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2018 Highlights Of The Year

Holy cow it’s the last day of the year!! 😱

Congrats on yet another collective trip around the sun! The ride might feel long, it might also seem like it’s flying by at times, but at least we get to share the experience with some awesome (and maybe some not so awesome) people. At the very least it’s an interesting ride!

Seriously though, does anyone else feel like this year gone by really fast while simultaneously dragging on an on and on?!? Hahaha I don’t know, I guess it’s just been a weird year. Weird, but also good. 😁

So I just wanted to look back month-by-month at all (or at least most πŸ˜‰) of my personal highlights from 2018. Last year I actual broke this idea up into two different posts, one for running and one for life in general. But for this year I’m just gonna stick with one post. I did have a lot of fun running-wise in 2018, but at the same time nothing really spectacular happened for me. I only accomplished one PR and that was for the longest run I’ve ever done. No shiny new time PR’s for me… So that’s kind of a bummer, but hey, now I’ve got a whole new year ahead of me to start working towards some other shiny new PR’s!!

Anyway, let’s get to it! Here are my month-by-month, personal highlights from 2018! πŸ₯³

January

Alrighty! 2018 kicked off with me putting one of my Christmas gifts from 2017 to good use!! My sisters bought me Run Fast Eat Slow by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky. What an amazing gift and an awesome cookbook! I must admit, while I do believe in eating clean, whole, nutritious foods, I can find some of it a little boring… But cooking with this cookbook taught me that healthy, nutritious food doesn’t have to be boring.

Around the end of December or early January, Kay Von D and Billie Joe Armstrong collaborated on a new eyeliner. Not gonna lie, I know nothing about makeup and have been doing my eyeliner in basically the same way since I was 16. But when an amazing artist and the guy who pretty much made guyliner (who also happens to be one of your own personal heroes) makes an eyeliner you buy it! And buy it I did! Hahaha and I’ve still got quite a bit of it left since I don’t often wear makeup.

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I think this photo came from Kat Von D’s instagram? Honestly I don’t remember, it’s been saved on my phone for a while haha.

Oh and I started dyeing my blonde streak purple in January. I’m not sure why I had never done that before, but I had always wanted to. So that was pretty cool.

PS, guess what eyeliner I’m wearing in this photo. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

February

I’m not sure if this really counts as a highlight, but looking back on it it makes me laugh really hard (I also kinda forgot that this happened this year πŸ˜‚). But I’m February I slipped in my living room (on nothing I might add), fell, and slammed my toe into the leg of our couch. I never did get it looked at by a doctor but I’m pretty sure I broke it. It’s fully healed now though, so that’s good.

In a weird twist of fate, my toe breaking escapade happened right before I got two root canals done. So I had some pretty sweet pain meds for both of those situations. πŸ˜‚ Seriously though, my teeth are REALLY bad and I began my journey to a healthier mouth in February. But I also ran out of insurance money, so it began and ended with those two root canals. But now that the new year is upon us I have insurance money again and can FINALLY get some more much needed work done on my teeth.

And last but certainly not least for February, I ended up going to Colorado with my dad and spending about a week there with him and my brother. I’m not gonna get into all of the details of our adventures while I was there, because I already have. πŸ˜‰ But we had a lot of fun together. Hahaha even on the 16 hour drive from Kansas to Colorado! Hahaha that drive is only supposed to take 11 hours, but my dad and I like to stop and do stuff!! Oh and I think my brother and I accidentally ended up in Nebraska in our way to Kansas. Oh man, those were some good times. πŸ˜‚

March

While I was in Colorado at the end of February Luke ended up buying a chicken coop and when I got back home we bought our first set of chicks of the year! Oh man I forgot how cute they were!! Unfortunately this was the set of chickens that my neighbor’s dog ended up killing because he kept getting into our yard. Luckily that finally got resolved, but I still wasn’t happy about losing all of our chickens…

Another adventure that was planned while I was in Colorado was running the Martin City Whiskey 5k with my dad! This was the first race we did together and it was so much fun!! Hahaha even though my dad ended up getting a little hurt at the end. But he eventually healed and I remember mentioning to him that now he needs to do a half marathon! I’m not sure how serious either of us were at that point though. But I was pretty stoked about my shot of Whiskey and super awesome post race breakfast and that was making me really look forward to some half marathoning!

