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Thursday Things

Sad news to report today. Unfortunately the girl puppy ended up dying yesterday.

Honestly I wasn’t too surprised. Yesterday I mentioned that she had a cleft palate which she did. But I think there was more than that wrong with her. Her little legs were always splayed and she couldn’t seem to bend or move them correctly. She couldn’t move around as well as her brother and she just wasn’t thriving at all. Poor thing. But it happens. And it was probably for the best. She isn’t suffering anymore.

Little girl sleeping in my hand after getting fed.

Boy puppy is doing incredibly well though! He’s getting visibly bigger everyday! He’s a strong and healthy little boy! He’s absolutely thriving and the other dogs are very interested in him. I can’t wait until he gets big enough to play with the big dogs. 😁 He’s just adorable. Giving him away when the time comes is going to be tough. πŸ˜‚

His little feet are huge fit his body and just so darn cute!!!

Anyway, today was a rest day thank goodness!! I was TIRED!!! Hahaha and sore. Half marathon training is definitely in full swing at this point!!! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜„

So, Thursday’s are usually a rest day or a cross train day when it comes to my training plan. It’s really up to me and how I feel. And today I felt like I needed rest so rest I did!

This morning I got caught up with the latest episode of The Handmaid’s Tale and oh my gosh. I just…wow! All of the feels! I don’t even have the words to describe how I feel about it. πŸ˜‚ But I feel like if you watch it then you know what I mean.

And while we’re on the subject of entertainment let’s talk about my new favorite podcast; And That’s Why We Drink!

I have legit been listening to this podcast non stop for two weeks now! I absolutely love it!!

I’ve been into running, health, and fitness podcasts for a while now but I’ve finally branched out of that general genre when this popped up in my recommended section on Spotify. I’ve always been into supernatural/true crime/fictional stuff of that kind since I was a little kid. I can’t tell you how many B rated horror movies I’ve seen with my mom! Along with the bigger/more we’ll known stuff as well. And I mean, I’ve been reading Stephen King novels since I was like, 12. So this podcast is right up my alley!

It’s definitely spooky but the hosts, Em and Christine, are hilarious and they definitely do a good job of completely creeping me out, while simultaneously making me laugh. It’s fantastic! So if you’re into that kinda thing definitely check out their podcast!!

On that note, does anyone believe in the paranormal?? Honestly I’m not sure if I do or not. I’ve never really experienced anything of that kind, although I have been in a house that was supposedly haunted. Nothing weird happened but it sure gave everyone there the creeps! No one would go into this house alone (we were helping to clean it out after the owner died) and there were some pretty weird cold spots, but that was it.

So I’m not sure if I actually believe in the supernatural or not. But I also wouldn’t say that I don’t believe. I’ve heard some insane stories from people I’ve known about Ouija board. One person swears his brother spelled out “Jesus” on one once and it flew out the window and then later spontaneously caught on fire. So yeah, that’s enough to make me swear off of them! I’ve never played with a Ouija board before and I refuse to let anyone bring one into my house. It also freaks me out how popular that and other religious or paranormal or demonic or whatever symbols have become so popular to wear on clothes and stuff. Not gonna lie, I do think that stuff looks cool but I’m also paranoid and think that would be almost like inviting paranormal stuff to happen to you. I don’t know. I just wouldn’t want to risk it. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

And I know that sounds weird coming from someone who loves Halloween, but I’m even careful about the Halloween decoration I get and put up. I don’t need any ghosts ur demons haunting or possessing me!! Hahaha so I don’t know, maybe I do believe in that kinda thing a little more that I think I do.

I do, however, believe without a doubt that aliens exist in some way shape or form! Our universe is just too big to think that we’re the only planet that supports life or are the only intelligent beings out there. πŸ‘½

Hahahaha wow. This post got real weird real fast!! πŸ˜‚ It’s also kinda all over the place, with puppies, running, paranormal stuff, and aliens. But hey, that’s why I like having a blog. I can just go on and on about weird things like that. Especially in my always random “Thursday Things” posts. These are really the ones I feel like I can get weird or be super random with. πŸ˜‚

So Yeah, when I’m not running more likely than not you’ll find me caring for a now single puppy while listening to that podcast.

