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Chicken Stuff

I swore up and down that there would be no more chickens in this house! They’re messy, smelly, and annoying to clean up after inside. But low and behold, I had a freaking chicken in my living room on Sunday night.

Poor girl was getting bullied by my rooster, Jethro. She was super stressed out and wouldn’t get into the nesting box at night and had stopped cleaning herself (hence why she looks so terrible in the above photo). So I brought her in and set her up in a dog crate in my “exercise room”. Luckily she seemed perfectly fine with all of that. As far as she was concerned it was a smaller version of their nesting area outside and it got her away from Jethro.

So she got to hang out inside with us for a few days. She calmed down and started cleaning herself again. She never stopped eating, drinking, pooping or doing other chicken things, and her eyes are clear and she’s not sneezing or anything so I was very confident that she wasn’t sick. Just being bullied.

On Tuesday I locked Jethro into the nesting box and let this little lady hang outside with the other hens for a few hours. That experience 100% confirmed my suspicions that it was only Jethro being an asshole to her. The other hens just went about their business when I brought her out, while Jethro freaked out in the nesting area. πŸ™„

After a few hours I brought her back in and let Jethro out. At that point he got a banana too. πŸ˜‚

The next day I decided I was going to let the hens into the bigger run of the coop and leave Jethro locked in the inner area of the coop all day. My hen was doing fine inside, but these are flock animals and they can get stressed out being separated from the group. Plus she’s a chicken and chicken like to be outside. πŸ˜‚

So I went ahead with my plan. Jethro was super pissed that I had separated him from his harem, but at least my Brahma hen got to be outside and do chicken things with the rest of the flock. As the day went on Jethro finally calmed the fuck down and do that evening I gave him run of the whole coop again. I kept a close eye on him though. Obviously I didn’t want him harassing that poor hen again. Luckily he didn’t and that night when I went to lock them up they were nesting together, fast asleep. So hopefully Jethro has gotten over whatever his issues with her was.

Jethro might be an asshole, but he’s MY asshole. πŸ˜‚

So a rooster picking on a hen is actually a pretty common occurrence. Sometimes there is literally no reason for it. But I’m thinking (and hoping) that this whole situation happened because my little flock is currently molting. They’re shedding their winter feathers, growing their summer feathers, and apparently tension is high. πŸ˜‚ But again, that’s all pretty common stuff.

Obviously I’m gonna have to keep a close watch on them to make sure they’re all getting along (or ya know, to make sure Jethro stops being a bully). But I think once they’re done molting everyone will calm down and go back to normal.

So since they are molting I was expecting their egg production to go down at least a little bit but it really hasn’t. I’ve been getting at least 4-5 eggs a day. But a day were all 7 of my hens lay an egg isn’t uncommon at all. So needless to say, I have a bunch of eggs. πŸ˜‚

A couple of people Luke works with want some so we’re going to sell them some. Plus I’m going to be leaving for Colorado next week for my first race of the year and I plan on bringing a bunch of them with me to give to my dad. But I think over the summer we’re going to have to put an ad on Craigslist or something because there’s no way we’re going to be able to eat all of these eggs! πŸ˜‚

It is pretty sweet to have our own fresh eggs though! And pretty soon we’ll be planting our garden and we’ll have fresh produce to go along with them. 😊

So yeah. Chicken stuff. πŸ“πŸ₯šπŸ˜„

Hopefully by next week I’ll have some fun hiking stuff to talk about! And then of course as the week goes on running stuff and eventually a race recap!

Honestly I haven’t really had anything super exciting to talk about running wise as of late. I’m trucking along and I feeling great about what I’m getting done, but to be honest it’s all kinda boring! πŸ˜‚ Just putting in the work and getting in the miles. I’ve really been enjoying the whole process though! Although with summer running quickly approaching I’m not sure how long the whole “enjoying the process” thing is going to last. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, that is all for today!

Does anyone else have any upcoming races they’re looking forward to? It is that time of year after all!

