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Garden UpdateΒ 

I don’t think I’ve really mentioned much about how my garden has been doing ever since Luke and I started planting stuff back in March. So I thought I might as well post a little update on it today. πŸ™‚

So the thing that’s currently doing the best and what I’m definitely most excited about is the peach tree! It’s absolutelyΒ covered in little green peaches that seem to get a little bit bigger every day!!!

I’m so super excited about it, because last year (at least I think it was last year) when we bought it it was supposed to grow peaches. It did at first but they all ended up falling off and the tree just took off and grew a good 4-5 feet taller. That was a bit disappointing, but apparently it was all for the best, because now we should have a whole bunch of fresh peaches! Β I’m already dreaming of pies and jams and jellies and grilled peaches… It’s going to be great!

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I’m also very excited about the amount of berries that are starting to form on my strawberry plant! Last year I only got 2 or 3 berries from it, but that’s pretty typical, strawberry plants tend to grow more and more berries every year. So pictured below is a little cluster of strawberries that are currently growing. They’re even starting to turn kinda red which is awesome!

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At the moment we really don’t have a lot going on in my big garden plots. Like I said before, Luke and I planted some stuff in March and that’s pretty much been it so far. Mostly because March/April is still a little bit early to plant anything else that we want to grow. We do have some lettuce, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and carrots growing though πŸ™‚

Unfortunately now it’s too warm for the broccoli and brussel sprouts to really do anything. I think all of the rain we got a week or two ago kinda stunted their growth and they just never really took off while it was still cool enough for them. So now I don’t think we’re going to get any heads of broccoli unless we can somehow keep the plants alive through the heat of the summer and into the fall. Then we might, but I’m not too sure. That’s ok though, because even if they don’t grow heads they’ll still keep growing and their leaves will get really big, and my rabbits really seem to like broccoli leaves.

I feel like the same think kinda goes fro the brussel sprouts, but I’ve never grown them before, so I’m just going to wait and see how that plays out.

The lettuce in these plots seems to be doing pretty well! I think it also got a little stunted by all of the rain, but once things dried out a bit and it got some sun it’s all started taking off! Pretty soon I should be able to start pulling off some of it and using it for salads and bunny food. πŸ™‚ That’s the great thing about lettuce, you can pull off a good portion of the leaves and it will keep growing back. So basically we’ll have and endless amount of lettuce all summer and that’s pretty sweet!

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Now out by our shed in a little plot we planted some carrot and onion seeds. The only problem is that root vegetables don’t tend to do well in our soil. It’s got too much clay in it. Although last year we just let the carrots grow all summer and into the fall, and we ended up with some decent sized ones, so we’re going to try for that again. As you can see in the photo below, I really need to weed out some of my carrot plants, but so far they seem to be growing just fine! I’ve only seen a few tiny little onion plants though and they’re not looking so good, so I’m thinking we’re going to have another year without onions. Oh well. I’m just happy that the carrots are doing well.

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You might have noticed that there is a lot more than just vegetables growing in my garden…I desperately need to do some weeding. But every time I had planned to it rained, and then I got sick and wasn’t able to. It’s just been a whole thing… Luckily today I felt well enough to do a little bit of weeding though! So I pulled some grass/weeds from just around my vegetable plants and out of my strawberry container. But I didn’t exactly have time to get rid of all of the weeds because I wanted to plant my flower seeds from Cheerios today, and wouldn’t you know it there were thunderstorms in the forecast.

So after riding the intimidate areas around my vegetable plants, I went out front, weeded the landscaping around the tree, put down my seeds, and made it inside right as it started raining. I’m hoping that the rain pushed the seeds far enough into the dirt that they’ll be able to take hold, but not too far down that they won’t be able to grow through the mulch. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

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At the very least I feel like I got a little something accomplished today. This weekend we are planning on planting tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, watermelon, and a few other things. And I plan on actually weeding out all of my garden plots, so we’re going to have our work cut out for us! I’m pretty happy about that though, I enjoy growing things and it’s very rewarding to be able to walk out your back door, grab a tomato (or strawberry, or zucchini, or whatever) off of a plant you grew and cared for, and then eat it.

I also just wanted to mention that the African daisies (at think that’s what they were called) that we planted a few weeks ago are doing very well!! If you look closely in the photo below, you can see that this plant is covered in little buds and already has a bunch of flowers on it. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Do you have a vegetable or flower garden?

