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Hello Friends!

Sorry I’ve been kinda absent this last week. The death of a really good friend from back in high school caught everyone off guard on Monday, and if people’s Facebook statuses/messages/phone calls have been any indication, it would appear that our whole little private school/Lutheran church community from back then is taking it pretty hard. But how could you not? I mean, it hurts me to know that he was hurting enough to take is own life, so I can’t imagine how his family and friends he was still really close with feel. And obviously it’s always hard when you lose a friend or a loved one, no matter what the cause, but it seems like suicide leaves a whole hell of a lot of “what if” questions just hanging out there. At this point dwelling on those “what if’s” doesn’t do anyone any good, but it’s kind of hard not to. I’ve been thinking a lot about them, his ex girl friend from back in high school (whom I’m still friends with) has been really thinking about them as well. We talked for a while on Tuesday about it and both of us were basically at a loss as to what to say. But I’m sure his family is probably thinking even more about the “what if’s”

Oh man, it’s just rough. I mean, life in general kinda is but it’s always worse when you lose someone you care about.

So I guess I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that depression and mental health in general is something that definitely needs to be talked about more so that maybe one day we’ll be able to get rid of some of the stigma around it. In our culture and society it can be really hard to talk about this kind of stuff and reach out to other people when you need help, especially for men I think. So lets get a conversation started about this! Talk to the people you love and care about. Tell them how awesome they are and how much they mean to you. Let them know that you’re always there for them. And I’m sure that wont helpΒ every singleΒ situation. But who knows, you might just help someone who needed it the most and you would have never known about it otherwise.

And on that note, please please please never hesitate to reach out to someone. I don’t suffer from depression but I still know and understand how hard it can be to ask for help. If I’ve learned anything from my friend’s death it’s that people care. The outpouring of condolences, love, support, and acts kindness I witnessed his family receive is just incredible. Hell, I even received some of that love and support because people knew we had been close back in the day. People really do care. So if you ever need help or just need to talk, reach out to your family, friends, coworkers, running buddy, teacher, priest/pastor/rabbi, your “internet friends”,Β  or even just the s prevention hotline, whoever. People care. You are not alone.

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Oh man, that’s some heavy stuff. Lets take a second to look at some cute puppy pictures for a second. Cute puppy pictures always make me feel a little better. πŸ˜‰

You know what, lets do some other cute animal pictures too. Why not? πŸ™‚

Hopefully that brought everyone back up a little bit. At the very least I managed to cheer myself up a bit, so at least there’s that. πŸ™‚

I suppose that’s all I really wanted to say for today. That and that I’ll be back to my usual blogging shenanigans; talking about my life, pets, running, just how badly I”m freaking out about my 3rd half marathon next month, how I feel about missing what should have been my first “official” 10k that took place yesterday, and all sorts of other randomness that hopefully you’ve all come to know and love. πŸ˜‰ I also desperately need to get caught up with all of the blogs and people I follow! I’ve been pretty terrible about that lately…

But anyways, I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, are enjoying racing season and whatever training/racing that’s in your immediate future. πŸ™‚

Remember that people care. I care. You are not alone.

~Ashley

 

 

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Rest Day Ramblings

I am very veryΒ very glad that today was a rest day! I guess the combination of a new puppy, weird sleep scheduled, attempting to stick with my training plan, but not really being able to do as much recovery stuff as I’d like to has all caught up with me today. Well, yesterday actually. For my long run yesterday I wanted to go for 7-9 ish miles, but I quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen. So I went for 5 and called it good. πŸ™‚ And it was pretty good. I felt tired and my legs didn’t want to move, but they weren’t bad miles by any means. I did, however, wake up with super sore legs and that kinda sucks, but oh well.

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How pretty is my peach tree! I can’t wait for fresh peaches this summer!

Anyway, for the last two or three days, Finn’s been waking up and crying at around 1 in the morning. He doesn’t have to pee or anything, trust me I’ve tried. He just wants to wake up and play. So I’ve been ignoring him when he does it. Luckily he doesn’t cry for very long, but it still sucks having your sleep interrupted like that. Especially for a few days in a row…He’s lucky he’s so cute or else I’d be mad at him haha. I’m really hoping he picks up on our scheduled soon though. I’d also be really happy if he’d finally get on board with the whole crate training thing. He’s not a fan of the crate and cries every time he gets put in it, even when he’s super tired. I’ve never had a little puppy like him fight crate training so hard, but Luke and I are being super persistent. He needs to learn.

