A stellar birthday with boats and goats!

Y’all, I had the best birthday ever today. No, it wasn’t my birthday, it was MacGyver’s but I planned all the activities which means, I had the best birthday ever and MacGyver liked it too, so SCORE!

We started the day at our favorite bargain place, the weigh and pay. I would love to show you pictures but camera’s aren’t allowed. (They don’t want any evidence, trust me). We did pretty good today. I got tons of fiesta ware, an antique teapot shaped like a duck, (way cooler than it sounds), antique glass door knobs, and some pretty good books but the day was just getting started….

Look whose bus we saw on the way to the next place:

The Ralphie May Tour Bus

Ralphie May! I gave him a shout out on twitter but he didn’t respond…guess he doesn’t want to go running with me, oh well, I tried. If you change your mind Ralphie, I’ll take your running, you’ll fall in love with it, I swear!

Now, I need to give you a little background info just so you understand why I love the next place we went to. You see, when MacGyver and I first bought our vacation house in Venice, we thought it was so odd how all of the businesses had side businesses within them, like the ‘Best Little Thrift Store and Dog Adoptions’ or the ‘Top Notch Car Wash and Liquor Store’. After a while we started to like the duality of shopping. We could adopt a dog while shopping for a used coffee table or tie one on while getting the car washed. It’s a beautiful concept.

And that’s why the next stop was the famous Don’s Marine Salvage or as I like to call it, the home of Boats and Goats. It’s genius!


This is Milly, Milly the Goat.


And This is Millie and Willie

Do you see the boat parts in the background? See, I don’t lie! The goats actually play on the center consoles and the bench seats, it’s hilarious.


And this is Willie, Millie, William and Billy

Those probably aren’t really their names but it’s what I call them.

In case you’re wondering why I don’t mind going to the boat salvage yard, it’s because I like animals and Goats are not the only animals because ladies and gentlemen, I give you….Pam:

Pam the PigPam the Pig. And if you don’t think Pigs are smart, I will argue with you because girl knew her name and she totally responded to me when I called her. She wanted to cuddle too but well, pigs are a little smelly. Okay, a lot.

Next, we have chickens, because Don’s Marine Salvage does not discriminate against any animal, they love all God’s creatures and here’s some more proof:



And that’s the end of that. It was super fun and MacGyver actually got a few boat parts. After all of that excitement, I took MacGyver to lunch at this awesome place:

Bascoms chop HouseI highly recommend it. It was excellent. And after lunch we had one of my MacGyver’s favorite desserts of all time, key lime pie.

Key Lime PieIt was epic.

We then came home and have been watching movies ever since. It’s been the perfect day. And tomorrow I will need to run 100 miles to get rid of the calories, ha!

What did you do on your birthday? Do you have any stores that specialize in two totally different things?

Ran six miles, ate an orange and two of my toes are blue! What is going on?

Happy Monday!

I ran 6 miles around the neighborhood this morning. It was a relatively easy run or so I thought but according to Mr. 620, (that’s what I call the love of my life, my Garmin), my heart rate was high the whole time…go figure! I didn’t feel like it was a particularly tough run but Mr. 620 did so that’s that. I’m not going to argue with him because that’s just not how we play, we cool like that.

Anyway….after my run I took the dogs on their walk and spotted this little bitty teeny weenie woodpecker in a tree. He was the coolest thing ever. You can barely see him in this picture.

Baby Woodpecker

After staring at him for a while the dogs and I started walking again and out of nowhere this red tailed hawk came swooping down quite close to us. This is not a very good picture because I took it as he was flying off and he was already pretty far away but it gives you an idea of the size of him.

Red Tailed Hawk

The whole situation was rather hawkward.

I came home after that, ate a delicous orange and worked on the computer for a while until MacGyver came home and wanted to go to Costco and well, I never turn down a trip to Costco, so I jumped up to go. It was only then that I noticed two of my toes were blue, yes blue.