April

Easter fell on April fools day this year, so on the first day of April Luke and were in Illinois celebrating Easter with our families. My grandma made a whole big lunch and lots of homemade desserts which is always fantastic! While we were there Luke, my brother who was also in Illinois for Easter, and I did some target shooting at our old house. We had to trespass a little bit on what used to be my grandma’s farm, but whatever. πŸ˜‰ I though I might be a little bit rusty because I don’t really get to shoot anymore, but I did alright. πŸ™‚ While we were there we ended up taking my brother and two of Luke’s brothers to the Saint Louis City Museum. We all had lots of fun there!

Later in the month Luke traded in our old Chevy Equinox and got a 2016 Dodge Ram. I feel like that was probably one of the best decisions that was made all year! Hahaha we’ve sure put the truck to good use since we’ve had it!!

May

On the second Saturday of May I did the Running With The Cows 5k for the second time! Eventually I need to do the half at this event, but I’m so glad I didn’t this year! It was super hot and muggy that day. Still a lot of fun though! I got to pet a baby cow, run a very pretty 5k on a super rural road that runs through a bunch of cow pastures, and then pick out food at the HUGE buffet they have for all of the runners. Seriously, they have some pretty awesome stuff there! I’ve been very happy both times I’ve left this race. If you’re ever looking to do a half or 5k in early May and happen to be in Kansas I definitely recommend checking this one out!

May was when we got our garden planted, built the chickens a bigger run, and just did a bunch of work outdoors. It’s not exactly glamours, but I sure do enjoy it. 😁

For Memorial Day Luke and I threw a bit of a party for some family and neighbors. The guys had a bit of a rib cook off, and I baked a couple of pies and made a bunch of sides. The neighbor kid that I babysit came over to play with my brother-in-law’s girlfriend’s kids, and we had 5 dogs running around because my brother-in-law brought his with him. Oh and us and the neighbors were just constantly climbing over the fence into each other’s yards for various reasons. Haha it was a little bit chaotic, but lots of fun!

June

On June first we got our second batch of chicks. Not exactly a highlight because we only had to get them because our neighbor’s dog killed the first set. But still kind of a highlight because LOOK HOW CUTE!!!!

Later in June we ended up in Illinois again. We did a bit more target practice at my parents old house while we were there, but the real high point of this particular trip was taking Luke’s youngest brother to Troy Park and playing on the playground and PokΓ©mon Go-ing. Oh and we also picked up my sister’s old treadmill from her boyfriend’s mom’s house that night. Hahaha she literally gave me her treadmill because we have a truck and could actually haul it back home. Told you we’ve been putting that thing to good use!

Ok, just a little side note. Through  the spring I’d been talking to my dad about doing a half marathon with me. I had been looking into the Gobbler Grind and told my dad that I was only going to do it if he’d do it with me because this race was the day after the Longview half which I was already registered for. So at some point he signed us both up and thus Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days was born!

July

July is Luke’s birthday month! Yay!! So on his birthday his brother, his girlfriend, her kids, and our next door neighbor kid all came over for Luke’s birthday and we threw him a little party. There was a cake and confetti and glow sticks and lots of dogs! What more do you need for a birthday party?!? πŸ˜‚

For the past several years Luke’s mom has planned/organized a big family vacation for a bunch of people on that whole side of the family. This year that included 25 people!! Hahaha it was easy for so many people to come this year because we went to Branson. MO and since most of us live in the Midwest that’s not too crazy out of the way. I think EVERYONE drove there. πŸ™‚ Anyway, we stayed in these cabins right next to a river so we spent a lot of our time there having a little too much fun out in the water. We did a lot of fishing, swimming, and those of us who were of age did a little a lot of drinking haha. πŸ˜‰ It was an absolute blast though. I think hanging out on the river was the most fun part, but we did do a few other things. We went to a slightly depressing animal “safari” thing. We also had a big birthday party for several people at the equivalent of a Chucky Cheese, and we went to the outlet stores several times.

On one of the days we were there (I think it was the second to last) we had a big cookout thing. Everyone cooked a bunch of food, but in the middle of it all a HUGE thunderstorm rolled in. So everyone rushed around to get their food done and into the different cabins, get all of the small children inside, and everything picked up and what not. Then, like the good Midwesterners that we are, we sat out on the cabin porches and watched it come! At one point somebody dared someone to stand out in the rain for the entire storm and eventually all of the “kids” (Me, Luke, his brother’s and sister. His step sisters, our nephew, and a couple of their friends) ended up standing in the pouring rain. It was hilarious! Although the next day we found out that was when the Ride The Duck thing got caught in the storm and a bunch of people die. It wasn’t so funny after we found that out.

