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My Trip to Fredericksburg

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Last month I took a girl’s trip to Fredericksburg, Texas.

I still have all these pictures on my phone, so let’s time travel a bit, shall we?

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Our first stop on the way there, was the Deep Eddy Vodka distillery.  In fact, I don’t think that my friend S has a nickname yet, so I am going to call her Ms. Vodka.

It makes sense, I assure you.

There was no production going on, but we did help ourselves to the bar to try out some of their flavored vodka.

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Not a bad way to start a girl’s weekend.

The drive down took a lot out of us. We stopped for barbeque, vodka and groceries along the way. So instead of going out that night, we opted to order a pizza and then proceed to destroy it like the classy ladies that we are.

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We were staying in this tiny one bedroom cottage just a block from downtown. It was really cute and perfect for just two people.

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Fredericksburg is home to a famous pie shop, so naturally, that became something that we had to do.

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Pie anyone?

IMG_0749My favorite was the Peanut Butter Cup with a close second being the Orange Bourbon Pecan.

Next one the agenda was some walking around and shopping.

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We found this little boutique that gave us champagne while we shopped. I may have overspent a bit there.

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We also hit the Goodwill in town where we made some amazing scores. I love that Ms Vodka shares my love of thrift shopping.

On Sunday we took a trip to visit the Garrison Brother Bourbon Distillery.

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This place is really cool and if you ever find yourself in Hye, Texas, you should totally check it out.

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It was cold and misting that day, but we had a great time!

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That’s totally not a fake smile!!

I had a great weekend. Ate lots of food, had plenty to drink and so many laughs!

Do you often go on weekend trips with friends? I know some of you take some racecations! 

My fellow thrift shoppers, do you try and hit thrift stores while traveling? I made some really great buys on this trip! 

LinkedIn and Cat Lady Problems

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So, about a month ago, I made a LinkedIn profile on a whim. I was helping a friend look up some information, and I needed a profile to see some people on the site, so I threw together a quick profile.

I didn’t pay attention to any of my settings, so I am sure that almost everyone I know got an invitation from me.(Sorry about that everyone!) I didn’t even completely fill the thing out, just the bare minimum so that it would let me in.

There is a point to this story.

Anyway, I guess I didn’t change any of my settings, so, every time someone looks at my profile, I get an email. I had intended on going to the site and changing my settings but I am lazy and hadn’t done it yet.

There are a handful of people in this world who don’t like me. Like really don’t like me. Some have said nasty things about me and all of them have cut off any contact with me.

Yet, I get notifications that they are looking at my LinkedIn profile.

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You guys wouldn’t throw water on me if I were on fire, but your curiosity got the best of you?

I did link my profile to my blog because I had to put my current job, so I thought “why not?”. So, on the off chance that this handful of people who are for some reason stalking the most boring page in the world, find their way to my blog, I have something to say.

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And, if you want to see how I am doing without you guys, feel free to subscribe to the blog, it’s far more entertaining than LinkedIn, but if you are looking for me to moan and cry about how much I miss you, you will be disappointed. The only reason any of you are on my radar at all is because your name and picture showed up in my email. In the wise words of Big Sean:

Bitch, I don’t give a fuck about you, or anything that you do

Now, for the rest of us! I’m glad you’re here. I like you.

Cat lady problems abound in my house. And most of them are caused by Peanut.

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I caught him sitting on my laptop trying to Google something. I imagine it was “how to escape humans who take care of you” or perhaps “how to leave claw marks on practically everything”.

Lucky for me, he can’t spell.

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I still need to type up a post about my trip to Fredricksburg. I have a ton of pictures but for now, let’s keep up with my randomness that I found on my phone.

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My current favorite lunch. I love these TJ’s salads and eat them almost every day.

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My freezer is looking a little less pathetic after another Freezer Meal Workshop hosted by Sexy Librarian. These are seriously a life saver because my brain sometimes stops working around 4 p.m.

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And finally, how I kill time in the carpool lane. I have a few scarves that I am trying to make as gifts, but seriously, who stole like three hours out of my 24 per day?

