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New Job Who Dis?

Whoop woop!!

A week after I quit my job working at the cat litter factory I got not one but TWO job interviews! Both for house keeping positions at assisted living facilities. Not anything fancy, but a jobs a job! Especially when your options are incredibly limited due to several factors (we’re a one vehicle house hold {which is the BIGGEST issue I’ve been having}, not having a college degree, not having the “necessary” experience, etc.).

Anyway, the first interview I had was weird. Like, they didn’t ask me anything outside of my previous job history. The whole interview lasted about 10 minutes. It was weird and I kinda figured I wasn’t going to hear back from that particular establishment. So that I I applied to a few more jobs and like, 15 minutes after I submitted my resume to the assisted living facility that is right here in my town (it’s exactly 1/2 a mile from my house πŸ˜‰) I got a call from them wanting to set up an interview and I ended up going in for one the next day.

That interview was much more what you’d expect from a job interview! We actually talked about the job, the woman conducting the interview asked typical questions, things like that. I thought that one went FANTASTIC but after telling Luke everything that happened he was convinced that I “flubbed” it. And his opinion was the same about the other interview as well. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Hahaha obviously he was wrong though because I got a job offer from the assisted living facility in my town the day after I interviewed. Then a few days later I got a call back from the first assisted living facility that I interviewed with. πŸ˜‚

So this week I’ve had to go in a few times for orientation and things like that, but I officially start tomorrow!! I’m kinda nervous. Starting a new job and having to learn the ropes of how they do things at any particular establishment is always a little nerve wracking I think, but I’m also pretty excited! Everyone there is super nice and apparently they’re all really close which I love!

And several of the residents there have already taken a liking too me! One gentleman named Bob and I had a lovely conversation about the weather and baseball on the day had my interview. So when I ended up walking away with the woman who was interviewing me she said “well obviously you can interact with the residents!” That was probably the best first impression I could have made! But honestly you guys I just love hanging out with elderly people. I’m literally friends with a whole bunch of elderly people who live in my neighborhood that I see all of the time when I run!

Another resident like my boots (I got a pair of purple Docs for my birthday and EVERYONE loves them πŸ˜‰) and he asked if I was a skater. That made me smile! Apparently he used to teach 8th grade and is on the up and up with that kinda thing.

My birthday boots! I am in LOVE! πŸ’œ

Then one of the days I had to go back Bob recognized me right away and was very happy to see me. We didn’t get to talk much but it makes me super happy that I’m already making friends there.

So the residents and the staff all seem super cool! The director of the place said I was going to fit in there perfectly with my bubbly personality which was good to hear. And one of the guys who works in the kitchen has run a 5k in our town that I did too! Hahaha I was wearing the race shirt from it so he asked me about it. Apparently it the only 5k he’s ever done, but still, meeting another potential runner is a super exciting prospect!

So yeah, all and all I’m pretty excited about this job! I think things are going to go much better for me there than they did at the cat litter factory. No more coming home looking like this…

Anyway, I just wanted to share that little update. I’ll let you guys know how everything goes with the new job!

I’m also going to get back to writing weekly recaps! I’m not sure of anyone actually cares what my week look like, but it helps keep me accountable. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚ And speaking of accountability, there are some other things I’m going to be talking about here to hopefully hold myself accountable in other regards.

But I’ll get to all of that later. For now I hope everyone has a super Sunday!

Until next time; your recently turned 28 friend, totally punk rock, new job having, cold weather loving, runner friend,

~Ashley πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰οΏΌ

Race Recaps Coming Soon!!

Holy cow you guys! Race weekend has officially come and gone!

My dad and brother drove in from Colorado so my dad and I could tackle two half marathons in two days this weekend. It was an all around blast but it also went by super duper fast!! So I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything that went down. πŸ˜‚

Oh and you know, attempting to recover from both races. My legs are DEAD. There’s just only so much an ice bath and foam rolling can do for very beat up legs. πŸ˜‚

But anyway, I’m am slowly starting to unpack everything that happened this weekend and I hope to have full race recaps up later in the week!! But for now, I’m just gonna sit around and zone out for a little bit. Right now even leaving my couch seems like a lot of work. πŸ˜‚

So for now, happy Sunday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!!

~Ashley 😴

An Update

It’s race week!!!

On Saturday my dad and I will be running the Longview Half in Grandview, Mo and then in Sunday we’ll be tackling the Gobbler Grind Half in Overland Park, KS!!

