Vacationing, Fishing, Halloweening and a celebrity!

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! (Said in my creepiest poltergeist voice, which isn’t really all that creepy.)

How is everybody? I’m good, well rested, renewed, and ready to get down to some serious work this week. Bwah ha ha, that last line was probably a lie.

So, as you know, we’ve been on vacation. We were in the Venice area for the past week and as I’m sure you know (if you’ve ever read the blog before), we did a lot of fishing, and I ran on my beloved Legacy Trail. Only this time, there were some variances.

Venice, Florida
First off, we got to try a little fly fishing but mostly we watched. My sister-in-law and her husband are pretty awesome at it. In fact, you should probably go read my sister-in-law’s blog because it’s all about fly fishing and she’s amazing. Pop on over there and tell her hi and let her know I sent you. Oh, and I should mention, you’ll like her blog too, it’s really good!

Fly fishing with the Damsel Fly Project

Fly Fishing with Lynne from The Damsel Fly Project.

Besides fly fishing, my sister-in-law kept me company and headed out to the Legacy Trail with me every morning. Having someone go with me every morning was epic but having my sister-in-law go with me was even better. I am really, really going to miss her and her husband as well.

Running the Legacy Trail
Being out on the boat fishing was fun in and of itself but we also saw dolphins and manatees. At one point MacGyver fed a dolphin a bait fish as it swam up to our boat and several of the dolphins jumped out of the water into the air. But by far the best part was when the baby manatee swam right up to the back of the boat and popped his little nose up to say hi, I seriously thought I would just die from cuteness overload, it was insane.

DolphinsBaby Manatee

As you can imagine, we ate a shit ton of fish this week and it was amazing but I’ve been craving hamburgers and steaks since we got home! That’s probably why I got a steak sub when we hit up Mazzaro’s on the way to Clearwater.

fishMazzaro
I’ve mentioned Mazzaro’s on the blog before but if you’re local or visiting the area, it’s a must do. Put it on your to do list and you won’t be sorry! Unfortunately, the same cannot always be said about the next place we went.

In all fairness we went to the housewares section...but this is an accurate depiction...unfortunately.

In all fairness we went to the housewares section…but this is an accurate depiction…unfortunately.

I’ve been talking about the weigh and pay for ages and so my sister-in-law had to see it. I warned her that she would either love me or hate me after going there and it would all depend on what we could find….hopefully, she still likes me because the inventory was a bit disappointing… on top of the usually dirty. Oops!

Anyhow, we got home on Halloween and my sister in law and her husband headed home.

My neighbors put together a FREE Haunted House for all the kids in the area.  Very cool!

My neighbors put together a FREE Haunted House for all the kids in the area. Very cool!

Because we weren’t sure where we would be for Halloween, I didn’t buy candy until the last-minute. I typically spend around 100 bucks because we usually have a couple hundred kids but I only spent around twenty dollars at the dollar tree which meant we started running low on candy so MacGyver insisted I only hand out one piece to each kid so you can imagine how much they loved me. I finally insisted that MacGyver take a turn at the door at which point he handed each kid at least 5 pieces! Way to make me the bad guy!

The bright side of Halloween as always was these two because they totally hammed it up.

Dog halloween costume

Trick or Treat…uh, treat, did someone say treat?

Alligator Dachshund

Happy Halloweenie!

Hank didn’t even bark at the trick or treater’s, he just wanted to see all the costumes. Boomer was more interested in the candy…

On a side note, most of the kids I handed only one piece of candy to actually asked for more. I don’t remember ever doing that as a child. Is that acceptable? Because I was a little offended, especially when they asked in front of their parents and the parents said nothing. I’m pretty sure if I would have ever attempted such a thing, my parents would have dropped kicked me Jesus through the goal post of life! Just sayin…

The day after Halloween I had ten miles on my schedule but….I could NOT get out of bed. The weather was beautiful and perfect for a long run but I just couldn’t make it happen. In fact, other than a few garage sales, I spent most of the day on the sofa watching copious amounts of DIY shows. Fortunately later in the day my little neighbor Jayde and her mom came over and insisted I go on a bike ride with them. We rode a little over 8 miles and it was exhilarating. The weather could not have been better.

Sunday fared much better for me. I got up at 6 and hit the door around 7:30ish and I knocked out ten miles, TEN MILES! I didn’t stop once and I averaged a 10:15 pace with no pain and no stiffness.

