Monday Mentionings: December 26

Merry Christmas!!!! I hope everyone enjoyed a family filled weekend with good treats and the best company.  I have a few photos to share today, as I travel back home to KC.

Chris, Jasper, and I celebrated Christmas early last week, because we had a busy week and then we both went opposite directions for Christmas.  Jasper had more fun playing with the tissue paper than with his jingly ball and crunchy turtle, but I’m sure he’ll get around to playing with them too.

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Sisser and Thayne came to KC Thursday night, and we had Joe’s KC BBQ, of course.  It was tasty, as always. I had my first Z-Man sandwich, with chicken instead of pork.  Tasty!

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I drove home Friday after work, and Jazzy was my travel pal.  Chris drove up to Detroit, and I’ll be flying up later this week to meet his family and ring in the New Year in Eastern Standard Time!

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Friday night, we chilled at home after having nachos and margaritas. I helped Mom and Dad set up their new iPhones!

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On Christmas Eve, we spent most of the day at Grandma and Granddads, having pizza, opening gifts, and playing games.  It’s always great to spend time with family, and I’m so thankful for this family.

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Later in the afternoon, Mom and I ran, it was beautiful out! I even ran in shorts… ON CHRISTMAS EVE!  I was getting chilly by the end, as the sun was about to set, but it was so beautiful outside.  I was dressed in gray, and Mom was dressed in Santa and Sparkles.  And a jingle bell, that jingled with every single step of our 3 mile run.

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Jazzy has been adapting to the life of travel pretty well.  He’s not allowed out with the other kitties, because there have been fights in the past, and I really don’t want blood spilled! He’s been able to roam the house on several occasions, either when Mom and Dad’s kitties are outside or with different rooms barricaded off to keep them separated.

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Christmas morning was spent with Mom, Dad, Kristen, and Thayne, and rotating kitties in and out of the living room.  We opened gifts and had cinnamon rolls for breakfast.

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Later in the afternoon, after a freak Christmas Day thunderstorm, I went out for a run, and Mom joined in partway through.  It was SO windy outside, but sunny after the storm.  It was really nice to see no cars at any businesses.  I saw a few people outside walking, and I even saw a Santa riding a motorcycle, but I didn’t see any fellow runners.

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Christmas night we had pheasant and cheesy potatoes, which is probably my very favorite meal ever, and watched football, played with phones, and enjoyed the fireplace.

I’m really excited to fly to Detroit to meet Chris’ family.  The holidays are so special to me, and I’m so thankful to be able to see everyone I love and spend time just being together.  I’m not sure if I’ll have a post next Monday, so if I don’t get a chance to post, be sure to have a safe and happy New Year!!

Thursday Thoughts: December 4

It’s Thursday! You know what that means! Time for Thursday Thoughts!

Last weekend, of course, we were home for Thanksgiving. Monday I got to use my new balaclava that Dad gave me to rob a bank  go for a night run and look at Christmas lights.  I totaled my 2014 miles as of the end of November, and I’m at 800 miles before December.  I’m going to try to run 100 miles in December to make it 900 miles or more!
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I have two throwback Thursday pictures today.  This one is from last September when James and Grnadpa and I went to Nevada to visit my uncle Stan, and we took a day trip up to Lake Tahoe. Grandpa is still hanging on and fighting, but he isn’t doing very well.  I got to talk to him on the phone yesterday afternoon, and got to hear “I love you.”

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My second throwback Thursday is a gem I found from 6 years ago! I was looking through old pictures on Facebook to find a few of my grandpa and me, and came across this one.  Thayne and Kristen look like babies!

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Dad was off work this week, and took Shay hunting a couple times.  Shay ran down a bird for Dad, she’s such a good girl!  I hope we get to have a pheasant meal when we are home for Christmas.  Fried pheasant is one of my very favorite meals.Photo Dec 02, 2 42 40 PM

James and I put up our little Christmas tree, a few lights outside, and our stockings this week.  I’m so happy we have a fireplace to hang our stockings on! I’ve wrapped most of our presents, only a few left to arrive and wrap.  I sent Christmas cards out today, and we are ready for Christmas!  It feels good to have everything ready for Christmas, I hope the weather holds out and everyone is able to travel safely.

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Last night, I watched a bit of the FloTrack Beer Mile.  The beer mile consists of chugging a beer, running a lap (1/4 mile), chugging a beer, running a lap, etc, for a mile.  Talk about gross.  I don’t like beer, and this seems insane to me! The elite men ran the mile in about 5 minutes, and the elite women ran it in 6:17.  I can’t even run anywhere close to that when I’m not drinking anything, let alone 4 beers!  It was pretty fun to watch though.

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James’ parents are coming to KC this weekend to shop a little and hang out.  Hopefully we can go to the Plaza and see the Christmas lights, I’ve heard they are really good.

Do you prepare for Christmas early, or wait until the last minute?  I like to have everything done a few weeks before Christmas!