He sleeps with his little tongue out and it’s adorable!! 😍

Anyway, I think I’ve rambled on enough for today.

Happy Friday eve!

~Ashley πŸ‘½

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That Backyard Farm Life

Border collies, and chickens, and tomatoes, oh my!!

If you weren’t already aware, I have quite the little backyard farm going on!

I grew up on an 80 acre farm in rural Illinois and I miss it all of the time, but my tiny little backyard set up does help. Also maybe it’s practice for a future real farm someday? I sure hope so!!

But before we get into everything I’ve going going on in that regard I just wanted to quickly mention that I got pooped on by a bird during my run this morning. That was definitely a first for me and I thought it was pretty funny. πŸ¦πŸ’©πŸ˜‚

Ok, so backyard farm.

Obviously I’ve got my 4 border collies. They have been my dream since I was 10 years old and I cannot even being to describe how happy they make me! One day I’d like to actually have some real livestock for them to work (Lily actually has worked cattle before and does know a few real herding commands), but for now they just help me keep my chickens and rabbits in line. πŸ˜‚

One of my rabbits has a habit of escaping her hutch at night and getting under our shed. But when she eventually comes out Finn knows to keep her from getting back under there and will hold her in one place so I can quickly grab her. Border collies are incredibly smart and the fact that he’s caught on to what I need him to do is just so awesome!

Don’t worry! This doesn’t stress the bunny out! If you’ve ever seen border collies work then you know they’re very quite and deliberate with what they do. Plus she’s just super used to it and isn’t afraid of my dogs at all. Hahaha if she was a sheep she would be considered β€œdog broke”. Which just means she’s used to being worked by my dogs.

So yeah. I’m just over here living one of my childhood dreams and it’s pretty fucking sweet!

Now, I’ve really debated talking about this next part, but I’m briefly going to get into it. Super duper long story that really doesn’t matter anymore and even if it did I wouldn’t get into it anyway, I’ve recently come into the possession of 2 as of today 6 day old border collie puppies. Like I said, it’s a long story that really doesn’t matter. But what does matter is that they’ve been keeping me very busy! One is a little boy and the other is a little girl.

Unfortunately the little girl has a cleft palate so we’re not sure what’s going to happen with her yet. We’re planning on taking her to the vet soon and seeing what they think we should do. Obviously I’m not a vet, but from what I’ve read it might just be better to euthanize her. Unfortunately stuff like that happens. But we’ll see what the vet says. So I was bottle feeding her, but that wasn’t working well since puppies with cleft palates can’t create the proper suction to nurse. So I’ve switched to feeding her with a syringe for now. And I may have to keep doing that for 3 or 4 more weeks until I can start weening them. That or I’ll only have 1 puppy to care for soon. We shall see.

Little girl fell asleep in my hand after I got done feeding her. Poor baby, is doing a lot better after I started feeding her with a syringe though.

Note; we are not keeping either of these puppies. I’m just taking care of them until they’re old enough to find new homes. But they are adorable! And while they are a lot of work, I do like having them around. 😁

Okey doke! Moving on!!

My chickens are doing well! Nothing really too exciting to report on that front. They eat, poop, and lay eggs pretty much every day. Jethro, my rooster, gets a little bit high and mighty anytime a man gets anywhere near the coop but other than that he’s the nicest rooster I’ve ever met. πŸ˜‚

Since my hens are pretty well established and laying almost every day (they’ve slowed down a little bit because of the heat) I’ve been selling eggs to a few people. Nothing too crazy, but they have paid for a few bags of their feed, so hey, I’ll take it!!