Another Obligatory Garmin Pic...how you like me now?  hehe

Another Obligatory Garmin Pic…how you like me now? hehe

Y’all, I was so excited that I sang out loud for the last 2 miles. I’m pretty sure I would have kept singing to except that one of the neighbors ran outside and asked me if I had heard the cat that sounded hurt, he said it sounded like a high-pitched moaning…..ahem, ‘No, I didn’t hear anything’. Needless to say, I didn’t sing anymore. And in case you’re wondering, yeah, it probably was that bad.

I came home and caught a bit of the New York City Marathon. I love watching all the celebrities who run every year and seeing how well, (or not so well) they do. It’s so exciting.

So you can imagine how after watching the celebrities at the NYC Marathon, I never expected to see one in my own living room but there he was….

It's Hank Baskett!  Get it?

It’s Hank Baskett! Get it?

Well, I thought it was funny….

In closing, did you catch the Walking Dead last night?
Any Predictions on what will happen with Beth?
Why do think Carol was there and what happened to Darryl?
Have you ever had a long run that felt so good you wanted to sing?

20 thoughts on “Vacationing, Fishing, Halloweening and a celebrity!

  1. We had a fantastic time with you and Macguyver this past week. Sorry we weren’t there for Halloween it looks like you guys had a great time! Fishing was at its best for this time of year and the marine life show was truly a surprise. Thanks again! We love you both.

  2. Looks like you had a lovely time! I am very jealous! Isn’t it great when a run just clicks? So happy to see it was a 10 miler for you! I am starting to get there after Chicago. By the way, love that your sister spells her name with an e at the end, thats how my mum spells Lynne too 🙂

  3. Fly fishing seems so complicated. I’m sure it’s a lot of fun once you get the hang of it!
    A baby manatee?! How cool!
    Ten miles is awesome! Way to go!

    • Thanks! I was pretty proud of myself. Fly fishing was really fun although I only tried for a short time but Lynne makes it so easy to learn, she’s amazing at teaching and the manatee was the cutest thing ever, you really should come to Florida sometime, the manatees alone are worth it 😉

  4. Well, I did get up out of bed Saturday (although not early for most people; standard time for me). Had a decent run but since I had to stop a couple of time for boat show traffic, my time was a little slower. However, it was definitely an improvement for me. I need to make the effort to leave my neighborhood to run. It bores me. I think I figured out to alleviate the back pain and tight muscles so I’m hoping my running gets back to normal.

    I added a Half training plan to my Garmin, starts on the 15th. Day 1 – Rest day. Umm, if I am resting, then it’s not day one, right?

    I see by the pink sleeve you had a cold snap, too. Under 70? LOL

      • I think we only made it down to 56. I wasn’t up and humming 😉 when it was that cold. I ran in about 70 degrees. That’s good enough for me!

        • 70 is better than 85 right? I feel sorry for those people running in the 20’s and 30s right now. Also, I’m really interested in hearing what you’re doing to alleviate the back pain….details please…

          • Oh I wasn’t complaining about 70s. I am a real Floridian. I’m chilly under 77.

            my solution is ridiculous. I’m wearing heels. Last 3 Fridays, I wore heels and the next day, I had no trouble getting out of bed. Usually, I have to stand there for a second. The stretches I’ve been doing haven’t really helped.
            Don’t be mad at me! LOL

  5. Way to go on the 10 miles! I am sooooo happy for you.
    I was able to do 3 runs last week — total of 10 miles and I was beyond excited so I cannot even imagine the feeling you had doing it in ONE run!

    I am trying not to be greedy. Want to stick with 3 runs per week at about a total of 10-12 miles for the week.

    Smack me if I start talking about more miles. At 42 and with my goals, this is not what will make my body happy!!

  6. There must have been something in the air this weekend because I did not want to get up and did not leave the house Saturday, and then Sunday I popped out of bed at 6:30 and headed out to do random unnecessary errands most of the day.

    I don’t have any Walking Dead predictions but I want to know who it is that Daryl has with him! Maybe the guy Beth helped escape?

    • Me too! And as for Carol, I don’t think she’s sick or injured, I think she’s faking to get to Beth…I am seriously addicted to this show. When it ends this time, I’ll probably need rehab! 🙂

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