Yeah, So, Uhh…

Apparently I have a half-marathon on Sunday. Totally slipped my mind. I knew it was coming up in October, but some how it didn’t fully dawn on me that hey, October is THIS WEEK until last Friday or so. And my running (“training”) hasn’t been exactly spot on recently. Obviously, since I haven’t been posting anything. Although I did have a pretty fantastic trail run a few weekends back. I’m not un-prepared, or prepared, perhaps just under-prepared. But probably better of than I was attempting the same half last year. We’ll just have to wait and see, I suppose.

We met with the architect about our house plans. Hopefully, next week we will get the preliminary floor plan. It will be exciting to see it all drawn out with exact dimensions of rooms and with the adjustments we wanted made. Then comes the hard part, the nitty-gritty details part, where we have to pick out the floor and the wall colors and cabinets and shit. That’s the scary part. Well, next to finding out exactly how much it will all cost to build it in the long run. So it’s the second scariest part of the whole process. I thought it was nerve-wrecking trying to put together a small kitchen. Now I have to put together an entire house!

I’m heading back to the vet for a third time to drain yet another aural hematoma on Kaycee’s ears. I’m not certain exactly what is causing them, although I think it’s playing with certain toys that have knots in the “arms”. But who knows? It’s not like she can tell me. Which sucks.

So another round of antibiotics and steroids are most likely on the horizon. Fun times. She’s pretty good about taking meds, though. She’s a very tolerant dog.

I’ve been out with my bow a couple times, but haven’t seen anything other than signs of deer activity. Being out and hiking around through the woods is beyond peaceful to me. Except for the occasional spider-web to the face encounter. Totally makes me miss being outside so much. But I’m getting there. Bow hunting in September is very different from rifle hunting in November. One thing is I’m not wearing 87 layers of clothes to try to stay warm. Another is seeing all the signs and tracks from all the animals before the leaves cover them up. Number three is bugs. Those aren’t typically out in the cold of November. Didn’t really think about that one. But so far I’m really enjoying my outdoor time. Wishing for more of it. Knowing that it’s just about taking the time to make that happen.

Holidays are fast approaching. I have no clue what I’m getting anyone for gifts. I guess I have a little bit of time to think it through. Make my lists of things. Try to figure out what I want. It’s always a challenge to come up with stuff when I need to make a gift list, like all the things I’ve been wanting just leave my brain.

Well, I suppose the next time you will hear from me will be after the half on Sunday! Cross your fingers and wish me luck!

Nailed It

This weekend was pretty awesome.

Saturday I woke up and enjoyed a cup of coffee while watching M push down some trees to make room for our new house. Then I put the dogs up and headed to yoga class at Blue Bird. It’s been a hot minute since I did any yoga (about two months!) so I was looking forward to it in a very big way. The class went really well and I even managed to get up a nail my tripod head stand, which I haven’t been able to do since I was maybe 15? Or at least that’s the last time I can clearly remember doing one. So that was pretty exciting!

Then I hit up Picasso’s for a smoothie and a green tea with mint. It was shaping up to be a pretty fantastic day weather wise, so I was looking forward to enjoying it. Next up, I headed to my allergy doctor appointment and to get my allergy shots for the week. I typically get them on Fridays, but since I’ve been dog-watching all day at work, I couldn’t make my usual Friday time. After a quick check-in with my allergists, it was time to do some shopping with my birthday money.

I stopped by Le Creuset and picked up a new baking sheet, a tart dish, some high heat knob/handles for my existing cookware, some handle grabbers, and the cutest little pasty brush! I can’t wait to use my new tart dish, and to really cook something other than bread on my baking sheet. I love my cookware so much! Totally worth every dollar!

Then I quickly stopped by the jewelry store to pick up my necklace that had been repaired before heading home for lunch with M.

After lunch, I went to a birthday bbq for my cousin and hung out with family for a while and then headed up to the fairgrounds to help pour beer for the rodeo for a bit. Then I went home, realized I may be getting a bit of a cold, and decided it was time for bed.

Sunday wasn’t quite as action packed, but we did take a trip to Cabela’s to get the stuff that M ordered for his bear hunting trip, as well as a few GoPro accessories and I got some lighted nocks for my arrows to hopefully be able to find my arrow after I shoot it when hunting! Then we stopped by the grocery store and later had a couple little visitors looking to sell some pizzas for school. Then it was dinner, down time, and an early bed time because we are both battling slight colds.

But other than that, it was a weekend of fantastic proportions!

Here’s to 31

Yesterday was my 31st birthday. I am officially “in my 30’s” now! Scary!

But not really. It certainly doesn’t feel all that different.

We had a really nice dinner out at Stony River steak house, which is in Chesterfield. If you want a good steak dinner, that’s one place to go! I got a new laptop and an iPad, beautiful earrings and flowers, and then some monies for my birthday. So pretty successful I’d say.

