Motivation Monday

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Sick Day

I never missed a day of school from kindergarten until I went off to college. In fact, my senior year of high school there were only two kids in the entire district who had accomplished that feat.

Now, here I am at home with my first official sick day. I don’t like it. I hate missing work, I feel like it looks bad on me (maybe because I’m a young female and I feel like I constantly have to prove myself?) and I hate feeling awful and sleeping the day away.
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So while running is probably not in the cards for me tonight, I am hoping to do a yoga video to feel somewhat better and hopefully stretch things out and get some endorphins going.

Until then, I plan on laying on the couch and cuddling Murphy all day.
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Happy Tuesday!

Eclipse and Monday recap

Since I work in the media, yesterday was all about the eclipse. We’ve been covering it daily for the last two weeks and then today was all hands on deck with people running social media accounts, photographers and reporters on site in Hopkinsville (Eclipsetown) and people locally to get reactions of the event. It was a fun-filled day and a neat thing to experience.

While I didn’t get any pictures of the actual eclipse (I didn’t want to risk frying my phone) I did get some pretty funny pictures of Murphy in eclipse glasses.


He of course tried to eat them since he loves to chew on toys. So the glasses didn’t last very long.

After work I hurried home to hop on the treadmill and get in a couple of miles and some pushups + abs before I started dinner. Mondays are usually taco night in the Richardson household, so when I saw this on Facebook, I knew I had to share it. This is my life.

Did you get to view the eclipse? What were your thoughts? We were in 97% totality, so it got pretty dark. It was eerie and awesome all at the same time. We serve an awesome God.

I hope you all had a great Monday!

The Great American Solar Eclipse

If you’re in the U.S. then the day of the eclipse has finally arrived! That’s all I’ve been hearing about for weeks, and to be honest, I’ll be happy when today is over. Yes, it’s neat to be pretty close to a total coverage area for the eclipse, but I hear about the eclipse from the moment I wake up until I go to bed. We’ve been writing stories about it for the last 10 days at work and it’s all over the news.
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For those who don’t know about the solar eclipse, here are a few helpful links:
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The paper I work for did a specialow.ly/Umuy30evEjx all about the eclipse.

NASA will stream 360-degree video of the eclipse, and you can watch it live on Facebook.

If you’re viewing the eclipse today, be sure to be safe and enjoy this wonder of nature.
The eclipse returns in spring of 2024.

Be back tomorrow with my weekend running, workouts and eats!

Sunday Funday

Yesterday was a such a fun day! It was one of those days I needed without knowing it.

Ryan and I got to meet up with a college friend for lunch. He was passing through Owensboro on the way back to his summer job and our schedules worked out perfectly for him to meet us at Buffalo Wild Wings. We ate too much food and spent almost two hours catching up and reminiscing on our college days.

After lunch, I said bye to the guys, while they hung out some more. Once our friend left, Ryan had a tee time with some of the guys from his work, so Murphy and I went to the park! Since the humidity has broken, the weather has been perfect. We walked the trails, sat by the pond and watched the ducks and roamed the empty baseball fields for about an hour before coming home.

Murphy was exhausted after our adventure, so he slept on the couch, while I did some meal prepping. After I got breakfast made for the week, I went out to our home gym (garage) and knocked out a couple miles and some inverted pull-ups.

Once Ryan got home, we ate tacos on the couch and watched a couple episodes of Parks and Rec. Instead of going to bed at a normal hour, we then decided to stay up way too late and watch random, hilarious YouTube videos.

Have a great Monday! Let’s make this week great!

Random 25 question survey

Happy Monday. Since Mondays can be dreadful and boring, I thought I would today with a fun survey. Choose a few questions and leave me your answers in the comments below!

1. Do you make your bed? Nope. I leave for work before Ryan is even out of bed.

2. The first car that was officially yours? A 2006 Silver Ford Taurus. It was so long, but I loved that car. So many memories from my first car. It sadly got totaled a few years ago when someone ran a red light and hit me 😦

3. Three grocery items you don’t run out of? Milk, bread and cheese.

4. When did you start doing your own laundry? When I was like 8-9 years old. I started helping my mom with household chores at a pretty young age.

