A little cooking and a vacation

Can you believe it’s December already?  I mean some days I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that it’s 2018 and I’m so far behind on so many things but hey, let’s look at the bright side, it’s almost 2019 and I can just reset, right?

Did you have a good Thanksgiving?  We did.  My in laws came up from Englewood and MacGyver and I cooked.

all about the basteMacGyver found these little mini pies at Sam’s and look how the cherry has a little heart right in the middle.

Three piesAfter dinner MacGyver and I decided to do what we said we weren’t going to do.  For the past few years on Thanksgiving we’ve headed over to the Walmart to brave the crowds and purchase T.V.s at a ridiculously low price.  We really weren’t going to go this year but then lightning hit our house in Nokomis and our 60″ TV got fried so off to Walmart we went and this year, we got a 65″.

The lines weren’t too bad and we were in an out in under an hour and that was a good thing because I had to get home to pack.

Hank in the bag

Can I come too?

They really wanted to come but we did not bring the dogs.  My in laws were kind enough to fur baby sit for us so that we could go to Tennessee for a week.

Boomer

You can leave now, Grandma has better treats anyway.

We left on Friday and arrived in Tennessee that afternoon.

Knoxville airportMacGyver spent most of our time there hunting with my brother in law and my sister and I did some shopping.  We also bought an old table at an estate sale and refinished it for my mom.

unfinished table

Before

side table

After

I love doing projects with my sister.  I wish we could do it more often.  It was also nice to be able to make something nice for my mom who just moved back to Knoxville and is now closer to my sister and brother.

We had a few gatherings at my mom’s house too but I must have been in the moment because I totally forgot to take pictures.  MacGyver, my Mom and I also went out to dinner with some of my aunt’s, uncles and cousins that I hadn’t seen in forever and we had an awesome time and  I was in the moment then too because again, I forgot to take any pictures.

I did take a few pictures of my sisters farm.

chickengoatsOne morning as my mom and I were dropping MacGyver off to go hunting, we had to stop for wild turkeys crossing the road.

wild turkeysI didn’t take a lot of photos while we were there but no trip to Tennessee is complete without heading up to the mountains and snapping a few.  We didn’t make it all the way to Gatlinburg but we hit Pigeon Forge for dinner one night and I got some pics of the lights.

lights in pigeon foreIf you’ve never been to the area, I highly recommend it.  It’s also family friendly which is really nice.  It’s hard to find places that still cater to families and I feel like this area totally does.

While we were in Tennessee I managed to run almost every day, even on the cold days.

going runningI even conquered the hills in my mom’s neighborhood.  If you’re from the area, then you know, the hills of East Tennessee can be ferocious, but I love them.

On Thursday morning my mom took MacGyver and I back to the airport and we headed home.

knoxville airport

Fortunately we were just at the correct weight for our luggage and didn’t have to pay any extra and I still don’t know how we managed that.

We got back home before 9AM on Thursday and I’ve been playing catch up ever since.  Yesterday I finally started putting up my Christmas decorations and I’ll actually take some pictures this week and share them.

MacGyver an I have a ton of stuff going on this week so it’s going to be a bit hectic but hopefully I’ll be back to writing a little more often….or I’ll just have to make it one of my New Years resolution’s.

How was your Thanksgiving?

When’s the last time you took a vacation and where did you go?

Red tide, struck by lighting and baby shark doo doo doo doo

I know it’s been awhile.  I’ve been vacationing with my sister and the family.  I meant to update yesterday but I had an eye doctor appointment at 9 in the morning and they dilated my eyes which basically means I had a migraine from that point forward.

eye doctor

So, my sister and her family went home on Saturday morning.  We had an awesome visit despite the red tide that is plaguing us this year and the fact that my house in Nokomis got struck by lightning and we had no internet or cable or a decent TV since it killed my big ass TV in the living room.  And by killed, I mean fried.

No internet

Except none of us were feeling that amazing and this is actually what lightning looks like after it hits your house.

lightning strike

And when you go to the beach and red tide is in full effect, the smell can be pretty bad and there are warnings out, like this:

 

While I didn’t do any fishing myself, the rest of my family was able to do quite a bit and my sister and I got to shop. A lot.  We also spent some time on the beach, on an island and at Weeki Wachee and I have some pics for you….

The guys caught some sharks but this is the only pic that I actually have.

they caught and released it for those of you who are all, ‘love the sharks.’

My sister, my niece and her daughter and I all went to Nokomis beach one day while the guys fished.

this is one of my favorite pics of the day

After realizing the fishing was a no go in Nokomis and without any TV to watch or internets to browse, we decided to head back to Clearwater.  Shortly after we got back we went to Anclote Key where they have the best shells ever and also some great photo opps.

Novaleigh

I mean, seriously, how cute is this picture?

Kaitlin and Novaleigh

My sister and I found that shipwrecked vessel on the Island and convinced Kaitlin and Novaleigh to pose in it.

But then we decided we needed to pose in it too.

me and ang

Except we’re awkward and I couldn’t sit straight on the bow and my sister obviously had some important phone call to make or something.  Because we were supposed to be shipwrecked you know.

Later that night after we got home we went to a local restaurant called Ford’s Garage.

Ford's Garage

I highly recommend this place.  It was awesome.  Look at the burgers:

ford's Garage

And the onion rings come out on an oil thingy and the napkins are garage rags held together with hose clamps.  I kid you not.

Fords

And if none of that impresses you, check out the bathroom sink…

We also went to Weeki Wachee which I was really excited about because my sister hadn’t been there since we were kids.

weeki wachee

Why yes, that is a potato chip raft and a pizza raft, don’t judge.

My highlight of that whole trip was the mother and baby manatee.

manatees

The last full day the guys went fishing and the girls went shopping and then we all went to Tarpon Springs for dinner.  I didn’t take any pictures while we were there because it was already dark and it was raining a bit.

They left on Saturday morning and I miss them so much already.  But there is one thing I don’t miss.

When the kid was little, we had a wind up music box I could play to help him fall asleep, or the mobile on his bed which played music, but kids today have youtube.  And I would like to personally thank the ass hat who came up with the gem of a song below because I sing it all the damn time now and I cannot stop.

And now, I pass this gem onto you…

Even through all the beaching and shopping and playing, I still managed to run 23 miles for the week.  Not bad.  Vacation is fun but now it’s back to the real world.

Where is the last place you went on vacation?

Has your house ever been struck by lightning?

The best diet ever….a colonoscopy

Good morning from Nokomis and guess what?  It’s that time of year.  Inspector Gadget and the family are here.  I haven’t taken any pictures yet but I’ll post some soon.

I did take a picture of a really cool pie bird that I got at an estate sale last Friday.

pink pie bird

Also on Friday I had my long awaited visit with the gastroenterologist.  She went over my CT scan of last year and we talked about my diet and the recent problems I’ve been having and then she rocked my world.

“Start eating gluten again”, she said.

what

Wait what?

But, I thought I was supposed to avoid gluten at all costs so I was really confused.  And then I asked her if she thought the diagnosis was wrong and that I can eat gluten.  But no, my life is never that easy.

I am scheduled for a colonoscopy and endoscopy with tissue biopsies in mid-September and in order to get the proper diagnosis they need me to consume some gluten.  Some gluten, not all the gluten.

disappointment

And because my day always gets better, she gave me the instructions for the prep.  Oh, the prep.  I mean seriously, if you’ve ever had a colonoscopy, then you understand completely.

accurate

Most Accurate

It’s supposed to rain today so after a bit of work, we’re gonna do some shopping.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some pictures.  Of my family, in case you were wondering.

How was your weekend?