February 21st, 2017

Ah, it’s good to be home! Sleeping in my own bed and being in my own space last night was fantastic! Especially since I really didn’t sleep much yesterday. I ended up sleeping in an hour later than I usually do, but it was definitely necessary. 🙂

I woke up to a beautiful morning here in Kansas! Started off my morning by turning off the heat and opening up the windows to let some fresh air into the house. Then I procrastinated cleaning the house (and oh man, does it need cleaned! Apparently leaving two guys alone for a few days was a bad idea haha), by replying to all of the comments on my blog that I hadn’t got a chance to answer over the weekend. Then I continued my procrastination by going on a short run. I’ve never had a run go so well, while simultaneously feeling like crap.

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My cardio vascular system must really be enjoying being back at around 4,000 feet of elevation, as opposed to the 5,000-7,500 feet of elevation that I spent the weekend at. Plus my legs were super happy to get out and moving after spending 10 hours in a car yesterday. The only issue was that I was super duper dehydrated from the 20 hours I spent in a car, and all of the exploring in the dry Colorado during the weekend. I guess living in the Midwest has seriously conditioned me to function better in air that’s a little more humid (even though the humidity does get super annoying). In Colorado my lips were super happened, my skin was super dry and flaky, and I never really felt like I had gotten enough water. I actually ended up waking up several times each night because I was just so darn thirsty.

Anyway, after my run I tended to my livestock (I fed and watered the rabbits, then moved their hutch to a fresh patch of grass), showered, started some laundry, worked on a few blog posts, and worked on getting the house back into order. That took a good majority of the day…boring but necessary. I also trimmed my hair because it grows crazy fast so when it short it needs cut quite frequently, which is, but I’m still very much enjoying not having to deal with my super long hair. And of course I walked the dogs. I don’t think it’s possible for me to be home and not do that. 😉

So at some point during the day my sister shared a link about a wildfire on Rabbit Mountain that started yesterday (I think). That’s the mountain my dad and I hiked up on Saturday. He hikes there a lot apparently (along with quite a few other people). Luckily at this point nobody’s been hurt or lost their home (although a few out buildings did burn down). According to the article, it’s mostly under control, so hopefully it will get put out soon and no one will get hurt. And I’m not gonna lie, I’m kinda glad I got to hike there before the fire. It’s a really beautiful place. Luckily fire fertilizes (that’s why you see farmers and ranchers and people like that out burning their fields in the spring), so once everything grows back it’ll be beautiful again.

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So after finding out about the fire at Rabbit Mountain (which was a huge bummer) my day’s just kinda gone down hill. My family some drama going on right now. I’m not going to delve into all of that, but it’s been pretty stressful. I’ve been texting several people all afternoon about it and everyone is worried. Luckily it’s seeming like the best case scenario is going to play out, but it’s still a pretty shitty situation. And to top it all off, I developed a headache at some point this afternoon and I haven’t been able to get rid of it. Probably from the stress of this whole situation. Fun times.

Oh well, hopefully tomorrow will be better. 

~Ashley 

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