Friday, surfing in heels.

Happy Friday! And oh what a happy day it is because, 3 day weekend!

long weekendWho can complain about that, right?  Not me!

I got up early this morning to run 3 miles. I was so excited about the weekend that I decided to run outside instead of on the treadmill. I ran outside when we were in Englewood so I don’t know why I haven’t been running outside here except that it seems so much easier to run on the mill with my high powered fan. Not to mention, more comfortable.  Did I mention how much I love to be comfortable?

I’m pretty sure the combination of my excitement for the weekend and the fact that I saw September on the calendar, which erroneously made me think it was fall, convinced me it would be an awesome day to run outside.

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I was obviously delirious but I did manage to run those 3 miles though so there’s that.

Obviously Labor Day is a big sale weekend. I get hundreds of emails regarding sales because I might shop a little every now and then. Anyway, here are a few of the sales going on this weekend.

DSW is offering $10 off anything, $20 off $99 and $40 off of $199. Use code FALL2015 in stores or online.
Shoe Mall has 25% off if you use code LABORDAY.
REI is having a Labor Day sale with up to 30% off.

Last night the kid and I made a quick trip to Aldi for some milk and eggs. I love eating hard boiled eggs after my morning workout and MacGyver likes them too. I usually boil up quite a few at a time and keep them in the fridge for breakfast. I also put them in my salads. That’s the reason I usually buy two cartons at a time.

Last night at Aldi I picked out two cartons, checked to make sure there were no cracks or broken eggs, put them in my cart and then turned around and saw the price.

what
At almost 3 bucks a carton I am seriously considering the purchase of a chicken! What the hell happened? When did eggs get so expensive? And why? Jeez, that’s just crazy.

And now before I go, I’d like to show you a video that is badass. And I mean really badass. Check out pro surfer Maud Le Car, a great surfer normally, but completely badass as she does it in high heels!

So, what are your plans for the upcoming 3 day weekend?

Thursday, Bats, Dogs, Fish.

Did y’all think I had disappeared into vacation oblivion?  Because I almost did and it’s entirely possible that I still might.  I’d rather be on a beach or a running trail or outside than on a computer any day…oh, and I sort of like to fish too.

paradise

Seriously? Who wouldn’t want to live here permanently?

MacGyver and I actually arrived back in Clearwater late last night.  We were both exhausted and too tired to watch any TV.  So we opted not to watch the last 20 minutes of the finale of MR. ROBOT except that MacGyver forgets the plan regularly and last night was no exception.

While I was busy unpacking he watched the last 10 minutes….TEN MINUTES!  Jeez, why even bother?  If anyone tells me what happens before I have time to watch it, your life is in your own hands.  Remember that MacGyver!

Since it’s been a few days since I posted, there’s a ton of things to tell you about but I’ll do you a favor and only post some of the highlights.

First, we’ve been in Englewood, Fl hanging out with Inspector Gadget and the family.    We always have so much fun and I love any time I get to see the brothers together.  And I might also enjoy all the shopping I get to do with my sister in law as well.  I hit the lottery when it comes to in laws and I love all of them with all of my heart.

On Tuesday MacGyver and I headed over to Venice to do a bit of fishing and clean the yard up.  We took both dogs on the boat.  I’m convinced that Hank is a reincarnated fisherman.

fishing dog

C’mon Snook, Come to papa…

He loves it!  I’ve never in my life seen a dog with the determination that little guy has.  He even knows that  when the bobber goes down, it’s fish on!

On Tuesday night we headed back to Englewood, but sadly, we were a little too late to view the latest attraction.  The neighbors have a barrel tile roof and we were kind of surprised to learn that certain creatures of the night love to infest those types of roofs until we actually saw them.

And by creatures of the night I mean creatures of the morning as well cause those little boogers would dive bomb me in the morning when I went out to run.

bat

Yes, I’m talking about bats.

Of the thousands of bats we saw, this was the only one that would make an on camera appearance.  I searched the internet so I could show you what they look like close up and oddly enough, those little shitheads are cute!

Florida Bat

Cute or not, they’re still creepy and they carry diseases.

I still don’t like them.

On Wednesday my sister in law and I did some power shopping.  We scored some pretty awesome things but the one thing I did find was not available in my size.  I wanted it to wear to my next race.

Costume

Yes friends, that is a donut costume!

