Bringing Aspey girl home + an awesome/terrifying feeling + weekend plans!

I was looking through pictures to find some to post for my sister’s birthday yesterday and came across this. I sure miss this girl. Even when they would follow me everywhere and I never got a single second of alone time. (TMI – I’m peeing here). I’m so thankful I had the whole last year to be home with these two. I wouldn’t trade that time for anything.
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A good ole breakfast burrito was on the menu for breakfast yesterday. Complete with eggs, onion, spinach, and a veggie sausage patty. All topped with dairy-free cheese and Sriracha. Mm.
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I had a lash appointment yesterday (my guilty pleasure). I always love hanging out in the relaxation room. I wore my new Altra Paradigms. They’re SO comfortable. I ran in them for the first time this morning (Friday) and man, they’re amazing. Also, how cute is this color?
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Cue the tears. Well, friends, after 11 years of college (undergrad, master’s, and PhD), I have registered for my LAST semester. EVER. I’m not taking a class – I just have to register (and pay…of course) for dissertation hours, but it’s over!!! I never have to register again. Unless something goes terribly, terribly wrong…but I’m thinking positively! I counted it up – between fall, spring, and summer semesters, I have registered for classes 32 times. WOOF.
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Cue the tears again. Our vet called and said Aspen’s remains were ready for us to pick up. They sent her home to us in a beautiful wooden box.
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I love this. I’m adding it to the shadow box I made Jake.
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Lu smelled the paw print and then laid under our coffee table for two hours. I don’t know if she could smell Aspen on it or what, but she refused to come out. It broke my heart a little.
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Lunch was more salmon sausage from Lucky’s and some leftover veggies.
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I never drink soda – it’s just too sweet for me, but I wanted to try this. It’s still too sweet, but I dilute it with water and really like it! I need to cut back on how much coffee I drink…I just LOVE coffee. SO. MUCH.
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We got some work done yesterday afternoon.
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I took a break to workout and worked on some balance stuff. Single leg deadlifts are hard. After this training cycle, I want to hire a legit coach. One that can work with me on running, lifting, and nutrition. Does that even exist??
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Lots of pink. I was still loving my new shoes.
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After my workout, I took Lu for a short walk. She loves being outside. We need to take her a trail run soon. She can’t run as far as Aspen could, but she can knock out a couple of miles. It’s impressive considering she’s a little dog.
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Another snack of yogurt and collagen.
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Thank you, Banza!!! Huge shout-out to them for sending me some goodies! I cannot wait to try these! If you haven’t tried this pasta, I highly recommend it. You can order it online or if you’re in Springfield, Lucky’s sells it! Mmm.
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Jake had an event to go to last night. I had planned to go with him, but then got caught up in work. I made a smoothie for myself for dinner. I made extra so Jake could have a little snack. Oats in smoothies are the best.
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How cute is this? One of our neighbors started a Giving Plate. It’s usually full of baked goods, but our neighbors thought we would enjoy beer a little more…are we that obvious? Best delivery ever!
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We worked until Jake got home. Lu is terrified of thunder and it stormed like crazy here last night. I loved the cuddles.
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Jake got home and we shared one of the beers from our neighbors while we watched an episode of Gilmore Girls. More scared Lu cuddles, too.
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Then it was up early to run this morning! We both needed 5 easy miles, so we got started about 5AM. Lu needed some cuddles from her Daddy before we ran.
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I have had a few people ask me about my headlamp. I use this any time it’s dark outside. I LOVE it. Unfortunately, this one is no longer available. It’s the Tikka RXP. THIS one seems pretty similar!
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We got our 5 easy miles in and then chowed down on some smoothies!
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I have lots of computer work to knock out today. I’m teaching 4 online classes now this fall instead of 3, so I need to make sure they’re all ready to go – I think they are! I have a meeting later today that I really need to go well. Fingers crossed! Jake and I are both getting in some trail time this weekend. We have my sister’s birthday dinner Saturday, so we are looking forward to that. Jake has already promised me a home cooked breakfast (by him!) Sunday morning, so I can’t wait for that! Our next few weekends are kind of crazy, so I’m looking forward to a semi low-key one!
Happy Friday, friends!
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