Nashville Weekend

Happy MONDAY! I am so excited to think about this being the last full week of work before Thanksgiving! I don’t teach next Wednesday night and I am off on Thanksgiving and Black Friday so I am looking forward to eating lots of good food, spending time with family and friends, shopping and napping.
But before I delve any more into what’s to come, I want to recap my weekend in Nashville. Ryan and I decided to get some Christmas shopping done early (for ourselves and others) and Ryan was needing to update his wardrobe some before the holidays and super cold weather, so we decided to make an adventure and travel to Nashville!
We only shopped at Opry Mills Mall, but when they have everything you need, why go anywhere else?
We snagged a lot of great deals and even got Christmas shopping done for a few people.

I snagged these pink Nike’s and I LOVE them. We also got some new clothes for work, (we both have to dress business casual/business professional), some shoes and some camping materials.

Before we headed home (my feet were killing me!) we grabbed some fresh-baked cookies and cranked up Spotify to prepare for the insane traffic.

After the two-hour drive home, we stopped at Applebee’s and shared several small appetizers plates, picked up Murphy and headed home to watch Sunday Night Football.

All in all, it was a great weekend and ready productive!

What was a highlight of your weekend?
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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween, friends!

While I am not dressed up at work today (I always have to look presentable and ready to go) many of my co-workers are! It’s fun to see their different costumes. So far I’ve seen a Hawaiian tourist, Ursula, Fran Drescher and Darth Vadar. I can’t wait to see more costumes are more people trickle in throughout the day.

Even though I am not dressed up, I do get to participate in our Halloween potluck. We decorated our little work space to the max and it looks great! So on theme and spooky. We have a Jell-O brain, Halloween trail mix, rice krispy monsters, pretzel fingers and more! Homer Simpson even decided to join in on the fun. 

Also, if you need a last minute Halloween-themed dessert, check out Wish to Dish’s Chocolate Spider’s Webs. They look so tasty!

I hope you all have a great Tuesday. I’ll be back tomorrow with a treadmill and weights workout! So eat that Halloween candy today and burn it off tomorrow 🙂

Saturday mornings in the country

Hi friends! I’m checking in today just to share with you all the craziness that is my life.

Today was a pretty slow morning for me. Until pigs invaded my front yard.

I literally had been awake for many half an hour when Murphy starts freaking out and barking like crazy. I figured it was another raccoon in the road (that happens a lot out here) but when he didn’t stop, I decided to check it out.

This is what I found.

A hog and a little piggy in my front yard. I figured they belonged to my neighbor down the road who raises pigs. I gave him a call, but no answer. So I’m now I’m left wondering what to do with the pigs in my yard.

I tried to round them up and get them headed back in the direction, but no luck. They wandered down the road, into my neighbor’s yard and then back to mine.

This time they got stuck in a corner and couldn’t figure out how to get out of there. I call all the farmers I know around me and they are busy or didn’t answer.

Once I again, I got them to back out of the corner and head toward their house (well what I think is there home).

And it was only 9 a.m. Cheers!

It’s never a dull day in the Richardson household. Happy Saturday!

Some of my favorite Halloween costumes

We are one week from Halloween! And only a few days away from the halloweekend.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Over the years, I have worn so many costumes, it’s hard to keep track of everything I’ve been. I love eating candy, carving pumpkins and dressing up in silly, scary, sexy costumes. If you’re stuck in a rut and need some Halloween costume inspiration, look no further! I’ve rounded up costumes that I have work myself and some pictures from my favorite tv show characters in costume.

One of the easiest costumes for a runner, is to put on some race swag, throw on a medal and a homemade bib (or one you’ve saved from a race!) and wah-la! An easy and cheap costume!
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Here are some my favorites from last seven years (so post-high school graduation).

Last year we held our first Halloween party at house in Owensboro and it was so. much. fun. Murphy even joined the fun and tried playing fetch with the cornhole bags and ping pong balls. *Also, I am not choking him, but it’s super hard to get an active pup to sit still for a picture.*


Here are some of my favorite costumes from some of my favorite tv characters.

Let me know your favorite costumes! I would love to see your pictures. Leave me a comment below!

Long runs, relaxation and party prep

This weekend was about long runs, relaxation and prepping for our Halloween party on Saturday. It was such a great weekend, I had a hard time getting out of bed this morning.

BUT! I only work four days this week and then it’s Halloween party time! We are throwing a party Saturday night and attending one Sunday afternoon.

I got in a little under 5 miles on Saturday (which is long for me right now!) and on Sunday I did an awesome P90x video.

I took a nap on Sunday, watched lots of football, attended a baby shower for a friend from high school and watched the season premiere of The Walking Dead.

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Any TWD fans out there? What did you think of last night’s episode?!

As far as party prep goes, we bought a ton of food, extra tables, fake spiders, 200+ feet of cobwebs and more! I love any and all holidays and decorating is part of the fun! I’m still deciding between two costumes and Ryan is joining the fun and bought a superhero shirt to wear! (I’ll that that over not dressing up at all)

And that was my weekend. Uneventful for most, but perfect for me.

I’ll leave you with this hilarious picture of Murphy with a feather on his nose. Enjoy.

Tuesday Tidbits

I started my day off with some light stretching. Our house was so cold when I woke up, we still have the heat and a/c off since the weather has been so sporadic lately, that I needed something to get my blood flowing.

