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About RaggedAnne

After retiring from law enforcement I convinced my husband to pack up and move to Wyoming! I started running again to stay healthy and sane and at 59 ran my first 1/2 marathon. So now I live on a ranch with 3 horses, 2 dogs and 3 cats and continue to love running and keep challenging myself.

Traveling, Visiting and Coming Clean on My Addiction

I made a mistake.   I may or may not have mentioned that while I was visiting my daughter and family that I would be in an ‘internet-free zone’.  Oh no – no blogging!    I decided to add 1GB to my Ipad.  That would last me the 10 days, right?  24 hours later I had no more data.  Apparently those automatic updates and playing a few lullabies zapped every bit! 

So guess what happens when you use your smart phone for EVERYthing?  Oh yea, I got a text that said I had 24 more days left on my month and less than 10% data.  OMG.  Did I mention that I share my data with Patient Husband?

What have I learned from this?  

 

 

Let’s get back to fun stuff.  I love the view from the airplane above Portland.

 

Although the temperatures were cold at my daughter’s house, the views were so pretty!

Much better than the view Patient Husband was seeing out his window in Wyoming:

 

I may not have helped them unpack and settle in much.  I just couldn’t leave baby Finnegan alone.   I think it may have put him in a state of shock.

 

He’s really very intelligent for 5 months old.  He can play the piano,

 

and does some serious work at his command center.

 

He can really chill while watching the game….

He also made some scientific or maybe anatomical discoveries.  First, he found feet.

And then he found……Yoga

 

Again,

and again….

I found his flexibility and his man-made teething toys amazing.

 

I was lucky to be there when they got their tree decorated.

 

There were no tears when visiting the Claus’s.   Just a true “deer-in-the-headlights” look or maybe it was “come get me now!”

 

Then before they started whispering “when is she ever going to leave?” I had to head home.

Half-way home – dinner at the Portland airport.

 

The Kale salad was h-u-g-e.  The waitress almost dared me to finish it!

And no,  I didn’t eat that piece of avocado.

As I ate my salad, I tried to decide if a Duck hat or duck socks would make good stocking stuffers.    mmmm…no.

It was nice to be home.  I had a great greeting at the airport and again once I got to the house.

And now I’m snuggled on the couch with my animals, watching all those recorded shows that have been waiting for me.   I hope you are having a peaceful day, too.

One step at a time,

Anne

 

 

Congrats to Andrew and Janae Baron (Hungryrunnergirl.com) on the birth of their little girl, Skye!

 

 

Thanksgiving was Wonderful, Technology not so much

Remember way back when, when I said I had a new computer and had it all figures out?  Well, not so much.  I had so many problems this past week downloading, or was it uploading, photos to my blog site.   There were some loud comments, some not-so-nice comments and maybe even a few times where I was holding back tears (don’t tell anyone about that part). 

I’m sure there is some small thing I need to click, but I watched videos, read google directions and clicked and unclicked a lot of things.    The main thing for you to know is that “No Photos, No Blog”.  I mean really do you just want to READ?  Of course not.en

 

So it’s really not a fixed thing but we shall persevere.  Let’s go back to when you were born.  Ok, not that far back – but at least to last week.    Maybe Thanksgiving.

First, I did a traditional Thanksgiving 5K.  You didn’t know that was a tradition?  Well almost all runners try to do that.  So here I am getting ready.  Notice the short sleeve shirt!  It was in the high 50s.  The expression is because Patient Husband said he wanted a picture of the turkey.

 

It was very confusing in my house because Patient Husband was really wanting to get started with Christmas wrapping, so at noon this is what my Thanksgiving table looked like:

 

While the turkey was roasting , I tried a new stuffing recipe.  Now, I know you truly can’t have a great stuffing (like my sister Marcia’s) without bread.  But I wanted to try so we could be as non-carb as possible.  So this stuffing contained butternut squash, sausage, celery, cranberries, an apple and assorted seasoning.  It was really, really good! 

 

Because of the condition of my table, we had our dinner at the ‘bar’ in the kitchen.  We even splurged with some bubbly.

Ever hopeful:

 

Let the rapping.   wrapping begin.

Christmas is the time I get to make fun of the colossal amount of tape that PH uses to wrap gifts.  First he tapes the paper to the package and then just keeps on taping.

 

Just the girls checking out  the outdoors.

 

Over the weekend, we brought down all the decorations.  I really need to condense.

 

Then the freshly cut tree…….

 

At lease someone likes the house filled with boxes….

 

At least we were able to start the day with yummy blueberry pancakes.

 

Our local fire department has the tree lit up for us.

 

And now the “Finnegan Update”.  His arms are as strong as those legs!!

 

And now let’s take all our thankfulness that we thought about over this holiday straight into December this week.

One step at a time,

 

Anne