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Thursday Things

Oh man, things definitively took an interesting turn Tuesday/yesterday!

So Tuesday night, Luke subbed on his boss’s softball team. Something he was very happy to do, as he isn’t on his own softball team this year. But in the second inning of the first game (it was a double header) he was trying to slide home but he ended up falling and hitting his head off the ground pretty hard. He said right afterwards he had tunnel vision for a few minutes and was a little bit disoriented. So he told his boss that there was a good chance that he was either going to be late to work on Wednesday or just may not come in at all. And since his boss saw him fall and heard the sound his head made when it hit the ground, he said that was absolutely fine.

So yesterday Luke slept until about 8 am (about 2 hours later than he usually gets up), but when he woke up he was a little bit dizzy. So after a little bit of debate with me (he for real got dressed and ready to go into work) I convinced him to stay home, because I really thought he needed a little bit of rest. But of course Luke is stubborn and couldn’t actually sit at home and rest. We ended up taking Finn to one dog park by himself, then we ran home, grabbed Lily and Dean, and then took all three of them to a different dog park haha. Luckily after walking around a little bit, Luke said he felt a lot better so maybe a little bit of moving around was good for him. πŸ˜‰

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Finn, Dean, and Lily. My babies are so pretty. πŸ™‚

After our second dog park adventure, we stopped at a Sprout’s, which is about 5 minutes from the dog park (and this dog park is about 30 minutes from our house). Originally just to get lunch, but we also ended up getting walnuts (we haven’t been to a Sprout’s for a while and forgot how great buying stuff in bulk can be hahaha), and water and disposable cups so we could give the dogs water, who we had left in the car. Yes, we did indeed leave the dogs in the car on a hot summer day, but we were also parked in the shade, and left the car running with the air conditioner on full blast. We also didn’t have our spare key, so we had to leave the doors unlocked, but our dogs are all super protective/territorial so we really weren’t worried about it. They were cool, comfortable, would keep the car from being stolen, and we were only in the store for a few minutes anyway.

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Side note; I tried kombucha for the first time yesterday. Not bad!!

Well whenever we were walking back out to the car, some lady was looking into our car windows, looking all worried, so Luke told me to go run out there before she decided to break a window or call the police. Now, I totally understand why someone would be worried about dogs locked in a car on a hot day if the car wasn’t running. Hell, I’d probably be one of the first people to go help the dogs. But again, OUR CAR WAS RUNNING AND THE AC WAS ON!! Trust me, they were absolutely fine!! And I know for a fact Lily was growling at her from the driver’s seat, and I have a feeling Dean and Finn have been growling at her from the back seat. So I ran up to the car, opened the door and told them they were all being good puppies. The lady didn’t look too happy, but she walked back to her car. Good riddance to her. People are too nosy sometimes, and if she would have tried anything I feel like one of the dogs would have nipped at/bitten her. Oh well, it all ended well, so that’s all that matters. πŸ™‚

Anyway, after all of that we went home, made some pickles, and then spent the rest of the day playing Story Of Seasons on our Nintendo 3DS’s. Good times! Plus I’m very glad that Luke spent several hours sitting and relaxing. πŸ™‚

 

So that was all yesterday. Today kinda ended up being pretty boring though. πŸ˜‰

I had intended to get up early and do a 5 mile run, but oh man I just couldn’t. I woke up at 5 and I was just so fucking tired (and after looking at my sleep chart thingy I can see why…). So I tried to go back to sleep (but I feel like I kept waking up a little bit), and eventually go up at 7:30. So there’s that, but I’m also crazy sore. Probably because of all of the work in the garden earlier this week. DOMS definitely caught up with me today haha. So today ended up being an impromptu rest day, but there was absolutely no way I running would have went well or have even been a good idea, so I’m not too worried about it. πŸ™‚

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So I haven’t exactly done much today, but it was nice to take a little break. πŸ™‚ And hopefully I’ll be able to run and have fun while doing it tomorrow morning. Anyway, today I cleaned up the house a little bit, did a some yoga, played some more Story Of Seasons, and that was pretty much it haha.

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Anyways that’s all I’ve got for today, I suppose. Happy Thursday!