Fresh and pretty eggs washed and ready to be delivered to my neighbor!

So this year my garden is much smaller than it has been in previous years, but it’s doing much better than it did last year!! Last year we legit went 2 months without a drop of rain and my poor tomato plants suffered because of it. This year the weather has been much better and we’ve had a ridiculous amount of tomatoes!! And a decent amount of cucumbers too! 😊

Luke and I have already made 2 jars of tomato sauce and we plan on making more! Plus a bunch of pickles. Canning is a lot of fun, plus we like to have homemade tomato products for chili. We make a lot of chili in the cold months hahaha. And homemade sauce made from a homegrown tomatoes just makes it that much better.

So all of this backyard farm stuff is a lot of work! Monday I spent 2 hours in the morning tending to everything outside and today I spent 3 hours out there! And that’s not counting caring for the puppies and feeding/cleaning up after the rest of the animals. πŸ˜‚ Mostly those 2 days were filled with general yard work, weeding the garden, picking tomatoes and cucumbers, watering the garden, and weed whacking.

Whew! All of that stuff counts as cross training, right?? Hahaha I sure think it does! All that stuff is hard freaking work! I enjoy it though. I guess you could say it’s in my blood. Now if only I could actually make some real money off of all of this! It’s a lot of work and little reward if you don’t count the eggs and produce. Mostly it’s just thankless work. A lot of people assume that since I don’t have a “real” job that I sit around all day doing a whole lot of nothing but that definitely isn’t the case!

So yeah. That’s basically my life at this point! Running, raising dogs, chickens, and growing food! Along with blogging and general household stuff of course. It’s not a glamorous life, but it’s mine and I love it. 😊

I hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday!!

You’re backyard farming friend aka Farmer Dan (it’s an inside joke πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰),

~Ashley

41 Days Until The Autumn Equinox and 49 Days Until The First Day Of October!

Yeah, I have a countdown for both of those things going on my phone. πŸ˜‚

For real though, I’m so over summer!

Not that I was exactly into it to being with. But I’m very ready for it to be over at this point. I’m tired of having to wake up super early to run before the sun comes out at the heat index hits the 100’s. I’m tired of dripping with sweat and being crusted with salt by the time I finish my runs. I’m tired of feeling drained and sapped of every ounce of energy I have on super hot and humid days. And I’m tired of having to resort to running on the treadmill on days where I want to sleep in until 7 am or days when we have heat warnings and I just can’t handle the excessive heat and humidity (I’m for real a huge wimp in the heat and the humidity doesn’t help my asthma…). I am so ridiculously ready for some cool weather and beautiful fall days!

But alas. For now you will find me drowning in my own sweat. πŸ₯΅

Alright. I know that was like, the worlds largest pity party. But I think sometimes it’s best to just get it all out, ya know? πŸ˜‚

Mostly I’m just upset because I ended up sleeping in until 8 am today. Yesterday I was up early, ran 3 “easy” (but they were actually hard AF) miles, and then proceeded to do 2 hours of strenuous yard work. All in the full sun, 80 degrees a rising, 94% humidity weather. With an excessive heat warning on top of it all. The heat index for yesterday got up to 103. Luckily I was done with everything and inside for that part of the day. But my morning in the sun, heat, and humidity really drained me. Hence the sleeping in until 8 today. And since it was already 80 degrees by then I figured the treadmill was my best option. Not my favorite, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

That being said, I might have procrastinated my run today a little bit. I don’t find the treadmill to be particularly appealing so it’s can be really hard to take the first steps of actually getting onto the damn thing!

Eventually I did though. While I might not be stoked about the treadmill it’s pretty easy for me to stay motivated to get my runs done when I have a race on the calendar. Or in this case two. In two days. πŸ˜‰

So around 10:40 this morning I hopped onto my treadmill and got today’s workout done! It definitely helped that my training plan called for my favorite kind of interval workout today, but oh man it was still super hard! I got through it though! Plus for most of my workout there were these little birds hanging out in the bush right outside my window and that was cool! Hahaha they were pretty entertaining and definitely helped take my mind off of the fact that I was putting in some hard work on the treadmill.