Happy racing season everyone! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜„

~Ashley and her small flock of chickens

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Hair, Running, and The Fit Collective

Hey guys, no weekly recap from last week. Sorry about that… I’ve gotten kinda lazy about keeping up with my weekly recaps throughout the week, and it’s really hard to remember everything that happened and try to recap it all on Sunday. So I didn’t. I swear I’m gonna do better with it this week though. πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸ»

Besides, last week really wasn’t all that exciting anyway. But these next few upcoming weeks should be! I’m pretty excited and slightly terrified. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, as usual Sunday (yesterday) was my rest day. I spent a good majority of it (like, 6 hours I think?) bleaching and re-dyeing part of my hair (and scalp πŸ˜‚) purple. So if you ever look at my photos and think “Ashley your hair kinda looks like shit and you need to fix it”, just know that I’m very aware, it just takes sooooo long to do that I always end up putting it off. Plus that section of my hair is super duper damaged. I’ve been dyeing it since I was 17, so honestly I’m kinda surprised it hasn’t just fallen out yet. But hey, at least it looks cool, right?!

Yeah so that’s what I spend my Sunday doing. Today was a little bit more productive. Well, running-wise at least. Got 6 miles in and I felt pretty fantastic! I’m very much enjoying the weather right now! It’s definitely been cooling off and feeling more like fall. I love it! Some of the trees are even starting to change colors! πŸ™‚ Haha it’s really hard to see in the photo below, but the trees in the woods off in the distance are starting to turn yellow and brown. I love it!

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The plan for today’s run was actually 5 miles but I ended up doing 6 because I’m an over achiever. πŸ˜‰ Actually, because I wasn’t paying attention and it just kinda happened haha. But those are the best kinds of runs, right? Honestly I think this might have been my best run since this spring. I’ve been slogging along just trying to survive the summer but now that the weather is getting better running is starting to get a lot more enjoyable. πŸ™‚ Now if only I could start feeling faster. Then I’d feel a little better about my upcoming half marathons. I’m currently still worried about them. But I’ve still got 47 and 48 days to go, so I’ve still got some time to make some improvements! πŸ™‚

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After my run I ate a quick snack and then got some strength training done with The Fit Collective! The fit collective is an online training program and it’s pretty neat! You get 3 new 30 minute at home strength workouts every week, access to personal trainers via email and their Facebook page, along with live Facebook Q&A sessions every month. They also have monthly goals and challenges along with a whole page on their website full of healthy recipes. Fun stuff!! The online membership is $20 a month, but if you hang tight for a few days I’ll have a code for new members to get 50% off of your first month. So it would be $10 instead of $20. πŸ™‚

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From my and then jointhefitcolletive’s intagram accounts. πŸ™‚Β 

So my workout for today was something that I’ve never done before and it was a lot of fun! Freaking hard, but fun! So the workout consisted of 8 moves. For the first set the goal was to do 10 reps of each move, then for the second set do 9 reps of each move, for the third 8 reps, and so on and so forth until you get to 1 rep for each move. So like I said, it was different and I really enjoyed it. Plus it totally kicked my butt too! It took me about 35 minutes to complete the workout and by the time I was done I was completely beat! It was really good though. I’m pretty stoked to continue on with this program and see what other fun workout they have in store!

Having fun is super important to me when it comes it working out. I get bored really easily and I find it hard to really stay consistent with anything that’s not running. That’s actually one of the reasons I started running! I was bored with my workout regimen and decided to give running a try. So far it’s the only thing that stuck, but I think The Fit Collective is really going to help in that regard! I don’t think I’m going to get bored getting 3 new workouts every week! πŸ™‚

Anyway, that all I’ve got for today I suppose.

Happy Monday!

