The gift that keeps on giving, 9 miles, and camping, Happy New Year!

It’s no secret that MacGyver is addicted to Craigslist. In fact, the last time we went down to our house in Venice, I put on the documentary Craigslist Joe, which he rudely scoffed at. Yet still, it’s the only documentary he has ever watched in its entirety. I’m pretty sure he even made me pause it a few times when he had to visit the restroom although he might deny it, but I digress, the point is, MacGyver is addicted to Craigslist.

He checks it at least 3 times daily. He checks in the morning, he checks after work, and he checks once again right before bed. Finding the best deal is like a drug to MacGyver and he loves it. I’m pretty sure he also needs it or he’ll go into immediate withdrawal.

Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on my mood, MacGyver checks craigslist from the laptop on his desk located in the den. He doesn’t unplug his laptop because that involves too much ‘moving of the things’ and so, at least 3 times a day MacGyver goes missing.

Since MacGyver is always perusing Craigslist for the best deals, I had what I thought was a brilliant idea. I bought MacGyver an iPad Mini for Christmas and I was so excited about it that I could hardly wait until he opened it on Christmas morning. Much to my delight, he loved it.

Within only a few hours of powering the iPad up, the Kid and I were showing him how to use FaceTime, which he only mildly enjoyed. MacGyver isn’t a fan of cameras that point anywhere in his general direction so there’s that. Anyhow, we downloaded some apps and the Kid gave him a brief tutorial so that by Christmas evening, MacGyver was an iPad using fool. It made my heart smile.

Isn’t it amazing how quickly things go south?

It didn’t take long.

Just 24 hours after I gave him his gift, he turned to me and said, “Do you think we could use a pirate ship?” To which I replied, “Absolutely Not.” He made a disapproving sound and went back to searching. And now I’m a little leery that he might just come home with a pirate ship and God only knows where we would put it.

funny craigslist image

It’s not just the ‘buy all the things that seem to be a good bargain’ thing that bothers me. He also stays on that damn thing from the very minute he walks in the door until bedtime. And just this morning, I woke up at 5:45AM and the usual snoring was absent. I went out to the hall and noticed the bathroom light on. I didn’t think much about it until 40 minutes later when he was still in there.

So, I gently knocked on door, “Hey, are you okay in there?” And MacGyver said, “Oh, I didn’t know you were up, I’ll be out in a second.” And sure enough, he walked out about a half a minute later, WITH THE iPad IN HIS HAND!

I’ve created a monster.

In other news, I finished up my year with a 9 mile run this morning which felt ah-mazing. And now, we are getting ready to hit the road. We ring in the New Year from our Cabin in Holopaw. So, I’ll see y’all in 2015!

Have a safe and Happy New Year my friends!

What are you doing to celebrate the New Year?
Do you or anyone you know use craigslist excessively? (I’m looking into self-help programs for MacGyver.)

The Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Run In The Rain

So this morning I got up bright and early and prepared to go out for a run. Of course, things got a little hectic this morning because I had forgotten it was trash day so I had to take all the trash out and drag it to the curb.

I also had to pack the kid a lunch because I had promised him that I would, last night when I was in a bacon induced stupor. And, I had to unload the dishwasher and put away the dishes which I forgot about last night because again, bacon induced stupor. Suffice it to say, I got out the door much later than I anticipated. I left at 7:30AM.

Is that rain?

And it was raining.

Let it be said that I do NOT like to run when there is thunder or lightning present, but rain, I don’t mind. I ran 8 miles and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. (Well, except for the fact that my phone accidentally got wet and is currently broken.)

And while out on my run this morning, I thought of the top 10 reasons why you should run in the rain.

Reason #1 – You can run through puddles and you know you want to, so go ahead. Run through ALL the puddles.

Reason #2 – Stray dogs and possible dog bites are less likely when you’re running in the rain because let’s face it, even animals have enough sense to get out of the rain.