Seriously though! I’m so glad that one is over! It was super tough and now I’ve been super tired all day. Like I said, I’m very ready for fall to get here so running isn’t so darn draining all of the time.

Anyway, thanks for hanging around and reading my pity party for today!

I’m all for positive thinking but I also think it’s helpful to say how you feel out loud or write it all down. Bottling things up all of the time just doesn’t work. At least it sure doesn’t for me! I already feel better now that I’ve complained!

So yeah. That’s all for today!

How are you feeling? Are you a summer lover or are you ready for fall? πŸπŸ‚

You’re very sweaty, sport drink reliant friend,

~Ashley

Home Sweet Home, Hello August, and Half Marathon Training

Yesterday afternoon Luke and I loaded up all 4 dogs into the truck and then made our way back to Kansas! Yay!! Is there anything better than sleeping in your own bed at night after being away?? 😴😊

Hahaha but before we actually got to sleep in our bed when we got home (at like, 7 pm yesterdayπŸ˜‰) we had some stuff to take care of. Mostly in the garden. After not being tended to for 4 days it was a little bit dry. It didn’t rain at all while we were gone either. But it’s not too bad. We still had to pick a ridiculous amount of tomatoes and even a few cucumbers last night.

So. Many. Tomatoes!!

It did actually rain that night though! We had a nice little thunderstorm roll in which was very much needed! My garden wasn’t the only think looking a little bit dry yesterday, so everything got watered and that’s good. It was a nice way to end July. Really the weather this summer has been pretty mild for the most part here in Kansas, but a little bit of rain was definitely necessary!β›ˆπŸ˜Š

It was still thundering when I woke up this morning, but no more rain. It just missed us. But things were sufficiently wet here, so that wasn’t a big deal.

Anyway, it’s the first day of August!!

That means it’s time to tally up my monthly mileage!

July was a bit of a hectic month. Luke and I hosted two teenagers and kept them entertained. We experienced a heat wave followed by a weird but very welcome cold snap. I twisted my ankle. And Obviously we had our trip to Illinois. So life and my usual clumsy nature definitely happened and were in full effect this month and my mileage clearly reflects that.

That being said, I still pushed through some stuff, squeezed in runs when we were busy, even if that meant losing some sleep. I cut some runs short when I was short on time, but I still did something and that sure beats nothing! And when I got hurt, instead of being stupid and trying to run on my swollen and sore ankle, I gave it the rest it obviously needed. So all in all I’m calling this month a win!

But now that things are finally going to be settling down around here I’m ready to really start putting in some work! Especially since I’m technically 2 weeks into half marathon training. Although I haven’t really gotten much done in that regard since I twisted my ankle last Wednesday. But that ankle is starting to feel much better now!!

I didn’t run today though, but I really needed to rest and recuperate and that’s also a part of training! Honestly I’m just exhausted from all of the running around we did while we were in Illinois. Today it was nice to just sit at home and do nothing. Well, for the most part at least. πŸ˜‰ I still have animals that needed tended to, tomatoes that needed washed, and other chores around the house that needed done. Oh and laundry. I had to do so much laundry. πŸ˜†

But anyway. We’re home! I’m ready to get going at half marathon training! And we are now that much closer to fall!! 53 more days until the Autumn Equinox and 61 more days until the first day of October!! πŸ‚πŸπŸŽƒ

Happy first day of August!

~Ashley

Hello Again, Illinois!

Hello my friends!