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He prefers sleeping on people’s laps.

Staying on the subject of dogs, well kind of at least. We’ve had some very much needed rain over the weekend! And it’s supposed to be pretty rainy for most of this week as well, which is great! It’s been super duper dry here in Kansas and we really need the rain. Plus it’s great for our garden! I’m hoping by the end of the week some of the seeds we planted will germinate and then start coming up. The only problem with all of the rain is mud. Lots and lots of mud. And when you have 3 border collies, 2 of which have super hairy feet and are basically impossible to get all of the mud out unless they get a full blown bath, 1 puppy who likes to roll around in the mud, and 1 dog that doesn’t belong to you but lives in your house and also likes to roll around in the mud, well I think you get where I’m going with this. My floors are basically just made of mud at this point. There’s dirt everywhere. I feel like my house is never going to be clean ever again.

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Dean is well aware of how dirty he is and how unhappy I am about it. Ah the joys of dog ownership. πŸ˜‰

So along with all of the muddy nastiness, our Β front loading washing machine has been completely fucked up. A while back Luke and I had to take it all apart just to clean out a filter that was super hard to get to. After we did that it started working perfectly fine again. For about a week…After that it started reading all sorts of weird error codes, the door wouldn’t unlock unless you unplugged it for an hour and then plugged it back in, it would just randomly fill with water so I had to start turning it off, and eventually it stopped draining and so for about a week it was just full of nasty, mildew-y water and it smelled terrible. Needless to say, I haven’t really been able to get much laundry done.

Yesterday Luke and I were completely fed up with it and didn’t want to take it apart again, so we went out and bought a top loading washing machine. While we were at the store, we figured we might as well get a new vacuum as well. Ours is pretty old, and is constantly getting clogged with dog hair, because my brother-in-law’s dog sheds like freaking crazy (I really need to start brushing him every day…). So we talked to a sales associate, and he recommended a Dyson. He has the exact model that we bought, along with 2 Irish Setters (which he showed us pictures of haha). That’s actually why we ended up buying this vacuum. He said he’s had his for two years and it’s never gotten clogged, but even if it did get clogged this vacuum has a bunch of ways to clear anything out without having to take the whole thing apart, which totally sold me! I’m very much tired of having to take apart my old vacuum. It was a little more expensive then we would have liked, but we’re hoping that means we wont have to replace it anytime soon.

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You know you’re an adult when you get excited about a new vacuum and washing machine haha.

Most of my rest day has been spent doing laundry and battling the invasion of the mud and dirt with my fancy new vacuum. It’s pretty much a loosing battle, but hey, I can try! I’m just excited that I can finally do laundry again! Between being a runner, having a husband (he can be kinda messy and doesn’t know how to do laundry πŸ˜‰ ), and having so many pets means that our laundry piles up very quickly! Plus the house smells sooo much better now that we’ve got the old washing machine that was full of gross water out of the house. It’s currently sitting in the garage, and I’m not sure what we’re going to do with it now, but at least we’ve got one problem solved!

So anyways, I ate like total shit last week. Too much junk, too much sugar, not enough vegetables, not enough water. It wasn’t pretty…So when I stepped onto the scale this morning I thought that I had probably gained a pound or two, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that I didn’t gain anything! I weighed in at 158.5 pounds, which is what I weighed last week. I have absolutely no idea how they heck that happened, but I’m sure not complaining! I also ate pretty darn well today, drank enough water, and am feeling pretty good! I’m definitely feeling like I’m back on track, have my food intake back under control, and hopefully I’ll start loosing some weight again. πŸ™‚ I really want to not hate the way I look in a swimsuit while we’re in Florida in July, I wanna look awesome for the Green Day concert in August, I want to be a better, more efficient runner, and I want to be an all around healthier person. I’ve gotta keep reminding myself of those things whenever I make food choices.

I hope your week is off to a great start! Happy Monday everyone!

