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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

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There Ain’t No Cure For The Summertime Blues

Hahaha I don’t actually have the summertime blues! I just couldn’t think of a title for this post and it seemed almost fitting. πŸ˜‰ We’ve been super busy here lately!! And unfortunately the past three-ish weeks have just not been good for me running-wise.

Between summer weather finally hitting us HARD (it was actually relatively mild up until the last week of June), a weird little niggle in my hip (which is gone now, thankfully!), one of my brother in laws staying with us (which isn’t a bad thing! I’m just a very routine oriented person and being out of my usual routine is a little difficult for me), preparing for and then celebrating Independence Day and Luke’s birthday, lots of treats and yummy, greasy, comfort/party food, alcohol consumption, and getting less sleep than usual, running has just kinda fallen to the back burner.

But I mean, these strawberry margaritas were definitely worth it. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

I’m definitely not super stoked about that, but sometimes life happens and you’ve just gotta roll with it. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ And I’ve definitely been rolling with it! πŸ˜‚

But this week I really want to buckle down and get some shit done! There hasn’t been enough suffering in my life lately and boy do I miss it!! (Hahaha my fellow runners know what I’m talking about! πŸ˜‰). And obviously I’ve just missed running in general, even though I have been doing some! It’s just not been enough.

I’ve still got a few more interesting weeks ahead of me before things calm down around here though! Later today two of my sister in laws will be arriving here and then the younger one will be staying with us for the week along with her brother. Not gonna lie, I have no idea what I’m going to do with two teenagers in my house! My brother in law is pretty chill and we get along fine. But like a lot of brothers and sisters, these two don’t exactly get along great all of the time. I’m sure we’ll all be fine! It’s just going to be an interesting week! πŸ˜‚

We didn’t have a flag, so on the 4th we played the national anthem and all faced my brother in law’s shorts. πŸ˜‚

Then next weekend Luke and I are driving to Illinois to visit some other family (this will be after my brother and sister and law will be back home in Minnesota). Obviously that will be more fun, but I can never seem to fit in any running while we’re there. Not a big deal, at the very least I know it’s coming so I’ll be able to fit in my long run (which is the run I’m always the most worried about missing) in earlier that week.

So anyways, that’s what’s been going on with me! Lots of fun, but very little running. Hahaha I really need to get my ass back into gear though! Half marathon training officially (because I already feel like I’ve been training πŸ˜‰) starts this month and I am PUMPED! I’m going to be trying to tackle two half marathons in two days again this year (it didn’t end up happening last year, bummer). And this year my dad will be joining me for BOTH half’s!

Hahaha he’s going to have to get his ass into gear as well! He hasn’t been doing much running lately. He has been mountain biking quite a bit though, but obviously that’s not the same thing. Either way, I don’t think a time goal is going to be in place for either of these half’s for that very reason. But either way, we’ll still have fun!

Hahahaha I stole this photo from his Instagram without asking. But I’m pretty sure he won’t care. πŸ˜‰

But speaking of Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two, I finally got around to hanging up some fliers with my ambassador discount code on them!

I’ve had my fliers for a while now, but I’ve been slacking a little bit. πŸ˜‚ But now I’ve got some hung up in several of the break rooms at the office Luke works at, the break room of the warehouse one of my brother in laws works at, a Panera, a dog park, and several on the Indian Creek Trail in Overland Park, KS! Yay!!

I’ve still got plenty more to hang up though. I need to hang some up around my town as well! I know there are several runners around here who also like to do local races (hahaha I’ve heard their names and the city their from announced at some of the local races I’ve been to!).

In full disclosure, if I get 5 people to use my code I get to do the half marathon for free! And obviously I’d love that! So far I know I’ve got two people registered with it. Possibly even all 5 already. One of my local Instagram friends posted a photo of one of my fliers on her running groups Facebook page and she said at least 4 people want to register for this race as a prep race for a marathon they’re trying for! So hopefully they do! Hahaha that would work out pretty well for several people, I think. Myself included obviously. πŸ˜‰

But more importantly, I’ve got training that I need to get done! And I’m definitely ready to get back to work! Getting back into it is probably going to suck pretty hard considering the general lack of any substance the small amount of running these last three weeks have had. But I feel very eager to get back to it, so bring it on!!