I am completely and overwhelming underprepared…πŸ˜‚

For the past 6 weeks I was hardly able to do any running let alone any actual training. My new job was absolutely beating the hell out of me and I got to the point where I wasn’t healing or recovering at all. My body was bruised and beaten down and every week just seemed to add more fatigue on top of it all. I was really hoping that I would end up adjusting to it all, but things just got progressively worse and worse and never really improved.

Cuts, scrapes, and bruises that just never seemed to go away.

At this point my wrist and hands have been red, swollen, and painful for weeks now. My hands and wrists are small, delicate, and have always been the weakest point of my body. And having to rip apart cat litter boxes ever 15 minutes just completely did them in. They even got to the point that they would throb with every step that I take when I’m running.

Instead of adjusting to the work the fatigue just seemed to pile up week after week. I literally couldn’t function when I would get home from my 12 hour shifts and on my days off I could barely get anything done. I tried to keep up with running, but mostly I just ended up cutting every run super short. Oh and my hair started falling out in clumps, so that’s cool.

Plus all of the dust in that place was just killing my asthmatic lungs. Your cat litter might say that it’s “low dust” but I can assure you that it’s not… Oh and we can’t forget this gem!

I know I probably sound like a whiny, ungrateful bitch right now but this was my reality for the past 6 weeks.

But last night I broke down and I quit my job at the cat litter factory. I just couldn’t do it anymore. I feel like I had to do it for my own physical and mental well being.

Honestly I don’t like having to admit that o couldn’t handle it. I’m not proud of how badly this job beat me down. I really did want it to work out. It was the best paying job that o could ever get, being uneducated and unskilled as I am. But the reality is that I just couldn’t handle it.

Plus on top of all of the physical stuff the blatant sexism and…I’m not sure what to call the “compliments” were really starting to get to me. I think it’s a little obvious that it’s mostly men who work jobs like this so it was mostly men that I worked with. The amount of times I got called a “pretty girl” was irritating, but what really pissed me off we’re comments like “you can’t stand around and look pretty all day when you work here” and “you can’t be pretty AND run the line at the same time”. Those were real, actual things that were said to me! They were meant to be jokes, I guess, but they sure didn’t feel that way. Ugh.

And yesterday a woman who works there who kind of took me under her wing told me the best thing I could do was keep my head down, do my job, and be careful what I say and who I say it to because the men there really do treat women differently. I really do appreciate her looking out for me, but hearing that was just a huge bummer on top of everything else…

So there you have it. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I’m still looking for another job and hopefully I’ll end up working again soon, but at this point I’m just glad that I never have to step foot in that place again.

Anyway, back to race week stuff!!

So I’m hoping that I can get enough rest and recover enough that these half marathons don’t go too poorly. Although at this point I’ve accepted that they’re going to be very painful and we’re definitely going to be the party in the back for both half’s. Hahaha but at least my dad will be right there with me for them both, so I won’t be suffering alone! He’s been going through some shit as well and he hasn’t done any training either. πŸ˜‚ Oh well, we always have a lot of fun together, no matter what we’re doing. Like running a 10k in the mountains that I also was not prepared for. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Aaand to top it all off, I’m a little bit ill. Cool! πŸ™ƒ But I don’t feel as bad as I usually do when I’m sick so I’m hoping that continues to be the case! Or that I just start feeling better by this weekend! I’ve been chugging water with Nuun immunity tablets in it though and I like to think that’s helping! Even if it is just a placebo effect (which I don’t think it is. At least not entirely). My shitty immune system needs all of the help it can get, so hopefully between the Nuun, the no longer working at the cat litter factory, and all of the rest I plan on doing over the next few days help me get over this thing quickly!

Anyway, today I’ve been resting and relaxing and doing some light house work. Just trying to slowly catch up on all of the things that have fallen to the wayside over the past 6 weeks, ya dig? It was a good day, but my favorite part was not having to wake up at 4 am and getting to sleep in until 8, and then waking up to Finn laying on my feet and Dean cuddled up to my back. I think the dogs have missed me as much as I’ve missed spending time with them. They’re the best.

Alrighty, that’s all for today! But I can promise you I’ll be keeping this blog more up to date now that I’m not killing my self slowly by working at the Clorox plant anymore.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween and has a fantastic November!!

~Ashley

First Sunday Shift, $20 Off Of Oiselle, and Other Randomness

First of all, look at how itty bitty Whiskey was a year ago!!

I mean, she’s still itty bitty now. But she’s always been tiny, apparently. πŸ˜‚ Oh well. She’s healthy and happy and that’s all that matters.