Aaaaaaaand training for Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days started near the end of July! If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you probably know that I do not do well in the heat and that I’m not a fan of summer running. But starting a new training plan for a big goal is always exciting!

August

This sunrise on August 4th reminded me that even though summer running is rough and that I absolutely hate waking up at 5 am, views like this make it totally worth it.

I guess August was a relatively uneventful month, as I have very few photos from then. πŸ˜‚ But we did go to a casino for like the second time. Not exactly my thing, but it was still a good time.

September

So, every year since we’ve been married, Luke takes me to a pumpkin farm to pick pumpkins, apples, and to get other fun fall things. We ended up going super early this year (on September 14th to be exact πŸ˜‰) because this summer was hot, dry, and brutal and I was very much over it. So the day the pumpkin farm opened its pumpkin patch we went and started all of our fun fall festivities early! πŸŽƒπŸ˜Š

Later into September Luke’s mom added to my fall fun by sending me a big care package full of sweet Halloween stuff! She’s very much into Halloween as well, so she gets it. πŸ˜‰ I started putting some of it up that day! Luke wouldn’t let me start decorating outside until October though. πŸ˜‚

October

Yay October!! The brutal summer finally ended and it actually cooled down this year! It’s been FOREVER since we’ve actually had a chilly fall. That made me super duper happy!! So did all of the amazing fall foliage we had in the area this year! It’s been a long while since the trees have looked this pretty!

On October 5th we added a new member to our family!! On his way home from work that day Luke told me to be ready to leave when he got home because we were going on an adventure! That adventure turned out to be picking out a new puppy to be Finn’s future girlfriend! I made the right choice picking her out of the litter. Finn immediately fell in love with her.

The very next day I PR’d my longest distance run by doing a 14 mile long run! Haha I had to stop at home several times so I could let the new puppy out of her crate to pee and that did get a little bit annoying. But all in all this was a great run! I watched my watch while I hit and then went over the half marathon mark, because that was the first time I’ve ever done that in training and it was just so super cool!

On October 11th we went to Illinois yet again. This time for my mom’s birthday, one of Luke’s brother’s birthday, and his grandma’s and great aunt’s birthdays (they’re twins!!). Hahaha so we were kinda busy that time around! We only brought Whiskey with us for this trip just so she could get used to riding in the car, being by herself, and whatnot. But we ended up taking Luke’s youngest brother to Troy park again, this time with Whiskey, and apparently we went on the perfect day because there was some kinda of pet event going on! So there were all sorts of venders, rescues, and just people out there with a bunch of dogs! So Whiskey (and Luke’s brother, actually πŸ˜‚) got lots of positive socialization. We even met another red border collie while we were there! That was so cool!! Hahaha the other girl and I saw each others dogs, make eye contact and then booked it to each other so we could talked. πŸ˜‚ Oh man that was a great day!!

Oh and watching my grandma meet Whiskey for the first time was really cute too!! She used to breed German Shepherds, ran a dog boarding kennel, and was always super involved in the dog works (that’s where I get it all from!) so she LOVES meeting puppies. But I mean, who doesn’t?!

November

November got off to a really great start, with Whiskey and I watching the NYC marathon! Haha Luke signed up for another free trial of Hulu TV just so I could watch it (he did that for me in April so I could watch Boston as well ;). If you watched you know how amazing it was! If you didn’t, well, you really missed out!

November also brought the conclusion of Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days, and oh boy it didn’t end in any kind of way that I thought it would. I DNF’d the first half! ☹️ So that was really more of a low point of 2018. But the very next day I ran the Gobbler Grid half with my dad! It was the slowest half I’ve ever done, but it was also the most fun! Hahaha I’m so glad we ran that 5k together in the spring! If we hadn’t then this half might not have happened! Honestly I think this half marathon and the couple of days that I got to spend with my dad because of it was my favorite thing to happen this year.