So, I didn’t write a weekly recap for this week because on Wednesday I tripped and fell (again πŸ™„) while running and twisted my ankle. It’s been pretty sore since then so I haven’t run on it since. Bummer. And definitely not the way I wanted to kick off week one of half marathon training. But at least I didn’t skin my knees as badly this time. 🀣

Oh man, honestly I’m beginning to think my newer pair of running shoes is the problem. I’ve NEVER fallen like this whole running before and now I’ve done it twice within the last several weeks. The only difference is the shoes. I already prefer minimalist shoes so I usually run in Nike Free’s, but I also like to rotate in a different model of Nike’s just to switch things up. But apparently these shoes are just too much for me. I can’t feel the ground beneath my feet like I’d like to and I’m beginning to think that’s the problem here. πŸ€”

So yeah. Hurt my ankle. Haven’t been able to run since Wednesday. Freaking great. πŸ™„πŸ˜‘

In better news, yesterday Luke and I drove to Illinois to visit with family! This is our last big thing we’re doing for the summer and after this everything should be calming down around here. And hopefully my ankle will start to feel better so that I can really start digging into half marathon training!

Anyway, we made it to Illinois just fine and at around 4:30 that afternoon! We have all 4 dogs with us so our first stop was to Luke’s dads so we could say hi and then drop off Dean and Whiskey there. Then we went to my grandma’s to drop off Lily and Finn. We separated them because 4 border collies all in the same house that does not belong to them is a bad idea. So it’s better to split them up like this.

After the dogs were settled in we drove back to Luke’s dad’s house because him, his wife, and youngest son were going to this BBQ festival thing and they wanted Luke and I to go with them.

It was definitely an interesting event. One whole street was closed down and lined with bbq vendors. The food was pretty good. But really all I ate was part of a giant turkey leg. I love me a good turkey leg. πŸ¦ƒπŸ˜‚

Mostly though I was excited about the live music! They had a pretty decent 80’s cover band called “Jonny Rock-ITT” playing and I thought that was fun! Live music is basically my favorite thing!! They played for something like an hour and a half to 2 hours. Basically the whole time we were there. We got to listen to/watch them while we walked around and ate. They actually started their set a few minutes after we got there and finished a few minutes before we left, so I was pretty stoked that we were there for the entirety of the live music! 😊

Once we were done there Luke brought me back to my grandma’s so I could hang out with her, my uncle, and Lily and Finn for the night, and he went back to his dad’s so he could spend time with him, his step mom, his youngest brother, and Dean and Whiskey.

Finn thinks he needs to protect me from my Uncle’s dog. Poor Luther is really a good boy. Finn’s just an asshole. πŸ˜‚

Today Luke, his dad, his step mom, and I went to a local distillery for a tasting and tour. I’m not much into hard liquor, but it was still really fun! Plus they had some flavored vodka and whiskey that was pretty good! The photo below of of a Lemon fizz and it was DELICIOUS! πŸ˜‹

So first we got to try 6 of their vodka’s and whiskeys and then we learned how it’s made. So they grow their own corn and use locally peaches and apples to flavor their peach and apple vodkas which I think is cool! Hahaha and we got to keep our tasing cups afterwards which was cool.

So Luke and his dad each bought a bottle of the lemon drop whiskey which was what was in the Lemon Fizz, so apparently we’re going to be drinking that tonight. πŸ˜‚ But before that fun ensues we’re going out to eat at a Mexican restaurant for dinner.

So that’s what’s up next on our agenda while we’re here. I’m not sure what else will be going down, but we’re going to be here until Wednesday, so I’m sure we’ll be doing something else before then.

But that’s all for now!

Happy Sunday,

~ Ashley

Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two is Officially A-go!!

Woohoo!! As of Saturday I am officially registered for the Gobbler Grind half marathon! That means Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two is officially a-go!! 😱

Apparently hanging up my fliers at the Indian Creek Trail and at the office where Luke works really worked! So far I’ve had 8 people sign up for the Gobbler Grind using my ambassador discount code which means I got to register for free (I only needed 5 for that. πŸ˜‰). Sweet!!!

