Let’s put on our over-thinking caps, shall we?

Sometimes I wish I could shut my brain off, you know, like the kitchen lights. I’d just be able to flip a switch and that’s it, no more activity until I turn it on again.

Over Analyzing

I said sometimes for a reason because if I am being totally honest, the truth of the matter is that the way my brain works helps me to be a better runner. Not being able to zone out and forget about everything actually works in my favor for any run lasting over 30 minutes. Just this morning I ran 6 miles and at the very same time I figured out how to solve all my landscaping problems in the front yard and I determined that plantation shutters are a much better option than wood blinds. Now all I need to do is convince MacGyver that we absolutely must have them and that he needs to install them. See? Not being able to shut my brain off is actually a good thing; unless you’re MacGyver, he might not agree.

Unfortunately I tend to over think everything as well. That’s probably the reason I’m still typing my blog post on a computer that has a sticky b key which forces me to delete a lot of b’s, and a missing down arrow key that leaves me confused when I need to scroll. I just cannot bring myself to buy a new one because a, this one still works, (for the most part) and b, I will have to learn how to use a new one. You just have no idea the anxiety and panic this creates deep within my soul. It’s torture.

over thinking caps

I also probably shouldn’t over-share but I’ve been wearing the same pair of disposable contact lenses for 2 months! Mind you, these are the kind you are supposed to throw out after 2 weeks but I just can’t do it. I have another pair in reserve but it’s my last pair and I just know as soon as I throw this pair out and pop in the new ones, I’ll lose one or rip one, and I’ll be forced to immediately schedule an eye exam, and I need to prepare for that because it’s a very big deal. It’s chock full of decisions like which eyeglass frames to choose and how many pairs of contact lenses will I need? That’s just stress I don’t need right now.

I am pretty fortunate that MacGyver loves and accepts me just the way I am because I’m pretty sure when he was younger and thinking about his dream wife he didn’t imagine conversations like this one:

Me: I need a new computer.

MacGyver: Why can’t you just use mine?

Me: Because then I would have to learn how to use your computer and then when I get a new one, I’d have to learn that one too. It’s an extra learning process that I just can’t even fathom right now.

MacGyver: That’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever said. (Actually it’s not.) They have the same operating system and it’s basically the same computer.

Me: No, no it’s not. They have their own quirks. My b and arrow keys are messed up. I’m sure your computer has its own quirks too, which I’ll need to learn. I’ll have to relearn which keys work, and any that don’t, and how long the battery lasts, and all kinds of things and that takes time. And then I’ll get a new computer and I’ll have to learn it too. It’s too much. It makes my head hurt.

MacGyver: Yeah, I know how you feel.

A good Wife

Most of our conversations go that way.

The good news is, the computer issue and the contact lens situation are just little problems I’ll be able to figure out the solutions for on my future runs, and I’m pretty sure MacGyver will be overjoyed when he hears the solutions because more often than not, they will involve him in some way. See, everything works out now doesn’t it?

How to keep a wife happy

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Paddleboarding with Manatees and lots of running!

Hey, hey, hey! How goes it? I sure hope you had a fantastic weekend and a wonderful Memorial Day. We were in Venice with good friends and it was spectacular as always.

The Venice Inlet

It’s been a while since my last post and so I have lots to catch you up on and I’m just gonna dive right in cause that’s how we play around here.

First, great news for all you Brooks Pureflow 2’s lover’s, DSW has them on sale right now for 39.99! I know, I almost died when I saw that. They have two colors available ( both of which I have and love) so I broke down and got some back-ups. They also have free shipping so two pairs of shoes for 80 bucks was pretty darn stellar in my book and I had to share.

Running in Brooks PureFlow 2's

Second thing. You really need to come to Venice, Florida and run with me. I love going down there and it is sort of convenient since we have a vacation house there but if you are anywhere near Venice please contact me and I will come and run with you.

running in venice

I’m not sure if it’s because we are on vacation or if it’s because it’s just fun to run someplace else, but I almost always love every single minute of the time I run when we’re in Venice, seriously. This weekend I ran Saturday, Sunday and Monday on the Legacy Trail. I ran a total of 18 miles and I can honestly say there was not one minute when I felt like I wanted to stop, not one. Now, if I could only duplicate that feeling when I get home that would be epic but I think I’m just sort of tired of the running trails around here and I need to mix it up a bit.

