Adulting is overrated, let’s party!

Hello from Nokomis.  We’re thinking about heading home today, and we really should since we’ve been here since Thursday afternoon and my in laws have left to go home for the summer, there really is no reason to stay.  The thing is MacGyver isn’t feeling much like adulting this week and I’m weak willed so I’m just following along.

stupid

My new keyboard for the laptop came while we were down here.  I had it delivered to this house so that I could get it fixed and be ready to work on it this week.  It wasn’t the right keyboard.  Apparently, I have one of the rare laptop’s where the keyboard pops won’t just pop in from the top.

of course

Of course…

So I’m typing on a wireless keyboard which I have strategically placed beside me while I stare at the laptop and occasionally hit the keyboard of the keys which don’t work.  It’s so much fun.

And let’s throw one more thing into the mix to make this super interesting.  My eye twitch has turned into a painful eye throb and my eye has become itchy and swollen and on Friday I got double vision.  I am convinced it is the migraine prescription so, I threw the topiramate in the trash.  I would rather have a migraine than go blind.  I’ll be making an appointment with my eye doctor this week but it is already getting better.

It is still raining every day here although Friday was beautiful and we were able to get out on the boat for most of the day.  Here are a few scenes from that adventure.

boatingpopspopspopsAs you can tell, it was a rough day.  It got worse, we had to go back home which meant we had to see more of this….

heronand this,

the Venice InletOh, but we did see a shipwreck, sort of.

If you look real close you can see it.

I was a little let down that the Skipper and Gilligan were nowhere to be seen!

I did managed to hit up the Legacy Trail for some running every day.  I’m not sure of the cumulative miles but it was a shit ton.  And guess what?  I’m headed out for a few more before we leave because, well, it’s running and you never need a reason to go for a good run, just get out and go!

Have a stellar Monday and don’t work too hard, life’s too short.

Tell me about your weekend.

Ever seen a shipwreck?  Did you go peek?  We did.  There was nothing to see.

Memorial Day Weekend and a White Dove

I love going down to Nokomis for the weekends, especially when it’s a three day weekend, but after packing up to go down and then cleaning up to leave, and then coming home and unpacking and putting everything away, by Tuesday morning I feel like I got hit by a mack truck.

Mack TruckWe left Clearwater on Friday night and drove down to Nokomis.  MacGyver wanted to leave early but I had some rewards points from my credit cards and I had to spend them or lose them so I HAD to go to the mall.  Had to.

new outfit

In case you had any doubt about my skill, this entire outfit, including shoes was less than 30 dollars.

After power shopping we headed down to Nokomis and on Saturday morning I got up bright and early and got in a long run on my favorite trail.

long run sat

MacGyver and I had some lawn debris to pick up and some garage sales to visit so we piddled around for much of the day on Saturday doing those things.

We didn’t find too much at the garage sales but we did go over to the jetty and we met this guy who had a metal detector and he was picking up things right and left.  He told us that he had found 28 rings in only 6 months, twenty eight, including diamonds and sapphires.

money eye

hmmmmmmmmmmm

On Sunday MacGyver got up really early in the morning to go work on the boat and I went out for a run.  He was supposed to change out the prop while I ran six miles and walked the dogs and then we were going to go out and try to do some fishing.  Here’s what actually happened.

six mile run

I did run six miles and walk the dogs but on the walk Hank got over heated and fell down which scared the hell out of me so I picked him up and carried him back home, (he loved it, I’m not sure but he may have planned it).

MacGyver pulled the boat out of the water to change the prop but the dealer had given him the wrong parts so he had to put the old prop back on, which meant he wasted a shit ton of time for no reason.

Finally, around 11am, my mother in law came to pick me up so MacGyver could get the boat back in the water since it was at their house in Englewood.  When she showed up, this was what she walked in on.

woodpecker on my head

My mother in law and I loaded my things, and by things I mean, my menagerie, into the car and then we headed off to Englewood.

my family(In case you’re wondering were Hank is, he insisted on driving.)