Some ambassador programs are definitely better than others! 😁 Some just give you a discount, but others (usually ones that you have to work a little bit harder for) have better benefits like this! And I’m not trying to brag or anything like that! Just keeping it real and everything in full disclosure! I am an ambassador for this race (and several brands) so I do get some perks from all of that. But I do strive to keep everything I post in here 100% real. I would never promote or become involved with a brand or race that I didn’t believe in or love.

Hahaha and I know I always say something like that whenever I talk about any of that ambassador programs I’m in, but like I said, just trying to keep it real on my little corner of the interwebs! πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

So anyway, Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two is officially official! Yay!!

And right before I “officially” kick off my half marathon training cycle too!! Hahaha I say “officially” because my training plan actually starts next week, but I’ve been training with Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two in mind since the beginning of this year, really.

I would be a lot more stoked about the start of my half marathon training plan if the last week of June and first week of July didn’t have so little running in them… Those weeks I only totaled 11 mile and the 7 miles respectively. Oops. But I mean, it’s been a busy summer and life just kinda happened. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Really though I was doing pretty well, at least mileage wise, up until that point though and I really got my shit together last week and got in 18 miles. Not what I’ve been aiming for, but not terrible. And I’m really focusing on making this week even better, so I should be ok in that department. I won’t be going into this training cycle ridiculously out of shape at least! πŸ˜‚

The real issue here is that I haven’t really done any speed work since this spring. Yikes. Since I’m tackling two half’s in two days I don’t really have a time goal for either. Especially since I’m running both races with my dad. But really, I should still be doing some speedier things…

Oh man the first few speed sessions of half marathon training are really going to hurt. 🀣

But all in all I am pretty excited to “officially” start training for this thing next week! Hopefully it’ll all go smoothly! Or as smoothly as summer running can ever go for me. Hahaha I am not a fan. πŸ₯΅ But summer miles bring fall smiles! So I’m going to do my best to stick with it!

And doing my best apparently means waking up at 5 am so I can get out the door before the sun comes up and slogging through 3 very slow, slightly painful miles. At least, that was my “best” this morning. Really I wanted to get in 5 miles today, but my legs are shot from walking around the zoo in Doc Martens all day on Saturday. My sparkle boots (Doc Martens 1460 Pascal Glitter πŸ˜‰) are very pretty and SUPER comfortable! But they are a lot heavier than the shoes that I have been wearing lately.

I actually experienced this every fall when I got from wearing mostly tennis shoes and flip flops to wearing heavier boots. My legs always feel a little heavy when I start my footwear transition. πŸ˜‚

Worth it! I got several compliments on my boots that day. 😊

So, 3 miles today! I think my slow slogging (in my super light Nike Free’s! πŸ˜‰) helped shake out my legs a little bit though. So hopefully tomorrow’s run will go a little bit better! Either way, still got in 3 miles before the sun had a chance to rise and really heat up the road, so I’ll take that as a win!!

After I finished my slow slog run I spent about an hour and a half tending to my chickens and my garden. I had quite a bit of weeding to do. πŸ˜‚ But my tomato plants are finally starting to go off!! They’ve had a bunch of green tomatoes on them for a while now but they’re starting to get ripe! Plus I’ve got these HUGE green tomatoes out there and I absolutely cannot wait for them to to finally turn red!!

Our garden is much smaller than it’s been in previous years. This year we’ve only got tomato plants, pepper plants (which I’ve already gotten one huge, green pepper from, cantaloupe plants, and cucumber plants (which are just now starting to grow little tiny cucumbers!!!). But it’s doing MUCH better than last year. Last summer was absolutely BRUTAL. It was crazy hot and sunny pretty much every day and I’m not even exaggerating when I say we went two whole months without a drop of rain. It was crazy! But this year has been sooo much better and we’re definitely going to get a much better produce yield, which means we’ll actually have some stuff to can! Yay!!

Anyways, that’s all for today!!

Happy Monday! I hope you have a fantastic week!

