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This Past February…
Goodbye, February! I am not sad to see you go! This month was a doozy. I was sick for about half the month. First with a cold, then with a sinus infection. I was suppose to run the Bentonville Valentines 8K, but came down with my cold the day before and was so bummed to miss it. I felt better for about 3 days before coming down with a sinus infection that had me out for a few days. I hate being sick (doesn’t everyone?) but it’s also a great reminder to slow down, rest, and take care of my body. Being sick is also a great time to binge watch some Game of Thrones and catch up on my Dobby cuddles.
We’ve hit that time of year when Neal is working non-stop around the clock so Dobby and I have had lots of 1:1 time. Lots of cuddles, catching up on Netflix, and blogging together. Last year when it was Neal’s busy season, Dobby hated Neal. I wasn’t working so would spend all day with Dobby and Neal would come home and would bark and growl at him. This year is a complete 180. Dobby gets so excited to see Neal, frolicking around the house with his little knob wiggling in excitement. It warms my heart to see how much Dobby loves him.
I’ve been running more this month preparing for the Bentonville Half Marathon at the end of March. I love running around the Crystal Bridges property and on one run with Dobby we saw like 4 or 5 deer (or are they doe? or fawn? I’m so not up on my proper deer terms!) It was such a cool moment to see those deer doin’ their thing. I wanted to get closer, but didn’t want to bother them! Dobby was so intrigued too, lol. So cute.
Crystal Bridges Black Hearts Ball
To celebrate Valentines day, Neal and I went to the Crystal Bridges Black Hearts Ball! Crystal Bridges, the American museum here in Bentonville, throws different events throughout the year. We went with our dear friends Hannah and Ben. There was dancing, plenty of hors d’oeuvres (like goat cheese wrapped grapes covered in pistachios–yum!), performance art, stand up comedians, and we were able to walk through the current exhibit. We had fun being out and doing something different to mix it up!
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Here’s what’s you may have missed this month on India from Indiana:
- Vietnamese Noodles with Spicy Peanut Chicken – I can’t get enough of this dish ♥
- Dairy Free Homemade Chocolate Pudding – This recipe is your next go to when a chocolate craving hits.
- 1 Year with Dobby – I can’t believe we’ve had our sweet put for a year. This post is a round up of my favorite 40+ photos of him. Excessive? Yeah, maybe a bit!
- Chicken Tinga Tacos – Easy tacos to throw together once you’ve made Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Chicken Tinga.
Something very exciting happened this month! My recipe for Chicken Tinga Tacos was featured in a taco recipe roundup by The Effortless Chic. My recipe was featured among some of my favorite bloggers like Pinch of Yum, Half Baked Harvest, and The Defined Dish.
What I Read in February
You would think with how much I was sick this month I would have read more books than usual! However, quite the opposite happened. I found it hard to focus, so mainly just zoned out in front of the TV. I did manage read a few books though:
- Lethal White by Robert Galbraith – I started this book in January but just now finished it. I loved everything about this book. The store, the character development, and the way the book ended. I can’t wait for the next book in the series to be released! I was sad to put this one down.
- Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss by Mark Hyman – Last month I listened to the audiobook and was so intrigued I wanted to get a hard copy. I’m glad I did, because there were a few things I missed and there are also quizzes throughout that I couldn’t do with the audio only version.
- A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson – This is another that I started in January and finished it earlier this month. This book was just weird. It hopped around a lot making it a little hard for me to follow. And then the ending was such a shock! UGH. I would not recommend this book, but it has almost 1,000 review on Amazon with an average of 4 stars, so maybe it’s just not the book for me.
- The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel – The fifth book in the Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel. This series is set about 30,000 years in the past and follows a young woman named Ayla. All these books are long. Very long and very detailed. Honestly, I don’t think I would have survived way back then. Life was hard!
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Here are a few things that I’m loving this month:
- Handheld Water Bottle for Running – I’m training for a half marathon at the end of March and have started to do some longer runs. I’ve never ran with a water bottle before because I hate holding anything when I run, but my friend has a smaller version of this bottle so I thought I would try it out. I love it! The first time I used it was for a 10k race (6 miles) and it was so easy to carry without having to hold onto anything. The pouch is also super convenient to keep energy gels, tissues and my car key. I also didn’t realize how good it would feel to take sips of water while running. I’m a convert and can’t wait to use this water bottle more.
- Handheld/Waist Worn Dog Leash – I’ve started taking Dobby on some shorter runs with me and this leash makes it so easy. We use this as his daily leash, but when I want to go running, it’s easy to unclip and adjust the handle to make it big enough for my waist. Dobby has enough room to go a foot or two away from me, so we’re not tripping over each other. The padded handle makes it so comfortable to use, whether it’s as a normal leash or a running leash. Honestly, I’m not sure why we waited so long to get this!
- Reusable Silicone Tea Bag – I’m on a tea kick lately. Since January, I’ve been drinking this Roasted Dandelion Root tea mixed with a little bit Chicory root. I ran out of all my tea bags, and found it was a lot cheaper to buy the Roasted Dandelion Root tea in bulk. Right when I got the tea, I somehow lost my one and only tea infuser! So after a few weeks of letting the grounds fall to the bottom of the mug while the tea steeped and pouring the tea into a new mug to add coconut milk and drink, I bit the bullet and got these Reusable Silicone Tea Bags. They’re great, easy to use and easy to clean. I can also pop off the tag if I need to put the tea bag in a to go mug.
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Dobby’s February Update
February brought more cold weather and snow and Dobby is fully in his element. He thrives in this cold weather! He is always wanting to be outside playing, laying down, or sniffing around. On slightly warmer days, I’ve started leaving the backdoor open so he can go out back by himself. I’ll look out the window and see him running laps around the yard, tossing his ball a few feet and running after it, or just laying down enjoying the weather. He is such a character.
Since Neal is working late, we’ve been sleeping with Dobby in bed more often. He can’t jump onto the bed himself, so we have to pick up him. Usually Neal is in bed first, so once I pick Dobby up, he curls up right next to Neal. Sometimes perched on a pillow, most of the time with his head resting on one. After a few minutes he will make his way to our feet before falling asleep. Sometime in the night, he decides to come back to the head of the bed, usually taking over my pillow and resting his chin on my forehead. It’s an interesting way to wake up to say the least. He is a very reliable alarm clock though and once the alarm goes off he will jump around on the bed until we get up.
He may look cute now, but in the morning he will be leaping over our faces.
“Throw the ball! Throw it now, please!” He is always so so excited about fetch!
Ears back (not in a scared way), devilish grin, and twinkle in his eye? He is ready to play!
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