Monday Mentionings: December 19

Good morning and happy Monday! Less than a week until Christmas, are you ready?!  I’m really excited to go home for the long Christmas weekend and spend time with family.  Last weekend I found these adorable kitten mittens, without fingers, and had to get them! My hands often get cold at work, and these little mittens are not only adorable, but super cozy too! And I can still type!

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Last week at work, we had an Ugly Christmas Sweater day, and it was a lot of fun to see everyone dressed up in their ugliest sweaters.  I remember doing this last year, I had only been with RTS for a month; it’s such a fun group to work with.

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Friday night, Chris, his band mate Katie, and I went to The Midland to see Third Eye Blind, The Strumbellas, and Judah & The Lion.  We took the streetcar for the first time, and it was so convenient.  I highly recommend parking at Crown Center/Union Station and taking the streetcar up to P&L if you ever need to!

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The concerts were great! I had never been to the Midland, and it was such a beautiful venue!  And talk about some great performances, especially by the Strumbellas!

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My aunt and uncle happened to be in town for my aunt’s company Christmas party, and they were staying at Crown Center, we were able to stop by and get some hugs after the concert.  Steve sent me the pic below from the top of the hotel, and it’s so pretty, I just have to share.  Chris and I have actually been to Crown Center the last 3 weekends in a row!

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Photo courtesy Steve Schumacher.

Saturday early afternoon, Chris and I went to the gym to run.  All night Friday night it had drizzled, and by the time we got up Saturday, everything was icy.  We got in a few miles on the treadmills, hit the heavy bags for a little bit, and did some rowing, before going home.  It was snowing while we were at the gym, and was really pretty to watch out the windows.

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We ran a few errands in the afternoon, including going to Guitar Center.  That’s a place I had never ever been to in my life, and during the last 6 months, I’ve been there a handful of times.  I had to try out the guitar fedoras, I think I probably need one of these in my life.

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Saturday night, we braved the snow and ice and ventured to Chris’ band’s show in Lee’s Summit.  Carmen and Adam were also able to make it out, and we got to hang out a bit before the show.  It ended up being a really late night, but a great show and fun company.

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Sunday I really needed to get in a long run.  It’s been a couple weeks, and I wanted to get 6-8 miles in, and I was really hoping I could manage 8 on the treadmill.  3 Netflix shows and some Chief’s football later, 8 miles were done!  The rest of the day was spent chilling at home, because DANG it’s cold out.

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Jazzy was all about the snuggles last night while Chris and I watched Harry Potter.  He laid on me for about an hour while we watched the Half Blood Prince.

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I hope everyone has a great week leading up to Christmas, and stays safe traveling to see family and friends.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everybody!!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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. 😛

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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!!