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My Most Important Pieces Of Running Gear

Alrighty my friends! Do me a favor; quickly scroll through this list and then come back here…

Done?

Ok. ๐Ÿ˜„

Notice anything missing from this list? Running shoes, right? I mean, aren’t those literally the most important piece of running gear after all? And then after that a good sports bra, right?

Both of those things are super important, but here’s the thing, we all know that at this point! I mean, look at Runnerโ€™s World. At this point the magazine is 90% shoe ads. I stopped subscribing after they got a new editor and chief, but I’ve heard it’s just been going downhill ever since. But they aren’t the only company constantly telling us that we need shoes. Shoes shoes shoes shoes. Runners need their running shoes! Alright. We get it!

But I personally believe that finding the right running shoe for yourself is a very personal thing. Everyone’s feet, body, running stride, etc, are different. Therefore the perfect running shoe for someone else might be an injury waiting to happen for you!

So yes, maybe do a little bit of research before buying a pair of running shoes, but the best possible thing you can do is try on a variety of brands and styles. Run around in them a little bit at the store, and then just kinda hope that they’ll end up working for you. And if not, try again. I know that sounds like a lot of trial and error, but I really believe that’s the best way to figure out what’s going to work the best for you. You can also go to a reputable and trustworthy running specialty store, but take whatever they tell you with a grain of salt. Yes, they want to help you, but at the end of the day no one knows your feet and your body like you do.

Also if you have a particular shoe that works for you, don’t let anyone convince you that you’re wrong! I’m looking at you, people who say you can’t run long distances in Nike Frees!!

And don’t even get me started on sports bras. There is a lot wrong with that particular part of the athletic wear industry right now. I can’t find anything that isn’t super heavy duty that feels like you’re clipping yourself into a straight jacket, that has no pads or underwire (I get why some people like padded sports bras, but I hate them), or that had a bottom band that digs into and chafes the rib cage. I’ve seen women who end up bleeding pretty badly from these terrible sports bra bands. Nike used to make THE PERFECT sports bra for me, but they don’t anymore and I’m so freaking pissed! It’s been YEARS since I’ve had a sports bra that was actually comfortable…

But anyway. That’s why sports bras are also not on this list.

Hahaha oh wow. I really didn’t mean for that to turn into a rant like that. It just kinda happened. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But really I think someone needed to say it.

So, let’s get into a more positive track, shall we?

Obviously I’ve got a bone to pick with certain areas of the running gear/athletic wear industry, but there are actually quite a few brands and products out there that I love, trust, and believe in! Which is great because obviously running gear is fun! But it can also make or break your workout (I’m looking at you, terrible sports bras!), help you keep track of your training, progress, time, mileage, mile splits, or whatever, keep you comfortable in certain weather conditions, help keep you safe, provide you with a little extra piece of mind, or just make you feel like a total badass. Which is also super important!

So, today I wanted to share what I would consider to be my most important pieces of running gear. Obviously if asked, most runners would give you different answers as to what their most important gear is because we’re all different and need and want different things! How awesome is that?! ๐Ÿ˜Š But for me, these are a few of the things I just can’t live without when it comes to running.

ROAD iD

Safety first, my friends!!

My ROAD iD contains my name, birth year, blood type, and emergency contact. All things that could definitely come in handy in case of an emergency. Plus having all of that right on my wrist means I don’t have to carry my ID or anything else with me while I run, which is nice. ๐Ÿ˜„

At this point I WILL NOT run without my ROAD iD. Heck, I rarely ever take it off! It just gives me so much peace of mind knowing that if something were to ever happen to me my husband would be contacted right away. I seriously think everyone should have one!

(PS if you don’t have one yet, you can follow my special link to get you one and save 20% on your order. ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Garmin Fenix 5

I am a run by feel kinda gal, so I actually don’t pay a lot of attention to or get distracted by the paces that my Garmin is constantly providing me. Which is a problem that some people run into on occasion and something that can become a bit of an issue.