I think the worst thing about The Boss going to public school isn’t the homework, but that damn carpool lane. Good grief. What a waste of time.

Okay, Christmas is getting closer! Are you ready? I wish our weather was a little colder. I am not trying to call down Icemaggedon like last time, but it would be nice to have hot chocolate in a sweater instead of a tank top.

I’m starting to think that Peanut should have his own blog, or maybe an Instagram. He’s such a character! 

What’s the one thing you want for Christmas this year? Go big! Put it out into the universe!! 

Phone Dump and Random Things

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Yes, yes, I know….

Let’s just jump right in, shall we?

Who is ready for Christmas?

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I have started sending out my Christmas cards! It was an ordeal to get these done, but luckily, MW was there to save the day when I wanted to throw my computer out of the window.

Speaking of wanting to throw appliances out of the window, check out the state of my washing machine.

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Yep, it finally died, while full of clothes. Do you remember that I had to place heavy things on the lid because the lid sensor switch no longer wanted to work? Well, even if you don’t, that poor sensor has finally cried “Uncle”.

Just before Thanksgiving (yes, I am aware of how long ago that was) The Boss and I had our nails done.

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They talked me into getting that new fancy gel stuff on my nails and they weren’t kidding when they said that it wouldn’t come off! It’s still perfect, except for the fact that my nails have grown out! I am notorious for messing up my nail polish by just walking out of the nail salon, so this is a new concept for me!

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Saturday night, I spent with MW, eating pizza, drinking Sangria and making Christmas treats.

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The Boss wanted to give her teachers some presents even though most middle school kids probably don’t do it. I figured that this makes up for all of the years that she didn’t have teachers, so I made nine bags for all of her teachers.

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I hope they all like chocolate!!

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Can we just talk about this fortune for a minute? I am really torn up about this.

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Yesterday Mr Challenge and I went to go see Horrible Bosses 2. It was hysterical! I loved the first one and this sequel did not leave me disappointed! I also went to go see Mockingjay Part 1 with The Boss last week, that one did leave me wanting more….yes, I know that was the point. I still think Catching Fire is my favorite so far. I like the games and nothing really happened this time around. I was also distracted by watching Phillip Seymour Hoffman and wondering how much of the filming he finished before he tragically died.

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This morning I finally hit the gym again!! Go ahead, I’ll wait for you to finish cheering. It’s only been about 2 months.

Wait…is that shame I am feeling?…yep

So, I promise not to take so long to write again. My computer seems to be acting a little better and I am starting to finally get my schedule worked out.

Just in time for the holiday craziness, right?

Do you send Christmas cards? Want one from The Nuthouse? I want one from you! 

I know some teachers read this, so, is chocolate a good gift? Or do you get tons? 

What movies are on your radar right now?

Tell me something random that I might have missed during my absence.

A Few of my Favorite Things

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1. Red Starbucks cups.

I really have to hand it to the Starbucks marketing team. I was so happy to get my coffee in a red cup the other morning.

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I admit that I am a sucker for those little things that remind me that Christmas is coming.

2. Balloons.

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They make me so happy! We needed a bunch of balloons for filming this week and I loved picking out all of the fun colors. Just look at the cheesy grin! Maybe I should get balloons more often?

You can watch our video here if you want.

3. Shopping with my Mom.

Wednesday was a fantastic day. I spent it with my Mom going Christmas shopping. Yes, it is very early this year, but we just couldn’t get our schedules to sync up any other day without waiting until after Thanksgiving.

We bought gifts and maybe a few things for ourselves. (I’m going to wear my new shoes today, Mom!) We ate bad for you foods and laughed and had a fantastic time.

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This blurry goodness was from Mom trying to take a picture of me holding this awesome purse that we found. We couldn’t find a mirror so we just took a photo. I’m pretty sure it is so blurry because we were laughing.

4. Girly lunch dates with Midget Wrestler

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I love hanging out with this girl. She is seriously the best. She makes me laugh so hard.