~Ashley 

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July 15th, 2017

So yesterday when Luke came home from work he surprised me with a new pair of Nike Pegasus 34’s for an anniversary gift! Haha that jerk does this to me all the time! He acts like these things are no big deal and that he doesn’t plan on doing anything for them (which is fine by me, I’m not big on celebrating this kinda things anyway.), but then he always does something like this haha. He said he also wanted to go out to dinner, but he got home later than he would have liked and that probably wouldn’t have worked out well. But now he’s promising to take me out on Monday. I told him I didn’t care either way, but whatever. πŸ˜‰ Seriously though, he’s the best!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Ok but for real though, I’m super excited to add a third pair of running shoes into my rotation. Although I have a feeling it’s going to drop back down to two before too long. I have a feeling on of the pairs of my Nike Free’s is nearing the end of their running life. But anyway, about 2 years ago I had a pair of Pegasus 30’s and I absolutelyΒ adoredΒ them! But once I retired them I never ended up with another pair of the Pegasus. Mostly because from what I understand, Nike likes to stop the production of certain models of shoes for a few years or something like that. I guess that helps bump up their sales once they resume production and sales of those models of shoes. But also because it seems to be hard to find shoes in my size. I wear a size 9 for regular everyday shoes, and a size 10 for my running shoes, but I swear every time I go to a sporting goods store they only have 7’s and 8’s. Which is weird. At least I think it is…I thought 9’s and 10’s were pretty common sizes for women, but whatever. Haha Luke said he had to go to several different stores yesterday to find my size, but he knew how badly I wanted another pair of Pegasus so he hunted them down for me. Like I said, he’s the best!

So I didn’t plan on doubling yesterday, but obviously I needed to take my new shoes out for a spin! So I did! πŸ™‚ They felt just as good on my feet as my last pair of Pegasus did. Obviously they are a little bit bigger and heavier than the Nike Free’s that I usually wear, but I think it’s good for me to add a different model of shoes into my rotation. That’s supposed to be good for working the muscles and ligaments in your ankles and feet a little bit differently and that’s definitely a good thing. πŸ™‚

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So aside from my new shoes being awesome, this run kinda sucked. It was crazy hot/humid (which is my absolute least favorite) and for whatever reason Strava decided not to record my run. Ugh, that was kinda frustrating…I miss my Garmin…But oh well, at least the sunset/clouds/sky was pretty.

 

 

Anyways, I stayed up a little later than usual last night (I went to bed around 12:30 am, instead of my usual 10:30-11 pm), with the intention of sleeping in just a little bit this morning. Finn didn’t exactly let that happen though. He woke me up at 5 am because he needed to go outside. Then he woke me up again around 5:45 because he needed back in. Then around 6:30 my neighbor let his dog out and he was barking, so Finn started barking, so I let him back out, but about half an hour later he needed back in. So at that point I gave up and just got up, even though I really wanted to sleep for another hour, but at that point it just wasn’t going to happen…

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So I got up, had my coffee, and then spent a lot of time procrastinating getting a run in. Not gonna lie, right now I’m kinda liking the idea of doing a run streak and so far I’ve run for 3 day’s straight. Haha I know that’s not much, but you gotta start somewhere, right? Well at this point I’m not really going to call it a streak just yet, but at this point that is the goal, so to keep that going I needed to run at least a mile today. But I really, really wasn’t feeling the whole running thing this morning. But that was definitely more of a mental thing than a physical one.

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Literally me this morning…

But luckily for my little, baby “streak”, I finally got off my ass and got a mile done. Haha obviously it’s not much, but now I’m just that much closer to actually being able to call this thing a streak. πŸ™‚

Anyway, I think they whole mental block with running is because of anxiety. I keep thinking I’m having breathing/asthma problems, but I’m like 90% sure it’s just my anxiety acting up. Especially since it’s been pretty bad lately… I don’t think I’ve really talked much about my anxiety issues on here. Maybe eventually I’ll do into detail about it, but I had to go through a whole thing with a cardiologist a few years ago (because my GP had heard a murmur in my heart at one point), but long story short, turns out it was all just anxiety and my heart is fine. And I mean, I pretty much already knew I had some kind of anxiety disorder. They tend to run in my family actually, and my grandma, mom, both of my sisters, and a few of my cousins all have it in some way shape or form. But I guess it’s nice to actually have a doctor tell you that’s what it is, and that you’re not dying or crazy or whatever.