Do you enjoy growing things?

What’s your favorite type of flower? (Mine are lilies and I have a bunch in front of my house that are getting ready to bloom and I cant wait!!!)

 

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Will Run For Pizza, Mornings Are Hard, A Garden Update, And Other Saturday Stuff

It seems like my rest days are always jam packed with all sorts of activities and things that need to get done, and this Friday was no different. Luke and I finally got Finn into the vet for his last round of puppy shots and got him started on heart worm and flea/tick prevention. Now we just have to wait a few weeks to get his rabies vaccine and then he’ll be good to go until next year!

Luke and I had made bets about how he was going to handle being at the vet’s office, meeting new people, and then getting his shots. For the most part he acted pretty much how we thought he would. He was super excited to meet everyone, the other dogs in the waiting room made him kinda nervous but he handled it well, and he even enjoyed getting on the scale to be weighed (he’s gained 10 pounds since we got him! He was 11 pounds when we brought him home and yesterday at the vet he weighed in at 21 pounds. He’s growing so fast!!). We were both surprised at how well he handled the shots though. He can be a really big baby at home sometimes. Like when he’s chasing the cat and she scratches him, or getting too rough with Lily so she nips at him. The way he cries you’d swear he was dying… But the shots didn’t phase him at all, which was great! And he left the vet’s with a clean bill of health. πŸ™‚

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After Finn’s appointment Luke and I took all of the dogs to the dog park, dropped them back off and went grocery shopping, went to the DMV which was a whole thing. Luke wanted to renew the tags on his car and his brother’s car first thing in the morning, but his brother was at his girlfriends the night before and didn’t get us his insurance card until 10:30 am. So by then there was a 4 hour wait at the DMV closest to us, so we drove 40 minutes away to the other one that only had a 1 hour 40 minute wait. So while we were waiting for our turn we ate some lunch and then went to Khols because I really really really need some summer clothes. While we we’re there I ment to only get “real” clothes since I have plenty of active wear, but I absolutely needed to get this shirt. I mean, it’s a very accurate statement! And I’m totally going to wear it as a regular shirt anyway. πŸ˜‰

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After our little shopping adventure we got into the DMV just as our number was called, got all of that taken care of and drove back home. Once we got back Luke mowed the backyard while I did a little bit of weeding in the garden and then played with the dogs. After that it was about 3:30 pm and we had every intention of calling it a day and to spend our evening hanging out and playing video games or whatever. Until we realized we had forgotten to pick up a few things. So we piled back into the car, drove to Walmart and got what we needed, along with a huge water bottle/jug thing that holds 2 liters of water. I’m pretty darn excited about that. And then went back home and around 4:40 pm we called it a day. πŸ™‚

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Seriously though, grocery day is my favorite day! Plus look how happy and healthy our cart is. πŸ™‚

It was really pretty outside yesterday. I think the high was around 77 degrees which is a little hot for my tastes, but I can admit that partly cloudy, warm, sunny days are kinda nice. But once it starts getting really warm it starts getting really hard for me to sleep. I get so hot so easily and being hot is super uncomfortable for me and that makes it hard to sleep… Which makes mornings really hard. Especially mornings when I try to wake up earlier, like I did today. I got up at 5 am, let the dogs out, then went right back to bed and didn’t get back up until 6:40. And even then I really didn’t want to get up. But I knew every extra second I spent in bed was just another second that the sun spent getting higher in the sky and the hotter the pavement was getting. Yuck. I hate warm weather running.

Luckily I did do a few things last night that made this morning a tiny bit easier. I prepped my coffee maker and had my coffee mug, honey, and spoon all sitting on the counter and ready to go. So I didn’t have to fumble around for all of that. All I had to do was press a button and get my soy milk out of the fridge, so that was really nice. I also laid out my running gear in one place, so I didn’t have to run around all over the house looking for it. So at least things were a little bit easier. But I still didn’t get out on the road until around 8 am because I procrastinated with breakfast. Oh well, baby steps right? Tomorrow I’m totally getting out on the road earlier for my long run.

I totally wish I would have done that today. My run was hot, slow, and slightly miserable. Getting up and out the door about 2 hours earlier probably would have helped a lot but oh well, I got it done and I’m probably better for it. Sometimes I kinda wish I enjoyed the warm weather a little bit more, but I’m a cold weather person through and through and that’s not going to change anytime soon.

