123, Happy Birfday to me!

In case you’re wondering how I’m feeling today, it’s sort of like this,


I’m pretty sure my nephew feels the same way because it’s his birthday too.  Happy birthday Vinny!  🙂

MacGyver is taking me to do a little shopping.  He’s already given me a few gifts which I’ll share with you later but he’s taking me to pick out some more because, well let’s face it, I deserve more.

my birthday


This year I broke down and bought myself a practical gift.  I always have a hard time finding the right buttons on the remote control and since the TV in our bedroom at the Nokomis house doesn’t have a remote, I bought myself a Universal one.


I thought it said I’m Hip but the Kid said it really said I need a hip.

If you have any doubt at how large that remote control is, let me put it into context for you.  It is laying upon my oversized King bed.

remote control

Sort of looks like an iPad doesn’t it?  Except it’s a lot bigger.

You see, that’s what happens when you get old.

i'm old

Yeah, all that good stuff happens too.

But while I still feel young, I intend to act like it.


Happy Birthday

Aren’t birthdays just the best?

When is your birthday, what’s your sign and do you prefer cake, cookie, or cupcakes?


And that’s a Rupp.

Happy Monday or as it’s known around here, happy birthday eve!  Tomorrow is my actual birthday and since we typically celebrate the entire month, the eve of my actual birth day is the final stage of the climactic moment in which I get all the presents the celebration begins hence, my birthday.

It's my birthday

Yes it IS this fabulous!

Did you happen to see the 2016 Olympic men’s marathon yesterday?  Well if not, it’s a Rupp, I mean, a wrap.  But seriously, running only the second marathon his life, Galen Rupp took home a bronze for the United States with a time of 2:10:05.  That’s just incredible.

Galen Rupp

I didn’t exactly run a marathon this weekend.  In fact I pretty much walked both days because I ran just a bit during my walks on Thursday and Friday and unfortunately it led to migraines both days.  So while the neurologist says it’s okay to ease back into running and that my back and neck will get a bit better with time and therapy, the headaches are still full on, ball busting bastards.

I’m almost as sick of talking about migraines as I am getting them so let’s talk about this weekend with some pictures and stuff.

We’re in Nokomis right now.  We came down on Friday afternoon to spend some time with the family and so that the Kid and I could do some shopping.  I’ll tell you more about that later in the week.

Anyway, by the time we got down here, these two were exhausted.

HankBoomer boom

On Saturday morning I got up early and woke up the Kid and his friend and then my sister in law came over with my niece and we hit every garage sale, estate sale and thrift store within a 20 mile radius, more or less.

But I think my niece was most excited about one thing….

taking shoes off

After taking off our shoes, she and I played in this:

the Splash pad

It was awesome.

We shopped all day long and afterwards the kid and his friend headed home and my sister in law and my niece joined me for dinner at The Evergreen Cafe in Nokomis.

It was incredibly good.  I’m not just saying that, it really was.  I had a gluten free chicken pot pie and I second guessed myself ten times before I finally ordered it.  In the end, it was the perfect choice.

GF chicken pot pie

On Sunday morning I got up early and walked six miles on the trail.  It was nice and serene for the most part.  The only bump in the road was when I almost stepped on this guy.


Well, excuse me little snake.

After my walk MacGyver and I went to pick up his brother to do hang out for the day.  At some point we happened on a house where they were selling Husky puppies and of course, I had to stop.


Y’all it was all I could do not to take all of those puppies home with me.  I mean seriously, look at this face…

husky puppy tongue

So freaking cute.

And one more thing from the day that I just have to show you.  The house we stopped at was the home of an artistic man and it was located on Stoner road.  Guess what his art was?

Pot People!

No, really.

Pot people

And those aren’t the only pot heads, apparently there are pot animals as well.

pot dog

I’m not sure if that’s an armadillo or a dog but it’s so cute, who cares!

And now we are packing up to head home and commence celebrations.  Wish us luck because we are dragging home the floating dock that MacGyver built.  It’s not going to be the safest trip as this thing is huge.

I’m sure people will be turning their heads to look at us but it could be worse.

redneck limo

much, much, worse.

What did you do this weekend?

Did you watch the men’s marathon?

How do you celebrate your birthday?


Team USA, boats and family

Let’s just go ahead and address the most important thing that happened this weekend.

