q, another of Hays’ best.  We went topless in Mom and Dad’s bug.

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Saturday night, we went to Jalisco’s for my birthday dinner.  I was able to stretch my birthday through the weekend!  I was even given a birthday shot, wahoo! HAH!

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Sunday morning, Mom and I ran a few miles, and then took Shay for a short walk.  Sweet girl.  After our run and walk, Mom and I went to the cemetery in Munjor.   Something amazing that happened: So last fall, Mom put an electronic solitaire game out at Grandpa’s grave, because he loved playing his solitaire game.  While we were at the cemetery yesterday, we rearranged some things, and Mom picked up the solitaire game, and it started dinging the WIN WIN WIN sound, and even showed the WIN on the screen.  It has been oustide in the cold, snow, and in the hot, rain, wind, dirt, for over 6 months, and the dang thing turned on, and had a WIN!  I guess Grandpa’s been playing solitaire out there. =)

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Sunday afternoon, we watched the Royals win (for the third straight game of being down and coming back in the last few innings!!)  Mom and Dad were cooking/grilling for dinner, but first, Belle and I went to get a snoball on Sunday afternoon.  Mmmmm. So good!

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Grandma and Granddad came over to eat burgers, brats, corn on the cob, and cheesy potatoes.  MMMM!!! So much great food over the weekend.  Granddad had fun playing with my snapchat.   Love this so much.

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After dinner, Michelle came over (her parents live at the opposite end of the same block as my parents), and Steve, Leann, and Ava came over too, for dessert.  When it was time for Belle to go home, we went topless in the bug again for a little joy ride!

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It was the perfect end to a wonderful weekend, and the best way to end a birthday week! I’ll be going home this afternoon, and already can’t wait to come back again for the 4th of July! Did you have a nice Memorial Day weekend? Have a great week!

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: March 21

Good Monday morning, friends! Spring is here (yesterday, in case you live under a rock)!

Last week, the grass turned green, and the sky turned blue and it looked like spring, until, of course, it turned cold and gross toward the end of the week.  My view at work is still amazing, by the way.

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Monday after work, I rode my bike 10 miles to State Line and back, on the trails.  I saw several deer on my little trip.  Spring is so pretty!

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It was my first true bike ride on my new bike, besides riding her home from the bike store. The hills weren’t as tough as I was imagining, so I guess my time spent on the cycle bike in cycle class has been paying off!

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Michelle was out of town for a few days last week, and Jasper missed her, I think.  You can tell because he’s laying on top of her clothes hamper.  He was here for at least an hour Monday night.

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Both Tuesday and Wednesday nights, Amy and I ran our favorite 5 mile loop around the neighborhood.  2 fun, successful runs, done and done!

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Thursday, I had lunch with Amy and Joshua before they picked up Amy’s mom from the airport for a visit.  I love hanging out with this little one.  He asked me to be his girlfriend this weekend.  Watch out, ladies, he likes the older gals.

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So, there’s this “trophy” at work… the “reply all trophy.” You are awarded the trophy by hitting “reply all” to an email that clearly shouldn’t be a reply all. Well, you can see where this is going… on Friday, I was awarded this prestigious honor, by accidentally replying all to an email that was not meant to be replied to everyone.  So now it sits, at my desk, until it can be “awarded” to the next lucky individual. It’s really a fun little quirk about working for RTS, another reason it’s such a fun and great place to work.

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Friday night, since it got chilly again, Michelle and I had chili, cinnamon rolls, and wine.  Perfect Friday night.  For those of you not from the mid-west, do you eat cinnamon rolls with your chili? It was something we grew up doing in western KS, and so many people give me odd looks when I mention it, but it’s just about one of the best things ever.

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Later on Friday night, Jasper and I watched Scandal. He got sleepy though.

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Saturday morning, I went to cycle class.  Before cycle, I wanted to run a couple miles on the treadmill.  I consider the photo below a success, because my knee started hurting while on the treadmill, and instead of pushing through, I got off and stretched it (the stretch below is how I somehow get the pain in my knee to go away.. thanks Dr. Shabel!).  Once I hopped back on the treadmill, I felt about 90% better!  I finished my run and went to cycle class.

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I met up with Amy and her family for brunch, and then did a bit of shopping.  Later, we hung out at her house, and I helped show Joshua how to ride his bike.  No better way to show him than to ride his bike myself!

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Then it was haircut/hair color time!  I ended up going quite a bit darker than I have in a while, and chopped off about 3 inches!  It is a tiny bit shorter than I wanted, but it’ll grow in no time, and be perfect!

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I’ve finally joined the club (a couple weeks ago) and downloaded snapchat.  I could not stop laughing at the two pictures below.  Oh my goodness. I still crack up when I see Kristen’s. I hope you get a laugh out of it too! (my snap name is renfle if you want to add me. 😛  )

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I’m super excited to go home this weekend for a short visit over Easter! I hope everyone has a great week, and a good Easter!