But, since it’s not a problem for me I always run wearing my Garmin Fenix 5. It’s a super fancy GPS watch and I do enjoy all of the data it can provide me, the biggest thing I’m looking for is my mileage. Yup, I’m the kind of person who can’t end a run at 4.8 miles even if I’m standing right in front of my house (and even though I know that GPS watches aren’t 100% accurate). But keeping track of my mileage is super important to me. It’s how I know if I’m being consistent and actually working hard instead of just phoning it in. Some people can measure that with time, but I prefer miles. Everything else that my Fenix 5 can do is just an added bonus. ๐Ÿ˜„

Oiselle Pocket Jogger Capris

You guys, the pants CHANGED MY LIFE!!!!!

I know that’s a little dramatic. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But seriously, the amount of pockets on running gear is too damn low!! I don’t need to carry much with me on my runs, but at the very least I like a pocket that my phone will fit in along with a few other pockets that I can keep fuel and chapstick in. But I literally never had that until these pants came into my life. I LOVE them. Now I just need to get the Pocket Jogger Shorts! Not one pair of my running shorts contains enough pockets.

I do have photos of my pair of pocket jogger capris, but they arenโ€™t as good as this one from Oiselleโ€™s website. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Trucker Hats

Oh trucker hats! Where would I be without you?!?

Gagging and choking on my hair, and constantly trying to keep my bangs out of my eyes, probably. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Trucker hats are an absolute MUST for me during the warmer months. I have what I affectionately refer to as a “choppy hair cut”. There are multiple layers, bangs, it’s kinda long, messy, and nothing is the same length. It can be hard to contain. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Even braids and headbands can’t keep it all out of my way. But trucker hats help without holding in too much heat thanks to their mesh backs. Plus I like to have some kind of brimmed hat anyway to keep the sun/wind/rain/who knows what out of my eyes if need be. ๐Ÿ˜„

Moisture Wicking Socks

Honestly the brand and style don’t matter much to me. Sometimes I wear compression socks. Sometimes I don’t. As long as my socks keep me feet from getting too sweaty and gross then I’m good to go!

The thing is, one time in my early days as a runner I forgot to switch into moisture wicking socks. It was a miserable experience for my poor, sweaty feet and I have never and probably will never make that same mistake again. I always double check my feet before I hit the pavement, just to be sure that I did indeed put on a pair of my running socks. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I’m a simple girl with simple needs. Aside from my Garmin I really don’t have any super duper fancy gear. Obviously there is nothing wrong with having the latest/expensive/technologically advanced/super spiffy gear. But I like to remind people that while all of that stuff can be fun, you really don’t need much to start running. That’s one of the cool things about this sport! It really doesn’t take fancy equipment. You just need a pair of shoes that work for you and whatever allows you to move comfortably over however many miles you want to cover.

Alrighty! That’s all from me for now!

What running gear can’t you live without? I’d love to hear your answers!

But for now I’ll wish you happy Monday and a wonderful new week!!

~Ashley

Treadmill Running

I started out my running journey almost 5 years ago on a treadmill in my old apartment complexes fitness center, but once I started running on the paved trail that was near by, I ditched the treadmill and never looked back. In that time I’ve forgotten a little something about myself; I’m super duper awkward on treadmills!

So just going back a little bit, last weekend Luke and I went to Illinois for one of his brother’s high school graduation party. While we were there we picked up my sister’s old treadmill from her boyfriend’s mom’s house. My sister (actually, both of my sister’s, my brother, and both of my parents) live in Colorado now. It would have been more expensive for her to rent a truck and drive all the way to Illinois just to get it, and since she knew Luke just recently bought a new truck, she told me that we could take it. And that, my friends, is how I ended up getting a $600 treadmill for free. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Originally I wasn’t going to take the treadmill. “I’m a road runner!” I told myself, “I pride myself in running in ALL OF THE WEATHER CONDITIONS!” And that is true, but in the summer months I always end up runningย a lot less and basically not doing any kind of speed work, because I do not do well in the heat. It absolutely drains me and my running kinda suffers because of it. So after thinking about that for a while, I figured why not take the treadmill? I could probably utilize it in a way to supplement my outdoor running and actually do some speed work in the summer! So at this point I’m pretty stoked to have it. Even though it’s kinda huge and taking up a lot of room in my living room haha.