5. Christmas Catalogs

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I ran over to MW’s house the other day and she had left a stack of catalogs for me to go through. She even marked some stuff that she knew I was looking for! I am still trying to make my way through them all. There’s something that I love about curling up with a blanket and turning down pages as I spend imaginary money on people that I love.

6. Thrift store shopping

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Mr. Mister and I went and spent the afternoon hunting for treasures at a couple of thrift stores this Friday. I am still kicking myself for not getting this beauty.

So, there you have it. A few of my favorite things.

What are a few of your favorite things? 

Do you get really excited for Christmas? Only 45 left! Not that I’m counting or anything.

Drunk Mary Poppins and her Minions

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Man, I know how to stay busy and eat healthy.

Case in point:

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Yes, that has been my dinner on at least three occasions recently.

It’s my secret goal to gain back all of the weight that I lost…..sigh.

I’m not kidding about the staying busy part. I have been crazy busy but I don’t feel like I have anything to show for it; no finished projects, no pictures of me working hard, not even a story of how I tackled some giant item on my to do list. Nada.

But, this makes it all better.

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It’s No Shave November! Hooray! Have you seen Better With a Beard? I hadn’t heard of it until I was talking to Mr. Challenge about how excited I was for his beard and he told me about it. It’s a terrific time waster. You should check it out if you haven’t.

Did you have a fun Halloween? I did!

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I dressed up as Mary Poppins! I didn’t end up going out anywhere, but it was probably one of my favorite Halloween nights ever.

Mr. Mister and I sat on the front porch, ate pizza, handed out candy and drank…and drank. I think that’s what my new Halloween tradition should be. I do wish we had more trick or treaters, but the ones that came got handfuls of candy.

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And we still had a lot left over. I know what breakfast will entail for the next week.

The Boss was off with her friends for the night. Doesn’t she make a cute minion?

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I really think that I need minions. I bet I could get loads more done and I promise that I wouldn’t try to take over the world.

At least not for the first three months.

Happy November peeps!

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Did you dress up? What was your costume?

Does anyone what to head up a cheese fries intervention for me?

Party Time! Excellent!

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We must be getting into the party season!

Friday night, The boss had a slumber party with five of her closest friends.

That’s right, six preteen girls…

Yes, I did chase my Advil with a beer.

Since I am always striving for Mom of the Year, we had a Jack-O-Lantern Pizza and made mummy dogs and ghost cookies.

halloweenpizzaThe Pizza developed a rather large zit near his nose while in the oven. Ah well, it still tasted great!

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I didn’t even have a chance to take a picture of the mummy dogs, those things went so fast!

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Since I like to share every little mundane detail about my life on here…check out my new shoelaces! I know, adorable.

I finally finished my plate wall. Yesterday. Yep, that project has been going on for how long now?

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I swear that picture did not look that blurry on my phone. Let’s just pretend that it’s the hazy glow of awesome that hangs around me, m’kay?

Last night I was able to catch up with some of my favorite homeschool momma friends. I know, I can’t believe that they still let me hang out with them now that I am a public school mom! I kid, I kid, but it is a little strange for me. My life is really different now.

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Seriously? More blurry pictures? What is the deal here?

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I did a half assed attempt at the pink power ranger and called it a night. I have a full costume for Halloween but I am still putting the pieces together. I still haven’t tried on all of it together, I sure hope it works or I am going to have to put a sheet over my head and go as a ghost.

Are you dressing up for Halloween? What’s your costume? 

Does anyone else want to go watch Wayne’s World now?

It’s About Damn Time

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Seriously sorry about the extended absence everyone.

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I had been thinking about coming back to the blogging world for a while, but it wasn’t until I was called out three times last week by different people that I decided my public obviously missed me terribly.

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It’s good to be loved.

There is no way that I can catch you guys up on the entire mess of things that you have missed while I took my extended mental health vacation, but I will try to hit some highlights.

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The kids are growing up too fast but we still have a blast together.

