Can’t see the forest for all the trees

I had an appointment with my sports therapist yesterday and I told him that I was still having pain in my arm at night and that in the last month there hasn’t been one night where the pain didn’t wake me up. So he asked me how I’ve been sitting when I work during the day and I had to admit that I’m still in the damn lazy boy, but it’s not my fault.

how to workI have to accommodate the wiener dog, always.

I may have already told you this but I can’t remember because due to my lack of sleep my brain is all jumbly, (not a word, huh?)  but I put up Christmas decorations over the weekend. I am sticking to 3 large and 2 small trees in Clearwater this year and I think we’ll go with only one in Nokomis.

I’ve seriously pared down my decorations. No, really, I have, I mean by comparison to my normal decorating habits anyway.

pink tree

This is the tree on my front patio. It’s pink but it looks purple in the picture. It’s not, it has pink lights and pink decorations. MacGyver is just thrilled with it.

lanai tree

This is my lanai tree because everyone who lives across the pond needs to see that we decorate.

Pencil tree

And the almost too tall tree.

The biggest problem that I have with my Christmas decorations is the dogs. Hank is very confused as to why he has to go outside to pee on trees when there are two perfectly good trees inside the house so that’s a struggle and Boomer is confused by the ornaments that look so lifelike. Seriously, how is a dog supposed to know which is the REAL candy cane.

canes

Boomer’s handy work!

Apparently, you just have to try them all until you find the one that tastes good.

This year I decided to switch out my little white tree with a pencil tree due to the limited space and my general laziness when it comes to rearranging the furniture. Anywho, when I was searching for the perfect pencil tree I happened upon the latest craze in Christmas decorations, the Upside Down Christmas Tree, what?

upside down tree

No this is not a wordpress error, what you’re looking at is the latest decorating trend.

Y’all this shit is real. Real stupid. Just why? I mean, I don’t get it. So I googled it and I’m still confused. Apparently it dates back to the 12th Century when it represented Trinity but nowadays some people just consider it sacrilegious. After reading everything I could about it, I came to same conclusion, it’s just stupid. Don’t do it. Someone will laugh at you. Me. I will laugh at you.

Have you decorated yet?

Do you have pets and are they confused by the decorations or are my dogs not as smart as I thought they were?

My video surveillance saves the day again.

I had a plan.

Yesterday I had my to do list all ready to go. I ran five miles, then walked the dogs and finally at 8:45 I sat down to conquer the day and let me tell you, I was ready!

And then, my computer crashed.

nooooooooooooooo
I was pretty sure I knew what the problem was but I had to go on another computer to google all of the issues and then try and fix it, which I did, after a deadline, and just before lunch.

Maury
I was just about to make some lunch when I heard my neighbor yelling and so I ran outside to see what was going on. My neighbor has a gold and yellow macaw named Gracie and apparently she up and disappeared. She doesn’t really fly all that far so I was thinking that she probably walked across the road and was hiding and I decided to check my security system to see if I could tell which way she went.

And that’s when all hell broke loose.

In the footage from my surveillance cams I noticed a yellow car parked in front of my neighbor’s home so, I asked her if she knew the people in the car and she said no. Then we decided to view the video of the car a little bit closer just to see if we could tell why it was sitting there so I zoomed in.

And that’s when we first saw a woman get out of the car and grab a blanket or towel and throw it over Gracie and put her in the car.

An actual birdnapping right in front of us!

Holy Shit

And, it had happened just a half hour earlier!

My neighbor called the police and they spent the next few hours looking over the scene and viewing the video. Fortunately, it’s a brand new system that MacGyver installed this weekend, (black Friday sale) and the police were all kinds of impressed with the quality, but unfortunately because it’s new, we have no idea how to get the footage off the system and onto a jump drive or a disc.

were idiots
The police will be coming by at some point today and their IT guy will figure it out. I’m just happy I don’t have to try and figure it out and risk losing the data. That would suck because I’m hoping with the footage they can get their bird back.

Wouldn’t it be great if I could have their forensic IT person actually look at my computer and figure it out too? Yeah, I’m not counting on it either but I can dream.

Do you make to do list or are they over rated?

Who do you call when you have computer problems?

TV’s, Miles and Chainsaws, a weekend update.

My computer is driving me insane. It is so damn slow that I can literally click to open an email, go get a cup of coffee, come back and then maybe, just maybe, the email will have opened. But probably not.

slow computer

And today of all days is flippin Cyber Monday. I need my computer! Not that I didn’t shop over the holiday weekend because I definitely did. Not so much on Friday though because MacGyver and I have a tradition and it happens a few hours after our Thanksgiving dinner.

It’s called TV after Turkey Thursday.

TV Thursday

For the last three years MacGyver and I have battled the crazies at Walmart in order to score that coveted prize of a new TV. The first year we bought one, last year three, and this year we scored two Sharp 55” 4K smart TV’s.

No, we don’t actually need them but we just love a good bargain. Come to think of it though, I should have been looking for a new computer.

Over the weekend I managed to run 13.5 miles, 9 on Saturday and 4.5 on Sunday. I’m not gonna lie, those nine miles on Saturday were hard towards the end but I got it done. I didn’t stop once and afterwards, I did NOT get a migraine. Progress. I can feel the fitness level rising.

Define runningI also decorated over the weekend and I say over the weekend because it took a total of two full days and I’m still not finished. I may decide to keep it low key this year and stop at three trees, or not.

over decorating
There is something so addicting about all those lights…and clearly, I need to visit an over-decorators anonymous meeting before I duplicate that madness.

I wasn’t able to decorate my backyard because I needed to finish trimming back some trees and I have been waiting on MacGyver to do that since, forever. But now I can do it myself because late Saturday he gave me one of my Christmas presents early.

chainsaw
The ban has been lifted and I am now using power tools again. I can’t wait to get out into the backyard and trim those trees. I also have a pretty good idea about what I can do with my computer if it doesn’t speed up soon!

How was your weekend? Did you have a fantastic Thanksgiving? Did you shop?