MM: February 20

The weather last week was beyond great for February! Last Monday was the chilliest day, and it wasn’t even that cold, but we made chili and had Michelle over for chili and cinnamon rolls.

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Chris surprised me on Tuesday, on Valentine’s Day, with this gorgeous bouquet and bear.  We had talked about not really doing anything and having a low key Valentine’s Day, but he’s just too sweet.

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Saturday morning, Amy and I ran and then had lunch and went to the mall.  Saturday was such a pretty day.

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Later on Saturday afternoon, Chris and I went to Shawnee Mission Park and found this beautiful little hiking trail. We walked about a mile, but definitely want to do the total 6 miles soon, it was so pretty.

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Sunday morning, Chris and I ran 6 miles on the trails, then had some great breakfast, and later got some Dr. Pepper slurpees on the way to Chris’ band practice.  The weekend weather was just phenomenal, I can’t wait for spring!

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The best news of the weekend is that Kristen and Thayne announced they are having a baby!! I’m going to be an aunt!

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Have a great week! Enjoy the spring-like weather!!

Monday Mentionings: February 15

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good Valentine’s Day weekend! I had a great weekend, but more about that later!

The week started out with a free burrito from Chipotle! Jasper helped me eat it.

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Wednesday morning I got up and made it to cycle class before work, which was a fabulous time. I even wrote a post about how great it felt, and how I feel when I see this picture.

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Jasper has been such a great roommate to Michelle, he watches over her things when she’s not in her room, keeps the chair warm for her, and loves eating some of her food so she doesn’t get too full.  But really, he has been super good with having another body in the house.  I was a bit worried that he would feel overwhelmed, but he’s been such a good boy!

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Saturday morning, I got all dressed up as warmly as I could to volunteer the Sweetheart 5k with Amy.

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The race was good, but dang it was COLD!  I was ok once we started clipping the timing chips off the runners’ shoes, but my goes got so cold that they felt like they were burning. I had to go inside a few minutes before the race was over, because I couldn’t stand it any more.  They were SO. COLD.  I took my shoes off and tried to warm them up by rubbing them, but they were still just burning with cold.  Finally, I asked Amy to sit on my feet, so I could let my feet suck the warmth from her butt.  Hah!  It worked though, and about 10 minutes later, they felt better, but all day after that, they felt tender.  I guess next time, I’ll need to put some feet warmers in my shoes.

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After the race, we checked out the KC Running Company expo, which was filled with race vendors, clothes, speakers, etc.  The discounts on the races were so fantastic! After the expo, we went to lunch at Longboards in Mission, which was ahhhh-mazing.  After that, we ran a couple errands and then went back to the expo for more race discounts!

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Also on Saturday, I bought a pair of cycling shoes!! I’m really excited about these shoes.  Cycling shoes have a hard sole, so your foot can’t bend, which helps on the pedal, because you get more power and also it’s not as stressful on your feet.  I bought them at the Trek store, and had them attach clips to the bottom of the shoes, so I’ll be able to clip into the pedal, which is also more energy efficient, and keeps your foot in the right place on the pedal.  I can’t wait to try them out at class tonight!

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Sunday morning, Amy and I had plans to meet up late morning, when the weather would be warmer.  We had a 5 mile run, and toward the end, my calves had had enough.  They were super sore from squatting down at the race Saturday trying to clip the chips off the runners’ shoes, and trying to be nice to my left knee, I put a lot of pressure on my left calf, and it is sure tight, but it’s way down low, not somewhere that I can stretch it.  It made the run pretty painful toward the end, but it was great to be out in the sunshine and have seasonably warm-ish temperatures.

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After running, I joined Michelle at the Olathe Y for some zumba! It was the second class I’ve taken this winter,  both with Belle!  It was a lot of fun, but again, my dang calf was sore!

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Belle and I both wore our tie-dye’d zumba shirts from 6 years ago! I can’t believe it was that long ago! The pic on the left was right after we tie-dye’d them in January 2010 and wore them to zumba class in Hays, and the pic on the right is from today! Besties for life!

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After zumba, Michelle and I hung out, made some queso, and I chilled with Jazzy on the couch.  He was my valentine this year, and it was perfect.

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I’m looking forward to a weekend with my parents, and warmer weather this week! Have a great week, friends!

Love Day

Valentine’s Day has always been a special day for James and me.  This year, we celebrated 11 years together.  We began dating 11 years ago, in high school, at our school’s Sweetheart Dance.  Here we are, 11 years later, still going strong!

James surprised me after my quick little run with some gorgeous flowers.  He spoils me. =)

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Later, we went to a movie, then went to dinner in Waldo, at a fun bar and grill called The Well.  We ended up having a great day, I’m a lucky woman to have this man in my life.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, James; I love you! ❤

I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day!