Until next time,

~Ashley

Zoo Day

Fact: literally everything in St. Louis is better than anything in Kansas City.

Hahaha I’m only a little biased considering I’m originally from the STL area, but it’s still true. πŸ˜‰

View from Busch Stadium, October 2014

But since we’ve been living in the Kansas City area for almost 7 years now, we’ve learned to get by. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

Yesterday Luke wanted to take his brother and sister into KC yesterday to kinda show them around and do some stuff. Especially since his sister is leaving tomorrow and then his brother is going back home next week. So we went to the Kansas City Zoo and then the art museum.

Not gonna lie, growing up near St. Louis, which has one of the best zoos in the United States, might have ruined most other zoos for me and probably anyone else who ever got to go there on the regular for school field trips, birthday parties, or just on a regular weekend with your family. The St. Louis Zoo is AMAZING!

The Kansas City Zoo is, well… not so much. They don’t have nearly the amount of animals and there is a ridiculous amount of walking that you have to do that contains absolutely no exhibits. That’s no fun. Plus, the STL Zoo is free! Sure, the zoo parking costs like $20, but you can park anywhere else is Forest Park for free, which we always did. The KC Zoo is $16 a head. Which just makes me feel even worse about their whole situation. πŸ˜‚

Hahaha so I know I’ve complained a lot, but we did have a pretty decent day yesterday. I’ve just always got to tell people how much better the STL Zoo is compared to the KC zoo.

Anyway, we woke up at 7 am yesterday so we could get everyone ready and get to the zoo relatively early. It opens at 8 am and we got there a little before 9 which worked out pretty well because we got into the zoo super fast since there was no line! Nice!!

One of the first exhibits you see entering into the KC zoo are the sea otters! I love them! They are just so cute!! This one was swimming all around and playing with it’s pink dish which was fun to watch!

The next exhibit and probably one of the most popular is the Polar Bear habitat, but he wasn’t out at that point, so we continued onto see some monkeys, birds, the orangutans, and orange panda, and the tigers.

After walking around for a while and seeing all of those animals we stopped in the little kiddy area to feed the goats! None of us cared that that was a little kid thing, we all had fun petting and feeding the goats!

And Obviously the goats knew where the little food dispensers were, so the bigger ones would climb up on the fence and get as close as possible to it while you collected the goat treats. It was pretty funny!

We moved on from the goats to the “Discovery Barn”. Another little kid area, but there are tortoise, meerkats, and Macaw parrots there and we wanted to see them. πŸ˜‰ After we did we went to pet some stingrays! That’s always fun! Plus getting to stick your hand in cool water was super nice! Especially since it was starting to get pretty hot at that point.

After the stingrays we moved on the the penguins. One of our all time favorites! And also probably the second biggest attraction at the KC zoo. And I do have to admit that their penguin exhibit is pretty cool! It’s two different levels so you can see the penguins on “land” but then you can also watch them dive into and swim through the water. And a lot of times it looks like they’re swimming right above you which is awesome!

Plus this building is super cold (I mean, it kinda has to be) so it’s a nice place to stop and take a break from the heat.

After the penguins we moved onto “Africa”. Now this is the part of the zoo that has the ridiculously long walk with no animals. You even have to cross over a bridge that goes over a river and train tracks. Hahaha every time we do this Luke and I end up complaining about how poorly this zoo is set up. πŸ˜‚ And I mean, you can take a tram over this part, but we already paid $16 dollars to get in, plus a ridiculous amount of money for food and drinks, plus we wanted to ride the ski lift thing, so we’re just not about that tram life. πŸ˜‚

At this point is when we got to see the elephants which I was super excited about! Elephants are definitely one of my favorites! They are such intelligent, amazing, beautiful creatures! Plus if what that rumor circulating the internet is true, elephants think we’re cute (the same part of their brain lights up when the see us as the part of our braid does when it sees cute puppies or something like that, supposedly). And I just think that’s awesome!