Anyway, back to my original point. I run weird on treadmills. And I’ve kinda forgotten about that little fact until now. Once I had started running on that trail back in the apartment days I realized how natural treadmill running felt to me. I also realized how quickly I tore shoes up while running on a treadmill. Once I started running on asphalt my shoes started lasting me a lot longer. Probably because running on a revolving belt is just naturally going to wear them out faster, but also because my running gait is just super awkward while moving on said revolving belt and I’ve never been able to get into a good rhythm on one. And honestly I probably never will.

So I’ve only run twice since Sunday when we brought this thing home. Both runs were on the treadmill and both runs felt super weird. Now, I know I’m slow, but a little simple math told me that my Garmin wasn’t reading correctly with that first run on Monday and that I was going somewhere around a 13:30 pace and not a 15 minute per mile pace. Haha that was a huge relief! Because that first run felt HARD! So I’m not actually sure about the distance on this run. I’m not all that worried about it though, I figured out how to calibrate my watch to the treadmill and it was pretty close to what the treadmill was reading on Tuesday. Still not sure how accurate the treadmill is, but I’m just gonna roll with it haha.

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First treadmill run in a very long time on Monday!

You might notice in the photo above that I’m not wearing any shoes. Haha remember how I said I tear shoes up while running on the treadmill? Yeah, I don’t want to be doing that right now. You see, I’m down to one pair of running shoes (I just had to retire my current pair of Nike Free’s. It was a sad day), my Nike Pegasus and they’re getting close to being halfway through their running life with me. I can usually get about 300 ish miles out of a pair of shoes before they have to retire to my “everyday” shoes, and then I can usually wear them for about another year before I have to get rid of them. It’s a good system for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ But anyway, since I’m down to one pair of running shoes and currently not able to spend $100 to get a new pair (that whole trip to Illinois, our up coming family vacation that Luke’s mom has been planning, and having to pay bills, buy food, and other adult stuff like that is really slowing the whole getting new running shoes thing down). So in order to preserve my current pair of shoes I’ve done both of my runs this week in my socks!!

(Just a little side note here guys, I have a ko-fi account now! You might have notice the “Buy Me A Coffee” button on the side of my blog. I actually spent a lot of time thinking about whether or not I should join ko-fi, because I didn’t want anyone to think I was like, begging for money or anything. And I’m totally not! But you know, I do work pretty hard on this blog and my other social media accounts. I put myself out there and share my story in some pretty up close and personal ways. So I figured why not give people a way to show me some love and support in the small way of “buying me a coffee” if they want to. And if they don’t, no big deal and no hard feelings. It’s not like I started this blog to make boatloads of money. Although I’d be lying if I said that wouldn’t be nice. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But anyway, just thought I’d throw that out there really quick. I probably wont be bringing it up much though.)

Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

So anyway, in order to preserve the life of my remaining pair of running shoes, I’ve done both of my runs this week in just my socks. I figured it wouldn’t be that big of a deal though. As kids my sisters and I would run around the farm barefoot all the time. We’d walk around corn fields, cow pastures, the woods, our gravel driveway, and even ride our bikes all sans shoes, and it was great!! And it’s not like I wear shoes all the time anyway. Nowadays I always walk around my house in just socks. I ride my stationary bike barefoot, tend to my garden barefoot or in flip flops or rubber boots (so, shoes that basically have no support whatsoever). I’ve even played tennis and helped Luke practice for softball either barefoot or in socks. Haha we’ve actually discoverd that I pitch better without shoes on! Although that’s probably just a weird coincidence, but now whenever we got out to the softball fields and there’s no home plate out we just use my shoes because I’m a-ok with not wearing them haha.