The November fun didn’t end with that half marathon though! I ended up running a 5k on Thanksgiving morning! That was technically my first ever turkey trot and it was a blast!!! Plus they handed out pumpkin pies to all of the finishers instead of medals. That was awesome!! πŸ¦ƒπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ₯§

And even after that there was still some more November running fun to be had! Haha we had a legit blizzard on November and guess who decided to run in it? That’s right, this girl!! Oh my gosh that was so ridiculous dangerous because we were experiencing high winds and white out conditions, but it was oh so much fun!!

December

Oh boy! November sure was busy, but believe it or not, December was even more hectic! We did lots and lots of fun Christmas stuff though!

On the 15th Luke took me (and Dean πŸ˜‰) to two different Christmas light displays! First we went to one that was more of a light show that synced up to music. Those are always cool.

We didn’t stay there long though. Our next destination was a park that covers almost every tree around this lake in lights! It’s so beautiful! So we walked around there for a while and took a bunch of pictures! Haha Luke’s not big on the cold, Christmas, or picture taking, so I really appriciated doing all of that all at once. That being said, we had a really good night. πŸ™‚

The next day Luke and I ended up exchanging Christmas gifts because we’re both terrible at waiting to give gifts. πŸ˜‚ Apparently we both had similar ideas this year, because he got me a “fuck” coffee mug and I got him a monogrammed glass for adult beverages. πŸ˜‰ Hahaha we know each other well.

On the 22nd we got our first eggs!!!!! You guys have no idea how excited I was! I’ve been waiting for this for such a long time!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Ever since then we’ve been getting at least 2, sometimes 3 eggs a day from our hens. By this spring/summer we should be getting around 5-7 eggs a day! How freaking sweet is that?!?

We spent pretty much the rest of our December running around and getting stuff ready for Christmas. At 3 am on Christmas Eve we left Kansas and drove to Illinois so we could spend Christmas with some family. On Christmas Eve we started out at Luke’s dad’s, then we went to his grandma’s for a little bit. Then my grandma had a little party at her house of Christmas Eve, so we hung out there with her, my mom, and my uncle for a while.

Christmas Day was just as busy! Luke and I stayed at his dad’s house Christmas Eve night so we could open presents from them and Santa. After we did that Luke’s dad made us a late breakfast and we hung out there until noon when we went to Luke’s other grandma’s Christmas party. That’s always a big even! That side of the family takes Christmas VERY seriously and this year was no different. We had lots of food, presents, and fun. πŸ™‚ That night me, Luke, and one of his brother’s stayed up playing this game on the Playstation. It got out of hand very quickly but it was a lot of fun haha.

It was a busy Christmas, but a good one.

At some point during our stay in Illinois Luke’s dad convinced him to come back for New Year’s Eve, because he was actually going to be off from work for that. So we drove back to Illinois last night at we’re at Luke’s dad’s right now. So we’ll be ringing in the New Year with Luke’s dad, step mom, and 2 of his brothers!

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Oh man this post ended up being really long! Maybe I should have broken it up into two different posts. πŸ˜‰ Oh well.

Thanks to everyone who hung in there with me and actually read everything hahaha. Honestly though I think I want to start writing a recap like this at the end of every year! Looking back at all of the adventures I’ve had this year was fun and it reminded me that I have done a lot of cool stuff in my life. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that on days that feel never ending or mind numbingly boring. But life is full of ups and downs and the not-so-great times make the good times that much better! I hope you’ve had a wonderful year full of fun, laughter, adventures, and many happy, healthy miles!

Wishing you a wonderful New Years Eve and a very happy New Year! Stay safe and have fun out there! Here’s to making 2019 a FANTASTIC year!

Your happy, nostalgic, slightly sappy, blogger friend,

~Ashley

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More Chicks, My Thoughts On Summer Running, Yet Another Road Trip, and A Treadmill.

The last set of our new chicks got here this morning! And they were all alive this time!!

The post office called Luke at 6:30 this morning to let him know that they were there. That was pretty weird just because neither of us knew that the post office was open that early haha. But anyway, now we have all of our replacement chicks. I’m still super annoyed that were were soooo close to getting eggs, but then my neighbor’s dog killed my poor chickens, and now we’re back to square one. Oh well, at least the chicks are cute. πŸ˜‰

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So, you can see that there’s a big size difference between the 2 day old chicks we got today and the 2 week old chicks. They grow FAST! But so far everyone seems to be assimilating well. The new chicks are eating, drinking, pooping, and moving around just fine. And the bigger chicks aren’t bullying them at all and don’t seem too bothered by the new additions to the brooder box, so that’s good! I was kinda worried that the bigger chicks might hurt the new babies but after keeping an eye on them all day, I think they’ll be fine.