5. If you could, would you go to high school again? Eh, probably not. It was fun and all, but I love where I am right now 🙂

6. What are three of your favorite foods? Pizza, turkey and cheese sandwich and ice cream!

7. First job? McDonalds! I actually ended up staying there for five years and became a manager. It helped pay for a lot of my college!

8. Do you think aliens are real? Nope.

9. What is your favorite sport to watch? This is a hard one! I love going to MLB games and college basketball games, but I also love watching basketball and running on tv.

10. Guilty TV pleasure? Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team

11 . Would you rather be too hot or too cold? Too hot.

12. If the world ends do you want to be one of the survivors? Not really. I’ve seen The Walking Dead. Just make me a zombie. Haha!

13. Sweet or salty? Sweet. I have a major sweet tooth.
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14. Do you enjoy soaking in a nice bath? Yes!

15. Do you consider yourself strong? Yes, both mentally and physically.

16. Something people do, physically, that drives you crazy? Litter. WHY!?!

17. Favorite song on the radio right now? Strip That Down – Liam Payne

18. Who was the last person you text? My husband.

19. Favorite childhood game? Monopoly, Twister, Mario Kart

20. Do you talk to yourself? YES. I talk to myself, to Murphy, to my computer, the list goes on and on.

21. Do you like doing jig-saw puzzles? Sure do! Ryan and I completed a 1,000 piece puzzle last winter to frame and give to his grandma as a Christmas present.
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22. Would you go on a reality show? I would love to be on something crazy and fun like The Amazing Race or Survivor.

23. Tea or coffee? Sweet tea, no lemon!

24. First thing you remember wanting to be when you grew up? Either a rockstar or a marine biologist – I loved dolphins!

25. No matter how much money you have or don’t have, what are you an absolute snob about? Sports bras – there’s nothing worse than a bad one!

Fourth of July recap

So today is basically like a second Monday, right?! It is for me anyways. It was a struggle to get out of bed this morning, but I only have today and tomorrow morning to work before I am off to another rock climbing adventure!

But first let me recap my Fourth of July holiday.

On Sunday, Ryan and I randomly decided to roadtrip to St. Louis for the day on Tuesday and celebrate Independence Day by watching baseball! We rounded up two other friends (one who already lives in STL) and made a day of food, fireworks and baseball!

*Also before the game we grabbed some beers and watched the Nathan’s HotDog Eating Contest. It was so gross and I couldn’t even watch the entire thing without wanting to get sick.



While it was super hot and humid during the game, we still had a blast. They had lots of fun extra things in between innings to celebrate the holiday, so there was never a dull moment!


Even though the Cardinals lost, it was still a fun way to celebrate the holiday and spend our day off from work. After the game, we walked around the city a little bit before driving home. We stopped at a Red Robin on the way and ate some delicious burgers (that I forgot to snap a picture of because I was starving).


Now it’s back to work! I have a full schedule today, so I am already looking forward to my 3 mile run when I get off work. I’ll be offline tomorrow, but check back on Friday for my weekly Friday Favorites post.

Yard work, river walks and mini golf

This weekend was crammed pack with work and play and it was awesome.

On Saturday while Ryan was at work, me, my brother and Murphy did a TON of yard work. I’m talking mowing, weed eating, pulling weeds, cleaning up the garage, etc. It took most of the afternoon, but the yard looked great afterward.

Murphy has also decided he’s a farm pup now.


Saturday night I met a friend in town for dinner. She leaves Kentucky this week for a new job in Utah, so I’m sad to see her go, but am so proud of her and her work ethic!

We ate a local Korean place and then walked all along the river after dinner. 


Saturday, Ryan and I, along with our friend Maddie made a two hour road trip down to Grand Rivers, KY., to eat at Patti’s 1880s Settlement! It’s a well known restaurant in western Kentucky and has so much great food. They are known for their 2 inch porkchops and mile high meringue pies. We ate until we were stuffed and then headed outside for two rounds of putt putt golf. 

All in all it was a great weekend with family, friends and food. To be honest, I didn’t get in a lot of running over the last three days, but spending time with these people is more important than any run or workout.