Honestly I probably need medicated, but that’s not going to happen anytime soon. I hate going to the doctor, I hate hospitals, doctors offices, dentists, and all that stuff (probably because of the anxiety haha). Seriously, every time I go to any kind of doctor’s office my blood pressure tends to be a bit high. Isn’t anxiety great?! (That’s super duper sarcasm by the way πŸ˜‰ ). I also probably need to back off on the caffeine, but that’s also not going to happen anytime soon. πŸ˜‰ Luckily staying active in general, but especially running and yoga seem to help. πŸ™‚

Anyway, I suppose that’s all I have for today.

I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

~Ashley

5th Wedding Anniversary!

As of today, Luke and I have been married for 5 years!!

(And yes, Lily was in fact in our wedding πŸ˜‰ )

It’s kinda crazy to think that we’ve known each other since 8th grade, have been together for 10 years, and as of today have been married for 5 years. I guess time flies when you’re having fun! I can’t wait to see what adventurer the next 5 years bring us! πŸ™‚

Back To Scheduled Programming!

Well, sorta.

I really wanted to run this morning, especially considering the fact that I only ran once while I was in Florida, but we are currently under a heat advisory that started at 3:00 this morning and the air quality here in Kansas is in the yellow or moderate zone today. Not a good combination for an asthmatic like myself…Plus I spent the whole Florida trip around 2 very heavy smokers and that always ends up giving me trouble. Especially when I have to be around it for an extended period of time. So I decided that running probably wouldn’t be the best idea for me today. Hopefully by tomorrow the heat advisory will be over and my lungs will feel a little bit better, but I guess we shall see.

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I did still get up relatively early this morning though. My garden is in not so great shape after not being tended to for 10 days. The grass is super high, the weeds are abundant, my zucchini died (sad face), whats left of my lettuce is dying, and everything else just needed watered. Badly. So I did as much weeding as I could (it was starting to get really hot and I was struggling haha, it’s a very good thing I did not run today), watered everything, and tried pulling as much grass as I could. I was going to weed eat it, but my weed eater’s battery was completely dead and it didn’t charge fast enough, so unfortunately I had to leave most of the grass out there super high for today. I should be able to get that all taken care of tomorrow though. And usually I’d have the rabbits out there to help keep the grass mowed down, but I can’t leave them outside when it’s this hot. They would absolutely fry out there. But I did let them eat some grass while I was out there working this morning, I just had to bring them in when I called it a day.

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My first watermelon of the year!

While I was out there I did pick 10 HUUUGE cucumbers (they sat out there for too long, but surprisingly enough they really aren’t that bitter, which is really weird because they usually are if you let them get too big), my first watermelon of the year (and there are a few more growing out there and I’m so super stoked about that!), and 5 banana peppers. And my tomato plants are covered with some very nice looking green tomatoes, so I’ll be having an abundance of tomatoes very shortly! πŸ™‚ But I’m still super upset about losing my zucchini plant…Zucchini is my favorite. 😦

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As you can see, I took this photo before I found the rest of the cucumbers. πŸ˜‰

But anyways, I feel a lot better now that I’ve been able to tend to the garden, even if it was just a little bit, but now I really need to get to work on cleaning up the house. It was an absolute disaster when Luke and I got home yesterday. My brother in law’s dog’s hair was everywhere (I swear his dog sheds more than all 3 of mine combined) and that sure didn’t help my whole asthma issue. There were plates and dishes and silverware everywhere, along with some trash. I don’t thing either of our brothers did the dishes while we were gone (there are so many dishes that need done…) and I’m pretty sure they only got the mail once (but I’ll get to that in a second). My brother had brought his cat with him and he pooped all over the house (I also think he peed in a few places but I haven’t quite figured that out yet). And the floor is just covered in mud. It wasn’t a good situation to come home to.