Since I pretty much suck at the whole New Year’s resolutions thing, I decided I would pick three goals I want to focus on in my 31st year of life.

#1-Finding out my passions in life.

There are tons of things that I love to do. TONS. But what am I really, truly passionate about in life? I think they top ones would be being creative, cooking, photography, animals, the outdoors, and being active. Even though I look like a couch potato! So, I’m hoping and planning to explore all these things more in-depth and really start living through them more.

#2-Making myself a priority.

This is something that I’ve started to do a little bit already this year. But I will be honest, I don’t always take very good care of myself and tend to let people get away with saying and doing things they shouldn’t. I don’t really take the time to make time for myself everyday and I should. So that’s going to be a bigger focus this year as well.

#3-Getting the debt situation under control once and for all.

I made a few big steps towards this yesterday, and I can finally feel a little of the weight being lifted off my shoulders. With building the new house coming up, I want to try to reduce any other stressors in my life and taking control of my finances is a big, big part of that. Plus I have my Italy trip coming up next year, so I want to be able to enjoy that without worrying about my bank account and over-spending!

So those are my three goals/focuses for the next year. I’m planning on using this blog to really help me with each of these things, so be prepared for more posts (plus I count this blog as one of my creative spaces, so it is going to be getting a little more attention!).

Life Update

I can’t even believe that it’s been over two months since I last put up a post. I didn’t realize that it had been that long at all! I’m going to work on posting more regularly, so hopefully any readers I’ve had haven’t abandoned me!

I’ve been doing things, but I guess I haven’t really thought that they were necessarily blog-worthy topics. July was a pretty busy month as far as life goes, between my sister’s birthday, then my parents party, and then getting ready for the week of the fair (or as I like to refer to it, hell week). This year I actually didn’t have much going on for fair week since Dockdogs wasn’t asked to come back, so for the most part I help with photography and the parade. I also got to judge the BBQ competition, which was fun (and pretty tasty too!).

Then it was a week of nothing but working and trying to clean up my house because we were getting ready to leave for our yearly lake trip. I managed to at least get the kitchen cleaned up, which was my main goal, before we packed everything up and headed to the Lake of the Ozarks. It was a nice vacation, mostly relaxing. I got to spend some time with friends that I only get to see a couple of times a year and we went horse-back riding. Or at least attempted to go riding. We went from one field that had been burned down to one that hadn’t and there was a massive buck hiding in the waist-tall grass that spooked the horses and we both got dumped on the ground. It took me probably a good three weeks to really recover from that. I landed mostly flat on my back, but I guess the right side of my body took a bit more of the impact, and I had a pretty sensitive/sore spot right above my bum for a long time.

I took running stuff with me on vacation, but no running happened. As a matter of fact, no running, yoga, or biking has been happening at all since June! Which is a total pile of crap. I just haven’t been making the time to do any of that, then dealing with my fall, and now it’s time to get back on track. My eating has been not too bad, and I’ve managed to not gain back a ton of the weight that I’ve lost since the beginning of the year. But I honestly feel better when being more active and I need to make this time for myself. Adulting is honestly hard!

A few exciting things have been happening in my lovely life though. Earlier this month we closed on the property we’ve been trying to purchase for the past nine months. So now our total property it up to about 3.5 acres and includes an orchard! So I’ve been researching a bit about fruit trees and what I need to do to get that back into shape. We’ve also been looking at architects and house plans and I think we have both of those more or less picked out! So stay tuned for some crazy house building nonsense as all that approaches. This is the first time I have ever had to deal with any of this stuff, so it’s kind of intimidating all the decisions that have to be made!

I’m also looking forward to getting out there more with my bow, since archery season is fast approaching as well. This will be my first time bow hunting and I’m pretty excited/nervous for it. I’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Well, I think that about covers it as far as current life updates go! I promise I will be making an attempt to blog more frequently and I do have some fun stuff I want to share with you all!

Much Adventure

This past week has been super busy and filled with lots of things.

So let’s back it up and start with some things I may have already covered in other posts but who can remember all that nonsense.

Monday M and I went for a 14.1 mile bike ride, then to pick strawberries and have lunch at Ekert’s, then home to make strawberry jelly, because strawberry jelly is awesome. I think I covered all of this in my last post, so sorry for boring you with already given details.

Tuesday evening I broke out my new trail shoes, which I got for trail running (thanks Captain Obvious) and hiking. I head to Indian Camp Creek and did 2.5 miles on one of the trails there. They have tons of inter-connected trails that are sometimes just a tiny little dirt strip in the middle of a huge field, so following them is an adventure. I had to cross a creek (twice) and I saw a snake that was about to cross right in front of me on the trail! It was only a garter snake, but still startled me when it turned around and high-tailed it back into the tall grass.