We finally made it onto the boat around 1:30 in the afternoon and made our way out to Stump Pass.  I haven’t been to Stump Pass since last year and I was super excited to get out there, mostly because I really wanted to fish but also because I knew there would be a lot of people out celebrating and enjoying the holiday weekend.  I was shocked when we got there and I saw this.

Nothing ever stays the same

Apparently the pass isn’t deep enough for the larger boats so they are ‘fixing it’.  In my opinion, it will never be the same.  Progress?  I’m not sure that’s what I’d call it but it is what it is.

Anyway, there hasn’t been any bait fish anywhere.  MacGyver is convinced that the red tide we recently had ruined the fishing but I disagree.  We went to a few spots looking for bait and didn’t see any and we threw a few lures out but MacGyver was getting frustrated.

Eventually MacGyver and I decided that we should maybe start metal detecting but I said I wasn’t really ready to give up yet and that’s when I threw out a lure one last time and I landed the only fish of the day, and it was a snook!

snook

Boom!  What you can’t see in that picture is that when I was holding the snook, he flipped hard and his gill caught my thumb and cut it pretty good, and when he flipped, because I caught him on a double lure, the second lure flipped up and caught my hand as well so in that picture I’ve got blood all over my hand.

About 5 minutes after I threw the snook back I looked to the left of the boat and saw a large fin.  Yep, a shark.  I had hoped to get a closer look but it swam away.

After locating some band-aids we decided to head back and have some dinner.  Later that night we had desert back in Nokomis and we decided to go over to the Jetty to try some metal detecting with a unit that MacGyver had bought at a black Friday sale a few years ago.

detecting

It didn’t work.  (I’m searching craigslist for a new one today.)

Yesterday we hung out in Nokomis for most of the day.  It was so hot that I really had no desire to go out in the sun at all.  MacGyver and I watched some TV and hung out with the animals and worked a bit in the yard.  We just enjoyed the day.

Late yesterday we met my laws for dinner before leaving and had a really nice time.  The restaurant pulled a bait a switch on us which was annoying but there was a white dove hanging out there and I really wanted to take it home.

white dove

Wouldn’t you like a woodpecker brother?

I didn’t.

We got home last night around 9PM and MacGyver and I made it to bed around midnight.  I managed to get up and run/walk around 4 miles this morning but I have no idea how I did it because I’m exhausted and I still have a full day of work ahead of me.  This is why lunchtime naps were invented 😉 and why I excel at them.

How was your weekend?

Did you do anything special?

Fitness Influencer’s who can make 10,000 dollars for an instagram post!

Happy Good Friday!

Remember how I told you that I’ve decided to rip old the janky, stanky carpet in our den?  Well, I got tired of waiting for MacGyver to say when so I got started.

renovations

And today is Good Friday with Sunday being Easter of course and we are leaving to head down to Nokomis for a 4 day mini vacay smack dab in the middle of a reno.  My OCD is on fire right now and my eye twitch has reached new levels, unheard of in modern science, trust!  Don’t be surprised if you turn on the television and see me on modern medical mysteries.

The dogs have already gotten their Easter baskets.

Easter Baskets

I’m not an expert but I’d say they love them.

Before we head off to Nokomis I wanted to share with you an article from earlier in the week that I found profoundly interesting.

It’s all about Influencer’s.  The top Influencer’s to be exact.  Some of them can make as much as 300,000 dollars per you tube video.  Some of them have more Instagram followers than the entire population of New York City!  Are you hearing these numbers?  And I mean really hearing these numbers?

In case you hadn’t heard Forbes Magazine is now publishing a quarterly list of the top 10 influencers in three categories, Fitness, beauty and home. 

Top Home Blog

These thirty influencer’s are the stars of the industry with platforms on You Tube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Here are the top Five for Fitness:

fitness influencers

The article gives you a brief bio on all ten for each category.  It’s very interesting.  You can also read about how they determined who the top influencer’s are and what other categories they’ll be adding in the coming months such as gaming, etc.  Check it out, it’s very interesting.

Have a wonderful Friday and a Happy Easter!

Any plans for this weekend?

Who is the biggest influencer that you follow and why?