Anyway, that’s what’s going on with me right now!

I did wake up early (5 am. Ew. 🀒) and got 4 miles done this morning! So I’m off to a good start! Now I’ve got some stuff to do before my sister in laws get here this afternoon!

Happy Monday! I hope you have a fantastic week!

~Ashley

Happy 4th of July!!

Just wanted to take a second to wish everyone a very happy 4th of July!! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€οΈπŸ’™

We’re very festive around here. πŸ˜‰

We are having a little party today with lots of food, lots of margaritas, and lots of fireworks at the end! So Luke, his two brothers who are currently residing in Kansas, and I are going to be busy busy busy today! Hahaha we were busy busy busy day yesterday too! We got a bunch of food, started prepping everything, and bought a bunch of fireworks! It’s going to be a good night. πŸŽ‡

I hope everyone has a great Independence Day! Stay safe out there, friends!

~Ashley

Random Thoughts and A Little Update

I keep telling myself that I want to get back into blogging like I was a year or two ago. I want to talk more about what I’m up to and what not outside of just my weekly recaps and Monthly Miles posts but eh….I don’t know.

I’ve had a couple of false starts when it comes to really blogging again, but this time I swear I’m really going to make an effort to really get back into it! Because honestly I miss how much I used to write on here. I also miss sharing more of who I am outside of my running life.

Because yes, I am a runner and I do love running, but I am so much more than that!!

The same kinda goes for Instagram as well. I’m definitely still very active on there, especially since I’ve really been working towards getting 10,000 followers (I just really want the swipe up feature for my stories, ok!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚). I’m getting super close but at the same time I’m having kinda the same problem there. It’s all running all of the time. It didn’t used to be. But in attempting to gain followers I’ve quickly learned that selfies that somehow pertain to running get A LOT more engagement than say, photos of my dogs, or garden, or whatever. That’s all fine and good, but focusing on just selfies and only running related stuff has kinda taken some of the fun and creativity that Instagram used to bring me.

So I don’t know. I just kinda want to start sharing more outside of my running again. And actually keeping this blog up to date in general! So, that’s currently my plan! Hahaha but don’t worry though, running is still going to be the main focus of my blogging/Instagram-ing.

So anyway, life goes on and here’s a very general update;

My family dynamics as far as my immediate family (parents and siblings) have changed quite a bit in the past two years or so. I haven’t really talked about all of that much on here to protect the privacy of all of those involved. Plus it’s just been…weird. There have been times where I (and I feel like my siblings as well) have had to chose sides. That wasn’t hard. For me and my brother at least. But it still didn’t feel right. But at the same time a certain party in all of this kinda deserves it. It’s just weird. And I don’t think anyone is really happy about the way things have turned out.

Maybe one day I’ll go into more detail as far as this whole situation goes. But since it’s still kind of unfolding everything is going to be a little vague right now.

Anyway, in more uplifting news, my little backyard farm is doing well! My whole brood of animals are great! My hens are consistently laying around 5-6 eggs a day, Luke and I started our garden earlier this spring, and while it’s smaller that in previous years, it’s still doing well!

One of Luke’s brothers is staying with us for part of the summer before his first year of college. So far that’s been relatively uneventful. But he says he’s having a good time here, so that’s all that matter. πŸ˜‚ And in a couple of weeks his sister will be here as well. Just for a week though. Then a week after she leaves we’re driving back to Minnesota to drop my brother-in-law off at home and then Luke and I plan on going to St. Louis from there to visit with more family. Which means at least two more dogs are getting dropped off at the kennel again. Poor puppies. They do not like staying at the kennel and this will be the second time in 3 ish months that they’re going to have to spend a few days there.

Last time we took Whiskey to Minnesota with us and Lily, Dean, and Finn had to stay at the kennel. This time I think we’re going to bring Lily and Whiskey with us and leave Finn and Dean at the kennel.