In other dog related news “PuppyPuppy” went to go live with his new owners, my father-in-law, step-mother-in-law, and youngest brother-in-law, last weekend. Apparently he’s adjusting well and they’ve finally settled on a name for him! A name that Luke and I both approve of! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰ They’re calling him “Yadi” after the Cardinals player Yadier Molina and I can definitely get on board with that! They were originally going to call him “Po” after the character in Kung Fu Panda and I’m sure glad that’s not what they settled on. He doesn’t look like a “Po” in my opinion.

Look at those ears!!

Anyway, Yesterday was my first Sunday shift, meaning this is my first 4 days in a row of 12 hour days. I am already exhausted. And bruised. And scraped up. And sore… But 2 days are down two more to go!

I thought about running when I got home tonight. Like, I really considered doing it. But I was just too tired and hungry and wanted to wash all of the cat litter remnants off of me. So that’s what I did. But first I had to get all of my shit ready for tomorrow while making Luke his dinner. While also shoving leftover pizza in my face.

Maybe one day I’ll actually start running in the first half of the week. But we’ll see. Haha just watch though, once I finally get used to all of this and actually feel like I can squeeze in a run or 2 after work, they’re gonna switch me to nights and I’ll have to go through an adjustment period all over again…I’m currently praying that one of the other jobs I’ve applied to hires me. I’m just…yeah. Not great right now.

I’m better news, I caved and finally bought a nice, long sleeved Oiselle top!

I’ve been eyeing the FLYTE long sleeve top for a while now, but $68 is a lot for one top…

But I have been wanting to kind of revamp my running wardrobe for a while now. Most of my gear is pretty old and some of it is getting really worn out. And not gonna lie, I just want some nicer stuff. πŸ˜‚ So I bought this top! I’ve heard lots of good things about it and I adore the Oiselle tights I’ve had for a while now, so I’ve been wanting to get some more Oiselle gear. Plus this color is just…😍😍😍

Hahaha it still took me like 30 minutes to actually buy the damn thing! I kept going back and forth with myself, but I’m glad I did finally buy it. πŸ˜‚

After I made my purchase Oiselle gave me a code for $20 to share with friends. So if you’ve been wanting to make a Oiselle purchase now might be the time! That shit is expensive! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰

Save $20 on your next Oiselle order.

Plus if you do use the link above I’ll also get $20 off of my next order and I already know what I’m going to get! Lighting bolt tights!!! ⚑️⚑️⚑️

Anyway, I guess that’s all for today.

The lemon grass scented cat litter that we’re currently running gives me a horrible headache so I can’t think of anything else I wanted to mention today, but I know there was something else. πŸ˜‚ Plus I need to be in bed in an hour anyway.

It’s only Monday and I’m already so over this week…

~Ashley

That Factory Work Life

My first “week” (because unless you’re working mandatory over-time you work 3 days a week plus every third Sunday) is done! Thank God!!

I’m not going to sugar coat this, trying to adjust to this job/our new life has been fucking hard. For everyone, I think, but obviously me. Obviously.

But my husband is used to coming home to a house with most of the chores done. Haha I can’t say “clean” because we you have 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 ferrets, a rabbit, and 7 chickens, nothing is truly every spotlessly clean. πŸ˜‚ He’s also used to having his dinner made and breakfast and lunch ready for the next day. And never having to worry if the dishes or laundry is done.

Nope. None of that is happening anymore. At least not when I have to work. I have to be at work before he does and he gets home before I do now.

The poor dogs have to be kept inside for 12 hours on days that I work now. That’s not as big of an issue for Lily as it is for Dean, Finn, and Whiskey. They prefer to spend their days outside. It’s just more exiting out there, running around and burning off energy. But since I’m gone they have to be kept inside. Mostly so they don’t get caught on any bad weather. But also just in case anything else were to ever happen to them.

Daisy (the rabbit) hasn’t been able to be outside in her hutch either for the same reasons. And she hasn’t been able to run freely through the house like she does most days. The chickens have had to be in their inner coop because I can’t keep an eye on them through the day and they haven’t been getting any treats/kitchen scraps. And the cats are being extra needy because they aren’t getting kitty cuddles through the day.

And then there’s me.