~Ashley

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Happy first day of fall!!!!! πŸŽƒπŸ‚πŸ¦‡πŸ•ΈπŸπŸŒ™πŸ‘»

Who else is super freakin stoked that summer is FINALLY over and that fall is here?!?!? I know I sure am! Plus the weather has been super nice the last couple of days here in Kansas! It actually feels like fall and it’s fantastic! I sure hope this weather sticks around and that summer is gone for good this year. πŸ˜„

Anyway, since the weather has been cooler I’ve been all about oatmeal! Don’t get me wrong I love oatmeal all of the time, it’s just that sometimes when it’s hot out eating a bowl of oatmeal isn’t exactly satisfying. But it’s just so cozy and filling and perfect for when the weather starts getting colder! Or at least I think so. So I’ve been making my all time favorite oatmeal recipe! Which of course involves pumpkin because it’s fall and literally everything consumed in the fall should contain pumpkin, right? πŸŽƒπŸ˜‰

And why not? Pumpkin is full of all sorts of goodness; potassium, antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamins C, E, and A, and fiber, among other things. So I say eat all of the pumpkin you want!! Well, maybe notΒ too much. Especially if you eat a lot of other foods that contain beta-carotene like carrots and other kinds of squash. A fun little side effect of consuming too much beta-carotene is that it can give your skin an orange-ish tint. When I was a baby I LOVED things like carrots and squash and I ended up turning orange! Luckily it’s just a temporary thing though, and once you start limiting the beta-carotene it will fade away.

Anyway, lets get to the recipe, shall we?

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Makes 1 Serving

335 calories if made with honey and unsweetened almond milk, but it will vary depending on the milk you use and if you use brown sugar instead of honey.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • about 1 and 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice
  • 2 tbs honey or 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • pumpkin spice to taste
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Ignore my badly opened can of pumpkin haha. πŸ˜‰ So, I like unsweetened, vanilla almond milk, but you can use whatever kind of milk you like.

Instructions:

Add water and a pinch of salt to a pot and bring to a boil on the stove. Once your water is boiling add your oats and pumpkin spice, reduce heat to medium and let the oats cook for 10 minutes. Keep an eye on it though. I’ve found that the cook time can vary depending on the pot you use. A good rule of thumb is to let most of the water cook out and that usually takes around 10 minutes.

Once most of the water has cooked out of your oats add the milk, pumpkin, and honey or brown sugar. (I prefer honey, but every once in a while I’ll use brown sugar and it’s pretty good that way too. πŸ™‚ ). Mix together and let it cook on medium heat for another 10 minutes. Again, keep an eye on it, just in case! Nobody wants burnt oatmeal!

Enjoy immediately!

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There you have it! The perfect bowl of oatmeal for the fall!

Please let me know if you try this recipe and what you think of it! I’d love to hear how it turns out for you!!

I hope you have a fantastic fall!

Until next time,

~Ashley

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Rain, Running, and Steaks.

It’s been raining on and off for almost two days now and it’s been fantastic!! And when it hasn’t been raining it’s been cloudy, which has been nice. It’s been a crazy dry, sunny, and hot summer here in Kansas and we’ve needed a break from it!

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The only problem with the rain and cloud cover we’ve been having is that it is super humid and sticky out. Still a huge improvement from the weather we’ve been having though. Plus it’s cooled off quite a bit. The highs have been in the mid to high 80’s and that’s supposed to go down even more next week. Yay!!

Haha and the only reason I’m bringing all of this up is because it makes running so much more enjoyable!! On Monday I did my run when it was sunny and probably around 74 degrees out and it felt terrible haha. But yesterday it was cloudy and drizzling when I ran and that made it sooo much better and totally killed my interval workout! Now that I’ve gotten a few of those under my belt they are starting to get more fun. Still hard though, but honestly that’s what makes interval workouts fun. They can be really hard if you want them to be. And yesterday I did. My goal during yesterday’s interval workout was to hurt. Mission accomplished. Haha oh man, I feel like all runners have a little bit of a sadistic streak in them. πŸ˜‰

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4 miles. Interval work. Drizzly weather. Sweaty bangs. Tuesday was a good running day. πŸ™‚