So just for fun here’s a little size comparison of a 2 week old Rhode Island red and a 2 day old Rhode Island red.

 

 

 

 

I know those aren’t the best pictures ever, but you get the point. πŸ˜‰ They’re quite a bit bigger and that’s why I was worried, but like I said, so far it doesn’t seem to be an issue. πŸ™‚

So now we have 5 Rhode Island reds, 2 brahmas, and 1 barnevelder. So we’ve got a little more variety in our flock this time around. The Rhode Island reds are pretty much you’re standard brownish/red hen, but the brahmas and the barnevelder should be pretty neat looking once they’re fully matured! I’m pretty excited about that! πŸ™‚

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The baby barnevelder.

They’re all going to have to be inside in the brooder box for several more weeks, but once we’re able to move them outside and into the coop we wont have to worry about Ozzy getting into our yard and bothering them anymore. Along with putting up the new fence between our yards, our neighbor also ran an electric fence all the way around his yard, and won’t let Ozzy outside unless he’s home, so he’s not going to be an issue anymore. πŸ™‚ I’m still kinda pissed that we’re all the way back to square one though, and we wont be getting eggs until the winter now, but oh well. Can’t really do anything but move on at this point.

Alrighty then! Lets talk a little bit about running now, shall we? I mean, that is kinda the main focus of this blog after all. πŸ˜‰ Specifically I’d like to talk about my thoughts on summer running, which can basically be summed up in 3 short words;

Fuck. This. Shit.Β 

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Obviously I am not a fan haha. It’s been crazy hot for how early in the year it is. The past few days the heat index has been in the hundreds, which is pretty unusual for June. Usually that doesn’t come until July and August, so if it’s already this hot now, what exactly are those months going to be like?!? I have a feeling it’s not going to be a lot of fun…

So since it’s been so hot and gross out I’ve been kinda struggling to get my miles in. I really wanted to start building up my mileage over the summer, but jeez louis the heat just gets me every time! And since the weather’s been particular bad this year it’s just made things that much worse.Β  Bleh, I’m ready for fall!! Haha that being said, I am trying though! I got a pretty decent 7 mile run done yesterday! I felt pretty drained and tired the whole day afterwards, but the run itself wasn’t too bad. πŸ™‚

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I didn’t get a run in today though. I woke up feeling kinda gross this morning. Probably from the 7 miles I ran in 85% humidity yesterday. Seriously, the heat and humidity do me in every single time haha. Plus the new chicks got here a lot earlier than I thought they would and I wanted to keep an eye on them all day. Just to make sure they were eating, drinking, and not getting bullied by the older chicks. The life of a chicken farmer, I suppose. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ While no running was had today, I did spend a little bit of time on my stationary bike. So I was able to keep an eye on the chicks and get my legs moving a little bit. πŸ™‚

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One of my sisters has kinda solved my warm weather running dilemma though, and it’s a good thing we have a truck now, because we have a few things to pick up from my parent’s old house in Illinois! Which actually works out well, because we’re driving there this weekend for one of Luke’s brother’s high school graduation party!

So on Friday after Luke get’s off of work we’re going to be packing up the truck, picking up one of Luke’s other brother’s who lives here in Kansas, and then we’ll be hitting the road and hopefully be making it into Illinois by 9 or 10 that night. I’m not sure if we’ll be stopping at their dad’s house first, or just going straight to my grandma’s though. Luke’s brother that lives here has had kind of a falling out with their dad (that was a whole long thing that I’m not going to get into) and is welcome at the party, but not to stay at their dad’s house, so we’ll be staying at my grandmas. Haha well, I’d be staying there anyway, because why wouldn’t I want to hang out with my grandma? She’s awesome!