Luckily I did get a lot of that stuff taken care of yesterday while Luke went out to coffee with one of his friends, so really now all I need to do is vacuum again and mop the whole house, clean off the kitchen counter, and do laundry. We have so much laundry haha. But I’m working on it. πŸ™‚

But anyway, I think our brothers only got the mail once, because Luke’s brother brought in an important piece of mail that he’d been waiting on and that got here while we were gone. And my brother brought in a hoodie that I had ordered from Adeline Records (which is a record company that Billie Joe Armstrong, along with a few other musicians started/own) and literally got to the house an hour after we left the house haha. But other than that, there was quite a bit of mail shoved into our mailbox haha. Oh well, Luke and I are just happy that the stuff we had been waiting on got here and then made it into the house safely. πŸ™‚

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Now I just wish it was actually cold enough to wear my super spiffy new hoodie! But unfortunately it’s going to be a while before that happens.

Anyway, along with the usual bills, news papers, and junk mail, my second ever Stride Box was shoved into our mailbox!

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Yay! I’m so super excited about StrideBox you guys! Not gonna lie, I’ve always been kinda skeptical about the whole subscription box thing, but StrideBox has definitely won me over in just two months! So far it’s come with some pretty awesome stuff! I especially like the fact that it comes with things that I probably wouldn’t actually buy if I just saw them at the store, so its a great way for me to try out new things, and then if I like whatever it is that I’ve tired I’ll know exactly what it is! And for only $15 a month (and that includes shipping!!) I thing it’s totally worth it and I would definitively recommend any runner to at least check them out. πŸ™‚

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Anyway, I guess I need to quit procrastinating and finish cleaning up the house, but first I need to drink my tea out of my fancy, new Florida mug, and maybe read a few articles from this months issue of Runner’s World haha. πŸ˜‰

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I hope you’re having a great Tuesday!

~Ashley

Hello Kansas!!

Thank the Lord baby Jesus we are finally home!!!!

So Saturday/Sunday I rode in a bus with Luke’s mom’s family from Florida to Illinois. We spent 22 ish hours on a cramped, small, uncomfortable, bus. The ride was only supposed to take 14 hours…but oh well, we finally made it to our respective families houses in Illinois. So I stayed at my grandma’s house. That was really nice though, I always enjoy spending time with her. πŸ˜„

So last night I took my uncle’s new dog, Luther (who I’m 90% sure is part pit bull and maybe part border collie) for a walk last night. Haha I’m used to my 3 border collies who are all very high energy, in very good shape, and can go on very long walks with me, so it was kinda funny that Luther could barely make it a mile. I mean, he enjoyed the walk and he tried really hard, but near the end I kinda had to drag him to keep him going haha. My uncle doesn’t exactly walk him so I guess he’s not used to it. That’s alright though, we both had fun and he was nice and tired last night. 😁

But our short little walk, and drinking lots of water has helped the swelling in my ankles go down. They’re still a little bit stiff and swollen from the 22 hour bus ride, but they were much better this morning. 

Yesterday verses this morning.


So anyway, this morning I hung out with my grandma for a little bit, and then Luke (who was stayed at his dad’s house last night) came to get me at 9:30 am, and then we were off to Kansas! Except not really, because Luke forgot some stuff at his dad’s house and we had to stop back there before we could leave. But we did and it was all good. πŸ˜„

 After an uneventful 5 hour drive back home (which felt kinda short after the drive to and from Florida), we came back to a house of dogs who were very excited to see us (Finn wouldn’t let the other dogs get near me haha), a very sad garden full of weeds and dead and dying plants, and the house is a huge wreck and a lot of stuff seems to be broken…so I’m dealing with that right now. Fun times. But hopefully by tomorrow things will mostly be back in order. 


Until next time! 

~Ashley

Hello Illinois!!!!

I don’t I’ve ever been happier to be here! I also never ever ever want to step foot into another bus like that ever again. Haha I guess you’ll see why I feel that way by the end of this post. 

We left the rental house in Florida around 9 am yesterday. We drove for a while and took a slight detour once we got to Georgia. Luke’s mom wanted to stop in Senoia, GA because that’s where they film a lot of The Walking Dead, along with several other movies and TV shows. 

