July 13th, 2017

So last night I totally forgot to set my alarm for 5 am and I accidentally slept until 6. Oops… Haha but other than that I think I’m definitely getting back into my usual summer routine without too many issues. This morning I quickly downed a cup of coffee, ran a mile, and then did some more work in the garden. So pretty typical, I was just up an hour later than I would have liked to be.

Anyway, we got some rain earlier in the morning, so it was hot/humid/muggy/gross outside. And by now you probably know how big of a wimp I am when it comes to hot/humid weather, so it may not surprise you to know that I only had a mile in me this morning. After that there was just no way I was going to go any farther. I was hot, sweaty, tired, and completely drained. Unfortunately hot weather tends to have that effect on me. But I’m really going to have to get over that and really get my ass into gear, because half marathon training starts on the 23rd and I’m feeling very unprepared at the moment. I’m still kinda excited though. I always do better with running when I have a scheduled to stick to.

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But anyway, I’m just glad I got out there and did something today. Even if it was just one measly mile. And it wasn’t even that slow of a mile. Well obviously it was slow, I’m a slow person, but it wasn’t the slowest mile I’ve ever done and all things considered I’m pretty happy with how it went. πŸ™‚ Oh and I’m on Strava now! Probably until I can replace the Garmin I broke, but I may end up continuing to use it even after I have a GPS watch again, so feel free to add me on there!

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After my short little run, I got straight to work on my garden, which is looking sooooo much better today!! All of my plants are less wilted and I’ve taken care of most of the super tall grass that’s in there. Like I said yesterday, the battery on my weed eater isn’t very good so I can go for very long, but I’m definitely making progress! Haha but yeah, pretty much all I did in the garden today was weed eat. Since it rained this morning I didn’t have to water the plants, but I may have to later this afternoon.

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Here’s the difference between the grass I have cut and the grass I haven’t gotten around to cutting yet. Oh and Lily and Finn. πŸ˜‰ It seems like border collies are just always poping up at random places in my garden, but I guess that’ll happen when you have three of them. πŸ˜‰ It’s pretty great. πŸ™‚Β 

In the photo above, Finn is sitting next to my cucumber plant. I had done a bunch of weeding around it (yeah, hard to believe, right πŸ˜‰ ) on Tuesday and then after that it was looking kinda sad, wilted, and I was afraid I might have damaged it so much that it was going to die, but it seems to be doing just fine! I’m just going to have to pace myself when it comes to getting rid of the grass all around it and probably the watermelon too.

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My three helpers. πŸ˜‰ Haha this fence doesn’t do a very good job of keeping them out of the garden. They all hop over it likes it’s nothing. Oh well, they’re actually all pretty good at not trampling my plants and that’s all I care about.Β 

So yeah, that pretty much covers what I did from 6 am-about 9:30 am haha. After that I showered, ate a little snack, and now here we are. πŸ™‚ I’m not entirly sure what I’m going to do with the rest of my day at this point. I guess what I really need to do is mop my floors since the dogs and I got them nice and muddy this morning, but it’s supposed to rain again tomorrow so that almost seems pointless. Ah the joys of having dogs… Seriously though, I wouldn’t trade any one of them for all of the money in the world. They are the best. πŸ™‚

I hope this summer is going good for you, because so far it’s kicking my ass haha! But summer miles bring fall smiles, and I’m just going to keep telling myself that until it gets cold again. πŸ˜‰ Wishing you lots of healthy, happy summer miles.

~Ashley

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July 12th, 2017

I’m trying to get back into my usual summer routine, but that’s kinda hard to do after vacation. Especially since I wasn’t exactly into my summer routine before we left haha. Oh  well, It was a little rough getting up at 5 am and then getting stuff done, but I managed. πŸ™‚

So I began my morning with a run, of course! It was a super short, super slow 2 miles, but still better than nothing. πŸ˜‰ I kinda wanted to go farther than that, but we’re still under a heat adviory here in Kansas, so I needed to get all three dogs walked before it started to get too hot outside. But this was the first time I’ve run since July 3rd, so I’m just happy that I did something. Even if it was short and slow.