Yeah, wanting to hurt and successfully hurting was all fun and games yesterday, but today, well, not so much. Today my legs were sore, tired, and running was not so fun. But I mean, I’d rather have my speed workouts feel good and be fun and then have my easy days feel harder. It’s a lot easier to actually do an easy run when your legs are tired haha! At least I think so. πŸ˜‰ And I did do an easy run today. Although it felt more like a 3 mile slog through cold molasses, while breathing in air that felt like it was more water than oxygen. But it’s done now and my legs will probably feel better tomorrow because of it. πŸ™‚

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At least I hope they feel better tomorrow. I’ve got another 5 miles to do and then I get a cross-train day on Friday, so at least I’ll get a day off from running before my long run on Saturday. πŸ™‚ But aside from my legs feeling tired from my interval session yesterday (which I mean, they should. πŸ˜‰ ), I’m feeling pretty good! Tired. But good. So far half marathon training feels like it’s flying by. Sure, I’m only into week 4, but it still feels like it’s going fast. That being said though, I think I’m going to dial things back just a little bit next week. I’m not feeling terrible or anything, but since I keep describing myself as “tired” I feel like my body probably needs a little bit of a chance to adjust to my training and the increase in mileage I’ve been doing. Hopefully that’s all I need and I’ll be able to ramp things back up the week after that. But like I said, I’m still feeling pretty good! No illnesses or injury, and that’s exactly what I’m trying to prevent. Or at least minimize. More likely than not I’ll end up with a cold at some point during cold and flue season, but that’s nothing I wont be able to handle.

But anyway, all of this training has had me craving red meat. That’s a pretty unusual development for me. I’m not a vegetarian or vegan or anything, but I’m really not a big meat eater either. That’s why I’m not a huge fan of grilling season. Everyone is always grilling up a bunch of meat and I get really tired of it really fast. But oh man, yesterday I just needed some kind of meat. Preferably from a cow. So for dinner I cooked up some steaks we had in our freezer, that we got from a local butcher shop like, a month ago.

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Yeah, this was exactly what I needed! I actually ate a whole on for dinner last night (again, pretty crazy for me) and then half of one for lunch today and I’m probably gonna eat the other half for dinner. πŸ™‚ I’ve yet to perfect the art of cooking steak, but these did turn out very well! I let them cook on a skillet for about 4 minutes, flipped them for a second, and then finished them in the oven for about 7 minutes. They were seared really well, but still nice and juicy and a little bit pink in the middle. I think I left them in the oven for a minute or two longer than I should have. I would have preferred a little more pink, but still, they were delicious!

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We’re gonna have to go back to that butcher shop soon. They are a little more expensive that just getting meat at a grocery store, but it’s worth it! Their meat is so much better. Plus the people who work there are pretty awesome. They have big bulk deals every month but they’ve let us sub out certain cuts of meat for others a few times now and I thought that was pretty cool. In my experience, small, local places are usually better than big, chain stores. Plus I just like the way a good butcher shop smells. Haha it reminds me of deer season and loading up my dad’s cows into his trailer and fresh venison and beef. Those were some good times. πŸ™‚

Anyway, is anyone else super stoked that August is about half way over and fall will be here soon (there are 38 days until the autumn equinox, but who’s counting? πŸ˜‰ )?!? I’m so ready for fall to get here! Hahaha I’ve pretty much been over summer since it started, but at least the weather has been improving a little bit.

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Anyway, that’s all for now!

Your hot and sweaty runner friend, who is dreaming of chilly, rainy, fall runs,

~Ashley

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Canning Season, A Long Run, and August’s StrideBox

It’s officially one of my favorite times of year! It’s canning season!! Yay!

