101 in 1001 Update

Monday, June 29, 2015

Remember back at the beginning of the year when I said I was breaking my New Year resolutions into all 12 months?! Yeah, well that still didn't go well... I just finished my April resolution of my 101 in 1001 list. Maybe I can double up on some months and still make it work.

So since I just finished my list I wanted to give y'all an update. I actually officially started my 1001 days weeks ago, but that's okay. I should have made one of my goals to be to actually come up with 101 things I want to do!

So first major thing on my list that I crossed off what #8.

8. Visit a new state

Eventually I want to visit all 50 states, so I'm glad I'm crossing them off slowly but surely. This time I went to Kansas. (Last time I went to Mississippi) This is a good one to start off with because my trip to Kansas actually helped me cross quite a few things off my list like...

9. Go to a zoo

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We took a trip to the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, KS. We had an excellent time there. We got to see a lot of cool animals and their habitats. For example I learned more about the male peacocks mating call and their acutal mating than I really wanted to. Watching two peacocks have sex. Check. Been there, saw way too much!

79. Go bar hopping

Forgive me for going out of order. It will make sense in a "linear story" kind of way. I wanted to go bar hopping because my college town had exactly 1 bar. Yes, O-N-E. So we had nowhere to "hop" in college. However thanks to K-State, I got my fill of bar hopping and my inspiration to cross two more things off my list.

78. Hug a random person

This seemed a lot more normal while we were in the bar talking over things on my list. However, I went with it and got my random hug. Random, I know.

80. Meet a cowboy

So being out in Kansas, I figured I might meet a few cowboys. But I really wanted to meet one, not just have random bar talk that doesn't mean anything. So my friends just happened to be friends with a true Texas cowboy!

25. Learn to two-step

Said cowboy from #80 thought it was funny that I wanted to learn to two-step. Apparently everybody just knew how to. So he proceeded to teach me. PS Kansas two-step is different than Texas two-step. Also there is a 1/2 two-step! So much to remember!

So basically that has pretty much been the extent of me crossing things of my 101 list. Thanks a lot Kansas! You did me well.

Back To Running

Monday, June 22, 2015

Everything has seemed to be out of whack lately. I guess under the circumstances that is to be expected. But I'm kind of ready for things to get back to normal. I think it's my way of dealing with my feelings or at least trying to.

The one thing I think will really help me is running again. I had been running three times a week, trying to prepare for my 5k that was a few weeks ago. Unfortunately I have only run a few times since then. I was supposed to have a run Saturday. The BlackLight Run actually. I was super excited about it but it got rained out. And I mean rained out. I looked like I had stepped into the shower fully clothed by the time I got to the car. So that was a no-go. It was the last race I had signed up for until the Independence Day 8k in Myrtle Beach.

I might have gone a little crazy signing up for this 5 mile run but I'm really excited. I'm not so excited about the humidity, but I'll make it through. I am actually looking forward to a few runs in the future and hope I can convince myself to sign up for them. One in particular that I'm looking forward to is the High Bridge Half. It's back in my college town and would be my first half marathon. I would also like to do the Wounded Warrior 5k which is sponsored by my college. Both of these races are on my favorite running path near Longwood!

I do hope that I can get into other exercises besides just running. I would love to start doing yoga. I feel like running combines with yoga would be a great way to stay limber and strong and also help my personal body image. Plus I hope with yoga it can help emotionally as well as strengthen physically.

Do you have any suggestions for yoga?
If you run, when is your next race?

Summer Reads Swap Reveal

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hey y'all! It's that time... Time to share all about your awesome swap books! When Chelsie and I started thinking about a book link-up, I had no idea how we could start it and make it so awesome. But thanks to Chelsie, I think the Summer Reads Book Swap was a huge success! We had 30 participants and now a lot of books to read!

My partner was Alanna from Alanna and Company. She and I have so many book interests in common. It was so easy for me to shop for books for her, and I hope it was the same for her because I absolutely love my books. Thanks so much Alanna!

I picked up my package on my way to work and had to wait the excruciating 20 minutes to open it! It taunted me while riding shotgun. I felt like a kid at Christmas waiting to see what it held for me!

I loved all of my books and had such a hard time deciding what to read first! I can't wait to jump into all of these books. They will for sure be on my summer reading list!

I also got this adorable book mark from Alanna! Which is so true. I can't remember the amount of times I've laid in bed reading until my arms hurt! That counts as a workout right?!

I hope y'all have had as much fun with the swap as I have. Below is the linkup to share all your wonderful packages! Don't forget to go around and see what every body else got! You might find another great book!

Summer Reads Reminder

Friday, June 12, 2015

Eight. That's the number of days until it's officially summer. 3 days. That's how long you have before your Summer Reads Book Swap package will be in the mail. 27 days. That's when the link-up closes!

There are so many exciting swap events coming up. I want to send a huge thanks to Chelsie for being the go-getter of the swap! She has been the brains and everything else behind the swap. It wouldn't have been so successful without her!

Also a big thanks to all those that signed up! I am very happy that so many of y'all were interested. I hope y'all will stick around for the monthly book club link up and come back for future swaps!

Happy Swapping!

P.S. If you have any suggestions or comments, I would love to hear them! Send me an email or leave a comment!

Many Thanks!

Monday, June 8, 2015

I want to send major thanks to y'all that read the blog. I have not been very active here and y'all still read and comment and send love my way. I wanted to send many thanks to those who read my previous post and kept me and my family in your thoughts and prayers.

Unfortunately, God called my grandfather home on Saturday. It has been a very sad time but I know that he is in a much better place now. There are so many memories I have with him that I didn't realize I had, see here! But that doesn't make it any easier.

So in lieu of some sappy post, I want to share a poem that was used at my great aunts funeral and will be used at Pop's funeral as well.


Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God has chosen for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call;
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I've now found peace at the end of day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Oh yes, these things, I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
Look for the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life's been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seems all to brief;
Don't lengthen your pain with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and peace to thee,
God wanted me now-He set me free

--Shannon Lee Moseley

No Words

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

I have been a pretty crappy blogger lately. I'm not going to hide behind some excuses. I know it and y'all must have noticed too. I love blogging, but I finally figured out life is way more important.

My family has been going through a very rough time. My grandfather has gotten quite ill and I have been spending most of my time visiting him. He has been in the hospital for over 2 weeks now but we are hoping he will get to come home soon.

However he isn't doing well at all. He has some major heart issues. The doctors don't think he'll survive past June. So I'm spending as much time with him as I can. I hope that y'all will understand my reasoning for leaving my blog for a while.

I don't usually ask for good thoughts or prayers but if y'all could keep him in your thoughts I would greatly appreciate that. I don't have enough memories with this wonderful man and hope he will stay around a little longer!

On a little bit of a happier note, I'm so excited for all that have signed up for the Summer Reads Book Swap. You should have gotten your partners (if not email me or Chelsie and we'll get it straight). I will be linking up for the swap even through my family related blogging absence.