I hurt everywhere. My shoulders, arms, abs, and back are all currently throbbing. Mostly because this is a super physical job. My arms and legs are covered with scratches and bruises from loading cat litter boxes into a machine that fills them with litter. My wrists and hands hurt like hell because they’ve always been pathetically weak and delicate. That’s actually been and issues for me in other areas of life that I won’t get into now. I have a bruise on the heal of my hand from I have no fucking clue. My toes are bruised because my steel toed boots are shitty (they were $30 at Walmart. Do big recommend. You get what you pay for. I just didn’t have the money at the time for nicer boots). And since my boots are shitty my feet ache. I’m fucking exhausted and have to be in bed by 8pm on work nights because I have to be up by 4 am and if I go to bed any later than that I’d be even worse off. Since I get off at 5pm that means I have 3 hours off to do anything before I have to go to sleep, wake up, and do it all over again. It’s a fucking grind.

I legit look like I’ve been in a fight.

And sure, it’s only 3 days a week and every third Sunday. Until that mandatory overtime happens. But either way. It’s fucking rough….

I’m not a retail worker anymore (although not gonna lie, I think I’d rather work in retail again, and I don’t drink soda, but I feel this sentiment in my soul right now. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Funnily enough though my legs feel alright! A little tired from standing so much and a bit achy, probably from my shitty boots, but they’ve definitely felt worse! Apparently long runs and speed workouts have prepared them to handle this kind of thing. Haha who would have thought?! πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

And speaking of running; I didn’t get to do that for the first half of this week. Mostly because I’ve just been beyond exhausted by the time I get home. Plus running would severely cut into my time to get anything else done in my 3 hour period of not working/sleeping.

So yeah, I fucking hate it. But for $18.50 an hour it’s worth it, right? That what everyone tells me at least. Plus that’s the most I could hope to get paid, having very little experience and no college education. Oh well. I’ve gotta do it. So I guess I’m going to do it.

Anyway, today I did get a little run in though! It was short and slow because I’m tired, but oh man did it feel good to sleep in until 8 am, put on my running gear, lace up my super comfy and not painful at all running shoes, and hit the road! And I gotta say, asphalt feels like a fucking soft plush surface after having to stand on concrete in uncomfortable boots for 12 hours, 3 days in a row. πŸ˜‚

It was a fantastic run! Somehow running made my feet feel sooo much better! Plus it dropped over 25 degrees over night and was 53 degrees when I started my run. So it literally went from summer to fall over night. I can’t say I’m all that upset about that. πŸ˜‰ The cool, cloudy weather made this run even better!

Unfortunately I’m not sure how much more running or even relaxing I’m going to get to do on my 4 days off. Today I had to clean the house as best as possible because my brother-in-law is getting married on Saturday and a bunch of our family is coming for that. Obviously it’s nice to get to spend time with family, but we’re going to be super busy and not gonna lie, I’m not about that right now. I just wanna….do nothing. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, I know this has been a whiny post and it’s obviously I have a whole lot to be grateful for, but I think it’s good to just get it all out sometimes. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

But yeah, this is my life now I guess. I’m sure things will get easier after a while. Although I don’t think I’ll ever stop getting beat up by the boxes. I bruise very easily. And I’m kinda just an injury prone person in general. Apparently I’m not as hardcore as I like to think I am. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

This has been an update! I hope you’re doing well.

~Ashley

Pumpkin Picking 2019

Woohoo! The tradition continues!!

Every year since Luke and I moved from Illinois to Kansas we’ve gone pumpkin picking in the fall. Not on any specific date. We just go whenever works best for us. Or at a particular place. We’ve gone to a few different cider mills, orchards, and straight up pumpkin patches. But it’s still a tradition that’s still going strong 7 years as of today!

We took Dean with us today because we’ve always wanted to bring a dog with us but we never bothered looking up whether or not we could until today. πŸ˜‚ But they said dogs were allowed so we brought one!!

Hahaha it’s hard picking when you’ve got 4 to choose from. But we chose Dean because he’s the most laid back and chill. Plus he has very little herding drive so he didn’t really bother the goats and chickens and rabbits at the petting zoo area. Lily, Finn, and Whiskey would have wanted to herd all of the critters. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, we went to the Louisburg Cider Mill bright and early this morning! We got there at 8 am, right when they open, so we could beat the heat and the crowds! And we were totally successful!!