I love when people at work bring goodies. This was made by a co-worker’s wife and it was awesome! It was basically like kitchen sink fudge? But a healthier version? It was made with dates and lemon juice and was only lightly sweet instead of overpowering and sugary. One piece was enough to hold me over, but this is definitely something I will keep in mind for our Halloween party in a couple weeks.

I’m more than halfway through teaching my college class and I feel like every week I am getting better. Yay for progress! Tomorrow starts the second half of the semester and I’m to read more of my student’s writings.

I got in a great workout after I got home from work and I alternated between the treadmill and weights. I loosely based my run off this workout and then threw in some arm curls, squats and abs. 

Wednesdays are super busy with work and teaching, so here’s to another cup of coffee! I’ll catch up y’all tomorrow!

Monday with Murphy 

I love sunny days with Murphy. He has all the energy in the world and would play fetch all day, every day if we let him. On Monday I spent almost my entire lunch break playing fetch with Murphy and his favorite red ball. Yay for being able to come home for lunch!

Someone was not very good at catch today. I love taking a burst of photos because I catch some of Murphy’s funniest moments.

Exact representation of how I felt today. It was busy, a mess and all around chaos. Here’s to a less hectic tomorrow!

But I am thankful for a pup who loves my unconditionally and listens to me rant about my work day. As long as he gets a treat and a belly rub, he is happy.
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Crazy weather, random tidbits and Halloween movie suggestions

This weekend was so random as far as the weather goes. Saturday was sunny and 85, Sunday was rainy and 62. Kentucky weather is crazy.

My workout on Saturday included a run at the park, an hour at the gym and mowing my yard (which is definitely a workout. Push mowing ditches is no joke.)

Sunday included watching football and taking Murph on lots of walks in between the rain. I also squeezed in a run late in the day! Fall running is the best. The leaves are starting to change and the park was so pretty! Even if it was a little chilly, at least I didn’t feel like I was dying five minutes into run.
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Other random tidbits from the weekend:
• Running is hard. Eating healthy can be difficult. But having the opportunity to do both of those things is a privilege. Sometimes I get so caught up in worrying about my times and my calories that I forgot that not everyone has that choice. I am thankful for the fact that I am able to fun. I am thankful for a job that allows me to buy healthy and fresh food (which is often more expensive). Trying to remember this next time I throw myself a pity party.
• Owensboro is #11 on this list of places where millenials are moving. So that’s neat!
• If you need inspiration for a race costume or something for Halloween, Janae at Hungry Runner Girl had a great post rounding up some of her favorites from her readers. There are so many good ideas!
What makes the Proverbs 31 woman so fearless. <– Such a great read!

How was your weekend? I want to hear all about it! Leave a comment of your favorite memory from this weekend. 

Also. I’m in the mood to watch ALL THE HALLOWEEN MOVIES. What’s your favorite? I need recommendations! I plan on watching Hocus Pocus at some point this week. 
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Friday Favorites v. 71

Happy Friday! I am enjoying a four day weekend, so no work for me today!

But to keep things running smoothly, here is my regular Friday series, Friday Favorites!

1. Jordan Hasay becomes fastest American woman to run Bank of America Chicago Marathon. <– She is killin’ it this year!

2. This rice and quinoa pouches have become a staple in our house over the last couple of weeks. They are cheap, healthy and filling! Perfect combo. I’ve been mixing half a bag of this with some grilled chicken nuggets and salsa for a perfect supper.

3. I gave my midterm to my students earlier this week, so I’ve officially made it half a semester as an adjunct college professor! I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to improve next semester.

4. If you missed my post on Wednesday, be sure to you love your people extra this week.

5. This peanut butter and jelly smoothie recipe from Eating Bird Food. Just looking at the pictures makes my mouth water — it’s two of my favorite things mixed together! PB&Js and smoothie, you can’t get any better than that.

6. OH MY STARS. This is precious. 25 photos of dogs dressed as Disney characters.

7. Jax, the official stamp licker.

8. Murphy and his toys. This pup loves his animals so much. We literally find his toys hidden all over the house, it’s hilarious. img_2126

Love your people

Monday was C-R-A-Z-Y! Work was hard and I was there for almost 11 hours. I felt defeated and exhausted. When I got home, Ryan had cooked super and was there with a hug and a listening ear. I am thankful for him and the way he serves me. He is the best husband and I am so happy he is mine.
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Tuesday was sad. Not long after I got to work, I learned a coworker had drown in Gulf Shores after saving a young boy. The thing about working in the media business is that his death became a story. It was on the national news and it hit hard in our little Kentucky newsroom. My heart hurts for his family, friends and employees who got to know him during his 25+ years at our newspaper. I just talked to him Friday about his fall break plans and now he is gone forever.

Today started off with my scrolling through Facebook in bed. My heart sank as I learned that a friend from high school had lost her fiancee last night in a car accident. He was the same age as me and was on a road I travel every single day. They were getting married in a few months and now he is gone and she is left wondering, “Why God?”

My heart hurts for these people. For the ones I know and the ones I don’t. It’s crazy that your life can change in an instant. These things happen, but their not supposed to hit this close to home. Especially two days in a row.

I don’t know what the meaning of this post is, except love your people. Some days are hard and some days are worse. I’m extra thankful for my tribe this week.
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