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Also, how pretty is my strawberry plant?! I’ve never seen a strawberry plant with such vibrant pink flowers. From what I’ve seen they’re usually a paler shade of pink. I’m not complaining though, it’s so super pretty. πŸ™‚ It’s got quite a few flowers growing on it (this is the only one pictured because it’s the biggest and prettiest) so I’m hoping I end up with a bunch of berries! Nothing is better than a fresh picked strawberry that’s still warm from the sun!

The rest of my garden is doing pretty well too! My broccoli, brussel sprouts, and lettuce are all coming up and growing! I’ve even been able to weed out some of the weaker plants so I’d say they’re off to a good start! My carrots and onions aren’t doing as well though. Only a few carrot plants have popped up and they haven’t really grown much yet. And I haven’t been able to find any of my onion plants yet. I’m really hoping they’ll catch up eventually, but honestly our soil isn’t really any good for root plants. It’s got too much clay in it. What I really need to do is mix some sand in the plots that I want to grow root plants in, but since I’ve already planted the seeds it’s a little late for that. Maybe next year though.

And oh my gosh you guys! I cannot even begin to describe to you how freaking exited I am about my peach tree!!! It’s covered in all sorts of little, green, baby peaches, and it’s just super green and lush looking in general. It didn’t produce any peaches last year but it did a lot of growing. So I’m hoping this year it stops growing and produces a lot of peaches, and it looks like it just might! But I guess we’ll still have to wait and see what happens with it. πŸ™‚

Tiny little peach!


Haha I guess I got a little bit off track there, but anyways…After my run I enjoyed a nice post run shower Gatorade. Yup. Some people drink shower beer, but I prefer a nice cold Gatorade after a warm weather run. Especially since I tend to get really bad headaches if I don’t drink some kind of electrolyte replacement after warmer run, and the shower just seems like a really good place to do it.

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I’ve been in a very green mood lately, and I think my shampoo/conditioner, Gatorade, and green instagram snapchat caption proves it. πŸ˜‰

After my shower shenanigans, I gathered up my laptop and giant water bottle so I could do some blogging while hanging out with the dogs in the backyard. Aside from the fact that it was really hard to read my laptop screen in the sun, that was really nice! Our backyard is really green (told you, I’m all about the color green right now) and pretty. Especially since Luke mowed it yesterday. And I don’t care what anyone else says, the Midwest is just a super pretty place in general. Sure we don’t have any big mountains, or red dirt, or ocean views, or anything like that. But we do have beautiful trees (at least until you get into western Kansas), plenty of wooded areas (the woods is my favorite), fields full of lush green grass and beautiful wildflowers, pretty rolling hills all through out Missouri and the part of Kansas I live in, and I even think all the corn and bean fields are pretty in their own way. And don’t even get me started on old farm houses and barns. Those are the best. Oh and all the cows are super neat too.

I realize that I just went on a really weird tangent, but I really do love living in the Midwest.

After hanging outside for a bit I made myself a bacon, egg, and guacamole sandwich. Oh man that was the best thing ever! I mean, you already can’t beat a bacon and egg sandwich, and the guacamole just made it that much better! πŸ™‚ Once that was all shoved into my face-hole I got to work on the mounds and mounds of dirty clothes that were all over my bedroom and bathroom. I’m not entirely sure how just Luke and I create so much laundry, but we totally do haha. While I had the washer and dryer running I got to cleaning the rest of the house, since I was kinda in a cleaning mood after that. I wish I had hardcore cleaning moods more often. My house would be much more tidy if that were the case, but alas, cleaning sucks total ass.

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Around 4:30 pm we decided to take the dogs to the dog park. Dean is teaching Finn to chase birds so that’s a lot of fun to watch. They just run around the big open feild flushing birds out of the grass. Poor Finn has little legs and can’t quite keep up with Dean yet, but he sure tries! He’s also learning how to stay in one place until released. Lily and Dean are already really good at that, but Finn was sure happy to sit still after running around with Dean for a while. 


Now we’re home and probably just going to hang out for the rest of the evening. 😊

Do you run for pizza? πŸ˜‰

Do you think grocery shopping is fun? 

How was your Saturday? Do anything exciting? 