Reason #3 – Running in the rain will help you to prepare in case you ever have to race in the rain. Trust me, it can happen, I’ve run 2 half marathons in the rain and I’m pretty sure I looked exactly like this…

running in rain

Reason #4 – You won’t have to wash your running clothes when you get home. They’re getting clean as you run. Just take them off and hang them to dry and they’ll be good to go the next time you need them.

running in rain and a shower

Reason #5 – It’s raining, which means you don’t have to water the lawn or water your plants, so you’ve got extra time on your hands. Run longer!

Reason #6 – No one will ever call you a wuss for running 8 miles in the rain, unless they ran 10, in which case get back out there.

Get out and run in rain

This picture will probably break my website but Michelle Jenneke is a badass and even more so in the rain.


Reason #7 – It’s a great way to wash your shoes.

Reason #8 – You don’t have to worry about people trying to stop and talk to you. Lucky for you, no one wants to socialize out in the rain, so you can run with no interruptions.

Reason #9 – If you accidentally pee your pants, no one will know. Don’t pee your pants on purpose though because that’s just gross.

Reason #10 – And by far the absolute best reason you should run in the rain….everyone will think you’re a badass! Oh sure, they’ll drive by you in their cars and think ‘what an idiot’ and ‘look at that fool running in the rain’ but you know that secretly they think you’re a badass!

badass running in rain

Do you run in the rain?
Do you have any tips for running in the rain? (After realizing that my waterproof rain jacket maybe isn’t, my tip is to leave your expensive cell phone at home, or put it in a ziplock bag.)

When long runs suck and vacationing in Venice.

We went down to our house in Venice over the weekend. MacGyver was looking forward to some fishing and I was looking forward to my long run on my beloved Legacy Trail.

I wish I could tell you it was stellar.

Garmin Pic

This is not the time I was hoping for…..

It wasn’t. Not every run is going to be a good run. I know that. Still, I won’t lie and tell you that I wasn’t disappointed in myself. I ran the first 5 miles at a very conservative pace but then I got a little overheated and so I walked. I walked for one full mile.

The Legacy Trail

And I took some pictures.

Legacy Trail at Osprey

And I tried really hard to get my head back in the game…

During the mile that I was walking, I had to convince myself that I could run back. My mind was playing games with me but fortunately I overcame and I finished 11 miles. I had 12 miles on my schedule but I settled with 11. I decided not to beat myself up over it and to just let it go, and that’s what I did.

Everybody has a bad run every now and then. I could analyze it and try to figure out why, which is what I would normally do, but I didn’t. Instead, I took Sunday off and this morning I ran 8 miles at a fairly decent pace and nailed my negative splits! It felt pretty good too 🙂

Besides running, we did a lot of other things this weekend. On Saturday, MacGyver and I went out for a few hours to fish the bay. When we got out there we saw a lot of people in kayaks fishing and some of them were fly fishing.

Fly fishing

We fished with lures and shrimp. Since MacGyver had caught some Jack Crevalle in the bay a few weeks earlier, that’s what we were going for. We’ve never eaten the Jack that we catch, we always throw them back but they’re a blast to catch. I caught a few but MacGyver caught several.

Jack Crevalle

The Jack we caught were between 5-15 pounds.

The best thing about Florida in December is that you don’t need a sweater!

Boating in Florida

It was around 80 degrees, sunny, and beautiful out on the boat!

After a few hours, I was ready to go back to the house. Fortunately our friend Danny was in town for the holidays so he met us at our dock and I went home while MacGyver and he went back out to fish for a few hours.

Sometime around 5pm our power went out and it stayed out until after 9pm. So, when MacGyver came home, I was starving. We decided to go to our favorite restaurant for the best soup EVER!

Fish Chowder

And to visit some of our favorite Sea life.

Sea Horses

I love sea horses!

On Sunday, MacGyver decided to go fishing again for a few hours. I tidied up the house a bit and I really wanted to leave my Christmas decorations up but since we don’t go down as often in the winter, I decided to take them all down.

Boomer misunderstood me. I said we need to ‘put away’ the decorations, not ‘play with’ the decorations.

Cutest Black Lab Ever

He’s so darn cute!

We got home last night and are getting back into the swing of things today. It sure is hard to get back to business after the holidays and a long weekend….but I’ll manage.

So, what did you do this weekend?

Did you take a long weekend because of the holiday?

What do you do when you have a bad run?