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P.S. I’m totally in love with my Zensah watermelon compression socks!!ย ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ˜„[/[/[/[/[/[/

I’ve also got an affinity for minimalist shoes. Hence why I love Nike Free’s so much. Don’t get me wrong, I love myย Pegasus. They’re a great training shoe and a good way for me to switch things up a little bit, but I wont do races in them haha. Compared to the Free’s they just feel heavy to me. I don’t even like wearing them on long runs, but I do because I know it’s good for me. But anyway, since I’m quite often barefoot, or wearing socks or minimalist shoes, I figured my feet, ankles, and legs would be strong enough to do my treadmill running in just my socks. But I think I might have overdone it a bit yesterday. I ran 4 miles on the treadmill, very awkwardly because like I said, treadmill running is weird and hard, in just my socks. I’m not hurt or injured or anything, but my calves are just super tight today! My guess is from running super duper awkwardly on the treadmill two days in a row and now wearing shoes probably didn’t help.

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Haha yesterday I actually spent those 4 miles watching part of a full Green Day concert on YouTube. I have no idea how people can go to a concert and record the whole thing! I’m too busy singing and dancing to even consider taking decent pictures, let along record a video! But I am incredibly grateful to the people who do! Haha yesterday’s 4 miles flew by thanks to whoever recorded this concert! I find treadmill running to be incredibly boring, so I never thought I’d say treadmill miles just flew by! So that was really nice!! But like I said, I woke up with super tight calves today, so I figured I needed to rest them and stretch them, so that’s been my goal for today.

I actually wanted to run outside today. The weather has been a little less hot thanks to some rain we have in the forecast, so it would have been nice to take it outside today. But my tight calves are making my heels hurt a little bit. I’ve dealt with plantarย fasciitis before (and ironically I got it from running in a pair of shoes that were waaay to supportive for my feet. I have very high arches and I’ve found the less support a shoe has, the better!) and I definitely didn’t want to go through all of that again, so I figured taking the day off and getting my calves to loosen up a bit was obviously the better option. So I spent about 30 minutes on my yoga mat doing just that. I still felt a little tight, but a lot better after that!

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So I’m hoping tomorrow they feel even better and I’ll be able to run on them. The weather forecast is saying that it’s supposed to be in the 60’s and cloudy with a chance of rain, so I’d like to run in that before it starts getting hot and gross again!! But once it does, at least I’ll have the treadmill as an option. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve also got another dentist appointment tomorrow to get my permanent crowns put on. So hopefully that all goes well. But that is all I’ve got for now, so happy hump day everyone!

~Ashley

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Rest Day, Pumpkin Bread, And Jack O Lanterns!

Never miss a Monday? Ha! Screw that!

 


My Garmin data is telling me that I need another rest day. But more importantly, my body is telling me that I shouldnโ€™t run today. Iโ€™m just really tired and I feel like I might have a cold coming on. Iโ€™m hoping another day off and some more rest will make that feeling go away though. The last thing I need right now is a cold. My half marathon is in 19 days so we’re getting really really close and I don’t need any more obstacles to overcome at this point. Even one as small as a cold hahaha.

But anyways, I think the whole “never miss a Monday”, “no off day’s”, and things like that that you see all over the internet on “motivational” photos is a very unhealthy mindset to find yourself in. You be go go go all the time. You just can’t. You need to take days off from running and working out. You’re muscles need to rest, your body needs to recover, and you can’t do that if you’re always running, always going, and never taking the time to allow your body to rest. Rest is essential!! 

And I’m not just saying that to make myself feel better haha. I really truly believe that, and I really truly believe that a lot of people fall into the trap of “no days off” and I don’t think that typically ends well for most people.