Whiskey sure enjoyed her time in Minnesota and I’m sure she’ll be happy to go back! Poor Finn and Dean though. I hate having to leave them at a kennel. But traveling with 4 dogs is hard.

Since Luke’s brother is here he decided to add an extra line to our phone plan and get him a smart phone, since he didn’t have one. So in order to take advantage of the buy one get one deal on iPhone’s that Sprint was having my phone got upgraded from an iPhone 8 to an iPhone XR since I was eligible for an upgrade and apparently that counted towards the sale. Really the only big difference is now I don’t have a home button anymore. It’s taken a while to get used to but I am getting the hang of it. Although I keep taking random screen shots on accident because now that involves holding the lock button and volume up button instead of the home button, so now I just have a bunch of weird screen shots in my camera roll.

At least now Luke’s brother has a smart phone which I’m sure will come in handy for college, so that’s good. But currently neither of us have a case on our new phones because the XR is bigger than the 8. Hahaha that’s been a little unnerving. I’m terrified that I’m finally going to crack my first iPhone screen (I’ve only ever cracked one phone screen and that was my old Galaxy). πŸ˜‚ But hopefully next week we’ll be able to get new cases.

Actually transferring all of my data from my old phone to my new phone took FOREVER though, because the girl working at sprint was constantly on her phone and not paying attention to what was happening as far as the data transfer goes. It literally took her over an hour and a half to do it, and at one point the other person working there had to help me because she just walks off to take a phone call. Not on the store phone. On her phone. πŸ™„ That was super annoying but it did eventually get done and everything transferred just fine.

But by some weird coincidence that same day my iTunes account went all crazy and deleted most of my music?? That was weird and super stressful. I’ve basically had that account since iTunes was even a thing and I had a piss ton of music on it. Luckily I had a lot of my music backed up (it really should have been ALL of it, but some I couldn’t find and some just disappeared from my backed up iTunes files). So that night I spend 3 hours trying to figure that all out. I was not happy… but a lot of it is fixed now. I’m still working on restoring my iTunes account to its former glory. All of my playlists got deleted as well, so I’m currently working on rebuilding all of those.

But for real, what the actual fuck iTunes?!?!? What happened to my music and playlists?!?!?

And speaking of music; I’ve recently discovered a new band that I actually like!! Like, holy cow guys, that NEVER happens. πŸ˜‚ So far I’ve only actually been listening to a few of their songs but I’m totally digging them! Plus I mean, all girl punk/metal/pop/alternative band. What’s not to love?!?

Hahaha ok, I could go on and on trying to play catch up, so we’ll just stop there for now.

But hopefully I’ll be blogging more regularly from now on! That’s my goal anyway!

Happy hump day!!

~Ashley

Thursday Things

We are back from Minnesota! Yay!

Actually, we got back Tuesday night and were home all day yesterday, but whatever. πŸ˜‰ With all of the recent shenanigans that have been going on I haven’t been able to do much blogging! I mean, I could, but it’s a lot easier to do all of this on my laptop that it is on my phone and not gonna lie, I’m kinda lazy. πŸ˜‚

So anyway, Minnesota was fun! Between bon fires, parties, one high school graduation, and lots and lots of family time we sure were busy! Don’t worry though, Luke made absolutely certain that we were able to squeeze in several games of golf. His new goal is to golf at least once in every state. So far we’re 2/50. πŸ˜‚

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On the golf course. Making weird faces because that’s what we do. πŸ˜‰

It was fun though! Luke’s brother (the now high school graduate πŸ˜‰ ) went with us every time and he is now a fan of golf. πŸ™‚ We played at two different courses while we were there and they were both very pretty. The three of us all actually did quite well on our third and final golf game of our trip. We even kept score for the very first time and I won!! In all fairness though, Luke had me playing with a few handicaps because I’m not very good at golf and because I’m playing with his men’s clubs which does make it a little harder for me than it does for them. I guess eventually I’m going to need a set of women’s clubs.