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I still love to feed my dog ice cream and then gripe because she’s fat and lazy.

photo 4 (83)I’ve rediscovered my love of baking and decorating cakes. My first attempt at using fondant went much better than I thought it would.

firstdayofschoolThe Boss started public school and she loves it. It has taken me a while to adjust to not having her around, but I am so happy that she is happy. She’s thriving and doing really well.

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Can we just take a minute and look at how crazy long her hair has gotten?

editingI’ve taken over the job of editing The Boss’s videos. This is no small feat for me. I am not gifted when it comes to technology, so this was a scary and overwhelming task. She just doesn’t have the time anymore since she’s started public school, so it made sense for me to take this job. It took me five hours to edit a three minute video. I know I will get better with time but I do have to say that I am pretty happy about the finished product.

You can check it out here if you are so inclined.

And then there’s the running…

It has stopped. I haven’t been running for months and I’m okay with that. Wanna know why?

1. I stopped running and lost 20 pounds. That’s right. I don’t get it either.

2. I hated going to bed so early and getting up at the crack of dawn. I missed my friends and doing things.

3. I was constantly beating myself up. I wasn’t fast enough, didn’t do enough, wasn’t dedicated enough…ENOUGH!

I am happier and probably healthier now than I was when I was pushing myself so hard. Yes, this means that the blog will change. I may run occasionally, or even do a few 5k’s for fun, but I won’t be writing a running blog any longer. I no longer consider myself a runner.

The blog will evolve over the next few weeks into just what I want it to be. A chronicle of my adventures and nuggets of wisdom. A place where I can hang out with people like you.

And a place where I can post pictures of me eating all the wonderful things there are out there to eat.

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I love you guys and I am so glad to be back.

Back in Action

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I have finally started to get my groove back and it feels great.

It’s been a while since I posted and I have been terrible about taking photos, but I’ll play along anyway.

The Boss and I have been taking Lola on lots of walks.

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We found a small creek near our walking trail and we have been taking her down there and letting her play around. She still isn’t very sure about it.

Speaking of The Boss, we picked up her 7th grade schedule this week. She is so excited about starting back to school. I am not excited, but it does make me happy to see her so happy. I’ve been making a list of all of the things that I want to do while she is in school to keep myself busy.

Things like getting my state plates up on the wall finally!

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I finished all of the templates and decided where I want them all to go. All that’s left now is to buy all the plate hangers and start getting those babies up on the wall. And then of course, I need to find the 13 that I am still missing. I guess I need to go antique shopping again soon!

I got a secret letter in the mail this week.

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There was no return address and it wasn’t signed but it has made my entire week. Someone knew that I needed a pick me up and they took the time to send this to me. The craziest thing is, I could think of so many people I know who would do something like this. That says a lot about the people I choose to spend my time with, doesn’t it?

I’ve been hitting up the gym daily and my poor body is hating it and loving it at the same time. I am so sore! I curse every time I have to walk up the stairs. I am also doing the 30 day squat challenge with my friend S. She is far ahead of me, but I didn’t want to wait until next month to do it, so I just jumped in on the 10th of the month.

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My bum is so sore.

Oh! I finally went running again!  Wednesday morning I slogged through four very humid and hot miles, but I did it. It felt great to get back out there and I think I want to push on through to 5 on Saturday.

When I got home, I collapsed on the kitchen floor and caught a great picture of Lola giving me kisses and checking on me.

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Yesterday was probably the best day I have had in a long time.

I spent hours at the pool with S and our girls. We just about finished off two bottles of Sangria between us and then we went for ice cream. I swear my abs hurt so much from laughing yesterday.

Last night, I went out with our friends T & A to play trivia and eat wings.

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A has to be the messiest wing eater ever.

The best part of the night was when Mr. Challenge ended up joining us. We didn’t win, but we weren’t last place, and it was so much fun. I can’t wait to do that again.

Today was leg day at the gym and yes, I still came home and did my squats. I may need to call someone for help to get off of the toilet later.

Thanks for sticking around while I was absent.

Do you ever play trivia at bars?