~Ashley

Thursday Things

Welp, we’re five days in with Finn and he’s already coming along nicely! He’s hardcore attached to Luke and I, which can easily become a problem since border collies are prone to separation anxiety. But these past few days I’ve been making him go outside with the big dogs by himself in hopes that that will help him gain some independence. He also sleeps in the crate at night so that should help as well.

Other than that though, he’s doing great! He knows his name and how to come when he’s called (although he gets very distracted very easily, but that’s to be expected). He has just about mastered “sit” and we’re working on “down”. He also knows what “go outside”, “treat”, and “are you hungry” means. He’s been able to sleep through most nights without having an accident or waking me up in the middle of the night, and he’s only had a few accidents in the house. He’s such a smart baby! πŸ™‚

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lol at Lily stalking the neighbor dog in the background.

Mine and Dean’s relationship has been a little rocky since Finn’s been here. I guess he’s upset because he’s my special buddy, but I’ve been having to spend a lot of time with Finn. At first he wouldn’t come when I called, wouldn’t look at me, didn’t want to be near me, and wouldn’t even take treats from me. I’ve never gotten the cold shoulder from a dog before haha. He’s also been acting out a little bit. Not much though, haha he’s never really had a defiant streak so all he’s been doing is causing problems at food time. Taking forever to eat and stopping just to come in the living room (they get fed in the kitchen) to growl at Odin.

I’ve been trying to give him some extra attention, and yesterday he actually started letting me pet him, love on him, and listening to me again. Since he actually wants to be my friend again I finished up my run today with him. I didn’t do the whole run with him. I had an interval workout on the scheduled today and I like doing those alone, but I did do my cool down with him and he seemed very happy about that.

I sure was happy with how this run went! It was super tough, but I ended up being about 30-40 seconds off of my current 5k PR which is not bad considering I was having asthma issues earlier this week. That seems to be clearing up though, so yay for that!

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Actually, I think this run was super tough because of the whole asthma thing and because my eating has been absolutely atrocious since Monday and that tends to make running a little more difficult. I’ve managed to reign that in today though so that’s good. πŸ™‚ The warmer weather also makes things a little more difficult for me, but I do think I’m starting to adjust. I really need to start getting up earlier so I can get out on the road before the sun has a chance to heat up the pavement. Luckily that hasn’t been a problem yet, but it definitely will be during the summer months. I just really don’t like getting up before 7 am hahaha.

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So my eating has been pretty atrocious since Monday. I’m thinking that’s probably also why today’s run was kind of difficult. That tends to happen when I eat like shit. I’ve started to reign it in a little bit today though, and I’ve got all of my meals planned out for tomorrow, so that should help a lot. This whole eating better so I don’t look like shit in Florida is super hard. Which is really frustrating because at one point I was really good at eating clean. I felt and looked great! But now that I’ve slipped out of those habits it’s super hard and I feel tired and gross most of the time. I just keep reminding myself that a few not so great days of eating doesn’t have to turn into a week, then a month, then a year, etc. of bad eating habits. This is going to be a slow process and that’s ok. πŸ™‚

So I hope your week so far has been great! Mine has definitely been a lot of fun!

Happy Thursday!

~Ashley

Meet Finn!Β 

Well yesterday was just a whole bunch of unexpected fun!

Around 2 in the afternoon Luke shoved his phone into my hands and asked me “yes or no?”. On the screen was a photo of a cute little border collie puppy, and apparently the second I saw it my eyes lit up (but I puppies are the best, so who wouldn’t get excited about seeing an especially cute one?!?). Apparently Luke has seen an ad on Craigslist for border collie puppies and had been talking to the guy all day. My first thought was absolutely yes! I’ve had crazy puppy fever lately, and since it’s currently puppy season we’ve been seeing a lot of them at the dog park. But I had a few questions that I needed answered before I could make a responsible decision.

First and foremost, I wanted to make sure we could afford to take care of a second dog. Luke is in charge of all of our money and finances because I’m bad at math and numbers give me anxiety (I’m seriously not even kidding, but he likes doing all that kind of stuff so it all works out). He said he had run the numbers, and it’s totally doable! My brother in law is juts going to have to start buying his dog his own dog food (he pitches in for dog food every once in a while, but his dog eats a lot more than ours do so this is something he should have been doing anyway).