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Luckily we did golf and therefore got in some kind of physical activity! Hahaha I’m not exactly one that likes not being on the move. πŸ˜‰ I didn’t getΒ anyΒ running done while we were there, unfortunately. Mostly because we were pretty busy with my brother in law graduating and all of the activities that revolved around that.Then on top of that we were up late every night having us some good ol’ fashioned sibling hang out time, so there was no way I was getting up early after all of that. πŸ˜‰ But mostly there was really no where nearby that I felt safe to run. My mother in law’s house is right off of a buys highway and apparently they see people running on it, but neither her or I think that’s a good idea. I was told of a potential loop I could do, but I was kinda worried about getting lost. Especially since our cell service wasn’t too great there. So, I decided I was just going to enjoy my time there and not worry about it. πŸ™‚

Lily, Dean, and Finn all stayed at a kennel while we were in Minnesota but we brought Whiskey with us. We don’t think she’s old enough to stay in a kennel yet. Especially since she has such a sensitive personality. Plus she was in heat so we didn’t want her anywhere near Finn while that was going on. We definitely don’t want any puppies yet! So, she came with us.

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Luke and I have definitely lucked out with all of our dogs! None of them get car sick at all!! Sure they all get used to riding around in vehicles starting at a very young age, so all 4 of them know how to behave in the truck, but there really isn’t much you can do about a dog that gets car sick. My sister’s German shepherd gets sick and freaks out every single time he rides in her car. So I’m glad we don’t have to deal with any of that. Whiskey sat quietly in the back seat all 12 hours to Minnesota and all 12 hours back to Kansas with no problems. She had a bone to chew on but really she just slept most of the time. We let her out to run around a little bit and go to the bathroom every time we stopped for gas and food, but honestly I think that dog would have held it all 12 hours if we had made her (which we never would!). She is insanely good about things like that. She was the easiest dog I’ve ever potty trained and I could probably count on one hand the amount of times she’s had an accident inside.

Anyway, she did good during our entire trip there actually. She got to hang out with everyone at my mother in laws house whenever Luke and I went anywhere and overnight because the house we were staying at didn’t allow pets. She liked meeting all of the new people, sleeping in my sister in law’s room, and getting to run around in the woods. But even after all of that I’m pretty sure she’s glad to be back home with the other dogs. πŸ˜‰

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We ended up kidnapping my brother in law and bringing him back to Kansas with us. πŸ˜‰ He wanted to be able to hang out with Luke a little bit during his last summer before he goes to college so he’s going to be staying with us until the end of July. Cool Beans! The fun will continue! At least for the 3 of us it will. πŸ˜‰

So like I said, we actually got back home from Minnesota Tuesday night. We left that morning knowing that we were going to end up driving through some thunderstorms in Iowa and it did in fact rain the WHOLE TIME we drove through that state. It was nothing too bad though. Things started getting super iffy around Missouri and Kansas though. We had somehow timed it just right that we wereΒ  super close to getting hit by THE WORST part of this storm cell right around the Missouri/Kansas border. I’m talking hail, flash flood warnings, high winds. It was raining so hard at a certain point that we could barely see out the windshield and there was a tornado warning for the county we were in. We got incredibly lucky and justΒ barelyΒ avoided the worst part of the storm cell, but we sure could see it! This storm did end up producing a tornado that was about a mile long and that was so covered in rain that there were times that you could barely see it. We just missed it, but we were pretty darn close to where it touched down. Scary stuff, but obviously we ended up making it home safely. πŸ™‚

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The storm from just outside of Kansas City.

So yeah, we are home sweet home now. πŸ™‚ As of today I’ve gotten a couple of runs done and I’m finally back to eating like a normal person. Hahaha I swear, I gained like, 10 pounds while we were in Minnesota. But fast food while on the road, party food, and alcohol will do that to a person. πŸ˜‰ I’m glad to be back to regular scheduled programming as far as all of that stuff goes! πŸ™‚

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Drinking coffee in my own kitchen was a super nice change yesterday morning. πŸ™‚

Okey dokey, just one more little thing before I go! Remember earlier this year how I had promised ROAD iD giveaways? Well one is currently live on my Instagram feed!!! I’m giving away a $35 ROAD iD gift card to one lucky winner who will be chosen at random! So if you’ve been thinking about getting yourself a ROAD iD or if your current one needs updating this could be an excellent opportunity to do so! Or if you don’t want to wait to potentially win a giveaway you can always follow my ambassador link to save 20% on ROAD iD’s website. πŸ™‚

Alrighty! That is all for now!