So yeah, there’s my little soapbox speech for today. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Instead of running I did some baking this morning! I somehow made it to the end of October without really making anything pumpkin related. *Gasp* That’s absolutely insane haha. I mean, I’ve made some french toast with some pumpkin, but that hardly counts. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I made some pumpkin bread today. I. LOVE. PUMPKIN BREAD!!! Ugh its sooooo good!! Probably not the best thing in the world for you…I did make a few healthier swaps with this loaf though. Instead of using sugar I used honey, and instead of vegetable or canola oil I used coconut oil, so at least there’s that! There’s still a shit ton of calories in a single slice hahaha. Totally worth it thought! At least I sure thing so.

So my bread ended up being pretty good! Not as good as it could have been though. I think maybe it could have used a bit more spice and a little more honey. Other than that it was still quite yummy! And maybe once I feel Iโ€™ve perfected the recipe Iโ€™ll share it here! ๐Ÿ˜‹

Anyways, after Luke came home we carved three of our pumpkins yay!! Hahaha of course I went with the usual jack o lantern face and I attempted a moon and stars. The moon looks fine but the stars are kinda weird. Oh well, itโ€™s still neat. ๐Ÿ™‚ As I type this Lukeโ€™s still working on his first pumpkin. Heโ€™s trying to do the anti possession thing from Supernatural and so far itโ€™s looking good, but heโ€™s got a loooong way to go. Maybe Iโ€™ll get to post a picture of that one tomorrow but for now I need to clean up pumpkin guts. ๐Ÿ˜


Happy Monday!!
~Ashley

 

 

Weekly Recap: September 18th-24th, 2017

Monday:

  • Rest day

I was feeling kinda off on Monday. It was kinda weird, I was just feeling super tired and run down. Haha weird because I haven’t been doing much running, but whatever. My body was telling my to rest, so rest I did. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, my Zensah gear got here on Monday! Yay!! I’ve only worn the compression sleeves a few times but I already love them! And the bra is pretty comfortable too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Tuesday:

  • 40 minutes on the stationary bike

Ugh I probably should have tried another short run on Tuesday, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Haha I wasn’t really feeling that either but I needed to do something and the bike just seemed more convenient. Plus I could watch Green Day stuff on YouTube while biking so ya know, that basically helped me make my decision. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

 

 

Wednesday: 

  • 1 mile run
  • 10 minute strength routine

Yay! I ran!! Granted it wasn’t a very long run haha. It was 80 degrees out and since I’m the worlds biggest wimp when it comes to the heat I just kinda quit. It’s all good though, because 1 mile is better than no miles. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Followed my short run with some strength stuff that also had a tiny bit of stretching in it. It was nice.

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Thursday: 

  • 15 minutes on the stationary bike

Nothing too exciting on Thursday. Spent a short amount of time on my bike then cleaned the house. Fun fun fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Friday: 

  • Rest day

Yet another boring day. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just needed another day off.

Saturday:

  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 15 minutes of yoga

Yeah, I probably should have run on Saturday. But I had stayed up pretty late the night before, woke up late, and by then it was super hot/humid and the sun was all the way up, and you know how big of a wimp I am when it comes to the heat haha. Oh well, at least I did something involving cardiovascular fitness. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sunday:

  • 40 minutes of yoga

Oh man this yoga practice was exactly what I needed today! I feel so so so great now! ๐Ÿ˜

Anyways, my knee is feeling a lot better and I’m feeling good in general, so I plan on dedicating next week to getting back into running!

Happy Sunday everyone!