Wednesday night I was supposed to swim, but didn’t. I forgot to bring a suit with me and once I got home I didn’t feel like leaving again to drive anywhere, so I was lame in that aspect.

Thursday I had two miles on the schedule and decided to try out a new trail that has just been completed in the last year or so. I don’t know that it will be a regular route for me, because it has very little shade and it was kind of boring as far as scenery goes. Also, my Garmin decided to quit keeping track of my mileage with .27 miles to go, so that was annoying. Luckily I was able to fix it in Garmin Connect afterwards, so my splits corrected themselves and my pace adjusted for the right amount. But still, WTF?

Friday was a scheduled rest day and I did rest indeed. Saturday I woke up and it was just rainy and crappy for the better part of the day. I started cleaning the house up a bit and got most of the living room pick up but then M and I ran some errands and things kind of just fell apart there after. I did make homemade mozzarella cheese sticks that were pretty tasty, so a win there.

The rain did let up enough for me to get my four miles I had scheduled in. In a shocking move, I actually really pushed myself over the course of the run and came in with some really nice splits and surprised myself with some of my times actually. I’ve been playing it pretty safe with most of my runs and I was a little surprised by the fact that I held such a fast (for me) pace for the run. Especially considering the hills that I run up on the course I had chosen. Towards the end of the run I was definitely feeling the push and effort, but I am really happy with how it went.

Sunday I spent the whole day adventuring. I started things of with my first ever stand-up paddle boarding lesson. It was a little on the chilly side, but I have been wanting to try this for forever now, so I toughed it out. I fell in once, and then I fell on my board once. But it was a blast, and now I am thinking I need to invest in a paddle board. Because I have all the room needed to store one of those!

After paddling, I grabbed some lunch, went to my parents to throw my clothes in the dryer since I had no time to drive all the way home and change, and then headed to my painting class I had signed up for. I did a portrait of my lab, Cody. It turned out really nice and the class was tons of fun. I highly recommend doing one of these classes because they are so relaxing! Anybody can do them and walk away with a nice painting.

Then it was home, change, and rush off to a birthday party for our friend’s little boy. It was still a little chilly, but it wasn’t too bad. There was good food and everyone seemed like they had a nice time.

This week I’ve been a bit of a bum and also trying to catch up on all the things I didn’t get accomplished the past two weekends. So nothing too exciting will be happening around the house until this weekend, I’m sure.

Over the Weekend

Twas a wonderful long weekend.

Saturday morning I was up bright and early to hit the Katy Trail for a bike ride. I forgot to check my tire pressure before setting off, so about 3 miles in I had to turn around and head back to my car because it felt like I was having to work way harder than usual. Bike tires can lose pressure crazy fast! After airing up, I simply headed the opposite way of my original route and closed things up with a nice 20.63 mile ride. I’m so glad that I finally invested in a bike! Even though it’s not a road bike and it a hybrid, I still plan on using it to do a few sprint triathlona and stuff. Maybe some day I will be a big girl and get myself one of those fancy tiny-tire road bikes.

After my bike ride I came home, ate some lunch, and then napped for about an hour. After I got up, I got ready to head to the store to pickup the few things I needed for my deserts I was making for Sunday’s party when some friend’s called and needed a ride back to their truck after kayaking down the river a ways. One quick detour and I was on my way to the grocery shop for double-decker cupcake supplies.

Home and I got everything all put together and iced and refrigerated and then just hung around watching TV for the rest of the night. It was pretty relaxing and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sunday, I made breakfast for the first time in forever before cleaning up the kitchen and heading to my parents for their yearly Memorial weekend party. There were a bunch of little kids there and that really made the party a lot of fun watching them swim and be general hams for everyone.

Monday M and I got up and hit the Katy again for another quick bike ride (his first of the year!). Even though we rode the exact same line he wound up with a mile more than I did. Which was crazy considering we use the same apps and everything on our phones. After bike riding, someone decided that he needed some home-made strawberry jelly, so we headed over to Eckert’s to pick some strawberries and have lunch.

It was entertaining to see all the people who would wait in line, ride out to the strawberry fields, and then come back with maybe a half pound of strawberries. I guess most people don’t go out there with the intention of making jelly and requiring a shit-load of berries, but I just thought it was a little weird. I mean if you are going to go through all the work, why don’t you at least get a nice bunch of strawberries?

M and I wound up with nearly 17 pounds worth of berries. We gave some to his mom and then kept some for myself and my dad. The rest we juiced up to make jelly. My KitchenAid mixer has to be one of my most favorite things I’ve bought in the past couple of years! Another thing I’m so glad I made an investment in.

After all that over the course of the weekend, it was a little hard to get up and get going this morning. I’m hoping to take my new trail shoes for a spin on the trails tonight, since I haven’t run since the Zoo 5k. Hopefully these sketchy-ass clouds go away!