As I mentioned before we had a few friends down with us this weekend and my friend Diane loves to paddleboard as much, if not more, than I do. She and I went out on the paddleboards both Sunday and Monday and guess what? We saw a manatee on BOTH DAYS! Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the manatees because I’ve learned that cell phones are not a good thing to take on paddleboards, just trust me on that, but the absolute best way to see a manatee is while you paddleboard beside them. They swim right beside you.

Venice Florida On Sunday, a baby manatee swam right up to us and alongside us and on Monday we actually paddled into a cove and there was a very large manatee just playing in the water. She actually swam around with us for quite a while and I hated that we had to paddle back to the boat because I didn’t want to leave her. Of course it wasn’t so bad on the boat either because the dolphins were also very playful over the weekend and swam right up to the boat.

dolphins in Venice

We didn’t get a chance to go to yoga because the guys were really antsy to go fishing every morning and we really wanted to paddleboard but yoga on the beach is on the list for next time. We did however, go to the drum circle because there are some things that just can’t be missed….

drum circle nokomis beach

Lastly, remember how I said that I had a lot of stomach issues and I was going to get some testing done to find out what was going on? Well, the long and short of it is…

I’m allergic to shellfish, some other types of fish, wheat and soy. I am also sensitive to chocolate and dairy including milk, eggs and ice cream, (among other things) and my life is pretty much over…kidding!

This has presented a challenge for us because MacGyver and the kid still eat some of these things and I’m okay with that, I just have to learn how to make alternative versions that won’t affect me negatively. I think one of the worst parts about developing food allergies later in life is that you aren’t accustomed to asking about ingredients and such and there is definitely a learning curve. So, if any of you have suggestions, I’d love to hear from you!

Well, that’s it. I’m taking the day off from running today so I can get caught up on some work so I better get going. I hope you all have a fabulous Tuesday!

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Charlie the tuna tried to off me last night…

Good Morning, or is it? I’m still half asleep. Partly because I took a Dramamine at 4am but mostly because I threw up for 3 hours until I took the Dramamine. The reason: Canned Tuna. Canned Tuna is evil.

I know this because, counting last night, this is the third time in a row that I have gotten sick from eating canned tuna. Yes, it took me three times in a row to figure out that I obviously have some sort of intolerance to it because I’m real smart like that, but canned tuna is now gone from my life. NBD, I was never a huge fan anyway, it was only for convenience. RIP little canned tuna, RIP.

canned tuna

I had a few good runs so far this week. Tuesday and Wednesday I plowed out 5 miles each morning with a few little hills and bridges and then last night I went for an 8 mile walk with friends. I’m taking this morning off, mainly because I have a ton of work to catch up on thanks to jury duty. And also, because I’m tired and I’d rather have an hour nap later than to run around the neighborhood feeling and looking like a zombie, although that might be really fun. Yes, I kind of like that idea.


I finally broke down and made an appointment with a doctor to have some official allergy testing done. I’ve already partially done her job since I’ve identified canned tuna but at least I’ll know once and for all what my other allergies are.

Because the tests are more accurate if you’ve actually consumed some of the offending foods, I had no choice but to break down and eat a cannoli last night, strictly for scientific purposes. This was also the reason it was impossible for me to share any of it, or at least that’s what I told everyone while I ate every single bite of it, by myself.

out of control

Oddly enough I did not wake up sneezing which is usually the case after eating anything with some sort of wheat product in it but maybe that’s because when I threw up the tuna sandwich, the canolli and anything else I’d eaten that day came up with it. I wish I had some awesome graphics for you but I didn’t have a camera at my side when the incident occurred. Instead I found this graphic, which is equally disturbing.


Miley Tongue

You’re Welcome.

I also stumbled across this little gem of a video and oddly enough the only thought I had after watching it was do they actually train for this? If you have a few seconds, watch it and let me know what you think.


My appointment with the doctor is tomorrow afternoon but I’m sort of curious how long it takes to get the results back. Has anyone else been tested for food allergies? If you have I’d love to know how it worked out for you and how long you had to wait for your results. I’ve heard mixed things so I’m pretty darned curious.

Are you allergic to any foods?

Have you ever had a problem eating canned tuna fish?