This party is on Saturday but I’m not sure at what time, but at some point while we’re there we need to pick up my Grandpa Jim’s boat and my sister’s old treadmill. When my Grandpa Jim died my dad inherited his fishing boat, which was fine while my dad still lived in Illinois but now that he lives in an apartment in Colorado he has nowhere to keep it and they’re trying to clean out that house so they can sell it, so Luke and I are taking the boat. That actually works out quite nicely, because my dad wanted to keep the boat in the family since it was his dad’s and all, and Luke’s a big fisher but prefers to fish out of a boat, so he hasn’t done a lot of fishing since we moved to Kansas almost 6 years ago. So it’s a win-win for everyone! πŸ™‚

We’re also going to be picking up my sister’s old treadmill from her boyfriend’s mom’s house. She doesn’t have a truck and can’t afford to rent one to drive from Colorado to Illinois to pick it up so she bought a new one and offered me the old one. Originally I wasn’t going to take it because I pride myself on being an all-weather-runner and don’t particularly enjoy running on a treadmill but after thinking about it a little bit I realize it would probably be a really good idea! I’ll actually be able to do some decent speed work in the warmer months now! That’s usually something that falls to the wayside once it gets hot and I’m just focusing on surviving haha. Plus I wont have to worry about particularly hot and humid days anymore, if I start feeling too miserable outside I’ll be able to finish up my run on the treadmill! Haha I don’t plan on running on it too much. I still want to reap the benefits of hot weather training, but at least I’ll probably be able to start hitting my weekly mileage goals. Even if that means I have to double and do an easy outdoor run in the morning and then a little bit of a harder workout in the evening on the treadmill. I’m pretty excited about that! I’ve never really been able to do any kind of speed work or harder workouts in the summer before! And hopefully the harder work that I should be able to do on the treadmill will help make me for fit and ready for the 2 half marathons in 2 days that I’ll be doing in November!

Anyway, that’s just a little update for today! We’ve got all of our chicks, I hate summer running and I’m hardcore struggling with it right now, but hopefully getting that treadmill will make that a little easier!

Happy hump day!!

~Ashley

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Hello Kansas!!

Thank the Lord baby Jesus we are finally home!!!!

So Saturday/Sunday I rode in a bus with Luke’s mom’s family from Florida to Illinois. We spent 22 ish hours on a cramped, small, uncomfortable, bus. The ride was only supposed to take 14 hours…but oh well, we finally made it to our respective families houses in Illinois. So I stayed at my grandma’s house. That was really nice though, I always enjoy spending time with her. πŸ˜„

So last night I took my uncle’s new dog, Luther (who I’m 90% sure is part pit bull and maybe part border collie) for a walk last night. Haha I’m used to my 3 border collies who are all very high energy, in very good shape, and can go on very long walks with me, so it was kinda funny that Luther could barely make it a mile. I mean, he enjoyed the walk and he tried really hard, but near the end I kinda had to drag him to keep him going haha. My uncle doesn’t exactly walk him so I guess he’s not used to it. That’s alright though, we both had fun and he was nice and tired last night. 😁

But our short little walk, and drinking lots of water has helped the swelling in my ankles go down. They’re still a little bit stiff and swollen from the 22 hour bus ride, but they were much better this morning. 

Yesterday verses this morning.


So anyway, this morning I hung out with my grandma for a little bit, and then Luke (who was stayed at his dad’s house last night) came to get me at 9:30 am, and then we were off to Kansas! Except not really, because Luke forgot some stuff at his dad’s house and we had to stop back there before we could leave. But we did and it was all good. πŸ˜„

 After an uneventful 5 hour drive back home (which felt kinda short after the drive to and from Florida), we came back to a house of dogs who were very excited to see us (Finn wouldn’t let the other dogs get near me haha), a very sad garden full of weeds and dead and dying plants, and the house is a huge wreck and a lot of stuff seems to be broken…so I’m dealing with that right now. Fun times. But hopefully by tomorrow things will mostly be back in order. 


Until next time! 

~Ashley

Hello Illinois!!!!

I don’t I’ve ever been happier to be here! I also never ever ever want to step foot into another bus like that ever again. Haha I guess you’ll see why I feel that way by the end of this post. 

We left the rental house in Florida around 9 am yesterday. We drove for a while and took a slight detour once we got to Georgia. Luke’s mom wanted to stop in Senoia, GA because that’s where they film a lot of The Walking Dead, along with several other movies and TV shows. 

So we got out and walked around a bit. It was pretty neat to see some of the stuff from the show. We saw the walls and some of the houses and a church from Woodbury, the train tracks that led to terminus, and we saw The Walking Dead cafe (although it was closed when we got there). Plus the town was super pretty in general and it was kinda nice to be able to walk around and stretch our legs. 