So we got out and walked around a bit. It was pretty neat to see some of the stuff from the show. We saw the walls and some of the houses and a church from Woodbury, the train tracks that led to terminus, and we saw The Walking Dead cafe (although it was closed when we got there). Plus the town was super pretty in general and it was kinda nice to be able to walk around and stretch our legs. 


(Sorry about how awkward and not so pretty this post probably looks with all of these photos. I didn’t bring my laptop with me, so I’ve had to post from my phone and obviously I have a lot less control over that kinda thing on mobile.)

Anyway, after we had seen everything that we wanted to see in town, we all piled back into the bus and we drove around to see a few other of The Walking Dean sets. We also saw the cemetery that was Pet Sematary. I’ll admit that was really neat, even if it was only a brief glance and I couldn’t take any pictures. I’ve officially seen that and the hotel where Stephen King wrote The Shining, so I’m on happy Stephen King fan. πŸ˜„

After our little The Walking Dead tour, we tried to continued on our way. After a while we stopped to get food and Luke and his mom switched out so Like cold drive for a while and his mom could rest. 

I ended up kinda in and out of sleep for most of the time that Luke drove. The bus we were on was super cramped, super uncomfortable, and not designed for long road trips like this, so sleeping comfortably was out of the question. I ended up leaning my pillow on the table in front of me, leaning forward at the waist, and sleeping like that. It was kind of awful. Anyway, I fell asleep a little after we passed Nashville and swhen I woke up we were pulling off the interstate to get gas and I saw a sign that said we were in Marion, Illinois. I swear I’ve never in my life been so happy to be in Illinois! 
After we got gas  Luke and his mom switched places and she drove the last 2 and a half ish hours back to our final destination. Except Luke and I never exactly made it there. We went passed Luke’s’ dad’s house and she ended up dropping us off there, and from there was going to drop off Luke’s step sisters and their whole group off at their mom’s house, and then she, her two remaining kids, and her boyfriend were finally going to their final destination (which was Luke’s grandma’s house). The trip from Florida to Illinois was supposed to take 14 hours ended up taking us closer to 21…

Anyway, I have no idea if any of them made it, but she dropped us off without our suitcases and just told us that later in the day we could all meet up at Luke’s grandma’s, get our luggage, and then help clean out the bus. I’m not sure when we’re going to do that, but I guess it’ll probably happen later this evening. 

Anyway, after we were dropped off at Luke’s dad’s house, we hung out there with him, Luke’s step mom, and his 2 other brothers for a while. The Luke dropped me off at my grandma’s house, and they all went to have Lunch at his other grandma’s house. 

So after I talked to my grandma for a little bit, I took a much needed shower (luckily I had a clean shirt in my carry on bag, but I had to put my dirty pants back on. Oh well.), washed my tattoos for the first time since Florida (although I did put a little bit of A&D on them in the bus), took a nap, and now she’s currently making sure I get good and fed. πŸ˜„

So yeah, my day has definitely improved, but it started off pretty rough. And while I was in the shower I noticed that my ankles were CRAZY swollen! Like seriously, it was bad. I guess I should have brought my compression socks with me on this trip, but I totally forgot…

Yeah, see that big lump? That shouldn’t be there…


Luckily the swelling went down a bit while I was napping, but their still pretty stiff, swollen, and uncomfortable. So right now my primary objective is drinking lots of water, and I’ll probably take my uncle’s dog, Luther for a walk tonight once it cools off a bit. Hopefully that will help with all the swelling. But for now I’ve got my feet elevated and I’m drinking lots of water, like I said. 


Anyway, that’s all I’ve got from now! I hope you have a great Sunday! 

~Ashley

On The Road AgainΒ 

Welp, we are officially on our way back to Illinois! 

This morning we did some last minute cleaning and packing, ate breakfast, and hit the road around 9:30 this morning. 


It’s now close to 6:30 pm as I type this, so we’ve been in the bus pretty much all day, and we probably won’t get to Illinois until around noon ish tomorrow (I’m hoping for earlier, but I’m being realistic). We drove through a pretty bad thunderstorm and have stopped several times for snacks and gas, and so far we’re making pretty decent time considering the thunderstorm we drove through. 

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today. The next time I talk to you may be when I’m back at home in Kansas on Monday. 

Happy Saturday!

~Ashley