Naked and Afraid, why?

Hello. How’s your Monday going so far?

We got home from Venice last night and MacGyver and I watched a little T.V. Have you seen that show Naked and Afraid? I don’t know why I can’t turn away from it because I don’t really even like it, but I just keep watching. In case you haven’t seen it the premise of the show is to take two people, a man and a woman, and drop them off in a remote and extreme environment to see if they can handle the harsh conditions for 3 weeks, oh, and they’re naked.

naked meme

Before the challenge they are rated and given a survival score and once the challenge is over, they are re-evaluated to see if their score improves. There is no prize, no big money, only the challenge to see if they can survive for 21 days in those circumstances. I still don’t understand why they can’t have clothing. I mean, in reality, if you got stranded in this day and age in almost all of those places, you would most likely have clothes on. As far as I’m concerned, the naked part is just a stupid ploy to get the viewers to watch. MacGyver and I watched 2 episodes last night.

naked and afraid

I will never get those 2 hours back….NEVER!

This morning I left for my run before 7am. It was already 80 degrees and quite humid. I still managed to run 5 miles, albeit slow, so I feel pretty good about that. I also took the dogs for a little one mile walk so if I sit on my ass for the rest of the day, it’s justified, right? Kidding.

In reality I’m going to go computer shopping today. I just need to bite the bullet and find a new one. It’s not the money I need to spend that scares me, it’s the all the work involved. I have to transfer over all my files and I have to relearn a new computer. It’s stressing me out just thinking about it but since Friday is a holiday and we have a long weekend ahead I guess that would be the perfect time to do it.

This weekend MacGyver and I made a quick stop at a discount grocery store for some veggies to cook with dinner and we saw this spectacle,

scary looking pinata

Does anyone else think that pinata is freaky looking? Well, it scared me.

Okay, that’s all I got, I need to get up and move.

Have you seen the show Naked and Afraid?
Would you ever participate in a reality TV Show? Which One?

My weekend in paradise!

Hey from Venice…I know, I know. It was just a random weekend thing so here we are.

Venice

I’ve been trying to update since we got here Friday nite but unfortunately it’s been storming off and on and the internet has been a little sketchy. Well, there’s that, and the fact that it’s sort of borrowed anyway. Our little secret, okay?

So anyway, we got here Friday nite and the dogs immediately took their positions. Hank decided to nest on his bed in the big lazy boy chair.

Hank Sleeping
Boomer decided he wanted to sleep on the bed in the Nautical Room. If you ever wondered just how big Boomer is, keep in mind that this is an oversized Queen bed he’s laying on.

Boomer Sleeping

Yeah, he’s that big.

Saturday morning, I got up to run and MacGyver decided to head out for some early morning fishing. He had better luck than I did and ended up bringing home 13 of them. He actually had to go out and come back in quite a few times because he kept ‘limiting out’. There are limits based on the type of fish you catch, per person, and what you can have on your boat at one time. For mangrove snapper I believe it’s 5 or 6 per person, but obviously much less than MacGyver’s overall total hence the multiple trips.

Anyway, while MacGyver was catching dinner for the next 3 weeks, I went for a run. I wanted to do 10 miles and I left around 7am. It was ridiculously hot with 100% humidity but I was up for the challenge because I decided to play it safe and wear my hydration backpack instead of my belt.

Around mile 8 I spotted a really cool looking bird on the bank by the bridge, so I stopped at the 8 mile mark and started climbing down the bank to take a picture. That’s when I had a major fail. My foot slid on one of the wet rocks and I fell on my ass. I scared the hell out of the bird, (which happened to be a pigeon by the way). Guess I’m a little too used to seeing exotic birds and didn’t recognize the common MacDonald’s variety pigeon. On the bright side I managed to provide some awesome entertainment for two bicyclists and a few fishermen in a nearby john boat, so life is good. And, I walked away with only a minor scrape a bruise on my butt.

Here’s the scrape:

scrape on leg

Sorry, no butt picture.

After the run fail and MacGyver’s fishing success, we decided to take the dogs out for some afternoon fun in the water. They love the water and the boat. Boomer wore a new hat today. He was totally a ho dog for one of the brands Daddy’s company offers, ho dog, get it? Way to represent Boom!

Boomer in another hat

We put Boomer in first and he swam around for a while, then we put Hank in with him and Hank immediately tried to climb on Boomer’s back to ride. That’s when we got the idea to teach Boomer a new trick:

the dogs new trick

See the raft that Hank is in? That’s my cooler raft for my paddleboard but Hank fits in it perfectly. Then we tied a rope from Boomer’s collar to the raft. Next we threw the bottle out for Boomer, who can never resist a good game of ‘fetch the bottle’ and the rest is history.