Wishing you a very happy Thursday!

~Ashley

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Minnesota Here We Come!!

One of Luke’s brothers is graduating from high school this weekend, so we’re heading up to Minnesota to celebrate!!

Today Luke and I spent the day preparing everything for us to be gone for about 5 days! Luke mowed and cleaned out the truck this morning, while I got the chickens, rabbits, and ferrets all taken care of. Luckily Luke’s other brother who lives here in Kansas and works in the town we live in will be able to come here and check up on all of them and feed them while we’re gone. I’m not too worried about the cats. We just leave out a bunch of water and food for them and aside from being a little upset about not having their litter box cleaned every day, they’re fine. But still, it’s nice to know that someone is going to be able to check up on them. 😊

The dogs however, are staying in a kennel. Well, Lily, Dean, and Finn anyway. Whiskey is in heat so she’s coming with us. Plus Luke and I both think she’s still too little to be staying in a kennel. She’s 9 months old and still not mature enough to handle that, we think.

Poor puppies. Obviously they’re taken good care of at the kennel, but I hate leaving them there! It’s no fun watching them freak out as we leave.

They thought we were going somewhere fun…

Anyway, in between all of our getting ready for our trip shenanigans I was able to squeeze in a couple of miles of running, and then Luke and I went and played 9 holes of golf because he’s addicted. πŸ˜‰

So while I was running I did the thing where I take my shoes off and then just run in my socks for a little bit. I get a lot of weird looks carrying my shoes like that, but dammit it feels right!! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Then we went and got our golf on. Really the only reason we went today is because yesterday we went out to the course, paid, made it through 2 hits each and then it started pouring down rain and hailing. Obviously we couldn’t golf in that, so we called it quits. But the girl working there was giving out coupons to people who couldn’t finish their games, so we didn’t end up actually losing out on any money. We just had to go back today. πŸ˜‚

After our 9 holes of golf we went back home, ate dinner, dropped off Lily, Dean, and Finn at the kennel (poor puppies ☹️), then we loaded up the truck, went through the house one more time to make sure everything was squared away, and now we’re off to bed! We’re waking up at 2 am and then getting on the road as soon as possible!

Minnesota here we come!!

Until next time,

~Ashley

Sick Days

Note to self; stay away from small children. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Seriously though, I’m pretty sure either my niece and nephew or my next door neighbor gave me one hell of a bug when I babysat them all last Friday. It it me hard and I’ve been down and out since late Saturday night/early Sunday morning.

It wasn’t one of those colds where like, you’re a little stuffed up and not feeling super great, maybe your a little more tired than usual. No. It was the kind that make you feel absolutely miserable. You’re exhausted all of the time and even getting up to walk to the bathroom sounds like a challenge. You’re not sleeping well, have a headache from being so stopped up, and with chest congestion and a sore throat to boot. Holy moly, most of this week has been pretty awful for me. 🀧

Thankfully I’m finally on the upswing though! I’m still not feeling super great but I’m much improved compared to earlier this week! Luckily I had Luke to take care of me! He kept me stocked up on tea and Halo Top ice cream. Obvious necessities for when you’re sick. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’m finally starting to feel a little bit better today. Not great, but good enough to go out and run 2 very slow miles. Hey, I’ll take it! It wasn’t a great run or anything but it was good enough to clear out some snot! Gross but necessary. 🀧

I kinda spent the rest of the day resting though. It felt good to get outside and get moving but not gonna lie, I still feel pretty shitty. Definitely not how I want to be feeling just a few days before my next race, but at this point I’m pretty confident that I’m going to make it through the Running With The Cows 5k on Saturday without dying. πŸ˜‚

The plan for now is to keep resting, staying hydrated, and decently fueled in hopes that will help me get to the starting line in a little bit better shape. Hahaha I guess we’ll see though.

So yeah, that’s just a quick little update for today.

Happy Thursday!

~Ashley