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!
I had most of this post typed up this morning, but as I went to finish this post, all I could think about was the people in Vegas and those are hurting and have lost loved ones.
I am sad for our country and this world, but I know this is not my permanent home. God has built a kingdom for me in heaven. My heart, thoughts and prayers goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy.
Whew! I need another weekend to recover from this weekend! While it was so much fun to get away for a few days, I am wiped!
But let’s backup to Friday. I took the day off from work so I could clean the house, run some errands and pack for out trip to St. Louis. While I got everything done my to-do list, I was exhausted by the time Ryan got home from work. We decided to keep the evening low-key, so we took a new board game to my parent’s house and spent the evening with my mom and brother (who came home from college this weekendto watch Murphy while Ryan and I took our trip).
Saturday morning, me and Ryan and my mom and dad hit the road pretty early. The three-ish hour drive from Owensboro to STL went by pretty fast before I knew it we were at Busch Stadium in one of their clubhouses getting ready for the game!
The clubhouse seats are a little pricey, but are definitely the best deal. It opens about three hours before the game starts and has a buffet with all kinds of food and desserts and an unlimited open bar.
This was my parent’s first MLB game, so it was fun to introduce them to something that Ryan and I love so much! The cherry on top was that the Cardinals rallied on Saturday to win the game!
The cards lost on Sunday, and they are out of the playoffs, so it was their last game of the year. Out of 162 games, Ryan and I got to attend five of them at Busch Stadium. We are already excited for the 2018 season! We can’t wait to be back at Busch. We also hoping to travel to other stadiums this year to watch the Cards play.
The drive back home was long and tiring and we were all more than ready to hit the hay when got home. I’m now about halfway through my work day and I am definitely ready for some more caffeine.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I always do my best workouts on the weekends. I don’t have as many time constraints, I can focus on my workout and I have plenty of time to stretch, warmup and cool down.
But when I travel on the weekends, I feel like I can’t get workout as well as I want.
* I had to include this hilarious picture I took of Murphy while we were traveling.
That was the case this weekend. We visited my in-laws in Tennessee and had a great time, but my workouts suffered.
Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. My family is more important than any workout, but getting in one sweat sesh a day makes me feel better and helps me be the best version of myself.
So while I didn’t get to run and have a killer total body workout, I did get it some solid movements and walks with Murph that worked up some endorphins.
So don’t beat yourself if you chose to spend time with family rather than working out. While I missed my workouts, I know they will be waiting for me Monday afternoon after work.
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.
So I mentioned on the blog a couple weeks ago in one of my Friday Favorites post that I had won two tickets to see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on their Soul2Soul tour. Well, the concert was Friday night and it was awesome!
I have been a huge Tim and Faith fan basically all my life, so to see the two together in concert was amazing.
I took a vacation day from work on Friday and Ryan and I headed to Louisville around lunch so we could explore the city some and eat before the concert.
During the opening band, two of our friends surprised us and showed up with seats right next to ours!
***Some background info for you – the tickets we won were from our local country radio station. Several of us at work teamed up together to win a radio game called Codebreakers. The game lasted four weeks and every week was a new prize. Week one was a concert lovers package with tickets to five different concerts. Since I picked the winning numbers, I got to choose a pair of tickets that I wanted and the rest were split among the others at work. Well the week four prize was another concert lovers package of sorts and had more tickets to see Tim and Faith. The two other girls from work had won that morning and left work early to make it to the concert and surprise us! It was such a fun time and I’m glad we all got to experience it.***
Tim and Faith performed some of their most recent big hits like, “Speak To A Girl,” “Humble and Kind” and a song off their album they are working on currently that will release this fall “Breakaway.”
They also sang old favorites like “This Kiss,” “Breathe,” Live Like You Were Dying,” and “I Need You.”
My favorite part of the concert is where Tim stopped singing and let the entire crowd sing the chorus to “Live Like You Were Dying.” Seriously, it gave me chills. It was such a cool moment.
While I hated for the concert to end, I am so glad we got the chance to go! And for free!
Driving home in the rain and hail wasn’t fun, but thankfully we made it back okay. I crashed as soon as we got home and ended up writing this recap from my laptop in bed.
I hope you all had a great weekend! Back with some more running and recipes later this week!
One of my favorite quotes is a great reminder for today.
Fresh air is a wonderful thing, my friends. I love to go hiking and really wish I had the chance to do it more. I plan to get out this weekend and hike and explore wherever my heart desires. I long for the trails and the dirt and the stillness of it all.
Happy Thursday! Can you believe we are only a week away from Thanksgiving?! I am excited for family time, football and lots of good food.
What are some of your Thanksgiving favorites?
While I am not one to turn away any type of food, during Thanksgiving I love mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing and pecan pie. Basically anything my mom and mimi makes is a home run.
Ryan and I are headed to Tennessee for our first Thanksgiving of the year with his side of the family. So excited. Murphy is also excited for leftovers (even if he doesn’t know it yet)
Since we don’t have internet or cable at our house, Ryan and I watch a lot of DVD sets. Currently we’re on The League (hilarious!) and Spartacus. I love ending my day curled up on the couch (with our fake fireplace) watching tv.
Sadly, there hasn’t been ton of running this week. I really really need to get a gym membership, but they are so expensive! Sigh. For now, lots of planks and squats.
Murphy just wants to sleep all the time.
We’re so close to the weekend! Keep on keepin’ on, friends.
This weekend was about some high school tunes. I only graduated 6 years ago, but I found so many old mix tapes that I had forgotten about. Bands like Cartel, Jack’s Mannequin and Fall Out Boy blasted through my stereo all weekend. It was awesome.
I snagged these all watermelon Sour Patch Kids for 85 cents at the gas station and had to have them. I ate them all in one setting. Oops.
Since Ryan had to work all day, Murphy and I hung out with a friend and went hiking all afternoon. It was a perfect day, even if we did get lost and ended up walking for hours. I forgot how much I love hiking through trails. I need to remember to get out to nature more. This stupid time change makes me miss all my after-work runs.
I saw this quote and thought it was perfect for how I felt after Saturday’s hike.
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”
I hope you all have a great day working, whether it be at home, in an office or somewhere else! Maybe you’ll get a chance to get out and enjoy some nature today 🙂
Saturday morning started bright and early with 6 glorious miles on the Greenbelt. My little brother tagged along and paced me on the bike for a little bit before he took off on his own. It was such a great morning for a run. Cooler temps, a little breeze and SO many other runners and bikers out enjoying the morning. I forgot my exact pace (somewhere around 11:08?) but it was faster than my 5 mile run from last Saturday, so that made me pretty happy. Just nine more weeks until my half marathon!
After my successful run, I bolted home to shower before heading back to town to drop Murphy off at the groomer’s and meeting up with Chloe. Chloe was my twin in my sorority (Kappa Delta), and even after graduation we are still the best of friends. We originally bonded over our love of food and running, and to this day, it’s still two of our favorites things to do. Side note: Chloe is an ultra/trail runner and I know she is going to take the (super) long distance world by storm. So lucky to call her a friend. Continue reading →