Tuesday tangents….forever food and Jesse Owens

Not much going on around here today except work, work, and more work but that doesn’t mean I haven’t read or seen a few things lately that I wanted to talk about.  Here are a few things that piqued my interest and might be of interest to you as well.

I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to take a few runcations over the years but I’m always up for more.  Apparently so are a lot of other runners according to this recent article in the New York Post.


The author of the story ran a race in the Cayman Islands and was the third woman overall following a day of snorkeling and kissing a stingray for good luck.  She planned to celebrate running the marathon with an afternoon of wine tasting afterward.  That sounds like a hell of a good time, doesn’t it?  You can read the entire article by clicking here.

I’ve often wondered what kinds of preservatives fast food restaurants use in their food especially since I posted about ice cream that never melts and a McDonald’s hamburger that someone had left in their pocket for years and it still looked the same.

I’m convinced they put something similar to formaldehyde in there, they have to.  Take a look at this Happy Meal.  It’s about the same age as my dog Hank, which would means it’s six years old, SIX. YEARS.

happy meal at six

You can read all about the experiment here.

When he was born he was frail and for the first few years of his life he suffered from bronchial infections and pneumonia.  He also had a really hard time walking.

He had boils on his legs and his mother would boil a knife and cut them out.  He was six before he able to walk to school with his siblings, but by then he didn’t want to walk, he wanted to run.

He is Jesse Owens and in a few weeks a movie about his life comes out.  I cannot wait to see it.

I’m also loving this song by Raury that plays in the trailer.  It’s called Devil’s Whisper and it makes me want to run all the miles!

Tell me something that piqued your interest recently, anything.
Have you ever eaten a Happy Meal?
Will you ever eat another Happy Meal again?

Another long run, another, yeah migraine.

I seriously meant to update this weekend but then, well, I didn’t.

After posting Friday morning I went out for a run.  I planned on six miles but y’all, I could have run forever.  It was one of those magical mornings where everything felt great and effortless.  I seriously loved it but I did the smart thing and stopped at 7 miles because I had a long run planned for Saturday.

But it was seriously one of those runs that makes you fall in love with running and  I wish that I could give that run and a name and tell it  how much I loved it.

love running

Hence the reason I’m running in the first place…..

The kid did a super sweet thing for me and took my iPhone to the Apple Store.  It has never worked perfectly and since the warranty is about to expire he insisted on getting a replacement for me.  It was the sweetest gesture ever but of course I am an idiot and never remember passwords to any of my apps so it took me most of the afternoon and evening to get everything back up.


So while I was playing around with my iPhone I remembered that I had a gift card from the jewelry store I shop at frequently for some absolutely free pearl earrings.  Yes, free!  So the kid and I headed off to the mall where I got my beautiful earrings and maybe some other stuff…

gifts for me

I am loved!  In fact, I love myself so much that I bought myself a ruby necklace too.  Don’t judge.  I couldn’t leave the store with just a pair of free earrings could I?  No, I couldn’t.

After the jewelry buying and iPhone setting upping I was hungry so the kid and I decided to hit up chick-Fil-A.  A little back story here.  Two years ago, I convinced MacGyver to go to Chick-Fil-A with me because he thinks they’re way too expensive for a chain restaurant and he doesn’t think the food is all that great.  No, really.

Chick-fil-a is my jam sir!

Chick-fil-a is my jam sir!  MY JAM!

Anyway, we went there a few years ago and son-of-a-bitch, MacGyver found a hair in his sandwich!  It was disgusting.  The manager apologized, gave him another sandwich, and coupons for a free meal because you know, after finding a hair in your food, you definitely want to come back for a free meal.  Those coupons turned to dust they sat in my purse for so long.

Anyway, I knew it would take hell fire and a miracle to get him back to chick-fil-a but when the kid and I called him and said we were going to stop there he actually said he’d like a sandwich too.  Too bad when he started to take his first bite he spotted a thick black hair!

I wish I was kidding.

Son-of-a-bitch chick-fil-a!  WTF?  So, MacGyver will never eat there again, ever.  The kid and I took the food back, got a refund, and went to Wendy’s because, Frosty’s.   Unfortunately, I will have nightmares about Chick-Fil-A for weeks as I try to detox from the sweet tea, or as I like to call it, the nectar of the Gods.

Anywho, on Saturday morning I got up bright and early ready to nail my 10 miles.

new headband

It was chilly so I got the chance to wear my headband I bought last year, finally.

Wouldn’t you know by 4 in the afternoon the raging migraine set in.  I don’t know y’all, I’m trying so hard not to get upset but nothing I do seems to work.  And to make matters worse, I think I probably exacerbate them due to my stress over getting one.  It just plain sucks and I sound like a broken record but I just don’t know what else to try.  I’m not giving up, just venting.  Anyway, based on Saturday I decided not to run on Sunday and instead I did a simulated hike on my treadmill.  It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t running….

On Sunday I finally made it over to the salon and got my janky eyebrows waxed.  Just in time for the super bowl, (is superbowl one word or two)?  I didn’t really watch too much of the game but my girl Bey killed it at half time with formation, I got chills.  She just killed it.

I spent much of the super bowl setting up the new computer I got two months ago, you know, because I love remembering passwords so much….

And that was pretty much the gist of my weekend.

What did you do? Did you watch the Superbowl?
Did you run?
Are you a migraine sufferer?

Friday phone photos and boomerball

Happy Friday!

We had a cold front that blew in yesterday and it was preceded by a shit ton of rain. Do you know what happens right before it rains?  The wildlife goes crazy!  The kid and I went out to run a few errands and when we returned I was in the front yard when an osprey flew right over my head and almost hit me with the rat in his talon.  I swear.

This is him in the tree a bit later.


I’m pretty sure he probably dropped the rat bones on the roof of my jeep….bastard!

It was creepy.

The kid got a new car and he wanted to drive me around yesterday.  We were sitting at a stop sign and I noticed there was a fairly large mack truck right on our ass.  This is what I saw when I turned around…

Yep, that's a mask. Hilarious.

Yep, that’s a mask. Hilarious.

It didn’t make me feel all that comfortable since the kid’s car is the size of a small lazy boy chair.  However, while I was in the car, I took a selfie because embarrassing your children is a right of passage.

selfie in the car

Hey Kid, Look! I know how to selfie.

Is it bunny season or bunny mating season?  I ask because lately I see those little critters everywhere, most especially when I’m running in the morning.  I’ve seen one every single morning for the last few weeks.

Random bunny number one

Random bunny number one, hello there cute fellow.


Random bunny number two, I want to take one home.

I’m pretty sure if I brought one home the dogs would not be happy.

Have you played this new game yet?  It’s called Boomerball.  You throw the ball to Boomer, he catches it and then he keeps it.  Repeat until you run out of balls, game over.

boomer ball

Boomerball, Boomer always wins.  Check out Hank’s tongue for the photobomb.

And because this picture is just too cute, here’s little Hank giving me stink eye.


What are you looking at?

And Hank’s new bed…or what MacGyver calls “the most ridiculous waste of sixty dollars ever.”

Hank in Bed

Close the curtains, I need privacy please.

And one last dog picture because I can’t help myself and also because it’s cute.

dogs and cookie

Hey man, if you don’t want the cookie, I’ll take the cookie. Seriously, I’ll eat the cookie for ya…

And that’s it.  I’m going for a run.  I’ll check in over the weekend.

What are you doing this weekend?
Are you running?  Long run?  Race?