It was so cute to watch all the people on the Island taking pictures and filming it while Boomer pulled Hank around. Then the passing boats starting taking pictures and filming. Pretty soon, MacGyver and I realized we better film it too and beat these people to the YouTube windfall. This is our golden opportunity, these dogs are our chance at retirement…

In case you want to see the cutest video ever, here it is, from my facebook page.

After we returned from our boating and swimming adventure, MacGyver made me the most awesome Fish Chowder ever! My favorite thing in the world is the Fish Chowder from Left Coast Seafood Co. and MacGyver attempted to make it for me only his was even better. He says he wants to make it a few more times to perfect it, but once he does, I’ll post the recipe but don’t tell him, okay?

All right, that’s all I got, I’m going for a run.

Do you have a place you go to when you need to get away for the weekend?
Do you put videos of your pets on youtube or facebook?

A story, a giveaway and 1 dollar shoes, Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! I love Fridays. Not that there any different from any other day for me really, I just love them because I want to, so there.

Today was a day off for me, no running. Since Boomer really needed a bath I somehow convinced MacGyver to give him one while I took Hank for a walk. It’s almost too hot to walk Boomer anytime the sun is out, besides the fact that Boomer weighs 125 pounds and has loads of black hair, the poor dog gets so hot and miserable that it’s better to let him swim for exercise.

dog need bath

Anyway, MacGyver got down to the business of washing Boomer and I took Hank for his walk. The thing about Hank is that the dog refuses to poop in his own yard and God love him for that. Don’t get me wrong, I still have to clean up after him when I walk him, but it’s much easier to find when you’re walking behind him. This is not always the case in the backyard as it can be easily missed until you step in it.

dog poop So, Hank and I head out this morning bright and early, me with my poop bags and he with a mission. The mission of finding the perfect poop spot, or in Hank’s case two of them, because even though he only weighs 14 pounds, the dog can poop like a Great Dane.

Now despite the fact that he poops a couple of times, Hank is very picky about where he will poop. Whereas Boomer prefers to poop by a tree or in bushes and poops while turning in a circle, Hank prefers to stay as still as possible and prop his butt against something when he poops. I seriously think that he believes he is making a masterpiece. Once, while we were down in Venice, MacGyver and his Mom took Hank for a walk and he pooped on a tree and it stuck right there, against the bark. We even took pictures of it which unfortunately I cannot find right now. I’ll have to locate those and post them in the future because if you’re still reading then you are obviously just as mesmerized by my dogs pooping skills as I am.

The point here, is that lately Hank has a fixation with chain link fences or rather pooping through chain link fences. So, when I walk him, I have to walk by the only houses around us that actually have chain link fences so that the dog will poop, otherwise he will not go. Mind you, none of these homes are all that close to mine so it takes quite a bit of time to walk the damn dog. Also, have you ever tried to pick up poop from behind a chain link fence? Not an easy task, I assure you.

dog on fence

Not sure if I want to poop….I’m sort of on the fence about it!

This morning we located the perfect spot for a fence poop. The chain link was easily accessible from the street, yet the other side was covered in a nice vine, which is why we didn’t see what was on the other side. Hank gets into position and within mere seconds, he’s off.

I heard some rustling behind the vines which startled me and I, in turn, startled Hank so we moved back a few feet. I was afraid there might be a huge dog on the other side and I was a little concerned that he might take my hand off if I tried to pick up the poop. Based on that, I was hoping Hank didn’t actually finish. I looked to see if he had finished, great, he had.

Just as I started to move forward to clean it up, a peacock peered through the vines and immediately starting eating the poop! And he ate all of it. I would have been disgusted except in truth, I was grateful. I didn’t have to clean up a thing, oh, and now I know what peacocks eat. What a way to start off Friday, right?

Hank the Dachshund

But Mom, my cuteness trumps all!

I’ve got some running planned this weekend and some swimming and a little fishing too. I’m pretty stoked about it. The 95 degree temperature and 100% humidity, not so much! But, I’m still going to update with some awesome pictures and stuff this weekend…so don’t forget to come back and check it out.

Remember how I mentioned the Enduro Cool towel and I asked if anyone had tried them? Well, my girl Fawn is giving one away! You can enter to win by going here to her blog and following her link to the giveaway. Good luck! Thanks Fawn!

One more thing, if you have an Old Navy credit card, you can buy flip flops today for ONE DOLLAR! If you don’t have an Old Navy credit card you can still buy them for a dollar, you just have to wait til Saturday.

So, tell me something weird that your pet does?

What are you doing this weekend?