Help Wanted and Friday Favorites

Guys… We have a lot to cover today. But first and foremost: Happy Friday!!
Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day yesterday? With the exception of wearing some green, I did not. I also have no plans for my weekend. And I’m totally OK with all of that.

Before we getting into my favorites for the week, I need some help/advice from all the runners out there!
(I’m looking at you Rebecca Jo, Emily, & Karen!)

This week I started jogging/walking short distances. I’ve been very consistent since Monday. I try to stay on my toes (is that right?) and so far my muscles are aching, but I’ve managed to avoid the shin splint that always wreck my routine. Also, I usually take a dog or two on my jogs with me. I made a running resolution at the beginning of the year and I’m finally working on it- so please please throw any advice or suggestions my way! I need it!

Ok… on to my favorite things:

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If you’ve spent any time here in this space with me then you might know that I’m a mildly political person. (Holla’ Ohio for shutting down the hate train! #nevertrump) That said, this site is updated regularly and really helps track what’s going on! It’s not bias and it’s really informational!

This week I learned that Amy Schumer is releasing a book just in time for my birthday! Yay! You can pre-order it now!

Did you guys hear the one about the penguin that swam a few thousand miles? It sounds like a joke, but it’s definitely not ❤︎ I love this little penguin and I love this human and I don’t throw the word “love” around all that often so I really mean it. I need a fox in my life that comes back to visit me. Actually, I rescued a baby owl once (his name was Seymour); maybe he’ll return to me one day…

It wouldn’t be a favorites post without a little blogger love!

Lindsay wrote this post about smiling (it’s not what you think)… and then Kelly left this video in the comments section (warning – foul language):

And I’m just loving every bit of that 🙂

What are your weekend plans? On Monday I will be sharing my Spring Cleaning to-do list!

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Thankful Fridays

In case you missed it on Monday I went a little off script and listed the things that I believe are important for our next president to address/believe. This is a blog for everyone and I’m not asking anyone to agree with me, but sometimes I just need to throw that stuff out. I hope we’re all still friends 🙂

Today I am thankful for two parents that encouraged me- and continue to encourage me- to think for myself and make well-educated decisions based on research and personal convictions. If we started throwing around labels I would say that my parents lean a little republican and I might be a smidge liberal . I mean, my dad actually threatened me one Christmas with an NRA membership. (For the record, I am not a member.) There are many things we agree about but there are also a TON of topics we end up debating at the dinner table.

I’m so thankful to have parents that not only allow me to speak my mind and disagree, but also ask me what I think about certain topics and enjoy debating the rights and wrongs of issues. Has it ever gotten heated? Yes. Does it usually stay fairly civil? Usually, yes. I was once talking with a friend who said that her dad got mad if she expressed any opinions that challenged his own. I just couldn’t wrap my head around that…

So today I’m thankful that my mom and dad allow me have a big mouth. It’s gotten me in trouble and I’ve had to eat my own foot in the past, but I feel good about forming my own opinions and having that confidence. (Thanks, Mom & Dad.)

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Also, Happy Birthday tomorrow to the best dad a girl could ask for! You keep hauling coal and I’ll keep fighting for the polar bears 😉

-Louise

Thursdays

Thankful Thursday on From Bisons to Buckeyes

 

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