Unfortunately we’ve had a pretty bad growing season. It’s been hot, the sun has been intense, and we haven’t had nearly enough rain, and my garden is suffering. My zucchini plants died, one of my berry bushes died, my cucumber plants aren’t doing so well, my watermelon plants haven’t even grown new flowers for at least two weeks, and my tomato plants are looking really sad. But they have started producing enough tomatoes for us to start doing some stuff with them, so yesterday Luke and I made a jar of tomato sauce. πŸ™‚

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It is kind of a long process for one little jar of sauce, but we thing it’s totally worth it! First you have to blanch the tomatoes, then peel the skin off and then cut off the stems, quarter them, and then let them boil in a sauce pan until they’re completely broken down and add in salt and lemon juice. While all of that’s happening you have to sterilize your jar (boiling it for about a minute works pretty well πŸ™‚ ) and once your sauce and jar are ready you pour the sauce into your now sterile jar, put the lid on nice and tight, and then boil it for another 45 minutes or so. Then you let the jar sit on your counter until the lid seals (hearing it pop shut is a very rewarding experience haha) and then store it for future chilly or pasta sauce, or whatever. Aside from the salt and lemon juice we don’t season it at all. That just makes it more versatile when you go to use it! Obviously this is just a super simplified version of what happens. Maybe once I feel like we’ve perfected the art of canning I’ll share our step by step instructions. πŸ˜‰

After our single jar of tomato sauce was done we moved on to making a few jars of berry jam, just for fun. We had to use store bought berries though. At this point none of our berry plants are producing enough fruit for us to do anything other than eat right away haha. But I have pretty high hopes for my strawberry plant! It did fantastic this year and it should do even better next year! Anyway, making the jam was pretty similar to making the tomato sauce. We just had to smash the berries before boiling them to break them down even more and then adding lots of sugar haha. So I mean, it’s not very healthy in that regard, but at least we know exactly what went into it (berries, sugar, lemon juice) and it doesn’t have any corn syrup, artificial sweetener, or weird food dyes in it. So I think that’s a plus! And it’s just a lot of fun to make! πŸ™‚

So now we have one jar of tomato sauce, two jars of strawberry jam, and one jar of blueberry jam. Not Bad! And I’m sure come fall we will have added more to our little store of homemade canned goods. πŸ™‚ Growing, processing, and cooking your own food is such a fun and rewarding experience! I think everyone should do at least a little bit of it! I personally thing those are all very useful skills to have. πŸ™‚

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Our tomato sauce and two jars of strawberry jam. Haha the blueberry wasn’t quite done when I took this photo. πŸ˜‰Β 

So Luke and I were pretty busy yesterday! In the morning we had to go grocery shopping and then took care of a few other things while we were out. Then we had to fix the tarp on the chicken coop (the wind keeps blowing it around and messing it all up) and then just kinda played with the chickens for a while. We did all of our canning and then cleaned up the kitchen (both of which took a while haha) and we still managed to get to be around 10 pm last night! Good thing too, because I needed to wake up at 5:00 this morning so I could do this week’s long run before it got too hot outside.

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We actually got a nice little break from the intense heat and at this point it’s looking like we wont be going back to having all sorts of heat and air quality warnings like we were having in June and July, but the hotter weather is back and that means I have to wake up super early to get out before the sun. Yuck. Waking up at 5 am is not my favorite thing to do, and I totally got spoiled from our little break from the heat so I’m not used to doing it anymore haha. I did it this morning though and was treated to a very nice sunrise.

All of those pretty colors didn’t actually last very long. The sky was pink for maybe 5 minutes, then it turned more yellow/orange for a few minutes, and then it turned to more normal daytime colors. I guess that’s what makes sunrises so special though. They don’t last very long and in the summer you have to get up pretty early to see them.

Anyway, had yet another uneventful long run. I wasn’t feeling too great today, but I also didn’t feel too terrible either haha. Tomorrow might be a lot more interesting though. Since I’m training for two half marathons in two days I plan on doing some back to back long-ish runs. So the plan for this weekend was to do 8 miles today, which I did. πŸ™‚ And then do 5 miles tomorrow. I don’t think I’ve ever run the day after a long run before and if I ever have it was probably a super short one. Maybe like 1 or 2 miles. So tomorrow will be a brand new experience for me! I feel like my legs are going to be super tired, but that’s pretty much the whole point of doing it haha! We shall see though. Hopefully it wont be too bad.