Weekly Recap: April 3rd-9th, 2017

Monday:

  • Rest day

I was still feeling a little under the weather on Monday, so having two rest days in a row was nice. I mean, Monday’s have been my rest day’s for a few weeks now, but if I had been feeling better I probably would have run. Not that it matters though, because I wasn’t, so I didn’t. πŸ™‚

Tuesday:

  • 30 easy minutes of running
  • 30 minutes of blogilates

I was feeling much better by Tuesday! I kinda wish I had a harder workout scheduled for Tuesday because I was having a lot of fun on this run. πŸ™‚  Plus it was a beautiful day. 40 degrees, cloudy, it was wonderful. The only sucky part was the humidity. It was at 97% during my run. But living in the Midwest you kinda come to expect crazy amounts of humidity during the warmer months.

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Wednesday: 

  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

I had an interval workout schedule for Wednesday but Finn decided to keep Luke and I up all night, so I decided to switch that with my cross training day. That ended up working quite nicely.

Thursday:

  • Intervals
  • 2 miles

I felt pretty darn awesome on Thursday, so I ended up doubling. I really wish every single run felt like these two, but hey, I’ll take good runs whenever they come!

Anyway, my first run of the day was a 5 mile interval workout. It was beautiful outside, I saw some baby cows, it was great. πŸ™‚ Then later in the day it was still gorgeous out, I was feeling really good, and I wanted to be outside (but was bored with just sitting in my backyard), so I decided to head out for an easy 2 miles. Except it didn’t really end up being an “easy” run. I felt too good and was having too much fun not to push things a little bit.

 

Friday:

  • Yard work

So my legs were super tired after my exciting 7 mile day on Thursday. Luckily Friday was supposed to be a rest day. Not so luckily, I decided I needed to do a piss ton of yard work…I spent two hours weeding the front landscaping, picked up trash and sticks from the front yard, chopped down/dug up/pulled out a bunch of tree saplings from around the house and fence, and then planted some flowers and mint in the front landscaping. Whew, it was a lot of work! But oh man the front yard looks so good now! πŸ™‚

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Saturday:

  • More yard work

Holy cow. When I woke up on Saturday my arms were sore, my back was sore, my legs and butt were sore, pretty much everything was sore and achy. I also woke up with a headache, tired, and dehydrated since my dumb ass did all that work and didn’t drink nearly enough water. I don’t know about you, but whenever I don’t drink enough water I always feel like crap the next day.

Yeah the second I woke up this morning I knew that running wasn’t going to happen. Hell, trying to run probably would have been a horrible idea. So I figured it’d be better to skip today’s “easy” run and then feel better for Sunday’s long run, instead of trying to run both days, but feeling like crap on both runs.

Unfortunately, I still had a bunch of yard work I needed to do. I weeded the landscaping on the side of the house, pruned the bushes, then Luke and I spread mulch in the landscaping. 

Finn supervised the whole thing. πŸ˜‰


Sunday:  

  • Rest Day 

Holy cow. I woke up this morning and could barely walk. I’m sore/stiff every where and jeez am I tired…Luke for real told me to take the day off to relax, so that’s totally what I’m going to do! 

I’m going to spend the day drinking water, watching Netflix, relaxing, and I’ll probably do some stretching at some point. πŸ™‚


I kinda wish I would have done more running this week, but I put in a shit ton of work the last few days and I’ll totally take that! 

I hope you’ve had a great week! 

~Ashley

Yard Work Extravaganza!

Luke and I have been very busy bees the last few days. It rained pretty much all week last week, so the grass was super tall, there are weeds everywhere, the landscaping was a mess, there were little sapling trees growing all around the house and in our fence. Basically our front and backyards were just huge, gross messes and something really needed to be done about it. So yesterday I decided to get a jump on it, since its still early in the season it’s not too hot and there aren’t a crazy amount of bugs out it seemed like the ideal time to start all of this stuff.

So, while Luke was at work I totally weeded out the the front landscaping. That took me about two hours and by the time I was done my poor little hands were sore, red, and scratched up. Totally worth it though! The front of the house looks fantastic now! I also spent some time pulling out/digging up/chopping down a bunch of the little sapling trees that were everywhere. I couldn’t get all of them, but I got the ones that I could. And unfortunate I had to dig out one of our rose bushes. One of those little trees grew right in the middle of it and killed it. Luckily it wasn’t our really big, really pretty rose bush, but it still sucks that it died…

When Luke got home from work I picked up trash and sticks from the front yard and then he mowed it. Haha he’s very very particular about how the grass looks and he won’t let me mow it. And in all fairness, I’ve only ever really mowed a really big yard with a tractor or a zero turn lawn mower, so i’m not exactly good at mowing with a push mower haha. Anyways, once we finished that we took a trip to Home Depot. We desperately needed a hatchet to finish cutting down the tree saplings, and pruning shears to trim down our bushes. Those are getting hardcore out of hand…We also got some flowers for the front landscaping. We got some more lily bulbs to go with the lilies that are already out there, mint seeds (it helps keep pests away so I figured the front landscaping was a good place for it), and some African daisies (at least I think that’s what they are called). They are super duper pretty. πŸ™‚

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Seriously, how pretty are these guys?!