After the elephants we road the sky tram thing. Basically it’s just a ski lift that goes over the ostriches, zebras, giraffes, and other herd animals so you can see them from above. I don’t have any pictures from that because I was terrified of dropping my phone. πŸ˜‚ But my sister in law and I road it together and we had a lot of fun! πŸ˜ƒ

Once we got off of the sky tram we walked aback around so we could get an on the ground view of all of the animals we saw from above.

And then yet again we made it to another portion of the zoo that had a ridiculous amount of walking with no animals in it. Boring…Hahaha we also spent $20 on a very small amount of snacks. That was a little bit depressing.

But we ate and drank as we walked. By this point the 4 of us were hot and tired, but we wanted to see the gorillas before we left and we actually got really lucky because two of them were right up near the glass of the viewing area.

This guy was just hanging out and watching all of the people eating him. 🦍

Then we got really lucky again and got to see the leopard walking across the part of his habitat that goes over the waking path. That was super neat!! Luke and I have been to this zoo quite a few time actually, but this was the first time we ever got to see that!

Like I said, at this point we were all hot and tired so we started making our way to the exit. After the ridiculously long walk back from “Africa”, over the bridge with no animals we were all a little bit miserable. So we stopped at the penguin exhibit again so we could cool off in the air conditioning a little bit. Then when we left there we found a snow-cone truck and we all absolutely NEEDED a snow-cone, so we spent another $20 on 4 small snow-cones. That was a little bit ridiculous, but I wasn’t kidding when I said we needed them. We ate them while we walked out of the zoo and to the truck and we all perked up quite a bit after getting some icy, sugary goodness into us. πŸ˜‚

That was probably the perfect way to wrap up our zoo trip.

It was around 12:30 pm that we left the zoo, so we went from there to the art museum.

We walked in, went to look at all of the paintings, and then Luke and his brother ran off because they are boring and don’t enjoy art. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰ So my sister in law and I took our time looking at everything. She particularly liked the paintings since she’s a painter herself. I loved the Egyptian and Greek art. They have some pretty cool sculptures there. Plus a real mummy!! I also like all of the pottery stuff they have. I particularly like all of the teapots. 😁

So we went around the whole museum and apparently while we did that so did Luke and his brother. Ironically they ended up going through the whole museum as well and did actually look at the art while also looking for us. It was pretty funny actually. And once my sister in law and I finally spotted them the tried to get away again. But I took off running across the museum lobby because I don’t give a single fuck and I caught them. I got some weird looks from all of the fancy, sophisticated people there. It was hilarious. πŸ˜‚

That was the end of our art museum adventure though, Which was probably a good thing. I don’t think the security people were too fond of us at that point, considering I sprinted across their lobby. Hahaha plus my sister in law and I got yelled at for standing too close to a Van Gogh painting. We weren’t touching! Just admiring! But apparently you can only get so close to the art. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Our day of adventuring ended at a Panera at around 3:30 that afternoon for a super later/early lunch/dinner. We were STARVING after waking around the zoo and only eating snacks. So it was basically the best meal we’d ever had. πŸ˜‚

Then we drove back home and just kinda hung out for the rest of the evening. My sister in law showed me a bunch of her art on her phone and I showed her some of my photography stuff from back in the day. It was a nice evening after a fun but long day. 😊

So, I didn’t get a run in yesterday, but after all of the waking at the zoo I did go a little over my step goal, so I mean, I’ll take it! Hahaha at the very least walking around in the hot sun was definitely something! πŸ˜‚ But I have been doing better at actually squeezing runs in this week compared to the 3 previous weeks, so I am making some progress on that front! We’ve definitely had a fun and eventful summer, but I’m ready to get back to that running grind! And I’m definitely getting there! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜„

Anyway, I just wanted to share the fun day we had yesterday. Even though the St. Louis Zoo is better than the Kansas City Zoo. πŸ˜‰

Happy Saturday!

~Ashley