~Ashley

 

Garmin Fenix 5, Half Marathon Training Day 3, and Other Randomness

Yay last night my amazing husband replaced my Forerunner 235 that I somehow managed to drown in the pool while we were in Florida! RIP Forerunner. You are greatly missed…Haha and that tan line is still there, but it’s not so bright white anymore. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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So anyway, last night Luke and I had to run to the store to pick up a few things that we needed. Mainly dishwasher detergent because we were completely out. Haha isn’t being an adult fun? ๐Ÿ˜‰ While we were out Luke basically goes “oh by the way I’m getting you a new Garmin today”. Obviously I was super exited, I’ve been very much missing my Garmin and trying to figure out how to use new apps and dealing with the not so great GPS on my phone was just no fun…but I also new he was fucking up to something, because he’s always up to something when it comes to things like this hahah! And then while we were talking in the car we were kinda messing around and I said something “mean” I guess (I don’t remember what it was, but like I said, we we’re just messing around). So he said something to the effect of “you can’t say that, I’m about to spend $500 on a watch for you!” I immediately responded with “I swear to God, you’d better not get me a Fenix! I was perfectly happy with my Forerunner!” Well he told me that “you got to pick out the last one, now it’s my turn to pick.”

Long story short, I’m now the proud owner of a Fenix 5.

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I was super duper excited to try it out this morning, but I was ย not super duper excited about waking up at almost 6 am. Especially after going to bed a little late last night. Haha I probably should have woken up an hour earlier, but there was no way that was going to happen. But at the very least, I still slept better last night than I did the night before. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Honestly I really didn’t want to get up at 6, but I had a new toy to try out and I needed to redeem myself from yesterday’s pretty much failed attempt at running, so I got up (very reluctantly), got dressed, drank half a cup of coffee, and got out the door. And any runner know’s that that’s the truly hard part, everything tends to be a lot easier once you step out the door. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My half marathon training plan called for a steady 40 minute run today, but that sounded boring and it’s hot and even though I feel A LOT better I’m still getting over the flu, so I wanted to be able to take walking breaks, so I did a slow interval workout instead. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a lot of fun with it and I hit the 5k mark (which was my goal) in 42:33. So pretty slow, but not bad all things considered. Plus since this was the first run with my Fenix I ran 3 new PR’s, because, you know, a new watch automatically resets all of your previous PR’s haha. Yeah, that’s totally how it works. ๐Ÿ˜‰

…Ok, not really, but it’s still fun to watch them pop up on the screen. ๐Ÿ™‚

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After my run I checked on the garden. We got quite a bit of rain a few days ago, so the grounds still pretty wet, so I didn’t have to do any watering today. I should have done some weeding, but it was getting hot, and I was already hot and tired from running (and this is why I should have woken up earlier ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Oh well, most everything is still looking really good! One of my cherry tomato plants is looking like it’s not going to make it, but that’ll happen. I’m not too worried about it though, since there are 2 other cherry tomato plants out there. I’ve also got 2 little melons, and a pretty decent sized melon growing on my watermelon vine right now. I’m super excited about those and I can’t wait until they’re ready to pick and to eat!

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Today’s harvest. ๐Ÿ™‚

After harvesting what produce I could, I took Lily for a super short walk, showered, made breakfast, ate, drank the rest of my coffee, and watched the Chasing Coral documentary on Netflix. It was very interesting and I definitely recommended it if you’re ever bored and trying to find something to watch on Netflix. Not gonna lie, it was a little bit depressing to watch, but I think that’s why more people need to watch things like this! We obviously need to change the way we’re going about things in order to save the planet, but I feel like most people (myself included) don’t think about these kinds of things enough, and we just go about with our day to day life without giving out dying planet a single thought, but I digress…

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While doing all of the above mentioned things, I was perusing Facebook a bit and I saw that the Longview Half’s page had posted this years finisher medal. It’s pretty nifty! Not gonna lie, I think I like last years medal a little bit better, but it’s still not bad. Hahah I still need to actually register for the race. I’ll get to that at some point though…

Anyways, I’ve got quite a bit of stuff that I need to get done around the house now. I also see a nap and some yoga in my very near future. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m hoping that once Luke get’s home this evening we’ll be able to watch Rouge One (which is also on Netflix!!!). I already watched it once a few days ago, but now Luke absolutely has to see it and I’m totally game to watch it again! It was a fantastic movie in my opinion.

Happy Tuesday!!

~Ashley