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I’m only two weeks into my training plan but I’m currently just trying to take it one day, one run, and one mile at a time, and not think too much about what I have coming in the future or what I did in the past. I’m hoping getting into and then staying in that mindset will help me get through the rest of this training cycle (because it’s gonna be a big one for me!) and then my two half marathons. I don’t think overthinking is going to help me so I’m just gonna try to do the exact opposite. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, not long after I finished my run the mail came and my August StrideBox did too!! That was a pleasant surprise, because last time I had checked the tracker for it, it said it wasn’t going to get here until Monday. πŸ™‚ This months box came with all sorts of fun snack like things, which is pretty much my favorite thing to get in my StrideBoxes. It also came with another cooling towel which is awesome because I lost mine haha. I’m not sure where or how my old one got away from me, but at least now I have a new one! πŸ˜‰ I’m also pretty excitied the protein gummy’s that came in it. I didn’t even know protein gummy’s were a thing, but I love me some gummy candy and have a slight issue with consuming enough protein on a daily basis, so I enjoy finding tasty things that help with that.

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Also, I just need to take a second to express how awkward it is for me to see the word “daily” spelled out properly. Ever since I got married my last name has been Dailey (pronounced the same way as “daily”) so the normal word just looks weird to me now every time I see it. Haha I know that’s kinda weird, but these are the things I experience in my life. πŸ˜‰

Okey Dokey then! That is all for today! I’ll let you know how my 5 miler tomorrow goes in my weekly recap that will be up tomorrow evening. πŸ™‚

Happy Saturday!

~Ashley

 

January 24th, 2017

Ugh, I’m getting really tired of the crazy fog that we’ve been having every morning. It’s making everything crazy muddy, so my floors are crazy muddy because my dogs have hairy feet and track in a lot of mud… It’s obnoxious. Plus the fog makes running/walking/being on the road in general makes things about 8 million times more dangerous. Especially since a lot people around here don’t seem to realize that when it’s foggy out (or rainy, or actually dark out) you need to turn on their headlights. Seriously guys, it’s not that difficult! And in the fog it makes you a lot easier to see, which is a just a little bit more safe. You’d think growing up near St. Louis I’d be used to really shitty drivers, but I swear people here in Kansas are worse…

Along with making road conditions unsafe, the fog makes breathing while running super uncomfortable. You’re seriously just breathing in a bunch of water and it’s absolutely no fun…

Ok, I’m done complaining now. I think. Haha I guess we’ll see by the time I finally get done rambling.

So have you ever had one of those moments when you’re just tired of what you currently look like and what to do something majorly different? Because I totally had that happen yesterday. At first I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do. I don’t have any money for a new tattoo, so that was out. I thought about another DIY piercing, but I have sensitive ears and didn’t feel like going through the healing process for that. I considered (and am still considering actually) dying my hair, but meh, I don’t know what I’d want to do…So I ended up cutting off a bunch of my hair.

Mostly because I really miss my short hair. It was so much easier to take care of, plus it didn’t end up being a hot, gross, sweaty mess in the summer. The only problem is, I really like the way I look with long hair. Plus aside from the one time I seriously had all of my hair chopped off in 2011 (at one point it was even shorter than in the photo below), it’s always been super long.

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My hair in 2012 and my hair in 2015.

But like I said, I wanted a change, so I cut a bunch of it off yesterday. And when I say cut it off, I mean I actually cut it off. I’ve been cutting my hair myself for 2 years now and I don’t think I’m ever going to go back to a hairdresser. It’s just so much cheaper to do it myself, and it’s not like I do anything with my hair anyway. I straighten it every once in a while, and other than that it’s usually down or in a braid or ponytail. And I’ve been dyeing it myself since I was like 17, but that’s a whole other story. Plus if I hate how it turns out, I have no one to blame but myself. But i’m quite happy with how it turned out this time around! It’s not as short as it was back in 2012 but its at a nice medium length now. πŸ™‚

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Look at that pile of hair! My head feels a lot lighter now. πŸ˜‰