When we got home from the hardware store, Luke cut down the rest of the saplings while I planted and watered the flowers and mint. While we were doing that one of our neighbors came over and started talking to us, so Luke finished with the trees, and then we just kinda hung out on the front porch talking and whatnot (by then it was about 6:30 pm). So we talked for a while, and eventually my brother in law, my neighbors wife and his daughter and nieces ended up joining us. So we all hung out, talked, and had a few beers while the kids ran around the yard. It was a good time. πŸ™‚ Around 10:30 pm the kids needed to go to bed and so did we so we all said goodnight and were off to bed.

So I’m starting to learn that beer before bedtime just doesn’t really work for me. It’s super duper hard for me to fall asleep after drinking, even if it’s just a few beers. So I had a lot of trouble falling asleep last night which really sucked and when I finally did I didn’t really sleep well. When I woke up this morning I was sore everywhere. My legs, arms, back, butt. And to top it all off I was super tired and had a splitting headache. Fun times.

Anyway, I was supposed to do an easy run today, but the second I woke up I knew that wasn’t going to happen. Eh running would probably have been a bad idea anyway. I don’t want to feel like total shit for my long run tomorrow, so I figured it was a better idea to take today off and hopefully feel good during tomorrows run. I couldn’t take today completely off from everything though. There was still a bunch of yard work and garden stuff that needed to be done.

So around 10 am I headed outside to start weeding the side of the house since I didn’t get to that yesterday. Took me about 2 and 1/2 hours to finish just one side. Once I got that done I headed inside for a bit to eat lunch and to give my hands a bit of a break. Just a short one though. I still had bushes to prune and the other side of the house to weed. 

So I pruned my bushes and started weeding the other side of the house. While was weeding Luke started trimming some more bushes. These guys were super unruly and I saved them especially for him. πŸ˜‰ Once I was done weeding I started carrying all of the branches he had trimmed to the wood pile. That involved a climb over a fence and a trek across the backyard, but it was kinda fun. 😁

Once we had finished up with all of that, Luke decided that he wanted red mulch in the landscape. So we waited an hour for his brother to get home, went to Menards, and bought 25 bags of red mulch. It took some work to get it all in the back of our SUV, and my poor brother in law was squished in the back with it all, but it all fit! So we went home, spread that all out where we wanted in and now here we are! 

This is just the front, but it looks really good!


Now then, I’m in desperate need of a shower and food, so I’m going to go take care of that! 

Happy Saturday!

~Ashley

Happy Second Day Of Spring!Β 

Oh man, yesterday was super eventful! It was 80 degrees for a good majority of the day, so we were outside pretty much all day. Finn woke me up at 6 am, so I took all of the border collies outside and we played in the backyard until Luke woke up. Once he got up we took all of the dogs to the dog park. It was Finn’s very first dog park adventure and he did very well. πŸ™‚ When we got done there, we finally got the garden started. We tilled and prepared three plots, and planted lettuce seeds, broccoli seeds, brussle sprout seeds, carrot seeds, and onion seeds. That was a very messy and long adventure, but we got it done! I can’t wait until everything starts growing!! After we finished the first part of our little backyard farm, we took Finn to PetsMart. Mostly to get him exposed to all sorts of new things that seem scary to a puppy (like cars, and a lady in a wheelchair. Haha he eventually made friends with her though. πŸ™‚ , but he also needed an ID tag, and some fun toys, so we got those as well.

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While I was planting things in the middle of the day, Luke spent a lot of time working with Finn. Teaching him to come when called and reaffirming the sit command. Then later that night I started working on the down command with him. So far I’d say he’s coming along really well! For two nights in a row now he’s been able to hold his pee and then wake us up when he needs to go outside, which is awesome! And he’s only had a few accidents in the house.