(Sorry about how awkward and not so pretty this post probably looks with all of these photos. I didn’t bring my laptop with me, so I’ve had to post from my phone and obviously I have a lot less control over that kinda thing on mobile.)

Anyway, after we had seen everything that we wanted to see in town, we all piled back into the bus and we drove around to see a few other of The Walking Dean sets. We also saw the cemetery that was Pet Sematary. I’ll admit that was really neat, even if it was only a brief glance and I couldn’t take any pictures. I’ve officially seen that and the hotel where Stephen King wrote The Shining, so I’m on happy Stephen King fan. πŸ˜„

After our little The Walking Dead tour, we tried to continued on our way. After a while we stopped to get food and Luke and his mom switched out so Like cold drive for a while and his mom could rest. 

I ended up kinda in and out of sleep for most of the time that Luke drove. The bus we were on was super cramped, super uncomfortable, and not designed for long road trips like this, so sleeping comfortably was out of the question. I ended up leaning my pillow on the table in front of me, leaning forward at the waist, and sleeping like that. It was kind of awful. Anyway, I fell asleep a little after we passed Nashville and swhen I woke up we were pulling off the interstate to get gas and I saw a sign that said we were in Marion, Illinois. I swear I’ve never in my life been so happy to be in Illinois! 
After we got gas  Luke and his mom switched places and she drove the last 2 and a half ish hours back to our final destination. Except Luke and I never exactly made it there. We went passed Luke’s’ dad’s house and she ended up dropping us off there, and from there was going to drop off Luke’s step sisters and their whole group off at their mom’s house, and then she, her two remaining kids, and her boyfriend were finally going to their final destination (which was Luke’s grandma’s house). The trip from Florida to Illinois was supposed to take 14 hours ended up taking us closer to 21…

Anyway, I have no idea if any of them made it, but she dropped us off without our suitcases and just told us that later in the day we could all meet up at Luke’s grandma’s, get our luggage, and then help clean out the bus. I’m not sure when we’re going to do that, but I guess it’ll probably happen later this evening. 

Anyway, after we were dropped off at Luke’s dad’s house, we hung out there with him, Luke’s step mom, and his 2 other brothers for a while. The Luke dropped me off at my grandma’s house, and they all went to have Lunch at his other grandma’s house. 

So after I talked to my grandma for a little bit, I took a much needed shower (luckily I had a clean shirt in my carry on bag, but I had to put my dirty pants back on. Oh well.), washed my tattoos for the first time since Florida (although I did put a little bit of A&D on them in the bus), took a nap, and now she’s currently making sure I get good and fed. πŸ˜„

So yeah, my day has definitely improved, but it started off pretty rough. And while I was in the shower I noticed that my ankles were CRAZY swollen! Like seriously, it was bad. I guess I should have brought my compression socks with me on this trip, but I totally forgot…

Yeah, see that big lump? That shouldn’t be there…


Luckily the swelling went down a bit while I was napping, but their still pretty stiff, swollen, and uncomfortable. So right now my primary objective is drinking lots of water, and I’ll probably take my uncle’s dog, Luther for a walk tonight once it cools off a bit. Hopefully that will help with all the swelling. But for now I’ve got my feet elevated and I’m drinking lots of water, like I said. 


Anyway, that’s all I’ve got from now! I hope you have a great Sunday! 

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: May 22nd-28th, 2017

As you may know, last weekend I went to Illinois to help my mom and dad start cleaning out their house so that they can sell it. I ended up staying longer than I had planned, so this week ended up being all over the place, but we got a lot done and I definitely got some great cross training in in the form of hard, manual labor. And honestly, I think that’s the most fun kind of “cross training” there is! πŸ˜‰

Monday:

  • 3.05 miles

This run happened kind of spontaneously in the middle of the afternoon. My dad was napping while my brother went to pick up a part they had order for the truck they were working on. I didn’t really have anything to do at that point, so I figured hey, why not go for a run! Yeah, trying to run during the hottest part of the day, with basically no shade was not one of my better ideas. My mom had to bring me a Gatorade about half way through, but I actually ended up going farther than I thought I did. That was a nice surprise!

Also did a little bit of work around the house/yard on Monday. I mostly just picked up and burned a bunch of trash.