Two Blue Toes

They stayed that way for about 2 hours. It was the strangest thing. Just two toes and they were both freezing though no other part of my foot was cold at all. Weird.

Blue Toes one hour later

These are the two blue toes one hour later.

I had not been wearing compression socks or anything and I had been sitting on the sofa working for a few hours so I have no idea what caused it but in any event it did go away after several hours.

blue toes

These are the two blue toes about 2 and half hours later…I was starting to think they were permanent…oh my!

Has anything like that ever happened to you? It would make more sense if it were the entire foot or all of my toes but it was only two toes.

If you have ever had anything like that happen? I ‘d love to hear about it….Do you think it’s strange to have two blue toes and would you be worried?

I refuse to look it up on WebMD because I aint goin there…..

My 2014 Race Schedule and My Weight Lifting Fail

Happy Sunday!

I ran 3.5 miles this morning. I planned on running more but I was a bit tired and I have no idea why because I’ve been sort of lazy lately and I slept in the last few days but no matter, I still ran 3.5 miles, so that’s that.

I managed to take some spectacular photos of some of the wildflowers and plants in my yard today. In case you don’t follow me on instagram and I have no idea why you wouldn’t, but just in case, here are a few of those pics:

False Day Flower Wildflower

This Wildflower is called a False Day Flower

Christmas Cactus

The blooms on my Christmas Cactus. I have had this one for about 6 years.


pink bougainvillea

One of my pink bougainvillea’s Some bougainvillea’s are thorny but this one isn’t.

Yesterday I finally managed to clean up the home gym located in the man cave. I had to work up the courage to go up there and clean it because it’s a man cave and inhabited mostly by men so there should be no further explanation needed. Anyway, after cleaning I hopped on the weight machine with delusional thoughts of jumping in right where I left off, like 5 months ago, but that didn’t happen. I did do 11 leg extensions with 30 pounds of weight and then I ran downstairs and ate a cupcake because you gotta have balance people.

Weights are hard

I did finish my race calendar yesterday. GO ME! I picked quite a few races just because they look like so much fun and then some I really want to run competitively. As usual I probably picked too many but here it is, in all its overachieving glory, my 2014 race calendar:

January 26, 2014 Suncoast Half Marathon Sarasota, FL

February 2, 2014 Best Damn Race Half Marathon Safety Harbor, L

February 23, 2014 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Tampa, FL

March 16, 2014 Sarasota Half Marathon Sarasota, FL

March 23, 2014 9th Annual Florida Beach Halfathon Tierra Verde, FL

March 30, 2014 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Knoxville, TN

April 13, 2014 Athleta Iron Girl Half Marathon Clearwater, FL

May Run for All Children 10K Safety Harbor, FL

June Nothing Scheduled…yet

July 4, 2014 Kiwanis Midnight Run 10K Dunedin, FL

August Nothing Scheduled…yet

Sept Nothing Scheduled…yet

October 26, 2014 Frankenfooter Half New Port Richey, FL

November 9, 2014 Rock and Roll Marathon Savannah, Ga

November 23, 2014 Women’s Running Half St. Pete, FL

November 30, 2014 Sal Half Marathon Sarasota, FL

December 14, 2014 Holiday Halfathon Madeira Beach, FL

In case you don’t follow me on twitter and you really should, let me tell you about some really cool stuff that you can win and this is stuff that you probably want or need….

I want that

Fawn who blogs over at longhairedrunner.blogspot.com is part of a blog hop giveaway. You can register to win some pretty cool stuff on her blog by following this link and then hop on over to some other blogs to win more pretty cool stuff! Running is the most expensive free sport I’ve ever participated in so why not try to win some free ish? Huh? That’s what I’m trying to tell you, now go win! And then share with me.

Now, who’s running in any of the races that I’m running?

Tell me so we can meet up beforehand.

What races are you running this year?

How many races are on your schedule so far?