Once we were for sure we could afford another dog, there were a few other things I needed to know before I said “yes”. First I needed to know if he’s an AKC dog. Thank goodness he wasn’t! He is an ABCA dog though, but I’m 100% ok with that! That means he comes from a line of working dogs and not a line of show dogs. Then I wanted to know how much he cost, how old he was, and if we could meet the parents. He cost $400. The breeder actually went down on the price because he’s mostly black and probably because he’s 12 weeks old, which is just a little bit older than you’d usually start selling them, and yes we could meet the parents. πŸ™‚ So I finally said “yes, lets do it!”. So Luke told the guy we were coming, we filled up the car, and then we drove an hour and a half to the middle of nowhere Missouri.

The first thing I noticed when we pulled into the breeder’s driveway was the three border collies in the back yard. Well they were kinda hard to miss, as they were barking at our car haha. I liked that though, we want our dogs to guard our house/yard as well (and Lily and Dean already do), so I thought that was a really good sign.

So the breeder came out and we all introduced ourselves. Luke had told him I came from a long line of dog breeders, field trial trainers/judges, and boarding kennel owners, so he was very interested in all of that. Mostly because he wanted to make sure we are capable of handling a border collie and I totally get that. I actually liked how concerned he was about where this dog was going. That’s always a sign of a good, responsible breeder. After we talked for a little bit he took us to the backyard to show us the dogs.

When we walked through the door and onto his porch we were greeted by the little guy from the pictures Luke showed me. He was jumping all over us, weaving in between our legs, and giving lots of kisses. I’m pretty sure at that point it was love at first sight for all three of us, but before anything else happened I wanted to see the parents, and the guy was more than willing to show them to me. The mother was a beautiful girl! She actually looked a lot like Lily! Short and compact, longish fur, pointed ears, but she was tri colored, whereas Lily is just black and white. The father actually had a lot of white on him, he’s bigger and stockier than the mother, had floppy ears, short hair, and a lot of white markings (he’s all black and white though). The mother wanted nothing to do with me (typical border collie. They don’t like strangers.), and was more concerned with what we were doing with her puppy (he was the last out of 9, which is a crazy big litter for a bitch her size). The father came up and said hello though and let me pet him. I also got to see him in action, he was a speedy guy with a really nice gait., not too tall, and very fierce looking. Β He looked like he was meant to heard cattle, which apparently he was!

The father’s father (so the puppies grandfather), was a world champion cattle herder from 1989-2005. How freaking awesome is that?!?! The breeder gave us his name and ABCA number so we can look up all that stuff and verify it, which I plan to, but I do trust him, he was a pretty awesome guy and very legit. And it turns out his mother is related to Walt Disney’s dogs. I had no idea that Walt Disney had border collies, but I thought that was pretty neat!

So Luke and I were satisfied with him and his parents, and the breeder seemed satisfied with us, so he handed me the puppy and Luke handed him the $4oo. Then we ended up talking in his garage for like, 30-40 minutes. First he told us what food he’d been feeding the puppies, the treats he’d been giving them, and that he’d just started potty training them. He also warned us that he was the most dominant puppy from the litter and the biggest, and that he currently weighs 11 pounds (yeah my arms are super sore today after holding him for that long haha). He also told us that this little guy was his buddy and to take extra special care of him. We promised that we would and that we’d keep in touch and send pictures every once in a while. Then he ended up telling us all sorts of neat stories and he gave us each a Czech beer, which was really nice of him! Eventually we had to get back onto the road and head home, so we loaded our new puppy into the car and started our hour and a half drive back home.

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On our way back home we decided to name our new little guy Finn (IΒ finally have a dog with a traditional border collie name!) and already started the bonding process. He really latched onto us on our journey home. He also did really well in the car, which is good! It’s basically a requirement for all of our dogs to do well in a car, since we do go on long road trips every once in a while. The only problem we has was that he wanted in our laps, and we want our dogs to stay in the back seat. Eventually we got him to stay back there.