Unfortunately today’s got off to a rough start. Finn woke me up at 5 am, which wasn’t a big deal, I’d rather him wake me up than pee in the crate. After we went outside and he went potty he decided he was going to be a little brat. He wouldn’t stop jumping on me and kept biting at my face and hair. Then he chased Bubble around the house. Obviously she didn’t like that so she smacked him on the nose, which really upset him, so he sat at my feet and pouted for a while. At that point I really needed to go out and run, so I put him in his crate. He wasn’t happy about that and threw a huge fit. He was still barking and crying when I walked out the door.

So my run definitely did not go as planned. I had an interval workout on the scheduled today. But my asthma is kind of acting up today so my lungs aren’t happy, which means the rest of me isn’t happy…I made it a mile and a half before I had to call it quits. That was kinda frustrating, but it happens I suppose. At least a mile and a half is better than nothing.

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Anyway, after my run I took a quick shower and then me and all the dogs went back outside for a little bit. Then I went inside to make lunch and made Finn stay in the yard with Dean (who is currently not a fan of the puppy and is kind of mad at me) while I ate lunch. I would have made Lily stay outside with them, but she has horrible separation anxiety and had to come inside with me. That’s exactly what I’m trying to prevent from happening to Finn, so that’s why he stayed outside while I ate. He did alright, although he did eventually start crying at the door. He wasn’t out there for long thought. After I ate I let him back inside and then him, Lily, and I napped on the couch for about an hour. That was really nice, especially after being waken up at 5 this morning haha.

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After our nap he stopped being a brat, so I tried taking him out for a walk. We made it all the way across the street, when I big scary truck drove by so we had to go back home. I put him in the crate and swapped him for Dean. Poor Dean is currently suffering from middle child syndrome and is very upset with me. These last two days he’s hardly looked at me, wont come when I call him, wouldn’t let me pet him, and wouldn’t even take treats from me. Luckily he’s gotten a little bit better today though, so I’m trying to spend more time alone with him than I usually do. I think eventually though he’ll get over himself and warm up to the puppy.

Anyway, Luke’s home now so we’re probably going to spend our evening playing in the back yard. 

Happy second day of spring!

~Ashley

 

March 2nd, 2017

I’ve been feeling kinda off for the last few days. It’s mostly a mental thing, I think. My mental game is already pretty weak, and today during my run I felt like I smashed straight into an immovable wall, mentally at least. I can never decide if, in moments like this, it’s better to push through, or to take a few days off and re-gather my thoughts and whatnot. I’m kinda leaning towards the latter right now. I’ve been so focused on trying to hit a certain number of miles each week, working towards one of my goals for the year, and I think all this worrying about numbers has made running a lot less fun for me.

Meh, I guess I’ll wait and see how I feel tomorrow, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to end up taking a little break, and maybe focus a little more on some yoga. I’ve really been feeling the whole yoga thing for a while now, so I think that’ll be nice. Plus my quads have been super tight and my legs haven’t been all too happy in general (which definitely hasn’t helped the mental aspect of my running), so I’m sure some extra yoga will do them some good! πŸ™‚

Anyway, I made it through three miles today before I called it quits. Not gonna lie though, after the first two I ended up back on my porch, sitting with my head in my hands, contemplating why I even bother. Eventually I got back up and did one more though, but I feel like I spend a lot of time hating running, or wanting to quit, or wondering why I even bother like I was today. I guess that’s kinda part of my weak mental game. Obviously something I need to work on, but I also think that’s another reason why I need to take a short break from running.

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This little guy squeezed under his fence just to bark at me while I ran past today. Luckily he never actually left his yard though. πŸ™‚

So on a completely unrelated topic, Luke and I are starting our garden tomorrow! We’re going to be doing a bunch of tilling, which is my least favorite part of gardening, but it obviously needs done. Then I think we’re going to build a potato box (and hopefully obtain potato plants/seeds, because we currently don’t have any). And we may plant some broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, onions, and lettuce. I’m going to have to check the weather though, it’s been warm enough in the middle of the day, but the past few morning’s we’ve had a little bit of frost, so actually putting seeds into the ground may still have to wait a few more days. Either way, I’m super excited to get the garden started again. I very much enjoy growing our own food. πŸ™‚

Anyway, since Luke is off of work tomorrow and I don’t exactly plan on running, we’re probably going to stay up late playing our new DS games (Story of Seasons 2. It’s a farming RPG. Gotta get pumped for our garden projects somehow πŸ˜‰ ). It’s gonna be a good time. πŸ™‚

Happy Friday Eve!

