WTF Wednesday, Overdecorating and stealing baby Jesus

I was almost positive I scaled down my Christmas decorations last year.  I think I remember donating quite a few ornaments and outdoor decorations and if my memory serves me correctly, I’m pretty sure I threw out one of my artificial trees.

And yet for some reason my house still looks similar to this:

over decoratorAnd sadly, I am not even close to being finished.  Maybe that’s because I keep putting things up and then staring at them, deciding I don’t like it and redoing everything.  At this rate my house will be fully decorated by April and you’ll be able to see it from space.

There have been some great sales lately at some of my favorite department stores.  Macy’s had a great deal on this Michael Kors purse which I bought from me to me and Belk had a great sale on a cute dress from Free People and I planned on wearing it out on New Years Eve, but that probably won’t happen because guess who just got summoned for Jury duty?  Yeah, on New Year’s freakin Eve!  You know who I feel sorry for?  The defendant.  I mean seriously, how would you expect a fair trial?  People have celebrating to do you know.

I’m already working on my excuse…

jury dutyThat statement is unbelievably accurate.  I’ve lost nails to a few of my sports bras, I kid you not.

In case you didn’t see this next item, I’m about to make your dreams come true and you can thank me for it later.  You can get a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts for a buck next week.  That’s right, I said one dollar.

donutsStarting Wednesday, December 12th you can walk into any Krispy Kreme and order a dozen donuts at regular price and they’ll give you a dozen more for a buck.  Mark your calendars for this important date.  Now!

You may have seen this on Facebook already but since I’m from Tennessee originally and I know how hilarious we all are I had to share.  We start young…

You go girl, get you a baby Jesus.

WTF?  It’s Wednesday!

A little cooking and a vacation

Can you believe it’s December already?  I mean some days I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that it’s 2018 and I’m so far behind on so many things but hey, let’s look at the bright side, it’s almost 2019 and I can just reset, right?

Did you have a good Thanksgiving?  We did.  My in laws came up from Englewood and MacGyver and I cooked.

all about the basteMacGyver found these little mini pies at Sam’s and look how the cherry has a little heart right in the middle.

Three piesAfter dinner MacGyver and I decided to do what we said we weren’t going to do.  For the past few years on Thanksgiving we’ve headed over to the Walmart to brave the crowds and purchase T.V.s at a ridiculously low price.  We really weren’t going to go this year but then lightning hit our house in Nokomis and our 60″ TV got fried so off to Walmart we went and this year, we got a 65″.

The lines weren’t too bad and we were in an out in under an hour and that was a good thing because I had to get home to pack.

Hank in the bag

Can I come too?

They really wanted to come but we did not bring the dogs.  My in laws were kind enough to fur baby sit for us so that we could go to Tennessee for a week.

Boomer

You can leave now, Grandma has better treats anyway.

We left on Friday and arrived in Tennessee that afternoon.

Knoxville airportMacGyver spent most of our time there hunting with my brother in law and my sister and I did some shopping.  We also bought an old table at an estate sale and refinished it for my mom.

unfinished table

Before

side table

After

I love doing projects with my sister.  I wish we could do it more often.  It was also nice to be able to make something nice for my mom who just moved back to Knoxville and is now closer to my sister and brother.

We had a few gatherings at my mom’s house too but I must have been in the moment because I totally forgot to take pictures.  MacGyver, my Mom and I also went out to dinner with some of my aunt’s, uncles and cousins that I hadn’t seen in forever and we had an awesome time and  I was in the moment then too because again, I forgot to take any pictures.

I did take a few pictures of my sisters farm.

chickengoatsOne morning as my mom and I were dropping MacGyver off to go hunting, we had to stop for wild turkeys crossing the road.

wild turkeysI didn’t take a lot of photos while we were there but no trip to Tennessee is complete without heading up to the mountains and snapping a few.  We didn’t make it all the way to Gatlinburg but we hit Pigeon Forge for dinner one night and I got some pics of the lights.

lights in pigeon foreIf you’ve never been to the area, I highly recommend it.  It’s also family friendly which is really nice.  It’s hard to find places that still cater to families and I feel like this area totally does.

While we were in Tennessee I managed to run almost every day, even on the cold days.

going runningI even conquered the hills in my mom’s neighborhood.  If you’re from the area, then you know, the hills of East Tennessee can be ferocious, but I love them.