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Tuesday:Β 

Did a lot more work around my mom and dad’s house. Yet again I mostly just burned trash, but a lot of the stuff on Tuesday was heavy and I also did a lot of running up and down stairs so I totally got a workout it haha! In the evening my mom and dad went to dinner with my dads boss, so instead of working I ended up taking a long walk down the back country roads. Once I got bored with that I did a little bit of trespassing on what was my grandma’s farm. Obviously I shouldn’t have been doing that, but it was soooo weird to be right there and see the land, but to not be able to go on it. I just couldn’t help myself haha.



Wednesday:Β 

More work around the house. I pulled/lifted/carried A LOT of heavy stuff while working. Wednesday was also the day I finally went back home. My brother and I helped my dad with cleaning out a trailer that they were going to haul to Colorado, and then my brother drove me home.

Thursday:

  • 2 miles

Just got out there for an easy 2 miles on Thursday. I was super sore, tired, and slightly dehydrated from working all day outside in the sun and heat and probably not drinking enough while at my parents house. Still felt pretty good, all things considered though. πŸ™‚

Also made it home just in time for all of my lilies to be in bloom! Unfortunately they don’t really last long, so I’m glad I was able to enjoy them.

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Friday:

  • Rest Day

My mom, dad, and brother all stopped at my house on they’re way to Colorado on Friday. Since they had their dog with them I had to put all of mine in a separate room (they don’t get along). While doing that I ran into a framed poster that was hanging in our hallway and it fell on my foot. It bruised/swelled almost immediately, so I wasn’t able to run on Friday or do much of anything after that…Being a klutz really sucks.

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Saturday:

  • Rest Day

Spent most of Saturday sitting and icing my foot. Luckily it was starting to feel better, but walking on it too much was still making it hurt a little bit. So I kept that to a minimum and binge watched Avatar The Last Air Bender all day haha.

Sunday:

  • Rest Day

My foot is still about the same as it was yesterday, so I’m still resting it. Haha I’m just glad it got hurt now and not in the middle of half marathon training, like it did last year. But anyway, I’m thinking in the next few days it will probably be ok to do a short, easy run on. πŸ™‚

 

May 22nd, 2017

Whew, we got a lot done in my mom and dad’s house yesterday! We got a lot of trash cleaned up and burned so that was good. I was in charge of keeping the fire burning and under control, and I like to think I did s good job! Haha and I ended the day super dirty and tired! 

So yeah, I ended up sleeping super well last night, and woke up feeling pretty good this morning! I had some coffee and toast, then hung out and watched the news with my grandma and uncle (he’s living with my grandma right now). 

Anyway, around 11 am my brother came here in my moms car, so we could run to the bank, get gas, pick up some food, and then head back to my mom and dad’s to get back to work. There wasn’t as much to do today. I burned some more stuff and picked up trash around the yard. 

Around 2 pm, I decided trying to run would be s good idea. I mean, it was almost the hottest part of the day (it was 74 degrees), the sun was out, and there isn’t much shade out on these back country roads. Yeah, great idea…
So, about halfway through I was hot, tired, and crazy thirsty, so I had to text my mom and ask her to bring me Gatorade, which she did. Thank goodness for that! After a few long gupls of that I felt a lot better. I ended up covering 3 miles, which is about half a mile farther than I though I ran, so that was a pleasant surprise. πŸ™‚


After my run, my mom, dad, and I hung out on their front porch for a little bit, then my dad and brother had to get back to working on a truck, but my mom and I didn’t have much else to do so we went back to my grandma’s house for dinner. 

Now I’m full of pot roast and mashed potatoes, and my mom, grandma, and I are probably going to hang out here for the rest of the night. 

Happy Monsay! 

~Ashley

Everyday Adventures: Crazy Weather AdditionΒ 

The weather here in the Midwest has been absolutely CRAZY! I’m in southern Illinois staying with my parents for a few days and it’s crazy flooded here.

 

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The cow pasture

 

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The Woods

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Cows in the other pasture

Things here are wet, cold, and miserable. And apparently things aren’t much better back home in Kansas. My husband said they had ice in the morning and now it’s snowing. Fun times…

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View from my husband’s office window

Anyways, I plan on spending this evening staying warm and cozy in front of the fire.

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I hope things aren’t this crazy where you are. Stay safe out there!!

~ Ashley