~Ashley

Happy February!!Β 

I’ve definitely started off the new month on the right foot! Woke up at 5:40 am, made myself some French toast (I don’t know why I’m on such a big French toast kick, but it’s currently working for me.), then read a little bit of Shoe Dog while I had my morning cup of coffee. I honestly can’t think of a better way to start the day/month!

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Except that’s kind of a lie, because I totally can! How about a shiny new 10k PR for the first day of February?! That was most definitely the icing on the cake. February is officially off to the best possible start ever! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

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Not to mention the fact that I did my current favorite workout, which is a 2 mile warm up, 40 minutes of intervals (3 minutes “hard” running, 1 minute walking), followed by a little over a mile to cool down (obviously I had to hit the 10k mark πŸ˜‰). Oh man, it’s just a lot of fun!

Plus I figured out that the road I found last week goes on a lot further than I had originally though. I’m definitely going to have to investigate this during my long run this weekend.

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Not gonna lie though, after the excitement of PRing wore off I was pretty darn tired, so I didn’t end up doing anything too strenuous for the rest of the day haha. I probably should have done some yoga or something, but meh, I was too tired. At the very least I did the whole legs up on the wall thing, so hopefully I wont end up with too much lactic acid in my legs. I guess I could foam roll at some point tonight, but that doesn’t sound like any fun (*sigh* I’m probably going to do it though).

Anyway, after I had showered and eaten I spent quite a but of time (almost 3 hours, I think?) messing with the theme of my blog. Not sure if I’m even happy with it at this point, but I just got too tired of sitting in front of the computer to care. I hate spending long periods of time staring at a computer screen (and I suppose that sounds kinda weird coming from someone who enjoys blogging). My eyes always start to hurt, sometimes I get headaches, and I always end up feeling super tired. Like 90% of what Luke does at work is stare at a computer and I don’t know how he does it! Seriously, I wanted to die after all of the time I spent in front of the computer today. I was actually excited to take a brake from screens and do my usual chores! I’ve literally never been so excited to unload the dishwasher, take out the trash, and sweep the floor haha.

Unfortunately that didn’t last long. After I was done I found myself right back at the computer, typing up most of this post, and parts of a few others. Good thing my run this morning was pretty hard, and I hit my step goal because of it, or else I’d have to feel kinda bad about all the sitting and doing nothing I’ve done today. Well, if you count blogging as doing nothing I guess haha. Jeez, I never thought keeping up with a blog would be this much work! It is fun though and I do enjoy it, but man, I think I could safely go the rest of this week without so much as a glance at a computer or phone or even a tv. I’m all technology-ed out… It really is hard to escape all of the screen time in this crazy modern world we live in. That’s why I think it’s so super important to spend some time outside in nature and disconnecting from it all. Running definitely provides that for me, and that’s one of the many reasons why I love it so much. πŸ™‚ Walking my dogs and all the gardening I plan on doing this spring also helps provide me with some much needed outdoor time. πŸ™‚

Speaking of gardening (I am the master of segues, I know. πŸ˜‰ ), I’m thinking it’s almost time to do some tilling! I won’t be able to plant much until around late March or early April, but right now it a pretty good time to start preparing the soil! Since it’s been a relatively mild winter (there were a few super cold days, but for the most part it never really stayed that cold and it only snowed twice. Sad face.) the ground isn’t frozen, so might as well get a head start! What I really need to do is turn my compost pile then add some of that to the garden plots before I start tilling. Perhaps that is something I should do this weekend, along with figuring out what all I want to plant. I definitely plan on doing tomatoes again, those are always a good choice. The bunnies really liked the broccoli I grew, even though we only got a few heads of it haha. Oh well, the leafs are full of some awesome nutrients too, and hey, you can’t argue with free bunny food! My cucumbers, while a little bitter, also did really well last year, so I think I’m going to be growing more of them. I for sure want to do another watermelon vine! Last year I tried my damnedest to keep my watermelon plant happy and I only ended up with one stinking melon (although that is better than nothing I suppose), so I feel like I have some unfinished business with watermelon plants haha. Oh man, just thinking about all the plants I want to grow makes me super excited, even though I’m not at all fond of the warmer months, at least I have something to do during them.

