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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

$10 at Target - September

I was supposed to post this yesterday, but the day snuck up on me and I forgot. Oops! How is it going into late September already?! It feels like it was just Labor Day... I did this a couple weeks ago, took my photo and instead of writing my post, I promptly forgot about it. 

Anyways... Here is this month's $10 at Target haul. 

Halloween socks from the dollar spot for the kids...and I was super disappointed that I couldn't find any for me. I think all of my socks are holiday themed and have come from there. I spent most of this trip eyeing all the Halloween and pumpkin things but we have so much already I just couldn't justify any more. 

One of my treats - Naked Juice - and on sale. 

Bootterscotch M&M's. I LOVE butterscotch but I hardly ever get it because no one in my house likes it. I put these into some M&M oatmeal cookies I took to my running group. 

And some clearance lip balm. I go through this stuff quickly and can always use extra. 

How much did I spend? $8.36 I didn't come close to $10, but I already felt like I was picking things to get to $10 and couldn't justify anything else just to get super close. 

Til next month Target!

Sweet Turtle Soup

It's Ok September 20, 2016

It's ok...

...that an experienced distance runner was killed here this morning and I'm really shaken up by it. She was hit by a car yards from her house while training for our local half marathon that's in two weeks. I didn't know her personally, but it's all I can think about this morning. You read about these things happening and think that that won't happen in your city...until it does. She was doing everything right - running against traffic, wearing a reflective vest - and it still happened. Prayers to her family and to those of the driver. 

...that what happened this morning is why I chose to attempt to run 11 miles on the treadmill Sunday morning instead of run outside in the fog. While my runs are mostly in my neighborhood or on streets with sidewalks, I do run along busy roads with no sidewalks or even shoulders for short distances. It terrifies me every time. 

...that I made the mistake of reading the comments on one of the news articles about what happened and I am so angry. Most people were saying condolences, but then there were those idiots that were victim blaming. "That's what sidewalks are for." "Go to a park." "Run in your neighborhood, not a busy road." "That's what happens when you're not being safe." A woman DIED people. A wife. A mother. A daughter. A friend. A coworker. How about you stfu and have some respect.

...that I just need to breathe.

What's ok with you this week?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Celebrating Indiana's Bicentennial

If you're a fellow Hoosier you probably know that Indiana is celebrating its bicentennial of becoming a state this year. Or you might not, so there you go! :-) One of the things the state is doing is a bicentennial torch relay through all 92 counties in the state, ending in Indianapolis. Last Saturday, the torch came through my county and Cecily and I went to see it. 

It actually came really close to my house, but I decided to go downtown where the county closing ceremony was because there was a little presentation and they had a traveling museum that talks about the bicentennial.

Sadly there weren't that many people there, much less than in other, less populated counties. I have been excited for weeks about this and I was so glad I got to go. Alan has been making fun of me about it but I don't care. Yes, I'm a history nerd, but how often do you get to experience a bicentennial? Not that often. I'm really glad I got to experience this little slice of history!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Kids Behind the Blog: September

Since I forgot to ask Ewan last month, it's his turn this time! Here's what he had to say.

1. What is your favorite sport? Why?
Baseball. Because you get to hit the ball with the bat.

2. If someone gave you a million dollars what would you buy?
A million Pokemon cards. The kid would too. He LOVES his Pokemon!

3. Tell me 3 things that kids do better than mommies and daddies.
Play with their toys, get their shoes on and eat.

4. What is your favorite thing to do in the fall?
Jump in the leaf piles.

5. Share with me 3 things you like about yourself.
Pokemon, Yo Kai Watch and LEGO Ninjago. These are things he likes, haha.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

It's OK September 13, 2016

...that I'm writing this on Tuesday evening, again.

...that Alan is out of town again this week.

...that with everything going on lately I feel like something has to give. I just need to figure out what.

...that I'm running my first of three half marathons in 18 days.

...that Cecily's birthday is just over a month away and I really have no idea what I'm doing for her party. Ok, I have a theme, but other than that, no idea.

...that I'm watching a show about Henry II of England and Thomas Becket. Nerdy? You bet, but I love it because their relationship, along with one of my heroes, Eleanor of Aquitaine, was my focus in history in undergrad.

What's ok with you this week?

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Labor Day weekend we took a road trip to Cincinnati. One of the things we did while there was go to the Ohio Renaissance Festival located about an hour north. As I have written about several times before, both Alan and I love going to Renaissance fairs so we were both pretty excited. While sunny, it was a beautiful day - not too hot - and we were set to enjoy ourselves for a few hours.

One of the things I loved about the Ohio Renaissance Festival is that it is relatively flat. I have been to a fair that was on the side of a mountain. I don't need to tell you how fun that was with a stroller... I also loved that this one had permanent structures, which included a castle, pirate ship and church in addition to the village. 

We missed the joust, but we got to see part of the pirate comedy show and a juggling act at the Washer Well, one of the numerous stages located throughout. Ewan was in a bad mood for most of our time there, but he loved this. It was one of the only times I saw him smile the entire day. 

There are tons of shops, food booths and rides as well. I bought a couple metal butterflies for my herb garden - they're a great addition! And, the kids and I also went through the maze. The kids didn't want to ride any of the other rides, but they had a blast running through the maze and going down the slide at the bottom. Ewan is so smart - he's the one who found our way through. 

We got the kids their very own dragon eggs (geodes) that they were able to crack open. The guys running the booth were really great with the crowd and the kids. Props to them for being jolly!

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention the one issue I had while we were there and that was at the Jerusalem Cafe, which serves Mediterranean food. I ordered a wrap with meat, lettuce and tomatoes only. They made my wrap and right before the guy gave it to me, he smothered it in tahini, which I don't like. He seemed completely flabbergasted that I don't like it and wanted another one made. Which then had hummus on it, something else I don't care for. I tried to just deal with it and pick what I could out and/or scrape out the hummus. But I was left with very little food and just so grossed out that I wound up throwing it away. I guess shame on me for ordering something that required me to have to customize it. But when someone orders something with only "a and b," that really does mean only "a and b." What would they have done if I had a food allergy? Alan told me to just go get my money back, but there was a huge line and I didn't want to deal with it, especially since I had already had them remake it once. I was pretty upset about it though because food at Renaissance fairs isn't exactly cheap.

Even though there was a lunchtime snafu, here's a deal for you to have your own fun at the Ohio Renaissance Festival this season:

Get $4 off Adult and $2 off Child tickets by using Promo Code "castle" when purchasing on our secure website at (or click here to print your coupon - I recommend purchasing online because the line to buy tickets at the window was insane!) Tickets good any day of the 2016 season (Weekends through Oct 23). Online discount only. Not good with any other offers.

Hope you have a great time!

This post is sponsored by the Ohio Renaissance Festival and US Family Guide. All opinions are my own. 

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