Jemima Sumgong

A big congrats to Jemima Sumgong of Kenya!

The 2016 Olympic Women’s Marathon.

I didn’t watch it live because we were on the boat but I did follow along via my iPhone and it was just as exciting albeit much less stressful.  Kara Goucher said it perfectly via Twitter.

Kara Goucher Twitter

Here are the top 10 finishers:

Top 10 Rio Womens Marathon

A big congrats to Shalane, Desi, and Amy who were so amazing and looked so strong and powerful.  I love watching those women run.  Actually I love ALL of the track and field events and I have for as long as I can remember.  My favorite site for keeping up with results, news stories and medal counts is ESPN.  This link is for the track and field events but you can navigate to any other events from there.

And now, let’s talk about my weekend.  On Friday night MacGyver, me, and the dogs headed down to Nokomis to spend time with the family.  I was supposed to come down Thursday night and have an EEG on Friday morning but due to some other issues I cancelled, (more on that at another time), and so we all came down together on Friday night after the rain which afforded us the opportunity to see this:


At one point it was a double rainbow and so close it looked like you could actually touch it.  I couldn’t get a picture of the double one though because I was too busy trying to figure out what it meant.  Bwahahahaha

Rainbows never cease to make me happy.  Well, rainbows and bad jokes.

We got to the house too late to actually do much except look at the grass and moan and groan about how much of a pain in the ass it is to cut it.

overgrown lawn

There is a dachshund somewhere in this picture…no really, there is.

FYI, this is what your lawn looks like in Florida if your too much of a control freak, (me) or too much of a cheapskate (MacGyver) to hire a lawn service.

On Saturday morning MacGyver got up to go fishing and I headed over the Legacy Trail where I managed to walk 6 miles and score some serious Pokemon.

nokomis trailhead

That’s an awesome shadow right there let me tell you.

Later that morning Inspector Gadget came over and the brothers hung out all afternoon while I went shopping with my sister in law and the kids.  We had a great time and then decided to call it an early night with plans to get up early on Sunday and head out on the boat.  We were all really looking forward to a day on the water.

I got up early and got dressed and prepped for a day of serious fishing, I was ready!

Bass Pro

Bass Pro Shops, REPRESENT!

We headed out about 8:00a.m. and here are some photos from the trip

Rob and Vin

My niece and nephew

driving the boat

His first time driving the boat!

Colphin Tale Two

She loves my Dolphin Tale II hat. She went to the movie with me.

Philly and me

Me and my sister in law.


At the beginning of the trip we were happy and hopeful.  Hopeful to catch some serious snapper and maybe a redfish or  two…..Unfortunately the only thing I caught was a tiny speckled trout.

I did catch selfie fever because this happened.

Selfie oneAnd I kept going because obviously I have no shame.

selfie me


Today is my sister in law’s birthday so I hope you will all join me in wishing her a wonderful and happy birthday!

happy birthday

Happy Birthday Philly!  We love you.

MacGyver and I decided to take each of the kids on separate evenings so that they could each have a night alone to feel special.  On Saturday after we got back from fishing we all swam in the pool and then MacGyver and I stole my nephew and headed back to the Nokomis house.  We had a great time playing Pokemon Go, eating a little too much junk and watching some hilarious TV.  It was a great time.

My nephew and I have a special bond, we actually share the same birthday.  For the last few years we’ve celebrated together.  I love having someone to share my day with and we always have a great time.  This year we decided that since we’re both playing pokemon Go, we would set a goal to reach level 23 on the 23rd (our birthday).  We’re both pretty excited about it but probably for different reasons.  My nephew is on level 14, which means he needs to play a lot of Pokemon Go and do a lot of walking to hatch some eggs and that means we get to spend a lot of time together and I am really looking forward to that.

After taking almost an entire week to get to Level 21 I’m worried that may have been a lofty goal but nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

I am also looking forward to having our niece over this week.  She is also our goddaughter and we have a special bond with her as well.  We only get to see the kids a couple of times a year so it’s nice to have some one on one time with them and I also like giving their mommy a little break.  🙂

Unfortunately today is Monday and reality just hit me like a ton of bricks, time to get to work!

What did you do this weekend?

What do you do on your birthday?

Did you watch the Olympics?  Which events did you watch?