Have you done a 30 day challenge?  Do you have a favorite kind of challenge? I think next month we are doing planks which scares the bejeezes out of me. 

 

Farewell to Summer

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Wow, it has been one wild and crazy summer.

Did you miss me?

It was nice to take a break from blogging but I’m excited to pick things back up. I did absolutely no running at all these past two months. Not even once and I don’t feel guilty. I needed the break.

So, now, I can share some of my favorite memories from this summer.

Our first trip was to Anaheim California for Vidcon. Yes, the giant YouTube convention. This trip was all about The Boss.

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Mr. Challenge treated us to first class airfare which was so cool! The weather in California is amazing, no wonder everyone wants to live there.

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Most days, The Boss took off with her friends so we were able to hang back and have some fun. We walked to Downtown Disney several times.

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I had the absolute privilege of meeting Jen from Red Hair and Running Shoes! We bonded over Mexican food, ‘natch.

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Then we terrorized the Lego store pointing out all of the boobs, butts and poop, like the mature women we are.

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We couldn’t leave California without a trip to Disneyland. I was so excited to ride the Cars ride.

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I am such a goober, but luckily my family tolerates me.

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But alas, California had to come to an end and then we had a two day turn around before we headed to Kansas!

We stayed in a Bed & Breakfast and the decor was straight out of 1986. I am surprised that they actually had wifi.

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But, we actually had an amazing time. My entire extended family was there and I did get to see people that I haven’t seen in years. My cousin’s husband even taught us how to play horseshoes!

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Yes, I did get that ringer!! WHAT?!?! I quit playing just after I rubbed that in my sister’s face.

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We saw the most amazing fireworks show I have ever seen. We were so close that we had ash and debris falling all over us. It was flat out amazeballs.

The next day we went into Atchison and I got to catch up with my homegirl Amelia Earhart.

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P.S. she was standing on a box, she is not that much taller than me.

On our way back, we stumbled upon some old restored steam engines that we got to play on and around and there was even a tiny replica that I got to ride around in.

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I’m telling you, Kansas knows how to party.

Next up was Utah! This was the trip that I was the most excited about.

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Seriously, I think I belong somewhere there are mountains.

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Our favorite part was Zion National Park. I need to go back again to explore even more.

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Can you even? I can’t imagine waking up everyday and being able to see that outside my window.

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The Boss and I had to get some filming done so we found a playground and took about a million pictures. I told her that this was my friend Sam the seal, we like to go clubbing together….yep…still just as funny.

We also got to go see the Hoover Dam.

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I can’t tell you how many dam jokes were flying that day. Mr. Challenge had me in stitches.

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And there you have it.

The summer of The Nuthouse.

Now, maybe it’s time to get to work. I do have a race coming up!

Linking up today with my girl Kels!

 

 

 

Before I Go

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I want to catch you guys up on the happenings here.

No, I still haven’t made it out for a run. I have been feeling better, but not up to pulling on the running shoes.  Don’t worry, I will have to soon. I have another half coming up in October, so I have to start training in July.

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Our sweet friend A brought over fresh eggs, homemade salsa and jams! There isn’t anything quite like fresh foods.

I finally got the curtains up!

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It’s kind of hard to take photos downstairs right now because it’s so bright!

if I ever get the living room cleaned up long enough to take pictures I will post some before and afters. It really is a huge change and I’m in love with it.

These have been making the rounds on Instagram.

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Have you seen them yet? I will admit that they are pretty good, but I prefer the good old peanut butter Oreos.

Speaking of Instagram, I have decided that I am not taking my laptop on vacation.

I won’t be posting anything here for a while. I will try to get a California recap done when I get back, before I leave for Kansas, but I make no promises. If you want to follow me on Instagram, I will do a little Insta-blogging there.

My username is Welcomenuts

I am also beyond excited to get to meet one of my longtime bloggy friends, Jen from Red Hair and Running Shoes. Two redheads meeting up? Be ready!

So, bye for now, come say hello over on Instagram and I’ll catch you on the flip side!

 

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