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After my run I got to work walking the dogs. I would probably save myself a lot of time and effort if I would walk at least 2 of them at the same time (there’s absolute no way I’d be able to walk all 3 at the same time haha), but I prefer to walk them by themselves because it gives me a chance to spend a little one on one time with each of them and that’s definitely good for them. Plus whenever I try walking 2 of them at a time, no matter what combination, they gang up on me and end up dragging me down the street haha. That usually doesn’t happen whenever I take them one at a time. So I walked Lily, then Finn, and last but not least Dean. So they all got out and got a little bit of exercise before it got too hot and I think they’re all happy about that. I don’t think they got walked at all while Luke and I were in Florida and that tends to make them go a little crazy.

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Dean and Finn were very happy to see Lily and I after we got done with our walk (probably because they knew it would be their turn soon).

After the dogs were taken care of I got to work on the garden. I had done some weeding yesterday, but I’ve still got sooo much to do…Luckily I got my weed eater working today so that made my life a little bit easier. πŸ™‚ But first I had to water everything. Luckily my plants are all starting to perk up a little bit after I watered them yesterday and this morning, so I’m thinking the plants that are left are going to be just fine. πŸ™‚ After that I did a bit of hoeing, weed pulling, and then I basically mowed around my tomato plants with the weed eater. I didn’t quite finish weed eating the whole garden plot though. I guess the battery that’s on the weed eater isn’t the best, so it dies pretty quickly. I had time to let it charge a little and then continue on once, but after that it was just starting to get too hot for me to stay outside much longer, so after it died a second time I decided to call it a day. I still feel like I got a pretty decent amount of work done and hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to get even more accomplished. πŸ™‚

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My tomato plants (left) are huge and looking good! My banana pepper plants (right) are super small, but they’re growing decent sized peppers so I guess it’s all good. πŸ™‚


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Finn is terrified of the weed eater, but every time I turned it off he had to come make sure I was alright haha. 

So yeah, I got a run done, the dogs walked, and the garden tended to. I’ve showered, cleaned both of my new tattoos (which are itchy, but healing nicely), eaten breakfast twice (before and after my run/gardening adventures πŸ˜‰ ), and wrote this blog post. Now I need to clean the rabbit cage, probably record a vlog since it’s been a while since I’ve done that, and then after that I’m thinking a nap is going to be necessary! But so far I’m having a very productive day and I’m very happy about that!

The itching/peeling phase is seriously the worst part about getting a new tattoo.


Have a wonderful Wednesday!

~Ashley

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 

Florida Vacation: Day 6

Finally! It was tattoo day!!! 

We also actually got up and moving and out the door at a decent time this morning. You guys have no idea how happy I was about that! I’ve been so tired I am Of sitting around waiting to do stuff. 

Anyway, we got out the door around 8:30 this morning so we could get to the flea market when it first opened, because we had a few things we wanted to get there, but they closed at 5 pm and our tattoos weren’t going to be done by then. So we got that all taken care of right away. 

After that we drove back to the house so we could pick up Luke’s step sisters, because they wanted to get tattoos as well. Once they were ready we all piled into the bus and made our way to the tattoo shop. 

Once we got there the artist talks to one of Luke’s step sisters, drew her tattoo, and then knocked it out in about 40 minutes. It was already bandaged so I didn’t get to see it right away, but apparently it was exactly what she wanted and she was surprised at how quickly he got it done. 

Once the artist was done with her he cleaned up his tattoo room and then it was my turn. πŸ˜„ So Luke and I both got two tattoos today, he got bigger ones than I did, but I got a little 13.1 on my ankle and a border collie on my forearm. 

He did my ankle first. That only took about 5 minutes and it hardly hurt at all. πŸ˜„ The border collie probably took about 30-40 minutes. That one hurt a little more, and it bled a lot, but it looks great! Well, they both look fantastic! I’m so super happy with them. πŸ˜„


Once I was done it was Luke’s turn. His took forever haha, but he got a bigger, more intricate tattoo than either of mine. First he got Japanese lettering on his ribs. That only took about 40 minutes. Then he got the wolf on his chest done. It took an hour to do the outline, but it looked so good, even just as an outline. 

Again, it looked better in person, but you get the point. πŸ˜„

It took about another 2 hours to finish after the outline was done, and Luke was in a lot of pain, but now that it’s done it looks amazing! 


Now we’re sitting in the bus waiting for Luke’s other step sister to get her tattoo done. Once we get home we’re going to start cleaning up the house and packing because we’re leaving tomorrow morning. 

Happy Friday! 

~Ashley