Along with all the garden fun, Luke’s been talking about building a small chicken coup and getting a few chickens! Technically you need a permit from the city to do that, but there are several houses in our neighborhood who keep chickens (one guy even has a goose! And doves, and a few ducks, and a bunch of bunnies, and 3 dogs haha). And if that permit is anything like the stupid licence you’re supposed to get for your dogs, then no one actually has one. Seriously, no one that I’ve talked to actually has their dogs licensed with the city. It just seems like a really useless thing to do and a waste of money. Anyway, I would really love to keep our own chickens! That would be so super neat! I miss having chickens, goats, cows, etc…Although I’m not entirely sure how we’d make the chicken thing work unless we build them a super sturdy and covered enclosure. Otherwise I feel like they’d just end up running around the neighborhood. That would be kinda funny though, just to see some chickens walking down the street haha.

I really wish we could get a goat! Then we would hardly ever have to mow our lawn and goats are just fun in general! Unfortunately, the city specifically sates that you cannot own a goat. Boo. That’s no fun. Maybe one day we’ll finally move out of city limits and onto a little bit of land. That would be nice. πŸ™‚

I realize now that I’ve just gone on a bit of a tangent, and for that I apologize. I just get super excited about those kinds of things!

Anyway, It’s looking like I’m going to be quite busy this summer! Hopefully that means it’ll go by super fast and I wont be so super miserable about being hot (I am seriously the worlds biggest baby when it comes to hot weather). The whole garden thing is going to take up a whole lot of my time, obviously I’m going to continue running and hopefully start training for my 3rd half marathon! Not gonna lie, I kinda want to run Longview for the 3rd year in a row. Since that particular race is so brand new, at this point I’ve only missed the very first year it’s been held! Since it’s only been going on for 3 years that’s not all that impressive, but if I can keep doing this race, it’ll be super impressive when I can say I’ve been running it basically since it started for like 20 years or something. Hey! A girl can dream.

We’ve also got the Florida trip happening with Luke’s mom in July. At this point it’s sounding like we’re going to be in Florida for two weeks. That should be interesting considering my deep hatred of the summer heat, which is only a lot worse in Florida. At the very least, living in the Midwest my whole life has prepared me to deal with humidity. But It’ll probably end up being a really fun trip though. Luke’s mom and two younger siblings moved to Minnesota a few years ago, so we don’t exactly get to see them very often, and now we have a chance to spend two whole weeks with them! I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to keep up with my running scheduled in Florida, but I guess I’ll find a way.

In August my parents will be coming here from Colorado to see Green Day with me! I am so ridiculously stoked for that! It’s going to be soooo much fun!! And I suppose since they’re coming to see me in Kansas, I’m going to have to go visit them in Colorado at some point. And my sister too! She lives on an army base about an hour south of my parents, so at least I’d probably get to see everyone no matter how much time I actually end up spending there. Plus, her husband was just recently deployed to Poland and he’s going to be there for a while, so I’m sure she’s going to end up being kinda lonely…What I reallyΒ reallyΒ want to do is some trail running in Colorado! But since I’m not even sure that I’ll be making my way there (even though I really want to this summer) I’m not making any plans or getting too excited about it.

I think that’s all we’ve got planned so far, and honestly I’m hoping we don’t end up doing much else, that’s quite a bit going on already! Plus we’re going to have to figure out what to do with all the critters while we’re in Florida, and what to do about the garden. Especially if I’m going to be gone more than once. I’m sure we’ll figure it out though. We usually do. πŸ™‚

As for more current things well, we don’t really have much going on right now. Aside from the plans I’ve basically just made about the garden that is. I’d really love to run some 5k’s and 10k’s this spring, but I don’t think we’ll be able to make that happen because money. Darn races just have to be so expensive…Ah well. I’m pretty much content to continue running around my neighborhood. I’m kind of a loner by nature anyway so I don’t really mind missing out on the social aspect of racing, and I’ve got a whole new road that I need to explore! That’ll add some excitement into my usual routine.

So, I didn’t exactly intend on this post being a “this is what I’ve got coming up on my scheduled” kind of deal, but it just sorta happened. I’ve notice that at the beginning of each new month I like to look ahead at what I’ve got planned in the future, just to make sure everything is going to be able to flow together without any big events overlapping and I guess that’s kinda what happened today! Plus I just like to ramble on and on sometimes. πŸ˜‰

So what about you? Got any exciting plans coming up? Spring races? Summer road trips? Concerts of any kind? I want to hear all about it!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I hope you’ve had a wonderful Wednesday!

~Ashley