First we took Dean through the corn maze. He was very confused about that. He wanted to keep running through the corn. Eventually he figured out that we were staying on the path though and eventually we let him lead the way. He wasn’t very successful about finding his way to the end, but eventually Luke and I figured it out! Hahaha I’m pretty sure that was the first time I’ve actually entered and exited a corn maze in the correct place. πŸ˜‚

After we finished the corn maze we got down to business picking THE PERFECT pumpkin! I think we succeeded in that endeavor! It’s HUGE, and round, and perfect! Hahaha I’m very excited! πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

Surprisingly enough I don’t have any photos of it right now. I’m sure I’ll have a whole bunch throughout the rest of spooky season though! But I do have a few photos of the pumpkin patch and Dean dragging me through it. πŸ˜‚

Whew! That was a lot of fun!! After we picked out our perfect (but super expensive) pumpkin we went to the little country store they have there and got some loose tea (they have THE BEST loose tea) and soup mix. Yum!! πŸ˜‹

Now if only the weather would cooperate and cool off! It was super nice out this morning but it got up to 90 by this afternoon. Boo… It is supposed to cool down but next week though and I sure hope it does! I’m looking forward to some fall weather!

Anyway, after our pumpkin picking adventures Luke and I ran some errands, bough groceries, then went to Walmart for some golf balls because Luke wanted to golf today. So we did get his golf balls. But we also ended up with some mini pumpkins as well. πŸ˜‚

And he did get to get in 18 holes of golf. I didn’t feel like playing though so I played the part of caddy/spectator. πŸ˜‰

So I got to go pumpkin picking which is one of my favorite things and Luke got yo go golfing which is one of his favorite things, so everyone was a winner today! πŸŽƒ 🏌️😊

And now that we’re done with all of that fun we’re going to spend our evening just hanging out at home. And I’m going to at least attempt to prepare for my long run tomorrow. Really all I need to do is make sure I have breakfast ready, set my coffee maker, and lay out my clothes. But I don’t feel like doing That right now. I should also probably drink some water because I basically haven’t all day. Oops.🀣

Anyway, happy Friday everyone!!

~Ashley πŸŽƒπŸ–€

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Stay Spooky

I saw this shirt on Etsy on Friday and I was like, “I absolutely NEED this!!” So of course I bought it. And it’s already here!! It literally shipped a few hours after I ordered it and I couldn’t believe it! That’s the fastest I’ve ever had an online order come. So I’m a super happy camper! 😊

Here’s the link to the Etsy shop I bought it from. I definitely recommend this shop! Obviously because my order got here so quickly but also because the shirt is great quality, super comfy, and bat!!! πŸ¦‡πŸŒ™

This wasn’t sponsored or anything. Just wanted to share a neat find!

Anyway, Today was a rest day! Yay!!

I sure needed it! I’m actually not sore or anything today. I’m just feeling tired, depleted, and a little bit dehydrated. When I woke up this morning I almost felt sick. Once I got some breakfast and water in me I felt a lot better. But still. A day off from running was definitely needed.

So, this morning I drank a bunch of water, watched Kiki’s Delivery Service, and did a DIY face mask. I love DIY beauty stuff. I know exactly what’s going onto sand therefore into my body. Everything is natural without any weird ingredients, chemicals, or preservatives.

This face mask is super simple, is only made up of two ingredients that just might already be in your kitchen (they’re definitely staples in mine!), and leaves my skin feeling super silky and clean! So literally all you do is mix one part raw honey with one part coffee grounds (they can be fresh but I usually use the used grounds from my morning cup of coffee. β˜•οΈπŸ™‚), apply evenly to your face, let it sit for 30 minutes, then wash off. That easy!!

I may or may not have borrowed my husband’s shirt for this. πŸ˜‚

Since raw honey is antibacterial so it’s supposed to be great for acne. It’s also full of antioxidants so it’s supposedly good for anti-aging. Coffee is supposed to be good for circulation and is therefore also good for anti-aging. Plus it’s a natural exfoliant so it helps remove dead skin cells from your face and is also supposed to be good for your complexion.

Now I’m not sure how true all of that stuff is. I just know that it makes my skin feel nice and I like the way it smells. πŸ˜‚

Plus it’s relatively cheap and easy to make if honey and coffee are staples in your kitchen. And I’m all about cheap and easy! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, it was a nice morning.

This afternoon was relaxing and uneventful. Mostly I continued my binge listening of ATWWD while doing some light housework.

This evening Luke and I took Lily to the vet the have the staples from her surgery removed. That was pretty quick and easy! Lily has healed beautifully and is now able to resume her regular activities which is great! Hahaha I was getting tired of yelling at her for jumping up onto the couch or bed because and for running too fast. Things she wasn’t supposed to do because it might rip her staples out. Obviously she was confused about all of that because she’s never been yelled at for doing any of that before. πŸ˜‚ But we’re past all of that now and things can go back to normal in her life.

Anyway, that’s all for today!

Happy Monday! I hope you have a great week!!

Stay spooky, my friends,

~Ashley πŸŒΏπŸ¦‡πŸŒ™