Monday, time to catch up!

Hey from lovely Englewood, Florida!

Englewood Florida Crane

We’re still down here visiting with the family.  We haven’t decided when we’re heading back to Clearwater but since I can work from anywhere it’s no worry for me.  And I’m pretty sure that MacGyver would rather be fishing so there’s that.

We spent the weekend fishing and beaching and combing the island at Stump Pass for some sharks teeth and shells.  We found a shit ton.

Stump Pass

It looks a little ominous in this pic but it’s actually very pretty.  It just happened to be a little overcast that day which we didn’t mind because it made it much cooler.  It also made the dolphins a bit frisky.

dophin in Englewood

This little guy was swimming around the boat.  He had a fresh prop wound on his back which made me sad.  I wish people would be a little more cautious when out boating especially with all the dolphins and manatees in the water around here.

He swam around for quite a while as we took pictures and then MacGyver was releasing a fish that we caught and he swam right up as if he was going to eat it.

dolphin eating

MacGyver dropped the fish in the water before the dolphin could actually eat it because you never want to feed them, it encourages them to beg which unfortunately can lead to prop wounds such as the one on this dolphin’s back.

We’ve got plenty of animals to feed anyway in the form of these two:

dogs with Vinny

And believe me when I say, they are loving every minute of the attention.

The shopping has been very good too.  This weekend my Sister-In-Law and a I did a bit of garage sale-ing and holy bargains we found some great deals.  Some of those deals are actually projects but I’m sure we’ll have fun turning them into treasures.  I’m looking forward to taking a trip to the craft store after I search pinterest for a few hours 😉  You’ve been there, right?

crafting

I’ve been running a bit while we’re down here too.  I ran 6 miles on Saturday, 4 on Sunday and 5 this morning.  I haven’t taken a day off yet because I’m sort of addicted to running  I was afraid it would rain for days due to the tropical storm.

Fortunately, the storm dissipated and so far we haven’t had that much rain at all.  Today should be the worst of it and then it should go back to normal.  And by normal I mean 100% humidity and hotter than the hinges of hell.  Beats rain though.

And while its raining today, I think I may do some research to find some additional running paths.  I like to use map my run to find them.  You can also search runkeeper and there are a few more as well.  I get bored if I run the same path all the time, even the Legacy Trail is boring after a while, no matter how pretty it is.

And with that, I’m off, got some crafting, trail finding and working to do.

How do you find new running trails or paths?
Did you know you’re not supposed to feed wild dolphins?

The girl who deserves all the medals.

Five things because it’s Friday.

Erika, you bitch! Can you please make up your mind where you would like to go?

In case you weren’t aware of it, we have two seasons in Florida, hurricane and non-hurricane. We’re smack dab in the middle of hurricane season hence the tropical storm that is looming, the one named Erika.

tropical storm

It’s always a fun time when we have to batten down the hatches and prepare for the storm. Fortunately we have never had a major storm near us but we still have to prepare. Good times.

Sunday is my wonderful mother’s birthday and since she is in Tennessee and I won’t get to spend the day with her, I’d like to take this time to wish my Mom the most wonderful day ever. Happy Birthday a little early Mom, I love you and miss you. (And your present is on the way 😉 )

Mom Birthday
Speaking of birthdays, when I was trying to decide what I wanted for mine, I came across the next two items on etsy. I thought they were both pretty cool gifts and I have decided to order them and gift myself. (Am I the only one who does this?)

You can click on the images to go to the etsy stores.

Runners necklace
runner's fork
Did you see the video of the women’s 10,000 meter World Championships in Beijing? If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times and I’m pretty sure I’ve shared at least 1 or 2 other videos, but damn, you aren’t at home until you get through the door people!

And one last thing and it’s the most important. Y’all may remember my friends Mark and Akiko, and their beautiful daughter Jaimie. I wrote about Jaimie and her illness here.

After seeing a video that Mark posted of Jaimie running, I decided to run the Sarasota Half Marathon in honor of Jaimie with #TeamJaimie on my arm. I planned on sending her the medal immediately after but time got away from me and life sort of got in the way.

Recently Jaimie was once again admitted to the hospital and I really wanted to get that medal to her so I sent it out last week when we were in Englewood.  This morning I woke up to a message from Mark, and this beautiful picture:

Jaimie and her medal
That medal is finally home!

She earned it. She runs a marathon every day of her life and I hope she knows how inspiring she is and that she deserves ALL the medals.  I sure hope she has room for some more because every medal I earn from this point forward belongs to her.

Keep fighting Jaime! We’re all rooting for you! #TeamJaimie

What do you do with your race medals?
Who inspires you?

Thursday, 2, 17.5, 67

Two. Two out of eight hundred and thirty two. That’s the number of pages in the September issue of Vogue magazine that feature plus size models. And it’s an ad no less.

vogue ad
The ad is a 2 page spread with the hashtag, PlusIsEqual and the tagline ‘It’s Time for Change’. It also has the date of 9/14/15 and the website plusisequal.com. That’s it.

Those two pages are a paid advertisement. The only two pages in Vogue to feature plus sized models is a paid advertisement. It just reiterates the message of the website the advertisement directs you to.

The website also points out that 67% of US women are size 14 to 34.  Sixty Seven percent!

It’s not just plus sized women that the fashion industry ignores. No, they don’t like regular sizes either.  In fact, according to one model, they prefer women with bodies that are unobtainable to most of us.

This is Agnes Hedengard

Agnes hedengard

Anges is a Swedish model with a BMI of 17.5 but according to the fashion industry her butt is too big and her hips are too wide.  Her response is powerful and worthy of your attention.

But, I’ll let you be the judge, take a look at what Agnes had to say.

And now I want to hear from you.

Do you think Agnes is too big to be a model?
What do you think about the fashion industry?
Do you think normal sized women are accurately represented?