On Thursday morning my mom took MacGyver and I back to the airport and we headed home.

knoxville airport

Fortunately we were just at the correct weight for our luggage and didn’t have to pay any extra and I still don’t know how we managed that.

We got back home before 9AM on Thursday and I’ve been playing catch up ever since.  Yesterday I finally started putting up my Christmas decorations and I’ll actually take some pictures this week and share them.

MacGyver an I have a ton of stuff going on this week so it’s going to be a bit hectic but hopefully I’ll be back to writing a little more often….or I’ll just have to make it one of my New Years resolution’s.

How was your Thanksgiving?

When’s the last time you took a vacation and where did you go?

I’m still running and people are still trying to kill me, nothing really changes

Hi.

In Florida we have two seasons.  Regular and snowbird.  Regular is basically two thirds of the year and Snowbird is when the people from up north migrate down like the birds to get away from the snow, get it?

snowbirds

Unfortunately most of them can’t drive.  I’m not profiling, it’s the truth.  Ask anyone who lives here.  You know who else can’t drive?  Teenagers and young adults.  It’s a fact.  I know this because I used to be one and I couldn’t drive at that age either. But teenagers and young adults today are distracted and stupid, and that’s even worse.

Over the weekend I was was walking through the parking lot at the local Walmart dodging the clueless snowbirds, and I finally thought I was in the clear when out of nowhere this idiot young guy came flying around the corner and literally tried to run me over and then did a burnout right in front of me.

what is your problem

I was stunned but I also had a conference call scheduled in a half hour and dinner to cook a shit ton of stuff to do so I just continued on but this lady and her husband had witnessed the entire event and she ran up to the dudes car and slammed her hands on the front of his car and then her husband ran to back of the car and whipped out his phone from his chained wallet and started recording video.  It looked like a redneck version of Dog and Beth.

At first I was shocked and then I was horrified as she said, ‘I’ve called the police, and m’aam, I’mma need you to stay here and testify cause you just almost got hit and runned by this dude right here.’  I politely backed up and told her that I really couldn’t stay because if I didn’t get back to work I was gonna lose my job and she seemed to understand.

So I walked toward my car as fast as humanly possible and headed over to publix where for once in my life I gladly paid premium prices.  And as I tell you that story I will end it by telling you it was the just the first time someone tried to run me over in the past few days and sadly, not the last.

I started steroids last week.  I’ve only been on steroids once before and at that time I remember feeling like I was getting better but this time I don’t feel that way.  This time feels different.  It’s hard to explain.  I am running but I seem to be getting very slow and I’m concerned about how I’m feeling.  It isn’t my lungs I’m concerned about but more my heart.  I can’t explain it really, it’s just a feeling but I’m not pushing myself too hard until I see my doctor again on the 5th of December.

In the meantime, I cannot shut my brain off and because of that projects are being completed, things are being organized, shit is getting done.  Even MacGyver’s Garage is about to get overhauled.  He’s pretty stoked about it too.  We’ll see how he feels about it afterwards.   Here are some of my latest projects in case I haven’t posted them yet.

The old owner’s of the house in Nokomis left this cabinet, it was actually the bottom of a china cabinet.   MacGyver and I used it as a media cabinet but I always had plans to restyle it, I just hadn’t had the time.  What do you think?

Before

after

AFTER

It’s still not finished.  I took the doors to Clearwater and have taken them apart.  MacGyver has taken the inserts out and I have some really old antique stained glass that I’m going to put in.  I think it’ll look really cool.

This next project is a coffee table we got at an estate sale while we were down in Nokomis one weekend.  It just needed to be refinished.  MacGyver didn’t want me to buy it because we really didn’t have anywhere to put it but I wanted to replace the one in Clearwater with this one because I felt like the one in Clearwater was too big and also it was five freakin dollars.

I don’t have a before picture but here is the after, after I sanded it all down and refinished it and after I hand rubbed it and after I I hit it with quite a few coats of clear coat.

It’s a mid century modern Danish solid Teak coffee table.

coffee table

Ain’t she pretty

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does anyone else find it hard to work the week of Thanksgiving?  I am finding it damn near impossible.  Well, let me put this another way, I’m finding it impossible to my actual work.  Projects around my house in my steroid induced haze are a breeze.  If I don’t get better soon, I’m going to need a new career path…

What are you doing for the holidays?