I could have just died.  Is that not the most awesome costume?

Okay, it wasn’t the MOST awesome.  The most awesome are the two that I got for the dogs.  In case you’re new here, it’s sort of a tradition.

This year Hank will be  ….

A LOBSTER!

A LOBSTER!

And Boomer will be…..

dog sheep costume

A SHEEP!

I won’t post the pictures of the dogs in their costumes until Halloween but seriously Boomer’s sheep costume wins Halloween, I swear.  It made me all kinds of giggly.

After power shopping we girls were starving so my sister in law treated us to the best lunch ever at BrewBurgers on Venice Island.  This hip girl, who knows a thing or too about a good restaurant, gave it a big thumbs up.

thumbs up!

You have to try the sweet potato fries with marshmallow fluff, it’s awesome!

That flower is a straw and a napkin that one of the staff made for her after he performed some random but pretty awesome magic tricks.  She loved it.  We will be going back!

Sadly, MacGyver and I had to get home so we left later that evening.  We’re already missing them.  (I think they should stay all summer next year, hint, HINT.)

This morning I took Hank for a walk but we decided that Boomer should rest because his arthritis is acting up.  I don’t think he was too upset about it when he discovered he was back home with his favorite toy basket.

Lab and toys

Oh, how I’ve missed you toys!

While Hank and I were out walking we came upon the peacocks in the neighborhood.  You know you’re dog has been around a lot of peacocks when he walks within 2 feet of several of them and doesn’t even flinch!

We’re just getting back in the groove of things….but it won’t last.  On Sunday night my sister and brother in law are flying in for a week of fishing!  Hello Snook season, we’re coming to get you!  I’m so excited to see them.

Y’all, MacGyver and I are seriously blessed!  Seriously.

What’s your favorite thing to do on vacation and where do you like to go?
Spend it with family or not?

Monday, time to catch up!

Hey from lovely Englewood, Florida!

Englewood Florida Crane

We’re still down here visiting with the family.  We haven’t decided when we’re heading back to Clearwater but since I can work from anywhere it’s no worry for me.  And I’m pretty sure that MacGyver would rather be fishing so there’s that.

We spent the weekend fishing and beaching and combing the island at Stump Pass for some sharks teeth and shells.  We found a shit ton.

Stump Pass

It looks a little ominous in this pic but it’s actually very pretty.  It just happened to be a little overcast that day which we didn’t mind because it made it much cooler.  It also made the dolphins a bit frisky.

dophin in Englewood

This little guy was swimming around the boat.  He had a fresh prop wound on his back which made me sad.  I wish people would be a little more cautious when out boating especially with all the dolphins and manatees in the water around here.

He swam around for quite a while as we took pictures and then MacGyver was releasing a fish that we caught and he swam right up as if he was going to eat it.

dolphin eating

MacGyver dropped the fish in the water before the dolphin could actually eat it because you never want to feed them, it encourages them to beg which unfortunately can lead to prop wounds such as the one on this dolphin’s back.

We’ve got plenty of animals to feed anyway in the form of these two:

dogs with Vinny

And believe me when I say, they are loving every minute of the attention.

The shopping has been very good too.  This weekend my Sister-In-Law and a I did a bit of garage sale-ing and holy bargains we found some great deals.  Some of those deals are actually projects but I’m sure we’ll have fun turning them into treasures.  I’m looking forward to taking a trip to the craft store after I search pinterest for a few hours 😉  You’ve been there, right?

crafting

I’ve been running a bit while we’re down here too.  I ran 6 miles on Saturday, 4 on Sunday and 5 this morning.  I haven’t taken a day off yet because I’m sort of addicted to running  I was afraid it would rain for days due to the tropical storm.

Fortunately, the storm dissipated and so far we haven’t had that much rain at all.  Today should be the worst of it and then it should go back to normal.  And by normal I mean 100% humidity and hotter than the hinges of hell.  Beats rain though.

And while its raining today, I think I may do some research to find some additional running paths.  I like to use map my run to find them.  You can also search runkeeper and there are a few more as well.  I get bored if I run the same path all the time, even the Legacy Trail is boring after a while, no matter how pretty it is.

And with that, I’m off, got some crafting, trail finding and working to do.

How do you find new running trails or paths?
Did you know you’re not supposed to feed wild dolphins?