Ah, my shorter hair made running a much more pleasant experience! When my hair is long, I have one hell of a time deciding what to do with it during workouts. In the winter I can usually just leave it down, but I always end up with some really nasty knots. In the summer I tend to opt for braids. I don’t particularly like ponytails, since my hair was so long I had to do them really high and tight and that gave me headaches. Plus my hair was still long enough to bounce off of my nexk and ears and that was super annoying. So braids worked alright but the still could be annoying…

Today I just left my hair down and since it’s a lot shorter there were no knots! Yay!! And on a completely unrelated note, there are two things in life that I don’t have time for; matching my socks and matching my gloves. I just can’t be bothered to do it. Seriously, why take the extra few seconds/minutes to find a glove or socks partner? I don’t care if they match or not. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, my run was short, sweet, and fantastic! Only two easy miles, but it felt sooo good!! Haha well, the second mile wasn’t exactly easy, but I felt too good to not pick up the pace a bit. Especially on the section of road that was going down hill. When I’m feeling good I like to run hard on the uphills and then run the down hill with reckless abandon, which is exaclty what I did today. And that’s why the second mile wasn’t exactly easy, but boy was it lots of fun! Anyways,  finished in 24:17. Still slow, but it’s faster than I’ve been doing, so I’m happy with it. Plus the weather was awesome this morning. I waited for the fog to clear up, so the sun was out, it was nice and cold, and there was not much wind (which doesn’t exactly happen often here in the Sunflower State) . It was great. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸŒ€πŸ˜

The only thing that would have made this run better is if I could have been able to run part of it without shoes. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to go barefoot since the end of December. Anyone remember back in September when I had a toe incident that was suprisinly not running related? Well that toe has been kinda bugging me lately. It’s been red and swollen since it got hurt but it’s been a little worse lately. Luckily as long as I run or walk in shoes it’s not a problem, so at least there’s that. πŸ™‚ I just want to be able to run barefoot again. That’s a lot of fun.

A good run after a week of not so good runs really has a way of lifting my spirits and reminds me why I even bother with this crazy sport. Those bad times can really make a person question why they even bother. At least I do sometimes, but I guess bad days, weeks, and months are all part of the adventure. 

Wishing you lots of happy miles! 

~Ashley

Sunday Stuff

It’s officially official! I’m registered for my second half marathon!! I guess I really need to get my ass in gear now, huh? πŸ˜‰


I’m seriously super stoked (holy alliteration Batman!) though. I had a lot of fun at this race last year and I’m sure I will this year as well. I’m just hoping it’s colder this year haha! Last year it was in the 50’s, which wasn’t bad, but I prefer the cold. 😁

Sundays are usually my rest days and today was no different. I ran 4 miles with Dean yesterday though. That was a lot of fun, and it was the farthest I’ve managed to run since my toe got hurt. That was a little swollen afterward, but other than that it felt ok. My shin didn’t cause any issues either which is great! 

Anyway, since I didn’t have to run today, Luke decided he wanted to make a bunch of stuff. We had to go to three different stores and ended up with a bunch of stuff we didn’t actually need, but apple cider, pumpkin spice Cheerios, and cookie flavored coffee creamer are all just too exciting to pass up on. πŸ˜‰

Once we finally got home with the necessary ingredients, we started with making butter because we’ve never done that before and it seemed like fun. It actually ended up being a lot of work and hardcore messy, but we ended up with really tasty butter! 

While the butter was in the blender (yeah you make it in the blender! Neat, right?!) we started on a bunch of jam. Now that’s what took up a majority of our time, but now we have a couple of jars of blueberry jam, and medium sized jars of strawberry and apple jam. It’s all super yummy and is going to go great with toast and oatmeal. Aaaand then we made chocolate chip muffins, because why not? πŸ˜‰


That all took us from about 10 am to almost 5:30 pm, so it’s been a long day of cooking! Now that pretty much everything is put away and the dishes are in the dishwasher we’re going to spend the rest of the day playing DS and watching TV. 

How was your Sunday? πŸ™‚

~ Ashley