I’m still here, I was just sort of vacatin.

Good Morning and Happy New Year!

Can you believe it’s already 2018?  I feel like it’s still 2016 sometimes and those are my good days.  Ha.  So, I realized last night that I haven’t written anything on the blog in like, 10 days.  It definitely wasn’t purposeful it’s just that between Christmas and the New Year, MacGyver and I take a little bit of a vacation.

jeep

Cabin LIfe!

So, I’ve got a lot to catch up on as far as work and life go but I wanted to check in and show you some things from the past few weeks.

Christmas was wonderful for me this year.  The only thing that mattered was being able to spend time with the kid and he was here for two and a half glorious days!

at the movies

We went to see The Last Jedi on Christmas Eve night!

We spent a little time in Clearwater and a little time in Nokomis.  I wanted to fit in as much as possible but still let the kid spend some time with his friends.

Hanging out in Nokomis

Of course with it being the holidays and all, we ate all the crap we could possibly eat.  There were peanut butter bon bons and cookies that I made and then one of our dear neighbors brought over this spectacular assortment of cookies and treats that she made.

Rita is from Germany and let me tell you something, she can bake!

After Christmas I found a red velvet cake on sale and well, I defied MacGyver and bought it anyway.

How the hell could you refuse this? Uh, you can’t!

I got some new running shoes for Christmas of course and the kid bought me a new iPad and I got some lululemon as well.

lululemon is always a good present.

I also got this jingle pen from my little friend Aubrey.

And it perfectly matched my ugly Christmas Sweater

The best, right?

Hank was not impressed with my gifts and at first, he hated his but after a few days, he came around and now, he lives in the igloo.

dachshund in an iglooAfter all the festivities and after the Kid went back to the cold weather in Columbus, MacGyver and I got ready to head out to the solitude of the cabin.  Except it aint so solitary anymore.

Holy Crap! Who told all these people?

At least it’s still pretty…

We spent a lot of time four wheelin and hanging with the dogs.  Our friends and neighbors also came out for a bit which was really nice.  It’s great to have lots of people to spend the new year with.

Here are some random pics from the cabin.

Why wouldn’t you put a few boats in the yard of your landlocked cabin?

Hank loves the cabin life

I was Nekki and MacGyver was Dashi. That’s just what happens when you buy all your shit at garage sales.

MacGyvers Christmas present last year. A deer head bottle opener. It gets used a lot.

My hacked lawn mower. There is no end to the hacks on this hunk of junk and I cannot believe MacGyver gets it to run.

This is Hank’s girlfriend, Rosie.

If she’s gonna be Hanks girl, she gotta represent! Go Vols!

My one dollar gloves were a hit with all the little girls around.

Everybody got to enjoy our shooting range over the weekend.

Shooting it out

I didn’t get to run over the weekend because my running trail is grown over and someone bought the adjacent property so we need to rework it a bit.

I ran a crap load over the past 10 or 11 days though and it’s still going great.  I’m up to 12 miles for my long run and I plan on increasing weekly.

It’s cold here today so Hank is keeping me warm! With doggie kisses.

Sorry for the randomness but it’s been so long, it’s hard to remember everything we’ve done in the last few weeks.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some semblance of normalcy, hopefully.

Happy New Year!

How did you ring in the new year?

Do you take a vacation between Christmas and the new year?

 

Home for the holidays!

Happy Friday before Christmas!  Are you ready?  Have you gotten everything done?

I’m one of those people who gets everything done and then when I have a bit of time to relax, I start second guessing all of the gifts I bought.  Did I buy enough?  Did I get something they really want?  Should I go get something else?  Should I exchange so and so’s for another person?  It’s maddening!

nervous breakdownThis year I’m trying to pull off perfection because after a  long almost 14 months, THE KID IS COMING HOME!  That’s right, at 12:22AM he’ll be landing at the airport and I’ll be there to pick him up.

He’s pretty important at his job so they’re only letting him off on Christmas Day which means that he has to fly back that afternoon but no matter, I get three days with him and I’m so excited.

When I spoke to him earlier in the week I told him that I had gotten together with friends and baked cookies and he asked if I made the peanut butter bon bons.  I said no and I could tell he was disappointed.

My Mamaw used to make the peanut butter bon bons every year at Christmas and she gave me the recipe when the kid was little.  When he was five we started making them together and it became a tradition.  He wasn’t able to come home last year so I didn’t make them.  Guess what I’m doing today?

Bon BonsWhy, I’m surprising the kid of course!  Shhhh, don’t tell.

Tell me about one tradition that you do with your family every year?

 

My favorite drink evah, especially at Christmas time

In all fairness let me just say I don’t really drink all that much.  I enjoy it less and less the older I get, but there are times when I like to indulge and one of those times is Christmas.

Typically I like a good glass of Pinot Grigio but at Christmas and a few other special occasions I like to drink a Nuts and Berries.

what is thatA nuts and berries is a drink that taste, well, just like nuts and berries.  It’s smooth and sweet.

nuts and berriesI like to make mine with whole milk but you can also use heavy cream or if you want to really get festive, mix it with eggnog.

Here’s what you need,

Nuts and Berries drinkMix together, 1 oz of Chambord and 1 oz of Frangelica, pour over ice and fill with whole milk.  (You can substitute the milk with cream or eggnog as I mentioned above.)  Most importantly, enjoy.

Isn’t that a sweet punch bowl?  It’s a vintage 1950’s Hazel Atlas Egg Nog set/Punch Bowl with 12 cups with Horse and Carriage and Tom and Jerry design. I got it at a yard sale for only 5 bucks but I found one here and here.  I absolutely love it.  Vintage Christmas finds are the best and I’ll probably end up handing it down to the Kid or one of my nieces eventually.  Hopefully it will stay in our family for generations to come.

What’s your favorite drink?

How often do you indulge in libations?  hehe, I said libations.