When we got home the first thing I did was let Lily and Dean in the backyard so they could meet the new puppy outside. We figured that would be better than trying to just bring a new dog into the house. When Luke brought Finn to the yard a lot of sniffing happened. Poor little Finn was super nervous and very overwhelmed, but he did alright. Dean sniffed him a little bit, but then didn’t really want anything to do with him. That wasn’t surprising though, Dean doesn’t really like puppies. He wasn’t mean or anything though. Lily actually took to him right away! She smelled him for a while and then tried to play with him. He was still a little nervous though, and was hiding in between Luke’s legs.

Eventually he warmed up a little and started running around the yard with everyone. While they were all getting to know each other, Luke texted the breeder Finn’s name and our info, so he could complete the registration for the ABCA, so at some point we’ll be getting his papers in the mail, which is neat! He’s our first registered dog and has the best pedigree out of the three of them (although Lily’s pedigree is really good too, Dean’s is a little bit of a mystery, but it’s not bad.). While he was doing that, I was texting everyone pictured of our new baby. πŸ™‚

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Around 8:30 pm we went back inside, got all the dogs fed, and around 9 Finn got put in the crate to go to bed. He wasn’t a fan of that, but he was so exhausted from getting a new home, meeting new dogs, and running around, that he only cried for 20 minutes and then passed out. After that he slept soundly all night and got up with Lily, Dean, and I at 7 this morning.

Today has been a blur of scratches and play bites (I look like I got into a fight with a cat and lost), puppy pee, lots of playing and exploring, and frequent potty breaks. At this point Finn kind of knows his name and he can officially sit on command. We really need to work on his jumping and wanting to be picked up and carried everywhere (he was definitely spoiled at his breeders house. Probably by his granddaughter. Apparently she loved this little guy), but we’ve got plenty of time to worry about that stuff.

It’s almost 1 pm as I type this. I’ve finally got him to calm down and nap for a little bit, so that gave me a chance to type this whole post out. I was supposed to run 8 miles today, but that’s probably not going to happen. Haha oh well, I’ve been having a lot of fun chasing after this little guy and I’m really glad that so far everyone is getting along well. Anyway, while Finn’s napping I’m going to attempt to clean up the house a little bit.

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Happy Saturday everyone!

~Ashley

Sister, Snow, Social Media, and Other Saturday Stuff

I’m just all about “S”‘s today, apparently. 

My sister Sarah (another “s”, go figure πŸ˜‰), her husband, and their two dogs drove from Colorado to Illinois today, and of course they stopped here in Kansas on they way. 

Sarah’s husband is in the army and is going to be deployed soon, so I guess they decided to spent his Christmas leave with his family in Illinois. Not that it’s a big deal or anything, our parents live like an hour and a half away from them in Colorado, so they can basically see each other anytime, and Sarah’s twin, and our brother, and grandma are still in Illinois, so she’ll get to see them while they are there. Actually, depending how long they stay in Illinois, I may get to hang out with all of my siblings at Christmas! Luke and I may be going there for a few days. That’s a big “may” though. He’s still not sure what he wants to do. 

Anyway, my sister was super excited about stopping here, because I finally got to meet her 5 month old German Shepherd puppy, Moose! He is adorable, but kinda awkward. Haha he’s at that stage in life though, he’ll grow out of it eventually (oh man, you’d swear o was talking about a kid!). 

I’m really glad she finally got a German Shepherd puppy. She’s wanted on for as long as I’ve wanted a border collie (so, pretty much her whole life). 

Our grandma actually used to breed German Shepherds, so when we were really little we had a few of them around. I specifically remember the female, Sugar Baby, or Babe for short. She lived outside in a dog house in the corner of their yard because she hated being inside. She was an amazing dog though, my grandma and grandpa used to tell people they could leave us kids alone with her and not have to worry about us. They were probably right! She was super protective of us and wouldn’t let anyone she didn’t know near us, but we could climb all over her, grab her tail, ears, mouth, it didn’t matter, she would let us do whatever we wanted. 

My grandma and “Miracle” a pup she bred, back in 1982.


German Shepherds are amazing dogs; smart, loyal, and protective. If they weren’t so prone to cancer and hip problems, and of it was easier to find one that didn’t have an American Kennel Club bloodline (that’s a whole other thing though, you definitely don’t want to get me started on that), Luke and I would probably end up with one at some point. But they are prone to heath problems, and most pure bred dogs have bloodlines tied to the AKC, so we are just going to stick with border collies (it’s actually still relatively easy to find border collies that aren’t associated with the AKC if you know what you’re looking for). 
I’ve gone way off track here, I could seriously talk about dogs and border collies until my face turns blue, so I’m going to reel it back in before I get too deep into all that stuff. 

