I’m Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Well, technically I didn’t go anywhere but I’ve been MIA for a few days.

You may remember that my Mom has been in town and since she was leaving this morning I wanted to spend as much time as possible with her, hence my little disappearance.

And now, we have some catching up to do.

Me and the TurkeyOn Thanksgiving morning I ran the Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot. I ran the first 5K which I believe is called the wingding or something like that. It was supposed to be the more competitive race and the fun run, (which was later in the morning), was supposed to be for the walkers, strollers, dogs, etc.

I got to the starting line about 4 minutes late and so I didn’t start with any of the competitive runners, I was behind mostly kids and walkers. I didn’t really mind because there are 10’s of thousands of runners in the Turkey Trot every year and unless you are an elite or start at the front of the pack, you most likely start a bit late and get crammed behind other runners or walkers, regardless of which race you run.


That’s me, in Orange.

Or, as in my case, you might have to pee before the race and spend a bit too much time in the port-a-potty line which means you get to the starting line late, oops.

Turkey Trot 2015

Where’s the turkey, Get me the turkey!

I don’t really know what the clock time was but according to my Garmin I finished in around 29:10 which surprised the heck out of me because it was really congested and there were quite a few times when I had to walk or slow way down until I could get through the crowd. I wasn’t trying to PR or anything though, I was just trying to finish and get home to the Turkey and the Apple Pie because seriously, Thanksgiving!

my first apple pie

Yes, friends that is the very first homemade apple pie I have ever made and it was delicious.  I also autographed it for your viewing pleasure.

We had some very good friends over for Thanksgiving dinner and we all had a wonderful time.  It was a beautiful day and I sure am lucky that I got to spend my Thanksgiving doing something I love first thing in the morning, and spending time with the people that I love in the afternoon.  I am so grateful.

Around 7:30 Thanksgiving evening our friends went home and mom decided that we should go shopping. Y’all should know by now that I cave every year and that’s exactly what happened.

Power shopping

The only way to power shop is in your blue chucks!

We hit up Wal-Mart, Target and a few other places, mostly with disappointing results. That’s why we had to get up Friday morning and head out again, for the entire day.. because, well, Black Friday y’all!  In case you’re wondering, we fared much better that day.

And, after a full day and a half of shopping, I was pooped!


I managed to make some time during all that shopping to make these two wreaths, one for my sister and the other one for mom.

We were sick of department stores by Saturday, (that may or may not be a little white lie), so mom and I went to the annual community garage sales in Indian Rocks Beach.

I will go into more detail about that later this week when I’ll be able to share some real proof that solidifies mom and I are the most prolific, capable and die hard shoppers on the planet, trust.  I should have that proof by Friday…seriously.  Make sure you come back.

Yesterday, MacGyver went hunting and so mom and I decided to spend the last day together decorating my house. We managed to get a little bit done but with over 14 boxes of decorations in the upper level of my garage, it’s a week long process.  There was also the matter of the tree, I decided to go get one after my run on Sunday morning but since MacGyver had my SUV we had to take mom’s car.

We channeled our best Griswold’s impersonation.

We are NOT the Griswold's.

How’d we do?

We got the tree home unscathed.  Mom’s car was fine too.

Unfortunately it took me 4 and a half hours to get the thing balanced in the damn tree stand so I haven’t decorated it yet. Hopefully, I’ll get it done before Christmas although it looks pretty good just being a tree in my living room and I could always decorate it with receipts and then I wouldn’t have to dig through 14 boxes of decorations.

shopping addicts unite.

And that brings us to this morning. Mom left around 8am and I’ve been tending to some business things and such ever since.  No running for me this morning but I’ll be back at it tomorrow.  I’m taking a little break for the day, from running, not shopping.  It IS Cyber Monday you know!

So, tell me, how was your holiday?
What did you do over the weekend?

WTF Wednesday, migraines and Carol’s cookies

So I was absent yesterday. I mean I was still here just not on the internet or the blogernet or whatever. Not that I didn’t want to be, it’s just with a massive migraine, the computer didn’t seem all that appealing. If you’ve never had a migraine before, go suck it, I hate you. Kidding, but if you’ve never had one, this is a good representation.

migrainesSort of like hell fire in your head. Yeah, I know, it’s a real treat. Everyone should try it at least once.

Anyway, let’s catch up…

On Sunday night MacGyver and I geared up to watch the Walking Dead and I knew what was coming except that I thought Glenn was going to crawl down into the sewer.

(Spoiler alert ahead.)

I have to say, I didn’t think they’d be able to make that story line believable but they did. Annihilating the bodies around him and blocking the entrance under the dumpster and then hiding out under there was a perfect plan and it made sense so I was glad I didn’t have to hate on my favorite show.

But what the hell is up with Enid and why is she using those initials? There is no E in JSS. What the hell? And when did the guard tower become unstable? Was in always this way? They sure do have a lot of questions to answer in the upcoming last episode. The last episode? Doesn’t that seem too soon?

What will we all do while we wait?

I know what I’m going to do, I’m having some of Carol’s Cookies.

Carol's cookies
I hope someone buys me that shirt for Christmas.
I saw this article on the internet and it intrigued me…

yogurt for a smaller waistDo you think it’s because they poop more? Seriously? I’m just sayin’ because I know I have some, ahem, issues in that department and when I finally do have a successful, um evacuation, I’m pretty sure I can see the slight beginnings of a little 4 pack or maybe a 2 pack.

Have y’all seen that irritating woman on Jeopardy?  The one with the weird accent?  I think her name is Laura and as much as I want to look away, she won the internet for me this week.

State eight hundreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed, home, six hundreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed.

Now, I’m off to the store because it’s been 18 hours since Mom shopped and she’s going through withdrawal….the struggle is real y’all.

WTF, it must be Wednesday!

Tell me, dd the jeopardy lady break your internet too?  (I cannot stop playing the video, seriously!)

Cooler Temps make a difference…

I am in heaven, seriously. I woke up this morning to this:

I’m pretty sure this is the coldest day that we’ve had in almost a year and it did not disappoint. It was glorious.

Starting the day off with cooler temperatures was just the beginning of great things because my plank this morning for the #planksgiving challenge also went quite well.

Three and half minutes!  I know, right?  Crazy.

And then my run went very well. Seven miles this morning at a fairly easy pace, it felt nice and comfortable and I loved it. It was a nice change from the humidity and light rain of Sunday morning and the heat of Friday morning. I’ll take this weather any day.

Over the weekend I didn’t run much. In fact, I didn’t do much working out at all but if you count all the shopping I did with my mom, I probably ran the equivalent of 4 or 5 marathons. My mom, on the other hand probably ran a few ultras because she is the Dean Karnazes of shopping.

mom shopping
After doing some kind of shopping every single day for the last week, I needed a break. Mom kept going though because she never gets tired of it. With all that energy I was really excited to see how well she would do in the Turket Trot this year but both she and the kid have opted not to do it.

The kid doesn’t want to commit because he may go out the night before and therefore he doesn’t want to have to get up early and even though I offered to put coupons on the finish line and lots of Kohl’s cash and Macy’s rewards, mom said no.

cardio shopping
And Mom has made it perfectly clear that she wants to do dinner early so that she can get ready for shopping after 6PM on Thanksgiving day. There is no shame in her game.

However, I am running the Turkey Trot and come hell or high water or a flash sale at Macy’s, I’ll be there.

Are you running on Thanksgiving day?
Will you be shopping on Thanksgiving day? How about black Friday?