Sarah and I have been texting each other all day about the weather. It started snowing in Colorado around midnight last night, so the road were pretty nasty, and their drive was slow going. We were hoping that eventually they’d be able to get in front of all the snow, but that never happened. Here in Kansas it was already kinda icy from the little bit of rain last night, and then we started to get some snow flurries around 10:30 am and by noon it was coming down pretty steadily. 

I’m not complaining though! I love the snow!! It sucks that they had to drive through all of this, but they lived in Alaska for 3 years, so they should be used to it haha.

So I was originally going to wait to run until around 6 pm because that’s when the majority of the snow was supposed to hit, but I started getting super impatient so I went after lunch. 

I had no plan going into this run. I was just gonna see how bad the roads were and go until it stopped being fun haha. The roads actually weren’t too bad, our town salted the roads last night and this morning, so while there were some slick spots it wasn’t too bad. I ended up going 4 miles. I briefly considered going another, but I was starving and a Honey Stinger waffle was calling my name! 

After my run and waffle, I took a nice hot shower and then had a big glass of orange juice. I’m feeling a little sniffly again, so I figure I might as well load up on some vitamin C before and pray that I don’t end up with an actual cold (plus orange juice just sounded good 😬). So far this cold and flue season I’ve gotten a little sniffly but have yet to get a full blow cold, and I’m hoping to keep it that way! 

So at this point in the day, the snow slowed down and then eventually stopped. Luke and I both started obsessively checking the weather, watching to see if the next wave of snow was still going to hit us. For once he actually wants the snow to hit us! But only because he wants the dogs to be able to play in it. I just like snow in general. ❄❄❄

On a slightly unrelated note, lately whenever I go to get our mail, I do it with Bruce in my hoodie. He enjoys going outside for a little bit. Yeah, my neighbors have to think I’m fucking nuts. I run in any and every weather condition, I’ve been running without shoes on, I talk to my dogs like they’re people while we’re out walking, and now I’m carting a ferret around. Yup, I’m definitely the crazy neighbor. πŸ˜‚

Around 5pm I had to take Lily and Dean for quick walks. By then it was snowing again and they love snow, so who am I to deny them time in their favorite weather. I mean it’s not like it was -12 with the windchill or anything (it totally was though πŸ˜‚). They were very short walks, but we had fun and got to see some Christmas lights. 

The Civics Center’s tree is really pretty πŸ˜„


My sister, brother in law, and their two dogs finally made it to our house around 6:30 pm They said that for the most part the highways weren’t too bad until it started snowing again in Kansa. Then they started getting kinda gross. Their drive through Missouri will probably be even worse, unfortunately. The St. Louis area has been getting an icy mix since yesterday and MOdot has said multiple times that people should avoid traveling if possible. As long as they are careful they should be ok though. 

Anyway, their dogs were super excited to get out of the car and run around. They got to play in the snow with Lily and Dean, and then they got to get lots of pets from Luke and I after we all ate dinner. They are very sweet dogs. πŸ˜„

They only stayed for about 1/2 an hour. They want to make it to Illinois before midnight, so the didn’t want to dawdled. It was nice to see them though, it’s been a while since I’ve seen Sarah. 

So yeah, now that those shenanigans are over, I got pretty good run in, and the dogs got to play in the snow a little bit, I’m thinking it’s time for a pot of tea and to continue reading Game of Thrones. 

But first I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’ve been pretty active on social media lately, so if you’re at all interested in the little weird, random things that go on in my life you should check me out here;

And if you follow me there’s a really good chance I’ll follow you! The only thing I won’t do is add you on Facebook. I kinda reserve that for close friends and family. πŸ˜„

Alrighty, I know this post is kinda long and rambly, so thanks for sticking with me for this long! I’m kinda thinking I should be doing some longer, more detailed posts, so I figure this had been good practice, even though I was all over the place. But that’s pretty much all I’ve got for today. 

Happy snow day! ❄⛄️

~Ashley